So, last August I said I couldn’t put out any Jesse stories (or any other GQ books) because the book wouldn’t pay for itself. And that is definitely still true. But frankly nothing I do is likely to pay for itself. I just don’t manage to write mainstream stories, even when that’s exactly what I set out to do.
But I’ve recently been working on Jesse anyway, and I want to eventually tell all of Henry & Martin’s life together. At this point it’s very unlikely that there will suddenly be a huge swell of new readers/fans of the series putting money into my coffers. It’s a niche series for a select few :D So how do I put the books out for those few?
It is quite different from the GQ stories, so I thought I should use a different name, but now I’m thinking it wasn’t necessary.
This was a little idea I had that was just supposed to be smut. I wrote it in about two days, spent way more time than that looking for the right buff torso photo, and immediately wrote 2/3 of a sequel, should there ever be a need for such a thing.
It’s about a full-size human man who finds an injured doll-size fairy. Eventually, there are M/M/F fairies and of course a human M and they all mix it up in various ways. It’s kinky, but it sort of has to be with little bitty fairies involved.
It was just supposed to be kinky smut, like I said, but I ended up caring for all the characters too much to leave it at that, so it’s more of a real story than I had originally planned.
Since it’s been months since I’ve posted anything, I just wanted to resurface to verify that I am not dead, not at all.
I’m working on the Jesse stories, and I did think I’d have them done months ago, but I’ve been prioritizing a lot of other projects instead. See, I had this idea I’d write something a bit more commercially viable than the GQ books, but I’m beginning to think that’s just not something I can do. Everything I touch turns to weird.
I’ve written at least 500K of various projects since putting out ACAT/AFC, so I’ve kept busy. Whether it’ll amount to anything is unclear, but at least I’m working.
Anyway, if you’ve been waiting for Jesse stories, I won’t promise anything, but springtime doesn’t seem like an unreasonable goal.
A Master’s Fidelity (GQ 2.5), A Vital Chemistry (GQ 3.5), and A Free Choice (GQ 4.5) are now $0.99 from ebook retailers. A Superior Slave (GQ 0.5) is still free from those same retailers. All four stories are still available to read/download for free on AO3.
What that $0.99 buys a reader is a pretty cover, pretty chapter headings, and everything formatted the way I want it to look.
Have a safe and wonderful New Year. I hope those of you who opted in on the Charles/Simon story enjoyed it, and I look forward to offering you more of Henry, Martin and their friends in coming years. I have a lot of new characters in new universes coming, as well, and I sincerely hope you’ll give them a chance too.
I had a very pleasant exchange with a reader awhile back about whether the characters’ names had any particular meaning for me, and I thought other readers might be interested in knowing this too. If you’re not into vague authorial introspection, you can skip this post :D
The newsletter, as such, with a link to A Rich Man’s Privilege, went out to the mailing list on 12/24. If you got it, I hope you enjoyed it.
I believe I’ve got things set up now so new subscribers get sent a link to the story upon confirming their subscription. If this isn’t the case, please let me know.
If you subscribed but didn’t get my “Happy Holidays” email, please check your spam folder. If it’s not there, let me know and I’ll get the story to you. In retrospect, I probably should have titled the email something more like “Here’s That Story You Wanted” so it would be less spam-like. I’ll keep that in mind for next time I send something out :D
I decided awhile back I should do a newsletter, but I didn’t have anything specific in mind because I am TOTAL SHIT at marketing, and I didn’t realize I was supposed to have special stuff waiting for my subscribers the minute they got on board. I really did just think people would sign up whenever, and eventually I’d send them something, and we’d all be okay with that. Which is in fact how it’s going down, but I just want you to know that I realize now that my methods are artless and utterly without added value.
However, since it’s almost Xmas, I’m thinking I’ll send newsletter people a present: a preliminary version of the Charles/Simon story I’ve mentioned in the past. This story will eventually go into a book I’ll be asking people to pay for, possibly in altered form, but I’m pretty happy with it as it is, so I doubt it will change terribly much. It’s about 12K words and depicts an auction day completely different than Henry and Martin’s.
So this is me giving you advance warning that a thing you might want could be yours if you add yourself to my mailing list in the next few days. Since I have had a theoretical newsletter for months now without sending out a single missive, rest assured I won’t be spamming you with DG news.
The newsletter sign-up is over in the right-hand column if you’re on a computer, down below the blog posts if you’re on mobile.