Saturday, June 9, 2012
I finally managed to get another wonderful, detailed REVIEW of my erotic/paranormal novel LANCELOT under my pen-name, Lee Whitney. My reviewer perceived everything I had hoped a reader would take away from the novel, including the humor and melancholy. The story behind my writing LANCELOT as an erotic/paranormal is kind of an interesting one. I wrote the novel originally as a straight up paranormal urban fantasy, bringing the Arthurian legend into modern times with a completely different turn of events. I installed Arthur as a smart ass eight year old to zing the other characters. One of the lines I gave him which has always been a favorite of mine that I repeated on the blog once or twice is Arthur’s reply to a rebuke he receives: “"I have a genius IQ, and now I'm teamed up with an Alzheimer's patient, a troll, and a beat-up hooker: all of whom screwed me a thousand years ago. Cut me some slack!"
When I finished the novel, I could not garner any interest from anyone. I sent out over fifty queries, highlighting the humor along with the legend – nothing… nada. At the same time, my friend Stacia Kane was doing a blog series entitled ‘Be A Sex Writing Strumpet’ which she eventually turned into a very well done offering on Amazon HERE. I decided to give LANCELOT an erotic turn using the tips I picked up from Stacia’s blog posts. It worked. Double Dragon’s erotic line Carnal Desires Publishing offered me a contract on my first query. My editor on it, a very helpful lady who introduced me to editing rounds, asked me to write in two more erotic scenes. At the time, I’d read many of my writing friends’ erotic romances and none of them incorporated that many scenes, but I added them, finished the editing rounds, and LANCELOT was published.
Then I sent it to all the erotic/romance reviewers my editor recommended and a few others I found in links from the other reviewers’ sites – nothing… nada. A reader on Amazon finally gave me a five star review, and my friend Charles Gramlich did a great review for me on it, but LANCELOT just never got off the ground. As I’ve explained to my marketing partner, RJ Parker, I haven’t a clue as to why anything sells or doesn’t sell. Anyway, if you would like to take a look at the detailed blog REVIEW at this lady’s very well done site, now you know how LANCELOT became a published erotic/paranormal. :)