It’s my party …
… and I’ll cry if I want to.
Asking for Trouble is, amazingly, ten years old this month and still going strong. As I write this, it’s number 8 on Amazon UK’s adult fiction charts and is frequently the topselling novel there. I’d planned on having a blog party with some posts on my memories of writing AFT, the mood in which it was commissioned, what the book means to me, and so on. However, the news that Black Lace has gone belly up has dampened my spirits somewhat; plus I am so fricking behind after last week’s craziness that the party is, uh, ‘on hold’. Now, where have I heard that phrase before?
When Asking for Trouble was first published, it was reprinted three times within six months. I’m mainly wondering, as I’m sure are many other BL authors regarding their own work, when AFT will go out of print and what will happen then. Is it all over for the book? Would I be able to sell to another publisher? I can’t imagine BL rising from the ashes so the book’s unlikely to go to reprint when stocks run low. And it’s not the kind of novel which would sit easily with US erotic romance publishers.
I call it my marmite book, you either love it or you hate it. For proof of this, check out my lovely new Word of Mouth page where readers comments range from ‘a truly magical novel‘ to ‘I just wanted to get through the thing to finish it‘. Thank you to anyone who has ever left feedback on my work. Authors value this so much. It’s an isolated job at times and we love hearing readers’ thoughts, good or bad, though good is obviously best.
Somewhere in the crazy crumbling week that was, I received my contributor copies of Alison Tyler’s Pleasure Bound from Cleis Press and Sexy Little Numbers, the latter possibly marking the end (and beginning) of Black Lace’s annual ‘best’ anthologies, though there’s no official word on that. I’ll aim to post more about these later in the month.
If you missed it, Mathilde Madden and I had a piece in The Guardian bemoaning the suspension of Black Lace. Predictably perhaps, while there were several sympathetic voices and plenty of wit in comments, there was also lots of ridicule, misogyny and giggling. Giggling I can cope with; the rest not so much. However, I think we fought our corner admirably along with awesome porntroopers, Charlotte Stein, EllaRegina and Justine Elyot. Thanks, guys, and all others who joined in. You rock! (Hush, Ella.)
So, some happy news! We need it. I’m giving away two prizes: smut bundle one, signed copies of Asking for Trouble, Pleasure Bound and Sexy Little Numbers; two, a runner up prize of Asking for Trouble. If you want to be in with a chance of winning, comment or wish me Happy 10th Birthday on this post or under Word of Mouth, Sexy Excerpt or About the Book. I’ll draw a couple of names towards the end of the month. (If you already own any of the books, I’ll happily swap in something else.) New commenters and lurkers are very welcome, as are the people who just come here for the armpit porn.
So, altogether now, Happy Birthday to AFT … (Is it OK to sing this at funerals?)