Book Review: How to Really Self-Publish Erotica

How to Really Self-Publish Erotica

Dalia Daudelin and Michael Meadows

(Warning: Longest blurb ever…)

Why are so many people getting into writing and self publishing erotica? According to the New York Times, the porn industry brings in $10 to $14 billion dollars a year. You can tap into that income, too!

What about E. L. James, author of the hit erotica series Fifty Shades of Grey? As of late July in 2012, the author had sold 15 million copies of her books in the United States and Canada alone. That’s why so many people are getting into this business.

Making money with erotica isn’t as easy as people make it seem, though. That’s why you need this guide.

Buy this quick how-to guide now and start earning money!

  • What are the best stock photos?
  • How big should a cover be?
  • Where should the font go?
  • How and where do I advertise my stories?
  • What should my stories even be about?

How often have you heard, “Nobody makes money from self-publishing”? It’s coming from the mouths of authors, agents, publishers and editors out of ignorance… or malice. Don’t fall for their lies!

If you’re looking to jump-start your career in writing, though, self-publishing is the average person’s solution. The problem is, the information you need is scattered all over the internet. And frankly, the money is best in erotica, and money is ultimately the bottom line between you and writing full-time.

Not only do you need to know how to write well, you also need to know graphic design. You have to be well versed in the kinks you want to write, too.

Do you know:

  • What readers will want when they pick up a billionaire story?
  • What kind of kinks go well with werewolf or vampire stories?
  • What goes into making a cover that will stand out?

If not, this book will shine a light on those topics.

This book is a short, but complete, introduction to the field of self-publishing erotica–though other writers may find some things of value, as well. Do you love writing? Are you scared of spending months on a novel only to not have it sell? Erotic shorts are the perfect place to start.

When you’re ready to make a change and really jump head first into the vast ocean of self-publishing, make sure you’re carrying this book as your lifesaver!

With that rather lengthy blurb aside, this book is really quite useful.  What this book won’t really show you is the nuts and bolts of writing and publishing — but I think there’s good reason for that.  If you’re looking for the nuts and bolts of writing, you can pick up a writing book.  And with the ever-changing landscape of self-publishing, presenting the nuts and bolts of the publishing process would quickly become invalidated when Amazon or Smashwords updates their system.

Instead, what this book presents, and its real value, is in helping you navigate the landscape of erotica self-publishing and, more importantly, giving you the can-do attitude to go ahead and give it a try.  This book, perhaps because of its easy-going conversational style, is entirely relatable.  While the reader knows that their own path in self-publishing erotica won’t match Daudelin’s, you at least see some glimpses of where your path might be similar.  (And as far as this goes, it reminds me of Write What You Sell and Sell What You Write, by Skip Press, perhaps one of the most motivating writing books I’ve ever read.)

And while I disagree with some of the advice that Daudelin dispenses, I think that comes down more to (a) the style with which we approach the business of self-publishing erotica, and (b) the fact that I write gay erotica, which is largely a different market than straight erotica.

However, regardless of differences, as a self-published author, I still managed to find this “beginner’s guide” quite useful.  I can only imagine how useful it would be in the hands of someone who’s just starting to toy with the idea of writing smut.

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