I would like to thank author Hunter S Jones for allowing me to re-post the following she originally posted on Medium.com July 23, 2013.
Hunter is an
*AMAZON # 1 Best Seller - Artistic Erotica, British Poetry, Contemporary Poetry & World Literature
*Best Romance - Finalist, eFestival of Words, July 2014
*Goodreads Book Of The Month - Modern Good Reads, July 2014
Following this post I will provide you with the link to her Amazon #1 Best Seller - September Ends!
What’s Wrong With Being Indie by Hunter S Jones
It seems that every time you read a review of an indie book publication, somewhere you will read it needs to be edited…or…could use correct punctuation…or…I didn’t like the ending.
First of all, when you find a mistake, PLEASE let us know so that it can be corrected, like immediately. When anyone writes, we see what is in our head, not what is on the page. I’ve paid a lot of money for editing. I also have paid a lot of money for books from the major publishing houses with spelling and punctuation mistakes. This is not the sole provenance of indie publishing. Nothing’s perfect. Please let authors know when you find a mistake. It would really help.
Secondly, let’s talk about punctuation. Have you ever considered that many authors misuse punctuation as an expression of their art? Oftentimes, writing is an art form, not an exercise in composition. You can play with fiction. Maybe the punctuation is the way the author wants it-a vital part of their creation. Didn’t Faulkner win a Pulitzer for doing funky stuff with, or without, punctuation? Indie musicians become rock gods because of an early riff or the wrong drum beat. They are considered geniuses for their ‘mistakes’. Why aren’t indie authors who misuse words or punctuation viewed much the same?
Lastly, you don’t like the ending. You don’t like the ending? What’s that all about? Yes, we live in a world where you can choose the ending of some TV shows, but c’mon, we’re talking about books. Since when do you get to choose how a book ends? The ending is chosen by the author. As a matter of fact, the entire book is the author’s concept. Currently, some authors ARE experimenting with allowing fans to choose the ending. You work with us, we’ll work with you. How’s that? Remember, writing is an art form…
Indie music is glamourized and glorified, which is completely understandable. When that indie scene started, the word from the major recording labels was that indie musician’s weren’t good enough to get a record deal. Doesn’t that sound like what is currently going on in the publishing world, only with authors? Now, don’t get me wrong, should a major publisher chose to sign me, I would graciously accept the offer. (I’m not holding my breath.) Until that day dawns, I will, and more importantly, I CAN publish as an indie author.
Wasn’t the American Revolution ignited by an independent writer named Tom Paine? Throughout history, indie writers have taken on many genres, forms and roles. Love us and all our flaws because we have the courage to publish independently. Get with today’s indie publishing revolution because we’re not going away. For those who already support us, thank you. Your dedication and insight mean a great deal.
Next time you read an indie book or story, find reasons to fall in love with it. Does it inspire you? Is it original?
We’re writers. Don’t hate us because we’re imaginative. We’re reclusive. We’re enigmatic. Will you accept our work, or laugh at us? Either way, we wish to share our dreams and visions with you. Join us. Give us a bit of your time. Instead of buying that cup of coffee which will eventually find its way to a landfill, download someone’s book. You won’t regret it, I promise.
So what’s wrong with being indie? Absolutely nothing. Free your mind and enjoy the ride.
After reading several reviews for fellow erotica authors, (I strongly recommend checking it out, following Christina's blog and also follow her on Twitter) I went to her first post and read her Introduction. Before I had even finished reading her post I knew I would want to contact her and ask her to be a guest blogger here on my blog. Luckily I am happy so say that Christina has agreed to write about 'How erotica saved her marriage!'
"I would like to thank Karena for inviting me to introduce myself on her blog!
For the past several years I have struggled greatly with a reduced sex drive. There was one period where I went three months without having sex and felt horrified at the thought of having sex again. My poor husband was going bonkers! For those who don't know there are many factors that go into a loss of sex drive. In my case, it had little to do with anything my husband did. I was simply not interested, couldn't get in the mood, and generally bored by sex. I felt like it was a huge time commitment when I had a lot of other things going on. Basically, my loss of sex drive was due to stress and anxiety.
But, I was not happy about this. I greatly missed the days when I saw sex as a stress reliever as opposed to a stressor. I missed wanting sex. I also felt a ton of guilt because my husband felt really bad about it, and was internalizing my lack of sex drive as an indicator that I didn't find him attractive. I felt like finding a way to break out of this rut was important for my marriage.
Then, I started reading erotica. Somehow, my sex drive light was lit, and I was craving the attentions of my husband again. And so, I've made it part of my routine to start reading erotica regularly. With this being said, I've decided to start writing a blog reviewing this erotica. From what I can see, many blogs do not review erotica, and many erotica writers are independently published. I want to use my blog as an opportunity to shed some light upon, and also to promote, these works of writing.
A healthy sex life can do nothing but add to a healthy marriage. For this reason, I think erotica is an important body of writing.
To maintain my anonymity, I write my reviews under a pseudonym: Christina Harding. Also, due to the high demand, I now post new reviews three times a week. Please feel free to check out my reviews on my blog or follow me on twitter!"
Thank you Christina, I love your post!
Please check out Christina's erotica reviews on her amazing blog:
I have been asked a few times, isn’t Erotica just the same as Pornography? Good question. I have heard, or rather, in a few extreme cases, have been TOLD, that writing or reading Erotica is just the same as watching the most vile pornography tape available.
I would like to start out by saying that I respect and understand every person’s RIGHT to voice any opinion and/or beliefs they may have. I am a firm believer in The Freedom of Speech. I am not writing this to change anyone’s opinion and/or beliefs. I am writing this because The Freedom of Speech allows me to voice my opinion and beliefs. I am not writing this post on behalf of, nor am I speaking for anyone else. It is about my view, beliefs and understanding.
I love writing, and I love writing Erotica. Some people do not classify people who write Erotica as being “writers”. A very few other authors that I know of, do not want anything to do with me, do not take me or what I write seriously, and have some “colourful” words in which to describe me. I have heard that I should not be allowed to breathe the same air as “authors”, or I have no RIGHT to call myself an “author”. I am just not a “serious” author, such as them. They choose to ignore me, pretend I do not exist and refuse to help promote me in the same manner they and I choose to support authors who write in all the different genres. Here is where I could defend myself on every point I have just mentioned. However, normally I do not defend myself against other people’s opinions. They are entitled to their opinions, and as I previously stated, I respect their opinions. I may at some time in another post, end up discussing those same points, but not in an attack of others. There are several, if not a lot, of things in today’s world that I find offensive, have a strong dislike for, irk me, or “I just do not get”. Some have been all over the news and social media, and a very few have had several large groups and/or individuals who want to have them permanently banned and removed from public consumption. I do not agree with banning people, shows, movies, books, etc. If I do not like it, I do not tune into it. Depending on what it is, I may with friends, voice my opinion, laugh about it, or try to understand what it is, that is so fascinating, that millions of people cannot get enough of it. If millions of people want it, there is nothing wrong with it. I have my personal tastes and views as does everyone else.
I spend my time doing as I choose, and I am a very happy woman!