|This past week Amazon officially introduced Write On by Kindle, a new website where readers and writers can get together to work on honing stories and writing skills. You can read books that are works-in-progress, including everything from short stories to novels, that writers have posted. You can offer feedback and suggestions to other writers, […]|
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Yes, this is the world of self-published erotica, and in the race to garner readers’ attention (and their money), authors are writing more and more fantastical tales starring some of the most bizarre main characters ever written. But the strange thing isn’t even the cast of characters and the paper clips who love them… it’s the fact that many of the stories appear to be written by people with actual writing talent.
As one reviewer (user name Molly Hodgdon) stated of “Conquered by Clippy: An Erotic Short Story”: “I feel like this is probably written by a legitimate author who was frustrated with what sells and said, ‘I could write some Clippy erotica and I bet people would eat it up.’ It’s very funny (and erotic, obviously). I laughed out loud many times. Don’t be a tightwad, just buy it and satisfy your curiosity.”
Is there some truth to that? Much like the often-spouted criticisms of modern art that claim “my two-year-old could paint that on the bedroom wall with the contents of his diaper,” are authors writing this for laughs, or because they are genuinely fed up with what is considered award-winning and best-selling content? Are the authors of “Taken by the Haunted HDMI Cable” (which has since been removed from Amazon) or “The Billionaire Dinosaur Forced Me Gay” laughing all the way to the bank, paying their bills with pen-named published erotica weirdness in order to fund their legitimate but lesser known writing efforts?
Unfortunately, there’s also the quick-buck approach to this stuff. Within days of the now-famous scientific “is it blue or is it gold” dress debate, an erotica short story entitled, “Pounded by the Gay Color Changing Dress,” whose own Amazon description reads, “This erotic tale is 4,400 words of sizzling human on gay dress action,” appeared on the site. This leads us to wonder whether this is a real subset of literature, or if many of these titles aren’t simply spit out for the sake of SEO rankings. However, as of the writing of this post the dress erotica title was sitting in the top 100 on Amazon for erotica-horror.
However we feel about both the rise of indie publishing and the downfall of humanity through the internet, one thing’s for sure: there’s a market for this type of content. It’s not clear whether the audience is made up of genuinely interested and avid readers who are making these books popular–or it could simply be for the much-needed laugh–but it is clear that authors who otherwise would have lacked a forum for their content and a way to monetize on their harmless fun are now gifted with the opportunity to publish and sell.
The Audible Creation Exchange is a service that allows authors to have audiobooks generated from their novels. The online marketplace is populated by narrators and sound engineers that simplify the production process in exchange for royalty shares. In order to attract new users to the platform, Audible has just unveiled an ambitious new program that allows authors to give a copy of their audiobook away for free and earn money while doing so.
The essence of the new Audible program is allowing authors to generate codes and use them for self-promotion. Whenever a new user clicks on the code and registers an account, the audiobook is automatically added to their cart. When a user uses their free credit to download the authors audiobook, the author earns a $50 Bounty.
Not only is the Audible 30-Day Free Trial link a great way to invite fans to the joys of listening to your work, it introduces them to medium of audiobooks — great news for your future audio sales.