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Black Friday is a crock

Since it's disgusting me inordinately this year, and since a family member assures me I'm losing out on all kinds of business by not having a sale at my online store, I've opted to post a statement on my main page instead.



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Nov. 23rd, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
Go you :-)
Nov. 23rd, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
Nov. 23rd, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
It's sad that it's even spread up here. Stores were opening early this morning. Why? 90% of people were working as usual, so the stores were not going to be overwhelmingly busy. And a $200 TV remains the same whether the doors open at 7:00 or 9:00. Do you really NEED a TV or camera at 7:00? They try to keep people from going across the border I guess, but I think it's all a bit of a game.

I just don't get the frenzy and you HEAR about all these great deals, but I've never actually known anyone who got one. It's like an urban legend. Or else the things that are on sale are not the things I want. Sure there's a $200 TV, some no-name brand from who knows where.
Nov. 23rd, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Urban legend, yes! I think it is a lot of hype. It just makes me sad that people are manipulated into thinking they DO need a new TV at 7:00... or 3am or Midnight Thanksgiving or whatever.

It seems like the best thing to do, if you need a new TV, is research, find the one you want and then watch for sales or deals. Not just take some off brand that you need to get trampled for.
Nov. 23rd, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Oh sweet! I didn't know you had bundled packages on your site. I just read Channeling Morpheus 1 this morning and loved it. I'm new to M/M and a friend highly recommended your work and I have to agree with her, I've loved the stories I've read by you so far. I was going to DL the rest of CM from Amazon tonight so this post is perfect timing. \o/

And ITA about Black Friday. I've spent all day lounging around the house and doing a whole lot of NOT shopping. Aside from buying the CM bundle, that is. XD

Funny enough, a new bar just opened here called Wild Bills. I think it's some sort of country sports bar fusion thing though. Not a place I'd imagine a vampire to hang out. Unless Bill is a secret Vikings fan. :P
Nov. 23rd, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
It's really exciting for me to think that new readers are discovering MM every day.

I wanted to do a no-buy day and then my dashboard started beeping at me as I was approaching a gas station, so I caved in and bought gas.

I'm trying to imagine Wild Bill's feelings on sports...I don't think he HATES sports like so many of my nellier characters do. But I think he probably enjoys watching other people get all riled up about sports and smirking about their distress.
Nov. 24th, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
I think a lot of people are just discovering MM. I never was interested in "romance" novels before but I found the MM genre through my love of yaoi. I got a kindle and was looking up yaoi titles and amazon recommended some other things. I was all OMG I CAN GET MM SMUT DOMESTICALLY?! Little did I know!

Unfortunately, Amazon recommended me a whole lot of terrible books at first. I won't say which publisher but you can probably guess who. Shallow character development and mostly no plot, just lots of sex. I read a whole lot of terrible books at first. I started googling and saw certain names recommended over and over [yours was one of them] and I am working my way through my list of recommended people. I think a lot of other people are too. I know I'm going to recommend you to my friends. ^__^

Amazon is shit for recommendations but I think those that are interested will find the books that they are interested in. Eventually. I'm so glad I found your works. You are a crazy good writer and are really inspiring as well. I used to write a lot, not for publication but just stories for my friends. It makes me want to write more and more and maybe even whip something into [maybe] publication shape. Eeeep, that's scary. >__>'

Nov. 24th, 2012 08:52 am (UTC)
I think the way Amazon's algorithms work is that if you buy one craptastic sex-romp of a novel, it assumes that's what you're looking for and recommends a dozen more. That's why friend-to-friend recs are so important.

My guess is that once the genre of MM matures, you'll see a separation of which are Romance Genre based, and which are novels of other genres but with gay protagonists and a romantic subplot. (Mysteries, horror, thrillers, etc.) That'll make it easier for the readers who prefer one over the other to find the writers they click with.

Weirdly enough, as a publisher I find Amazon better for recommendations than other distributors, who force you to pay for placement, or who favor big publishers over indies, or who have no system in place at all. I think if you go through and "like" a few books by authors you prefer, your recs might get better. Or maybe that's just an urban legend...

Channeling Morpheus is more of a sex romp than my other work. It was originally written for a publisher with a sex quota so I had to sneak the plot in among all the naked thrusting.

I'm so glad you persevered instead of giving up the whole genre as crap!

Writing for your friends is the best way to start, IMO, because you get feedback and motivation from them instead of writing in a vacuum.
Nov. 24th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
Ahaha, my Amazon recs are so skewered anyway. My husband is really into the Ancient Aliens tv series and Bigfoot and that kind of thing. I ordered him some of the dvd's in the past so now I just stuff about the Illuminati and Loch Ness monster drizzled in amongst my man smut.

See, I don't mind sex romps if they are well done and it makes sense. But there are so many books where the main character is like "Time to check the mail. Guess we better fuck!" I have heard that certain publishers have sort of sex quotas. I think that's silly, specially if it's just sex for the sake of it. I skim those parts more and more these days if doesn't make sense.

I'm halfway through CM and I'm loving it so much. You are one talented writer, lady! ^__^ I'm looking forward to reading the PsyCop series next. One good thing about stumbling onto this genre late is that once I find an author I enjoy, they usually have a large back catalog of work for me to read. \o/
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