So as a few people know from me talking about it in IRC, etc., I have taken the plunge lately and started self-pubbing erotica. It’s going under a new pen name, to keep it separate from the romantic stuff I’ve been doing as Laylah; the things I’m doing with this name are not about the romantic arc at all, but rather pure erotic shorts — which is a challenge, because I want to world-build, but also in a way really relaxing, because I don’t have to worry about the narrow expectations of the traditional romance genre and there aren’t really any off-limits kinks (just a few that you have to label carefully so that retailers don’t boot you off their sites).
The first two stories I’ve done are available on amazon (for kindle, obvs) and on AllRomanceebooks in .mobi, .epub, and .pdf — they will also take paypal payment (tho I have no idea how they get away with that, given what prudes paypal can be). Barnes & Noble and Kobo are being slower to upload, but they do have the first one: B&N, Kobo - epub format in both places. Theoretically they will eventually be available in the iBookstore also, but Apple hates
fun porn so apparently multiple-week delays are common. These first two are m/m and feature humans, but I’m totally going to be branching out from there and doing some hermaphrodite aliens and some contributions to the thriving monster erotica genre. aw yis.
Obviously I am grateful to anyone who is willing and able to cough up a few bucks on my work — this may not be the way my parents hoped I’d make money on my writing, but that’s what pen names are for in the first place.
It’s an adventure trying to get everything together to publish a story by myself. The ebook revolution makes it possible, but it’s still a lot of work — making covers, making sure the formatting is correct for everywhere the story needs to go, doing all the uploads and behind-the-scenes info. And then wondering about visibility — Aleister should probably have his own website. Maybe a mailing list to let interested parties know when new releases come out? I definitely need to sit down at some point and tag the stories on amazon. I like adventures, though. I hope some of you want to come with me on this one. :3