A Exotic History: The Moulin Rouge

The second industrial revolution saw a time of frivolity unfolding in Paris. With electricity being rolled out across the city, cabarets like ‘Le Chat Noir’, ‘Le Miriton’ and ‘Les Folies Bergères’ were established and offered a place for aristocrats and workers alike to relax and enjoy themselves.

These venues generally settled in Montmartre, at the centre of Parisian nightlife. Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler chose the name ‘Moulin Rouge’, meaning ‘Red Mill’, for their new theatre. They also gave the nickname ‘Le Premier Palais des Femmes’, meaning ‘The First Palace of Women’.

The two founders claimed that the Moulin Rouge would soon become ‘a temple of music and dance’.

The Moulin Rouge featured circus acts, theatre and musical performances, with attractive dancing girls and tableaux vivants. Tableaux vivants- meaning ‘living picture’- were a group of stage models thoughtfully posed and theatrically lit. Throughout the duration of the display, the models did not move or speak, and their presence on stage was intended to imitate art.

The Moulin Rouge quickly gained a reputation for being a place where men could view young Parisian girls with unique and amazing dance skills, most notably the famous Can Can. A French term meaning ‘tittle-tattle’ or ‘scandal’, the Can Can dance became an opportunity to undermine Victorian-era morality, and was part of a growing movement for change.

Paris oozes sex, glamour, indulgence and hedonism, and to this day the area of Pigalle continues to uphold the city’s raunchy reputation. Once a bohemian neighborhood of painter’s studios and literary cafés, today Pigalle plays host to many sex shops, theatres and adult shows on Place Pigalle and the main boulevards. Adult stores proudly flaunt their wares in large window displays, and exotic dancers greet potential customers at the entrance of their clubs.

The Moulin Rouge continues to run a nightly show for adult audiences featuring more than one hundred performers and extravagant costumes laden with feathers, rhinestones, and sequins.

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Amazon Advantage: Setting Up Your CreateSpace Paperback for Pre-Order

Making a CreateSpace Paperback book available for Pre-Order is quite different to its Kindle counterpart. But do not despair! It is a simple process, and the more times you do it, the easier it becomes!


The differences in the pre-order set-up between KDP Pre-Order and CreateSpace are that you can set up your KDP ebook for pre-order from your KDP account. To set up a CreateSpace paperback for pre-order, you need to use Amazon Advantage, a separate account and website to CreateSpace. Here’s how:

  1. Sign up for an Amazon Advantage account.
  2. Once signed in, you will be redirected to your AA dashboard. In the top left corner, there is a tab titled ‘Items’. Click on this option, and then in the drop down menu ‘Add An Item.
  3. You will then select the Product Type. Click ‘Book’. A field will then appear which will ask for the ISBN of your book. Make sure you take out any dashes (-).
  4. Once you have saved this information, on the next page you will fill in your book’s details and information (title/author name/blurb etc).
  5. Once all fields are completed, click submit.


You can have your book completely set up on CreateSpace when you set up the pre-order on Amazon Advantage. However, there is one more thing you need to do to stop the book from being made available immediately on Amazon.

  1. Log in to your CreateSpace account
  2. Go to your project’s home page
  3. Click on ‘Distribution Channels’
  4. Deselect all of the distribution channels (Amazon stores and Expanded Distribution)

Your book should then appear as available for Pre-Order within 24 hours.

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Setting Up Your Kindle Book For Pre-order

Setting up a book for pre-order with Kindle Direct Publishing is very easy and quick, and a great way to generate sales in your book prior to its release.


You are able to schedule your book for pre-release three months prior to the release date, and this option is a simple selection when you are setting up your book for publication.

The best part? You don’t even need to have your book finished to set it up for pre-order!

You can just upload a word document and save it as part of the set-up, and come back later and upload the final manuscript!

A Step-By Step Guide To Setting Up Your Kindle Ebook For Pre-Order

  1. Create a new Kindle Ebook project, and fill in the book details on page one of the set-up process. Click HERE to watch a video about how to set up a book on KDP.
  2. At the bottom of the first page of the book set-up process, you will find the section titled ‘Pre-Order’. Here, you can select whether you want to release your book now or make it available for pre-order.
  3. Next, you will select the release date for your book.
  4. Save and exit/Save and continue!

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