A Question of Collections

Hey so, I was just kind of sitting there, and it hit me just now that I could, with ease, put together a collection of Parasexual 1 -3 for 9.99$.

Anyone who has followed me since before 2018 knows that Collections used to be half my fucking business model. To be honest, I didn’t super like doing them, because I was always riding what felt like a razor’s edge.

I wanted to write exclusive material for all the collections, because on the one hand, I wanted to make it worth purchasing, instead of just a generic repackaging, (which I have ended up breaking down and doing for Crystal Candy), but I didn’t want to make it too interesting, because then people who don’t want to or can’t afford to purchase the packs would feel like they’re missing out.

I looked at it as kind of DLC, which itself rides this line. You should be able to play the game without ever touching the DLC and enjoy it as a whole, but if you decide to buy the DLC, it should be worth buying and enrich your experience.

I think I got kinda good at it, but it WAS a bit of a pain.

So now I’m wondering if I should go ahead and keep doing it for future titles. And maybe even as a way to collect previous titles, (maybe like have a My Undead Lover/Exploration combo pack with bonus content or something?)

I don’t really know, because I also ride the line between trying to provide a fair service, and trying to make money. It gets hard to determine where that line is drawn, for obvious reasons.

Does anyone have any opinions? Because I have to admit, there is a part of me that is actually really into the idea of writing bonus content.

Probably Useless Updates

So as I’ve been complaining about on Twitter, I’ve been putting myself through a shitload of what I’m sure are meaningless updates, since I’m sure 99% of people won’t notice them or even care. I’m just kind of neurotic.

But for those of you who do care, here is a developer-style list of updates I made to all my titles.

  • Removed the intros explaining about the re-release of all my re-released stories, (Wanderlust, Hellcats, Royal Lust, etc.), you know, all my stuff that used to be episodic shorts. I figured it was just cluttering up the beginning of the book, which is important for making a first impression, and at this point everyone who even cares already knows, and if anyone is confused, they can easily reach out to me for clarification.

  • Updated the back matter. So I went through and made tiny tweaks to the backs of all my books, like the descriptions of my other series, as well as my own About Me. Some of it was just minor wording that I thought sounded a little better, but the biggest change is that I’m no longer calling myself an erotica author, since it’s not really true anymore, and I’ve been slowly removing that label from myself. Again, not out of any kind of disparagement to erotica authors, but because I genuinely don’t think I can call myself one anymore. Erotica, by definition, is a plot that relies on sex. Remove the sex, the plot falls apart. That really isn’t true of most of my works nowadays. I also updated the back matter to reflect my new Crystal Candy stuff.

  • Updated the cover art. I’ve decided to color-code my covers. Fantasy is light green, Science Fiction is electric blue, Post-Apocalyptic is red, and Paranormal is hot pink. This is reflected in the color of the text. I also redid the darkness on the tops and bottoms of all them to emphasize the words a little more, and screwed with the placement of the backgrounds and figures a little bit. Ultimately most of this is just prep work for when I get new cover art, but that’s going to take a long time, so I figured I might as well just get it all out of the way now.

  • I checked over all the synopsis of all the books and made minor edits.

  • I tweaked the chapter titles and book titles inside the documents themselves slightly to try and make them all more uniform and look a little bit better.

  • The paperbacks. Oh fucking hell the paperbacks. So, I admittedly have not fucked with MOST of them for one primary reason: I HATE dealing with paperback cover art, and since I’m going to be getting drip-fed the covers slowly over the course of the next year, I figured I might as well just space out the task. I mean honestly, I sell maybe a dozen paperbacks during a good month, so it’s not like people are desperate for these. I also removed those intros from re-releases and updated the back matter for paperbacks as well.

  • I added tables of contents to the freebies. Stupid, I know, but I was looking over them and it just felt weird not to have them. Plus, Amazon probably likes it. I once got sent a message warning me that one of my titles (I think it was Large & Lovely?) didn’t have a table of contents, and I was like…yeah, it’s a fucking short story, like why would it need one? Now I’m a little more pro with the back matter and stuff, so I can at least stuff a really basic ToC in there, lol.

  • Something really fucking annoying I had to do was remove ANY reference to ANY kind of family from any of the descriptions. Large & Lovely, for example, referenced the protagonist’s father and younger brother. Royal Lust referenced Ellie’s father. Adventurous referenced Steven’s dad. I mean, this is fucking stupid, and it obviously got through once, but it just feels like asking for trouble at this point. Whoever got their fucking bitch ass in a twist over incest on the Kindle can genuinely just fuck right off.

That’s about it. All the new covers should be updated to the website by now, I don’t know if all the updates have gone through on the actual Kindle versions yet, since that’s a crapshoot, but it should be by, at the latest, the end of the week.

Now I’m going on fucking vacation.

General Update

Hey everyone, there really isn’t anything major or important in here, this is more of a sanity check for me than for anything else. But there are a few updates that you may find interesting.

So I’ve been talking about the editing my whole backlog thing for several months at this point, and I’ve finally just now, (it’s like 2AM, I couldn’t sleep), came to the realization, and decision, that it’s just not going to work, and more importantly, I’m letting it ruin my productivity. The reality of the situation is that all of my backlist has received at least one edit, most of them have gotten more than one. But what I think really made me realize that it’s just wasting time is that I had a system in place for this for years, and apparently it worked.

I would write the story. Then I would edit the story. Then I would publish the story.

Obviously, this was not perfect. Errors will get through. But honestly, no one really said much of anything because I think I managed to catch the most grievous of errors. And the fact that I went ahead and published Haven unedited has made it pretty obvious to me that I can’t do that, either, because too much slips through the initial writing.

So I’m just going back to that.

In fact, I’m going to begin implementing a new system that should really help streamline the whole process: I will edit the story as I’m writing it. That way, by the time it’s done writing, I’ll already be like 75-85% done editing it, and it’ll just take a little bit longer to finish up.

Now, that being said, I still have some things that I need to go ahead and edit, as they were edited already, and I don’t want to just waste that effort. These titles include:

  • THE WANDERLUST SERIES

  • LARGE & LOVELY

  • PINK

  • SNAKESKIN

  • BLIND DATE

  • THE PALE REDHEAD

  • DEMONESS III

  • DEMONESS - THE FORMER PRINCESS

  • DEMONESS - FAREWELL FOR NOW

  • MY UNDEAD LOVER

  • EXPLORATION

So if anyone actually really cared about these edits, those are the titles that will be edited, although hardly anything has changed about them.

Haven never received an edit, unfortunately, so I’ll have to go over that one myself. I’ll begin working on it just as soon as Haven 2 is out. Sorry this got so fucked up.

As for other news?

Well, I’ve made good progress on Haven 2. I’m about 75% done, I think, and like half of that is already edited. (Again, hard to tell with the way I plan things. And a lot of times what I think is one chapter overflows severely and sometimes actually makes two whole chapters. This happened a lot in Demoness IV.) I’m really, really going to try and have that published by the end of the month. Honestly, I’m shooting for within the next two weeks.

After that, I want to dive back into Parasexual.

I’m still going full steam ahead with the covers. I’ve just begun the process of commissioning the Wanderlust IV cover. If I can bust some ass, I might have Wanderlust ‘relaunched’ by the end of the month too, (i.e. new cover art, new edits, nothing else though. Like, I’m not republishing it or anything, just updating.)

After that, I’m going to get new covers for all of my freebie titles currently available.

And so yeah, that’s about the size of it. Honestly, deciding to stop fucking around with this is a pretty big weight off my shoulders. I’m also going to be taking a break near the end of the month, like a real, actual one where I can’t get any work done, so I’m hoping I can come back in August with a clear head ready to write.

My Condition & Releasing Parasexual 3 Early.

Hey everyone, this is just a quick update.

So I’ve come to a decision. I’m going to be releasing Parasexual 3 even though I haven’t yet finished editing it. I’ve never done this before. So why am I doing it now?

Basically, something is wrong with my head. For about two weeks now, I’ve been suffering from headaches and dizzness/light-headedness. I’m in the process of figuring out what’s going on with my doctor, right now we’re largely just ruling things out. While this isn’t exactly debilitating, it is making some things harder. Some things much harder.

I can still write decently well, but for some reason it’s very difficult to read. The best way I can describe the problem is that my mind just keeps wandering away from the words, and on top of that, imagine trying to read while you are lightheaded. I don’t know, maybe it’d be easy for you, but apparently it’s really hard for me. I’m barely managing to edit a few pages per DAY with Parasexual 3, and the pace I’m moving at is way, WAY too slow, and I really need to get a new title out.

Now, if I thought it was going to severely compromise the quality of the story, I wouldn’t do this. I’d just bite the bullet and take the time. But to be honest, my own personal edits don’t really change a lot. At most, I fix a few words and change up the phrasing here and there. So my point is, there honestly isn’t a lot of difference between an unedited version of my story, and an edited one. Honestly, I can only catch so much, the main reasons being that A) I’m not a great editor, and B) I’m blind to a lot of my own mistakes, because my brain autocorrects for me, because I know what it’s supposed to say, so I’ll read over some kind of obvious mistakes.

Now, I will still be editing it in the meantime, and when I finally finish it, I will update the fully edited version, but again, there really won’t be much of a difference. I am sorry about this, I wish I could do better, but it’s an actual physical limitation at the moment.

Parasexual 3 will be up within a day or two. Here’s the cover. Thank you for your support and, hopefully, your understanding.

 
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Apparently Amazon Hates the Valkyries Trilogy...

Oh holy fuck.

Allow me to shine a light on the flat out fucking ridiculous situation I’ve been dealing with since late December 2018.

So, first of all, I’m not convinced that the original problem I encountered has anything to do with everything that came after. Unfortunately, Amazon is so nebulous and opaque with regards to how they communicate LITERALLY FUCKING EVERYTHING, that I have no idea if this is true or not. I’ll provide information on what happened and theories.

This began at the end of last year, when I was finally wrapping up re-publishing my backlog. I published Valkyries 3, but it was blocked during the process. After some digging, I finally pieced together the problem. It’s one I’ve run into before, but one that always slips past my initial thought process, because it’s so fucking stupid.

The inciting incident of Valkyries 3 involves a woman coming to the Valkyries, (a team of mercenaries in a sci-fi setting for those who aren’t in the know), begging them for help after her brother was kidnapped by slavers at the edge of space. They decide to help, and end up going after the slavers. Given the importance of this, I put it in the plot description.

Unfortunately, because it was labeled as erotica, use of the word ‘brother’ in the official synopsis meant (I’m guessing but I feel about 100% confident in my guess, again, this is trial-and-error, not anything Amazon ACTUALLY told me), that it was auto-flagged. I tried publishing it again, removed the word brother and replaced it with ‘someone close to her’. It went through without a problem. Okay, problem solved.

But then, about a week later, it gets blocked again.

The official reason?


Hello,

We’re contacting you regarding the following book:

Valkyries 3 by Misty Vixen

During our review process, we found that this content is in violation of our content guidelines. As a result, we cannot offer this book for sale. If we identify additional submissions with similar content that violates our guidelines you may lose access to optional KDP services and/or face account level actions up to and including termination.

You can find our content guidelines on the KDP website:

https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A2TOZW0SV7IR1U

Best regards,

Amazon KDP


Now, as I’ve said, I’ve run into this before. But other times I at least had a clue as to what the problem was. The same day, I received the exact same message about the paperback version.

At this point, I was confused, as I had no idea what could be doing it. So I decided to roll the dice and reach out. This is where it gets to be a bit of a mess, with long, awkward pauses between responses, and basically just a loop of the exact same shit happening over and over again, so I’ll truncate it and highlight the important parts.

I first went through e-mail, then the phone. (For anyone wondering how in the FUCK I talked to Amazon on the phone, three things. First, they call you, you don’t call them. Second, the only possible way is to send them a message through the Contact Us form, specifically requesting a phone call. And even then, it’s no guarantee that they’ll do it. Third, don’t expect genuine help. The people on the other end range from robotic to sounding like they genuinely want to help, but the reality of the situation is that there’s an almost 100% chance they have no knowledge of how to solve your problem, nor do they have the power to solve your problem. Literally all they can do is ask the people in the other department who actually handle this shit to solve the problem, and those people are apparently assholes, as I’ll demonstrate in the following text.)

I think I talked on the phone SIX times over the past month and a half or so. The first few times, I spoke with whoever answered, explained the situation, and ultimately they told me they would get in touch with the Content Review Team, who are the ones actually doing this fucking shit, and try to get a straight answer out of them. The last few times, I escalated it, and spoke with someone from the next tier, basically a manager, and was told…basically the same thing.

The result? Always the same. I would receive a form letter from the Kindle Content Review Team that was an actual, literal copy-paste of the initial message. Sometimes I would get a simple message from the person I’d just gotten off the phone with, basically verifying that they were sending out their own message to the Content Review Team. When I got back my bullshit copy-paste response from the Content Review Team, I eventually e-mailed that initial person who had helped me over the phone, requesting further assistance, AS THE EXACT THING I HAD WARNED THEM WOULD HAPPEN DID IN FACT HAPPEN. (I specifically stated that I was tired of receiving a literally useless copy-paste response.)

What happened? I got a response to that initial email, only it was a DIFFERENT person responding, AND IT WAS ANOTHER COPY-PASTE OF THAT SAME FUCKING MESSAGE!

I feel like I’m in a fucking M. Night Shyamalan movie. Like, I’ll start seeing that fucking copy-paste response about violating content guidelines on billboards and the sides of buses and in my fucking dreams.

Well, then the situation got worse.

While at first it was initially contained to just Valkyries 3, it has since spread. Suddenly, I got a message that the Valkyries 1 paperback had been taken down for…copyright violations? This was actually the same reason the Valkyries 3 paperback was taken down…in addition to the content guidelines shit. Two completely separate issues.

Then I was informed that the Valkyries Trilogy, both eBook and paperback versions, were blocked.

It was like a fucking virus, and it was spreading.

The 17th of February was when I realized that Amazon has lost their shit.

I received take-down notices for the paperback & eBook versions of Valkyries: The Complete First Season, and Valkyries: The Complete Third Season. THOSE AREN’T EVEN FUCKING AVAILABLE ANYMORE!

So what IS the problem!?

Amazon literally won’t tell me. Like, they actually REFUSE to tell me what the problem is. I have no idea what it is, but I think it may lay somewhere within the actual text itself. I’ve been struggling for weeks, racking my brain trying to think of what could possibly be triggering their bots or algorithm or whatever fucking broken thing they’ve implemented. I’m almost positive at this point that it must be something actually within the story itself. It isn’t the title, nor the cover, nor the synopsis, because multiple titles have been taken down. Literally the only consistencies between the new versions and the old versions that have been blocked is the actual text within the book itself, everything else is different.

Initially, I thought it was something just in Valkyries 3, when both it and The Complete Trilogy got taken down, because whatever is in Valkyries 3, is obviously in The Complete Trilogy. I figured it was some word, some phrase that Amazon was picking up on. I have no idea WHAT, but it must be something. But then the mystery widened when Valkyries 1 got hit too. So it has to be some kind of recurring phrase or word. But what is it?!

I’ve thought and thought, and literally the only thing that comes to mind at all that Valkyries deals with that none of my other stories deals with is slavery. The protagonists are taking down slavers. I don’t understand why this is a bad thing, but there’s some stuff that if you pair with something labeled as erotica, no matter the context at all, it gets auto-banned. Maybe that’s just some new hot-button issue for them? But then that doesn’t make sense, because it isn’t brought up at all in Valkyries 1. So what the fuck?

The problem here is that I have no fucking clue. If they would just work with me and TELL ME what the fucking problem is, I’d be glad to work with them and try to fix it. If it’s just one phrase or something, you know? But I have no idea what it could possibly be. I’ve got nothing!

About two weeks ago, I sent a lengthy email to the Content Review Team basically pleading with them to help me out SOMEHOW. Well, as of today, not only have I not received even the basic response of another copy-paste, I HAVE RECEIVED NO RESPONSE AT ALL. Literally none. They never responded to the message.

Due to this, I’ve been forced to give up and just take down Valkyries 2. I have no idea what the problem is, Amazon refuses to tell me, so I’m going to instead be republishing the trilogy to other sites like Barnes & Nobles, Smashwords, Kobo, etc.

Goddamnit. Fuck Amazon.

A Few Quick Updates

Hey, just thought I’d fill everyone in on a few things I’m doing and a few decisions I’ve come to.

So, first of all, I’ve got a friend who’s going to help me by editing my work, which I figure will be very helpful. Provided this works out and I’m not too demanding, I’m going to give them all my older works to look over, and new works from now on. Hopefully this’ll catch a lot of the little things that I miss. It’ll never be perfect, but better is good.

And because I need to look over anything that’s been edited by another person, this means that I’ll have to be looking over my entire catalog…again. I’m honestly hoping this is genuinely the last time I have to do this, and since that’s going to be happening, I’m going to take the opportunity to actually create a working timeline for my various universes.

With my paranormal and post-apocalyptic universes, I could do it right now, since there’s so little there right now. But with something like my fantasy and sci-fi universes, especially the fantasy one, I need to go back through and really examine everything. As a very rough notion, the order in which I wrote the stories is basically the timeline. I did try to put in some references to events in other books, but honestly, I should have been figuring this out more specifically. I don’t think most people really care all that much, but I know there are some dedicated fans who want to know, which is awesome, so I’ll be doing this as well.

This whole process is going to take quite awhile, and will be going on quietly in the background for several months at least.

Now, the bigger decision.

I have decided that I will NOT be re-writing Alien Harem & Valkyries. Instead, I’ll be re-releasing them as is (with new cover art/formatting though). The reason I’m doing this is because going back over Desire and Demoness and expanding them has taught me an important lesson: I DO NOT DO WELL WITH RETREADING OLD GROUND.

This expansion process has actually taken a pretty big toll on me. I’m having a really hard time with writing new material for Demoness right now. I think it’s probably coming out okay, but it’s kind of like running a marathon. It’s really frustrating. And it really just taught me that while at first I might enjoy the process of rewriting Alien Harem or Valkyries, it would quickly become a huge drain on me, and that’s actually rewriting entire NOVELS, not just writing some new material.

So, if you were looking forward to those, I am sorry, but I’ve learned that I really need to look forward to new material, because I actually have a LOT of ideas that I’m really eager to get to, and that holding them up just to rehash older material doesn’t make sense any longer.

As of right now, I’m kind of on approach to the home stretch of finishing up Parasexual 2. Probably another two weeks of writing, I think, we’ll see.

Almost done with the expansion of Demoness, just need to finish writing the final piece of new content, then finish editing the rest of the novel to make sure it all fits together. Then it needs to be edited, as well as Demoness II & III. Then they go up and get enrolled in the Kindle Unlimited!

I also got started writing the Demoness short that takes place after III but before IV. Got about a thousand words in last night. I don’t think it’ll be longer than maybe eight thousand words. Once Demoness is done, I’ll turn my full extra attention to that short. I’m so looking forward to having them both done and out. I suck at multi-tasking most of the time.

I'm Returning to the Kindle Unlimited

The first question I imagine is: Why? Why in the hell am I doing this?

There’s a few reasons.

Since the beginning, I’ve had hopes and aspirations. I’d like to say that getting anyone to buy or even read my work is enough, but that would be a lie. I’m not like those people who ask “Why does it always have to be about money, can’t you just be happy with the act of creation? You should be lucky that anyone has read your work, let alone paid for it.” Well, the answer to that question is, uh, the fucking world runs on money, and you need it to literally live.

Don’t get me wrong, I do write to be read, to make people happy, but I also need to make a living.

And for a long time, I actually was largely okay with making a living. That alone put me in probably the top 5% of every indie author who took a shot at writing as a job. Again, I was, and still am, extremely grateful that there are enough people out there who like me and my work that I can make this my job.

But since the beginning, I have had that vague idea of making a lot of money from writing. Like real money, you know? I don’t think I’ll ever be a millionaire. The idea still seems ridiculous to me. But then I finally began to achieve REAL success, making life-changing money. And you know what? I was able to actually do shit with that money. I gave my mom some money to help out with bills, I helped my friends out with some of their problems, I actually put money into a savings account, I was able to leave great tips.

To be honest, I’d make a lousy ‘conventional’ rich person. I don’t want a mansion, or even a really big house. I don’t want a new car that costs 50 grand. I don’t care about drugs. I’m not much of a vacation person. Obviously I’d like to have money to buy nicer things, but I also would love to be able to legitimately help people who need it, and life has proven to me time and again that by far the most effective way to help people is with money.

The amount of money I was making in April and May meant that I could do that.

In the months since the whole catastrophe, I’ve had a lot to think about, and this was the conclusion that I came to: I will never again achieve the level of success I saw without the Kindle Unlimited. Because of this, I am functionally living without the same hope that I used to have. As I said before, I was, and to a degree still am, thrilled to be making a living doing this. But there was always that sort of ‘real success is out there somewhere over the horizon if I just keep trying long and hard enough’ feeling to my life.

That’s gone now.

So my choices became these:

  • Stay out of the KU and settle for the fact that I’ve basically peaked, and this is as good as it’s going to get for the rest of my life. Sure, I might see some more success after many more years of plugging away, but that might feels far, far more diminished now, because Amazon clearly favors those in the KU. I think they even go so far as to not just give those in the KU preferential treatment, but actually suppress those who aren’t in it.

  • Go in the Kindle Unlimited, probably begin to see genuine success again, and live under a lot more stress because I am effectively playing Russian Roulette with my career. I still don’t trust Amazon. After what happened in May, I probably never will again. What happened before could happen again, and this time I might get terminated. But I might not. Maybe they actually changed some stuff in the backend, or maybe they’re actually trying to clean up, even a little. Or maybe what I’ve heard, that accounts don’t get terminated without a real human being getting involved.

So basically, I have to choose whether or not to live with hope. Hope is important. Making progress, achieving goals, doing things, these are all integral components to the human condition and to getting any kind of real satisfaction out of life.

I’d like to take a moment to say I don’t think I deserve massive success, or any success really. I’m more pointing out that clearly I’m capable of it (…if I get lucky enough…). I try to take ‘deserve’ out of the equation for my own life. I have a pretty low opinion of myself, and spent a long time feeling like a failure. I still do. But having actual, genuine facts that prove that I can actually succeed at writing has helped somewhat.

That’s my more personal reason I’m doing it, but I have another, probably bigger reason, and that is: the fans.

I received several messages from people telling me they wouldn’t be able to afford my titles unless they got them through the Kindle Unlimited. That was pretty unhappy news. I want to be available to people, and I definitely do want people to be able to read me. And being in the KU means that a shitload more people will be able to.

Sorry if this kind of rambling.

There are the reasons: I want more people to be able to read my work and I want to live my life at least thinking that it’s still trending gradually upwards…not down, and I want to help people.

So let’s get into the more practical side of things.

Part of the Kindle Unlimited deal is that any titles enrolled in the KU must be exclusive to Amazon. Which obviously means I won’t be able to publish them on any of the other platforms, nor will I be able to utilize my Patreon as I have been. So I’ll just say it here and now: If you are a 10$ Patron, you should either lower or remove the donation, since that tier will not be useful for much longer.

Now, as for how I plan on actually handling this whole thing.

I will be slowly reintroducing myself into the Kindle Unlimited. Paranormal Passions, when it releases on the 15th, will be uploaded to the KU. I’m doing this because I’m paranoid. While I still don’t have any real idea why I was threatened, I do think that some of it probably had to do with the INSANE success I was suddenly seeing. It probably didn’t look legit, even though stuff like this does happen legitimately.

(Seriously, Amazon is punishing authors for being successful? This whole thing is still goddamned ridiculous.)

Going forward, all new releases will be placed in the KU. And I’ll occasionally slip another of my already-published ones in, probably with a prioritization on Demoness, given that’s my flagship franchise.

That’s about it. Please, wish me luck. I’m playing Russian Roulette now.

If you have any questions at all, please ask. Either in the comments or send me an email. I will respond.

And to my fans, and readers, and supporters, seriously thank you. I obviously need to make a living and pay my bills, but having people actually read and even enjoy what I write is its own reward, and a massive one. I hope through my writing that I’ve helped you in some way, even if it’s just to pass the time, because you all have helped me in ways beyond measure.

Post-Crisis Update or How Amazon Quartered My Income For No Reason

In March of 2018, I had the worst month, sales wise, of my entire career since it had become financially viable in 2015.

In April of 2018, I finally managed to get some new cover art out that I had been holding onto for awhile, and also finally managed to release my first ever feature-length novel, DEMONESS II. At the same time, I also decided to try something I'd been waffling about for awhile. I took down the old, episodic versions of my series HELLCATS and re-released it as a novel with brand new cover art.

This created a perfect storm.

I began selling. First some, then a lot. Then, as April was beginning to close out, a metric fuckton of books. I was selling like crazy. To this day, I don't know what precisely did it. I think that mostly it was luck. Right books at the right time. That and being in the Kindle Unlimited probably helped a lot.

As I pressed on into May, I was still kind of dazed, but also ecstatic. It felt like finally, FINALLY, after years of desperate struggle, writing my fucking ass off, (I average about one novel per MONTH for three solid years), I was finally receiving what I had fucking earned. And I planned on capitalizing on that.

I published WOMEN OF THE WILD, a novel I had written and edited in late 2017 but was saving for later, figuring that now was the perfect time. I busted ass and got HELLCATS 2 out the door as fast as I could and got to work on preparing Hellcats 3 and Demoness III as well.

And then it happened. In the afternoon of May 10th, at around 4PM, I went to check on my sales numbers and suddenly discovered that I couldn't log in. I also checked my e-mail and found this message waiting for me.


Hello,

We are reaching out to you as a follow-up on our previous communication regarding reading or borrow activity originating from accounts attempting to manipulate Kindle services. We detected continued illegitimate activity after our communication and, as a result, we have suspended your account to protect our publishers and readers experience.

We need you to take the necessary actions to stop the activity. We encourage you to review any marketing services you may have used, since you are responsible for ensuring that the strategies used to promote your books comply with our Terms and Conditions. Once you have done so, please send a response to content-review@amazon.com which includes a statement that you reviewed all marketing services you may have used, and confirms the discontinued use of any that might be responsible for this activity.

Once we receive this affirmation, we will reactivate your account. Please be aware, any additional illegitimate activity may result in termination. If we don’t receive this affirmation, we will terminate your account after 14 days.

Regards,

Amazon KDP


Naturally, this sent me into a fucking panic. I responded to the best my ability...and they responded by taking down every single eBook I had ever fucking published in my entire life. I got a message back from Amazon the next day stating that they had decided to reinstate my account, but when I asked them about all my missing books, it took them a whole day to respond that it was a glitch and they would need five motherfucking days to 'look into it.'

Well, while I was initially waiting for that message back, I freaked the fuck out and ended up emailing Jeff Bezos, since in an interview he gave out his personal email address and claimed that he would personally review any problems that anyone had with Amazon.

Although to this day I never received a response from Jeff, or from that Amazon associate who claimed they'd get back to me within five days, my eBooks were put back up within 24 hours. So...that was nice at least.

But now I had a problem. That 'previous communication' they mentioned was from a weird little situation that had happened back in February of 2018. I'd noticed that ALL of my KU reads for the month had vanished. At first I didn't think much of it, I thought it was a glitch, but then I received a message warning me about 'reading or borrow activity originating from accounts attempting to manipulate Kindle services.'

I didn't know what the fuck they were talking about, and while at first they admitted that my reads had been taken in error, they never gave them back. So that second message I got was my second strike, which resulted in a suspension.

I was terrified that a third false positive would result in a flat-out termination, which would basically cripple me as a writer, if not outright kill my career.

Now, I did some research and determined that what was most likely causing this was this situation:

1) Some worthless piece of fucking shit scam artist writes some 'books', throws them up in the Kindle Unlimited, then creates a fake bot account to 'read' all of their books, so that they earn money for page reads.

2) In order to hide the fact that this is a fake account, they have their bot read other author's books to completion.

3) Amazon discovers the fake account, and decides to punish EVERYONE who has had a book read by that account.

No one knows for sure if this is what's happening, this is all just guesswork, because Amazon flat out refuses to give anyone a straight answer as to why they are being arbitrarily fucked over.

(Side Note: Yes, I understand the logic behind Amazon's refusal to give out information on this subject, because then the scammers could take that information and find new workarounds. I understand that, but people's accounts should NOT be suspended/terminated without an actual human being getting involved and they should NOT be taking this 'guilty until proven innocent' approach. It. Is. Wrong.)

Obviously, I was terrified that if whatever tripped up this bot the first two times with false positives did so a third time, Amazon would summarily execute my account despite the fact that I have never done anything shady or against the TOC.

For the record, not only have I never attempted to manipulate Amazon, the Kindle Unlimited, or my readers, nor do I ever have any intention to do so, I don't even know how to. Seriously, I'm not that smart, I just write stories about people having adventures and fucking, and I'm not even great at that.

I tried to come to Amazon with my concerns, but they literally stonewalled me. I never got ONE response to a few emails I sent asking what kind of guarantee they could give me of any kind of protection against this happening again, or even just some advice or help against preventing these false positives.

The thing is, I understand the need to protect the readers, and other authors, and the KU itself. I would actually be perfectly fine with surrendering any ill-gotten reads I may have gotten. I'd have no problem with that.

But when my entire career, my ability to earn fucking money, can be ERASED by a company that apparently does not give a shit about authors for literally no other reason than one of their overzealous and clearly broken bots or AIs falsely targeted me, well...then naturally I want to disassociate myself with the thing that can make that happen.

I.e. the Kindle Unlimited.

Because that is literally the ONLY thing this is about.

Finally, I sent them an ultimatum: Either promise me protection from this broken fucking bot of theirs, or pull EVERY one of my titles out of the KU immediately.

Although they did not respond to ONE of my polite requests for some kind of help, to make some kind of sense of what was happening, they responded to that one almost fucking immediately. And took everything out of the KU.

So I spent the next few months trying to just get on with my life and figure out where to go from here. I was also living in mortal terror that it would happen again, because although my titles were no longer available through the KU, those that had been borrowed before everything was pulled out were still in the libraries of the users who had borrowed them, and would remain so until they naturally fell out of the KU themselves.

In short, when you enroll a title in the Kindle Unlimited, it is on a 90-day lifespan. At the end of that 90 days, you can either choose to keep it enrolled, or pull it out. As of right now, some of my titles still aren't out yet.

My thought was that my books might still be in the libraries of fake accounts, and get read, AND TRIP UP THE FUCKING BOT AGAIN.

So far, that hasn't happened. I think I'm in the clear now, but it's hard to be sure. I'm still getting page reads here and there.

Naturally, this has given me a shitload of depression, anxiety, rage, insomnia, all that stuff. Demoness III was supposed to be done by the end of June, maybe early July. 

I AM STILL NOT DONE WITH IT YET.

And it actually gets way worse. Not for me, but for a lot of other people.

I am not the only one this has been happening to.

Jan Stryvant was fucked over for no reason.

J. A. Cipriano's Amazon account was unceremoniously executed.

Michael-Scott Earle was ripped out of Amazon abruptly.

David Gaughran has been writing about this stuff for awhile now.

Here's a good article from Deanna's World talking more about this whole thing.

The same thing happened to A. D. McCammon.

That's who I could find off the top of my head. Apparently, there's a lot of others. And I've read a LOT of comments of pissed off customers who said they canceled their KU subscription in response to this shit.

Now, I don't know who is guilty and who is innocent, but based on the fact that I didn't do anything even slightly shady and I got nailed to the fucking wall by Amazon, I'm willing to bet that most of them who got slammed by this are innocent. (I do know that there's a lot of controversy surrounding Michael-Scott Earle regarding some either shady or unintelligent trademark attempts, and he called most indies stupid, but I still have no idea if he actually did anything wrong with regards to publishing practices.)

So what's Amazon's response to dozens, if not more, of innocent authors getting screwed by false positives and who knows how many people pulling out of the Kindle Unlimited and even a petition with over 1,500 signatures for Amazon to change it's policies towards Authors and KENP reads and another petition with almost 2,500 supporters to reinstate Michael-Scott Earle and J. A. Cipriano?

Nothing, basically. They stonewalled us.

So what's the fallout from this fucking disaster for me?

Well, in May of 2018, I made MORE THAN I DID FOR THE ENTIRETY OF LAST YEAR. Let that sink for a minute, because it still hasn't for me. In July? I made 1/4 of that. Now while that is still a decent income...it's looking like it's still dropping.

So basically, here's what happened. After 3 and 1/2 years busting my fucking ass, playing their game by their fucking rules, and writing like crazy, I finally succeed. Not through illegitimate tactics. Not through shady means. No bullshit, no trickery, no unsavory schemes.

I did it the fucking RIGHT way.

And my reward was all this shit, and to have it literally ripped away from me for no reason. 

And Amazon doesn't give a shit.

Now, does this mean I'm fucked forever? Probably not. I'm still going to work very hard, write a lot of new novels, and try to make my readers happy and make a living doing the one thing I actually am even remotely good at and brings me any kind of happiness. I might even manage to get lucky again and make some real money again doing this. But how often does lightning strike twice?

This brings me to the last part of my update/recap/rant.

I'm sure there are people asking "Well why are you putting all your eggs in one basket? Why aren't you just publishing elsewhere?"

Well, for one, I am. And for two: Because Amazon has a fucking 80% share of the eBook market. They're the only ones who are actually doing it right. Talk to most other authors who've gone wide, ask them where most of their sales come from. They'll say Amazon.

Amazon almost effectively has a monopoly on the eBook game.

There's a story I once heard that was about a gambling man who was playing a game of cards in a small town, and he was getting fucked over badly. Very badly. Everyone could see that he was getting cheated. And someone asked him, "Why are you doing this? Why are you playing this game if they're cheating you so bad?" And the man just shrugged and said, "It's the only game in town."

Why am I still relying so heavily on Amazon? Why am I playing their game?

If you're looking to make an actual career out of writing and you aren't willing to get fucked over even worse by Big Publishing, then Amazon's functionally the only game in town.

Availability

This is just a quick little informational post.

Some of my titles are available through Smashwords, and I plan to release pretty much everything through there eventually. What some people might not realize is that Smashwords is actually a gateway platform. When I upload to them, they, in turn upload to like a ton of other sites. And even for people who do realize this, they might not realize just how many freaking sites Smashwords uploads to.

I sure wasn't until I actually looked into it. It's a lot!

Now, I'll only be listing five sites/platforms for my titles. These include: Amazon, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, Smashwords, and iTunes. The reason why is because I don't want to get overloaded with links to over a dozen different platforms, and also because I think those are the ones that people use the most by far.

However, here are other places that I am and will be available! (NOTE: I don't even know what some of these are.)

  • Baker & Taylor/Follett
  • cloudLibrary
  • Diesel
  • Flipkart
  • Gardners Extended Retail
  • Inktera (formerly Page Foundry)
  • Library Direct
  • Odilo
  • Overdrive
  • Oyster
  • Scribd
  • Sony
  • Tolino

Again, I don't even know what half of these are. There's one called txtr that I just did a bit of research on and learned that it went bankrupt in 2015! Smashwords needs to update their list. Now, I have not personally checked out all of these sites/platforms. I can't even find some of them. This is just the list that Smashwords gave me. For all I know, they could be lying. (They obviously were about txtr.)

But if you are familiar with one or more of these, and use them, then you should be able to buy my books through them!

If you're concerned about what platform gets me the most amount of money per sale, actually, Smashwords does! But like no one buys through Smashwords, which I don't blame them. Next on the list is definitely Amazon. I get 70% of every digital sale, 60% of every paperback sale (after the cost of creating the paperback). But this is just for people who are a bit more conscious of that kind of thing. Wherever you get my work, I just hope you enjoy it!

Mini Update

Hey everyone.

This is more of an excuse to rant about things. It won't take too long.

Basically I'm just angry because ever since the whole thing happened with Amazon back in mid May, it feels like I've never entirely lost a background anxiety, because things kept happening. On the heels of dealing with that, (which caused old anxiety problems to flare and remanifest, naturally), I've had a few oddly vague yet potentially terrifying health problems.

To be clear, I am not in any immediate danger and I'm basically okay (as far as I know). Honestly, if I knew what was causing the problems, and it wasn't a big deal, I'd be fine. I'm not traditionally a hypochondriac, but I am paranoid and a bit of a worrier. So yeah, I've been having vague yet persistent troubles. I am going to go to the doctor soon after figuring that these vague problems have been going on for a week now and is probably worth actually checking out.

So because of all this anxiety and worry, I've been depressed and distracted and frustrated.

This has, obviously, eaten into my ability to write consistently.

The result of this is that I've fallen behind a lot on Demoness III. As of now, I've written four of ten chapters. On the flip side, I'm actually almost done writing Parasexual. I'm on the last chapter.

The main reason this is happening is because Parasexual is simpler than Demoness III, (a more traditional erotica that focuses more on sex than story, though there is a story), I tend to start the day out by writing for it first. Now, because of the stress, it tends to take longer and longer to A) wake up and get started, and B) get through writing for Parasexual. Then I feel drained and frustrated by the time I get to Demoness III. To make matters worse, Demoness III definitely feels more complex and complicated, which makes me worry over getting it right more...which makes me hesitate more often than I would if I wasn't feeling so emotionally taxed.

Honestly, all of this just feels like me fucking whining and making excuses, but I guess I'd rather whine and make excuses than say nothing or even lie. I'd rather tell the truth.

So, with that out of the way, let's do some mini-updates.

Wanderlust is coming out tomorrow!

I'm still on track to release the Patreon Library this month.

I'm writing a few more advice articles.

As stated before, I'm almost done with Parasexual. Currently writing the last chapter, and as soon as that's done, I'll get to editing and then publish it! I'm going to work at getting back on course with regularly writing Demoness III, and once Parasexual is wrapped up, I'm going to take some time to focus exclusively on Demoness III. Once I make some real progress on it and settle back into writing regularly for it, I'll begin writing Parasexual 2 alongside it. I'm also in the early planning phases of Women of the Wild II.

And that's it. There's the little update and my excuse to get my frustrations about stupid things that have been happening lately.

Changes & Plans

So, a lot's been happening.

Right now, I'm still gathering my thoughts. I feel like I'm picking the pieces back up, and walking on thin ice, waiting for something else to go horrifically wrong. But I'm going to continue forward with the tentative hope that the worst of it is over.

I want to recap a little, to make sure everyone is up to speed. I'll give a rough sequence of events.

After a massive boost in success thanks to luck and me releasing new, longer content with new cover art, and seeing more success in a few weeks than I have in my entire career, Amazon fucked me over and threatened to terminate my account when they falsely accused me of attempting to manipulate the Kindle Unlimited via page reads. I defended myself to the best of my ability, letting them know that not only did I not do that, I would never do that, nor do I even know how. In the process of this, every eBook I've ever written was removed from the store. I did manage to get them all back after a few fucking DAYS.

An in-depth post about this whole sorry thing can be read here.

Realizing that I can no longer trust Amazon, and that all of this seems to be tied to page reads in the Kindle Unlimited, I began trying to pull out of the KU. In an attempt to protect myself, I took down every individual episodic title that was in the KU, instead of waiting for them to fall out naturally, as I can't just pull out. Luckily, after I asked to be pulled out, Amazon agreed and took all of my titles out of the KU. You can read about that in detail here and here.

Now, I have decided to keep almost all of my episodic stories, and individual collections, (not including the Complete Seasons and Trilogies), unpublished, on the grounds that I will be re-publishing these stories in a cheaper and better format over the next year or so, and I would rather people have access to the better versions than the inferior versions. However, if people really, really want them, I've left up the Complete Seasons & Trilogies.

I would also like to point out that as I get close to re-releasing these titles, I will take down the old versions ahead of time. This is why Royal Lust (formerly Royal Love) is no longer available, as it is coming out June 1st.

Some of you may have noticed that Valkyries and Alien Harem have disappeared from the Kindle Store. There is a reason for this. Basically, as I think about my re-releases, some things occur to me, and here's something important that I realized.

I'm not very satisfied with most of my content. The reason for this is because...well, honestly, I guess a few different reasons. My own failings as a writer to be sure, but also because I just wasn't sure what I was doing for most of it. And, to compound the situation, writing in episodic shorts honestly does fuck with my ability to tell a good story. Or at least a story to my own satisfaction.

And this has shown up a few times in the form of, for example, Valkyries. I wrote that as almost kind of like a good version of Hellcats. Or my upcoming Parasexual. It's basically a better version of Paranormal Passions.

Because I have gotten better at writing, (I mean, I hope), and because I can write novels now, I'm really feeling the urge to redo a few of my older works, as I had much higher hopes for them, and knew they could be more than what they ended up being.

Alien Harem and Valkyries are the two I intend to do full on rewrites of. I think Alien Harem could at least be a solid trilogy, maybe even a bit more, but I think Valkyries could be a full on series. And I have more I want to say with Valkyries and I think it could be a really awesome series.

Now, in terms of what I'm doing right now.

I'm working on Demoness III. Definitely not as far in as I'd like to be, and as everything finishes settling, (I also have some unrelated real-life stuff going on right now, nothing bad, just distracting), I'm looking forward to settling in and making good progress on this just about every single day until it's done! And from the layout I've created, and how comfortable I'm getting writing novels, I think this one might actually be longer than Demoness II!

Basically the same story for Parasexual. Once everything settles, I'll make daily progress on it, too. This one will likely be about as long as Hellcats, so it shouldn't take as long to write.

The other thing I'm working on in the background right now is preparing my re-releases for, well, re-release. There typically isn't a great deal of work that goes into this, but there's enough that it warrants some preparation.

This is as far as I'm going to go on my in-progress projects. Well, writing-wise, at least. I don't want to spread myself too thin. Two projects at once is enough.

Now, as for what I plan on doing after that?

I've given it some thought, and I've decided that I will not be working on Haven after Parasexual. Instead, I will continue on with Parasexual until it is finished. This stems from not wanting to have too many series in progress at once. Three is enough. (And that's excluding the re-releases.)

That being said, I've received an unexpectedly large and positive response to Women of the Wild, and as such, once Demoness III is complete, I will begin production of Women of the Wild II. After that, I have a solid idea of what I want to do for Demoness IV, and will write that, followed by Women of the Wild III.

Once Demoness IV wraps up, I'll need to assess the situation. The thing is, I have ideas, to be sure, for several more Demoness books. But I have other ideas that I really want to get to, and I also don't want to work on a series too much, or I'll burn myself, and probably the readers, out. So there's a good chance that I'll put Demoness on the back burner.

While I will continue to work on Women of the Wild, as I have pretty solid ideas of what I want to do for Parts III, IV, & V, I'll have to decide what series to start up next. There's a very good chance that I'll finally begin my Sci-Fi Action Erotica series Wild Discovery.

Once Parasexual is wrapped up, I'll probably begin working on my rewrite of Alien Harem.

For the foreseeable future, this is how it will go. I'll have three series actively in production, with two of them being larger and more 'serious', with one of them being shorter and more focused on erotica and sex. And by shorter I mean 40,000 - 50,000 words, (Hellcats was 50,000 words for reference).

That's the gist of it.

I do, however, have one more big thing I want to talk about. My Patreon.

I've recently given it a revamp and a few things are different. One is a massive difference.

So, first of all, if you donate 1$/month, you will get access to the first chapters of my works in progress. 5$/month gets you access to the nude alternate versions of my covers and the first chapters.

I've added a new tier. For 10$/month, you will get access to all my books. This will come in the form of two downloadables: a kindle-ready file and a PDF, or you could just read it right there on Patreon. I'm planning on launching this in June and will do a full blog post explaining it. I also want to say that not everything will be available right away, mainly because of the Kindle Unlimited. Although I am technically pulled out of the KU, any of my books that have been borrowed by people will stay in their libraries until they naturally expire. So because Amazon has made me SUPER paranoid, I'm going to refrain from posting Hellcats, Demoness, or Women of the Wild related content until they naturally expire. Sorry, but I really just want to avoid any potential bullshit from Amazon.

Here's what I intend to have ready to go on launch: Royal Lust, Wanderlust, My Undead Lover, & Exploration. I will upload titles before their official release dates. Eventually, the Hellcats Trilogy, Women of the Wild, Demoness I & II, and The Misty Vixen Starter Pack will be available. I'm not going to put up my free titles (Snakeskin, Pink, Blind Date, The Pale Redhead, Large & Lovely), because they're freely available in all formats already.

I honestly have no idea if anyone will be interested in this, but I figure it couldn't hurt to experiment and give it a shot.

With how the past week or so has gone, I really feel like I need a backup plan or two in terms of being able to pay my bills and buy food.

So yeah, that's everything! Hope this was useful. Thanks for reading!

I've Successfully Pulled Out of the Kindle Unlimited - What's Next?

Right now, it's about 8AM. This whole thing has really fucked up my sleep schedule and given me some bad anxiety-related insomnia.

So. I was trying to sleep, couldn't, and checked my e-mail again for the hundredth time. My heart jerked pretty hard when I saw a new e-mail from Amazon. This is what I got.


Hello,

I’ve cancelled your KDP Select enrollment on your behalf.

Customers who have already borrowed your book can still read it until it's finished, returned, or their Kindle Unlimited subscription expires. As a result, you may see new Kindle Edition Normalized Pages (KENP) read appear in your reports until then.

See the KDP Select Enrollment Help page for more information:
https://kdp.amazon.com/help?topicId=A3M9JQJV7RDER9

Thanks for using Amazon KDP.

Amazon.com


So...yay?

I still feel like I'm under threat, because all the KU page reads I've gotten so far could still trigger their bot or algorithm or AI or whatever the fuck it is that's seeking 'illegitimate borrow activity' with a fucking vengeance.

So I still feel like I'm living with a fucking shotgun aimed at my forehead.

I've checked, and all my remaining titles that were in the KU are now not. I'm honestly hoping that this will be enough to get me out of harm's way.

But, what comes next? Because obviously this has all been a pretty huge upset for my plans.

Well, my brain's still spinning, but I've got a few things I know for sure, and a few thoughts.

#1) I am for sure going to forge ahead with publishing my re-releases, although I've had a few thoughts on that. Namely, I think I'm going to hold some of them back, because upon further reflection, I've realized that I might actually want to just do a full rewrite of them. Not many of them, just a few. We'll see about that. These will continue to be released at 2.99$ in eBook, and 9.99$ in paperback.

#2) I am for sure going to press on with Demoness III and Parasexual. I will try to get these written and released by June, but given all that has happened and how little I've got written over the past week, I'm not sure I can promise this. But I will be working very hard on these two titles, they will be my primary focus.

#3) Now that I am not longer beholden to Amazon's exclusivity, I am planning on releasing my titles through Smashwords as well, which will then distribute them to a good number of other platforms, chief among them the Nook, and Kobo. Unfortunately, since I have less control over the formatting there, I can't promise they'll look as good as they do on Amazon, and am really just hoping that the cover and writing make purchases through other platforms worth it.

#4) I've gotten messages from a few people lamenting my pulling out of the Kindle Unlimited, as they are fans of my work, but cannot afford to buy all or even most of my books, which I completely understand. This has led me to start thinking about producing my own subscription based service. Essentially, what I'm thinking right now is that I'll create a new tier for my Patreon. For 10$/month, you'll get access to all of my books. I don't know how many people would be interested in that, but it would at least be a good experiment, I think.

Those are my main thoughts right now.

At this point, I just want to keep my head down, steer clear of any further false accusations, and just, you know, write. And be able to make people happy and make a living off of that.

That'd be great.

Mid Crisis Update (I am PISSED.)

Let me start off by saying that: I. AM. FURIOUS.

Second, this is going to be a LONG post.

In case anyone hasn't noticed, EVERY SINGLE EBOOK I HAVE EVER WRITTEN IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE IN THE KINDLE STORE.

How in the fuck did I arrive here?

Well, lets get back to where it all started.

As March of this year rolled around, I noticed something strange. All of my page reads for February had disappeared. At first, I honestly didn't think much of it. I figured it was some kind of error. Weird errors have been known to crop up, and I was busy.

Then I suddenly got a message.


Hello,

We are reaching out to you because we detected reading or borrow activity for your books originating from illegitimate accounts attempting to manipulate the Kindle programs. These accounts might be related to a third-party marketing service. You will receive royalties associated with legitimate or paid sales; however, we will not pay for reading activity related to illegitimate accounts. 

We fully support the efforts of our publishers to promote their books.  However, please be aware you are also responsible for ensuring that the strategies used to promote your books comply with our Terms and Conditions. We encourage you to thoroughly review any marketing services employed for promotional purposes.

We take activities that jeopardize the experience of our readers and other authors seriously.   Please know any additional violation of our Terms and Conditions – including violation caused by any marketing services you, or others on your behalf, may have used – could result in account level actions, up to and including termination of your KDP account. 

Please email us at content-review@amazon.com if you have any questions.

Regards,
Amazon KDP


So I was like: WTF? I promptly got back to them, ensuring them that not only would I not attempt anything illegal or illegitimate in regards to my page reads, I don't even know how. And as for marketing: well, I had actually finally done some marketing...back in October...and in March.

So the marketing I did back in October of 2017 was for Desire, was very low-key, and resulted in basically no sales/page reads. So I figured, "Oh well." And didn't come back. Obviously there was no way that this could be affecting my page reads in FEBRUARY. (Side Note: My page reads for February weren't even that good. No sudden spike. No massive uptick. Honestly, they were below average.) And the marketing set for March was slightly more upscale, but...it was set for March. Obviously, it could have no bearing on what happened in February. (Spoiler: It didn't do well either.)

Naturally, I was confused. And naturally, I began asking: "So, given the fact that this is not at all my fault, when am I going to get my page reads back?"

At first, I got a boilerplate response.


Hello,

Thank you for your email regarding the status of your account.

Illegitimate reading or borrow activity is intended to manipulate Kindle services or products. This activity sometimes results from marketing services you might have used to promote your book. We encourage you to review any marketing services used. Please know that you are responsible for ensuring the strategies used to promote your books comply with our Terms and Conditions to avoid termination of your KDP account.

You may email us at content-review@amazon.com with any questions.

Regards,

Amazon.com


So, I sent another response, again emphasizing my need for further information on this, primarily, uh, when do I get my page reads back now that you know it's not my fault? I've been hearing stories about Amazon's stonewalling tactics of just repeatedly sending the literal same copy/paste boilerplate response, so I was about prepared to give up. The amount of cash from the page reads wasn't really that much at all, and honestly, writing erotica on Amazon is kind of like living with a gun pointed at your head. You don't really want the attention of the person whose finger is on the trigger.

But I did ask again. And I got an actual, interesting response.


Hello,

Thanks for writing back to us.

I see that you've written to us about 2 issues. I'll do my best to provide a thorough answer to each of your inquiries in this message.

1. Unfortunately, this issue is one that will require input from another team, so I can't answer it directly. I've forwarded your concerns to the team that handles this issue, and they will consider your input.

Someone from the appropriate team will reply within two business days.

*********

2. Royalties earned from pages read are available the following month, when the KDP Select Global Fund is announced. That’s why you don’t see any royalties from pages read in your sales dashboard.

Hence, you will be able to see the February report by 15th March 2018.

The KDP Select Global Fund is announced monthly in our community forum on kdp.amazon.com

Thanks for using Amazon KDP.


That first issue was me asking about which specific titles had been affected by the 'illegitimate reading or borrowing activity', which was really just more for my curiosity. But the second issue was: "When do I get my page reads back?" Obviously, he had misunderstood the question, so in response, I sent him a picture of my account, specifically the fact that ALL the days in February had dropped to zero for page reads. This is where it got interesting.


Hello,

I'm sorry for any disappointment this issue has caused.

I completely understand your concern here regarding zero page reads for the entire month of February.

We'll need a little time to look into the issue. I've reached out to our Report team to investigate this issue why no pages read updated is there any technical glitch from our side.

We'll contact you with more information within 3 to 5 business days.

Thanks for your patience.


So it was acknowledged as a glitch! Amazon acknowledged that my page reads were taken IN ERROR. Now, I'll definitely admit that this was probably written by someone who didn't know for sure. But it was something. While I was dealing with this, I recieved another message from a totally different person.


Hello,

We encourage you to thoroughly review any marketing services employed for promotional purposes.

We take activities that jeopardize the experience of our readers and other authors seriously.  Please know any additional violation of our Terms and Conditions – including violation caused by any marketing services you, or others on your behalf, may have used – could result in account level actions, up to and including termination of your KDP account.


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So I was confused again. I responded to it, asking what specifically this was in regards to, because I was already in contact with Amazon over an error. Unfortunately, they never responded. And to save us all some trouble, every week or so, I'd contact the initial guy asking, "So...how's it going with my page reads?" He responded two times, saying that they needed more time and apologizing...and then he never responded again after my latest attempt. So that was frustrating. But by then, I had other concerns, like the fact that March was my worst money for sales. Ever.

I was furiously trying to wrap up Sex & Survival Season 3 and Demoness II. And I did. I launched Demoness II and decided to give my idea of re-releasing Hellcats as some novels a shot.

Well, I exploded in mid April and things were fantastic. To be clear, I was making more in one day than I did for ALL of April...consistently. I have never even come CLOSE to that level of success.

Then, all of a sudden, without warning, I got this message on May 10th.


Hello,

We are reaching out to you as a follow-up on our previous communication regarding reading or borrow activity originating from accounts attempting to manipulate Kindle services. We detected continued illegitimate activity after our communication and, as a result, we have suspended your account to protect our publishers and readers experience.

We need you to take the necessary actions to stop the activity. We encourage you to review any marketing services you may have used, since you are responsible for ensuring that the strategies used to promote your books comply with our Terms and Conditions. Once you have done so, please send a response to content-review@amazon.com which includes a statement that you reviewed all marketing services you may have used, and confirms the discontinued use of any that might be responsible for this activity.

Once we receive this affirmation, we will reactivate your account. Please be aware, any additional illegitimate activity may result in termination. If we don’t receive this affirmation, we will terminate your account after 14 days.

Regards,

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And I promptly shit my pants. I was suspended, which basically meant that I couldn't access my account. Now, to be clear, I had done NO more marketing of any kind after that one in March. I didn't really think I needed to, at least not for awhile. I promptly responded, being as thorough and transparent as possible in my response.

I spent the rest of the day freaking out, having anxiety problems, and eventually managed to sleep. Well, I woke up the next hoping for an update. Oh, I got an update all right.

Every single one of my eBooks was gone. That was when I really started to panic, because that seemed like the next step to termination. Although, oddly enough, all my paperbacks were still there. And people were messaging me, letting me know that my books were missing. Well, not much longer after this, Amazon responds, saying that they have decided to reinstate my account. I regain access and see that, oddly, all of my titles still show as Live in the store. And yet the lead to dead pages. So I thought maybe it was something that was going to self-correct. I gave it a few hours.

It didn't self correct.

I e-mailed Amazon about the problem, and then, deciding to be proactive, tried to republish a few of my titles by uploading new versions. (I needed to do this anyway, to update a few of the links in the back of my newer titles and correct a few errors I had noticed.)

That didn't work.

As of yesterday, (May 13th), I received a response from Amazon, saying that they were going to look into the error of my missing books, and they'd get back to me within 5 business days. So, if I'm very lucky, then by Friday my problem will be fixed.

But...

Let's recap, shall we?

After three and a half years of busting my ass, never once breaking the rules, struggling to make a living, and earning Amazon money for sales through my books, and writing over ONE MILLION WORDS, I finally began earning a REAL living for once in my ENTIRE LIFE. I finally began to enjoy ACTUAL SUCCESS. And I had done it without breaking any of the rules, without taking any shortcuts. I had done it RIGHT.

And Amazon arbitrarily just fucking DECIDED that I was guilty and fucked me over for basically no reason. What in the FUCK is this guilty until proven innocent shit? How can I POSSIBLY prove that I'm innocent to them? How can I prevent this from happening again!? How can I POSSIBLY know who is reading my books!? How can I stop bots from auto-reading my titles!? I have literally ZERO control over that!

And to make matters even worse, a "glitch" suddenly takes ALL of my titles down DURING THE BEST EARNING DAYS OF MY ENTIRE LIFE. This has cost me LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. And how long is this going to take to recover from this? I am EVER going to see this level of success again?

And it gets worse.

Because of this, I am basically being forced to pull all of my titles out of the Kindle Unlimited. Unless Amazon can somehow promise me that this will not happen again, I literally cannot risk losing my ENTIRE account. And I don't want to do it. I don't want to pull my books out of the Kindle Unlimited. The readers were clearly enjoying it, and some people were specifically thanking me for making it available through the KU. But now I have to deprive them of that because Amazon fucked me over for literally no reason.

I'm sorry if I seem overly petty or vindictive, but this is straight up disrespectful of Amazon to treat me, AND OTHERS, like this. I am not the only one this has happened to. I know that. And some people have had their account terminated and lost EVERYTHING.

How in the FUCK is this fair at all?

So...yeah. I'm really pissed. I'm normally a really chill person, and the thing is, I actually can understand Amazon's position. Some shady motherfuckers are using bots to fuck Amazon over, and fuck people out of page reads, and game the system. And that's wrong. And Amazon should do something about it. But this is NOT the answer. I actually wouldn't even mind them subtracting any illegitimate page reads from my account. I would gladly give those up, because I agree, it's not fair for me to benefit, even indirectly, from someone else scamming the system.

But this is absolutely NOT the way to handle this. Threatening and, in some cases, ruining the lives of innocents authors is seriously fucked up. Because for a lot of people, writing is our LIVES. Not only is it what pays the bills, but it's what we live for, what we get out of bed in the morning for. I don't write for a hobby, I don't just write as a job. I write because I love it, I write because I care about it, I write because making a living from writing has turned what was a pretty miserable life into a happy one.

And Amazon is threatening to take that away.

One final thought for right now, as I await Amazon's response. I have to say that this has utterly shattered my trust in Amazon. Before, whenever I had a problem, the responses were often prompt and professional, and they solved the problem. But this is fucking ridiculous. In an interview in 2015, Jeff Bezos himself put out a bold statement: "But if you know of any stories like those reported, I want you to escalate to HR. You can also email me directly at jeff@amazon.com." Basically, he was saying, "If you have a problem, email me personally. I'll handle it." I've heard people say that you do get a response if you do this.

So you know what? I'm going to do just that. I'm going to e-mail Jeff or at least his staff and let him know that his company has failed several people with this blind, guilty until proven innocent, or really just guilty, mentality.

Wish me luck.

And as a little P.S....

For some reason, the eBook version of The Misty Vixen Starter Pack still has a page, although the title is 'currently unavailable'. I got a new review for it from Aris Echevarria stating: "can't give a review because as i in the process of downloading this book it suddenly came up as "this is currently unable to download " so i tried other books by this same author and they were all gone. Censorship?" Thanks, I appreciate that. And I appreciate all the people who reached out to me to try and let me know what was happening, and who've tried to help me.

UPDATE #1
UPDATE #2

Yep, More Updates

 
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In case you missed it on Twitter, there is the official Hellcats 2 cover!

That's Syl, in case you're curious. And yes, you will be able to see her naked at some point in the near future. Either if you're signed up to my Patreon, or if you wait until I eventually release it to the site.

Spoiler: She looks good naked.

Now, for a few updates. There aren't a great deal, as I've been busy yet again with a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff. So I'll get the important information out of the way.

Hellcats 2 is still on track for a May 1st release. I'm going to stop updating my blogspot with posts, though I will update it with new links and covers whenever I release something new. Because I don't really like to leave messes behind, I'm probably going to get rid of it and focus all my efforts on this website sometime this year. Speaking of which, I gave the website an update! I hope it looks better now. I'll also be releasing nudes to my Patreon on a somewhat more regular basis. Still working out some kind of schedule.

That's basically all the important news there really is. If you want, you can leave now. If you want to, you can stick around and listen to me complain about busywork.

As for what I've been doing for the past week...

I've been dealing with problems.

The first big problem was that I realized I actually didn't like an aspect of the new covers I made. Which meant that I had to remake almost ALL 200+ of them. I had given them a dark border, which I ended up not liking, at least not on the sides. I also realized that I actually really didn't like the font I'd settled on for my Post Apocalyptic stuff, so I found a new one.

Another cover-related thing that really jumped out at me was that I'd reused certain silhouettes too often on the Complete Seasons or Trilogies. This cropped up when I took a look at my Amazon page and saw a lot of them stacked together. I've done the best I could because honestly, there's not like a massive surplus of quality silhouettes that I can easily access. I had to make due with what I've found. I'm so glad that I can finally update to hand-drawn stuff. It looks a million times better.

I also found out that I missed updating a few covers randomly, so they stick out like a sore thumb, and I apparently forgot to update the paperback version of Royal Lust. Actually update, I CAN'T update the book to Royal Lust, at least not accurately, because once you set the title of the book, it is LOCKED forever. So that sucks. I retitled it recently to Royal Lust because that is way more accurate. (Not sure what I was thinking back then.) But it's a bit of a moot point since I'm re-releasing it as a stand-alone novel June 1st!

I also tried to customize some more of the silhouettes. I changed the head-branches on Wanderlust #9, which is about a dryad. I added in another elf girl on Wanderlust #5, stuff like that.

Then there's the text documents. I had to update ALL of the links in the back to reflect that I have published Hellcats and Women of the Wild. This used to be a simpler process, but now I have to feed each file through a formatting program, so it's even more time-consuming.

And, on top of that, I had to straight-up redo all the Paranormal Passion ones because I realized that I had accidentally used the same font as all of my Fantasy stuff for the titles, so I had to give them all a new font.

On top of that, I ended up creating over a dozen brand new pages on the site, deciding to make my four universes a bit more accessible, giving each series it's own page and banner. I hope they look cool.

And I went through and posted all the new, updated covers to the blogspot as well.

I also created a new banner for Twitter and my site! I can finally use new drawn characters! I plan on adding to and then switching out characters as more get created.

That's about it. It's times like this that I kind of wish I had...ANY kind of help, so that I don't have to derail the writing for a solid four-five days to deal with this massive build-up of work. But it's just me, sitting in front of a computer for hours on end. I mean, now I have a pair of very talented women helping me by drawing the covers, but otherwise it's all me doing the writing, editing, formatting, publishing, and all the other odds and ends that go with that. And that's probably how it will be for a long time.

But whatever. May will be a relatively quiet month, seeing Hellcats 2 & 3, and Hellcats: The Complete Trilogy. June is when things will start to heat up. I'm going to use this quiet period to get some serious writing done on Demoness III and Parasexual, and seeing if I can plan out another book for Alien Harem that takes place in between the two Seasons.

Wish me luck!

New Release Schedule

So, I've revised my release schedule again. Hopefully for the LAST time, at least when it comes to very large revisions.

The past few days have told me something and provided ample proof to a theory I had been tentatively fostering for a long time: If I write and release longer titles, they will sell better.

And that has happened.

Now, this isn't necessarily life-changing money. I haven't won the lottery or anything. But, well, if things keep going the way they are now, I can at least stop bitching about bills.

So what's different?

Well, basically, for the rest of the year, I plan on having three tiers of releases.

TIER ONE: Old school re-releases. This began with Hellcats, which is now a #1 Bestseller, so apparently there is still a market out there for my older content. I will be re-releasing an older collection twice a month. On the 1st, and on the 15th. And whenever one gets wrapped up, I'll be releasing a Complete Trilogy or a Complete Collection, with some extra content in there, for 9.99$ in eBook format, and 14.99$ in paperback. The Complete Trilogy/Collection will come out two days following the release of the final title in that particular trilogy/series. Example: Hellcats 3 will launch on May 15, so Hellcats - The Complete Trilogy will launch on May 17.

TIER TWO: Parasexual & Haven. These two get their own particular tier because I don't want to cop out on content I've already promised. I was going to release these as episodic short stories, but with how well Demoness and Hellcats are suddenly doing, it's made me reconsider. So I'm just going to release them as novels! Right now, I plan on Parasexual being a four-novel series, and Haven being a trilogy. But if they prove popular enough and if there's enough demand for it, that could extend. I plan on releasing one of these per month, starting with Parasexual on June 10, then Haven on July 10, and so on and so forth.

TIER THREE: My longer novels. Primarily the DEMONESS series right now, since people seemed to react well to it. Due to the nature of writing the longer form stuff, by which I mean Demoness II got away from me and took longer than I thought it would, I can't nail down a completely accurate timetable, but I am going to shoot for a new novel every two months. As it stands right now, I've got pretty solid ideas for DEMONESS III, IV, & V, with a whole world of possibilities after Part V, so I think I'll end it there temporarily and move on to something else. I honestly want to get to Wild Discovery, cause I also really like writing Sci-Fi Erotica, but if Women of the Wild proves to be really popular, I might take some time and pen a few more of those.

I'm going to be fucking busy.

Eventually Tier One will run out, since it has a hard limit: Sex & Survival. That's the last of the titles to be re-released. At my current rate of two titles per month, Sex & Survival 3 should go up sometime in Mid-2019. So...quite a ways off!

Now, Tier Two should theoretically run out by the end of 2018, but there's a few possibilities of extending it. As I mentioned before, Parasexual or Haven might get a few extra sequels if the people really want it, since the way I tell stories is kind of flexible. There's also the possibility of continuing some of my series that I've already considered wrapped up, as not all of them necessarily came to an end. I pretty much leave all my stories open-ended, because of the way I write, but with several of them, I feel like I've said enough. Wanderlust, for example. I can't imagine continuing that with where it ended. Same with Hellcats. It has a pretty solid ending, I think. But some of the others, maybe not so much. I mean, if I got a good enough idea, I could do another Desire. And there's definitely more that could be done with Sex & Survival. I mainly brought that to an end because no one seemed interested in it anymore, but who knows?

Eventually, Tiers One and Two will run out, and will leave me open for nothing but Tier Three. When this happens, I hope to be able to basically just funnel all my time and efforts into writing longer erotica titles, one at a time, and faster. It's my eventual goal to be able to get about one novel out per month. 

So...yeah. Get ready for more longer erotica!

Demoness II Release & Other Updates

First and foremost, Demoness II is finally freaking out!

 
 

You can purchase it as an eBook for 4.99$ HERE.

You can also purchase it as a paperback for 9.99$ HERE.

It feels good to finally get this book out! It's just over TWICE the length of the original Demoness. As for what it's about, well, here's the synopsis: 

John Greenfield's life has changed forever.

After finding a wounded, unconscious demoness while out hunting one morning, he saved her life and learned much about her. Her name is Yelena and she is from another realm of existence. As they got to know each other, something that first grew out of intense passion and lust has transformed into something more: a powerful and deepening love.

Now, both have decided to cast off their former lives in search of a life together. But this will be difficult. As a demoness, Yelena is hated and reviled without thought by most of the people who occupy the land, and John along with her as a demon-lover. If they're going to do this, they will need something special, unique, and very rare: an amulet that will hide Yelena's true nature from the local populace.

But in order to get this, they will have to travel into the Emerald Wild, the most dangerous forest in the land, in order to earn enough coin to purchase such an artifact. The time has come to explore the untamed wilderness and each other...

CONTENT WARNING: This title contains adult situations, sex scenes, an interracial and open relationship, and a lot of hot human on inhuman action. You have been warned.

So have at it!

Also, the paperback version of Demoness is out now! It's 7.99$. You can get it HERE.

Now, the time has come to get to updates. There are a LOT of them. I've covered some of this in previous updates, but not everything. Basically, a LOT is going on right now in terms of what I'm planning on doing with my writing and ideas keep coming to me and getting reorganized and that's why there's so many update blog posts. I'm trying to kind of keep it all organized in my head and for the fans.

So with that, here we go!

Now, because I kind of ramble a bit, I'm going to post a straightforward, bullet-point list here now. If you like having more information, keep reading below that.

  • I am updating almost ALL of my titles with new cover art that I designed and better formatting.
  • This is resulting and will result in free titles not being free for a little while.
  • I will be re-releasing Hellcats, Wanderlust, Alien Harem, and The Royal Trilogy (retitled Royal Lust) as novels. This will take some time, as I need to do some rewriting and brand new writing in some cases. These will be getting brand new covers featuring some hand-drawn art!
  • I also intend to, eventually, replace almost all of my cover art with covers featuring hand-drawn characters.
  • I'm going to try and get Amazon to push out an e-mail to allow people to get updated versions of some of my titles. (Demoness, My Undead Lover, Exploration, Misty Vixen Starter Pack.)
  • I'm going to update my website and my blogger, especially my blogger, as I figure I should probably keep it around for awhile longer.
  • Hellcats will be out April 11th!
  • I've decided to finally release Women of the Wild #1, since it's done and I'm just sitting on it. First chapter will be up on Patreon very soon and it is slated for release April 18th in eBook, Kindle Unlimited, and paperback!
  • Nude versions of Demoness II, Exploration, and Hellcats will be coming to Patreon soon, with more to follow in the future.
  • I will be turning Exploration and My Undead Lover into trilogies. These will be non-exclusive and will be available through Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc.
  • Starting sometime this month, I will begin posting PARASEXUAL, and once that first season is wrapped up, I'll begin writing HAVEN. And then bounce back and forth, releasing an episode roughly every four days.
  • A few round-up random things: I'm going to be taking down the Quickies in June, making Large & Lovely free, I'm going to be posting most of the stories in Quickies to the site as free shorts for the fans, and try to write a few new ones. I'm debating about whether or not to publish these for the fans shorts or just leave them on the site as basic freebies. I'm also going to try and find some time to start doing some fan fiction. It's either going to be Mass Effect or Dragon Age, based on the poll. Not sure yet.

Now for some expanded intel.

Right now, I'm in the process of updating almost all of my older titles with new cover art, all of which is designed by me, (for better or for worse...), new formatting, and updated back matter. (Basically just the links to my other books and social media in the back.) This is taking like...a long time. I'm trying to power through it. So that's what's happening right now.

Small Side Note: As a result of updating older titles, stories that are supposed to be free are kicked back to costing money. It should be a simple process of getting them back to being free.

Once that's wrapped up, my next big kind of background project will be converting Hellcats, Wanderlust, Alien Harem, and The Royal Trilogy (retitled to Royal Lust), into novels. Hellcats and Alien Harem will be trilogies, although they will end at the same place as they have before, there will be a fair amount of new content in both of these. The same can be said for Wanderlust, which will have four novels. Royal Lust will basically be the same, so if you don't feel like buying it, you won't be missing out on anything. As soon as all those are up, I'm going to take a break before moving on to future titles.

I'm in the process of getting some characters from the older works drawn (clothed for the covers and nude for fun extras!) to serve as cover art for the re-releases.

Some of my titles that I'm updating will, hopefully, be given the option to re-download updated versions of them. I have to ask Amazon to do this. Basically, if they say yes, they'll send out an e-mail to everyone who owns the book and you'll get the new version. New versions will include any edits I've made since initial publication, a brand new cover, updated formatting, and a table of contents! These titles will include: Exploration, My Undead Lover, The Misty Vixen Starter Pack, & Demoness.

I've decided to keep my blogspot around and I'm going to TRY to give it a makeover. I want drop-down menus! Unfortunately, they don't have a built-in way to do this, so I'll need to fuck around with HTML to try and make it work. We'll see how this comes out. But I'm also going to do a bit of reorganizing on this site here because I had a few new ideas.

Hellcats is ready to go. I'm going to release it April 11th as an eBook, in the Kindle Unlimited, and as paperback! The eBook will be 2.99$, the paperback 9.99$.

Some of you may know that I finished writing a novel last year. It is the first in a long-running series that's almost like a novel series re-imagining of Wanderlust. It's called Women of the Wild. It features a dryad as the main female lead. Since it's written, edited, and basically ready to go, I suddenly kind of realized that I need to stop worrying so much about releasing stuff in order. So I'm just going to release it! It's coming out on April 18th as an eBook for 3.99$, also available on the Kindle Unlimited, and as a paperback for 9.99$.

I'm finally going to be updating my Patreon with actual content! The first chapter of Women of the Wild will be coming very soon and nude versions of the covers of Demoness II, Hellcats, and Exploration will be coming soon! I'm hoping to make this more regular. The nude pics will then come out one month after they are released on Patreon.

I'm going to be writing sequels to Exploration and My Undead Lover, turning them into trilogies. They'll all be available on Smashwords, Barnes & Nobles, Kobo, etc. There will also be a Complete Trilogy collection with a bonus short.

While all this is going on, my primary focus will be producing two brand new episodic series. The first, PARASEXUAL, is set in the Paranormal Erotica universe. I'm aiming for it to be four seasons. The second, HAVEN, is set in the Post Apocalyptic Erotica universe, and will be three seasons.

Quickies are coming down in June. I'm going to be posting most of the stories in it here to the website as basic freebies. I'm still debating as to whether or not I will be publishing any what I call 'for the fans' to the Kindle or Smashwords or anywhere beyond the website for a few reasons: they have some required reading to be fully enjoyed since they feature already established characters and rely on already established lore, and I'm also not too sure how interested people actually are in reading them, and writing/editing/formatting free shorts does take time away from writing other more official stuff. The final reason is that, for some reason, writing these shorts is actually hard for some reason, and not in any kind of good way. For whatever reason, the shorter the form, the harder it seems to get. Despite all this, I will be trying to get some more for the fans free shorts out featuring other characters.

I'm also kicking around a few ideas for other free shorts that can serve as entry points into my shared universes. I got a potentially good one just recently that takes place on Desire, so who knows? Maybe other cool ideas will show up.

Going to try and start getting to work on an erotic fan fiction soon. It's going to be either Mass Effect or Dragon Age, based off of the poll, which had them tied. Not sure which one it will be yet, but I've got at least a rough idea of what I want the stories to be for both of them.

And the last thing I can think of is that at some point, whenever I get a new cover drawn for Large & Lovely, I'm going to make it free.

So...yeah. A shitload of stuff going on behind the scenes right now!

I wanted to thank everyone who reads and reviews and shares and comments, basically everyone who is a fan and helps in any way. I really appreciate it! You all are a big help.

Be on the lookout for more updates and releases!

A Change of Plans

So...

I'm admittedly freaking out a little.

March has not been a particularly good month for sales. The initial boost that seems to come from the Christmas and New Year time period has worn off. I didn't realize how bad it had actually gone until today when I sat down and did some math to figure out what kind of money I was bringing in this month.

Officially, March 2018 has been the worst financial month since I began seeing success in early 2015.

So yeah, that kind of scared me a lot.

This, combined with the fact that my KNEP Reads from February STILL have not been restored and Amazon is still waffling around on the issue, which means I have no real idea how much money I made for February (hint: not enough), has made me reconsider a few things.

One big thing that changed was that starting late December, I stopped regularly updating with new content. Although my episodic erotica has definitely been giving diminishing returns over the course of 2017, it obviously was providing SOME level of reliable income.

So this is what I'm going to do.

I'm going to go ahead with the initial plans I had to write two more episodic series, one in my Paranormal Erotica universe and one in my Post-Apocalyptic universe.

PARASEXUAL and HAVEN. I'm aiming for Parsexual to be four seasons, six episodes per season. Haven will be three seasons, six episodes per season. Same deal as before with Collections & Complete Seasons.

I'll be doing whatever I can to get both my re-releases and new novel-length titles written and out as often as I can.

Here's where I'm at with my various projects.

  • Demoness is basically ready to go. Very soon I'll have the updated version up, as well as the paperback, which will cost 7.99$, since it's not very long. I intend to ask Amazon to send out an e-mail with the option to update your version to the new version if you have already purchased it. The update will include new cover art, a table of contents, updated back matter, and some minor edits and revisions.
  • Demoness II is ready to go as an eBook, and will be ready to go as a paperback very soon after I launch it.
  • I'm waiting to launch Demoness II until I finish up Sex & Survival Season 3. I'm hard at work on it basically right now and I will have Episode 18, Collection #8, & The Complete Third Season launched very soon, within the next few days.
  • Hellcats, the first novel, is ready to go. I'm waiting until April 4th before I take down all the related titles everywhere, and then once they're all gone, I'll publish it as an eBook & paperback.
  • I've released a slightly updated version of Exploration, including a new cover, which features a drawn version of one of the leading ladies, Lynn the xenian. If you've purchased this, you will hopefully also, at some point in the near future, get an e-mail offering an updated version with a new cover, some minor edits, and a table of contents.

That's what I've got cooking for now.

So basically I'll wrap up S&S S3, publish Demoness II and Hellcats, and then immediately launch into the first season of Parasexual, start working on Demoness III and Hellcats 2, and try to get them out before too long.

To wrap this up, I guess I'm going to ask for some help. How can you help me? I'll list a few ways.

  • Sign up for my Patreon. I'll be posting some more stuff there very soon, like the nude version of the covers of Demoness II & Exploration, and when I get it written, the first chapter of Demoness III.
  • Buy me a coffee. Basically, this is just a fancy way of donating some cash to me.
  • If you want a more straightforward and familiar way, you can just send me some cash over Paypal. The e-mail to use is mistyvixen@outlook.com. (To be honest, I feel weird and uncomfortable asking for just straight-up money, but some people have offered in the past, so I figure why not put the option up?)
  • Spread the word. Suggest my work to your friends or maybe in places online, social media or forums relating to written erotica/romance.
  • Leave some reviews on my titles. (Preferably my longer works, like The Misty Vixen Starter Pack or Demoness and Demoness II. Any reviews are appreciated, but the longer titles would receive by far the most benefit.)

That's all I've got for now. If you can help me in any fashion, I would appreciate it so much. My readers and my fans are pretty much my lifeline, and I genuinely appreciate any form of help anyone gives me. I write for you as much as I do me!

Wish me luck. April is going to be a fucking BUSY month.

A Look At Re-Releases + Hellcats Coming Down

Okay, let's talk about me re-releasing my older content in a bit more depth.

So, first of all, how are my older titles being released? Specifically, they are being reworked into novels, averaging between 40,000 - 50,000 words, with brand new hand-drawn cover art, tables of content, and paperback versions.

Next big question: What's the difference? Unfortunately, this doesn't have an immediately easy answer. Some titles need some rewriting and extension in order to work in this format, other titles, however, are about fine the way they are. Hellcats, for example, needs almost a whole novel's worth of new content to work as a trilogy. But titles like Lust & Adventure or Sex & Survival are about fine the way they are and will have very little changed about them. In order to help clarify precisely what you are getting into if you are considering purchasing one of these updated titles, I will include a preface that details what's the difference and what is being covered in the novel. By that I mean, which episodes & bonus shorts are included in the current novel. For example: the first Hellcats novel will cover episodes 1 - 6, plus the bonus short stories from Collections 1 & 2. I hope this helps.

Next, why is this happening? Two primary reasons, one personal, one financial. The personal reason is that for a long time now, a few years at least, I've really wanted to release longer form fiction. What has kept me back is the fact that in order to keep myself afloat financially, I needed to release content at a breakneck pace, and the only way I could do that was to rapidly release short-form fiction in the format of episodes and seasons.

Because of this, I did not have the time to work on both episodic content and longer-form fiction at the same time. Nor did I have the time it took to write a long-form story instead of writing episodic content, because, as I said, I had to keep up the pace.

I attempted to rework my schedule mid-2017 to work on both episodic fiction and novels at the same time, eventually building up a store of novels that by the time I ran out of episodic fiction, I would have a good number of novels written and ready to go, and could buy myself enough time to write new content and keep new novels coming out at a decent pace.

While in theory this should have worked, it...didn't. Partially due to my own failings, partially due to circumstances beyond my control, and partially because the amount of money I was making from episodic content began suddenly dwindling faster than ever. 

So now I'm desperately trying to get several projects off the ground at once and hoping I stay afloat long enough to get back into a groove of earning enough money not to get evicted.

Yay! Isn't real life great?

So, let's talk about some of the specifics.

Specific #1) These titles will be available on the Kindle Unlimited. The reason for this basically boils down to needing to pay the bills. So the good news is that if you are enrolled in the Kindle Unlimited you can read the book without paying for it, but I still get paid for it thanks to the way that works out, AND I can make my books free for five days out of every ninety, which I will definitely be taking advantage of. Also, even if you don't have a Kindle, you can still read my Kindle-exclusive stories by downloading the KindleForPC app. It's free and easy to use and it's basically just a Kindle on your computer. And I'm sure there's one for the phone too.

Specific #2) The pricing will range between 3.99$ - 4.99$. I know, huge difference! Basically it'll just depend on the length. I might adjust this and make some of the first novels 2.99$ as an experiment, but 3.99$ seems to be the way to go so far.

Specific #3) Collections. Yes, The Complete Collections are still going to be a thing for the die-hard fans. They'll be priced at 9.99$ and feature a bonus short story.

Specific #4) Paperbacks. All of these novels will be coming out in paperback. I'm looking at 9.99$ for the individuals and 14.99$ for the collections.

Specific #5) Because I not only don't want to clutter everything up, but also because it's probably against some kind of rule, I'm going to be taking down Hellcats in its original incarnation before publishing the new version. Since the first Hellcats novel is actually ready, I'm going to set a date now.  I'm going to begin pulling down Hellcats, as in, ALL of the Hellcats, episodes, collections, & seasons, from every single platform, starting April 4th. I don't know how long it will take for them to disappear from the various platforms, but I wouldn't count on it taking very long. If you have been waiting to get your hands on them for some reason, then now's the time! This will be the last chance to purchase Hellcats in its original format.

I hope this clears up any questions, and if you do have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask, either in a comment here or even a direct e-mail to mistyvixen@outlook.com. I'll get back to you promptly.

And that's it. Thanks for reading!

-Misty