We’re pleased to have Veronica Frances here with us today. Veronica is the author of the adult fiction, Tickling Daphne H. We asked her all about her book and her writing life.
Congratulations on your new book! Before we ask how you did it, can you tell us a little about your book?
Tickling Daphne H. is the story of 21-year-old Daphne Hamilton, a young woman who is very confused about her feelings regarding tickling and being tickled. She really doesn’t want to deal with it and wishes she could just ignore the issue altogether.
Unfortunately for her, her boyfriend Dave has an insatiable tickling fetish. Poor Daphne is in the most uncomfortable situation of having to face her feelings about tickling. Her stepmother, father and crazy aunt also have tickling fetishes. What is she to do? Can Daphne learn to face her true feelings about tickling, or will she remain trapped within the walls of her own ambivalent, hysterical laughter forever?
Can you tell us who your publisher is and why you went with them?
I went with Blue Note Publications because they gave me complete and total creative freedom, yet had plenty of good suggestions. I like being a part of a team.
Were they your original choice?
Did you go through an agent?
What are some of the downsides of being an author today?
I have found one of the biggest downsides to being an author in today’s world, is all the free fiction available out there. In the world of erotica, so many writers are sharing their work for free on the internet. Readers no longer have to spend a single penny to read hot erotic fiction. Why buy a book if you can just get story after story for free?
I am all for offering work for free, but I am much more for authors being paid. Authors put so much time into their work, but most people don’t care. They just want to go to the library, or find a way to download books free on the internet. I think it is incredibly disrespectful to authors. After all, authors need to make a living too.
How do you feel about the whole eBook technology thing?
On the one hand, I think it’s wonderful. It is great being able to download your book instantly, anywhere, anytime. However, I find that people still won’t easily put out cash for a reasonably priced eBook by a lesser-known author. I think all authors deserve to be paid more for eBooks. The fact that they have to price themselves so below regular book price is insulting to an author, who put so much time, sweat and energy into their work.
What do you believe is the biggest obstacle authors face when searching for a traditional publisher?
Rejection for one. Rejection can often ruin inspiration and make a writer feel like it is sometimes hopeless to continue writing and searching for publishers. Time is the other obstacle. I’m sure most authors want to get their book out as soon as possible. Traditional publishers tend to like to work on their time-line, not the authors. Artistic control is the other obstacle. The writer often feels like their book is their baby. Traditional publishers often have other ideas and can challenge the author over issues of creative control.
What does your publisher do in terms of publicizing your book?
Not very much. It is pretty much up to me.
What do you believe is the biggest challenge authors face in promoting their books?
I find that promoting my books is not as big of a challenge as getting people to buy them. Promoting a book is not as hard as some might think, but promotion unfortunately does not guarantee sales.
I think the biggest challenge for me is being able to write another book while I am promoting one I just published. It is very difficult dividing my time between promoting my novel and writing a new one.
Are you active in the social networks and which is your favorite?
Twitter and Facebook are my favorite social networks to promote my book. Pinterest is kind of fun and an interesting idea, but I do not find it as helpful as Twitter and Facebook.
Do you have any advice you’d like to share with aspiring authors?
Promote as much as you can on the weekends. I find my book sells much better on the weekends.
Also Remember, promotion does not mean sales. You need to write because you love it and because it makes you feel alive. Don’t judge your book based on how much it is selling at the moment. Books can become more and more popular as time goes on. It doesn’t always happen all at once.
Be proud of your accomplishments. Your career as a writer is an important and worthwhile journey.
Visit the author’s website at http://www.ticklingdaphne.com/.