Binding Jax’s Heart

It’s Done!

2017 #ROW80 Round 1: Check-In #22

The first round of #Row80 for 2017 is done. Now it’s time to see how productive I was. For starters, I’m writing this post at ten pm. Technically, I’m early because the round doesn’t end until tomorrow, but I want to keep my post on its regular Wednesday schedule. As I mentioned in my last update, the next round would be hosted at Hunter Hues. So if you don’t want to miss it, you can sign up for the email updates here.

Today, I finished the edits for Binding Jax’s Heart, drafted the synopsis, and wrote the query letter. To learn more about that, you need to sign up for my updates under Leigh Hunter. I’m hoping to submit everything by the end of the month.


My initial goals for Round #1 were:

January

  • 10-12 blog posts [recurrent goal]
  • 15+ book reviews [recurrent goal]
  • 12 to read [recurrent goal]
  • Newsletter [recurrent goal]
  • Plan & start Cupcakes & Brews, #1 – Currently working on this
  • Edit Graphic Exposure & plan additions – Hopefully over the summer

February

  • 10-12 blog posts [recurrent goal]
  • 10+ book reviews [recurrent goal]
  • 12 to read [recurrent goal]
  • Newsletter [recurrent goal]
  • Finish Cupcakes & Brews, #1 – nope
  • Finish Graphic Exposure – nope
  • Promo new release

March

  • 10-12 blog posts [recurrent goal]
  • 10+ book reviews [recurrent goal]
  • 12 to read [recurrent goal]
  • Newsletter [recurrent goal]
  • Plan & start Royal Ranger, #1 – did the blurb and send proposal; got a request for a synopsis
  • Edit Prescribed Discipline & plan additions – nope

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#TeaserTuesday – 2/21/2017 – Binding Jax’s Heart

Since I’m currently working on the re-edit of Binding Jax’s Heart, I think it would be nice to see a little teaser of where the story is before all the changes and additions start. Enjoy!

“Sorry for keeping you waiting, but I needed to take a quick shower to get rid of the greasy smell from the deli. I love to cook, but I end up smelling like yesterday’s leftovers by the time I get home.”

“That’s okay. No worries.”

“Oh, but I do worry. You know, someone forgot to give me a hello kiss when I got home. I think he was knuckles deep inside my woman.”

“Fuck, Master. That was hot,” Jax said, before walking into his Master’s open arms to greet him properly. The kiss was forceful and delicious. Val took the time to suck on his bottom lip before tracing it with his tongue. Then he pulled Jax’s hair, changing the angle before he plunged his tongue between Jax’s parted lips. Jax’s body trembled before he melted against his Master’s chest. Val grabbed Jax’s ass, making him cry at the pain caused by the cage.

“Sorry, baby boy. Let me take care of that for you.”

Master Val got to his knees and opened the button of Jax’s jeans. Jax felt like squirming as his Master placed a soft kiss over the exposed skin, lapping his tongue around Jax’s belly button.

30 Weeks of Kink: Week #5 – 2/2/2017

Week 5: What was your first kinky sexual experience? If you haven’t had one yet, talk about what you hope to have happened.

Well, this one I’m going to switch a bit. Instead of talking about my first kinky sexual experience, I’m going to let you listen to a kinky scene in my first BDSM story, Binding Jax’s Heart. It was narrated by the BDSM Group in Goodreads as part of their Bedtime Stories series.

I’m currently revising and expanding this story, but I don’t think this is going to change much. This story is a FmM menage, but this particular scene has two couples (not interacting). One is Mm and the other Fm and is definitely NSFW. Enjoy!

* Read previous entry here.

Selling Myself

2017 #ROW80 Round 1: Check-In #6 | 10 Minute Novelist: Update #3

This year, I’m taking a different approach to marketing. I’m trying to be more proactive. My holiday short story did well, but I don’t think it reached beyond a handful of professional readers and reviewers. The majority of the reviews it received were through an ARC management service I contacted.

I had a release day blitz, but I didn’t get to do a blog tour due to some communication issues. I can’t complain about the end result. Plus, I expect the next book in the series [whenever I finish it] to bring more attention to this short story.

So, for this new release, I started planning in advance. My publisher gave the information about release date, media kits, etc. ahead of time and I got the chance to think about what I wanted to do.

What I’m doing differently? I created a monthly newsletter to coincide with the story’s cover reveal. In order to get subscribers, I used Instafreebie to give away a short story. For now, it’s the only way to get it. Also, I signed up for advertisement newsletters for both stories.

I’m getting ARC management services for the free story as well as the new release. Plus, I joined two Valentine’s day giveaways to coincide with a twenty stop blog tour put together in conjunction with my publisher.

The new book has been in pre-order, at the publisher’s website only, for a week and it’s doing well. I’m sure it has sold more copies that my holiday release had done since November of last year. Only for that, the whole thing has paid off.

And talking about investments, I haven’t spent more than $75 overall. Including proofreading of the free story, formatting, ARC management, etc.

One thing, though, all these takes time. I have to write the guest posts & the newsletter, email the bloggers and authors, setup Instafreebie, Mailchimp, and create teasers, and other marketing swag. And I have to stay on top of everything. Sharing info on Twitter & Facebook when possible.

What I expected to get out of it? Well, more readers. Not only those that read professionally for review blogs or other authors. But those that use whatever free time they have during their day to enjoy a story. That single person that would enjoy the escape and remember my story fondly.

Anything else? Yes. I’m blogging every day. I take part of established events, like #RainbowSnippets, #10MinutesNovelist, #ROW80, #MondayFlashFics, #SharingIsCaring, Twitter chats, and many other things that allow me to interact with readers and other authors. The more I put myself there, the more progress I’ll achieve creating a brand.

Oh, and did I mentioned I have more than one pen name and projects in different genres? Plus, I’m moving out-of-state soon? I know, way too much on my plate, but I won’t have it any other way.

Will see how this experiment goes, and if it’s worth repeating. Do you use the same marketing plan with each release or do you change it depending on your story?

Accomplishments for week #3:

  • Read: 1 books
  • Reviewed: 1 full book reviews
  • Written: Weekly update for A Demon’s Duty to the Devil’s Son & Summoned 
  • Planned: next week’s schedule & plan of action for secondary pen names
  • Edited: Finished reading BJH & created Scrivener files and plan of attack
  • Promo: Group sign-ups; newsletter outreach; plan guest post topics
  • Extras: many emails, posts, and many other words; another 5K+ words

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30 Weeks of Kink: Week #3 – 1/19/2017

Week 3: How did you discover you were kinky?

I discovered BDSM through reading. The first story I read was Lorcan’s Desire by S.J.D. Peterson back in 2013 and haven’t stopped since. The more I read, the more interested I was in knowing more. That’s when I joined the BDSM group on Goodreads.

A couple of days later, I received their newsletter with the announcement of their first writing event, and the rest is history. I wrote two stories for the 2015 Kink on Ink series, Binding Jax’s Heart, which I’m expanding at the moment. It was later selected as a Bedtime Story and a scene was narrated. You can listen to it here.

Also, I wrote Graphic Exposure, which gets its expansion in the next couple of months. It’s now the start of the Exhibits series and book #2, Prescribed Discipline is getting ready for submission as we speak. This year, I wrote Uncle! which is available for free on Instafreebie when you join my newsletter, Lila’s Monthly Musings.

With each book I read or write, I learn a bit more about BDSM. It’s a fascinating lifestyle. One that suits my dominant personality. 🙂

* Read previous entry here