Formatting, formatting, formatting…and re-submitting!

April 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So….

……..I’ve spent the better part of this morning formatting and editing files for Smashwords and Kindle.

I’m going to be uploading new versions of Shades of Grey: Prologue and Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil to Kindle (I kinda made a few MINOR changes to the tail-end of SoG:HNE — nothing too significant, just some expansion to the Witigo discovery).

AND AND AND — Her Man, The Deal, Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie, Shades of Grey: Prologue and Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil SHOULD be available on Smashwords in the next 72 hours or so!!!

Provided I meet their standards and all that!

Previously, these titles were only available on Kindle.

Anyway, I must return to said tasks…

Sincere regards and happy reading!

Amanda M. Holt

Amateur Authoress and Editor

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Getting Lucky I (interracial erotica) New release at www.amazon.com for kindle

December 15, 2011 at 11:47 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Photograph Jimmy Thomas

Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie (Interracial Erotica)
When Katherine is nagged by her friend to buy a lottery ticket, she doesn’t expect that anything will come of it.
The curvy artist’s immediate thoughts are that her sensible ancestors would roll over in their graves at news of her folly and that she would have been better off using the five dollar bill to wipe her butt than to spend it on something as foolhardy as a lotto…
The five dollars turns out to be quite the investment: she wins the New York Tax Free Mega Millions Lottery in excess of $130 Million!
It seems as though life will never be the same!
Shortly after she claims her winnings, Pedro, the lotto authority’s sexy Hispanic makeup artist, shows up to polish her looks for the press conference.
Pedro is as gorgeous and well-hung as he is horny…and he has propositioned her on the spot.
It would appear that her good luck is holding!
A few days later, at a party celebrating her big win, she is propositioned by her chocolate skinned lover from college.
A friend with benefits, Eddie has felt neglected for some time now…and he has no intention of taking “no” for an answer!
Getting Lucky I is Volume I in a series following the adventures of Katherine, the instant millionairress who enjoys men, women and pleasures that span entire continents.

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Announcing FREE eBook downloads for the holidays!

December 15, 2011 at 11:33 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So….
I’m announcing FREE eBook downloads for Kindle from amazon.com!
My gift to you for the holidays, Wordpress friends — my titles will be available for free download (yes, $0.00) on the following dates:
December 17
Shades of Grey: Prologue (paranormal/horror/suspense)
Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (paranormal/horror/suspense)
The Deal (paranormal erotica) Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie (interracial erotica)
December 18
Shades of Grey: Prologue (paranormal/horror/suspense)
Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (paranormal/horror/suspense)
Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie (interracial erotica)
December 25 & 26
Her Man (contemporary romance)
Shades of Grey: Prologue (paranormal/horror/suspense)
Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (paranormal/horror/suspense)
The Deal (paranormal erotica)
Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie (interracial erotica)
January 7 (Ukrainian Christmas!!!)
Her Man (contemporary romance)
Shades of Grey: Prologue (paranormal/horror/suspense)
Shades of Grey: Hear No Evil (paranormal/horror/suspense)
The Deal (paranormal erotica)
Getting Lucky I: Pedro & Eddie (interracial erotica)
January 28 The Deal (paranormal erotica)
If you don’t have a Kindle device, you can download the Kindle reader app online for free!
HAPPY READING and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Sincere regards,
Amanda M. Holt
Full time nurse, part-time writer, aspiring household horror icon

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To submit or not to submit – that is the question PART DEUX

March 16, 2010 at 12:21 am (Ellora's Cave updates..., General News..., Grumble, Introduction to the Imagination of Amanda M. Holt, Literary blunders..., Possible directions..., Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So……….
…………..There’s one little difference between a contracted work with Ellora’s Cave and that of other eBook publishers I have seen. At EC they appear to require a contract binding your project for the lifetime of the work. I assume that THAT is different from lifetime of the contract. Perhaps I misunderstand?

I would really like to send them my tale, BOUND: A POST-APOCALYPTIC LUST STORY (the title I decided on after much deliberation, for the tale of my jungle huntress Ana, and her first interracial adventure).

I am in the process of writing a shiny new synopsis for Ellora’s Cave to try and win their approval/capture and hold their attention…

…given that I have NO intention of having Ana’s interracial erotica/BDSM tale end after the first encounter with her hero, if EC is interested in publishing her, I will have to find a way to ensure that her background story as a fictional character is fair game in the next installment…

…Now is Ellora’s Cave going to be interested in my dear sweet Ana and her adventures in her jungle home? I am really looking forward to hearing their opinion on thist project…

Time will tell, I suppose.

Stay tuned for more on that.

I will be submitting BOUND to them this week.

Sincere regards,

Amanda M. Holt

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Will my post-apocalyptic erotica novella find a home?

February 2, 2010 at 1:51 am (Ellora's Cave updates..., Possible directions..., Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So……

………I have decided that I am going to query Ellora’s Cave books about my post-apocalyptic novella about Ana, the Amazon-like warrioress, her remote jungle home and the enigmatic fertility researcher who happens upon her exsquisite nude form as she is taking an afternoon swim after a long – and successful – hunt.

Wow. That was a mouthful. Try saying that really fast – you are guaranteed to run out of breath. My fabulous high school English teacher Mr. Ortwein once informed me in as gentle a manner possible that I am at times guilty of run-away (or run-on?) sentences like the one above. He did this in the cutest way: he drew a little run-away train going off the tracks saying “choo-choo” to give emphasis to his point.

Suffice to say, I remember this lesson well and as a result am now apologizing for the run-away train sentence you read, as well as any you may read in the future on this blog – or in my novels.

Back to the whole point of THIS post.

I am going to query Ellora’s Cave Books about Ana’s story (the title of which I soon have to decide on). It is an interracial/multi-racial sexy romp that I hope they will find delightfully intriguing. It is my hope that Ellora’s will pick up this title so that I can build a relationship and reputation with them for future work.

I am doing this not because I am entirely or largely dissatisfied with my other two publishers, Extasy Books and New Concepts Publishing, but because Ellora’s Cave seems to have a fabulous reputation, a large following/readership and will potentially offer greater exposure for moi, the amateur authoress Amanda M. Holt (or my chosen pen name).

Now, I pose this question to any who might listen and offer an opinion: should I query Ellora’s Cave with the suggestion that I publish Ana’s story under my own name – Amanda M. Holt – or publish Ana’s story under a pen name (such as Alexandra Gayle, the nom de plume that I am just ITCHING to use, as it is a combination of the names of both of my Godparents).

What to do, what to do?

Please advise.

Sincere regards,

Amanda M. Holt

p.s. – for those of you who don’t know what a query letter is, it can be best described as A) A query letter is a formal letter sent to magazine editors, literary agents and sometimes publishing houses or companies (Wikipedia definition) and B) A brief written presentation to an agent or editor designed to pitch both the writer and the book idea (definition from brochure-design.com )…C) a query letter basically asks if a publishing house would be interested in seeing your work (or a sample of your work — my simplest definition)…Now here I go, aiming to find time in my Nursing Student schedule to pen an attention-grabbing query letter!

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