Naked Secrets #1: The Dirty Details Behind The Erotic Story
If you haven't read this book, I suggest you go check it out here if you're in the US, or tap the book cover if you're in the UK. This is my very first published erotic story novella, and I plan to make it a trilogy. But get this, even I have no idea how the story is going to play out.
How this story came into being is actually an interesting story. And to tell you the truth, I didn't even want to publish it in the first place. But thanks to the charming nagging of my girlfriend (I pray she doesn't read this!), I ended up softening all the rough edges to make it what it's become today.
A Quick Snapshot
If you've read the book already, then you might want to skip on to the next section. But if you haven't, then you'd better hold on to your hat when you do. Cause this ride is wild! My writing gloves totally came off when writing this book, and I went all-in with the sex scenes. Hell, even I blush when I read those scenes!
And what of the story? Well, this erotic story follows the life of Mac, a married man in a crumbling marriage working for a company that is on the verge of collapse. He loves his wife, Alisha. But he senses a wedge growing between them. All the while, forces work in the background to ensure their separation.
He blames himself for their lack of intimacy because of all the extra time he spends at work. He also suspects that someone else is in the picture. But he trips on his own toes trying to unravel the truth, unleashing havoc on everything he's ever cared about and worked so hard for. The cause behind his newfound mystery? Well, that's a shocker for you to find out in the book.
What Inspired the Plot?
Like I mentioned before, this book was never meant to see the light of day. Back then, I had no intention of publishing. It was around November 2019 when I started writing this story, and I was more interested in growing my following for an erotic illustration page on Instagram, run by my girlfriend Kalila and I. In fact, the page is still up and running till today, but it's evolved quite a bit. Even the user handle has changed. You can take explore it here.
Since I liked writing erotica, I would make up random short scenes and join them up to make a weird erotic sex story. Each post was meant to be a chapter that would be short enough to fit in the Instagram caption. Eventually, we realized that Instagrammers were more interested in the sexy art than the stories, so we scrapped the idea. But the images are still there, though. See them below. This never really started out with the goal of becoming the next bestselling erotica book on Amazon (but we're hoping to get there).
The First Draft
After taking the images down from Instagram, we thought, "Why not turn this into an actual book and publish it on Amazon?" Little did we know that this would be easier said than done. There were a lot of loopholes in the story, and when put together, it was a complete mess!
Putting the first draft together was a complete nightmare, and even though we did end up with an output, I wasn't so comfortable with it. But, after deliberating a lot with my Khalila, we decided to publish it anyway. We were thinking this would be a good way to learn the ropes around self-publishing. The result was the book cover on the left.
So come January 2020, we went ahead and published it. We had no idea how to format an MS Word document for Kindle. And adding legal statements and other back and frontmatter details was intimidating at the very least. So, we opted for the easy way out - Draft2Digital. They did all technical stuff for us and successfully published it in a number of online eBook outlets. The book went live for almost a week, but when I went back to read the manuscript, I cringed!
It was that bad! So I took it down immediately! It was back to the drawing board from there.
The Race to The Final Draft
If there is a meme that describes me best as a writer, it's the one to the right. Just a day or so into with the writing, I got another story idea... And another one after that... And another after that. So, I decided to make a blog. Hence, lo and behold, this website was born! This was my haven for all the short wild stories and fantasies that I had. I even started looking into other books, that I'd review and put them here.
Eventually, I discovered Wattpad. So, I started thinking, "That would be a cool place to share my writing with readers... AS I WRITE!" So, I went for it. I even pulled all the short stories I'd written on this website and put them there as a book of its own. We decided to call it, Late Night Temptations. I decided I'd leave the books there until I'm ready to publish. But even as I started compiling the short story collection, I came up with a great idea for a thriller, Mirror Mirror on the Wall.
So, in the spirit of procrastination and jumping around from one unfinished book to the next, I shifted my focus to the thriller. It's actually halfway done now. I had even decided I'd abandon Naked Secrets #1 altogether. But then, at some point, Khalila started asking me again about the erotica. And, again, she convinced me to finalize. And, with that, I went back to the drawing board... again!
Finalization and Publication
A lot of people get curious when it comes to the process of plot and character development for each author. Well, I didn't have a process. Honestly, I just 'winged it' with this book. However, I did pick up some good habits from JJ Stewart along the way. And, while I did implement these to some extent, I didn't make any side notes to guide me at all. I did it all from my head. I can tell you this, though, "I'm never doing that again!" Plus, I know it's going to come back to bite me big time when I'm writing the sequel (God, help me!).
Anyway, with all that, I finally went on to publish the book on Amazon by late April. But I still had to do a lot of research with regards to publishing. There was way too much to learn. From manuscript formatting to cover design to kindle keyword optimization and category selection. It all made my head spin! However, thanks to my favorite self-publishing gurus, the learning curve felt a whole lot less steep. In fact, I think I'll write another blog about these one day!
I would really like to thank Dale Roberts, Derek Murphy, and Kindlepreneur. These guys are amazing, and I really appreciate all the great content and motivation that they're putting out there. And, most importantly, I would like to thank Khalila for believing in me and pushing me at every turn. This erotic story of a novella would have never seen the light of day if it wasn't for her.