Guest Post: Does Sex Sell by Samuel Alexander

Samuel Alexander

Samuel Alexander

About Samuel:

Local to the island of bermuda. Likes to write, think I can sing and have a poetry blog with a few actual blog posts that aren’t poems. Samuel Alexander is my middle name. So it’s not a pen name in it’s true form. Just Wrote the first of a trilogy ‘Salinor: The Beginnings, it’s awesome. Best book i’ve ever written. I love to read and usually think myself to sleep thinking about the books I have to write that I havent’ begun yet. That’s about me in a nutshell, when something more ingenius comes to mind, i’ll share it here.

Check out his books at http://www.amazon.com/Samuel-Alexander/e/B005VCVE8Y/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Does Sex Sell

You’re probably wondering why I’m writing about the obvious.  Of course sex sells. Still, it isn’t as simple as it may sound.  The problem with sex is where it is.  Sex doesn’t actually sell it’s the genres that sex is in that sell.  People expect erotica, and romance, and chick-lit and even some comedies to have steamy sex.  Suspense novels and mysteries even get away with it because of their darker adult nature.  Sex in places people aren’t used to seeing it, not as successful.

Lets take my own books for example.  My first three horribly written.  The sex, hardcore to the bone.  There were problems on both ends of the scale, not enough, or it’s all about the sex.  There wasn’t a lot of sex, but when there I didn’t get all ‘tone it down because it’s not about the sex’.  In my head adults have sex.  We know what it is.  We’ve done it.  It’s not going to distract me from the plot.  I was of course very, very wrong.  Apparently it’s all the way erotica or soft-core.  There is no middle ground.

So did I tone down the hardcore.  Hell no.  I went on this journey to prove you can have hardcore sex in a standard none-erotica book and it could work. Have the story be about the plot but just happen to have real not-so-dumbed-down sex.  Book one, fail.  Two was better, better sex, more plot, sales… zip.  Book three, I finally got into my steamy stride, the sex was great, and I got my plot to almost make sense.  It wasn’t a good book to be fair but the balance was finally on it’s way. The sex, didn’t sell them.  People clearly want sex to be in the box/book they want it in. So it could be the best sex ever and that shit would be totally irrelevant.

Finally book four.  The magic has happened.  A plot that actually works, sex that blends in seamlessly without being too much or too little, and/or detracting from the plot.  Obviously I struck gold right.  No.  Regardless of the steamy sex, decent plot, and comedy, it didn’t quite make the cut.  And lastly my last book which is by far the steamiest, the first in a fantasy trilogy and apparently actually is good.  It’s the only book I’ve ever gotten a review for and I sold the most of it and… not a single drop of hardcore sex but as my characters are adults, sex oozes everywhere in conversations and flirtation.  The steam is at its pique without me even needing the sex.  So how did I finally actually go from Zero sales to sales.  Reviews.  Feed back.  That’s the key really.

What actually sells a book is word of mouth.  Reviews on online bookstores.  Book ratings.  It doesn’t matter how much or how little sex you have, if people don’t start talking about how awesome your book is, or how much it sucks ass, no one will buy it.  It appears that sex sells, and on a certain level it does, but it’s really the hype around a book that sells it.  So if the buyers don’t talk about it.  Then usually no more people will buy it.  The curse of the starving indie author is that good or bad, no one ever seems to want to talk about their books but they will gush all over a famous author, or equally hate them if they don’t like the book.

Sex can sell, but that is only after people talk about it.  Therefore in actually the sex doesn’t sell the book, the readers do.  So more people should speak up if only so the masses can also enjoy the passion oozing out the pages seeping into their minds and then sweating out their pores in sinful bliss.  Get to writing those reviews and telling the world about this book, whether you hate it or love it.  You have the power to sink or sail a book, and what small chances at ultimate power we have we should use.

Sex sells.  But it can’t sell, without you.

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Featured Author: Jaro Berce for IBP’s Book Trailer Release Party

International Book Promotion is launching the cinematic book trailer for Author Joseph Pierre’s book, “Life Experience of A Black Man by Joseph Pierre” on Facebook and Google +

We will host a series of fun-filled activities and guest authors will also be participating in this event. Invite your friends who to this event and stand a chance to win exciting prices!

The next author we’d like to feature is Jaro Berce.

Jaro Berce is an expert in the fields of natural and social sciences, management and entrepreneurship. He advises at the private and public sectors. Due to the visionary leadership and communication skills can create and direct a team of highly experienced individuals in the harmony of excellence. He is characterized by a number of achievements in the field of strategic solutions in terms of cost-effectiveness, including in international companies.

Jaro Berce is a lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana and was a member of the Supervisory Board of Telekom Slovenia d.d. Participated and set up of various companies, being a visited professor at Xi’an Technological University in China … and thus always complement research and practice.

Amazon site:

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Message to Joseph Pierre:

Dear Joseph Pierre, racism is in different forms and shapes. But always unacceptable. Fighting it is hard as we all are bind to our “cultural background noise” of the environment, parents, friends and more. It frames our human behavior – the one we are brought to and which normally influences, mentally and subconsciously, our values, ethics and morals. A cultural background noise may be blocking your vision on others’ cultural issues. In multicultural environment it is not enough “to listen” but it is vital “to hear”.

Therefore, to fight racism one has to get out of his cultural background noise. How to surpass this? Learning, traveling, meeting different people or cultures with open mind gives you a basis to start changing yourself.

Joseph, I sincerely wish you on your path to consider openness and differences as key elements to fight racism.

Please join us in this event to win great books and to get to know great authors! 🙂

Featured Author: Kelly Riser for IBP’s Book Trailer Release Party

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International Book Promotion is launching the cinematic book trailer for Author Joseph Pierre’s book, “Life Experience of A Black Man by Joseph Pierre” on Facebook and Google +

We will host a series of fun-filled activities and guest authors will also be participating in this event. Invite your friends who to this event and stand a chance to win exciting prices!

The next author we’d like to feature is Kelly Riser.

JKelly Risser knew at a young age what she wanted to be when she grew up. Unfortunately, Fairytale Princess was not a lucrative career. Leaving the castle and wand behind, she entered the world of creative business writing where she worked in advertising, marketing, and training at various companies. Currently, she works full time as an eLearning Instructional Designer, fitting her creative writing into the evenings and weekends.

She’s often found lamenting, “It’s hard to write when there are so many good books to read!” So, when she’s not immersed in the middle of someone else’s fantasy world, she’s busy creating one of her own. This world is introduced in her first novel, Never Forgotten, and visited further in her second novel, Current Impressions. The third and final book in Meara’s story, Always Remembered, releases on May 19, 2015.

Kelly lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two children. They share their home with Clyde the Whoodle and a school of fish. Visit Kelly at http://www.KellyRisser.com.

Amazon site. http://www.amazon.com/Kelly-Risser/e/B00KOQY9SY/

Message to Joseph Pierre:

Joseph, your message is so positive. I hope its reach is far and wide. It is time that we look at each other and see “human” – regardless of skin color, language, political views, religious views, disabilities, etc. and realize all humans deserve our respect, if not our love. The world has become so much smaller because of technology and social media, and yet, social gaps are as wide as ever.

I have hope when I look at my children, and I know that they don’t see others as inferior or superior. They see all humans as equals. I have hope that, with time, even those who were raised to hate can learn to let go of it, to allow themselves to heal, and see those who are different from them as what they are: different, but equal in all ways.

Congratulations on your book. My best to you!

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Featured Author:Viv Drewa for IBP’s Book Trailer Release Party

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International Book Promotion is launching the cinematic book trailer for Author Joseph Pierre’s book, “Life Experience of A Black Man by Joseph Pierre” on Facebook and Google +

We will host a series of fun-filled activities and guest authors will also be participating in this event. Invite your friends who to this event and stand a chance to win exciting prices!

The next author we’d like to feature is Viv Drewa

Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan her passion has always been writing.

She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather’s escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the “Polish American Journal” as “”From the Pages of Grandfather’s Life” and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story.

Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron’s ‘The Times Herald”, and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter “Thumb Prints.”

Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan. Viv also writes several blogs.

Amazon site: http://www.amazon.com/Viv-Drewa/e/B00J1PTJ20

Message to Joseph Pierre:

Hello, Joseph, thank you for letting me participate in this wonderful cause. I keep hoping this world would just see people as people, not black, white, red, or yellow. I have a story to tell you: I grew up in Detroit and worked at Henry Ford Hospital for 25 years. Many different peoples worked there and it was wonderful. Yes, there were problems at times but I loved it. My husband decided to move up north and I had gotten a job in a nearby hospital, I don’t want to say where for obvious reasons. Things were so different there. They did have peoples from other countries but there were no African-American people, and I never felt so out of place! Mind you, I’m Polish American but the lack of these wonderful people made me feel so out-of-place. I truly understand how African American people feel when they’re in this situation. It would be such a blessing to have us all just be people. From not hiring certain races to mistreating them, I want it to stop.

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Featured Author:Jennifer Priester for IBP’s Book Trailer Release Party

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International Book Promotion is launching the cinematic book trailer for Author Joseph Pierre’s book, “Life Experience of A Black Man by Joseph Pierre” on Facebook and Google +

We will host a series of fun-filled activities and guest authors will also be participating in this event. Invite your friends who to this event and stand a chance to win exciting prices!

The first author we’d like to feature is Jennifer Priester.

Jennifer Priester is an author and an artist. She loves animals and has adopted most of hers from rescue centers. She also enjoys taking her dog for bike rides, horseback riding, reading, listening to music, watching TV and movies, and playing video game.

Jennifer has written over 200 stories in the areas of animals, the relationships between humans and animals, magic, superheroes and more. Her first published works include the first three books in her uniquely written Mortal Realm Witch Series which focuses on a witch whose biggest dream is to end prejudice between witches and mortals. None of the books in the first half of her series need to be read in order, however there is an ongoing storyline. If you want to read how the characters develop over time, Jennifer recommends that readers begin with Book One, but if you want to jump right into the action, begin with Book Three, then read Books One and Two later as back stories.

Besides the second half of her series, Jennifer has many other works in progress. You can find the full list on her website, www.jenniferpriester.com and learn more about the Mortal Realm Witch Series atwww.mortalrealmwitch.com.

Amazon site: http://www.amazon.com/Jennifer-Priester/e/B00AOFPVLO/

Message to Joseph Pierre: Thanks for allowing me to join you. As someone that loves good hearted witches, and even writes about them, I have been judged plenty. Not long ago I felt I had a choice to make when I was told I had to hate witches due to my religion, however I simply couldn’t  hate anyone with a good heart. It was these same witches that taught me to get to know people before judging them. That fact, and my experience, led me to discover my view in life. Everyone and everything is individual. I’m not going to judge anyone by what they are or what abilities they might have, but by who they are. Whether human, animal, or even a fictional character, everyone should be judged by their hearts. To me this is really the most important thing.

Please join us in this event to win great books and to get to know great authors! 🙂

Featured Author:Coleman Weeks for IBP’s Book Trailer Release Party

Coleman Weeks

Coleman Weeks

International Book Promotion is launching the cinematic book trailer for Author Joseph Pierre’s book, “Life Experience of A Black Man by Joseph Pierre” on Facebook and Google + 

We will host a series of fun-filled activities and guest authors will also be participating in this event. Invite your friends who to this event and stand a chance to win exciting prices!

The first author we’d like to feature is Coleman Weeks.

Coleman Weeks is an ardent Indie Author, featuring several genre including Fiction Inspirational, Mystery and soon to be published Fictional children’s “Garden Games” and two fictional Histories, an American History “Crackertails” and an under construction effort in an International history “Jungle Heat”. Coleman also dabbles in Non-Fiction Inspirational in the published novel and guide “How do We Feed the World’s Starving?”.
https://www.amazon.com/author/colemanweeks

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Coleman will be providing “Corkscrew Catastrophie”  http://www.amazon.com/Corkscrew-Catastrophe-Coleman-Weeks-ebook/dp/B00H3RF378/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8  in digital format free from April 10th-18th to celebrate Joseph’s work.
 A message from Coleman to Joseph:
Joseph,
             thank you for the opportunity to celebrate your enlightening perspective on racism.
 Racism and all forms of intolerance humanity subjects one another to is  the vehicle hate
spreads it’s poison with. Until Humanity learns to nourish and protect each other suffering 
will dominate our lives instead of joy. The problems on the other side of the planet quickly
becomes our own, one way or another we will learn. 
Please join us in this event to win great books and to get to know great authors! 🙂

Guest Post: ‘The Best Inspiration To Write A Fantasy Novel Comes From…’ by Andy Peloquin

A guest post by Andy Peloquin

The Best Inspiration To Write A Fantasy Novel Comes From…

Real life!

The inspiration for everything comes from life around you. That fantasy character that you love, he/she came from someone or someones that the author knew. Characters tend to be an amalgamation of all the people that an author knows or has met in their lives, or a collection of the traits that authors consider to be appropriate for the character in mind.

But where does this collection of traits come from? Real life, of course!

The reason I started writing fantasy is simple: it frees us from the limitations imposed upon us by the world of today.

Think about what you realistically can and can’t do in your life. There are certain rules, strictures, and regulations that you have to follow. If you step out of line, there are always things to slap you back in place–you end up getting fired, divorced, dumped, or arrested.

But in the world of fantasy, there are few of the limitations that exist in the world today. If you want to turn every character of your book into purple fairies, by the Seelie you turn them purple! If every character in your book  is going to have their sexual organs reversed so that the men have female parts and vice versa, you can go ahead and write it!

That doesn’t mean that fantasy works can exist without a structure or some semblance of real life threaded throughout. Books that are so alien as to be nearly unrecognizable tend to flop in terms of sales and readership, as it’s the humanity in a book that helps a reader to connect to the book.  Without that touch of humanity, it would be as abstract as an academic textbook.

And yet that blend of humanity with the fantastic is what makes fantasy the genre that continues to draw me back in time and again. No matter how many times I try to read something else, I’m always yanked back to fantasy simply because it’s a combination of the mundane and the supernatural that I can’t help but love.

Why did I choose to write fantasy? Simple: it frees me from the limitations that other genres impose upon my writing.

Were I to choose to write, say, a mystery novel set in Los Angeles, I would be bound by the laws of Los Angeles–traffic, time between destinations, locations, restaurants, etc. But by writing in fantasy, I can create my own laws, my own world.

World building is something that is complex and yet so simple at the same time. The world you build has to resemble real life, but you–as the author–have the freedom to thumb your nose at reality and say, “I want to make everyone an Orc that rides green-tailed lizards.” Those orcs will still suffer the same crap that we humans tend to suffer, but in a very Orc-like manner. The differences will intrigue readers, but the similarities will allow them to identify with a character that is so much like them.

If you can dream of it, you can write it in a fantasy (or sci-fi) setting. Your mind is free to roam the boundaries of your imagination, and you can go as totally crazy or as sane as you want.

Fantasy ranges from the nearly mundane (books with almost no fantasy elements, save for the fact that they’re set in a different world) to the completely fantastical (with magic, sorcery, gods, faeries, monsters, and all the rest). The only limitation is your imagination!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us, Andy! I believe the other fantasy writers could relate to your thoughts. 

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