February 29, 2016

People Fucking with the Lights Off


I understand why people give advice. Often, they've been through something already, and they want to share their wisdom. Help you out. Make sure you don't fall into the same sticky mistakes they've experienced. And yet, so many people have told me that I'm destined to fail at fill-in-the-blank that I often discount unsolicited input. For instance, I was told that Alison After Dark would never sell. There are no people on the cover. The title does not explain what is going on in the stories. I should have called it something like: People Fucking with the Lights Off. Or maybe just People Fucking.

Actually, that's not a bad title...

And yet, Alison After Dark is my best-selling title this month—and many months. Of course, "best-selling" is relative. The little collection that could is simply selling better than my other titles. But I consider that a success. (I've been working a lot at redefining "success" for myself lately. More on this at some point.) The flip side is that maybe if I'd called the book People Fucking with the Lights Off, the title would have sold like gangbusters. Now, we'll never know.

(Oh, ho, you say. Nobody told you to put "fucking" in the title. And you're right. I'm paraphrasing. And I've got a dirty mouth.)

Which brings us to Figment. Figment is a book I apparently have been writing for decades. (This weekend, I found a draft of a story from eons ago that has Figment-like strands.) The short novel—or long novella—is almost finished. And I'm trying to figure out how to release the book.

What I'd like to do is offer the title for a book group. If people bought a copy, they could join my once-a-week book group, and I would provide additional information about the title. Stories and notes, behind-the-scenes peeks. This is an idea that is obviously still in the beginning stages, but let me know if you'd be interested in joining a Figment book group. Then we'll go from there.

Conversely, if you'd buy a book called People Fucking with the Lights Off, let me know that, and maybe I'll add a new project to my list!

Oh, while I have you—don't forget that Violet Blue has a new book out featuring a few chapters from one of my novels in progress. The Cuckold Who Loves Me will definitely live up to your expectations of what a book by VB should be! And Sommer Marsden has a brand-new title available from HarperCollins. Muse is gorgeous on the outside and filled with the type of perfect prose you'd expect on the inside.

Do yourself a favor. Slip into Marsden's Muse!

XXX,
Alison

4 comments:

Miz Angell said...

OOOOOH I'm in!!! Definitely. I'll not only buy it but I'll bring the coffee - spiked of course.

Figuratively speaking of course.

I'm also deeply into Muse and am adding Cuckold to my to buy list.

I think I need a checklist....I keep losing track.

Jim Scovill said...

I'm always up for another book club.

BJ in Baltimore said...

I definitely want into the book club! I can't imagine anything more fun!

How do I get in, other than this message?

Alison Tyler said...

Oh, fabulous! Thank you so much! I will keep you all posted. I'm very excited... if you drop me an email to msalisontyler at yahoo dot com I'll let you know when Figment goes live. Or simply check this space!

XXX,
Alison