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Promoting, Facebook, and etiquette

I’ve been on Facebook for about three and a half years; I didn’t discover social media until I’d been published about 6 months and I realized after receiving my second royalty check, that I needed to do something to beef up my promo. Sure, I knew what FB was and my kids had been avid users of it as well as MySpace before it, but I never thought that it was something I’d be interested in. Besides, I just didn’t know that many people. First I set up an account in my own name and searched for friends that were active. Suddenly, I realized that I knew ten people. LOL. Since I was newly published, I decided that it would be best if I set up an author profile using my pseudonym at the encouragement of my publisher, so that became my Patricia Logan profile. I began to friend every author I could find starting with the ones who I was reading at the time. In those days, I still had the leisure of time for my reading and I had quite a lot of MM authors that I wanted to get to know.

Today, I am participating in the hop against homophobia and transphobia and I thought long and hard before deciding upon a topic. I looked back at my life trying to decide how to best approach this topic and finally landed on sharing my experiences with people who have made an impact on my life. The International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia is May 17th and here is their link: http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/ and here is the link back to the main page to read so many amazing posts: http://hopagainsthomophobia.blogspot.com/ 

As a youngster, I didn’t know what a gay person was. I lived in a bubble with my atheist/former Catholic father at the helm and a born again Christian mother who did most of the talking to my brother and I about the important issues and what kind of people we should grow up to be. I have to give them both credit. Neither one ever put down gay people or used slurs to describe them and in fact, my earliest memory of a comment at the dinner table was when we had just acquired our stereo console unit for the living room. I was eight or nine years old and was fascinated with the fact that we could now play records on in our own home. My mom and dad went on a shopping trip and mom came home with a Liberace album. I can remember a discussion between my parents about Liberace and his questionable sexuality. In those days I’d never heard about men being interested in men or women being interested in women.

Is there such a thing as over branding?

 

I’ve been pondering this question for the last couple of months. I have been self publishing about 20 months now and have received rights back on all my books that I had with publishers. When I first started self publishing, I was enjoying pretty decent sales until “Silver Ties”, my first novel-length BDSM title came out. With the release of “Silver Ties”, my sales shot up significantly and I could only attribute it to the fact that it was a BDSM title riding on the wave of the popularity of 50 Shades of Gray. On the advice of a friend and mentor, I began a series called the “Master’s Boys” which was also BDSM and it was a hit from the get-go. After finishing up the “Master’s Boys”, I launched “Invitation Only”, another BDSM series which has also done very well in both sales and reviews.

I must tell you that it’s been an emotional start to the week. So many seem to be going through tough challenges this year. Health problems, financial worries, grief, break-ups… they seem to be everywhere… and then, I look out at the bright California sunshine and I realize that no matter what, we must carry on.

I have so much on my mind. Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the passing of a FB friend, Peter Kozma, known to the world as Arpad Miklos. He was an amazingly talented gay porn star who was driven to suicide because of a deep depression that he hid from everyone but those closest to him. One day, he sat in his New York apartment and decided that the way out of his depression was to take an overdose of medication. It did him in. Just a few days ago, a famous actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman, struggling with his own drug addictions, did the same thing. He’d gotten clean twenty three years ago and had stayed clean until 2012 when he succumbed to his addiction with a relapse using prescription medication. When I read about him, my memories of losing Arpad a year ago came flooding back.

2013 Year End Blog… looking back at a productive year!

 

     Well, 2013 marks the first full year of being self published for me. It has been exciting in so many different ways. I had 14 new books published this year and 8 re-releases of previously published works. This is monumental for me, even though the majority of them were short stories and novellas. 2014 looks to be as productive if not more so. For the very first time in a while, I have been able to make a decent contribution to family finances and I have been able to call myself a full time author with my head held high. Along the way, I’ve set out and accomplished a ‘branding’ of sorts, pushing the fact that what I write is not merely smut, but BDSM smut for the most part.

 I’ve gained a world of fans both here and abroad and I’ve also been published for the first time in a foreign language (French), thanks to a very nice lady who took a shine to my writing. Bless you, Benedicte! I’ve launched a campaign toward the end of this year to be able to branch out to the Italian and the Spanish readers as well, setting those translations into motion and before the end of 2014, I hope to be read in four different languages all over the world. That in and of itself, is amazing to me. I’ll let you know how that goes at this time next year.