On things readers don’t notice

After “My Lingerie-Loving Sister Moves In” was published and the comments started rolling in, I mentioned to a couple of my beta-readers that I was surprised that none of the comments mentioned lingerie as to me that was what was unique about the story and what made it so hot. One beta-reader replied:

Well, the thing about doing something _really_ well is that people get so immersed and lost in the story…..they don’t quite notice what makes it so special. It’s like, say, the musical score in a good action movie–if it’s perfectly done, the emotions are so overwhelming you don’t notice the music.

That got me to thinking about Sinead’s accent in “My European Summer Vacation”. I did a ton of research on the Cork accent and I worked hard to give Sinead a Cork accent. But no one ever said, “Great job on Sinead’s accent.” Now, I think there’s no such thing as a good accent – if I did right, that’s just a part of what makes Sinead Sinead. Only if I did a bad job with Sinead’s accent would it stand out.

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I got comments

From one of my beta-readers:

I hope you’ll consider a really steamy mother son story with your trademark build up sometime soon 🙂

Early on, I wrote a mother-son story but it sucked and I’ve never published it. I haven’t had another idea for a mother-son story. I enjoy mother-son stories but I can’t imagine a plausible mother-son romantic relationship.

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From a comment on my blog:

I noticed most of your stories involve brother-sister only. Are you interested in writing other categories of incest? Eg, mom-son, father-daughter, or a mixture (brother-sister-mom, husband-wife-daughter, son-mom-mom’s sister)?

I have a lot of  partially written stories and additional ideas for stories. Most are brother-sister. What I publish depends on what I think is going to be worth my time to write. Of the mixture types, you’re most likely to see from me a brother-sister-mom story or a guy-aunt-stepmom-mom story.

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From a comment on my blog:

You write like a high schooler and every fucking time they open their mouths they talk in long winded paragraphs. That lady was right– you are no steinbeck but you think you are. Write something other than a brother fucking his sister and you’ll see what kind of WRITER you are, because right now your only helping perverts jerk off.

I think the commenter is suggesting I write something non-erotic. And do what with it? I enjoy the feedback I get publishing on Literotica. I have a couple ideas for novels, but I doubt I’d get much in the way of a response to a novel regardless of its merits if I published it on some ebook site.

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A comment to “My Lingerie-Loving Sister Moves In”:

8letters
PEERLESS !!!!!!!!

took me sometime to come up with a 8 letter praise

Made me laugh.

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Two comments to “My Lingerie-Loving Sister Moves In”:

1500 votes 155 favs I’m tired of you new authors cheating
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you have 1500 votes with half the views and less than authors who have beem here years and you only have 150 favorites. the #s don’t jive. Fucking a-holes on this site.

I don’t cheat. I don’t even vote on my own stories (only exception is I voted once for “My European Summer Vacation”). I’ve been publishing on Literotica for four years, so I don’t know how long I have to publish stories to make your “beem here years” list. Out of curiosity, I looked at the numbers for lovecraft68’s Porn Shoot With My Sister. It’s a brother-sister story with a similar rating (4.80) to MLLSMI. It has 578820 views and 1283 favorites, for a ratio of one favorite for every 451 views. MLLSMI currently has 103553 views and 231 favorites, for a ratio of one favorite for every 448 views.

Yesterday was a great day

One of the most enjoyable in my publishing career. I thought “My Lingerie-Loving Sister Moves In” would probably be a hit, but there was no way of knowing for sure. There was a long gap between when the story was finished and when it was published and the whole time, I wondered if it was really as good as I thought it was.

And it was as good as I thought it was! It was great watching the reads and votes steadily climb. I hoped that the story would get a 4.8 rating and it started out at 4.75 and gradually climbed upwards through the day. And the comments! Comments are what I like best about writing and regularly a new appreciative comment showed up.

Now that I’ve been writing for a while, I know that I may never get another story premise as good as “My Lingerie-Loving Sister Moves In”. Knowing that made me appreciate its success even more.

So what’s next?

I could re-publish my current story inventory as it hasn’t changed. I had started the second draft of “Owe You Big Time” when I got the idea for “My Lingerie-Loving Sister Moves In”, so I could go back and finish it. However, I think it is too similar to “My Lingerie-Loving” (Sister moves into brother’s apartment after his roommate moves out) to be published right after it.

I’m leaning towards a story I’ve tentatively titled, “My Sister The Cookie-Elf”. It’s a fits-and-starts romance set in Farragut/Knoxville, TN with some tie-ins with the country music industry in Nashville. Their dad is a mystery writer, promoting his writing is a family business and a lot of the middle part of the story is driven by his book tour. Anyone knowledgeable about those areas and who liked to help me, please send me a PM through Literotica. I’d love some help!