I’m happy to report that in 2015 over 20,000 copies of my novella Marketing Beef sold. Thank you for your support in making this book a big success.
I wrote Marketing Beef as part of the Goodreads M/M Romance group’s 2014 Don’t Read in the Closet campaign. The story was born out of a photo prompt—an ad for a very large hot dog hanging over the side of its bun with the words, “I’m stretched and ready. Let’s do this.” The picture made me laugh. For copyright reasons, I can’t include it here but below is an equally amusing photo.
The reader who suggested the Goodreads’ photo prompt liked comedy. I came up with an idea for a marketing firm whose client sold beef, set the story in Massachusetts, and created Evan and Dillon.
It’s interesting to me to learn how the lives of fictional characters can become so important to people. I’m not saying my book is a literary masterpiece—far from it—but it’s cool to think that just a thought started it all: the initial idea to include the picture that I mentioned earlier as part of the writing campaign…to my ideas about building this little world for Evan…to character complexities etc.
I’m very grateful to have fantastic readers who write to tell me how much they loved Marketing Beef. A tiny element, like Evan’s birth defect, for instance, can impact someone’s life profoundly. Again, I’m not saying I’m Charles Dickens or Harper Lee for goodness sake, I’m just grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of people’s Kindles and bookshelves.
I’m toying with the idea of a sequel to Marketing Beef. I’m not sure of the title, but that’s the easy part. Stay tuned for more.