Once upon a time, a friend who is hooked on a variety of erotica and porn showed me a free site called Literotica. He and his wife both told me that I could probably write as well or better than many of the authors who were there and I should try it. So I did.
Dragonlord appeared chapter by chapter and with the feedback provided by the readers I was able to tailor my work to what they seemed to want. I wrote it to a happily for now, and then had to start on a few other stories.
The Champions of Terra started to take shape, I took the criticism over 3 years, learned from it, and kept going with each 1.5-3k installment. I felt confident in my writing and I worked those stories into submission length novellas...now...where should I send them?
I attend a few sci-fi/fantasy cons and I ran into an author who had a certain sparkle in her eyes. I spoke to her after the panel and she mentioned that she would have liked to have been able to talk about her other area of expertise, and I knew in that instant that she wrote erotica. I asked her about where she was published and she gave me the website. Imagine my delight when I saw they were based in Canada!
I sent in my first submission and held my breath. Arena Station was out in the world and someone was assessing it. When the okay came through and my first book was accepted I ran around the sound making a high pitched teakettle noise. I had no idea then that it would be 18 months before my book saw daylight, that the EIC thought 'sci-fi doesn't sell'. I was wallowing in happiness and soon submitted The Wench and the Giant, Deal with a Dhemon, Avari Nyx, and of course, my favourite to this day, Haldis Imperium.
These books sat and waited...and waited...and waited...and I just kept writing.
In the next installment, I will tell you what happened next on my road to my first published ebook.