Friday, August 04, 2006
What the heck is e-publishing? That's what I asked myself about six months ago. I had heard of electronic publishing, but I had never purchased any before. I like to hold a new hardcover or paperback in my hand, so I never thought about e-books. Until I decided to dive into the erotica market.
Until the beginning of 2006, I wrote erotica just for fun. Then I became acquainted with an erotica writer who suggested that I submit my stories to paying markets. Why write for free when you can get paid for it? That rationale worked for me. I started to research erotica markets by going to sites like the Erotic Reader and Writer's Association and Naughty Words. I read guidelines, browsed online magazines, and studied the markets.
While researching short fiction markets, I discovered a whole new world: romance e-publishing. I learned that a lot of readers like the convenience of downloadable e-books. I also learned that many of the romance e-publishers also publish "spicier" fiction, sometimes called "erotic romance." Some readers want romance filled with hot characters and even hotter action. I didn't have to focus only on erotica markets. I could also send my fiction to erotic romance e-publishers.
One day I saw a call for short stories by Freyasbower.com, an e-publisher specializing in erotica and romance. I browsed their website and studied their submission guidelines. I submitted a writing sample, and they liked it enough to offer me an author's contract. After two months of writing and editing, my first ebook Kayla Finds Her Way was released on June 7, 2006. Afterwards Forbidden Publications, another e-publisher, contacted me with some good news. They would be releasing my short story in the near future.
Currently I'm working on a novella, and I have a short list of e-publishers already in mind. I still consider myself to be a newbie in the erotic romance field. Will e-publishing be the next big thing? I have no idea. I just know that there are opportunities for erotic romance writers, and I plan to jump in with both feet. Who wants to join me?