BIG NEWS: HOT, SEXY, & FREE!

I am SO excited to announce that I am working with Cosmopolitan.com to write and publish an erotic serial! This will be an ongoing story that will unfold three times a week on their website. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, I will post a mini-chapter at a time. Think of it as your coffee break orgasm!

The best news? It JUST WENT LIVE! Click here to read the first post. More content will hit the site on Wednesday, and also on Friday!

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FAQS:

Do I need a subscription to the Cosmopolitan magazine?
— Nope. And you don’t need to register. This is a completely FREE experience.

What IS it?
— The Bedroom Blog is an online fictional blog, with journal-style entries posting three times a week. It will be the story of Chloe Madison – a 22-year-old New Yorker who is trying to sort out her life after it is turned upside down.
It will be a story unfolding in real-time – Chloe will celebrate holidays, current events, etc at the same time that we do. She will share all of the delicious secrets of her personal and love life. It will be a really fun and sexy read – perfect to divulge in while you are on the subway, waiting in line, or grabbing a coffee break at work.

How long will it run?
— At least six months, most likely a year. Then I will sit down with Cosmo and we will decide whether to continue. Either way, the story will have a conclusion – you won’t be left hanging.

How do I read it?
— Simply go to the Cosmopolitan website and look for the ‘Bedroom Blog’ section! New posts will arrive every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at roughly 9am. If you want a bigger glimpse, you can also follow @BedroomBlog on Twitter to see daily tweets from Chloe.

What’s your involvement?
— I’m the author of the Bedroom Blog, and I also handle the @BedroomBlog twitter account. I have a Cosmo editor that I work with on each of the blog posts, and their team handles the physical posting to the website and marketing. There has been a Bedroom Blog in the past that was very successful, but that author left Cosmo in 2013, so it has not been an active feature since then.
Note: if you search ‘bedroom blog’ on the Cosmo website, you’ll see the old posts. Don’t do that, it’s confusing. Just wait and use the links in this email. *hugs*

I’m excited for you to read this! I think it will be a great thing to bridge the time in between my book releases, I know I am really excited for this new opportunity.

With love,

Alessandra

 

Erotica’s Rightful Place in the Standings

Amazon recently published their Top Selling Ebooks of 2014 and guess who made the list?

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Black Lies, the same ebook that hit the New York Times List three times, an erotic romance about a woman involved with two men.

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But it’s the rest of the list that raises one of my meticulously-plucked eyebrows. Okay, that’s a joke. I haven’t touched a tweezer since Taylor Swift was dating John Mayer. But… I digress. What was I talking about? Oh yeah, the list.

Out of the Top 100 ebook titles sold in 2014:

20 of the Top 100 ebooks sold in 2014 are Erotica. 22 if you include Colleen Hoover’s books, which are borderline but really more romance.

22 of the Top 100 ebooks sold in 2014 are self-published. Some of those authors, a year ago, no one had ever heard of.

Why is no one talking about this? Why are we not, as a genre, celebrating that successes of Deborah Bladon, Meredith Wild, and J.S. Cooper? These ladies are dominating and doing it ALL. BY. THEMSELVES.

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What started this thought process was an article in Flavorwire, one which stated that Adults Reading YA Novels ‘Saved Publishing in 2014’. The article also stated:

Ebook sales – which were thought to be declining – are up by 5.6 percent in trade.

Ebook sales declining? Have you looked around a subway lately? Gotten on an airplane? Gone to a park or looked over a credit card statement? Ebooks are taking over. They won’t fully ‘take over’ – I do firmly believe that. We will always have print books, and there will always be a market that prefers print to digital. But don’t bury your head in the sand and pretend that ebooks are a passing fad. Or one that will, at some point, be overtaken. I do believe, if there wasn’t a self-publishing platform, that this would be more likely to occur. I, as a reader, still hesitate over a $9.99 ebook when I can buy a print book for the same price. Publishers can reduce the ebook market share with competitive pricing. The rocks in the gear are self-publishers, those annoying little authors running around with their $.99 cent sales and $3.99 launch prices.

I’m one of those annoying authors. And I have readers who can’t afford a $4 book. I have readers who wait for payday so that they can purchase one ebook. And I love those readers. I wouldn’t have them if I was a purely-traditional author. They couldn’t afford me.

The Flavorwire article is focusing on the wrong thing. YA ebooks did, as they point out, increase by nearly 53%. They might have saved publisher’s bottom lines. But Erotica pulled up its sexy garters and ran nearly alongside Romance and Thriller titles when you looked at America’s reading patterns. And America’s reading isn’t just trade. Not anymore. And we have to recognize that. We have to put proper credence and respect where it is due.

Congrats to all of the authors who made this list. I am honored to be among your titles.

 

 

You can view my bestselling book Black Lies here.

You can view the entire Amazon list of Top Selling Titles here.

You can view the Flavorwire article here.