Publishing Erotica Part 13 – Publication

Publishing Erotica Part 13 – Publication

Click here for Publishing Erotica Part 12 – Keywords

Today, let’s talk about the nuts and bolts of publishing. You’ve assembled all your pieces. You have your short story ready to go, it’s polished, it’s formatted, it has a sexy cover that won’t get you in trouble with Amazon, your blurb is written, and you have your keywords. Now it is time to put that all together and hit publish.

There is one last decision left to you: what to charge?

Authors have been grappling over this decision for years. There is a lot of soul searching, questioning. If I price it too much, will anyone buy it? But if I sell it for too cheap then I won’t make back the investment I put into my work? It’s a balancing act against what the consumer will pay versus what your willing to sell it for.

The indie world is not the big publishers. It’s hard to sell a full novel for too much. You can’t even put your ebook for sell on Amazon for more than $9.99, something traditional publishers don’t have a problem with. But that’s okay, because us self-published authors get a bigger chunk of the royalty pie. We don’t have a publisher taking a cut, only the site who’s selling your books. And the big one, of course, is Amazon.

Amazon has an interesting royalty payout. It differs from any other site, of course. Amazon has to do its own thing all the time. There are two different royalty plans for ebooks: one for books priced between $0.99 and $9.99 and the other for books $2.99 to $9.99. The first one is a 35% royalty. The second is a 70% royalty minus a small fee based on the size of the file. This fee amounts to a few pennies unless you have a book with lots of images. I cannot attest to how that might affect the price.

35% versus 70%. It is a huge difference in what you make. Now below $2.99 you have no choice: 35% royalty. If you’re $2.99 or more, there is no reason to select 35% unless you want to give Amazon more money. Now we are talking about short form erotica, which it typically between 4000 and 7000 words long. What should you price it at?

You might say $0.99. My book isn’t that long. Is it really worth more?

Yes, it is.

The erotica market, unlike others, will pay $2.99 for their smut. People like to get off, and they pay for quality material. $2.99 is a signal that your erotica is quality. People see prices and rate things. Why is this book $0.99. Is it not that good? This book is more expensive. It must be better quality. It’s an unconscious way our minds work.

Second, you might think people will still by the $0.99 book. I can get more sells that way because it’s more attractive price wise. Well, the way the royalty payout works you have to sell SIX books at $0.99 for every ONE book at $2.99 to make the same amount of money. Why sell your books short? If you’re in KU, you’re already taking a hit in your profits from that system.

There are times to sell a book at $0.99. Many first books of series are priced lower to entice the reader in, hoping they’ll continue on to the full price books that follow. Like KU, it can be a loss leader, a way to drive interest in your other books like having free giveaways. Another thing you’ll see at $0.99 are mega-bundles of twelve or more stories. We’ll talk about those next.

For short erotica, the market will bear $2.99, so why sell yourself short? Especially if you’re enrolled in KU. Let that system be your loss leader to drive up your sales rank and then if someone purchases it, you can make a nice royalty. You worked hard on your erotica (I know you do, all authors work hard even if readers don’t realize it).

Now once you’ve built up a catalog, it’s time to start talking bundles. Bundles are a great way to make extra money. There are customers who shop only for bundles, looking for deals, versus customers who buy individual stories looking for immediate gratification. Bundles should either be stories of a same series or a same theme. If you have a few cuckolding stories, bundle them together and sell them, get more life out of your works. Short erotica have a short shelf-life. They can burn bright for a few days, maybe a few weeks if you really hit a great kink, and then they die into coals that will simmer for the rest of their lives, giving you the occasional sale.

That’s why you need to keep writing and keep publishing to keep people looking through your back catalog.

And that’s what makes bundles so great. Your strategy as a short-form erotica author is to keep publishing, to build your catalog to the point where those simmering coals start to add up. And that gets you more and more stories which you should bundle together. I tend to do my series in divisions of threes so I can publish a bundle of 3 stories for cheaper than buying them individually. For a series of 3 $2.99 erotica, I’ll price my bundle at $4.99 and DO NOT enroll it in KU. Your singles already are in there. Keep your bundles out so you can make money, because you can’t just off pages read. If you want to bundle more than 3 stories, go for it, just adjust your pricing accordingly.

Making covers for bundles presents interesting challenges. There are a number of ways to go about it. You can do the faux-book set look, where you make a fake book box set in Photoshop or GIMP. Doing this requires advance skill with these programs. Search YouTube for tutorials, and you can make a 3D book in several different ways. Some places have templates to make it easier for you or there are way to map 2d images to 3d objects.

Another way is the split cover art method, which is what I use for the majority of my three-book bundles. This also requires more skill at Photoshop or GIMP, but not nearly as much as making a 3D book box set. You just divide your screen into thirds, and then slice up your original three cover models to fit the thirds. Another method, which is better if you have more than 3 bundles, is to shrink the original covers and take a quarter or more of the space on the bundle. This works well up to about six books.

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The simplest method is just create a normal book cover with the name of your bundle or collection. You can use a new cover image, or if you have used the same image for all the books in your series, only changing color, you can go with that method. It works. Just make sure in your title, you let people know the number of stories contained in.

Now once you have a very large catalog, it’s time to move into mega-bundles. This is where you take older titles, things you’ve had published for a year or longer and just gives you a sale or two a month, and put them into a mega-bundle. Ten or more stories, all in a large collection, sold for cheap, usually at $0.99. These bundles are sold for cheap because mega-bundles, being such great deals, can shoot up in sales ranks and bring in revenue and visibility for your catalog. And since the titles bundled in it are old, it’s not a loss to your income to sell so cheap. They’ve already had their moment in the sun, had their original bundle, and now it is time to give them one final flare of life and see if you can find a new crop of readers for your work.

And that’s how publishing short form erotica works. You build up the catalog, sell your books for a price that shows you are writing quality erotica, and then bundle them. Once you have that large catalog, start your mega-bundles. Rinse and repeat.

Click here for Part 14: Promotions!

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The Angel’s Passion (Angelic Harem 17)

The Angel’s Passion

Angelic Harem 17

When Michael, an angel, is cast out of Heaven because of love, he falls to earth. Under the guidance of a naughty demon, Michael gathers a harem of sexy women while a sinister, government agency hunts him down! You can buy The Angel’s Passion for $2.99 on Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, Amazon FR, and Amazon DE!

angelicharem17coverThe fallen angel and his harem fight to rescue Azrael and reunite Michael with his demonic lover!

Michael had his memories stolen before he was cast out of Heaven. He doesn’t understand the connection he has with the sultry demon Azrael. But he believes he will find his answers when he reunites with her.

He burns to take his demon hard!

He just has to fight his way through a government building to rescue her. Michael will risk his life and the lives of his harem. Together, they are united to save Azrael. He burns with passion to hold his demonic lover once more.

But General Maxwell is ready. Will the Harem prevail? Will Michael find his sexy demon and be reunited in her sultry embrace?

The Angel’s Passion is a 9800 word angel, demon, supernatural, paranormal, harem, oral, first time, exhibitionism erotica that is not for the faint at heart!

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New Release: Futa Fertility Menage (Futa Fertility Cuckold 3)

Futa Fertility Menage

Futa Fertility Cuckold 3

My new futa release in The World of Futas Universe is out. In an alternate universe where only women and futas existed, naughty fun is to be had! Futa Fertility Menage can be picked up for $2.99 on Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, Amazon FR, and Amazon DE!

futafertilitycuckold1coverCatherine watches as her hot wife is taken hard by three Black futas!

Catherine agreed to let Dr. Belinda, a Black futa, breed her wife, Maria. But Catherine didn’t expect her wife to become Dr. Belinda’s lover or that Catherine herself would enjoy being a cuckold. And now Maria has a new fantasy to fulfill.

She wants to be taken hard by three sexy, Black futas while Catherine watches.

Procreation is no longer the drive for Maria’s behavior. Catherine either has to accept being her hot wives little cuckold and enjoy the show or lose her wife forever. Catherine is torn as she sits down to watch the three Black futas take Maria hard.

Can Catherine accept being a futa-cuckold?

Futa Fertility Menage is a 6700 word futa-on-female, voyeurism, cuckolding, hot wife, interracial, oral, breeding, anal, DP, menage erotica that is not for the faint at heart!

A story of the World of Futas!

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New Release: Futa Fertility Date (Futa Fertility Cuckold 2)

Futa Fertility Date

Futa Fertility Cuckold 2

My new futa release in The World of Futas Universe is out. In an alternate universe where only women and futas existed, naughty fun is to be had! Futa Fertility Date can be picked up for $2.99 on Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, Amazon FR, and Amazon DE!

futafertilitycuckold1coverA futa’s hot wife goes out on a date with her fertility futa-doctor and is taken hard by her lover!

Catherine and her wife, Maria, had trouble conceiving. So they turned to the sexy Dr. Belinda. The Black futa has an unorthodox method of conception—to have the sexy futa cuckold Catherine and take Maria hard, impregnating her.

Catherine, confused and aroused, has gone along, not objecting as she watched her wife being bred by the Black futa. Now Dr. Belinda wants to take Maria out on date, with Catherine along for the ride. Catherine has to sit by as Dr. Belinda cuckolds her in the middle of the restaurant.

Humiliated, Catherine can only watch while her little futa passion throbs so hard as her hot wife lives out all her fantasies with the hung futa-doctor!

Futa Fertility Date is a 6900 word futa-on-female, voyeurism, cuckolding, hot wife, interracial, oral, breeding, anal, A2P, public sex erotica that is not for the faint at heart!

A story of the World of Futas!

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How hot is… ‘Water Nymphs of Oceania Volume 1: Tessa’s Curse’

How hot is… ‘Water Nymphs of Oceania Volume 1: Tessa’s Curse’?

by Ardent Rose

reviewed by Reed James

B01I42DBJM.01.LZZZZZZZTessa is a water nymph, a creature of Greek Mythology who dwells at the bottom of the Aegean Sea. But she has been cursed to be a mermaid by the jealous goddess Calypso. Tessa’s song and dance was too beautiful. She can never dance again until she finds her soul mate.

And she thinks she has in the form of David, a hunky Marine biologist. To find out if he is her soul mate, she is given three gems by Calypso. Each represents three tests that she and her lover will have to pass. If they do, then she can become a nymph again and dance and sing and love her sexy man. But if he isn’t, the consequences will be dire for both. Tessa will have to put her faith that David is her soul mate or forever be cursed to be a mermaid.

Tessa’s Curse is a short, hot erotica, full of naughty sex between David and Tessa at various times of them being both fully human and fully merpeople. Rose captures the emotions and eroticism of the couple against the backdrop of the politics of Oceania, based on Greek Mythology. There are lots of great nuggets of mythology scattered through the short story.

While the plot is a little rush, the story still delivers and is quite sweet at times and other quite hot. If you’re looking for a kinky romance with a different twist, then Tessa’s Curse is just the quick, hot read you are looking for. And this is just the beginning of the world of Oceania. Rose has more to share.

give it 4.5 out of 5 jealous goddesses. At $0.99 ‘Water Nymphs of Oceania Volume 1: Tessa’s Curse’ will take your eReader on a romantic, erotic trip through Mythology! You can buy it from Amazon!

Check out Ardent Rose Amazon Author Page for more romance and erotica, follow her on twitter @RoseArdent and like her on Facebook.

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New Release: Hot Wife in the Sauna (Seducing Straight Women 8)

Hot Wife in the Sauna

Seducing Straight Women 8

Aurora is back, seducing the panties off of straight women! You can pick up Hot Wife in the Sauna for $2.99 on Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, Amazon FR, and Amazon DE!

seducingstraightwomen8coverAurora has a naughty plan to seduce a hot wife in the steamy sauna!

When Aurora learned about Body Design, an all-women’s gym, she can’t resist getting a membership and looking for new straight women to seduce into lesbian delight. When she sees the busty MILF Linda on the treadmill, Aurora is in love.

She has to seduce the yoga pants off the hot wife!

Aurora puts her plan into action. In the steamy privacy of the sauna, Aurora offers to massage away all the sore aches from the hot wife’s gorgeous body. Linda can’t resist, and with Aurora’s fingers working their magic, she relaxes farther and farther into Aurora’s seduction.

More than steam heats up the sauna today!

Hot Wife in the Sauna is a 9200 word lesbian, first time, seduction, oral, hot wife, cheating, MILF, older woman/younger woman erotica! This tale of lesbian seduction is not for the faint at heart!

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New Release: Futa Fertility Treatment (Futa Fertility Cuckold 1)

Futa Fertility Treatment

Futa Fertility Cuckold 1

My new futa release in The World of Futas Universe is out. In an alternate universe where only women and futas existed, naughty fun is to be had! Futa Fertility Treatment can be picked up for $2.99 on Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, Amazon FR, and Amazon DE!

futafertilitycuckold1coverAn African-American futa doctor cuckolds Catherine and takes her wife hard!

Catherine, a futa, is infertile. She and her wife Maria are desperate for a child. When Dr. Belinda, a sexy Black futa, proposes a solution, Catherine is too cowardly to object. Maria is eager to be bred by the sexy doctor.

Catherine has to watch as her wife surrenders to the futa’s passion. Instead of a clinical procedure, Maria is wet and eager to be bred the natural way with Dr. Belinda’s huge, throbbing futa-insturment! Catherine can only watch as her wife is taken hard by another futa.

And Dr. Belinda won’t stop until Maria is pregnant!

Futa Fertility Treatment is a 6800 word futa-on-female, voyeurism, cuckolding, hot wife, interracial, oral, breeding erotica that is not for the faint at heart!

A story of the World of Futas!

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New Release: Innocent Lesbian Surprise (Alien Lesbian Tentacle Surprise 1)

Innocent Lesbian Surprise

Alien Lesbian Tentacle Surprise 1

When Henrietta travels to a boarding school in 19th Century England, she has no idea a lesbian tentacle alien named Merida is about to crash behind her all-girl school! You can buy Innocent Lesbian Surprise for $2.99 on Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, Amazon FR, and Amazon DE!

alienlesbiantentaclesurprise1coverIn innocent, young woman at an English boarding school is shocked when a lesbian alien crashes behind her school!

Henrietta is overwhelmed. The young woman’s first day has not gone well at her boarding school in nineteenth century England. The shy, innocent girl is shocked by the hints that the girls are closer than is appropriate.

Scared by the lesbian, sinful desires swelling inside of her, Henrietta flees the school as Merita, an alien, crashes into earth. Investigating, Henrietta discovers delights she could never imagine in the embrace of Merita’s nubile tentacles!

Innocent Lesbian Surprise is a 7900 word lesbian, FF, alien, first time, oral, tentacle, 69 erotica that is not for the faint at heart!

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New Release: Angelic Hot Wives Menage (Angelic Harem 16)

Angelic Hot Wives Menage

Angelic Harem 16

When Michael, an angel, is cast out of Heaven because of love, he falls to earth. Under the guidance of a naughty demon, Michael gathers a harem of sexy women while a sinister, government agency hunts him down! You can buy Angelic Hot Wives Menage for $2.99 on Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, Amazon FR, and Amazon DE!

angelicharem16coverA pair of the angel’s hot wives get wicked and wild with hunky cops!

Michael and his harem of beautiful women have a mission. They will free Azrael, Michael’s demonic wife, from the US Government. Azrael is held in a top secret lab beneath a government building in DC. They need weapons.

And Elizabeth has a plan.

The busty Elizabeth possesses powers of seduction. With the submissive Anna in tow, she sets her sensual wiles on a group of cops. Those hunky men will do anything to please Elizabeth, once they’ve enjoyed her and Anna’s sexy bodies.

Passion’s burn hot as the two hot wives go wild!

Angelic Hot Wives Menage is a 7500 word angel, demon, supernatural, paranormal, harem, oral, domination, submission, facial, snowballing, creampie, menage, exhibitionism erotica that is not for the faint at heart!

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New Release: Moonlight Futa Passion (Futa Werewolf’s Coeds 3)

Moonlit Futa Passion

Futa Werewolf’s Coeds 3

My new futa release set in the Aphrodite Sisterhood Universe. All my futa stories take place in the same universe, with connections between them. Alanna’s werebear Professor Ivy first appeared in Claimed by the Werebear (The Passion of Selene 1). Futa Werewolf Menage  can be picked up for $2.99 on Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon AU, Amazon FR, and Amazon DE!

futawerewolfscoeds3coverA pair of naughty coeds have a passionate night with a futa-werewolf!

Alanna is buzzing with excitement. She and her busty roommate Tina have been claimed as the futa-werewolf’s mates. The two young coeds have been taken hard, surrendering their innocence to Professor Sylvia’s futa passions!

But Alanna has doubts. Does the futa-werewolf love them or merely enjoy their bodies. There is one way to find out. Allana wants to be come a futa-werewolf, too! She wants to run and hunt and have her own extra bit dangling between her legs.

Will the futa-werewolf turn the sexy coeds or will she break their hearts beneath the silver moon?

Moonlit Futa Passion is a 6700 word futa-on-female, futa-on-futa, werewolf, coed, college, teacher/student, transformation, oral, anal, menage, A2M erotica that is not for the faint at heart!

A story of the Aphrodite Sisterhood Universe!

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