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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Things are never as simple as they seem, are they?

As you guys may remember, I've been trying to figure out what I want to do with "When Danny Met Erica," the video Danny and I shot and produced together. For a few years, Shadow Lane was distributing it for us, but they're no longer distributing other people's material. Same deal with other video companies.

So I thought, OK, since everyone seems to have a Clips4Sale store these days, I might as well join in. I wrote to Tony and asked what I needed, since he had the master DVD. He said he'd break it up into three clips for me and then, if I had a C4S store set up, he'd upload them for me, or send me a disk, whichever I preferred. Very nice of him.

I'd heard setting up the C4S account is quick and easy. Not quite.

First, they require a scanned file of your ID, plus a scan of one of your bills (with your real name and address on it). I still don't have a scanner. I meant to get one -- I've been researching all-in-one printers and had finally narrowed it down to the exact make and model that I want. And it's out of stock everywhere. I called Epson and they said it's back-ordered, and they'll email me when it's in stock. So, still no scanner.

OK, that's an inconvenience, but doable. I just have to go to Fedex/Kinko's and use their scanner. However, there was another requirement. I have to have a minimum of 10 clips to establish a store.

I don't suppose they'll accept 3 instead of 10, huh? Even if I ask real nice? Blech.

So I checked out Spanking Library. I didn't see any minimum requirement there. But they said it's mandatory to give an address where 2257 documentation is available.

OK, I know what 2257 is -- that's the bit where you have to prove all people on camera were over 18. I don't have documentation and papers and photos and all that crap like the studios keep -- it was just a private little thing between Danny and me. He did put the 2257 notice in the video, because that's required. But I have no address to give them. Mine? Sure, I could do that, but what happens if they ask me to produce papers?

So forget them too.

Dammit! All I want to do is sell this film somewhere. It's too good a piece of work to not be available. And it breaks into three perfect clips, since it's comprised of three separate scenes.

Wish I were more savvy about these things. It's rather frustrating.

Oh well. In other news, I got an unexpected reprieve this weekend. John's sister and brother-in-law, for whatever reason, didn't have their annual holiday blow-out party this year. They've done it every year for the past 30 years or more, and I've gone with John every year since I've known him. I've written blog accounts of a couple of them, too. Basically, it's the same scenario each time: tons of people, live music, food I don't like, lots of noise, copious quantities of alcohol and pot, people getting progressively louder and drunker as the night goes on, dancing in a tiny area where there isn't enough room and people crashing into each other and stepping all over each other's feet, and me wishing we could go home. Yes, I know. I'm such a fun party girl.

I think I mentioned this before, but John's bro-in-law once made fun of me in the party invitation, writing, "You'll like this one, Erica -- we've invited several librarians and we'll be playing chamber music." Asshat. What can I say -- I'd much rather spend a few hours with a couple of good friends, a good meal and some champagne. Have a conversation during which I don't have to scream over a racket. I really can be fun in that kind of scenario. Honest. And if you think I'm some uptight librarian type, you lecherous boob, I've got a few websites I can show you.

One more bit of news: Since Late Bloomer came out, I've had a resurgence of sales for What Happens to Naughty Girls? However, I've been informed that it's no longer on sale at No worries, as it's still very much available from its original site at Lulu. If you click on the picture of the book on the right (just below the picture of Late Bloomer), it'll take you directly to its Lulu page.

And don't forget, y'all -- if you've read LB and you liked it, and you haven't already done so, please drop by the Amazon page and leave a review. I have 15 so far, and every single one helps. Thanks. :-)

Anyway, tomorrow is the last chance before Hanuchristmakwanzadanivus for ST to spank the Scrooge out of me. Let's see if he makes any progress.


  1. As soon as I've got pay-per-download payment options on my site Dreams of Spanking, you'd be more than welcome to sell it there. Until then it wouldn't do you much good, I'm afraid - there wouldn't be any way to track downloads or give you a commission. But once I have individual sales set up, it'd be easy to keep track.

  2. Pandora -- how lovely! Thank you. I just want it to have a good home; it's a nice little piece of work. :-)

  3. Yo Erica! The answer to having 10 CLIPS is RIGHT under your nose! You and ST have got to have enough footage to split up to make the extra clips you need for your C4S site! He's not shown in them.. so ... THERE YOU GO! -- Do you realize.. how many people FRIKKIN LOVE(!!!) the clips you and ST do?? OMG.. I can see the run on them now! THOSE CLIPS ARE NOT ACTING.. THOSE clips of you and ST are heartfelt and wonderfully done with mega humor!!!

    You can thank me for thinking of that later...


  4. ok, ok.. ST is shown in some... but a good editor with the program that blurs the face could fix those in a nanno second! (*just saying!*)

  5. ALL you will need to blur faces.. is WAX 2.0 - which is highly rated by (my fav review spot for most all things technical or camera!)

  6. Hi Erica, I wish you lot's of luck selling your clip's :-)I know you will sell ton's cause every video you were ever in was EXCELLANT :-)How rude of John's brother in law to make fun of you :-( how dare he say that you are lot's of fun, Just because you don't want to be around lot's of loud noise and booze and pot doesn't make you not fun he needs to get a clue UGH.I can't wait to read about ST spanking the scrooge out of you hehehe LOL :-)Much Love and hugs to you my dear friend, from your naughty girl Jade XOXO

  7. "This looks pretty cut and dried with Adobe Premier" (I think I have that in my Adobe Master Suite -- I'll have to check that out). The effect of the gausian blur to a face looks easy enough to do!

  8. Zelle -- ah, I love you to bits, I do. I thought about this last night, and re-watched several of the clips ST and I did. I love them, and they're great fun to share on my blog and on his FetLife page, but I don't think they're for-sale quality. (Yeah, I know, people sell a whole lot of crap, but I'd want anything I sell to look professional). Plus, I don't want to have to mess around with editing; then it turns into a bigger project than I wanted.

    I just want When Danny Met Erica to have a home. (sniff)

    Jade -- he thought he was being funny. Even John laughed! (grrrrr...)

  9. Au contraire mon ami! Your clips with ST are "R-E-A-L" - in my leetle humble opinionata.. that trumps a majority of what's out there in cyber-sale-land. You may not think they are sale quality.. but I'd bet many would sell! (and even if they don't.. it's FILLER, so you can get up the Danny and Erica clips!)

    In the mean time... I'm gonna go putz around with a video in that program (when I find it) LOL .. and if it's not a time consuming nightmare.. I'll do the editing for you! (da-DA!) (grinz!)

  10. Erica,

    I think Spanking Library is your best bet. Now it has been a while since I started mine, but I don't think that I had to provide them with any information other than where the 2257 info is held. In my case I am the owner of them so I gave my name and address, and in your case you would do the same.

    Basically I think it is saying that should someone question it, then the documentation is held with you, I don't recall having to provide them with a hard copy of any info, just signing that I have the required documents.

    As for clips4sale, I don't remember sending them anything either, however, as I set up SSV's site and I have Mike Tanner's ID on me, I'm guessing that I did have to send that.

    For the record, I sell far more on clips4sale than I do on spanking library, about a 3 to 1 ratio.


  11. Rich -- yeah, I think more people visit Clips4Sale. But geeezus, what a pain! All that documentation, a 10-clip minimum, and the latest I hear is you have to have monthly updates.

    I'll look more into Spanking Library. Thanks!

  12. Hanuchristmakwanzadanivus, indeed! Hannukahschmanukah! IMO, and I'm entitled as at least half Jewish. I'm one of the people who bought "When Danny Met Erica," and while I don't watch much video, I'm proud to own it.

    Best of luck finding a new home....

  13. I ordered Late Bloomer - hope it gets here for Xmas!

  14. Dana -- Well, I figured I covered them all: Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Ramadan and Festivus. If there's anything I left out, oh @#$%ing well. ;-)

    SnP -- thanks! I hope so too. :-D

  15. Good luck with the clips and congrats ont he book sales!

  16. Craig -- thanks. Well, the first book is selling at the moment, but the second one isn't. Go figure! (sigh)

  17. I don't know a thing about video posting but I hope you can figure out a way to distribute it. Hope you and John enjoy some time together for the holidays minus the party of idiots. I'm happy to own both of your books already, shall I be watching out for a third? CHoS: A Collection of Ass Hats. Lol.

  18. Lea -- something will work out. As for a third book, I'm currently unmotivated, but that could change once the holidays are over! :-)