The title of a book provides a clue to it’s contents. It is designed to arouse the curiosity of the book buyer. When choosing the title for my collection of short stories, “The First Time” I picked the first story in my collection entitled, appropriately enough “The First Time” as the title of my anthology.

“The First Time” derives it’s title from the fact that the main actor in the story (Becky a young graduate with a first class degree in english literature) encounters her first client as a professional escort (prostitute), hence the title, “The First Time”.

The title aptly sums up the plot of the story (I.E. the effects of Becky’s first act of prostitution on her psychological and physical wellbeing). “The First Time” is not, in any manner intended to be erotic, however on looking at my book’s page on Amazon I see that many of the people who purchased “The First Time” also bought books which are clearly erotic in nature. To give just two examples purchasers of “The First Time” also purchased “Fifty Shades of BDSM” and “Jessica’s Seduction”. I must confess to being somewhat puzzled by these results as my book description does not so far as I can ascertain give the impression that “The First Time” is in any way erotic. I quote:

“In this collection of short stories the author explores why young women enter the world of prostitution while other stories look at what happens when the

worlds of sex and technology collide.

In “The First Time”, the first story in this collection, we meet Becky a young graduate who enters the world of prostitution in order to clear her debts.

The story looks at the effects of prostitution on Becky and her fellow escort and friend Julie. In “The Pain Behind the Smile” Issie presents her friend,

Peter with a birthday cake, however things are not what they seem.

In “Lucy” the acquaintances of a crusty old bachelor speculate how he could attract and retain the affections of a beautiful young woman. As with “The

Pain Behind the Smile” things are far from what they seem.

“Hemlock” explores what happens when machines attain the capacity to appreciate high culture. The story is both humorous and deeply serious.”


I am delighted that during the free promotion of “The First Time” my book was downloaded a total of 110 times. I still remained puzzled though as to why many of those who downloaded my book also downloaded avowedly erotic works. There is nothing wrong with erotic literature but I still remain somewhat bemused regarding the company my little collection keeps.

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10 thoughts on “Bemused

    1. drewdog2060drewdog2060 Post author

      Thank you for your comment. Literary merit or the lack of it is not primarily dependent on the utilisation of grammatically correct language. Rather it hinges on the ability of the writer to draw their readers into the author’s world. If an author can make his readers empathise with the people in his books, feel their sorrows and pains then he has succeeded in his task. Pedants get hung up on grammar while real readers lose themselves in a book.

      1. Joachim Boaz

        If you are unable to convey yourself within the basic strictures of the English language then I am uninterested in your pretensions to “literary merit.”

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    1. CarolynneKeenan

      People do this when they have nothing productive to do with their time. Or to just be @sshole$. That’s my take on trolls, anyway. I agree, you can’t be an honest, worthy reviewer without reading the book in which you are judging. Someone tried to tell me that there was no wrong way to review. Maybe that used to be the case, but you can’t make constructive criticisms and productive discussions without having the basis for the argument/debate, etc. I compare the situation to a politician showing up unprepared for a speech or debate. Sure, it happens, but I don’t give them my vote. Same goes for trolls. They aren’t worth our time.


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