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I’m Blogging my Romantic Erotic Novel, Pleasing María!

I’m Blogging my Romantic Erotic Novel, Pleasing María!

What do you do when you’ve written a a novel that can not be published through the traditional publishing industry? This story doesn’t neatly fit in any category. Foremost a romance but without the stereotypical happy ending. Explicitly erotic, beyonds the bounds of what any publisher would touch. And correctly Politically Incorrect.

If you are under 18 years of age, or are offended by explicit descriptions of sexual activity or violence, or by strong language, this story is not for you. The story will also offend folks with strong left- or right-wing political beliefs or strong religious beliefs. If this describes you, please exit this site now.

The first sections of the novel are now published on the blog. To view the Table of Contents, click here. To go directly to the first chapter, click here. To read the latest novel post, click here. Subsequent sections will be blogged every other day thereafter until the complete manuscript is published.

I’m blogging this novel with the hope of finding readers who enjoy the story, and may be interested in participating in the further writing, editing, self-publishing and marketing of the story. Your engagement in truly welcome. I am documenting this entire process on my author´s blog at GuyOrdinary.com with the idea that, if successful, the process will be useful to other writers in the writing, editing, publishing and marketing of their own fiction works.

This novel, Pleasing María, is based on a real-life story, heavily fictionalized to protect the privacy of the characters. All names have been changed, and nick-names are used extensively. In particular, the major settings, cities and countries, have been changed. This change alone doubled the work of writing the story.

The story is written in first person by the protagonist, Guy Ordinary, and narrates his meeting and life with María, an exceptionally beautiful, sensual Guatemalan free spirit. It’s an explicitly erotic romance. Through Guy’s internal reflections, the story narrates how María compelling personality and character disrupted Guy’s philosophy, religion, politics, and sexuality, devastating his world view, and leaving him unanchored and adrift in the emerging Age of Woman.

About half of the original material was written in Spanish, and in real life, María and Guy usually spoke Spanish. Spanish is naturally more wordy than English, and sentences are often run together, separated by commas. I wanted to preserve that Spanish feel. And of course, translations always sound a little stilted. I tried to preserve those Spanish-isms in the English version.

Both English and Spanish have deficient vocabularies for sex. American English is very poor for sexual language, probably due to religious inhibitions. In particular, a value-neutral word for sexual intercourse, for copulation, doesn’t exist, especially for uni-directional action. In its sexual sense, the word ‘fuck’ can indicate a noun or a verb, and as a verb, be correct in every person: I fucked her, she fucked him, you fucked me, they fucked María, we fucked, they fucked, etc. As a noun: ‘it was a great fuck’. The Americans have made it a dirty word, but don’t provide a versatile, value-neutral word. I can’t say I copulated you, or I coitused you, or I intercoursed you or I sexed you – it sounds too strange. So I decided to stay with ‘fuck’, in a value-neutral sense, and once you get over the puritan shock, it’s quite natural. I never use fuck in the other sense of damage or screw-up: ‘I fucked up’. Spanish is a little better – the verb ‘coger’ is not as negatively charged as ‘to fuck’, but there’s no good noun for ‘a fuck’.

The recommended length for a blog post is 300-500 words. This makes sense for non-fiction, but for a fiction novel, this is ridiculous, so posts will vary greatly in length. I’ll attempt to break-up the chapters into natural or logical sections, but some of the posts may be quite long. This first draft of the novel is about 150,000 words long, so there will be lots of posts. To view the Table of Contents, click here.

This is a first draft equivalent of the story. It is actually the third draft, but as I finished the 2nd pass, my characters revolted. Accusing me of dishonesty, of sanitizing the story to make it publishable, they proceeded to rewrite the manuscript as I slept – to tell the story as it really happened, as a raw, open wound. So the 3rd draft becomes the first again.

I welcome all constructive criticism and commentary of any aspect of the story, from grammar and spelling errors to coherency problems within the narrative. If you’d like to comment on any aspect of the story, use the (moderated) comments form. For all other communication with the author, send a message via the contact link at the top of the page. Please don’t spam or troll, your comments will never become visible.

If you’d like an email notice of the posting of each section of the book, please sign-up on the upper right side of this page. I promise you will never be spammed nor will I ever pass your contact information to anyone else.

All the contents of this web site are Copyright © 2015 by Guy Ordinary, all rights reserved. The contents have been registered as a published work with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Characterizing my Writer’s Voice

UPDATE: The novel, Pleasing María, is blogged on this website. To view the Table of Contents, click here. To go directly to the first chapter, click here. To read the latest novel post, click here.

In a previous blog post at GuyOrdinary.com, I wrote “… and I believe I wrote our story in a strong and unique voice” without really knowing what that meant or what claim I had to having a ‘unique voice’. At the time, I thought it was just a style and attitude in writing that made my novel uniquely mine. Since then, I have looked at dozens of novels by other authors and seen both vast differences and many similarities to my style. Quite frankly, I began to doubt the uniqueness of my ‘voice’, still unable to define what ‘voice’ is nor to be able to characterize my ‘voice’ in my ignorance.

With a few internet searches, I found many relevant articles, and disregarding the fact that their authors defined ‘voice’ in ambiguous and general terms (and often didn’t agree), I condensed their collective wisdom down to the following attributes: distinctive, original, authentic, personality, attitude, exceptional.

When I read that list, I immediately think of the pop singer, Shakira, when she sings in Spanish. There’s nobody else with her unique voice (although her singing in English is quite ordinary). Shakira has a talent for combining words into lyrics that exploit the rhythm and romanticism inherent in the Spanish language, and then she sings them with an edginess, an attitude, that can only be cheaply imitated by others. One of her first albums best exemplifies her ‘voice’, IMHO. My goal is to be a Shakira in my writing.

My novel, Pleasing María, poured out of my sub-consciousness directly to my fingers on the keyboard essentially bypassing my conscious mind. Does that make it authentic and personal? Certainly. Distinctive? Original? Perhaps. Attitude? Probably. My unique voice? Absolutely. Exceptional? Someday soon, my readers will tell me.

If the information in these posts is useful to you, please let me know. If you’d like to receive announcements of future blog posts, join the mailing list on the right side of this page. To contact me directly, reply to this post, or click on the CONTACT PLEASING MARIA link at the top of this page. Visit GuyOrdinary.com for my comments about the marketing of my novel. If you know of good solutions to the problems I’m trying to solve, please contact me. Good luck with your novel!

All the contents of this web site are Copyright © 2015 by Guy Ordinary, all rights reserved. The contents have been registered as a published work with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Introduction and Table of Contents to the Series of Blog Posts

UPDATE: The first sections of the novel are now published on the blog. To view the Table of Contents, click here. To go directly to the first chapter, click here. To read the latest novel post, click here. Subsequent sections will be blogged every other day thereafter until the complete manuscript is published.

These initial posts are a description of my efforts to create a marketing platform for my upcoming novel, Pleasing María, that will be blogged on this site starting in November 2015, and published early 2016. I’m documenting these efforts in a series of posts so that they, if successful, may serve as a useful guide to others facing the daunting problems of getting their novels noticed amid the deluge of #BookSpam on Amazon and other publishers.

If the information in these posts is useful to you, please let me know. If you’d like to receive announcements of future blog posts, join the mailing list on the right side of this page. To contact me directly, reply to this post, or click on the CONTACT PLEASING MARIA link at the top of this page. Visit http://GuyOrdinary.com for my comments about the marketing of my novel. If you know of good solutions to the problems I’m trying to solve, please contact me. Good luck with your novel!

All the contents of this web site are Copyright © 2015 by Guy Ordinary, all rights reserved. The contents have been registered as a published work with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Fictionalizing real-life experience, marketable character names

UPDATE: The novel, Pleasing María, is blogged on this website. To view the Table of Contents, click here. To go directly to the first chapter, click here. To read the latest novel post, click here.

Writing publicly about our real life and personal sexual experience would cause shock and embarrassment among our friends and family. In our case, with religious and conservative parents, I simply could not be free to write honestly without disguising my identity as author, and the identities of all the characters in the novel.

A nom-de-plume for me as the author, narrator, and protagonist in the novel, Pleasing María, was not straight forward, because the nom-de-plume must extend outside the novel to all the public marketing media. For example,

  • the registrant of the websites associated with the novel,
  • the user names on the twitter, facebook, and other social media accounts,
  • the email addresses for the contact pages and email lists.

For the protagonists and secondary characters in the novel, not only must their identities (names) be changed, but also any specific information that could used to correlate their novel names to their real identities. These include:

  • their location: town or city, even state and country,
  • their profession, company or business,
  • their involvement in historic events, etc.

Fictionalizing the above information for the novel essentially converts a real-life story to fiction, and I had to rewrite perhaps 40% of the novel to protect the privacy of all the characters in the story. The rewrite included the towns and countries, and some major events within those locations.

Fictionalizing a real-life story certainly makes many aspects of marketing the novel easier. However, the marketing aspects may complicate your writing because you’ll want your blog and twitter names to reflect your novel name or main characters’ names. Since almost every conceivable domain and twitter name is already taken, finding names for your novel’s characters may be difficult, especially if the characters’ names are significant in themselves. One solution to this is to invent improbable names that no one has used before (John Locke uses “Donovan Creed” as his protagonist’s name, ergo, www.DonovanCreed.com, @DonovanCreed, John@DonovanCreed.com, etc.)

In the case of my novel, Pleasing María, an important aspect of my real-life character was that I was nobody special, just a regular joe. So a character name like Joe Average or Joe Regular would have been perfect, but the corresponding domain names (JoeAverage.com, JoeRegular.com, etc.) were already taken. I searched 30-40 name combinations before finding GuyOrdinary.com, so that an ordinary guy, Guy Ordinary, became the fictionalized me.

The principal female character’s name, María, to replace my real-life companion’s name was equally important, especially because the name “María” has special significance in Latin American culture and in American mythology about Latin women.

Finally, names for novels with matching domain names are much easier to find as there’s a vast pool of unused domain names of two or more words. PleasingMaria.com was available. If you’d like to receive announcements of future blog posts, join the mailing list on the right side. To contact me directly, click on the CONTACT PLEASING MARIA link at the top of this page. Stay tuned.

All the contents of this web site are Copyright © 2015 by Guy Ordinary, all rights reserved. The contents have been registered as a published work with the U.S. Copyright Office.

The Path to Success

UPDATE: The novel, Pleasing María, is blogged on this website. To view the Table of Contents, click here. To go directly to the first chapter, click here. To read the latest novel post, click here.

It was so easy to write the novel, the words just poured out effortlessly as fast as I could type. When you’ve lived with a beautiful, sensual, desirable, dynamic woman, my María, the whole world comes after you, wanting a piece of her. María gave away many pieces of herself, and I became a mere bystander, then road-kill, in her extraordinary drive through life, not as a victim, but as an enthusiastic participant. Our personal experiences provided the background for the novel, and I believe I wrote our story in a strong and unique voice.

I had no hope of ever publishing the novel, Pleasing María. I thought that there was no feasible market for explicitly descriptive romantic erotica. Then I heard about eBooks, Kindles, Nooks, and others. I thought, “How easy this is, I publish electronically, and the world will greedily consume my novel.”

The reality hit me –

  1. I watched the feed of new books at Amazon – dozens to hundreds of new books daily, their quality ranging from excellent to spam, very few ever purchased or read. How could even a well-written book, my novel, hope to get noticed in this deluge of crap? I purchased a few Kindle books on eBook marketing, and realized that the marketing of the novel would be an effort equal in size to the effort of writing the novel.
  2. I felt the barely concealed skepticism of my friends and acquaintances to my announcement that I would self-publish my novel. I had never imagined the variations of pity, snickering, and sarcasm that politely blank faces can convey.

But they are wrong. I will find a market for Pleasing María.

This blog, PleasingMaria.com, will post the entire current draft of the novel starting in November, 2015. I’m blogging this novel with the hope of finding readers who enjoy the story, and may be interested in the further development, editing, self-publishing and marketing of the story. Your engagement in truly welcome.

I welcome all constructive criticism and commentary of any aspect of the story, from grammar and spelling errors to coherency problems within the narrative. If you’d like to comment on any aspect of the story, use the (moderated) comments form. For all other communication with the author, send a message via the contact link at the top of the page. Please don’t spam or troll, your comments will never become visible.

I am documenting this entire process on my author´s blog at GuyOrdinary.com in the hope that, if successful, the process will be useful to other writers in the writing, editing, publishing and marketing of their own fiction works.

If you’d like to receive announcements of future blog posts, join the mailing list on the right side. To contact me directly, click on the CONTACT PLEASING MARIA link at the top of this page. Stay tuned.

All the contents of this web site are Copyright © 2015 by Guy Ordinary, all rights reserved. The contents have been registered as a published work with the U.S. Copyright Office.