Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Kink at Kinko's & A New BDSM Site Chat

Okay, so I went to Kinko's last night to get my PDF of Topping Tora bound for possible review at RT. Couldn't get my memory stick to work in the public workstation so I could print the damn cover in color. So I trot back up to the guy at the main desk--the place was pretty dead, fortunately--and he offers to do it his station.

A burning blush creeps up my neck and settles into my cheeks. "All I need is the first page."

What I want to scream (or maybe whisper) is, "Don't scroll down!!! Stay right on Page 1. There's a riding crop and a nekkid chick on stage being auctioned off... Oh, God, please don't scroll down!"

"Just Page 1, please," I meekly say.

He's looking right at the cover page. "So is this a cover for a CD or something?" he asks.

"No, it's a, uh, book cover."

"Your book?"

"Um, yeah. But I only need the first page."

"What kind of book is it?"

How do you answer that one? "Oh... well... It's probably not your thing..."

"You never know."

"It's erotic romance."

"Really? How do I get a copy?"

Oh, shit. A possible sale. He prints the page. "Okay, kill the document," I want to yell.

"It's an e-book. And it's, uh, pretty rough stuff, so you probably wouldn't like it..." Talk about how to promote yourself. What a chicken-shit I am.

He walks up to where I'm standing. Points at the screen. "So you wrote that?"

Nope. Not really. My evil twin did and she's a real horny... "Yes," I mumble. Is he gonna turn me into the PTA or something? I can just see the headlines now: LOCAL MOM WRITES SMUT. Eek!

"How do I get a copy?"

"Well, I don't have a business card on me..."

"You should. You should always carry 'em." He hands me a pen and scrap of paper. "Write down where I can get this. You should be proud of what you did. My fiance really likes this kind of stuff."

Holy shit! I made a sale at Kinko's. And his co-worker--who I swear to God was built like Jovan with a very similar skin tone--kept walking back and forth looking at the cover. Hell, maybe I made two!

And he didn't charge me for the copy ;)

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Miranda Heart, the reviewer who gave me that awesome review for Topping Tora invites you to an informational chat tomorrow, Wednesday, 11/08/2006 at 10pm EST/9pm CT/8pm MT/7pm PT at AlternativeWriters.com

This is a chance for authors, publishers, editors, lifestylers, and readers to ask questions and find out more about AWA and what services are available to you. She's says everyone is welcome, and I hope to stop by and check it out myself. Maybe I'll see ya there!

6 comments:

Alessia Brio said...

That is SO cool. And I can so totally see your reactions. *grin*

Rock on!

MG Braden said...

ROFL - I love it Laura! You should be proud of what you write. You are an excellent writer. Course, I do completely understand.

Tempest Knight said...

OMG! That's so funny, Laura! I can already picture him reading the story and remembering your face. *evil grin*

Laura Bacchi said...

I'm still chuckling about this :)

Miranda Heart said...

OMG Laura, I totally know how you feel. My ex has actually sent out excerpts for my bdsm erotica at his job! Talk about fumbling for words when all these drooling men start asking me about my work. LOL
Your poor heart must have been beating a million miles a minute.

Kate Willoughby said...

That is the most hilarious story! I was cracking up.