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Half Off Tease and Storm Inside Series!

Huge 50% Off Sale at Kobo!

Get the entire Tease and The Storm Inside series (including the box sets) for half price!

All my books are half price at Kobo on the following dates:

US: June 22-27

Canada, Australia, New Zealand: June 25-27

Use code: 50JUN at checkout to receive the discount! It is an unlimited discount!

Here’s a link to my book list at Kobo!

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*This sale is sponsored by Kobo so I don’t take a hit on royalties and you won’t find a discount like this anywhere else!

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Not familiar with Kobo? They’re kind of the Canadian version of the Kindle, but you don’t have to be Canadian to use and love them! They have quickly become my favorite place to buy ebooks! I read them on my iPad using the Kobo app.

They run sales, a points system, and exclusive discounts you can’t find anywhere else, plus they really, really love their readers and their writers. I absolutely love working with Kobo. And if you’re looking for a new ereader, check out their waterproof version! Easy bath or pool time reading? Yes please!

How to Write Serials: Pricing

How to Write Serials

One of the magic ingredients of serials is pricing. It’s magic because the pricing is what allows readers to find you, but it is also magic because of all the options it provides you. When you’re writing a single novel you only have one product to work with, and you likely only have a little wiggle room in the pricing of that single product. But over the course of writing a serial you instantly create a small backlist that gives you a few more options for testing your market, finding your audience, and learning where your sweet spot lies.

For someone brand new to the industry or still building a customer base, 99 cents and free are your best friends.

99 cents is low entry point for readers. If you have a great cover, gripping blurb, and fantastic first few pages, then you are likely to start selling a few copies, even without any fan base. Most readers are happy to pony up 99 cents for something new and exciting. Plus, once you get the first three books in your serial out you can lower the price of your first book to FREE! And free can be magical.

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There are a lot of marketing options out there for free books. Even using the hashtag #FREE (and combo that with #iBooks or #Kindle) on Twitter will grab you a few eyeballs. If you combine that with some inexpensive advertising and politely ask some relevant blogs on Facebook to post your freebie then you can start to generate some buzz!

Why is free magical?

It sucks in new readers, helps build reviews, and your mailing list. Free books get more reviews because they get in front of more eyeballs. More reviews means more options for paid advertising. It also makes you look good! But the real gold mine is in building your email list. Put a link in the back of your book asking readers to signup for your mailing list to get an alert when the next book in the serial releases. Facebook comes and goes, advertisers decide who makes the cut, but everyone who subscribes to your newsletter sees what you send out. My biggest jumps in sales are always after a newsletter goes out announcing a new release and my biggest signup point is the back of my first free book in a serial.

And by the time Book 5 comes out you’ve got a nice little fan base going. I recommend going wide to all the retailers (unless you don’t have the time/energy.) Release to all retailers and make Book 1 permafree until sales taper. When your sales taper off is the time to reevaluate your sales strategy, reprice your books and your bundle.

Here’s what my pricing strategy looks like:

Book 1: 99c/Free (when book 3 releases)

Book 2: 99c

Book 3: 99c

Book 4: 99c/$1.99 (after the series is complete)

Book 5: 99c/2.99 (after the series is complete)

Box set: 3.99

I play with my prices all the time. For a while I actually put my Tease series in KU (due to family issues I didn’t have the time or energy to keep up with all the retailers and sales strategy. For six months I focused solely on Amazon.)

Kindle Unlimited did affect my pricing strategy, but I was surprised by how successful it was. Even with the first book at 99 cents instead of free, readers kept picking it up! Instead of buying each book individually (because I had raised the price of every book in the series) they purchased the box set. The box set looked like a really great deal since buying the series one at a time wound up costing close to $10. The series also did well with Kindle Unlimited readers. Not so well that I stayed with KU, but for the circumstances we were in at the time, it was a very effective change for my serial.

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And that’s what I want you all to keep in mind. There is no single formula for success. Don’t be afraid to change things up. Follow your gut instincts and keep in mind that your readers come first.

Pricing is one of your biggest assets in serial writing. The flexibility, options, and strategy give you so much to work with in a short period of time. In my next post I’ll be discussing the writing process and how to schedule your serial. You can also check in tonight on First Draught! The entire show is dedicated to serials! You can find the links and information on the First Draught website!

You can also check out my other serial posts Format and Strategy.

How To Write Serials: Strategy

How to Write Serials

When it comes to strategy with romance serials it’s all about the numbers.

Who is your target audience, how hot are you writing, what do you want to charge, and how many words are you willing to invest into your cause? The kinkier you write, the less words you have to write, and the higher you can charge (because erotica is considered a high demand genre with a thirst for very specific content.) 

But the hotter you write, the more you run into advertising and visibility issues because many places will not promote explicit content. If you’re like me, you write very hot and use certain four-letter words. So be conscious of what you’re writing and what opportunities that will afford you (and which doors that will close.) 

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In general, 15k words for $0.99 is a sweet spot. When you write shorter, readers b*tch about paying for your words (unless they are super hot addictive words. For instance, straight up erotica can go as short as 4k words as long as it’s kinky.) If you write too much longer than 15k words then you aren’t maximizing your cost/word ratio (unless you are charging 2.99.) While we all love to write, we also love to put food on our tables. Don’t spend a lot of time writing words you can’t charge for. The point is to put out a fun, exciting, sexy product, but to also maximize your earning potential.

Keep your first episode on the shorter end. It is your hook episode and the one you’ll want to make permafree (depending on sales strategy). With Tease I made each episode a couple thousand words longer hoping to unconsciously make readers feel more and more satisfied, and giving me the option to charge more for later editions. Readers definitely felt satisfied, but I found that I was reluctant to charge more for later editions, which made my extra work kind of pointless. And by extra effort, it was almost doubling my turnaround time by episode 5.

By the way, I *always* look like Jessica Alba in the bedroom. Always.

By the way, I *always* look like Jessica Alba in the bedroom. Always.

And when you think about it, going back to the TV strategy, every episode is the same length except for season finales or specials. So I now try to keep each episode in the 15-18k word range. Five episodes is a good format for two reasons: 1…it winds up being approximately the same length as a full novel which gives you more strategy options down the road. And 2…when you bundle them up at the end, it gives you the ability to charge a reasonable amount for your work. 

What do I mean by that? Well, if you write a three book serial and the first book is free, but you’re only charging $0.99 for each of the next two books then your entire series can be bought for $1.98. That doesn’t give you much power to price the box set at different levels unless you start playing around with prices.

Which brings us to pricing! Stop back for my next post where I’ll talk about pricing strategies and why they work. If you haven’t, please be sure to read my first post on How to Write Serials: Format. In that post I discuss the basics of the serial format and how to plan out your writing strategy. 


Have you checked out my latest serial? Tempt was just the featured excerpt of the week over at Cosmopolitan.com!

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It was amazing timing because you can read Tempt: Volume 1 for free from any retailer!

Amazon – Nook – iBooks – Kobo

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Tempt 3 is LIVE & Tempt 1 is FREE!

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Tempt: Volume 3 is here! AND Tempt: Volume 1 is now FREE on all platforms!

And you know what else? I am so in love with this series! Things have gotten hot and intense in Tempt 3 and it only gets hotter and intenser (yes, I’m stretching the limits of English right now, go with it!) in Tempt 4 (which is coming very soon!) Scroll down for the information you need and THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart! xoxo

Blurb:

Fight or flight, the most basic human response. A moment where you have to decide whether to risk everything or run away. Once you choose, there’s no going back.

I never guessed the problems that followed Theo Sutherland could be so dark. It was almost impossible to believe that the quiet billionaire was actually a criminal. And not just any criminal, but a brilliant thief-turned-traitor with a bounty on his head.

Being with Theo was dangerous for both my heart and my safety. But together…oh, together we were magic. Passion and emotion that exploded in the most intense pleasure I’d ever known. Theo knew me without knowing anything about me. It was as if he filled up the parts of me that never felt quite whole.
How could I walk away from that? People went their whole lives without ever feeling what we’d built in a few short months. I honestly didn’t know how I was going to choose when the time came, and the time was coming fast. The past was ready for revenge and the only question was whether it took me down with it.

Get it now!

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Tempt: Volume 1 is now FREE everywhere! Find out what Tempt is all about!

One heartbeat.

That’s all that separates us from the life we’ve known and everything that could change it.

One kiss.

Was all it took to change mine.

Theo was rich and handsome, brilliant and powerful, but he wasn’t a hero or a prince charming. And let’s be honest, I wasn’t exactly a damsel in distress. I wanted Theo, so I took him. Hard and passionately without any regard for the consequences.

At first it was just sex. Wild sex. Fantastic sex. But once wasn’t enough and I got greedy. In all fairness, so did he. One thing led to another and before either of us knew what was happening our lives were tangled up and messy. Inextricably linked. I’d fallen in love with a stranger.

And that was the problem.

Theo Sutherland was a man with a dark past and a price on his head. My life was at stake just for being with him.

One kiss was all it took to make me believe in love.

One heartbeat was all it took to turn him into the hero he never thought he’d be.

Start reading now for free!

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Tempt: Cover, Blurb, and a release date!

Hey gang! Tempt finally has a release day! Tuesday, July 14th I’ll be Tempting all your e-readers with Volume 1 of Theo and Allison’s sexy story! We first heard about Allison (Elizabeth’s best friend) in Tease. She never appeared on the pages (technically) except over the phone. She took off for a special assignment in London and all we learned from Elizabeth was that something (or someone) was keeping her there. Now we get to find out why Allison never left.

Here are the details you need to get ready:

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Release Day: July 14th

Blurb:

Smart girls don’t use their bodies to get what they want.

Smart girls don’t pursue men they can’t have.

Which means I must have lost my damn mind.

Since the night I tripped into sexy, reclusive genius Theo Sutherland I’ve given in to my body’s desires. Now the need to possess a man I can’t have is overriding my typically excellent smart girl sensibilities.

To everyone else Theo is cold and commanding, but with me he’s sweet, sexy, and almost shy. He shows me a side of him no one else knows, maybe even himself. And that makes me want to conquer him at all costs.

I want him.

He’s mine.

He just doesn’t know it yet.

*****

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Stripped 3 is Now Available (and what’s up in 2015)

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Happy New Year!! I kinda can’t believe it’s actually the year 2015. When I was a kid, thinking of years that began in 2 sounded like science fiction. And now here we are, well into those years, and we have most of the stuff I wanted on Star Trek: The Next Generation! Tablet computer? Check. Information at my fingertips? Check? Print anything in three dimensions? Check and check.

The list goes on.

So what am I up to in 2015? A little sci-fi actually. And some action adventure. Plus my usual smattering of romances! It’s going to be a good year! But first, Stripped 3 just went live at Amazon! There is just one more installment left in this serial!

Here is a very loose list (expect it to change dramatically) of what you can expect for the next few months:

January: Stripped 3 & 4, When Lightning Strikes

March: The Unspoken Game

April/May/June: The Butterfly Rebellion, One Week in Hawaii

After that, if I survive, I’d really like to do a fourth book in The Storm Inside series, and pick up where Adam and Elizabeth left off in Tease 5. But one step at a time, and of course only if it makes sense sales wise. I love to write, but it is also a business and if one series isn’t connecting with readers, it will move to the back burner.

So for now, check out Stripped 3 and keep your eyes peeled for news on When Lighting Strikes! Happy New Year!

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Alexis Anne CLUE (kinky games for kinky people)

How much of my books are real, and how much are total fantasy? Well apparently, even my closest writing friends have trouble telling the difference! I mean, we all know that writers don’t retell their own lives. They are storytellers. They make up characters and events, we build whole new worlds, and can describe things we’ve never, ever done…

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But that doesn’t stop any of us from picturing the author while we’re reading. We just do. We need to put a face with the words. You read a very intense chapter on abuse, you wonder if the author has experienced abuse first hand. You read a detailed description of heart break, you wonder who broke the authors heart. Same with cheating, death, exotic locations…the list goes on.

But the the things is…good writers have an innate ability to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and describe something they have never seen. It’s our super power.

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So I’m in a video chat Sunday night with a few of my writer friends, and they start laughing and having a good time because–they inform me–when they read my books, they wonder what it looks like inside the bedroom of Alexis Anne and The Sexy Editor. They ponder which scenes are real, and which ones are fantasy.

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I want to tell you all that every single one is made up, but I’d be totally lying. I love to pepper Easter eggs into my stories for The Sexy Editor. Call it our version of love notes. I get a high off of his reactions when he finds a secret treasure from our real life hidden inside one of my stories. So yeah, there are absolutely a few nuggets of real life in my books.

By the way, I *always* look like Jessica Alba in the bedroom. Always.

By the way, I *always* look like Jessica Alba in the bedroom. Always.

And The Sexy Editor always looks like Jensen. Always. Shit-eating grin and all.

And The Sexy Editor always looks like Jensen. Always. Shit-eating grin and all.

BUT MOST OF IT IS TOTALLY MADE UP!!

Just want to make that clear. Almost every scene is inspired by too much time on Tumblr (aka the land of kinky fuckery). Which scenes are real and which ones are fantasy? I say I’ll never tell. I kind of like letting everyone guess. It keeps the mystery alive in our writer/reader relationship. But then I had an idea last night as I was trying to figure out how to write this blog post.

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And I laughed and laughed and laughed. Cuz we could totally make up a kinky version of CLUE to play with my books. Allow me to illustrate:

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I put the answers in the secret envelope and we all gather the clues to find out which kinky scene is from my real life. Winner gets to know the truth! Who wants to play? Any guesses?

Read These Things

I couldn’t come up with a great headline for this baby, so I went with a command. I hope I wasn’t too harsh. But here’s the thing: there are lots and lots of new goodies out there for you guys to read and I feel compelled to tell you all the things. So without any ado (because why waste time when, books) here are the things you need right now:

We’ll tackle the tamer stuff first. In no particular order:

How to Fall by Mary Chris Escobar–a novella following my favorite lady (and the man she will fall in love with) from How to be Alive! It’s a lovely story, perfect for anyone looking to escape the cold in the middle of winter!

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Christmas Clash by Dana Volney- I love Dana’s books because they make me happy. Do you want to be happy and read about Christmas? Then you should check out this book!

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RSVP by AL Parks- the final installment in the Return to Me series involves a wedding gone wrong/terribly right. If you haven’t started the series yet, start now. The first book is free. You’re welcome.

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12 Days of Christmakwanzaha Blog Hop– the best thing about this one? ALL FREE! That’s right, every single stop on this blog hop was a FREE short story. Some are special companion stories to existing novels (Like my follow up with Jake and Eve from The Storm Inside), while others were all new flash fiction in a total mishmash of genres. It’s awesome! Go forth and read.

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Now, for those us with dirtier minds:

Callie, Unwrapped by Amy Jo Cousins- well written erotica. Yep, you heard me right! Erotica (something for everyone here!) that is brilliantly written with a compelling storyline. I almost want to call this Women’s Fiction Erotica, but that makes no sense, so ignore me. But, bottom line, if you like reading beautiful prose filled with sex, then get this first book in the series by Amy Jo. Again, you’re welcome.

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In Bed with the Transforming Alien Robot– more erotica, this time involving a transformer sent to Earth to learn about us..and subsequently falling in love with a human grappling with some feminist stuff. It’s very different and there are sexy times with a robot, what more could you want? (Also, I love having dirty friends, just saying! My inbox is an awesome place to be! …. wait, that sounded dirtier than I meant it to.)

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Personal Geography— I haven’t read this one yet, but people I know and admire have said it is a must-read. Plus Tamsen is sweet and smart and I totally can’t wait to read it myself! I get the impression it is BDSM for the thinking woman. It sounds perfect!

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The Hive–sex without a whole lot of story, The Hive is erotica about a secret exclusive sex club ruled by women. For those of us with sexy needs and not a lot of time, The Hive is good, dirty fun!

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Payne: A Kelly Family Novella by Lashell Collins- super sexy cops and romance. ‘Nuff said. The first book in this series is also free. Go forth and read!

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One final note: Stripped 2 is out now, too! So if you’re in the mood for sexy times with romance and music, then check out the latest installment in my serial!

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Stripped: a new serial from Alexis Anne is now available!

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It’s not about a stripper, if that’s what you’re thinking. Nope. I mean, clothes do come off…it’s an Alexis Anne serial after all… but that isn’t the kind of stripping taking place in this story. This time around it’s all about the music.

I have a long love affair with stripped down songs. A major reason my husband and I like to go to concerts is to hear the different ways bands play their studio songs. Especially when they go acoustic. It highlights the lyrics, it gives the song a new twist, and sometimes it give us new insight into the singer and songwriter.

And because we love music so much, Nate and I are big fans of The Voice. Last season I was in the middle of writing Tease when Christina Grimme came on and sang “Hold On, We’re Going Home”. It instantly became one of my favorite songs. Then Nate turned to me and said I should write a love story about a singer who becomes famous for stripping down songs.

Stripped was born. The only problem was that I was still writing Tease. The good problem was that I was still writing Tease. It meant I had time to watch her sing a bunch more of these songs, including “All of the Stars” which she sang with Ed Sheeran. (I’m still convinced he was totally going gaga over her while they were singing. You’ll have to watch and tell me if you think so, too.) This duet was specifically the inspiration for Travis and Kristen and the way they sing together on stage.

Then she sang with her coach, Adam Levine, and I had all the inspiration I needed for Stripped.

This is another serial. I love serials. What’s a serial? A story told in shorter episodes over several episodes. My episodes are typically fifteen to twenty thousand words. Or, something you can read in about an hour. As a busy mom and writer, I absolutely love serials because they give me the opportunity to sit down and read a story in the short time I have available, while still giving me something to look forward to.

But if you hate serials, don’t worry! I always write mine in a set arc with a predetermined number of episodes. You can wait until the last episode goes live and then read the entire serial at once. Tease was five volumes, Stripped will be four.

Real quick I want to address a question I get pretty frequently. Will I write more Tease? Yes. Next year I will write another three-five episode arc for them that picks up somewhere along their journey. So if you are looking for more Adam and Elizabeth, it will be out later next year!

In the mean time, Stripped: down (Volume 1) is now available! Here is a look at what to expect:

Travis Brantley, the sexy rock musician from Tease, wants nothing more than to finally get his big break. When he lands a record deal with a major label, Travis is convinced all his dreams are about to come true. His dream turns into a nightmare when he is sent on tour with a pop princess who is more auto-tuned than talent. Kristen Holt may have a beautiful face, but the electronically garbled music and nonexistent clothing are more show than substance.  While her body is sexy as sin, Travis is convinced she’s nothing more than another dead-end on his road to obscurity.

When Kristen sheds the the “Pop Princess” persona designed by the label and goes indie, she captures the attention of the audience, and the sexy rocker who never bothered to give her the time of day. Singing a stripped down acoustic song with him in front an eager crowd, their musical and sexual chemistry explodes, skyrocketing them on a fiery two week publicity tour…and into an intense love affair that takes them both by surprise.

With the label breathing down Travis’s neck, Kristen’s mysterious connections, and an overeager group of paparazzi, their two week tour comes with a lot of strings and a lot of passion—and it will change everything.

 BUY LINKS:

iBooks: Stripped: down – Alexis Anne ♥ Amazon: Stripped: down

Stay tuned for Volume 2! Stripped: away

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