The publishing industry — particularly the self-publishing industry — moves at lightning speed sometimes. It’s weird, really, because some aspects of the industry move so incredibly slow that it can be easy to sit back and relax… and miss all of the rapid changes going on behind the slow stuff.
About a year and a bit ago, I published Sex For Money, a no-nonsense guide to writing, publishing, and selling your erotica and erotic romance (of the MM variety, though the info applies to all pairings, really).
What’s happened since that time?
- All Romance eBooks has gone out of business
- I’ve learned more about the industry than I ever thought possible
- The KU system changed
- I started up my own publishing company
I figured it was time to update the book.
So, I’m proud to announce the second edition is available in ebook and print format! Click here to find out where to get your copy!
But wait! Did you buy the first edition?
Do you want the second edition for FREE?
If you bought the first edition (which has a rainbow-clad bum on the cover), in ebook or print, and would like the second edition for free, all you have to do is send me an email with a photo. Take a screen cap or a photo of the first page of the “Indie Platforms” page. It’s about halfway through the book — you’ll find it in the table of contents in the ebook or on page 93 of the print book. (Why do I want this picture? So I know that you actually purchased the previous edition. I know most of you will be honest about this, but there are always those few that try to take advantage of offers like this.)
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the screen cap or photo and let me know if you want the ePub or Mobi file and I’ll send it on over to ya.
This offer never expires, so if you have the old edition and you’re stumbling across this post years later, the offer is still valid. Email me that photo at the email address above, and I’ll set you up with the most current edition (which may be even newer than this one).
This may be an annual thing… or every couple years…
I released the second edition about a month ago and since that time, there have been more changes:
- Barnes & Noble went through a pornpocalypse and deleted almost all self-published erotica (though most of it returned to the site).
- Because of the pornpocalypse, Smashwords has introduced a new erotica classification system so that you can tag your erotica if it has certain types of content in it (dubcon, incest / pseudoincest, age play, etc.), to better manage where your erotica goes and ensure that it doesn’t go to sites that don’t want certain types of content. Some have called this the first step to censorship, others (such as myself) call this a much-needed tool for controlling our content.
- Barnes & Noble is currently looking at selling their ebook division, which could mean changes in how authors work with it.
- There are numerous start-up sites looking to take the place of All Romance eBooks, but none of really risen to prominence yet — but that could change at any time.
- In a couple months time, I’ll be getting into podcasting and will be able to offer my experience of the format as a book marketing tool.
- A future edition may be more inclusive, featuring information for MF and menage authors.
But you know how I said that while certain parts of the industry move at lightning pace and other parts move oh-so-slow? The core message is the same and will always be the same — write a damn good book, take pride in your product, and always be professional. The core message is applicable no matter how the industry changes.
If I write a third edition (or fourth or fifth or so on), it will always be free for those who purchased a previous edition. This project was never about making money — this project is about helping authors cut through all the misinformation on the internet and get honest, ego-free advice.
Do I know everything? Certainly not. But I’ve been in this for five years now. I’ve published nearly 100 erotic ebooks across my pen names and with my publishing company, I’m now up to about 40 publications. You can say I’ve been around the block a few times.
My goal is to help you make the career you want to make — do you want to become a full time writer? Do you want to do this as a money-making side hobby? Do you want to just occasionally dabble? Whichever path you want, my goal is to help you reach it.