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Happy Holidays!

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Life and Style | 0 comments

Another year is winding down and while it’s been sobering and challenging in many ways, there has been forward momentum and much to be grateful for. I finally got The Need done. I finally got an agent. I got to spend a month in Europe, exploring, visiting family I hadn’t seen in too long, and writing. I was healthy. I was loved. And I finally started work on the fourth and final book in the Sex, Life, & Hannah series. You can’t always get what you want, but hopefully every year you get a little something that you need. On that note, and after seeing so many fun video cards float around on Facebook this year, I couldn’t resist and decided to spend this past Friday afternoon effing off and casting some of my favorite Hollywood A-listers as Hannah’s lovers in a scene straight out of Sex, Life, & Hannah…well, a scene soon to be written.

Stay safe, stay warm, stay optimistic, and happy holidays, lovers.

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Life since July

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Life and Style | 0 comments

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A lot has happened since I wrote my last post, and specifically since July. There was of course my first Romance Writer’s of America (RWA) Conference in San Antonio, Texas, where I wowed several agents and editors into considering The Need for acquisition, got to hang out with some very cool authors like Shoshanna Evers, and yes, I saw the Alamo. I also noticed on the map that Austin was only an hour away, so after the conference I jetted up to visit with one of my dearest friends and made some new friends all while learning how to two-step in the 95-degree humidity. Then it was home (sort of) for a ridiculous amount of back and forth trips to Phoenix for a client where I got on a first name basis with much of the staff at the W and Phoenician. The corporate world has its perks…

I tried like a bat outta hell to be done with my new adult, lesbian, erotic thriller (can you say that ten times faster?) prior to departing for Europe in September. But this last revision tested my prowess as a writer like never before. I was nearly two years into perfecting this tale of two woman that fall in love while fighting to stay alive and I still had to take my work with me on vacation.

I’m not complaining.

Going to Europe as a 37 year old woman was a lot different than going ten years earlier. I wasn’t as enamored with finding the trendiest bars or the hottest beaches in Ibiza. Searching for yoga studios and vegan restaurants in Poland and Prague was far more rewarding than searching for underground parties. Clubbing ’til 6AM only to deal with a three-day hangover was replaced with jogs around castles and through parks and finding small cafés so I could write, drink espresso, and eat small baguettes with thinly sliced prosciutto and Mozzarella…

I got The Need done.

The day before my birthday and departure to the Czech Republic I put the finishing touches on that last chapter and those last few words, and I was able to escape with my lover, who decided to show up for my birthday (appropriately), to the city of some of the most amazing Gothic architecture I have ever seen. I celebrated the doubly momentous occasion by attending not one, but two, operas! Adult life has completely swept this woman. Of course, as challenging as it was to finish this manuscript in a way that keeps it edgy, dark, and controversial, but still has the promise of commercial viability, I know the greatest challenges lie ahead.

I’ve already sent the manuscript off to the three agents and three editors that requested it at RWA. As of today, I already have one offer for representation. This means more opportunities, but less control and working with a bigger team, and trusting that they know a thing or more than I do, and taking even more time to get my book out to the public when I consider it birthed and ready to go. I’m excited and nervous and I know I need to try something different, yet still wonder if I couldn’t do it better on my own, especially with all the lessons learned over the last nine years. And what if somewhere along this ride I make a mistake or they make a mistake? And that check engine light in the Porsche doesn’t go off in the next four weeks?

Life requires you take leaps of faith.

 

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Erotic Thrillers are Making Hollywood Sexy Again

Erotic Thrillers are Making Hollywood Sexy Again

Posted by on May 18, 2014 in The Need | 0 comments

LOS ANGELES, California (May 6, 2014) – With many declaring the sex scene dead, Hollywood is pumping up its acquisition of stories that bring eroticism to a new edge.

The 90’s decade brought with it a slew of action-packed, sex-infused thrillers like Basic Instinct, Single White Female, and Bound only to be met with a lull. Perhaps demand had declined because of the rise of gratuitous nudity on the Internet or perhaps the sexual revolution had finally ended, but it became clear studios were no longer seeing the market potential. Now with movies like Enemy and Under the Skin receiving critical acclaim, and the much anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey set for release in 2015, could we be seeing resurgence to the genre?

Author Dorota Skrzypek seems to think that may be the case. On route to self-publishing her next book, The Need, she started getting multiple responses to her query letters, “I was doing my due diligence in the midst of having a clear path forward, but I’m grateful for other options.” Other options may be just what audiences are yearning for as they get saturated with one-dimensional comic book hero films and romance novels with predictable plots. “Erotica is not just sex. It’s an emotional tug-of-war, and writing cross-genre gives it enough twists to keep the audience guessing” Skrzypek says of her new adult, erotic thriller. With more Hollywood A-listers considering meatier, Oscar-worthy roles from independent film producers, The Need, may be poised perfectly for the changing marketplace.

Dorota Skrzypek is author of the chick lit series, Sex, Life, & Hannah. Her latest manuscript, The Need, about a college-aged girl that falls in love with the woman holding her captive, won the 2013 FRW Golden Palm for New Adult Romance. Currently being considered by top literary agents, buzz about the break-out novel calls it “one powerful piece of writing, creepy as hell.” This book will be the first published under Dorota’s pen name: S.L. Hannah.  The Need is based on screenplay written by Scott Frazelle. To find out more, please visit www.sexlifeandhannah.com

View original press release here.

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April 12 Thru April 13 Will Be Awesome

April 12 Thru April 13 Will Be Awesome

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Book News | 0 comments

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What’s so awesome about the weekend of April 12th thru April 13, 2014?

Aside from the fact that the final season of one of my favorite shows, Mad Men, is airing…I’m doing something I haven’t done since 2006: Exhibiting at the LA Times Festival of Books. For those of you that have been, you know it’s a book lovers paradise, and for those of you that haven’t…perhaps you should make a maiden voyage this year. Especially since I’m giving away FREE BOOKS.

That’s right, if you come to booth 914/915 April 12th thru April 13th, and flash me the fancy poster at the top of this post on your phone, I will personally hand you a free book. What book you ask? I can’t give it all away, but I can tell you there is “sex” in the title, and in the book. I can also tell you there will be bikers, babes, and Beatles fans roaming nearby if you’re looking for an interesting daytime party before you settle in on your couch with martini in hand to watch Don Draper do what he does best.

Worried you won’t be able to find this post on the day? Just follow me on Facebook or Twitter. See you in a couple of weeks!

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Which Cover Do You Like Best?

Posted by on Feb 17, 2014 in The Need | 1 comment

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The new year has gotten off to a bustling start. A couple of projects popped up for me in January with quick turn-around deadlines, a couple of potential projects dropped in my lap that I had to bid on, and of course, there was the looming goal of finishing the third draft of The Need so I could get my two trusty editors working.

Sweating bullets that I was already a few weeks behind, head filling up with the typical doubts, like “I have to change everything,” and trying to pry my fingers away from the keyboard before I changed everything, I finished the latest draft of The Need on February 7th. With writing off my plate for at least a couple of weeks, I set off on a mission to create some cover art.

I read statistics like this all the time: 80% of whether your book gets reviewed and ultimately sells is determined by your cover art and your synopsis. No joke. So basically, all that effort we spend on building great story and great characters can go right out the window if we have a not-so-impressive cover and lackluster synopsis. As much as I dislike that statistic, I have to admit I am part of that 80%. If I blindly walk into a book store not looking for anything specific, I pick up books with covers that grab my attention, and then I flip to the back of the book. If I read something that sparks my interest, I will then open the book, skim through a few paragraphs, and make my “buy” decision.

I went back and forth on hiring a book cover designer. While I love the idea of working with a pro, I have also turned into a design geek the last few years and really like coming up with ideas of my own. Plus I now have years of experience when it comes to publishing blunders, and that has only helped me hone in on my craft. So…I decided to give myself the first shot at a potential cover for The Need.

What do you think? 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6? All feedback is greatly appreciated, even if it’s feedback like, “go hire a pro.”

 

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