If you’ve ever thought about writing erotica or erotic romance, this is the article for you.
I’m doing a “how-to” book (minus all the bullshit) on what you can really expect from writing erotica and romance. There is an awful lot of books on the subject, but sadly many are misleading. To be blunt, some books are coming out that simply paint an unrealistic picture and promote a false hope that shouldn’t be promoted.
In my mind, some of these books give a false impression on how much money can be made in the craft for new aspiring writers looking to get their feet wet in the erotica genre. In truth, it takes more than just a good story–a lot more.
Authors who are just coming onto the Kindle scene are at a significant disadvantage. There’s no reason to make it sound better than it is.
At the onset of KU 1.0, a writer could put out 5,000 words, write 20 books and at the end of four months have enough money to buy a new car: perhaps even a dream car. Though there was competition, covers, blurbs, proofreading, and editing were things you had time to learn whilst still turning out content readers would buy. You could still make bank even though some (either whole books or parts of the books) were flawed. Most readers are forgiving when it comes to a few errors if the storyline is good.
Now, new writers need to invest much more time and effort (resources equals money) into the final product in order to succeed. In truth, can it be done? Yes. Over time it can. But, unless a writer is lucky to hit a niche straight away, he or she will not see a significant return on their investment for quite a while (if ever).
We all know there are exceptions to every rule. But, I’d be remiss unless I told the absolute truth. And, some of these erotica/romance “how-to” books seem to be nothing more than fodder to sell their catalog as an example of how one should master this endeavor of selling indie erotica books on Amazon Kindle. I, for one, think that is somewhat misleading for new authors looking to get into the business.
I also need to make the point that there are certainly some good books on Amazon relating to the subject of writing in general and especially the art/science of writing erotica. I will point those out and give credit where credit is due.
The short answer is there is still money to be made. But, the game has changed. And, writers just coming onto the scene need to be aware of both the good and the bad. They deserve a realistic answer to their questions without being overwhelmed.
Will I be stepping on toes? Probably. I’m not going to bullshit my opinions. But, I won’t be calling any particular erotica author out as an example. So, feel safe that this isn’t a tell-all book.
A writer who isn’t established can use the money made from the sales of their erotica books as a secondary income stream and then use that cash to support their quest to become better writers in other genres. Many erotic writers have gone on to write romance. And, many have made the leap into totally unrelated genres and subgenres.
Tell the real story. No hype, no false promises. All without a hidden agenda to just sell my back catalog. I’m also not expecting my new book project to jump to the top of the charts and become a bestseller. I’m not dystopic, but telling the truth isn’t always popular. I expect some negative pushback.