Looking back at 2016 goals…

I set goals for myself at the beginning of each year and then at the end of the year I look back and see how well I’ve done. It’s not about beating myself up if I don’t reach them all, more a way of keeping myself somewhat accountable for my time, and to try and force at least a wee bit of focus onto myself. It’s about time for me to look back at 2016 and see how I’ve done.

Goals I’m considering accomplished are in bold…

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Writing:

  • Get all the stories from the She’s on the Bottom Erotica Under Glass theme transcribed and make them available for sponsorship

Huh. Well, I didn’t pull this off. I got some of the stories transcribed but there is still one that needs to be completely typed up, formatted and made ready to go out in the world. There would actually be two except that I nicked one of them and expanded on it as a Paranormal Circus story…

Define “successful” Cori.

I’m writing under glass. I did a little of it in July, a lot in November and a trickle since then. I’m working my way through some paranormal circus stuff and I have high expectations for it but so far haven’t actually finished a whole lot…

  • Write the first draft of The Ringmaster

…I didn’t even start it. I meant to, but then I got distracted by the story formerly known as ‘Masks’. The two are strongly connected with one another though, for whatever that’s worth.

  • Have at least one story published that is not self-published

The messed up Lovecraftian story I co-wrote with Brian Rosenberger, “Suckers” was published in Stiff Things: The Splatterporn Collection and it’s not published yet but my sweet story “Critical Hit” was accepted into the Covalent Bonds anthology edited by Trysh Thompson.

Those two stories could not be any more different from one another if I tried and that covering both ends of an incredibly vast spectrum makes me pretty happy.

I’m going to call this one accomplished :-p

  • Self-publish Circles Within Circles (optional)

Not yet… but the cover artist is working on the cover and once that’s done I’ll slot it into the Pen and Kink publication schedule, so at least I’m making progress, right? LOL

  • Write and give away one holiday-themed story

Well I wrote it and I gave away half of it so I’m going to bold the text on this one. I wrote a Cairn and Mary story and though I’d meant to give it away on my mailing list I ran out of time to get it edited and typed up before Christmas so what my mailing list actually got was the first 5,000 words of the first draft. I’d like to have a polished version of this story released in 2017.

  • Co-write a story with Alexa Piper

Honestly, I totally forgot about this — I’m going to have to check with Alexa and see if she forgot too LOL It’s funny how something that can be at the very forefront of your mind at the beginning of the year can slowly slip to the back of it.

Bonus points to myself if I manage to complete the first draft of The Manor or the first draft of something connected to Circles Within Circles.

I didn’t finish the first draft of The Manor (I really need to do that!) but the Christmasy story I wrote is connected to “Circles Within Circles” because it stars the same main characters. I also have ideas for another follow-up story but I should clear some of these half-finished things off my list before I begin something new. Probably.

Editing / Publishing:

  • Edit and publish Rough Edges 
    • Promote it well enough to reach my personal sales goals (no you don’t get to know what they are :-p)

I edited and published Rough Edges. Sales aren’t yet where I’d like them to be but the reviews are mostly positive (Amazon | Goodreads) so that gives me a strong foundation to build from 🙂

  • Edit kINKED
    • Publish this either late this year or early next year
    • Promote it well enough to reach my personal sales goals

kINKED is all edited and ready to go — we’re publishing it early next year (March) and I’m super stoked to send it out into the world.

  • Set up the publishing website

Done. And more than just setting up the website, Elesha and I set up the entire business. Figuring out how we were going to do things and getting some titles is what really consumed a huge chunk of this year but I don’t regret a moment of it.

  • Publish some of the Erotica Under Glass stories
    • This is dependent upon sponsorship

Meh… turns out getting people to sponsor stories is a bit difficult to do when you haven’t build up a readership yet (go figure, right? LOL) so I actually ended up publishing some of the Erotica Under Glass stories even though they hadn’t been sponsored yet. I am still tweaking how this Under Glass thing works and haven’t landed on the perfect solution yet. Maybe some of the answers will come to me in 2017.

Overall it looks like I hit just over half of my goals. All things considered I am comfortable with this. I did a lot of things this year that aren’t represented on the goals I set up twelve months ago — most of them having to do with Pen and Kink — and in no way do I feel like I was slacking off in the least LOL

For example, Pen and Kink published three Erotica Under Glass titles:

Three novellas and a boxed set from Wendy Sparrow:

One anthology:

…with three more anthologies and a new series of novellas with magical stories coming out next year (which means working on them this year to make that happen LOL):

  • Legendary
  • kINKED
  • Ravenous
  • Enchanted: Magic Spark

Through World Weaver Press two books I edited were released or re-released this year:

I won NaNoWriNo again oh, and there was also this:

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Yes, yes that is  Playgirl spokesmodel Lance Hart posing with a copy of The Naughty List.

So, while I didn’t nail all my goals for this year I’d say I did pretty damn well. I’m pleased with what I accomplished and looking forward to 2017!

 

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Servants of Fate Boxed Set

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As servants of Fate, Father Time’s sons must sacrifice a mortal’s lifetime on behalf of humanity before each year ends. It’s simpler if they don’t get involved, as their immortality is a barrier to relationships and to understanding the emotions of those whose lives end in a blink, especially if these time holders have a hand in it. Servants of Fate pass in and out of the lives of those around them, never interacting, until a different type of fate steps in. They can stop time, but love will leave them powerless.

Wendy Sparrow’s Servants of Fate series is available today as a boxed set — that means you can get all three titles for one low price (or, if you have Kindle Unlimited you can read them for FREE!)

Get it on Amazon today!

These are the perfect stories to read tonight, or over your Christmas holidays!

 

 

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Luminous Dreams is Back!

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Luminous Dreams is back and hotter than ever! In this sizzling collection of erotic paranormal stories you will find:

Candy and the Witch
When Gretel finds a candy trail in the woods leading to succulent desires, she doesn’t walk blindly into its trap—she lays one of her own.

Drinks and the Other Witch
When Hansel meets a stranger from a strange place, sweet seduction is what he wants.

Fortune’s Song
Eliron is a recluse with a bad reputation, Aurora is a fortune teller’s daughter turned nomad. Together, they sing harmonies to make harps blush, but their real song, their true song, may just be something darker and deeper.

A Raven by Day
Sofia knows sunlight only through a raven’s eyes and hasn’t much use for her nocturnal, human body until she meets Hayden, whose hands work her flesh with the same awe and reverence as his metal and clockwork creations. But can Hayden keep the raven in his heart and the woman in his bed, or will they both fly away?

Those are only four of the nine stories inside!

And this collection is priced to sell — you can get the ebook for only $0.99 or even read it free on Kindle Unlimited. And the paperback is less than $10 too.

Luminous Dreams on Amazon

 

 

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kINKED Cover Reveal

Dun dah dah dun!

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Cover designed by Amanda C. Davis

I love this cover. Love, love, LOVE it. And you’re gonna love the stories in this book:

Begin Again by Tiffany Michelle Brown
Inkarnate by Mara Malins
The Courier by Danielle Davis
Through Glass a Stranger by Renee Dominick
For the Occasion by Brantwijn Serrah
Sae-ri by Nicole Blackwood
Ink and Ocean by Meredith Dark
Painted Red by Sara Dobie Bauer

Be sure and add it to your Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf!

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Guest Post: How to Become an Erotica Publisher in Less Than 30 Days

Or…How to Succeed at Running a Kickstarter While Busting Your Ass

Aka…We Hope You Pledge to NASTY:Fetish Fights Back!

Please welcome to the blog today Anna Yeatts: writer, editor, and soon-to-be publisher of super fun smut that I’m sure you’re going to want to know more about. She’s here to talk about a project that bloomed from nothing into something in a matter of days, and I’m sure you’re eager to hear her story. So I turn it over to… Anna!

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(I threw this handsome fellow in to get your attention. Why? Because there’s a prize at the end of this post. But you have to read to get there. Now, carry on.)

I’ve always imagined erotica publishers in one of two ways:

  • A paunchy, middle-aged guy in his mom’s basement smoking unfiltered cigarettes, somehow managing to leer while he bangs away at his manual typewriter, imagining all the filthy things he wishes he was doing to the heroine.
  • A glamorous woman in a sequined cocktail gown, lounging on a piano, waves an opera-gloved hand at a horde of cabana boys who rush off to wrestle down well-muscled, oiled, sweat-drenched love interests to act out every conceivable fantasy for “research”.

The truth is somewhere in the middle (though I am wearing my ninth grade winter formal dress for the writing of this post. The princess poofed sleeves are cutting off the circulation to my lower arms, but who needs feeling in their fingers when there’s art to consider?).

Yes, along with Chris Phillips and Damon Shaw, I’m publishing NASTY: Fetish Fights Back – a collection of fetish erotica so hot it’ll scorch your knickers. I emailed back and forth with Selena Kitt, author of “Meet the Baumgartners,” and I managed not to hyperventilate from my personal fangirl level. Yes, I spend an amazing amount of time tracking down royalty free photos of fetish-loving, beautiful, naked people.

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(Not me. Not the prize either. Just sayin’.)

And yes, I am a middle-aged, single mother of two children with a college degree in Biology I haven’t used in fifteen years. I’m qualified to dissect frogs and possibly earthworms. Just don’t tell my vegan friends, and I’ll need someone to pick up my first-grader from the bus stop while I’m cleaning dissecting pans at the high school. My current skillset is: chopping things with knives, wiping up when my geriatric dogs piddle on the floor, eyeliner so sharp it’ll cut a bitch, and collecting vibrators.

So How Exactly Did I Become An Erotica Publisher?

I know how to publish words–lots and lots of words.

When your ex’s attorney insists that being a stay-at-home mom is not actually a job (and your own attorney has to grab you by the seat of your pants and haul you back to your side of the table to keep you from committing a felony), it’s amazing how motivational life becomes. This is the time to dig deep into your skillset (since knife-throwing isn’t covered by insurance) and find the one thing you’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t done.

Why the hell not?

This is why:

  • Lightning bolts from heaven aimed at your head.
  • Masturbation will make you go blind. And helping all those poor souls go blind would be the opposite of all things good in this blighted world.
  • What if the handcuff keys got lost, and you were trapped in the bed ALL DAY? (Don’t laugh. You know your mother has thought this.)
  • You might get pregnant. Everyone knows virtual sperm can live forever on keyboards.
  • Nice girls don’t publish erotica.

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  • I MEAN, WHO WANTS TO LOOK AT ABS LIKE THIS EVERY DAY? (Just checking to see if you were still with me. Prize is at the end for those of you scrolling from manflesh to manflesh.)
  • Did I mention shame?

What Finally Kicked Me Over the Edge & Onto Kickstarter?

“Such a nasty woman.” – Donald Trump

I can’t count how many times I’ve been called a derogatory word: slut, whore, ho, jezebel, hooker, scarlet woman, tramp, pro, working girl, trouble, bad influence, bitch, provocative, homewrecker, liar, hussy, tart.

Nasty.

Each one lands like a verbal slap in the face. It doesn’t matter that they’re groundless, false accusations meant to keep me “in my place.” Words have power. We’re readers, writers, publishers, fans. We know this. We feel it in our bones. The power of words pull us back to the page time and again.

I Made The Decision To Take My Power Back

Chris Phillips, the Managing Editor at Flash Fiction Online and my longtime writing partner, showed me an article about strange fetishes. For years, we’ve talked about opening a second magazine–one that pushed the boundaries more than Flash Fiction Online’s model allowed. In that moment, with a friend I trusted both as a person and an industry professional, NASTY: Fetish Fights Back was born.

Chris’s story of how he came to the NASTY project is one you should read.

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(This is Chris. He’d be embarrassed if he knew I snuck this picture when he was working shirtless in the NASTY office. So shhhh….. Don’t tell him. And pssssst. Keep going for that prize. Sadly, it’s not the Chris.)

What Happened Next…

This is where truth gets crazier than fiction.

Word about NASTY began trickling into the speculative fiction writing community. And, suddenly, writers with BIG AWARDS decided to write for NASTY and then writers with MORE AWARDS  decided it would be fun to write for NASTY too. And so on and so on.

You’re getting the picture?

Cut to Selena Kitt and I emailing back and forth like the swell gal pals we were always destined to be (Please don’t have me arrested as a stalker! I only squeed so loudly I scared the cat).

Here’s the author list for NASTY.

And here’s another hot guy.

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I’m trying to keep you happy here. You’re ALMOST THERE.

One More Thing

NASTY: Fetish Fights Back will donate 20% of the royalties from the finished product to Planned Parenthood. We believe erotica, sexuality, and sensuality are about having choices, and we’re willing to put our money where our mouth is.

REALLY. NOW. PRIZE TIME.

Just for readers of Cori’s blog, from now until the end of our Kickstarter (December 31, 2016, 11:59 PM EST), if you pledge any amount to our campaign, we’ll send you a SPECIAL PRIZE.

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(No. Not this guy. There aren’t enough of him to go around to all of our backers even if he’s into that.)

We’ll send you an extra story from NASTY: Fetish Fights Back to ring in the New Year in an extra-steamy way.

After you pledge, drop us a message on Kickstarter or email us at anna@thenastymag.com and we’ll send your reward in early January! Choose from epub/mobi/pdf.

Thanks to Cori for letting me visit!

Stay NASTY!
Anna Yeatts

Thenastymag.com

nastypic7Anna Yeatts loves all things dark, delicious, and generally inappropriate for children. Her short fiction has appeared in Orson Scott Cards Intergalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, and Mslexia among other venues. In addition to NASTY, she publishes Flash Fiction Online. If her house catches on fire, she’ll be saving her toy collection (after her children and geriatric dogs, of course). Follow her on Facebook, Twitter @AnnaYeatts, or annayeatts.com.

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