Are twenty sex scenes enough, do you think?

I’ve just figured out how to send a document to myself on Kindle.  Cool!  My Kindle recently updated as I’m quite sure I couldn’t do this before (or if I could, I didn’t notice.)  So I’ve spent all morning copying the chapters of Transference into one file, then formatting it slightly….but only slightly.  Single spacing, two lines before and after chapter headings (in a document like this, you can’t get a chapter to start on a new page – that sort of thing I presume will be done when you e-publish.)  Added my (current) book cover just to see what it would look like in black and white.  (And yes, I know that should come at the end of a proper e-book, but I’m not there yet…)

Then I counted all the sex scenes and discovered there were twenty.  Twenty one if you count the girl-on-girl kissing scene.  Twenty sex scenes!  Shit, this was not intentional!!!!  I wasn’t setting out to write anything vaguely pornographic.  It isn’t, actually, and it isn’t even erotic.  It’s just what people do and it’s vital to the plot.  Sounds like I’m making excuses.

Actually, I’m delighted!

And then, finally, I sent the whole document to myself….

….it’s gorgeous!  It looks just utterly beautiful!  Like a real novel….!!!!

Even unformatted, it’s quite readable and looks and feels just like everything else on my Kindle, only the words were written by me.  Interesting how DIFFERENT they look.  I’ve only ever read my novel on a computer screen:  not the most natural of reading circumstances.  Anyway, it’s great for editing purposes.  Will be rereading it armed with pen and paper to make notes.

The only thing that didn’t work as a “proper” novel is that the first line of every new chapter has been indented, which is most certainly incorrect.  I hope that when I eventually publish to Kindle, this is magically corrected.  But then, that’s a whole other route to sending yourself an ordinary Word document!!!

Gee, I feel quite thrilled.  Imagine how I’ll feel when I’m eventually e-pubbed!  No more doubts about that one…!


About susannahjbell

I am a writer of science fiction and other strange and surreal works. I mostly write novels and the occasional novelette. My published works include A Doorway into Ultra, the Fleet Quintet and the Exodus Sequence. I live in London in an attic flat but really want to live in a tree. I wanted to be an astrophysicist but would settle for an alien abduction. I write because I don’t know what to read.
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5 Responses to Are twenty sex scenes enough, do you think?

  1. I’m feeling your excitement reading this! Must be surreal to be reading your work in your hands. I did not even know Kindles could do that!

  2. Very cool about seeing your own work on the Kindle. It’s a great way to proofread, too. Somehow those goofs just jump out at you better in a different format.

    As for anything being “magically fixed” when uploaded to Amazon … alas, no. The formatting has to be perfect. Fortunately, there are lots of people you can hire, or I can point you to a Facebook group with an amazing FREE guide to doing it yourself.

    I’m going to slip into science fiction here and hope aloud that some techie somewhere is creating a program where you just insert your Word document, tick a few preference boxes, and boom! Perfectly formatted ebook ready for upload. Surely that golden day can’t be far in the future ….

  3. procrastin8or says:

    Twenty? I hadn’t even written a sex scene until last weekend.

    Best of luck with the book 🙂

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