As a very keen champion of both l'll try to do this post justice.
Let me start by telling you a little bit about myself (for those of you that don't know me very well.) I started publishing Erotic fiction around this time last year. I took some short, sexy stories that l had written and had a go at publishing them, along with my partner, on Amazons mighty Kindle page. I bought the book covers, edited them as best as l could, and put them up for sale. They sold slowly for the first couple of months but then really took off to my great delight! We then put them up for sale on All Romance, Xcite books and eventually, Smashwords.
The next step for me was to write three short stories and send them off to publishers who were advertising for anthology submissions, these were (in order):
'Train Whore' for inclusion in 'Girl Fever', 69 tales of sudden lesbian sex for Cleis press:
'Cassandra' for inclusion in 'A Wicked and Wanton all Hallows Eve' for Naughty Nights Press:
'Access all Areas' for inclusion in 'Back door Lover' for Ravenous Romance:
I was absolutely thrilled to bits when all three of them were accepted and my work was published alongside some of the finest authors in the business!
The first book released was the Halloween special for NNP, this was obviously because it was themed for October and needed to go on sale quite quickly. However, as l have learnt, the process usually takes a very long time, (around 6-8 months and sometimes longer.) If l submit work to a publisher l expect it to take much longer than it does to self publish. Of course it does! This is an ongoing process with many people working behind the scenes on a great deal of books and l'll tell you something, I listen to them, l do what they ask me to do and l appreciate all the time they spend on trying to get things absolutely right for me. Why? Because they know best!
Yes l edit my own work, l am an English tutor so hopefully the spelling, grammar and tense's are ok, but l still edit each story to death before l would dream of letting anyone else see it. That's my job, but as everyone knows it is very difficult to edit your own work, you don't always 'hear' it properly in your mind because you know the story too well.
Publishers know how to sell your product, it's in their best interest to do so.
So thank you, all of you,we need you. And l for one really appreciate all you do.
Coming soon from another fabulous publisher 'Rebel Ink Press' my new novella