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The Long Road: Publishing 1 million words of Erotica and Romance on Kindle For Passive Income

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  1. Zevoltai

    Zevoltai Senior Member

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    Intro

    For those of you who don't know, if you're willing grind through the massive barrier of entry in mass consumable literature to build a mailing list and fan following, you can make a downright obscene amount of money from royalties that never stops coming in. Thrillers, Romance, and Erotica stories are pretty formulaic, and companies like Harlequin Publishing have literally built established outlines for their authors to follow. Romance in America is currently a $1.5 billion/year industry, and big publishers like Harlequin literally don't have enough content to meet demand.

    That in itself, is the crux of the problem. Getting into the market takes a LOT of high-quality content, making it an insurmountable barrier for most IMers. It's one thing to write informational articles selling Electronics or Garcinia like I've done before, and another thing entirely to write captivating stories that will put a reader through an emotional rollercoaster and end with them sobbing in happy catharsis.

    As a guy who won a bunch of amateur sci-fi writing awards back when I was in a competitive exam-entrance high school, I managed to convince myself that writing was a dead end career by the time I graduated high school.

    Now that I've been around the IM block a little, I beg to disagree. I see a LOT of untapped potential approaching the fiction market as a business, with tons of tricks in both Amazon and Google SEO, as well as social media and forum marketing up my sleeve. I love science fiction and futurology - it's probably my greatest passion, which is why I ended up doing a BS/MS program in engineering before learning I didn't actually want a career in the field itself.

    There's an old adage thrown around by writers that your first "million" words are trash. I figured it'd be a good idea to get the first million words out of the way constructing stories via "Erotica Smithing"

    Now that client SEO and Affiliate Marketing has given me a good financial base to stand on, I'm going to take a chance at setting up another income stream, while applying all the knowledge I've gained from Builder Society, Blackhatworld, Wickedfire, and other marketing blogs. Since this is in itself a VERY hard niche to get into in general, I'll be willing to be more open with the tactics I discover and use.

    Of course, don't expect me to give up the SPECIFIC niches and providers I use as I figure out where all the wealth is :p

    Inspired by @BlogPro 's journey.

    Starting Status:

    Two 6k word eroticas published: $30 earned. One was written by me, one by my phenomenally gifted VA

    One 10k word romance novelette: $2 earned in royalties.

    Costs: $25 in covers

    Net profit: $7

    Planned broad niches to target: PseudoIncest, Shifters, BDSM, "Alpha Males", Interracial.

    Gameplan:

    Target word count for erotica pieces: 6500 words (seems to be an agreed-upon sweet spot for time/reward)

    Targeted word count for romance: 10k to 40k words

    Call to action to sign up for mailing list at both the BEGINNING as well as END of a piece.

    Get covers from Fiverr with stock images I find on my own (still looking for a good source for these).

    Every four-six stories: Create a 50% discount sale bundle.
     
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  2. BlogPro

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    This looks incredible. Welcome aboard man. KDP is great.
     
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    That's going to be an interesting journey. Will follow! :)
     
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    Good luck on your journey mate! Keep posting updates to not only keep us informed, but to keep you motivated!
     
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    Zevoltai Senior Member

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    Posted a third erotica two days ago, got it blocked because I used the word "Uncle" in the title. D'oh!

    Gonna edit everything and then my total count will be at 3 erotica shorts, 1 romance novella :)

    Current revenue for this week: $16.38
     
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    How is it coming? I've been publishing books on KDP for two months now. I have five erotica's and One SCifi that I just posted. I haven't really made any money even though Im using Google Keyword planner and seeing what is popular. I've paid two ghostwriters to write a stepbrother series and a Virgin series. Now I wrote my own Unexpected Pregnancy book and have it free today. I've joined Erotica groups on Facebook and have a twitter that I've been using Erotica tags to advertise on social media. I created my GoodReads (which is great for readers and owned by Amazon) I don't have any reviews on my books on Amazon but I do on my stepbrother book on Goodreads with others who have added the book to the To-Read shelf. I'm about to publish my longest work I wrote which is a Paranormal Romance book. I have three pen names I'm publishing under, one for erotica, one for my own books, and another for my paranormal stuff. Goodluck man!
     
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    Good luck on your journey :).
     
  9. Zevoltai

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    I currently have 8 books live, two of them are selling consistently, and I've dropped $300 on download promotions with @dbk03. I've put in a bulk order, and I'm going to see if his service ends up turning out a profit.

    Total Royalties so far:

    135.98 USD
    4.87 GBP
    2.90 EUR
    23.80 INR
     
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    Looks like a solid plan. Good luck sir @Zevoltai
     
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    Interesting idea, I am definitely going to follow this. Good luck.
     
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    This is cool, I do a bit of KDP and have been hoping to expand into fiction soon. This gives me motivation to hit my current projects harder so I can get there.
     
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    Technically I've done 11 shorts so far....but 3 of them got blocked for ambiguous consent and pseudoincest content. Amazon's pretty dang strict about this stuff although things do get past their reviewers time to time.
     
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    Do you have any plans on totally outsourcing the writing?
     
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    Depends really. If the ROI is there I'd be totally willing to outsource the writing.

    Sadly enough, I don't think the returns per piece on erotica is high enough so far at even @BlogPro's phenomenal rates, but I could be wrong. My main VA is currently working on a full-blown romance novel that we're JVing on through the pen-name though. I really lucked out with her: She grew up in the Philippines but her English is easily on the level of any tier 1 American/British University graduate.
     
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    Gd luck man! How much are you averaging a day now?
     
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    seams like an interesting journey. Following you!
     
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    I'm guessing like $10-15 a day right now?