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Back to Work Here at Cameron Romance

Just back from a short trip with the family and ready to get at it.  I know it’s a long way from autumn but it’s already beginning to feel like things are changing.  Kids are headed back to school in a couple of weeks, days are already noticeably shorter and things are moving and shaking here at Cameron Romance.

exclusiveFirst off, I’m working on plans to start a super-secret society for my fans.  OK, maybe that’s dramatic so let’s just call it a street team.  It’s a member’s only club, won’t cost a dime to join and you’ll get all kinds of special perks like free books, a members only Facebook page and maybe even swag…yes, swag!  In return, I’m going to ask that members write reviews, Facebook and Tweet about releases, etc.  I’m still working on the details but expect more news in the coming weeks.  I’m really excited to have a way to give my fans something special and hope you are too.

Big Girl Biker Cover BlogNext up, I’m shooting for a late august release of Rock & Roll Curves – 3rd Times the Charm, the third installment of that series.  It’s plotted and writing will begin next week.  I’ve also got a real honest to goodness romance novel in the works.  It’s a called Cold Comfort and I’m hoping to have it out in October/November.  Lastly, I’m developing some more stories for my popular Big Girls & Bad Boys collection.  Stay tuned for more news on that!

Lastly, I was mentioned on Heroes & Heartbreakers in an article by Sage Spelling entitled “Plus-Sized Heroines and the Heroes Who Can’t Get Enough of Them.”  Sage featured “Softail Curves.”  Thanks, Sage!  Readers should check out heroesandheartbreakers.com.  They’ve got all kinds of good stuff on romance of all kinds.  That’s all for now.  Home the rest of your summer is uber-fantastic!

Happy Reading!!

Apple Does It Again…or Doesn’t

Rock and Roll Curves Cover BlogRock & Roll Curves has been waiting to be published at Apple since May 28th. This is normal for them, they are not exactly pro-erotic romance. I uploaded R&RC – Love Her 2 Times on July 15th, and it’s published already. Go figure! If you’ve bought a copy of Rock & Roll Curves – Love Her 2 Times at Apple and you want the first part, I’ll send you a coupon to get it free at Smashwords. The offer is only good until Saturday, July 27th because after that, I’m on vacation. You can email me at dhcameron@ymail.com or leave a comment on this post. I need your email to send you the coupon.

Indie Publishing for Readers – Part 2

indie publishingLast time I spoke about the difference between indie and traditional publishing.  This time I want to talk about one of the most complained about subjects, book length.  Yes, while most of my reviews are good, a fair amount of them mention length.  Wish it was longer, kind of short, etc.  So what about that?  Why don’t I write longer books besides the fact I have the attention span of a…ooh, something shiny 😉

Most publishing houses publish books that are novel length, generally 40,000 words and up.  Why do they do that?  Can you not tell a story with fewer words?  Of course you can.  It has to do with how the book is made and sold.  The expense of printing, marketing, shipping, etc. is pretty similar for a short book and a long book.  The money isn’t in the paper, it’s in the editing, cover art, marketing, etc., not to mention the authors royalties.

For a publisher to make a decent profit, it makes sense to publish novel length books.  They can charge more for a single book without spending too much more to print and ship it.   This is the model that came about in the last 100 years or so.  Remember, before modern printing, the paper and printing was the big cost and that Charles Dickens and many other writers wrote serials.  There may be other reasons but today with ebooks and print on demand, that is changing things again.

So, why do so many indie authors/publishers write 15, 20, 30 thousand word books?  Sometimes the story only needs that many and since we aren’t trying to meet some arbitrary page or word count, we stop.  Ever read a book and it seemed like it was 100 pages too long?  I know there are authors that pad their stories to meet a specific word count set by the publisher.  That’s only one reason though.

One main reason is that publishing shorter works makes us more money.  More books, especially when you’re new to the game, means more discoverability.  It’s more likely you’ll come across a D. H. Cameron book if I have four published instead of one.  There is also less risk for the author.  Writing an 80,000 word novel takes a lot of time and effort and if it flops, the writer is back to square one.  Writing a 25,000 word short with planned sequels take less time so there is less risk.  If the first part fails, the author can move on and hopefully the first part had a real ending.

Now, you might be thinking that readers get the short end of the stick.  You have to buy three books to get the whole story instead of one.  True, but this is where what’s good for authors meshes with what’s good for readers.  If I charge $7.99 for the novel and $2.99 for three shorts, you pay a dollar more for the three shorts.  But what if you don’t like my novel.  You’re out eight bucks.  If you didn’t like part one of my planned trilogy, you found that out for only three dollars and often only 99 cents since many authors price their trilogies that way (.99/2.99/2.99).

That’s huge.  Imagine buying a hard cover for 15 dollars and hating it.  Authors can write shorter stories to test the waters.  If it flops we can move on to another book.  The reader can do the same.  Plus, now I’ve got two-thirds of the story ahead of me.  I can react to reader comments and adjust the story to give readers what they want.  I can abandon the series if it doesn’t garner much interest and write something that does excite my readers.

It’s a win/win for authors and readers.  The ability to vary length allows indie authors a lot of freedom.  We can write series instead of novels.  We can try serials (like TV shows instead of movies – see Yesterday’s Gone for one of the best examples).  We can write collections of short stories.  Bottom line is playing with length opens up a whole bunch of possibilities to authors to tell better and different stories.  Movies and Television shows are delivered in these ways, so why not books?

Next time, I’ll get into series, collections, box sets and serials.  I’ll talk about the various ways we indies deliver content and what the advantages of each are.  Until next time…

Happy Reading!

A Little Sunday Housekeeping

Just a few notes about Cameron Romance and the blog.  First off, I have begun a mailing list.  You can join by clicking here or using the link to the right.  I promise I wont be sending out spam and I won’t be pestering you constantly filling up your box…your email box that is.  Geez, I sound like an oversexed biker or rock star 😉  Its a great way to find out about new releases, sales and freebies without having to check out the blog daily.   In fact, I’ll send the first five subscribers a free copy of my next book!

Next, the pages at the top labeled Rock Hard Series and Big Girls & Bad Boys are now full of content.  Links to my books (I’ve got Amazon and will be getting the other stores up soon), descriptions and cover art.  As new books are published they will end up on those pages.  If you aren’t sure if you’ve read all of my books, that’s the best place to check and see what’s available.

Speaking of new books, here’s a run down of what is in the works.  First off, I’ve written a sequel to Softail Curves and I’ve plotted out a third volume that will tie up the story.  These, like the first one, are a roller coaster ride with things I promise you won’t expect, in the bedroom and out.

Next, I’m gearing up to begin writing the third installment of the Rock Hard series, Rock Hard Bliss.  I’ve got a general plot and some interesting subplots.  This installment will finish the story arc, but I’ve got some more plans for the characters beyond Part 3.  We’ll see how things go, but Rock Hard Bliss is planned for an April release, pushed back a bit due to the unexpected success of Softail Curves.

A new title in the Big Girls & Bad Boys collection is about half done.  It’s called Santa Cruz Curves (I’ve got a titling theme going there).  This one involves a plus-sized black girl from Chicago who winds up in Santa Cruz, California and draws the interest of a local surfer.  She’s a fish out of water, so to speak, with a secret past she doesn’t want to talk about.  Cody, our surfer, isn’t as intense as Dutch, but he’s still trouble…in a good way.

Finally, I’ve got a full-length novel in the works.  No idea when it might be finished (or started for that matter) but it involves and American girl working in Cuba in the late 1950’s and a Cuban cigar tycoon that are caught up first with the mob and then the Cuban Revolution.  That’s all you get for now.

So, that’s it.  You’re up to date on the happenings around Cameron Romance.  As always, I’m so appreciative of my fans.  I’m so happy my books are being enjoyed and I hope to keep entertaining my fans, both existing and those to come.  Over and out!