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EP 132: Reconceptualizing Success (1): With C E Hoffman, Author of "Sluts and Whores"

Updated: Feb 17, 2022



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Read the transcript of Part Two here.


Summary


In this episode, @tete.depunk and I interview C E Hoffman, the author of "Sluts and Whores."


“Sluts and Whores” is C’s debut collection of short stories and poems that challenge negative stereotypes of sex workers via a dark magical landscape. It was published by Thurston Howl Publications in 2021.


This powerfully-written collection is nearing its one-year anniversary so we’re going to discuss what it means to be successful. C covers how they’ve come to define success since publishing their work, while me and Tete touch on how Tapas has helped us define success.


We also touch upon the ups and downs of publishing and promotions. We explore how to get published in the following episode.


Check out C's website here: https://cehoffman.net/


Buy "Sluts and Whores" through Amazon and other online stores!


The book is also available at other stores! Just Google "Sluts and Whores C E Hoffman" and you should be able to see other places you can buy the book.



Transcript


Note: I've highlighted the main points of the interview in red.


Fortunus Games:


Hi, everyone! Today, we have a very special guest: we are interviewing none other than C E Hoffman, the author of "Sluts and Whores."


"Sluts and Whores" is C's debut collection of short stories and poems

that challenge negative stereotypes of sex workers via a dark magical landscape. The link to buy the book is in the description.


This powerfully written collection is nearing its one-year anniversary, so we're going to discuss the ups and downs of publishing and promotions, and we're also going to be talking about the concept of success and how it applies to writing.


So first of all, congrats on reaching the first anniversary of your book being published. How does it feel to have been published for a year now?


C E Hoffman:


It's a mix of surreal and Sisyphean, I'll admit. On the one hand, I am overwhelmed by gratitude, of course, but on the other hand, you realize as soon as you get published, especially a full-length manuscript that your work has yet begun


Fortunus Games:


How do you feel like? Do you feel like your work has yet to be done, like, are you adding more things? Do you think you will be republishing your work with more additions?


C E Hoffman:


I mean, definitely, when you receive feedback en masse as opposed to beta readers or friends, you definitely get a different perspective of the work than you anticipated, which may not necessarily lend to editing that previously published work.


It definitely lends to what you're going to focus on in the future. You know, people always say you need to stay true to yourself and your muse, and I totally agree, but artists don't live in a vacuum. We also live amongst our audience and it's really important to hold that feedback and use that even if it is feedback where you recognize, well, that person just wants something that I don'