Guns, Girls, and Download Spikes

She Only Wore a Shirt to the FuneralIt’s not a secret that I’m involved in the US firearms community. For that matter, it’d be possible to deduce that from the fact that a lot of my stories involve firearms.  Cupid’s Armorer, for instance, is about rearming the Cupids with guns, and the entire “She Wore…” series is the story of a gun shop owner who gets lucky on a regular basis with women who want to get pregnant.

Anyway, the thing which amused me was looking at my download statistics during the 2015 SHOT show in January.  For those who don’t know, the SHOT show is the single largest gun industry trade show in the US, and it was held in Las Vegas this year.

Anyway, the downloads on “She Only Wore a Shirt to the Funeral” – my only gun-related free story – have been pretty steady and around the same level for months, with spikes for Christmas and such.  The funny thing is that during the SHOT show, this story and my other gun-related erotica took a huge jump starting on Jan 19th (the start of the show) and continuing until the show ended on Jan 23rd.  Right after that, downloads returned immediately to baseline.

I noticed this while I was there, and found myself paying close attention to what people were doing.  I found it hard to suppress a smirk whenever I noticed a booth babe reading an eBook – and there were a lot of them doing so whenever they weren’t talking to people. I’m not sure that they were reading my stuff, as it’s entirely possible that the spike in downloads may have come from attendees or just people getting excited about the media coverage around there.But dammit, an author can dream can’t he?

Amazon’s mystical hidden category keywording

I recently told a woman I’m dating that I’m an erotica author – just not which one.  Lo and behold, this sparked a fire of curiosity in her which has launched a grand quest for my identity.  She had a clever idea: Navigate into Amazon’s erotica section and get a … Continue reading

Spousal sex deprivation really is a form of abuse

…and I’m really surprised I now know women suffering from it too   I wrote “She Only Wore a Shirt to the Funeral” in early 2013 or so.  At the time, I knew that sometimes men just wouldn’t sleep with their wives after they’d borne them children.  I’d heard Elvis … Continue reading

A couple of interesting pieces on indie publishing

So, I stumbled upon these interesting articles earlier today.  The first one is more slanted towards publishers – both large and small.  Basically, it makes some really good points about what the KDP Select program does and doesn’t do for authors. http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2014/06/06/how-to-compete-with-amazon-if-you-really-want-to/ Now, one variable which isn’t tracked in this … Continue reading

Proof that I’m writing… Progenitor 3 opener

This is the opener from Progenitor 3, which at this rate is likely to be the first story I complete on my new laptop.  There’s been some substantial improvements vs the briefly-released free version, and I’m really liking how Amita’s rewrite is going.  Her motivations ranged from psychotic-sounding to petty … Continue reading

Ominous future for Nook readers and Barnes & Noble

Picture is only related in that I’m presently working on the Brent Allen universe a little right now.  But, the main thing I’m writing about is the ominous happenings in the Barnes and Noble world.  B&N has been a nice little company to me – not as worked up about … Continue reading

Got my mac dialed in – writing is so much nicer!

Oh geez, writing on a mac again is so much nicer! Yep, getting to write with a mac again is awesome, and I’m pretty sure my previous laptop really is the reason I wasn’t getting anything written for a while.  I’m inordinately happy with the keyboard on this thing vs … Continue reading

On Fiction4All’s fascinating failed experiment in pulling erotica – and their perfect response to it

I signed up with Fiction4All as another distribution source for my stories back in April, and have been happy to get a few sales from them. They have a few domains which sound kind of “adult”, and then Fiction4All, which has a mix of everything. A few weeks ago, they … Continue reading

HR Giger has passed away, age 74

According to this article, HR Giger just passed away.  One may wonder what an erotica author is doing making a tribute post to the man, but his work was central to the visual styling of “Alien” and “Species”.  Aside from my watching the Alien series a lot as a kid … Continue reading

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