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Monday, December 2, 2013

The Holiday Season is Upon Us!

     With Thanksgiving (in the US) behind us, and after being stuffed to the gills for a week and probably a few pounds heavier from the over-indulgence, we are embarking on the month of prep for a joyous time of year! At least I hope for everyone this season will bring happiness and joy.
My Dog Dressed as a "Dog Reindeer" (He won the contest)
     As we quickly approach the end of 2013, I want to take the time to reflect back on what I’ve done in the way of my writing. Not much!
     I started last holiday season off with the first episode of a serial and had the subsequent episodes follow. The venture was a departure from what I normally write and I was disappointed by the way it was received. Due to pricing constraints with third party retailers, the price couldn’t be lowered, so I made a decision and fortunately my publisher agreed to the stories would be consolidated into one book. Christmas Eve, the entire story will be released with the final episodes added. Writing the stories was meant to be like a television series, or a comic book with new adventures happening for the main character. Sadly, the readers I pitched were interested, but the cost didn’t make sense or they said they didn’t want cliffhangers.
     Before I made the change to consolidate, I started reading reviews on Amazon with other books that were set up similarly. Not good reviews. The readers were speaking loud and clear—they didn’t like the concept. Romance readers like their HEA or HFN!
Okay, drop back and punt. So I pose the question—do you make changes to suite your audiences, or say screw it and write your way and forget what anyone says? Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t deviate from the story line, but the delivery I changed. I refuse to compromise on writing to the masses like that because my stories and characters dictate what gets written, but I’m talking about trying something new. If it fails, would you rewrite and change the method of delivery?
     With all that posed and said The Misadventures of Dick Grewcock with his new and updated final cover releases from Secret Cravings Publishing. Dick’s adventure actually begins on Christmas Eve so I find appropriate. As you can see from the tagline, Dick the computer geek has a few interesting adventures.

      Tagline: Vampires, Zombies, Voodoo and a possible UFO sighting...take a wild ride with the computer geek on an impossible mission not to lose his humanity.
     Dick Grewcock is a computer geek wanting more out of life. Yearning for a girlfriend, he takes steps to make his dream come true. Vampires are handsome, powerful, and have women falling over them—everything he’s not. Becoming one wasn’t an easy task and he had to find an real vampire willing to turn him.
     Christmas Eve, he begins an impossible mission for his boss. Before he starts, a cute spitfire woman just as geeky as him walks into Vampires ‘R Us and life changes. He could have everything he wanted—a pretty girlfriend and a great job—if he could just convince her.
     Noelle St. Nicholas is on a mission to save her home and won’t take no for an answer. The only one who can help her is Dick, the nerd staring at her and looking really weird.
     Follow the adventures of Dick Grewcock to find true love without losing his humanity.

Until next month . . .
Cynthia Arsuaga
Erotic Romance Author


Tina Donahue said...

I think we all have to write to our audience to some degree. However, bending the rules works out great at times, and suddenly readers decide they like what you've done. I think it's a balance of what they want and what you like.

Sandy said...

Cynthia, this sounds like a cute story, and maybe more geared to the YA audience.

It's scary making a decision like what you're making Cynthia. Good luck!

Rose Anderson said...

I write the stories that come to me and figure there are readers out there who will like my particular style of story craft. I know I can't please or entertain everyone, but I do give it my all. Best luck, Cynthia.

Molly Daniels said...

I changed the ending of my 3rd book to fit the HFN format, since I didn't think any publisher would accept the original ending. My heroine threw a fit and 'yelled' at me for weeks, every time I opened that document. Finally, I polled my beta readers and they liked the new ending better. 'Keri' settled down after that, though she's still not entirely happy LOL!

jean hart stewart said...

Another hazard to being a writer...Lots of luck...

Cara Marsi said...

Your dog is so cute. I love the premise of your story. It sounds very creative. I admire that you tried something new. Sometimes a new twist works with readers and sometimes not.

I write the stories I want to read, but I do try to keep up with the market and I've tweaked story lines to fit the market at times. But you can't really write to the market totally because it changes all the time.

Best of luck with the book. Great cover.

Melissa Keir said...

How frustrating. I'm glad that you are finally getting to put the whole story together and I hope that everyone sees what a great book it is.

Paris said...

I like pushing the envelope but I know that for right now, I'm writing and marketing to a romance audience so the HEA or HFN is going to be part of the deal. So far I haven't been brave enough to market outside the romance arena but that could happen:)

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