So, you may have noticed in my last blog I was pretty grumpy about having the wrong genre connected to my novel. But, after contacting the omnipotent Google herself and writing the correct genre in as many places as I could think of, it's fixed! I am stunned. My prayers have been answered.
But why, you may well ask, am I making such a fuss? E r o t i c fiction (I'm writing it like that in case I connect the book to that genre again) is meant to be the hottest thing in fiction. Surely I should be pleased that this might boost my sales? Well, if Bone Rites was the next Dulux shade of grey I would be laughing all the way to the bank. (100 million copies sold, and counting). But Bone Rites isn't that kind of book and if anyone bought it thinking that they were in for a bodice ripping delight they would be so disappointed.
Sure, this story has love and passion, but that's not the same thing at all. I make no mention of body parts sliding into other body parts. I say nothing about panting or panties for that matter. There are syringes, knives, scalpels, bone saws, blood–lots of that–and a truck load of bones. But no explicit S-E-X. There IS almost an orgy, but like old Bollywood films there's just a rustle of sheets off-screen. E r o t i c fiction just ain't my style. If I tried to force myself to write that way I'd be up for the Literary Review's Bad S-E-X in Fiction Award where they draw "attention to the poorly written, redundant, or downright cringeworthy passages of sexual description in modern fiction." And that's not an award any writer wants to win.
Once you've written a book you might think your work is done, but that's hilariously wrong. Once its written, you have to edit it. Again and again and again. And then again. And some more after that.
Once it's in shape, then you have to market the thing, which is a whole new skill set. I'm learning, but it's hard to sell yourself. You feel like your mum is going to leap out from behind a curtain and tell you to stop showing off. Or that you're boring the bejeezus out of people (sorry).
But marketing is happening. I'll be launching the book in Australia in October, watch this space for more details on that. Then in January I'm heading over to the UK to promote the book there. Yes, I'm leaving the Aussie summer to tour the UK in the depths of winter. How I suffer for my art!!
Another fun fact is that once your book is out there it has a life of its own. This book has murders, blood and gore, but barely a mention of the old S - E - X. Yet several bookshops and now Google have it listed as e r o t i c fiction. IT SO IS NOT!! The genre of this book is dark historical fiction. I'm currently writing that fact on every social media outlet I can find. My serial killer ain't saucy!