Monday, October 31, 2011

Sextasy: Super Sexy Stories

Sextasy: Super Sexy Stories is part one in a hot new erotica series. Stimulate your sexual senses with this compilation of ultra erotic adult stories. Discover how these singles, couples and groups satisfy some of their wildest sexual fantasies in these super sizzling sex stories Adults only 18+

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Wicked Desires: Steamy Sex Stories

Steamy Sex Stories is part one in a hot new erotica series called Wicked Desires. Stimulate your senses with this book of adult stories. Discover how these singles, couples and groups satisfy some of their wildest sexual desires in these steamy sex stories. Adults only 18+

Other Books in the Wicked Desires Series:

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Proliferation of eBooks is Flooding the Market

The flood gates have opened in the ebook marketplace. It is now so easy to self-publish that anyone and everyone is doing it. But is that a good thing?

For every new release onto the market, existing ebook sales get diluted. Ebooks don't have a shelf life. They are eternal, there forever unless the author/publisher takes them down, or the etailer decides to remove them for some reason. Just how many ebooks can the market sustain before even the best of writers are making very little money from their hard work?

In the past few months I've seen my ebook sales diluted to about a quarter of what they were. This is due, in part, to the tough economic climate. But having even more of an impact on sales is the proliferation of new books. Ebooks are literally exploding! New authors and new books are being published every second of the day. Ebook publishing platform, Smashwords, will have published around 90,000 ebooks by the end of 2011, as compared to a total of 28,800 at the end of 2010. That's tripled in one year! And not every self-published author distributes through SW. Many are content to just hawk their wares on Amazon's Kindle platform.

So where does this end? How many ebooks are going to be on the market by the end of 2012? Can websites like Amazon and the iBookstore continue to just upload book after book endlessly?

The only real answer to this is some form of quality control. Many ebooks are brilliant, the majority are quite good, but just as many should never have the chance to see the light of day. After all, not everyone is a writer, but these days anyone can be a writer. Poor writing, grammer, sentence composition and endless typos often place an ugly and permanent scar on the face of self-publishing. The etailers will eventually need to start enforcing some form of quality control or their websites will ultimately drown in a rising tide of ebooks.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Why Has My Book Been A Bestseller All Year?

Hot and Steamy: Sizzling Sex Stories, an erotica compilation of short stories, has been on the Amazon Top 100 for the Erotica genre since the start of the year. Until recently it hovered between Number 1 and the Number 3 spot. Only the past month or so has it slipped down the list.

So why has this particular book been so successful?

I currently have 132 ebooks for sale on Amazon and other online book retailers, yet for some reason Hot and Steamy: Sizzling Sex Stories has sold considerably more copies than any of my other erotica titles. Now, while that's great, trying to emulate the book's success with other titles has proven a very difficult task. You see, there's no rhyme nor reason why that particular book took off while others have remained in the long tail. I didn't do any extra promotion on it. There is nothing about it that makes it stand out above all the rest. All I can assume is that it somehow got lucky; and once it was on Amazon bestseller lists, it basically promoted itself and kept on selling. I'd love to know the formula that launched it originally, but I really don't know how it happened.

Other Books in the Hot and Steamy Series:

Tales of Lust and Desire
Sexual Fantasies
Exotic Erotica
Sex On Fire
Sizzling Erotica
Six Sexy Stories

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Sex Sells!!

I've been avidly writing novels, nonfiction books, short stories and articles since 1984. In the past year and a half I started writing ebooks, as well as converting a lot of my existing material into ebook form. After all, it's the way of the future. Traditional books and media will always exist, but ebooks are really taking off and coming into their own now. So far I'm managing to derive a steady income from ebook sales on Amazon, the iBookstore and other online book retailers. It's been a steep learning curve, but one well worth the effort.

My preference has always been to write fiction. There is nothing more satisfying than piecing a story together where the end result is a cohesive, full-length novel. I've written thirteen of those to date, nine of which I never bothered to convert to ebook form as I didn't feel they were strong enough stories. For years I wanted to be the next Clive Cussler. Action/Adventure is my favourite genre to write in and one of my favourites to read. The traditional publishing route never managed to yield any positive results, but the internet and the advent of ebooks changed everything.

Suddenly I could be my own publisher at next to no cost. My ebooks on Amazon are available to purchase within days of uploading. Things were definitely looking up. Being electronic media, I could price my books at a point that everyone could afford (unlike POD print books). Only problem was, people still weren't buying my books. Sure, I was selling the odd copy of a novel or nonfiction piece, but it was slow and very uninspiring.

That was, until, I stumbled upon the erotica genre.

I thought to myself: "I've had some sexual experiences. I could write about that." And so I did.

First I read through some samples of the work of other erotica writers to get a feel for what was acceptable as far as content was concerned, then I started writing erotic short stories and putting them together into various compilations for sale on the internet. It didn't take long to start getting sales, and regularly. Finally I'd found something that readers wanted to spend their money on. Sure, it wasn't my preference to write sex stories, but hell, I'm a writer and I want to make some money from my efforts. As I put more and more erotic ebooks out into the marketplace, the more the sales and revenue from my work increased.

Now, I'll be the first to admit that none of my erotic stories is any literary masterpiece, but they fill a niche and serve a purpose. I'd much rather be writing and selling copies of my traditional fiction, but unless you're a known author no one wants to buy it. They just want to buy and read about sex. I guess sex is the major driving force of mankind.

Since i started writing erotica a little over a year ago, things have declined the past few months. Sales across the board of all categories of ebooks have dried up a little in tough economic times, but erotica has especially been affected. Not through the economic climate entirely, but many authors have now climbed aboard that erotic bandwagon and the marketplace has been literally flooded with sex books, all selling ridiculously cheap. What can I do about that? Nothing. All I can do is keep writing new material and try to promote the books and stories that I'm more proud to say I've written. Obviously those are the ones of a non-erotic nature.

It would be nice to get some sales and recognition for the books I really love to write.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thirst (Vampire Erotica)

Roman is three hundred years old and he is a vampire. When London becomes overrun with vampires, he travels to Australia in search of new blood. He plans to start a fresh coven and have sex with as many beautiful women as possible, turning them one by one. Only a resolute detective investigating the series of strange murders stands in his way. Thirst is an intoxicating mix of erotica, the paranormal and horror. Adults only 18+

Only $2.99 on Amazon Kindle...