For several years, I have been writing for magazines, newspapers, websites, etc. – pretty much anyone I could get an assignment (and check) from. While writing for such places has been my bread and butter, and the way that I feed my kids, I never really liked it. I hated constantly having to send out query letters, dealing with rude sources, and writing about things I didn’t know anything about. I’ve always been more of a creative writer and I loved writing romance books in my spare time. That’s why, when a friend of mine introduced me to self-publishing, I knew that I had to at least try it out!
I published the six novels that I had written in my spare time over the years to see if this was going to be something that I wanted to pursue. The day after the books were published, I had made 19 sales! Since then, I’ve been hooked.
For the next couple of months, I continued to write and publish my romance novels as quickly as I could until I e friend who introduced me to self-publishing also publishes erotic short stories and she tells me all the time about how the earning potential is higher for erotic shorts for web sites two main reasons.
So, I decided to give it a go. I wrote an erotic short story based on one of the main characters of one of my azon. The story was only about 3,000 words but I priced it at 2.99, as my friend told me to. Sure enough, a week went by and my story had been performing really, really well! That’s when I decided that I wanted to focus mainly on writing erotic short stories.
So, I decided to do something even crazier – my goal was to publish 100 erotic short stories in 12 months. I began to write my butt off, writing 5 to 10 of these stories a month, while continuing to write for trade magazines and websites. It definitely took hard work and determination, but I did it.
A couple of days ago I published my 100th story and, this month, I received my biggest check yet – for a little over $10,000! Here are some things to consider if you want to self-publish erotic fiction:
Price and Length: Although most of the content I write is short stories, I do occasionally publish novels. Here is how I price all of my work:
EBOOK PRICING SUGGESTIONS $0.99 > Short Shorts: Under 3K $2.99 > Stories: 3-15K $3.99 > Stories: 15-35K $4.99 > Stories: 35-50K $5.99 > Novels: 50-70K $6.99 > Novels: 70-90K $7.99> Novels: 90-110K $8.99> Novels: 110-130K $9.99> Novels: 130-150K
PROMOTION Fortunately, the famous saying “sex sells” is extremely true, meaning that promotion for short stories is very simple. I barely do any promotion for my short stories. I have a website that I post links to my stories on, and I also have a newsletter that I set up for free. Every time I publish a new story I let my newsletter subscribers know, and I occasionally give new subscribers a free story.
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