High Rise Novella Three: No Ordinary Love

No Ordinary LoveThe third novella in Harper Bliss’s High Rise series, No Ordinary Love, is out today and it’s FREE until Tuesday.

Here’s the blurb:
Hot fitness instructor Alex and posh banker Maddie are enjoying the delicious early stages of their love affair, until Alex’s ex-girlfriend Rita re-enters the scene. Adamant to win Alex back, Rita begs for forgiveness, leaving Alex torn between the past and the future.

And here are the free download links (until Tuesday):
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon DE
Amazon CA
Amazon FR
Amazon IT
Amazon ES

Maddie and Alex will of course make another appearance in High Rise Novella Four, but No Ordinary Love wraps up their story. If you need a reminder of what happened to Maddie and Alex before, Fool for Love is also FREE for the next two days.

Here are the download links for Fool for Love:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon DE
Amazon CA
Amazon FR
Amazon IT
Amazon ES

Call For Submissions: Anything She Wants

Because we want to celebrate our first birthday with a bang (aka a hot lesbian erotica anthology), Ladylit is now open to submissions. Send your lady-lovin’ stories our way. We can’t wait to read them.


Anything She WantsAnything She Wants (Lesbian erotica)

Editor: Harper Bliss

Publisher: Ladylit

Deadline: May 1, 2013

Word Count: 2.000-3.500
Type: Lesbian
Payment: $30 per story
Rights: First international electronic rights

Ladylit Publishing wishes to celebrate its first anniversary with a sizzling collection of lesbian tales. We’re looking for F/F erotica of any subgenre (fiction only). It doesn’t matter how many characters end up in bed (or anywhere else) together, as long as they are all female. Make your setting original, and make sure there’s a little something more going on than just sex. Whether you’re writing about cougars, first-timers, tomboys or latebians, give us a fully-formed character. We’re open to all varieties of lesbian lust, as long as your story is well-crafted and hot.

No incest, rape, underage characters or bestiality.

Original stories are preferred. No simultaneous submissions.

The deadline is May 1, 2013.

Fictional stories only, please. No poetry. One submission per author. We buy first international electronic rights. Authors will be paid $30 per story.

Please make sure submissions include your name (legal and pen), mailing address and email address in the top left corner of the page. Send it as a Word attachment to submissions@ladylit.com with ‘Anything She Wants (Story Title)’ in the subject line. Please name your document as follows: StoryTitle_AuthorName. Include a 50-word bio with your submission. You will receive an email acknowledgement of receipt within 48 hours.

Make sure your submission is formatted properly using double spaces and Times New Roman or Georgia, 12 pt. font. Don’t put any extra spaces between paragraphs and make sure each paragraph is indented. Use quotation marks in dialogue.

For any questions regarding your story or the submission process, e-mail submissions@ladylit.com

High Rise Novella Two: Undisclosed Desires

Undisclosed Desires The second book in Harper Bliss’s High Rise series, Undisclosed Desires, is out today and it’s free until Sunday.

Here’s the blurb
Nat, a successful American writer who came to Hong Kong following the love of her life, chases every girl she can after a brutal break-up. Her neighbour Isabella, who has shied away from relationships since her divorce five years earlier, finds herself compelled to help. They strike up an unlikely friendship and are soon faced with a growing desire for each other. But can their differences in age, aspirations and lifestyle be overcome?

And here are the free download links (until Sunday):
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon DE
Amazon CA

2012 has been really great for Ladylit. Since our foundation in May we have released sixteen titles, many of which made it into the top 20 on Amazon’s lesbian best sellers list. The first planned publications for 2013 are the remaining two High Rise novellas and a print version of all of them combined. We are very excited about the new year and very grateful to everyone who supported us so far. To share the joy, here’s a list of planned promotions during the next two weeks.

– 19-23 December: Undisclosed Desires is free on Amazon
– 25-27 December: Summer Heat is free on Amazon
– 28-30 December: Younger Than Yesterday is free on Amazon
– 24-27 December: Fool for Love will only be $0.99 on Amazon

Dirty Pleasure is always free on Amazon
Wetter is always free on Amazon and elsewhere
New Girl is always free from these retailers
All of Me is always free from these retailers

Enjoy, thank you and we wish you wonderful holidays!

Harper goes serial and why we love KDP Select

Fool for Love Ladylit is proud to publish Fool for Love, Harper Bliss’s first novella in the brand new High Rise series.

Here’s the blurb:
Betrayed by her long-term girlfriend, Alex moves into The Ivy to share a flat with her friend Nat. When she meets their neighbour Maddie, a jaded expat who’s had about enough of Hong Kong’s demanding life style, both Maddie and Alex are forced to reassess their warped view on love.

This new title is novella-length, meaning 23.000 words of lesbian erotic romance goodness. Fool for Love is free until Saturday on Amazon, so go grab your copy now!

The next High Rise novella will be released just before Christmas.

Why is Fool for Love only available on Amazon?
Once again, we’ve opted to put our latest release in the KDP Select program. This allows us to do a big promotion off the bat, by giving Fool for Love away for free the first five days. I wish I could say we’re only doing this out of the goodness of our own heart, but publishing is a business just like any other and, business-wise, KDP Select has been very good for us.

The first book we put in was Learning Curve which, as a result, has been in Amazon’s lesbian best sellers list since the beginning of August. Quite a feat for a short erotica story. Summer Heat and Younger Than Yesterday followed the same pattern, soaring into the top 20 a few days after their release date, and remaining there until now. (In fact, Younger Than Yesterday has been holding steady on number five the past few days.)

In all honesty, we never expected this kind of immediate success. We believed, like with many good things, it would be a slow build, with sales increasing after every new release, but KDP Select blew all of our expectations right out of the water.

I’m not saying that every book put into KDP Select will be a success. A few other key elements need to be present for a book to work. It needs to be good, for starters. (You may think this is a no-brainer, but, sadly, it’s not.) You need an attractive cover and, last but not least, you need to publish in a competitive category.

Erotica as a genre has been doing astonishingly well in the aftermath of Fifty Shades of Grey and I believe Harper’s books are filling a certain void in lesbian erotic fiction. All too often, lesbian erotica is written by men posing as women, resulting in the same old tale of a young straight girl discovering the joys of lady-loving with her roommate/best friend/other generic partner. Harper writes stories about real lesbians (and the occasional straight woman) and her characters don’t just meet and dive into bed together. They actually have conversations and… chemistry.

Add that to what KDP Select can do for a book, and the last three Harper Bliss stories have been very successful. But what does KDP Select do for a book exactly? Here’s our experience.

It makes your book visible
This is probably the single most important advantage. Thousands of new books get released every day. When a few thousand people download your book for free, it will very quickly make an appearance in the ‘Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought’ lists, which is of vital importance.

It makes your book lendable to Amazon Prime members
Prime members get to lend one free book per month, but the publisher still gets paid for every borrow. Even better, Harper Bliss’s last three short stories have been consistently priced at $1.99, but when someone borrows it we get royalties as if the books were priced at $2.99. With the difference between the 1.99 and 2.99 price point being 35% in royalty rate, this is very advantageous for lower priced titles.

These are the main two reasons why we love KDP Select and will take advantage of it as long as it’s available. Don’t worry if you’re not an Amazon fan though, we plan a first High Rise Omnibus by the end of the year (which will be available from all retailers) and a second one, including a paperback edition, by March 2013.

Still haven’t downloaded Fool for Love? What are you waiting for?

A new Ladylit paperback

Can't Get Enough Congratulations to our naughty girl Harper Bliss with the publication of her first paperback book.

Can’t Get Enough bundles all the Harper’s novelettes we’ve published so far, plus three short stories.

Here’s the blurb:
Eight sizzling tales of lesbian lust and love.

Harper Bliss takes us from romantic Paris and groovy Berlin all the way to the scorching beaches of Thailand. The stories in this sensual anthology include a threesome, a steamy locker room encounter, a teacher crush and old friends discovering each other in whole new ways.

The ladies in this collection just can’t get enough.

And the TOC:
Younger Than Yesterday
New Girl
Learning Curve
Summer Heat
Hired Help
All of Me
The Honeymoon

Can’t Get Enough is available as e-book for $6.99 from Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon DESmashwordsKoboAll RomanceRainbow eBooks and the Ladylit web shop. More retailers will follow soon.

A paperback edition is available for $8.99 from Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon DE and Amazon FR.

We used Amazon’s print-on-demand service to print this paperback and, much to our own surprise, we were able to move the publication date up with one week. Here’s a time-line.

  • Last Monday we created the interior PDF and cover PDF and uploaded it to CreateSpace for review.
  • On Tuesday we made a few alterations to the cover after an e-mail from CreateSpace telling us some text was spilling over the spine.
  • On Tuesday evening, after a second review by CreateSpace, we ordered a proof copy.
  • On Friday the proof copy arrived in Hong Kong. We chose the slowest (and cheapest) delivery method and only paid $8. CreateSpace used DHL anyway and it took only three days to print and deliver the proof. US to Hong Kong in three days for $8. Amazing service!
  • On Saturday we proofed the proof. We made some minor modifications to both the interior and cover PDF and uploaded the new versions. Submitted them for review and… a day later the book is available as a paperback from Amazon.

So, in summary, creating (uploading, reviewing, having proof delivered and publishing) a paperback with CreateSpace takes one week. Needless to say, we’re impressed with CreateSpace’s service. The only cost we had was the printing ($2.91 for a 5×8 book of 172 pages) and the delivery ($8 for a super-speedy DHL delivery).


LadyLit’s Ten

Endless SummerNo, we’re not celebrating our tenth anniversary just yet, not even our ten month anniversary for that matter, but we are throwing a LadyLit book giveaway to celebrate our tenth release. Today we published Endless Summer by Harper Bliss, which combines the well-received Cat-and-Rose novelettes Summer Heat and Younger Than Yesterday.

As this is a festive occasion, we’re going to keep the contest simple. The first five people who comment on this blog post, get to choose one title from our catalogue (e-books only). Make sure to leave your e-mail address when you comment (you will be prompted for it but it won’t be visible), so we can send you your title of choice in your preferred format.

You can check out all LadyLit books here. Two of them (Wetter and Dirty Pleasure) are free, so I wouldn’t pick those. Happy commenting and thank you to everyone who has bought one of our books since we started LadyLit.

All About Harper

Summer Heat Harper Bliss writes naughty stories. Now we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk business. Harper is the reason why we’re having a summer of erotica at LadyLit*. She keeps churning out the dirty stories and, in fact, her latest e-book Summer Heat was just released on Wednesday. (If you haven’t done so yet, pick up your free copy before Sunday when the free promotion ends.)

Summer Heat tells the story of Cat, who, after being dumped by her girlfriend right before their holiday, decides to join her parents on their annual trip to Tuscany. Prepared for two weeks of sun-drenched melancholy, she finds much more than nostalgia in the house where she used to spend her summers as a child.

Unable to let the characters go, Harper decided to write the story again, only this time, from the point of view of Rose, Cat’s cougar love interest. (Hm, perhaps we should have called the book Cats & Cougars.) This second story doesn’t have a definite release date yet, but it does already have a cover (and a title). Ta-dah!

Younger Than Yesterday

We’re aiming for publication in the second week of September. We’ll also be putting them together in a special edition e-book, alongside another short story featuring the two characters. (She really can’t get enough of them.)

Harper’s stories all feature lesbian lovers and quite a few explicit sex scenes. There’s an encounter with a high-end escort in Hired Help, a threesome in The Honeymoon, a teacher crush in Learning Curve and all of that bundled together in A Hotter State. You can also read some of her stories for free on her website if you want to know what you’re letting yourself in for. (And there are PDF previews available of all her e-books here.)

Harper Bliss Books

Over the weekend Harper is participating in the Follow the Rainbow Book Reviews Blog Hop and you can win a free copy of A Hotter State. She also likes to blog about all the things that inspire her on her website.

So far for our introduction to our resident erotica writer Harper Bliss. She has some hot stuff out there already, and we’ll be seeing regular releases of her new books throughout the year. Enjoy.

* We have other, less saucy projects in the works. By the end of the year we should have a new Lee Harlem Robinson novella out. And in 2013 we’ll publish a brand new LGBT novel set in Hong Kong.

Contest: Win two LadyLit books

Contest 'A Hotter State'

To celebrate the release of A Hotter State (which includes all three of the currently released Harper Bliss novellas!) and the six month publication anniversary of Come and Go, we’re having a contest. This is 2012 so it kind of has to be a social media contest. The prize is a free copy of both A Hotter State by Harper Bliss and Come and Go by Lee Harlem Robinson (both e-books, any format).

How to enter
– Follow @LadyLitPub on Twitter (if you don’t already)
– Tweet a link to this blog post: http://www.ladylit.com/2012/08/10/contest-win-two-ladylit-books/ or http://bit.ly/MFtobB (shortened)
– Be sure to include @LadyLitPub in your tweet otherwise we won’t know you’ve entered the contest
– The rest of the tweet is up to you

– Like LadyLit on Facebook (if you don’t already)
– Share this on your wall: I joined the @LadyLitPub contest to win two free books! http://www.ladylit.com/2012/08/10/contest-win-two-ladylit-books/
– You can modify the text but be sure to include the link and @LadyLitPub otherwise we won’t know you’ve entered the contest

– There will be 1 Facebook winner and 1 Twitter winner (so 2 winners in total)
– If you both tweet and share on Facebook your entry will be counted twice, so you’ll double your odds (but you can only win once)
– Contest ends on midnight Wednesday 15 August (Hong Kong time, so GMT+8)
– Winners will be picked at random and will be notified on Thursday 16 August

1 copy of A Hotter State & 1 copy of Come and Go (e-book – any format) sent to you by e-mail.

Thank you and good luck!

If you must self-edit

Harper BlissToday we’ve invited Harper Bliss (the naughtiest member of the LadyLit family) to share her self-editing process. Mainly because erotica must be the worst edited genre out there, and also because, these days, people seem to think they can write down their favourite sexual fantasies, upload a poorly formatted word document, slap a picture of a half-naked woman on the cover, and wait for the money to roll in. (Maybe they’ll make a few bucks, but it’s hardly the basis for a sustainable career in writing.)

Amazon is flooded by atrocious erotic e-books crawling with spelling and grammar mistakes, giving self-publishing in general a really bad name. The main reason to not use a professional editor is, of course, money. Today’s post is not meant to promote self-editing, but, hey, we all know it happens. So, if you’re going to do it, at least try and do it right.

We’ve asked Harper to break down her self-editing process from first draft to submitting a manuscript.

1. First, I write. That’s the easy part. Usually when I’m writing, I don’t edit. I try to get the story out without looking back. Of course, I write stories of no longer than 10.000 words so there are usually no big continuity issues to deal with. After I’ve finished the first, very rough draft, I go over it and eliminate the most glaring mistakes.

2. I wait. I don’t mean I sit around twiddling my thumbs. I just focus on something else than the story. I usually start another story or have a previous one to work on. I try to give it a week before going back to the first draft, but whatever’s long enough to get your mind off it is fine.

3. This is where the real work begins. I go over the story and basically edit and re-write it until I can live with it. Here’s a very good checklist on editing drafted by the mighty Selena Kitt. It’s meant for editors of stories on Literotica, but I believe everyone can benefit from it. After a while, you’ll find these things will become part of your routine and you’ll automatically implement them.

4. The next step is reading my story out loud. This is excellent for catching forgotten words and spelling and grammar mistakes. Of course, reading erotica out loud can be a bit daunting, which is why I use Scrivener’s built-in speech tool. The voice is a metallic computer voice, but it works fine. I check if the words flow well and keep my ears open for clunky sentences.

5. By this time I usually get very chuffed about my story, only to have my hopes dashed in the next step. I read it away from the computer. I used to print my story and scribble in the margins, but now I just send it to my iPad and read it on the Kindle app. It allows me to make notes I can actually still read afterwards. It doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as you’re away from your computer screen.

6. At last, it’s time to share the magic. It’s not for everyone to see yet, though. This is where the ‘first reader’ comes into play. This can be your wife, your best friend, your badminton partner, whoever really, as long as they can give you an honest opinion (and speak your language.) However, this is not the time for harsh criticism yet. Your first reader is someone you have a personal relationship with and they will usually sugarcoat things for you a little. Don’t worry though, that’s why we have beta-readers.

7. Before sending the story  to my beta-readers, I accept or reject the changes my first reader suggested and then send the story to my Kindle. I like to read it on different devices, but if you only have one, paper will do. Making notes on the Kindle is not easy though (not on mine, anyway), so I keep a notebook and jot down what I want to change.

8. Beta-readers. The life-blood of self-publishing. I’ve been working on a lengthy ode singing the praises of these wonderful creatures who invest their time (always a precious thing) in reading our stories. I worship my beta-readers, but, because of the nature of our relationship, I have to keep my distance. I’m the first to admit it’s not easy to find good beta-readers (and I’m always looking for more), but they are out there. On forums, Yahoo groups, blogs… the internet is your friend. (Here’s a very informative blog post on finding beta-readers.) Find them, befriend them and be nice to them for the rest of your life.

9. The last step is accepting or rejecting my beta-readers’s comments. Ideally, this would be your process before either submitting your manuscript to your publisher or sending it to your professional editor. Either way, if you must self-edit, do yourself, and especially your readers, a big favour by not writing something on Monday and publishing it on Tuesday. And NEVER publish something that has not been read by at least one person who is not your mother, spouse or another extended family member. Never.

Happy editing!

PS Only a few hours left to get all of Harper Bliss’ books for the rock bottom price of $0.99!

Summertime Promo Extravaganza

In need of an extremely well-priced beach read? You’re in luck because LadyLit specialises in beach reads and this week we’re lowering ALL our e-book prices to a crazy $0.99. Yes, that’s the price in USD, and yes that’s less than 8HKD or about 0.80EUR. Hey, this is a promotion after all. This means that for an entire week none of our books will be priced higher than $0.99 and of course there are the freebies. Let’s break it down.

Learning Curve by Harper Bliss

Ada’s company relocated her to Berlin, provided that she’d take an intensive course in German. It proves to be a steep learning curve, until her teacher Giselle implements some alternative educational methods.

Available from
Amazon US
Amazon UK
This title will only be free until 29 July 2012 Standard Pacific Time, after that it will also be available for $0.99

Wetter Wetter by Harper Bliss

Rachel has had a crush on her spin instructor Toni for months. One late night visit to the locker room steam cabin transforms her fantasies into hot, steaming reality.

Available from
All Romance
Rainbow eBooks
Barnes & Noble

Dirty Pleasure Dirty Pleasure by Lee Harlem Robinson

During a decadent weekend in Hong Kong, Lee and her best friend Charlie encounter a slew of interesting characters. One of them is Stevie, a girl who ignites a spark in Lee. Can Stevie restore Lee’s hope that Hong Kong is not totally void of lesbians?

Available from
Amazon US
Barnes & Noble
Rainbow eBooks

$0.99 (*) (UNTIL 4 AUGUST 2012)
(*) In some countries (like Hong Kong) Amazon adds VAT and Whispernet costs so the price may not be displayed as $0.99.
Come and GoCome and Go by Lee Harlem Robinson

Lee Harlem Robinson is used to getting all the girls, until she arrives in Hong Kong. Faced with a severe shortage of dateable lesbians, it takes Lee months to find romance and surrender to her first summer of love in 100% humidity. Her affair with posh banker Stella doesn’t last into autumn and she’s left scouring happy hour with her single gay friends again.
She’s on the brink of a melt-down when she meets Nikki, a leather-clad lawyer-cum-photographer. Can they defy the odds and find love in a harsh and loose city like Hong Kong?

Available from
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Smashwords (with this coupon code SS99V)
Rainbow eBooks

The HoneymoonThe Honeymoon by Harper Bliss

A sizzling novelette featuring a couple of newlyweds honeymooning in Phuket. When they encounter a mysterious Asian woman in their beach side resort, they decide to give each other a very special wedding gift.

Available from
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Smashwords (with this coupon code TS32G)
Rainbow eBooks
All Romance

Hired Help Hired Help by Harper Bliss

Olivia’s girlfriend walked out on her months ago and she’s desperate for some action. Her best friend recommends some hired help.

Available from
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Smashwords (with this coupon code QR83D)
Rainbow eBooks
All Romance


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