FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Welcome to the FAQ, here are some of the most often asked questions I get in my email.

 

Who are you and what am I doing here?
Hi, you’ve reached the website for Joy Demorra, somehow. This is my website where I promote my work as an indie author, writing international best selling novels about vampires and werewolves smooching. You may know me from some of my viral posts online, or from my advocacy work where I focus on issues of disability, chronic illness, or neurodivergency. If you truly have no idea how you got here, welcome anyway, I hope you find a reason to stay.


Hi, I want to support your work! Which purchase method best supports you?

Any and all ways you choose to purchase my books helps me! Purchasing through my Gumroad nets me the most money, but purchasing through sites like Amazon contributes to my sales ranking, which increases my chances of trending in the algorithm, and gaining a wider audience. Reviews are also a fantastic way to support an author, as is word of mouth.


Can I write fanfic/create fanart of your work?

Please do! I want nothing more for you to enjoy my work to the point of creation.  Just be careful not to tag me in any fanfic, and please don’t send me any headcanons. If you do make fanart, you can tag me in that, but please don’t link to your patreons or ko-fis in the post. If I see you are making a profit from my work I am legally obliged to file a takedown. If I do not see any such links, however, we do not have a problem 🙈


Can I cosplay as your characters and tag you in it?

Absolutely! Just make sure you don’t have any links to things like patreon and ko-fi on the specific post when you do. It’s an absolute bore I know, but I really don’t want to have to do any more paperwork. Please, think of my ADHD…


Will you sign my copy of [____]
If this is post-pandemic times and we happen to be at a meet and greet, yes! I’ll also have bookplates for sale soon that you can insert into your copies or do with them as you please.


Are you going to turn any of your books into Audiobooks?
Eventually, yes. I’m working on that.


Why do you write two versions of the same story?

Glad you asked! I write two versions of all my stories so that people who enjoy sex scenes can enjoy them, and those who prefer more fluff with their romance don’t need to skip pages to avoid the more explicit scenes. The books will be clearly labeled to differentiate between the two and will include respective heat ratings and content warnings on their book pages.


Help! I bought the wrong version!

Most of my retailers will allow you to return the book for a full refund, freeing you to purchase the correct copy. If you bought a copy through my gumroad, drop me a line at info @ joydemorra.com and we’ll get it resolved 🙂


You’re an editor, right? Will you look at my manuscript?

Regrettably, I am not taking on any new clients at the moment, but if you would like to check out my Editing Services page you will find a list of friends and colleagues who are.


When will you be editing again?

When I have the mental and physical capacity greater than the depth of a teaspoon.


When is your next book coming out?
When I have the mental and physical capacity greater than the depths of a teaspoon.


So what exactly is wrong with you?
How long have you got? The short answer is I have Hypermobile Ehler’s Danlos Syndrom (hEDS) comorbid with Mast Cell Activation Syndrom (MCAS) and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). I also suffer from chronic migraines, pernicious anemia, and chronic fatigue, along with other assorted aches and pains. Needless to say, this is all very tiring and impedes my ability to work from time to time.

I also have ADHD and can occasionally be found ricocheting about when my physical ailments allow.


What’s your favorite book?

Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett. Closely followed by Going Postal by Terry Pratchett, Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.


What’s your favorite movie?

Singin’ in the Rain!


Favorite music?

I’ve been listening to The Amazing Devil on loop for over ten months, so it’s safe to say I like them. Fair ends me every time.


Why do you use affiliate links?

Good question! There are a lot of hidden costs that go into indie publishing, and a large part of that is what we lose to places like Amazon in fees. Using affiliate links to promote our work allows us to recoup some of that loss from our royalties, though not quite all of it. The links don’t cost you anything, nor do they tell me anything about your private data or shopping habits. They’re just a way for me to claw money back directly from Amazon. The only time I use them is to link to my own work. The only thing I’m interested in is peddling my weres. And maybe a couple of vampires while I’m at it.


Why do you use Amazon, aren’t they evil incarnate?!?

They are, but they’re also the biggest-selling platform for eBooks for both indie and trad authors and not using them is career suicide. If you don’t like Amazon, I have plenty of other platforms for you to use, including directly from my Gumroad.


Can I send you something I made/thought you might like?
Sure! My PO Box is:

JOY DEMORRA
# 250
2038 FORD PARKWAY
SAINT PAUL
MN 55116


Why did you move from Scotland to the US?
I met and fell and love with Mothman. Originally we were going to live in the UK, but they changed the immigration laws six weeks before our wedding, and it ended up being easier for me to move here than for him to move there. Ideally, we would both like to have dual citizenship one day.


Does Mothamn really believe in me?

Always.