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!

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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.

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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.

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