Selena Kitt is a NEW YORK TIMES bestselling and award-winning author of erotic and romance fiction. She is one of the highest selling erotic writers in the business with over two million books sold!
When she’s not pawing away at her keyboard, Selena runs an innovative publishing company (excessica.com) and bookstore (excitica.com), as well as two erotica and erotic romance promotion companies (excitesteam.com and excitespice.com) and she now runs the Erotica Readers and Writers Association.
Her books EcoErotica (2009), The Real Mother Goose (2010) and Heidi and the Kaiser (2011) were all Epic Award Finalists. Her only gay male romance, Second Chance, won the Epic Award in Erotica in 2011. Her story, Connections, was one of the runners-up for the 2006 Rauxa Prize, given annually to an erotic short story of “exceptional literary quality.”
Her book, Babysitting the Baumgartners, is being made into an adult film by Adam & Eve, starring Mick Blue, Anikka Albrite, Sara Luvv and A.J. Applegate.
She can be reached on her website at www.selenakitt.com
What’s the one thing you see self-publishing authors doing to promote themselves/their work that pisses you off?
It’s so difficult to gain visibility these days, I get why new authors feel the need to scream about their book from the rooftops. Unfortunately, it becomes a cacophony of noise when everyone is doing it. I’ve even turned off the ability for people to tag me on Facebook because it seemed like every new person who “friended” me wanted to tag me about their book. I’m happy to help other authors out with a little cross-promo, but don’t “friend” me and then immediately post your book on my wall. Not cool. Oh and this new trend of, “Better than X” in ads? Stop that. I don’t mind the “if you like X, you might like Y…” But better than? No. Just don’t.
Do you have any advice for aspiring erotica writers?
Don’t start in this genre unless you love it. Don’t do it for the money (it’s not there anymore like it used to be anyway, you’d be disappointed.) Do it because you love it. And if you truly love it, then keep at it. You’ll find your readers. And they’ll find you.
The zombie apocalypse has hit (as we all knew if would one day). Which TV or movie characters do you want as part of your crew? (no superheroes…that’s cheating)
No one from The Walking Dead. After six seasons, these people are still clueless. Okay, maybe Carol and Daryl (but I’d make him take a shower!) My apocalypse Dream Team: MacGyver. He could make anything out of paperclips and duct tape. Useful in the apocalypse! Vin Diesel. Muscle – and he’s not too bad to look at. Have to repopulate, ya know… Liam Neeson. He has a particular set of skills! Katniss. Gonna need her aim. And she’s not so bad to look at, either! Sweet Pea from Sucker Punch – she’s badass. Oh, and another good shot – Ygritte from Game of Thrones.
Besides her website, you can "hook up" with Selena on Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler (x-rated) and Goodreads.