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Serialized memoirs of a London based male escort. Funding for production of the Omnibus in paperback for readers and reviewers.
Serialized memoirs of a London based male escort. Funding for production of the Omnibus in paperback for readers and reviewers.
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Memoirs of a Gigolo is a pet project that I've been wanting to publish for some time. I envisioned Memoirs to be serialized and released in twelve separate installments with accompanying special editions to be released around specific holidays. I have the privilege of working with a few stellar publishing houses, and although each were interested in Memoirs, they wanted it as a consolidated work. The writer in me has to see this project through as I originally envisioned it. So, I've struck out on my own and have taken a jump into the pool of self-publishing.

The story is of a young man loaded down with both financial and emotional obligations. When offered the chance to work as an escort, he takes the job, not considering the consequences both to himself and the people surrounding him. The twelve volumes are told strictly from his perspective and in the first person. This presented an interesting challenge to my skill and pushed me forward as a writer. I truly enjoyed writing about Oliver and his world.

What am I usually asked? Here you go:

Is this just another book with a lot of sex sex sex and a few throbbing members and heaving bossoms thrown in?

NO! Although Oliver is a male escort, the story is more about his journey through the world of top-shelf escorting and the emotional consequences of playing with his personal perception of himself and using his body as a means to an end. And sex.

What will I do with the money?

I have relied on the kindness of friends and fellow authors for editing and feedback. Now I need funds for marketing and advertising. I also need paperback copies of the first Omnibus to distribute to media outlets for review and to local bookstores in hope that one of them will want my book on their shelves. 

Why ask for support through Kickstarter?

Memoirs is already for sale on several of the popular ebook distribution sites. Each of these sites keep anywhere from 60-75% of the cost of each download. So for my $1 book I receive about .35. By asking for direct funding, I keep closer to 90% of that dollar which goes back in to marketing and distribution. I also get an idea how many people are interested in a paperback version of the Omnibus. I can order just what I need and not find myself either short or with boxes of dusty books mouldering away in the garage.

Why did I write Memoirs of a Gigolo?

A couple of reasons. I'm published through the traditional route, but I've always wanted to try self-publishing. It's been an interesting journey.

Why self-publish if I'm already working with publishers?

I had shopped Memoirs to a few publishers. They universally loved it, but wanted to consolidate the twelve volumes that make up the story into one book. I wrote it as a serial and wanted to release one volume a month over a twelve month period.

Risks and challenges

The only risk is that the story will remain untold. At this moment, Memoirs is pretty well written. There is always a risk that I might step in front of a bus tomorrow, but if that happens I've turned over the files to my friend and manager who has already promised to release the remaining volumes if the unthinkable happens.

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