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jackdear

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Posting erotica
Posted: Mar 6, 2012 12:19 AM
 
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I apologize for repeating a question that I assume has been asked many times already but:
As there is no specific genre for erotica on kindle, how does one post stories of that kind without offending readers looking for more 'straight' stuff? e.g. pure romance, adventure or anything else that does not contain sex.
gldrummond

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Posted: Mar 6, 2012 1:57 AM   in response to: jackdear in response to: jackdear
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Use 'erotica' in your keywords list (when you're first submitting your story to Kindle), and after its listing page is live, go and tag it 'erotica' too.

You could also mention that it's erotica in the description. Example: 'An erotic novelette of 12,000 words'.
jackdear

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Posted: Mar 6, 2012 3:06 AM   in response to: gldrummond in response to: gldrummond
 
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Thanks, it makes sense when it is explained like that.
jackdear

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Posted: Mar 6, 2012 3:07 AM   in response to: gldrummond in response to: gldrummond
 
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Thanks, it makes sense when it is explained like that.
gldrummond

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Posted: Mar 6, 2012 3:32 AM   in response to: jackdear in response to: jackdear
 
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You're welcome. :)
lovelylace1979

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Re: Posting erotica
Posted: Apr 17, 2012 6:29 AM   in response to: jackdear in response to: jackdear
 
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A friend of mine :) just published volume one of her new series and asked me the same thing, I am clueless. It has a nice cover and looks good.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007UWO42Q/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=bestindieauth-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B007UWO42Q
1001nightspress

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Posted: Apr 17, 2012 8:40 AM   in response to: lovelylace1979 in response to: lovelylace1979
 
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I know it's hard, when it's a friend of yours, but honestly... you should tell her to pull the book and get it formatted and edited. It's a mess. What's with the HUGE FONT? What are those weird quotation marks? And there are spelling and punctuation problems even on the first page. And grammar problems. Someone writing erotica needs to know the difference between "lie" and "lay."

Some readers won't care, I suppose. But some will. And the readers who won't care about bad grammar also won't care about good grammar. So... you'd get more readers if you fixed all the errors. (Just my opinion! Obviously your friend is free to do as she wants.)
dallassketchman

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Posted: Apr 17, 2012 8:53 AM   in response to: 1001nightspress in response to: 1001nightspress
 
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I know it's hard, when it's a friend of yours, but
honestly... you should tell her to pull the book and
get it formatted and edited. It's a mess. What's with
the HUGE FONT? What are those weird quotation marks?
And there are spelling and punctuation problems even
on the first page. And grammar problems. Someone
writing erotica needs to know the difference between
"lie" and "lay."

Some readers won't care, I suppose. But some will.
And the readers who won't care about bad grammar also
won't care about good grammar. So... you'd get more
readers if you fixed all the errors. (Just my
opinion! Obviously your friend is free to do as she
wants.)


I have found that the best way to publish is using Open Office writer, saving the book to HTML...or PDF when I include photos or drawings...and keeping it in Times New Roman at 12 pt. I've had very few formatting issues in forty books. I am pretty sure MS Word will do all of that well, although i dumped all MS software ten years ago. In any case if you're having problems, try downloading Open Office...it's free shareware open source...and just "save as" HTML. I was surprised at how well Kindle converted mixed books of prose and images from PDF. Open Office Writer does PDF's for free, too.
1001nightspress

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Posted: Apr 17, 2012 8:58 AM   in response to: dallassketchman in response to: dallassketchman
 
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I assume this advice is for lovelylace1979's friend? But really, that person needs a cover makeover, punctuation help, and grammar help, as well as formatting help. And after looking at the one 5-star review, I'd suggest pulling the whole book just to get rid of that review, because ... it doesn't look real. And readers hate fake reviews.
lovelylace1979

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Posted: Apr 17, 2012 9:05 AM   in response to: 1001nightspress in response to: 1001nightspress
 
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I will happily pass along all your advice. Thank you for examining the book and taking the time to examine the reviews as well. :)
1001nightspress

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Posted: Apr 17, 2012 9:06 AM   in response to: lovelylace1979 in response to: lovelylace1979
 
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If she tells you she's already selling, don't forget to point out to her that those same customers will still buy her book if it's done right--but the more selective customers won't take her book, even for free, with all the problems. So she'll increase her audience if she takes a little care.
nickmackie

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Re: Posting erotica
Posted: Apr 17, 2012 9:09 AM   in response to: lovelylace1979 in response to: lovelylace1979
 
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Question for all - Do folks really pay over $3 for 26 pages of
'erotica' ?

Would love to know - might have to start writing some!
lovelylace1979

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Posted: Apr 17, 2012 9:11 AM   in response to: nickmackie in response to: nickmackie
 
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You'd be surprised what horny men will pay to get off!
1001nightspress

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Posted: Apr 17, 2012 9:18 AM   in response to: nickmackie in response to: nickmackie
 
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My best sellers are around 10,000 words, for which I charge 2.99. They sell decently. But--the author wrote an actual story, and I edited it within an inch of its life, and did a professional cover. So those things help. But it isn't any easier to write good erotica than it is to write a thriller or a mystery or a biography. It's still writing.

I suppose the good news about all the crap erotica out there is that it makes it easier to charge for the good stuff. ;)
agclaymore

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Posted: Apr 17, 2012 9:22 AM   in response to: lovelylace1979 in response to: lovelylace1979
 
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So, are you suggesting that most of them suddenly lose interest for some odd reason before getting to page 26?
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