This is probably going to end up long. I’m trying to put my thoughts together, and “talking it out” seems to help.
I ended up spending a bit more time on depths than I intended over the last weekend, but I think it’s overall going to be well worth it. I’ve learned a lot of more advanced techniques etc. for the rendering software, I found a good comic composer, and I’ve laid a lot of groundwork.
I may have let my writing slip a little bit, but only a little. My plan is to get the next part of Mind’s Vault written tomorrow, so I can edit on Monday and release Tuesday or Wednesday. We shall see, it’s helped by the fact that I hit my goal with Depths today. I’m putting Power Plays on the back-burner for now, I might work it a little over the week time permitting, but honestly it hasn’t really been getting as much traction as I might like. I think part of it might be that people are waiting for the Omnibus, which is fine, but makes it difficult to gauge interest.
I’m still in the process of how I’m going to re-evaluate things now that I’m more comfortable with my 3D skills. I DO intend to produce some stuff for sale, and I’m hoping to release on Amazon. The monkey wrench, however, is that Amazon frequently has strict rules around content. In the written realm, it’s not so bad, but in the actual visual realm, I’m sure they’ll be more strict.
I’ve decided that Depths is going to officially be more of a Hypnotic Romance (similar to Deepening Desires) and less true “erotica.” For people that are hypno-fetishists, it should be amazingly good. For people that are interested in a good romantic story, I hope it is equally good. For people who just want a lot of obvious sexual content, it’s probably not going to be so good.
The guideline I’m using is that you won’t find anything in the comic that you won’t find in a rated “R” movie. I’m hoping this is good enough to qualify for Amazon’s content allowances. If it’s not, things could get a little interesting. I’ve completed the first three chapters, and I’m going to release them all in one combined volume, so that people who pick it up have a bit more exposure to where the story is going. I’m worried that if somebody got just Chapter 1, they might not find any meat to the story.
Some people might say that there should be more meat early on, but the problem is that with how I want the story to flow, you have to know the characters, otherwise it really has no development. The first chapter really just introduces the characters. The second and third are where the real hypnosis content starts.
My goal is that, once I get started, I can have a weekly release (20 pages) until the story reaches a good breaking point. We’ll see, as we do with all things. I’m also evaluating which of my other stories might work in this format. I’m thinking Spell Bound could make a good one. I might re-write it a little bit so that it’s more Amazon friendly in terms of some of the content (I’d probably need to drop the incest angle, but frankly that was falling out anyway. Maybe I’ll just start after the book, and they won’t talk about it). I think the 3D artwork could work really well with a story that involves magic and action.
If Depths does well, I’ll probably give it some more serious thought.
All this has gotten me thinking about something else. Sometimes, you just want to have one character use a full on mind-whammy on another, and make her have sex with him. It’s not pretty, but lord knows it’s popular. While my writing is usually not that clear-cut, sometimes the scenes in my writing are, and I enjoy it as much as the next guy. I’d like to bring some of this to the 3D art realm as well.
The problem, of course, is that Amazon wouldn’t allow anything that has graphic sex. I know there’s a lot of websites out there that have graphic MC sex, and while it’s not my primary cup of tea, I want to give it a shot. So I’ve decided that I’ll probably post that stuff directly on my blog for now, and decide where to go from there.
In order to help keep my options open, I’m transferring the blog to a different hosting provider. While wordpress.com has been great, they don’t allow total control, and I need that. One of the things I’m thinking about doing is trying to sell my material (both ebooks and comics) directly from my web site. This is partially because I would then be able to get a greater percentage of royalties, and with Amazon, I’ll need that for comics.
Also, I can better set up a plug-in to post a web-comic, in the event that I decide to make some stuff for free. Overall, it’s probably what I should have done from day 1, but hindsight is always more perfect than reality.
That’s all for now. Mostly just wanted to get my thoughts together. Back to working on my less story oriented and more simple mind control experiments.