Hi everyone, I’d like you to give a warm welcome to the lovely Liv Honeywell!
I had the great delight to meet Liv at Eroticon last March, and what a smasher she is! Over to you Liv…
Rabbits in Headlight!
I started writing BDSM erotica back in 1998. I should have hundreds of books out by now, right? Nope, only two.
Why? Because for years I didn’t have the confidence to think that anyone would actually want to publish them. I dreamed of sending them off and getting the big advance, perhaps like so many of us do, but never did anything with them.
Nothing happened until last year when a very good friend, who is also a brilliantly gifted writer, read my stories and asked me what on earth I was thinking not trying to get them published.
I thought about it for a few days and then sent off ‘Imagine…’ to Silver Moon Books, thinking I’d get no reply at all or some awful stinging rejection about how terrible it was. I inbox stalked, I bit my nails – I think we’ve all been there J. And within a couple of days, they wrote back with an acceptance!
Happy ending all round then? That’s it, I did it? And what’s all this got to do with rabbits, you might be wondering?
So there I was a newly published writer. Obviously the millions would start to roll in now! Hmmm, not so much.
There’s just so much to learn, isn’t there? Your writer website – what should be on it? How do you build it? Blogger or WordPress? WordPress.org or WordPress.com? Facebook, Twitter, Google+, book marketing, how to get guest blogs and interviews and reviews. The list is endless!
And that is why I felt like a rabbit caught in headlights at first. How on earth was I going to get to grips with all this?
Now, unless it’s just me, there are an awful lot of new writers feeling exactly the same out there.
What saved it for me was getting on Facebook and chatting to other authors. I can’t begin to tell you how much wonderful advice and support I’ve had from people who really do have hundreds of books out there, who have been published for years and have so much knowledge.
I’ve found a welcoming and supportive community, where most people are happy to chat and share what they know, and without it there may not have been a book two.
Things I’ve learned so far:
- Don’t be too shy to chat to people and ask for help. Join some Facebook groups for your genre and build relationships.
- You can’t do everything at once. Take your time. Learn at your own pace. And don’t compare yourself to anyone else. So what if they’ve got thousands of followers on Twitter and you’ve only got fifty? Focus on what you can do.
- Read in your genre and out of it.
- Keep learning. Always keep learning.
- If you are self publishing, get a professional cover done and use a professional editor.
- Publishers are human too. They want good stories, they want to like what you send – it’s easier for them if they do. Most of them don’t like writing rejections any more than we like getting them. They don’t sit there all day evilly planning what excoriating things they can say to demoralise the nearest hapless writer.
- Keep writing! The more you write, the better you will get.
Finally… If you’ve got a story, don’t let your own fears hold you back. Send it out to some publishers. If it gets rejected, have a good honest look at it – especially if the publisher is kind enough to give you feedback – tweak it if it needs it, and then send it out again. Again and again if necessary. Write some more, send them out too. Don’t quit, don’t ever give up!
And whatever you do, don’t wait 14 years before you submit your first story! Trust me!
Thanks Liv!! Brilliant advice!!
In addition to her wonderful blog, Liv has agreed to share the blurb and an extract from her latest book, Coming Ready or Not!
Meet Will and Abby. An ordinary couple that you wouldn’t give a second glance at if they were walking down the street. Except they share a wonderful secret and bond as they explore their Master/slave relationship.
This is a loving couple, full of good humour, but nothing in any relationship is perfect and sometimes things go wrong. Even the strongest will in the world can’t always obey and with that comes consequences…
Three vignettes, The Edge, Bad Girl, and Breathless focus on control. Can Abby be taken to the edge of pleasure and not cross over? She wants to obey and to hold on. But can she? And what will happen to her if she can’t?
Holding on has never felt so good…
Warning: This book is adults only. It contains adult language, caning, spanking, face slapping, gags, a brief mention of anal sex and orgasm denial
I am not sure whether I am relieved or sorry when I finally hear your key in the door. I put my hands behind my back and look down at the floor, my stomach twisting in knots over what is about to happen.
I hear your footsteps enter the room and come closer. You sit opposite me in the chair near the fire, resting a cane across your lap.
“I’m glad you remembered. I’m here, Abby. Have you got something you want to say to me?”
For a long moment I am tongue-tied. There is so much I want to say and yet the words won’t come.
You shift in your seat, waiting, and suddenly, almost without me realising it, I begin to talk.
“Sir… Master, I’m sorry. I came without your permission and I’m so sorry. And it’s not because of the punishment or because I want to come or because you’re going to cane me. I’m sorry because I genuinely am, because I want to do my best for you. I want to please you and I know I didn’t do that the other day. I… please, Sir. Please will you cane me, please punish me.”
You are silent through all of this. I can feel your eyes on me but you give me no sign whether it is what you want to hear or not and let me stumble through it.
More silence. Perhaps I’ve not said what you wanted. My tongue seems to tumble all by itself to fill the silence.
“Please punish me, please cane me, Sir. I beg you.”
My face flames, not for the first time this week, in humiliation at having to beg.
The rest of what I say is incoherent but it seems to be enough. You lean forward and stroke my hair and my cheek.
“Very nice. Thank you. Now, head on the floor. Get that bottom in the air for me, Abby. And don’t forget to count the strokes.”
You stand and walk behind me, whipping the cane through the air as you go, and I tense at the sound.
Amazon US – http://amzn.to/14aeYm2
Amazon UK – http://amzn.to/135xK03
When not writing about delicious, hot male dominants and the female subs who love them, I’m usually doing something craft-like, reading, baking, eating the results of said baking, and attempting to satisfy the demands of His High and Mighty Dominance (the cat!). My first story, Imagine, was published with Silver Moon Books last year and Coming, Ready or Not is my first solo book.
You can follow me on my blog – www.liv-honeywell.com, Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/LivHoneywell or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LivHoneywellErotica, and my Amazon page is here: https://www.amazon.com/author/livhoneywell
Thanks again for popping by Liv!
Happy Reading Everyone,