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The Six-Figure Erotica Author: How I Make Six Figures Self-Publishing Erotica by Jade K. Scott

six-figure-erotica-authorThis is the best book on making money online I’ve ever read… that wasn’t written by me.

As I’ve written before, over a year ago, I had a brief career trolling the manosphere as “Virginia Robinson,” soi-disant submissive Christian housewife and budding erotica author. While I made a decent chunk of change off of “Virginia’s” blog and book, I had to abandon the project only a few months in because the trolling aspect of it was making me nauseous. There are only so many thirsty emails you can read from beta orbiters before you start wanting to hurl.

But the erotica aspect of Virginia’s Secret Garden continued to intrigue me.

The Six-Figure Erotica Author is a brief manual that basically explains what I was doing wrong. Writing sexy short stories for Kindle is big business—everyone from Robert Koch to English Teacher X is doing it—but doing it right is pretty damn difficult. Jade K. Scott’s breakdown of her writing and publishing methods is so thorough and helpful that her book can help anyone who’s looking to put a side hustle together.

And if you write in complete sentences, you can write erotica. As I discovered first-hand, the bar for smut is so low that just about anyone can clear it. The real hurdle with selling erotic Kindle stories is marketing. The Six-Figure Erotica Author is gold because it explains not only how to market your books, but how to find out whether there is a market for what you’re writing:

Dubious consent, or dubcon, is anything related to reluctance, rape or near-rape, etc. You must be very careful with this one, because Amazon has really been cracking down on it lately. The easiest way to do dubcon, in my experience, is to make the “victim” deliberately seeking it to happen to her, such as a woman who has a “rape fantasy” goes out trying to have it done to her. This way it is consensual rather than non-consensual, or noncon.

Scott’s advice is geared around helping you research various fetishes and sexual subcultures, as the bulk of erotica money is in catering to specific niches. I found the book helpful because it explains the fundamental differences between self-publishing erotica vs. other kinds of books. The same rules of marketing regular books don’t really apply to erotic short stories, so even if you have a few titles under your belt, you need to adjust your methods in order to succeed:

I add everything to KDP Select in order to get into KU for the first 90 days of the book’s life. Near the end of its 90-day exclusivity period, I review the title to see if it is still performing. If I’m still getting a steady 10 sales/borrows per day, it stays in Select for another 90-day period before another review. Otherwise, I remove it from Select, and after the end of its 90-day exclusivity period, I submit them to other sites.

The Six-Figure Erotica Author also includes an amusing collection of erotica neologisms designed to help you avoid the increasingly stringent word filters at Amazon and other platforms (e.g. “man of the house” instead of “daddy”).

While it’s unlikely that most who read this book will ever end up as rich as Scott herself, The Six-Figure Erotica Author is a must-buy for anyone interested in making money on the side with little to no effort.

Click here to buy The Six-Figure Erotica Author.

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  • Sadly, at the beginning of July, Amazon changed the payout system for Kindle Unlimited, and is now paying by the finished pages of the work rather than the unit, so that kind of short erotica is unlikely to continue to be so profitable. They used to pay $1.30 per borrow, whereas now it’ll be more like 10 or 20 cents.

  • Almost as if its target audience just flips to the ‘good part’ and only reads that part for about seven minutes. . .