Published: 05-Aug-16 Revised/Updated 15-Aug-17
Some of my friends have tried to convince me to get my erotic fiction stories published, but I don't have the slightest idea how one would go about it. Sound familiar?
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Sex sells, as they say...
Erotic literature is a growing field and one that spans a multitude of genres, as well as being one unto itself. According to Romance Writers of America, erotic romance refers to "novels in which strong, often explicit, sexual interaction is an inherent part of the love story, character growth, and relationship development and could not be removed without damaging the story line."
Erotic literature and romance novels have emerged as one of the most profitable self-publishing markets because it is fun to do and the market is huge. Currently there are a lot of people buying erotica and erotic literature online, and there is no time like the present to jump on the bandwagon. Erotica short stories are all about arousing the reader. Some say the real money is in romance, especially steamy romance - Erotica traditionally contains more sexual details than romance novels.
In order to start being recognized as an author of erotica, i.e. getting your name or pen-name known, many budding authors offer a story or two for free. There are a quite a few erotic story websites that will publish your story at no cost to you. In fact you are on one right now, SexTails.com welcomes submissions from both new and established authors of erotic fiction, further details can be found here.
According to erotic story author Peter C. Hayward, who writes under the name Pandora Box, the "Golden 12" erotica genres that find consistent readership are those featuring billionaires and other modern alpha males; incest and pseudo-incest, including relations between women and their stepfathers and men and their adopted sisters; students/teachers; shifters; monsters; gangbanging; cuckolding; sleeping/unconscious sex; gender swapping; threesomes; and for some strange reason, cowboys.
Indie Publishing should not be confused with self-publishing presses (sometimes called "vanity presses"). Self-publishing or subsidy presses usually require payment by authors, or a minimum purchase of copies.
The terms "indie publisher", "small press", and "independent press" are often used interchangeably. An Indie Publishing is a publisher with annual sales below a certain level. Small presses are also defined as those that publish an average of fewer than 10 titles per year.
Print on demand (POD) is a printing technology and business process in which book copies (or other documents) do not print until the company receives an order, allowing prints of singular or small quantities.
POD printers will accept nearly anyone who can pay the cost of printing. They rarely offer editing or marketing. Printers do not own the copies that are printed, and they do not pay royalties. The rising popularity and ease of access to print-on-demand through IngramSpark and CreateSpace has served to increase the number of indie publishers.
The largest and most lucrative venue for publishing your erotic fiction. Amazon is by far currently the dominant platform for self-published e-books, selling around 19,000 of titles a day. There is a huge market for erotic short stories on Amazon and erotica is the best performing genre on the site - www.amazon.com
Cobblestone Press are an electronic publisher of sensual & erotic romance and short story erotica seeking creative storytelling and original style. There are currently NO fees for the author at any point during their publication process. Your book will be edited, and cover art will be provided. Their royalty rate is 35% of the cover price and will be paid to you on a monthly basis - www.cobblestone-press.com
Google Play is another venue, however most authors find it a difficult place to publish erotic stories - play.google.com/store
They distribute stories over Amazon KDP, Apple's iBooks, Barns and Nobel's Nook Store, their own website and other smaller venues. You can also obviously publish through Nook or iBooks directly if you like - www.smashwords.com
An established, award-winning writers' and artists' resource. Whether you're experienced or just getting started, or whether your creative leanings are literary or genre, factual, poetic, or visual, their listings cover the entire spectrum - https://duotrope.com
Get published and paid for your writing, find places to sell your writing, whether you've got a book, manuscript, or article idea - www.writersmarket.com
Xcite Books is the UK's largest erotic publisher and ETO's Best Erotic Book Brand winners five years running. They publish erotic fiction in paperback, ebook, and audio formats - www.xcitebooks.com/write-for-xcite.html
If your erotic fiction is LGBT-related. Lambda Literary believes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of our culture, and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when stories are written, published and read - www.lambdaliterary.org
Remember, there are thousands of other ebooks out there for costumers to chose from, so don't get too greedy, and do your research to see what erotic books like yours are selling for and price yours accordingly.
EDITOR: Why not try your hand at writing erotica? It's 100% free to have your story published by us - Details Here.
Submit a story - Writers of adult fiction who want to share with our readers are welcome to send us their stories.
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