mass e-mail notifications about new releases

New Release: In Bed with the Boss


For the past few weeks, I’ve been hinting about a new book I’ve been working on with another author. I didn’t want to give out details until it was released because I’m superstitious that way.

But it’s just been released today. It’s a collection of two novellas that I collaborated on with m/m romance author, Andrew Grey. And, though I’ve been in tons of anthologies over the years, this is the first time I’ve ever actually collaborated with anyone this closely.

It was a wonderful experience. Andrew Grey was wonderful to work with, and we worked out the details like blurbs, cover design, and titles with such ease I’m still surprised it went by so fast (we started this back in October). I’ll post more about what it’s like collaborating and more about the novellas later this week. But here’s the blurb, and a link where you can purchase. I’m sure it will be on amazon and all other web sites where e-books are sold either today or sometime this week.

In these emotional tales of love and attraction at the workplace, two best-selling authors explore complicated -and sometimes steamy!- relationships between employee and boss.
In THE PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANT, best-selling author Andrew Grey sets the backdrop for successful Christian, a nationally known erotic photographer, and his assistant, David , the efficient but demure type who is always there for his boss… Will these two star-crossed lovers ever find a way to come together?

In Ryan’s Field’s THE ARRANGEMENT, it’s 1962 and Toby has just moved to New York to start a new job in advertising. He’s hoping to find a social life, but Toby wasn’t expecting his over-sexed boss to use Toby’s apartment as a love nest so he can sneak around with young men behind his wife’s back! Toby wasn’t expecting to fall in love with one of his boss’s young men either. With all the secrets Toby’s cheating boss is keeping from everyone, will Toby be able to live with the lies and infidelities for long? Or will Toby find the strength to stand up to his awful boss and do the right thing for the young man he loves?

Don’t miss these sizzling all-male novellas of passion and romance, or the chance to be swept away in a naughty workplace fling!

New Release: March 18th…YOU MISSED A SPOT, BIG GUY

Sometimes in publishing the stars are all aligned and everything works out just right. And that’s the way it’s been with this book…so far. No one’s reviewed it yet, so there’s always room for a glitch (smile).

YOU MISSED A SPOT, BIG GUY will be released on March 18th, this Friday. I’ll post more links when I get them. It’s a short story stand alone e-book that runs 5,000 words, it’s m/m erotica with a touch of romance, and it has a very happy ending with hope for the future. Another version of this story was once published in an erotic anthology by a print publisher. I can’t recall the name of the anthology right now. But this newly released version is longer, has more of my own personal touches that were originally edited out of the one for the print publisher, and I hope it has more emotion.

And I’d like to thank everyone at my publisher, loveyoudivine.com, for allowing me the chance to publish my short stories as stand alone e-books. I’ve been writing and publishing short stories for many years. But they’ve always been included in anthologies and collections. Thanks to loveyoudivine I’m now able to release these stories on their own. And thanks to the readers who have been supporting me since I started doing this. You guys are my boss, I never take your comments for granted, and you’ve been speaking very loudly in the past five years and I’ve been trying hard to listen.

Authors Announcing New Releases In Mass Notifications

I’m going to tread very lightly here because I don’t want to piss anyone off. I’m not even sure I have a set opinion about this…I’m talking more in a general sense right now and I’m wondering how other people feel about it.

On any given day, I have at least 75 regular e-mails in my aol account. I’m not going to mention my yahoo account because I use that mainly for yahoo groups and to e-mail people in Italy. My aol e-mails vary between readers, my publishers, other authors I know, family, and a few personal friends with whom I’m in constant contact. And then there are e-mails from people asking about promotional things and advice regarding a book they are writing. And I answer each e-mail the same day.

Lately I’ve noticed a rash of mass e-mails being sent by authors regarding new book releases. I’ve had other authors I know tell me they are receiving the same mass e-mails. Most of the time these are notifications from social networks and they can fill up an in-box faster than my mother asking questions about her new iPad. These notification e-mails take time to open and read and they always have that same fake-cheerful used car salesman tone that leaves me questioning the sincerity with which they were written.

I don’t do this to other authors. When I have a book released I post about it here on the blog and then post about it on social networks. I’ve always believed that announcing a new release is more about giving out detailed information than a sales pitch. I’ve never sent a private message out to masses of strangers (spam?), and especially not to other authors. It’s not a big thing in the grand scheme. It’s just as easy to delete these notifications, dismiss them, and move to the next e-mail. And when it happens once in a while, I don’t think anyone cares. But when it starts happening constantly, I can’t help but wonder how other authors feel about it. Or for that matter, how readers feel about it. Like I said, most authors I know don’t do this. They find polite, subtle ways to promote their new releases that doesn’t include spamming everyone in the universe. I don’t mind notifications in Yahoo groups; that’s what Yahoo groups are for. And I respect authors who play it safe this way. I also respect them for knowing and understanding that just because you have a large group of friends on facebook and goodreads, these people aren’t really your friends and you don’t know them personally enough to contact them with a mass notification.

Maybe this form of spamming works and I’m not getting something. Maybe people don’t mind mass e-mails and notifications from strangers announcing the release of their new books. But I do know that if an author contacted me privately and told me about his or her new book release, taking the time to give this personal touch, I’d have a great deal of respect for them and I’d look forward to buying and reading the book. I personally love one on one interaction with other authors and can’t wait to help them promote their books. But the mass notifications seem so lacking in so many ways. And I don’t think I’d want to take a chance doing this myself.

Pushy is okay sometimes. Pushy works sometimes. I’ve always been attracted to pushy people. But then there are times when pushy becomes obnoxious and out of context.