Yes it's finally here:
So far, it's been live for almost 48 hours, and I've had a few intital sales. This has been an interesting and exciting process: the writing is one thing, the solo production is another.
As I had mentioned before, I am still very much a believer in traditional publishing, and there are plenty of publishers, agents, online sites, etc. that are publishing erotica. As a matter of fact, we have so many outlets now it is enough to make a girl (or guy, or girl, girl, guy or guy, guy, girl or....well you get the picture) howl with glee.
So do I have a master plan to dominate the erotic universe? Somewhat. I plan on going both ways. It is not at all a negation of traditional publishing routes, and there are several houses and sites out there that I would be so honored to be published by. To have that stamp of approval, professional editing resources, cover design, as well as marketing support would be orgasmic. But like anything else in the arts, you have to be the cream that rises to the top. I speak from my long, excruciating journey through the rock music business.
What I am doing currently with the whole kindle, smashwords self pub gig - is to gauge my sellability. Am I a writer that people will not only be intrigued enough to purchase originally - but will they come back begging for more? That's the key. I believe if I can prove that on my own - without all of the extra professional help - than an agent or publishing house might feel more confident in taking a chance on our girl Morticia.
It's not something I take lightly. I have a goal of output I want to meet, but it cannot be met at the price of quality. So other self-pubbers take heed: don't just throw any unrevised, unedited hot encounter out there. It will be living in internet land - and that is something that can be very dangerous to your potential writing career if gazed upon by the wrong eyes. I was so wrung dry from the entire software, ebook building experience - I made a very obvious and unprofessional boo-boo that I had to go back and fix. Now that I have figured out the technical side of things, I hope I can be more alert to my inner editor.
My final comment on this entire self-pub thing - and I will keep everyone apprised to how it goes - make sure you also look at the marketing aspects. Plan out ahead of time what would be the best tags for your story, a good well-written description and excerpt. Pretend you are the buyer and think of the kinds of things that either turn you on and hit "Buy now", or the things that make you go "meh", and move onto one of the next of the thousands of choices that are out there. Link to your blog, facebook, twitter account. It's all about showing them yours, and getting them excited enough to look!
I will give an update on sales, as well as how I feel about the smashwords process once I get BBP: The Newbie, up on that site. Until then, many filthy dreams to you all.