Saturday, March 14, 2015

From Typewriter to eBook

After many years in the wilderness, eBooks changed it all.

Back in the Typewriter Days

I took my first real serious stab at writing way back in 1984. I was always reading a lot of novels, especially Horror, which was huge back in the 80s. I'm not really sure how the idea came about, but I decided to try writing a novel in my favourite genre of the time. Apart from the experience of reading other writers' books, I had no idea what I was doing. Somehow I managed to put together some semblance of a book. It ended up being way too short for a full-length novel, coming in at a word count of less than 45,000.

In hindsight the book really sucked and I feel quite embarrassed to think back on what I wrote then. But still, I felt quite pleased with myself at the time. So much so that I hurriedly scribbled a very naive cover letter and shipped the 'typed' manuscript off to the biggest book publisher in Australia at the time: Pan Books in Sydney. To my surprise I received a reply from them in about 10 days.

Instead of the return of a rejected manuscript I received a letter with the Pan Books logo emblazoned on the top left corner. My heart hammered in my chest as I prepared to rip it open and read the contents. After all, it was obviously a letter of acceptance, right? Otherwise they would be returning the whole manuscript. I smiled as I confidently opened the letter. This writing and publishing gig was easy. I'd managed to ace it on my very first attempt. I was destined for literary greatness and riches. Everything I'd heard about the road to getting published being a long, tedious and frustrating one was obviously very wrong. Or perhaps I was just a writer of extraordinary talent. Gifted even.

The smile slipped off my face when I read the letter's contents. It was a rejection letter, the first of many more to come. The only reason I wasn't tearing open my returned manuscript in sheer humiliation was because I'd been too dumb and inexperienced to include return postage. My delusions of grandeur (who doesn't love a cliché?) were evaporating quickly in the summer heat.

Dejected, I sat down on my bed and stared at the pile of typed pages. I'd put so much time and effort into this story. What was wrong with these publishers? How could they possibly not want to publish my masterpiece? Were they too dim to realise this book was a potential bestseller?

I actually overcame the disappointment fairly rapidly. Okay, so this first publisher didn't want my book. They weren't the only publishers in the world. I would keep trying.

Bitten By the Writing Bug

I had a taste for writing fiction now, so I soon started work on a second novel, and then a third in a different genre. All the while I continued to shop my first manuscript around to publishers and agents the world over. I also did a comprehensive writing course which taught me how to write articles and features for magazines and newspapers. I even managed to get a few pieces published as a freelancer and received cheques in the mail for my efforts. Things were looking up a little and my confidence was growing. Although I enjoyed writing the nonfiction pieces and got a buzz when I saw them in print, what I really had a passion for was writing fiction, so I kept on writing novels, trying different genres and ideas, honing my craft and my skills. I was getting better at it, no doubt about it, but still the dream of being published as a novelist was eluding me.

In the end I wrote 13 novels without success and gave up writing for a long time. I was burnt out and disillusioned with the entire process and industry. I'd also spent quite a bit of money sending my manuscripts all over the world, which was a costly process at the time. There was no internet and email back then, and the Australian dollar was so weak against the Greenback that everything sent to the USA was costing me double. It worked out cheaper to photocopy the manuscripts, send a copy and tell the publisher or agent not to bother returning it if not interested, than to include return postage.

Print on Demand Publishing

The advent of POD (Print on Demand) Publishing renewed my interest. Finally there was a way to at least see my books in print and maybe sell a few copies. My last 4 novels had been written on a computer so I had digital files to upload. I joined and published those 4 books, ordered copies and once again marveled at my greatness. At the very least I could now see a nice shiny finished product for all those years of hard work and late nights, square eyeballs and nerves jangling from constant overdoses of caffeine. I did sell the odd copy, but the retail price of a POD book just couldn't compete with those published in the mass market. Still, it was definitely a buzz that a few people were willing to part with their cyber cash to buy my books.

I now had more control over my publishing destiny and, whether I sucked as a writer or not (I honestly don't think I'm too bad), I could put my works out into the marketplace.

The eBook Explosion

Things really started to happen for me in July 2010 when Amazon opened the doors to international authors to publish on their Kindle platform. At the time Apple's iBookstore was just starting to gain some traction as well. Everything was set for a eBook explosion and I was there to take advantage.

I published my 4 novels (those that I'd written on a computer and not typed on a typewriter) as eBooks and also a collection of short stories I'd written. I even broke that book up into its individual stories and published those as well. Immediately I started seeing a few sales within hours of publishing my works, and that gave me a lot of hope that I was finally on the pathway to something good, and possibly profitable as well.

While trying to think of ideas for stories to write up as eBooks, I did a Google search on that subject and ended up finding a humorous blog post about an Erotica author who had managed to snare the Number 1 spot on the iBookstore's Top 100 (or whatever it was at the time). It was just a very short erotic story. Curious, I bought a copy of the story and read it, then read a few others by various authors in the genre. These stories were all extremely short, to the point and pretty much all explicit descriptions of sexual encounters. Most importantly, they were SELLING!

A Change of Direction

Being the genius that I am, ideas of writing this smut myself flooded into my mind. After all, I was a writer, wasn't I? And I had experience too. I'd had sex once or twice in my lifetime, and I'd watched my fair share of porn on the net. Which proved to be highly educational for this style of writing. So I set to work churning out story after story, inventing characters and scenarios and couples and groups having sex in various positions and places. Sometimes there was the hint of a plot, most of the time not. The stories were all too short anyway. For each story I created a sexy cover and blurb and published them on Kindle, Lulu, Apple's iBookstore, as well as Smashwords and their distribution channels. To add even more books to my rapidly expanding portfolio of literary masterpieces, I started grouping the short stories together and selling them as anthologies at a higher price point.

Easy Sales and Easy Money

Sales on the iBookstore started to flood in, especially from the UK. Maybe the Brits are all sex-starved, I don't really know the reason. Sales on Kindle started out rather slowly, but the royalty cheques were getting bigger every month. By March 2011 it felt like it was raining money. I was literally raking in the cash now. I'd finally struck pay dirt after so many years in the publishing wilderness. For all those full-length novels I wrote, all that blood, sweat and tears toiling away for decades with no monetary reward whatsoever, it ended up being these short trashy sex stories that were making me the money.

Rather naively, I thought the sales were just going to keep soaring, making me more and more cash until I had accumulated so much of the stuff that I wouldn't be able to count it. But it didn't work out that way. More and more authors came into the eBook self-publishing game, and more and more decided to write Erotica because it was easy and profitable. Amazon and Apple started getting stricter on what content to allow, authors started dropping their prices to compete in a market that was seeing exponential growth in all facets, books were being given away by the virtual truck load thanks to initiatives like Kindle Select, and authors just wanting exposure for their work.

Today in 2015 things are very different to how it was in my stellar year of 2011. I still make some money and I get by, but I now have triple the amount of material out there than I did 4 years ago and making a tenth of the money if I'm lucky. Still, it was good while it lasted and I feel blessed to be a part of this modern era of Indie publishing.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

FREE BOOK! Alpine Nights (Jessica's Seduction #2) Erotic/Romance Novella

Now free on Smashwords in all available eBook formats.

Alpine Nights is the second instalment in the Jessica's Seduction series of erotic romance novellas. On their new adventure together, Jessica and Preston further develop their romantic relationship when they travel to Europe in winter. There they perform photo shoots, ski in the Swiss Alps, spend time with friends in a romantic chalet in the snow, then embark on a treacherous journey through Germany's Black Forest in search of wolves. As with any new relationship lust is abundant, and the lead characters don't hold back when it comes to getting want they want sexually. Adults only 18+

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Erotica: Greatest Hits #2

Read 15 of the hottest adult stories all in one awesome anthology. Indulge the senses, dim the lights and spice up your love life with this great read! Adults only 18+

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Lust in Space

Best friends Angela and Lisa have been having an ongoing affair aboard a spaceship. Nate is not only the captain of the ship, but also Angela's husband. When he walks in on the pair one day the action quickly turns into a sexy three-way, which is a fantasy come true for luscious Lisa.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bedroom Eyes (Short Erotica)

Isabelle is always hearing the same words: She has bedroom eyes. When she goes to a friend's party she meets handsome Casey in the pool. He takes one look at her and says the same thing. As the alcohol and conversation flow the two get close and personal, and soon Isabelle finds herself in Casey's bed having the time of her life.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tasting Tina

When his best friend lines him up with a sure thing, Chad can't resist stepping out to meet gorgeous Tina. It's been a while since his last intimate encounter. Far too long. It was high time he broke the drought and who better to do that with than this hot blonde.

Tasting Tina

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Erotica: Greatest Hits #1

Read 15 of the hottest adult stories all in one awesome anthology. Indulge the senses, dim the lights and spice up your love life with this great read!

Now available on Kindle

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Amelia's Fantasy

Amelia is over relationships for the time being. What she's really craving right now is a secret tryst, something casual and completely anonymous. She arranges a meeting with handsome Brad and they book a room at an inner-city hotel for their rendezvous, where their passion explodes in a fusion of body heat.

Now available on Kindle

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

All In: 25 Erotic Stories

25 erotic short stories from the hot and bothered mind of Emily Cantore!

To buy individually would cost a bundle!

More than 130,000 words of first-time lesbians, threesomes, girls experimenting, sex toys and much more. Guaranteed to warm you up and get your mind racing!

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Thoughts of Success: The Ultimate Success Manifesto

This manifesto is the foundation for learning more about being successful in life. Learn how to take any challenge and turn it into a success. My overall goal is to help others to realize their dreams and reach their goals by teaching them what I have learned and implemented in my life. Through this, I hope to motivate and inspire others to take action towards a happier and more successful life.

Some of the things you will learn include:

Creating your world through mind control
Success state of mind
Action oriented repeatable success habits
Failure is no longer an option
Making a plan on paper
What it takes to score a goal
You must use the "ACT" in act-ion

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

X-Rated Hardcore Erotica Boxed Set - On sale for a limited time!! Only 99c!

On sale for a limited time!! Only 99c!

X-Rated Hardcore Erotica boxed set is a collection of erotic short stories involving a spicy array of sexual encounters. Sex between couples, group sex, swinging, threesomes and partner swapping all take place in this exquisite selection of erotica. Indulge your deepest fantasies and arouse your desires by reading these adult tales. Adults only 18+

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Jessica's Seduction: Boxed Set Collection

Jessica's Seduction is the ultimate romance boxed set collection. Even though the first book in the series is permafree, it has been included to create the complete set in one convenient mega anthology. The other 5 books in the series retail individually for $3.99 each, so at this special boxed set collection price the reader is saving a more than 50% for the complete series!

Now available on Kindle

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Real Life Dramas: Boxed Set Collection

 This digital boxed set contains all 3 volumes of the popular Real Life Dramas series. With 23 gripping stories spanning more than 600 pages, the reader is guaranteed many hours of reading pleasure.

There are no more enthralling stories than those that are true….Real life scenarios of danger, suspense and intrigue that involve real people. These accounts have been dramatized in story form. Stories of triumph, survival, greed and tragedy.

Read them if you dare…

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Tropical Heat: Boxed Set

Save, Save, Save!! 7 great stories for a bargain price, available for a limited time only! $15 value for only 99c!

Second Honeymoon
Kayla Takes Two
Fantasy Island
Fun With Rick and Jane
Lose Your Inhibitions
Stud Sandwich
Party Cruise

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Night Realm: Boxed Set

This special edition boxed set includes both great novels in the Night Realm series at a bargain price!

Night Realm

Night Realm is a Paranormal Detective novel set on Australia's Gold Coast. It is the story of private detective, Ryan Fox. When he meets the beautiful Selena Thorne, Ryan’s life takes a detour into a dark world he thought only existed in folklore and in the minds of movie producers. Selena hires Ryan to acquire the unusual research of scientist, Doctor Marlon Becker. Becker is a haematologist and an expert in blood disorders. When Ryan discovers what the focus of Becker’s research is, it puts a whole new spin on things.

Chelsea, Ryan's teenage sister, meets Travis and she soon realizes there is something very different about this attractive and mysterious new boy in town. A relationship quickly develops .No sooner has Chelsea fallen for Travis when she learns he’s not actually what he seems.

Meanwhile, Homicide Detective David Marks investigates a spate of strange murders, where victims appear to have had every drop of blood drained from their bodies, with the only apparent injuries being two puncture wounds on the throat. With no solid leads on a suspect and more people dying every few days, Marks is getting nowhere fast in his quest to apprehend the killer.

As the story unfolds the lives of the characters - both human and vampire - come together in a gripping climax where not everyone comes out alive, and not everything goes as planned.

Night Realm 2: Scarlett Dawn

This sequel to Night Realm continues the story of private detective, Ryan Fox. He's loving life, has plenty of work, more money, and he is now dating the beautiful Selena Thorne. Thinking the evil world of vampires is now far behind him, life couldn't be better for Ryan. That is, until he receives a call from German scientist, Dr Marlon Becker.

Needing vampire blood to complete his latest research, Becker coaxes Ryan and Selena into going back to Germany with him, where they hunt down the vampires that killed Becker's associates more than a decade ago. After successfully completing the mission, the trio return to Australia with fresh vampire blood. Only problem is, someone has a hidden agenda. All it takes is a few drops of the blood to turn someone, and that someone is Scarlett.

Scarlett Hayes, a sixteen year old runaway, relishes her new life as an elite member of the living dead. With absolutely no empathy and no soul, Scarlett goes on a rampage, killing people while turning others, ultimately creating a small army that she controls.

With the darkest of nights approaching, Ryan must delve into Scarlett's past in order to find a way to stop her and prevent even greater carnage. Time is fast running out. If he doesn't find Scarlett soon, then thousands more will surely die.

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Porn Star: Boxed Set

This special edition boxed set includes all three books in the popular Porn Star series. Kandy Kane is an adult actress and she loves her job. With a high sex drive and an insatiable appetite for sex of all kinds, she is in the perfect industry. Follow Kandy's sexual exploits as she puts on a tantalizing show for the cameras. Adults only 18+

Porn Star 1

Kandy Kane is an adult actress and she loves her job. With a high sex drive and an insatiable appetite for sex of all kinds, she is in the perfect industry. Follow Kandy's sexual exploits as she puts on a tantalizing show for the cameras, followed by an all-in sex party at a producer's mansion.

Porn Star 2

Porn Star 2 continues to follow the story of Kandy Kane, an adult actress who loves her job. With a high sex drive and an insatiable appetite for sex, she is in the perfect industry. Kandy is on the road, doing a tour of Europe, involving herself in hot scenes with the sexy locals; and all caught of camera.

Porn Star 3

Porn Star 3 continues to follow the story of adult actress, Kandy Kane With a high sex drive and an insatiable appetite for sex, she is in the perfect industry and loves her work. Kandy's services are still in demand, and in this story she makes love on a tropical beach, followed by a group scene a few nights later out in the woods.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pleasure Zone: Fantasy

Pleasure Zone: Fantasy is book 3 in this hot new erotica series! From couples to threesomes and groups, kinky contests and role play, this collection has something to arouse everyone's sexual desire. So dim the lights, get naked and indulge your senses. Adults only 18+

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blown Away: Winner Takes All

Danny knows some exotic dancers and he's come up with a novel idea. He invites three of his mates and four of his best girls over for an evening of drinks, competition and hot sexy fun. Which girl wins the novel contest and just what will be her prize? Adults only 18+

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Sun, Sand and Sex

Matt is a bit of an alpha male and he's not shy with the ladies. While on vacation at a tropical island resort with his friends, Matt puts his many charms to work hooking up with hot chicks day and night, and there are plenty of them about. He scores his first within a few hours of arriving. Adults only 18+

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Take Me I'm Yours

Having recently come out of a long relationship, Debbie just wants a casual hook-up, so she joins a dating site for adults seeking casual sex. She connects with John and agrees to meet him for a drink. With their hormones running rampant and the sexual chemistry about to explode, she takes him home and lets him have his way with her Adults only 18+

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