The House of Elyot

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Last year the rights to my second full-length book, The Business of Pleasure, reverted to me from Xcite Books. Ever since then, it has only been available in paperback format (I even saw it in Foyles on Charing Cross Road a few weeks ago, which was an epic moment, since Foyles was my place of annual pilgrimage as a youth).

However, it is now re-available as an e-book from Amazon, with snazzy new cover to boot.


If you haven’t read it before, it’s a high-octane ride veering from one baroque fantasy to another, each story linked by the narrative thread of Charlotte’s experiences with her two bosses and their very unusual business venture. It’s probably my bestselling book – at least, it always seems to be at the top of the Amazon rankings – so it must be doing something right. If you fancy giving it a go, here it is.

I ought to be used to it by now.

Another erotica publisher going down the Swanee; it’s a familiar tale these days, almost a fable, as inevitable as death and taxes. But it still feels surprising and new. It still stings.

There’s an obvious lesson to draw from this: don’t start up an erotic imprint. The books that make it big in the genre nowadays do so without the shelter of that particular umbrella. They come from the romance direction, or the literary fiction direction, or the chick lit direction. Or, of course, the fanfiction direction *wink wink E L James*.

All of the others are self-published.

So is this what I should be doing? Or what?

Answers on a postcard. I wish. But those days are gone.

Answers in a gif meme.


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