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Eros Schemeros

“Advertise on Eros!” or “Get in the Eros Zine!” Great suggestions. When I got serious about doing this book series, I knew the first and best place to advertise would be Eros-Guide.com. Naturally. I didn’t give it a second thought until my book was being printed and I was ready to start advertising. Do your research. I say this all the time and sometimes have to relearn the lesson. Doing research well in advance usually prevents unpleasant surprises at the last minute. My book was being printed when I called Eros to discuss my advertising options. I was transferred to a manager when I told the telephone rep that I failed to understand why I couldn’t advertise on there. The manager didn’t want to explain himself any further than saying that my book’s ad would ruin the “aesthetics” of the site. A photo of a book’s cover and a text ad was going to ruin the aesthetics of a site that has to digitally blur photos of girls inserting sex toys into their orifices? Oookaay. I believe Eros takes advantage of their power as an advertiser because their advertising rates keep going up and are well beyond what any other online advertiser charges. They lost the chance to make money off of me for a second time, (I’m a former Eros escort-advertiser), which was astounding. Everyone has boundaries, even Web sites and I have to honor their boundary. Apparently Eros doesn’t like ads for anything other than humans on its site. The Eros-Guide manager recommended the Eros Zine to me. At the time, last fall, there was no place...

Live Libertarian Interview!

This is short notice, but I will be interviewed Tuesday night on Libertarian Politics Live, an Internet radio show. The show starts at 7:30pm CST (double-check with the site). You can listen live at: www.blogtalkradio.com/libertarian or download the show later from the same site. The call-in number for the show is: (646)915-9887. The show is a full hour (that sounds familiar!) and we will be discussing the DC Madam scandal, as well as the essentially victimless crime of consensual adult activity – paid or unpaid. And anything else that sounds interesting. For some background on host Eric Dondero, you can visit his main site: www.mainstreamlibertarian.com. It should be an interesting show and I’m looking forward to it. UPDATE: You can access the full hour online at the Libertarian Radio spot, or download the MP3 file from the site. Enjoy me and my Texas accent as I discuss some personal issues with host Johnny Ringo (Eric was not available), a little about the DC Madam and have a short debate with Andre near the end of the...

Review on FeministReview.org

A new review of Book 1: The Foundation is available both on the book’s site and FeministReview.org. It’s not my favorite review, mostly because the reviewer seems to have skimmed the book, missing details such as the number of books in the series (mentioned in the intro, the last few pages of the book and the book’s site) and the entire point of the book/series. She is a mainstream reviewer and a sample of what I have to look forward to as I move more into the public eye. The review is positive, even if the tone seems snarkier (to me) with every successive reading. There are four more reviews that should be straggling in. (I know one of them is on the way.) By the time all the reviews for Book 1 are in, I should be submitting review galleys of Book 2 in advance of the pub date. And so it goes. PS: Still giggling hysterically about the reviewer’s assumption that I am “raking in the cash” with this book...

Use Me to Make Money!

I don’t know why I didn’t think about this before. If you believe in my book (or have even read it!), you can use Amazon to make a little money off of it. Amazon has its own affiliate program, called Amazon Associates. You sign up and your information is between you and Amazon. It has nothing to do with your Amazon buyer’s profile. No one else can access your Associates info. After signing up, you pick the products you want to feature on your Web site or blog and Amazon gives you the code. Amazon sells a lot more than books, so you can make money off any number of things. If you know your way around HTML, you can grab the essential part of the product’s hyperlink (example: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0978094409/, my book) then add your own special referrer code. It makes a fairly simple and direct hyperlink that you can use anywhere without any fuss. The ones Amazon provide for you are a bit messier. Although their percentages on items can vary, I’ve been getting a $1 fee per sale of my own book (4.01%, according to them). I have somehow sold other things with higher referral fees through my Amazon link, like jewelry (no, it wasn’t for me!). I know $1 doesn’t seem like a lot. I am working on my own affiliate plan (it was derailed last summer – long story) and it will be very generous to those who sell a lot of books. As far as I can tell, Amazon’s affiliate program is a flat rate, no matter how much your link sells. Still, for...

Book #2: Call for Volunteers

I want to test what I’ve written in my Web site DIY (do it yourself) section. To do that, I need one or two volunteers. To volunteer You must: be an independent escort with a live, non-Flash, Web site have direct access to your Web server/hosting have a need to make text/link/image changes on your site be literate be willing to be a guinea pig be willing and able to offer feedback in a timely manner* be a DIY kind of girl not have any prior Web design experience and are very new to HTML use a Windows computer at home *I expect you to read the text, attempt your changes and give me feedback within 14 days of you receiving the material. The feedback doesn’t have to be formal, but you will have to give lots of detail as to what did and didn’t work for you. The Test You get my DIY section on Web maintenance. You follow along and try to make your changes. You have to be able to tell me if I clearly explain the concepts, where I’ve made mistakes and how it’s worked out for you. (This will be an edited rough draft. I don’t expect you to edit, but if there is a glaring error, feel free to point it out.) Understand you will receive copyrighted material. Although you’re more than welcome to discuss it however and wherever you want, you cannot copy from my work in any way. You cannot share it with anyone else, online or off. You will not make “notes” from it. You will delete my file when...

Book #2 Progress: Web Site Stuff

I’ve been working the last two days on the huge Web site section. No matter how much I write, it keeps growing. I don’t know if I’m adding too much detail or not enough. At any rate, I’ve finished the SEO section, the “hiring a designer” section and DIY maintenance. Still have work to do on all these sections but the main work is done. I have to say that I’m astonished at the prices escort Web designers charge. It’s been more than a year since the last time I seriously looked at a range of designers. Designers who charge several hundred dollars and severely limit the amount of pages, pictures or links you’re “allowed” are not good designers. Good mainstream designers don’t pull this kind of crap on their clients — they’d be out of business if they did. I see these “escort” designers as taking advantage of their client-base. It really makes me mad, especially when I see the general quality of sites these designers churn out. And rarely do any of these “designers” know the first thing about standards-compliant XHTML and CSS, or even basic SEO techniques (submitting your site to search engines is not a basic SEO technique). I didn’t see a single designer that I would recommend, even the ones that I thought made some great sites. Every one of them seems to want to tie you down to their (overpriced and underserviced) hosting and maintenance plans. Good mainstream designers don’t do this, why is it somehow okay for escort designers to? Makes me steamed. Oh well, that’s why I’m writing the book I’m...

Book #2 Progress: Web Sites and More

I’ve been writing for the past week although I haven’t put everything down here. I’m re-tackling the Web site section and am working my through it in edits, realizing there’s even more to put in than I originally thought. I finished the client correspondence section and have started on the Conclusion. I still have to write the Intro, but I’m thinking it will come easiest once I have a finished rough draft. I made a major change in this book. I elminated the final section. I will make a formal announcement about this on the Web site and give some details here…but not today. Still have writing, research and basic editing to do. The first draft of Book #2 is coming to a conclusion! Finally! Very...

Book #2 Progress: You Are Part of Your Marketing

Today I started writing the section on how your marketing efforts are extended when you meet clients in person. This covers your appearance, actions, speech, boundaries and your incall. I wrote most of the section today, but it still needs a bit more to be completed. Hopefully, I can do this tomorrow. I haven’t written on Book #2 in a few days because I’ve been absorbed in other things. It’s really nice to get back to working on it. The ideas flow as long as I stay away from the huge, unfinished Web site...