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What's the best way to get my erotic stories published?

I figure there's a big market for it nowadays, particularly with "Fifty Shades of Grey" hitting big. I have a lot of stories, and have submitted a few to an online erotic fiction site. They've all gotten great reviews.

by Anonymousreply 3111/12/2012

Lesbian, gay, or straight?

by Anonymousreply 111/11/2012

I don't think there's much of a market for paid erotica, with all the free stuff online.

"Grey" is an exception. Twenty billion fan-fiction stories are posted online, and one made some real money for the writer.

by Anonymousreply 211/11/2012

The stories are actually gay erotic fiction, not fanfiction like "50 Shades..."

Although I am in the midst of writing a Beecher/Keller "Oz" fanfic story.

by Anonymousreply 311/11/2012

I thought this was a comedy post before I clicked on it...

by Anonymousreply 411/11/2012

[quote]I don't think there's much of a market for paid erotica, with all the free stuff online.

You would be wrong. There are many authors who make steady income selling erotica. There is a customer base (mainly women) that appreciates well written quality erotic fiction.

Here is a reddit thread done by someone who made the decision to start publishing erotic fiction. The answers she gave might be helpful for you OP.

by Anonymousreply 511/11/2012

Become the weekend sex slave of the guy who publishes porn, don't know who they are but I'm sure you'd have your pick, the question is, are you cute enough or have something they want besides your porn.....

by Anonymousreply 611/11/2012

Oh shit are we inundated with fat girls again?

PLEASE leave!

by Anonymousreply 711/11/2012

LOL I am a cute male in my mid-thirties. And thanks, R5.

by Anonymousreply 811/11/2012

Make it into an Ebook and then sell it on Amazon and Barnes&Noble

by Anonymousreply 911/11/2012

Replies in this thread about a great deal of erotic fiction (especially fan-fiction) being available for free online is true, but that doesn't mean there isn't a market opportunity in publication. I don't know if it has to be especially well-written by literary standards (I mean, no one's calling Fifty Shades or even Twilight a towering masterpiece), but it does have to hit all the right buttons, so to speak.

OP have you looked into self-publishing on sites like Amazon? I get the sense digital self-publication is significantly cheaper, with lower barriers to entry, though at the same time that means you have to do a lot of the publishers' work (promotion and marketing being the main one) yourself. No matter how well-written your stories are you have to develop a brand and a following, promote your work via word-of-mouth in targeted reading communities, etc.

by Anonymousreply 1011/11/2012

Oh please, R8. No one buying it. You write fat girl.

by Anonymousreply 1111/11/2012

Thanks for the advice, R10!

by Anonymousreply 1211/11/2012

[quote] Cough, cough

by Anonymousreply 1311/11/2012

You too, R9!

by Anonymousreply 1411/11/2012

Thanks OP

by Anonymousreply 1511/11/2012

Use your real name and picture, OP. There is a very strong market for slash erotica written by men. Women will buy your stuff because they'll assume it is more authentic. At present, 99% of slash is written by women (a lot of it horrible). Several authors use ambiguous pen names or initials to obscure the fact that they are female.

by Anonymousreply 1611/11/2012

I'm sure the majority of m/m slash is written by women, but not 99%. I recall reading an interview with Annie Proulx where she said that after Brokeback Mountain was made into a movie, she received thousands of letters from gay men who'd written alternate endings, sequels, and tons and tons of sex scenes. She was basically saying "I'm touched that this story means so much to you, but please stop sending me your badly written slash fanfic." lol

by Anonymousreply 1711/11/2012

Good ides, R16. I've had responses from men and women on the erotic fiction website I've submitted to. I've gotten everything from "Great story! Can't wait to read more!" to one guy telling me he was reading one of my stories at work, and had to stop because he got a hard-on.

by Anonymousreply 1811/11/2012

That's "Good idea"...

by Anonymousreply 1911/11/2012

Holy shit you are SUCH a woman, op! No fucking way you have balls, there is just no fucking way.

So just admit it and let your sisters here tell you how great you are and creative and all that other bullshit you tuna-fish do for each other.

by Anonymousreply 2011/11/2012

Self-publishing or publishing digitally through online outlets like amazon or ellora's cave are options. I know of women who make good livings doing this.

Then there are yaoi writers, like Alex Woolfson, who publish by donation. That is, they publish a page of yaoi online per X dollars of donations sent.

Woolfson has also worked through kickstarter and raised over $20,000 in one month to start the process of publishing a book. Don't expect to begin your career through kickstarter, though. Woolfson has a huge following and a known, high-quality product.

Expect to write to a largely female audience. If you can do this well, you can make shitloads of money. Straight women love this stuff. They're also a larger audience than gay men, so you'd be a fool to ignore marketing yourself to them.

by Anonymousreply 2111/11/2012

I am most certainly a man, R20, but you are quite amusing.

Thanks R21. Women have given me great feedback on my stories as well. I was shocked that they were that into stories of two men fucking.

by Anonymousreply 2211/11/2012

Peterortica's been done.

by Anonymousreply 2311/11/2012

Men read erotic fiction? I thought only fangurls and fraus did that. Can't you just look at porn?

by Anonymousreply 2411/11/2012

Chick thread.

by Anonymousreply 2511/11/2012

Ever heard of, r24?

by Anonymousreply 2611/11/2012

Who pays for porn? What a silly idea.

by Anonymousreply 2711/11/2012

Just write some bad fanfic based on a popular movie series that has lots of delusional, obsessed fangurls. Then you'll be rich like me!

by Anonymousreply 2811/11/2012

To coin the phrase, Just Do It.

by Anonymousreply 2911/11/2012

R24, OP never said he reads erotic fiction or that he will be targeting a gay male audience. He's writing it to exploit a growing trend and get rich. Good for him.

And yes, women WILL pay to purchase the good stuff. I have followed several amazing authors and purchased their work. Writers start off posting for free at on-line forums and the good ones quickly build a following. The bad ones are "politely" ignored. They don't get negative feedback, they just don't get any. But good writers get gushing praise and their work is shared--going viral within several fanfiction communities. There is always a lot of excitement in the discovery of a new author who can actually write. It's like finding a needle in a haystack--that's how much bad shit is out there.

Anyway, once you build a fanbase, it's time to publish and charge a fee for your work. The good authors are like drug dealers, giving you a "taste" of their latest work (a chapter or two) and then charging a fee to purchase the rest.

by Anonymousreply 3011/12/2012

That sounds great R30. Like I said, I've gotten wonderful comments from people on the erotic fiction site I submitted some of my stories to, and it's totally encouraging. Most of all, I love writing erotic stories because it's fun. I think I'm going to go for it.

by Anonymousreply 3111/12/2012
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