why did you remove those bits out of your book
when sex always sells?
only two scenes…
out of 90K words?
only two scenes?
don’t you know that sex sells
everything else is for the birds!
who wants to read about slow attraction
when it’s instant sex that sells?
who wants to bother with character
when sex always sells?
But I’ll write about character anyway,
and the connections that matter to me
for every word I write
is really for me.
This is really just a rant poem, because that’s all I can really do at the moment besides ask myself why I’m still writing when I should just call it quits. Today someone who bought my book told me she started reading it last week, and after so many missed opportunities for my characters (cock blocks really), she had to skim forward to the sex scene but even then, she said she felt let down because there was not much detail. So she asked me how many more sex scenes there were and I said one more, and then she asked, “so what’s the book about then?”
Yup, you read right! My NaNoWriMo novel, Loving Ashe, serialized on Wattpad and will be published in May, reached 1 million reads on Wattpad 2 days ago. The first chapter was posted on November 1, 2014 and as of April 7, 2015, it reached 1 Million reads.
You’re probably wondering, “What the hell is a read?” Well, every time someone clicks on a chapter on your story, it’s registered as a “read” though it doesn’t count visits from the same ISP – like one person refreshing the page again and again to increase the read count – unless you’re on a mobile phone and moving, thus the ISP will change wherever you go. So if you’ve got 35 chapters, then that’s 35 “reads” per person.
It’s interesting though – I used to think that 1 million reads was amazing awesome, top of the mountain awesome – but when you learn that other writers on there have 13, 25, 70 million reads, heck, even 1 billion reads, 1 million doesn’t sound so amazing after all. But that’s alright. I’ll take it.
Now, if only those reads translate into revenue so I can quit my day job, then we’re really talking.
I know this is my poetry and daily prompt blog but can I just say how happy I am to find out that my #NaNoWriMo novel Loving Ashe is #2 under Chicklit on Wattpad?!
Though I completed 50K words in November, with the current novel at 66K words, I’m in Act III – which is actually quite hard to get right! But I’m keeping my fingers crossed I will, and #amwriting