Hey guys! How ’bout this new website? And how ’bout that cover?! So…welcome to my new website. I know, I know, it was just last year that I was telling you that everything was going to be run from www.sexlifeandhannah.com, and then…it just didn’t feel right. I’ve written a lot of different types of books, […]
Hey guys! How ’bout this new website? And how ’bout that cover?!
So…welcome to my new website. I know, I know, it was just last year that I was telling you that everything was going to be run from www.sexlifeandhannah.com, and then…it just didn’t feel right. I’ve written a lot of different types of books, and The Need is no exception. Instead of trying to make fit BDSM-style photos with fun, pink, light-hearted conversations, and fine art, I came to the conclusion that each property needs a space on the web with its own feel. Plus, The Need is not my last erotic thriller, nor is it probably the last time I write a book that is nothing like anything else I’ve ever written. That is just how my art brain works.
Onto the business of the cover. For those of you that have been following my journey with this book, The Need, you know the highs and lows I’ve gone through with trying to get an agent, trying to get a New York publisher, and finally deciding that publishing it on my own was the best path forward. I just couldn’t wait any longer. I’d done my due diligence with the book. I had not one, but three editors do multiple passes; I had a handful of beta readers provide input; I created a marketing plan; I hired a marketing assistant specializing in the romance genre; I even pushed my design skills to the side and decided to work with a cover artist who would bring their own expertise to this book. The long and short of it: I was as prepared as I’ve ever been to publish a book.
I am so excited to FINALLY be able to announce that The Need is scheduled for release August 25, 2015. And I LOVE the cover. Thank you so much Joshua Jadon.
Here is the post I wrote last night on my personal Facebook page. I’m sharing it here because I think some of you will find my journey with this book, The Need, interesting. It is a journey that proves perseverance does pay off, and that despite all the “no thank you’s” you may receive in life, you should never give up on something you believe in.
I’m so excited to FINALLY be able to announce this. The Need, is coming August 25, 2015. A lot of you know the story behind the story. My lovely, multi-talented husband wrote a spec script in 2008 for producers that were jumping to film something dark, edgy, and erotic. As with many film ventures, the deal fell apart, and even though we got a few follow-up bites from other producers and agents, the stars refused to align. I was always fascinated by the story and characters that Scott had created, so in 2012, I decided to adapt his screenplay into a book. At first it seemed like it would be an easier task than my other writing ventures. The story was already written, after all, but I was completely wrong. In delving into what Scott had written and trying to figure out the characters, their motives, their desires, their backgrounds…it turned into my most challenging writing assignment as an author. Many drafts later, and much feedback from my amazing editor Jennifer Thomas, the beta readers that were gracious enough to give me their time and input, Mallory Braus, senior editor at romance imprint Carina Press, also weighed in with a story consult, and many late night strategy sessions with the guy that started it all, Scott Frazelle…a fiery, wicked, sensual, disturbing, and thought-provoking piece of fiction emerged. I am so proud of this book and the work that has gone into it to make it a stand out project in my writing career. I hope all of you put The Need on your summer reading list. xoxoxox, D:)
LOS ANGELES, California (May 6, 2014) – With many declaring the sex scene dead, Hollywood is pumping up its acquisition of stories that bring eroticism to a new edge. The 90’s decade brought with it a slew of action-packed, sex-infused thrillers like Basic Instinct, Single White Female, and Bound only to be met with a […]
LOS ANGELES, California (May 6, 2014) – With many declaring the sex scene dead, Hollywood is pumping up its acquisition of stories that bring eroticism to a new edge.
The 90’s decade brought with it a slew of action-packed, sex-infused thrillers like Basic Instinct, Single White Female, and Bound only to be met with a lull. Perhaps demand had declined because of the rise of gratuitous nudity on the Internet or perhaps the sexual revolution had finally ended, but it became clear studios were no longer seeing the market potential. Now with movies like Enemy and Under the Skin receiving critical acclaim, and the much anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey set for release in 2015, could we be seeing resurgence to the genre?
Author Dorota Skrzypek seems to think that may be the case. On route to self-publishing her next book, The Need, she started getting multiple responses to her query letters, “I was doing my due diligence in the midst of having a clear path forward, but I’m grateful for other options.” Other options may be just what audiences are yearning for as they get saturated with one-dimensional comic book hero films and romance novels with predictable plots. “Erotica is not just sex. It’s an emotional tug-of-war, and writing cross-genre gives it enough twists to keep the audience guessing” Skrzypek says of her new adult, erotic thriller. With more Hollywood A-listers considering meatier, Oscar-worthy roles from independent film producers, The Need, may be poised perfectly for the changing marketplace.
Dorota Skrzypek is author of the chick lit series, Sex, Life, & Hannah. Her latest manuscript, The Need, about a college-aged girl that falls in love with the woman holding her captive, won the 2013 FRW Golden Palm for New Adult Romance. Currently being considered by top literary agents, buzz about the break-out novel calls it “one powerful piece of writing, creepy as hell.” This book will be the first published under Dorota’s pen name: S.L. Hannah. The Need is based on screenplay written by Scott Frazelle. To find out more, please visit www.sexlifeandhannah.com
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The new year has gotten off to a bustling start. A couple of projects popped up for me in January with quick turn-around deadlines, a couple of potential projects dropped in my lap that I had to bid on, and of course, there was the looming goal of finishing the third draft of The Need […]
The new year has gotten off to a bustling start. A couple of projects popped up for me in January with quick turn-around deadlines, a couple of potential projects dropped in my lap that I had to bid on, and of course, there was the looming goal of finishing the third draft of The Need so I could get my two trusty editors working.
Sweating bullets that I was already a few weeks behind, head filling up with the typical doubts, like “I have to change everything,” and trying to pry my fingers away from the keyboard before I changed everything, I finished the latest draft of The Need on February 7th. With writing off my plate for at least a couple of weeks, I set off on a mission to create some cover art.
I read statistics like this all the time: 80% of whether your book gets reviewed and ultimately sells is determined by your cover art and your synopsis. No joke. So basically, all that effort we spend on building great story and great characters can go right out the window if we have a not-so-impressive cover and lackluster synopsis. As much as I dislike that statistic, I have to admit I am part of that 80%. If I blindly walk into a book store not looking for anything specific, I pick up books with covers that grab my attention, and then I flip to the back of the book. If I read something that sparks my interest, I will then open the book, skim through a few paragraphs, and make my “buy” decision.
I went back and forth on hiring a book cover designer. While I love the idea of working with a pro, I have also turned into a design geek the last few years and really like coming up with ideas of my own. Plus I now have years of experience when it comes to publishing blunders, and that has only helped me hone in on my craft. So…I decided to give myself the first shot at a potential cover for The Need.
What do you think? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6? All feedback is greatly appreciated, even if it’s feedback like, “go hire a pro.”