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 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.