If Sex Sells, How About We Try in On the Kindle...

by Patrick Brown Banned
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Hello Warriors,

They say sex sells. I'm looking at cashing in on that 'myth'.

I've never published on Kindle, but I hear its awesome!

The idea is to write some really catchy 5000 word eBook. It will be very sexual and a continuing story. Very SEXUAL and GRAPHIC.

The first part of the eBook is FREE. But it will HOOK someone and the pricing on the rest will be $2.99. The series/story will have 7 parts.

Do you think is a good idea? Has anyone tried this?

Hit me up...
#good #kindle #sells
  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Do you know how many people have probably already tried to replicate the success of 50 shades? I would say thousands and thousands of people. Your plan sounds a lot simpler than it actually will be. But as with most things the only way to know is to do it. You have nothing to lose, right? No one here has a crystal ball unfortunately.

    It better be targeted to middle aged women though. Men can't be bothered reading that stuff when there is so much free porn available.
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    • Profile picture of the author Patrick Brown
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      Originally Posted by WillR View Post

      Do you know how many people have probably already tried to replicate the success of 50 shades? I would say thousands and thousands of people. Your plan sounds a lot simpler than it actually will be. But as with most things the only way to know is to do it. You have nothing to lose, right? No one here has a crystal ball unfortunately.

      It better be targeted to middle aged women though. Men can't be bothered reading that stuff when there is so much free porn available.

      Thats true, but some people also really LOVE written works. Told in a nice story fashion one can build a really good audience and make them buy and buy and buy....
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    There a lot of "Romance" stories on the Kindle. You have to research how to get one that is free all of the time. I just started playing with Kindle books and I only see the ability to have it free for 5 days.
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  • I've heard of people making good money with erotic kindle books.

    But as others have said it's a very crowded market so you'd have to work hard to build an audience, and a lot of the sites where you can promote kindle books don't allow adult titles.
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    • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
      You also have to understand the market/readers.... especially if you are male.

      Men and women have different erogenous zones.

      Women readers are the far bigger market.

      Do your homework and this can work well... *assume* you know it, and likely you'll fail.

      As for your overall plan (and assuming that you are meeting your readers expectations), it can work well. ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author StilettoWriter
    Sex definitely sells on Amazon. There's also a new fiverr type site just for Erotica/Romance. Still in infancy - but you might want to check it out. www.eroticagigs.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Lauryn
    While I haven't dabbled in erotica, I have written sexual content for Kindle. If you know how to write a great book, and can put together a solid marketing plan, then you will experience some success in this area.

    Some books are literally 4 or 5 minute reads, but depending on the audience for the book, some people experience success.

    Take a look at Guy Kawasaki's APE about making a great book period on Kindle.
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    • Profile picture of the author angela99
      In erotica, it's not about the sex, it's about the people.

      If you look at the top sellers in erotica, the authors who write a dozen books and more, and whose sales increase steadily, they write good books. Erotica yes, but they have characters that readers can care about.

      This is important, because as Tink says: "Women readers are the far bigger market."

      Women care about people and story.

      Your primary erogenous zone is your brain, so I'd be very careful of thinking "sex sells", and focusing just on the sex.

      Smashwords got hit badly by PayPal objecting to nastiness in erotica. They cleaned house, and got rid of the truly nasty p0rn.

      Think: story, characters, and people... then worry about the sex scenes.

      It amazes me the number of writers who contact me and tell me that their book contains 16 characters, with a sex scene for each one... Then sex scenes with them together. There's no character development or story in sight. So who cares about the sex? No one.

      Again, focus on the people... :-)

      Cheers

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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Tink, Angela, you are so right.

        When '50 Shades' hit the mainstream, I had to try my hand at the genre. After ~6,000 words, I went back and read it again from the beginning. Sad to say, it sounded more like those pulp paperbacks they used to sell to businessmen at airports. Not what I wanted to put out.

        So I shelved the project until I can wrap a real story around it.
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        • Profile picture of the author Fun to Write
          Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

          Tink, Angela, you are so right.

          When '50 Shades' hit the mainstream, I had to try my hand at the genre. After ~6,000 words, I went back and read it again from the beginning. Sad to say, it sounded more like those pulp paperbacks they used to sell to businessmen at airports. Not what I wanted to put out.

          So I shelved the project until I can wrap a real story around it.
          Now, John

          Maybe if you made it about a fisherman that met up with a sexy bait seller you may be able to get into it more.
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      • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
        Originally Posted by angela99 View Post


        Smashwords got hit badly by PayPal objecting to nastiness in erotica. They cleaned house, and got rid of the truly nasty p0rn.
        Nice to know that a payment processing company has elected themselves everyone's mommy and daddy, to filter out all things they deem truly nasty. Otherwise who knows what terrible words people might blow their wads on (their wad of savings I mean; get your minds out of the gutter, people).

        Good old Paypal; if not for them, some readers might think bad thoughts, and some writers might be rewarded for suggesting the bad thoughts.
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  • Profile picture of the author DTGeorge
    Originally Posted by Copy Surgeon View Post

    Hello Warriors,

    They say sex sells. I'm looking at cashing in on that 'myth'.

    I've never published on Kindle, but I hear its awesome!

    The idea is to write some really catchy 5000 word eBook. It will be very sexual and a continuing story. Very SEXUAL and GRAPHIC.

    The first part of the eBook is FREE. But it will HOOK someone and the pricing on the rest will be $2.99. The series/story will have 7 parts.

    Do you think is a good idea? Has anyone tried this?

    Hit me up...
    "Sex" doesn't sell.

    Good marketing does.


    Put up a sex book with no/little marketing and it will flop. Just like literally anything else.

    Have a great marketing campaign, and it won't matter if you're selling sex or coffee tables.

    That being said, your idea is a good one, but you need to get it out there to ensure that you get some eyeballs on the story.

    Selling stories at $2.99 a pop only works if you have literally hundreds (or a few thousand) of readers buying - which means that your audience who will be exposed to your book will need to number in the tens of thousands, which is a rather decent sized market.

    Personally, if I had that many people willing to buy a product from me, I wouldn't be charging $2.99 a pop (less of course after Amazon takes its cut)

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    • Profile picture of the author Elvis Michael
      Originally Posted by DTGeorge View Post

      "Sex" doesn't sell.

      Good marketing does.

      Put up a sex book with no/little marketing and it will flop. Just like literally anything else.
      It really depends on the theme/topic or whatever is hot right now, whether it's mainstream or not. For example, if there's a relatively kinky topic of interest and the demand for it isn't very obvious to every publisher, then marketing your story isn't necessarily a must.

      EDIT to add:
      And this isn't a long shot, either; it's actually common to find a winning erotica subject, write it and move on without any marketing efforts. Also note that "selling" could mean anything depending on the income you're personally comfortable with. If a subject only makes $10 per month without marketing, technically that still counts. Publish/outsource ten stories, and there you have $100 per month, indefinitely.
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    Sex? On the Kindle? Seems like that would be uncomfortable.
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    • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
      Hmmmmmm... Changes yet again.

      My books aren't under the ADULT filter yet... but I woke up and smelled the coffee.

      The Fiction books I'm writing now aren't Romantic Erotica

      Do I still know folks raking it in with Erotica? Yes, I do, but be aware things can turn on a dime!

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      • Profile picture of the author Lauryn
        The majority of mine are.... Hmm.

        I see there's going to be a lot that needs to happen to get money via this method from now on...
        Originally Posted by TinkBD View Post

        Hmmmmmm... Changes yet again.

        My books aren't under the ADULT filter yet... but I woke up and smelled the coffee.

        The Fiction books I'm writing now aren't Romantic Erotica

        Do I still know folks raking it in with Erotica? Yes, I do, but be aware things can turn on a dime!

        Survival Tips for the Pornocalypse (Erotica Writers Get Armed and Ready!)
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        • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
          Originally Posted by Lauryn View Post

          The majority of mine are.... Hmm.

          I see there's going to be a lot that needs to happen to get money via this method from now on...
          Lauryn - In self-pubbing, everything and anything can turn on a dime... as my crit partner jokes about stuff... "Oh, that *fill-in-the-blank* is SOOO three weeks ago*

          However, if you (1) write your best, (2) understand the genre you are writing AND (3) UNDERSTAND WHAT THE READERS ARE EXPECTING... AND (4) meet their expectations/provide it... other genres offer far more opportunity for success...

          Here in WF, we tend to play follow the leader because we think it is easier or we're following the latest shiny object or because we think the best way to success is to copy someone here rather than looking to the outside world...

          Hence the rush to the Erotica Cliff... Now the edge may be crumbling.

          The good news? There are unlimited paths in genre fiction if you do your homework and provide what the readers want.
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          • Profile picture of the author Lauryn
            Originally Posted by TinkBD View Post

            Lauryn - In self-pubbing, everything and anything can turn on a dime... as my crit partner jokes about stuff... "Oh, that *fill-in-the-blank* is SOOO three weeks ago*

            However, if you (1) write your best, (2) understand the genre you are writing AND (3) UNDERSTAND WHAT THE READERS ARE EXPECTING... AND (4) meet their expectations/provide it... other genres offer far more opportunity for success...

            Here in WF, we tend to play follow the leader because we think it is easier or we're following the latest shiny object or because we think the best way to success is to copy someone here rather than looking to the outside world...

            Hence the rush to the Erotica Cliff... Now the edge may be crumbling.

            The good news? There are unlimited paths in genre fiction if you do your homework and provide what the readers want.
            Oh I'm aware of that. I wrote my first - and once most profitable - book over 2 years ago in March 2011. It was getting well over 700 a month on its own - and even close to 1000 without marketing!!!! - when the filter hit.

            I was giving the audience what they wanted.

            Damn you Amazon.

            And it wasn't erotica. It was sexual health/technique. I'm not an erotica lover. I'll take the hard visuals LOL!

            Nevertheless, you are right. I have other things to dip into and make products for, so I'll look into that.
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  • Profile picture of the author WriterWahm
    Speaking from a reader's perspective...if you're going to write several books, make them different stories. Breaking one single story into different parts is just horrible. You might con me into buying part 2, but that's as far as it goes. You can feature the same characters in different books, but each book should be complete with a satisfactory ending.
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    • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
      Originally Posted by WriterWahm View Post

      Speaking from a reader's perspective...if you're going to write several books, make them different stories. Breaking one single story into different parts is just horrible. You might con me into buying part 2, but that's as far as it goes. You can feature the same characters in different books, but each book should be complete with a satisfactory ending.
      Hi Sharon!

      While I personally agree... this seems to vary from genre to genre... hence the need for fairly deep research ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    I would exercise some care. Like you do not want them to ban you. Right now, short book that are less than 4,500 words are banned on amazon. Also, please remember that you are selling to a global market and laws in other countries can be quite different than our own. Think of this as a word to the wise. For example, look at the case in anime. There are some titles that are legal in japan. However, they are not legal in america.

    Like we do want to make money. That said, there are many laws people need to become more aware on.
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    • Profile picture of the author cashcow
      Originally Posted by seobro View Post

      IRight now, short book that are less than 4,500 words are banned on amazon.
      Where did you hear that?
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    Hpost my fine ones. Last I heard was 2,500 words. I think that they want at least 10,000 words for a good user experience. Please remember the novel minimum....

    Well, that would be approx 70,000 words.

    Most print publishers prefer a minimum word count of around 70,000 words for a first novel, and some even hesitate for any work shorter than 80,000.
    Fiction Factor - How Long Should Your Story Be?

    Here is the article on amazon. They are cracking the whip on us - again.
    Amazon Cracks Down On Kindle Books Under 2,500 Words - GalleyCat
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    • Profile picture of the author Elvis Michael
      Originally Posted by seobro View Post

      Hpost my fine ones. Last I heard was 2,500 words. I think that they want at least 10,000 words for a good user experience. Please remember the novel minimum....

      Well, that would be approx 70,000 words.


      Fiction Factor - How Long Should Your Story Be?

      Here is the article on amazon. They are cracking the whip on us - again.
      Amazon Cracks Down On Kindle Books Under 2,500 Words - GalleyCat
      Sigh. So it seems this is causing quite a bit of panic and it's not even official. Not yet.

      Seobro, it's good to proceed with caution and everything, but until Amazon actually release an official statement, consider it nothing but a rumor. I always noticed that their helpdesk reps (just like any other) tend to be inconsistent and subjective, and Person A may sometimes say something that Person B, C and D are completely unaware of.
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    • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
      [QUOTE=seobro;8045503]

      Well, that would be approx 70,000 words./QUOTE]

      Actually, the length of a novel varies according to genre... dramatically.

      In addition, the plethora of traditionally pubbed fiction going to 100k and above was driven by the traditional publishers' needs to justify the prices of hardbacks.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        60-70,000 words is about the length of your average Harlequin Romance paperback. The last Tom Clancy I read would work out to a little over 300,000 words.
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        • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
          Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

          60-70,000 words is about the length of your average Harlequin Romance paperback. The last Tom Clancy I read would work out to a little over 300,000 words.
          Actually, a Harlequin is less than that. The average Harlequin is a Category Romance

          Here are the guidelines I currently use for Romance

          Short: 12-18,000 words
          Novella: 19-30,000 words
          Category: 31-60,000 words
          Novel: 61-90,000 words

          Again, check the genre you are writing ;-)
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          • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
            Originally Posted by TinkBD View Post

            Actually, a Harlequin is less than that. The average Harlequin is a Category Romance

            Here are the guidelines I currently use for Romance

            Short: 12-18,000 words
            Novella: 19-30,000 words
            Category: 31-60,000 words
            Novel: 61-90,000 words

            Again, check the genre you are writing ;-)
            I won't dispute that. I got my figure by grabbing a dozen out of the big box my wife keeps around and doing page counts and word counts on sample pages. So there's room for error, and we overlap.

            I have a bunch of series westerns that clock in at around the 60k mark as well...
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            • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
              Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

              So there's room for error, and we overlap.
              I totally agree...

              The point I was making -- expected/accepted word count will vary from genre to genre... if you want to nail a genre... you need to do your homework ;-)
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    • Profile picture of the author GobBluthJD
      Originally Posted by seobro View Post

      Hpost my fine ones. Last I heard was 2,500 words. I think that they want at least 10,000 words for a good user experience. Please remember the novel minimum....

      Well, that would be approx 70,000 words.


      Fiction Factor - How Long Should Your Story Be?

      Here is the article on amazon. They are cracking the whip on us - again.
      Amazon Cracks Down On Kindle Books Under 2,500 Words - GalleyCat
      This was false. Amazon is not removing books under 2,500, purely for word count. Never was, likely never will.

      Read the latest: http://www.the-digital-reader.com/20...e#.UYgFOEpGiVE

      Someone blindly posted that Amazon was removing books under 2,500, nobody bothered to actually check with Amazon, and it took off on the blogs. But it's not true.
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      • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
        Originally Posted by GobBluthJD View Post

        This was false. Amazon is not removing books under 2,500, purely for word count. Never was, likely never will.

        Read the latest: http://www.the-digital-reader.com/20...e#.UYgFOEpGiVE

        Someone blindly posted that Amazon was removing books under 2,500, nobody bothered to actually check with Amazon, and it took off on the blogs. But it's not true.
        Warning: Sidetrack ahead...

        From the Digital Reader article linked above, regarding Amazon's announcement of the public domain crackdown:

        Some types of content, such as public domain content, may be free to use by anyone, or may be licensed for use by more than one party. We will not accept content that is freely available on the web unless you are the copyright owner of that content. For example, if you received your book content from a source that allows you and others to re-distribute it, and the content is freely available on the web, we will not accept it for sale on the Kindle store. We do accept public domain content, however we may choose to not sell a public domain book if its content is undifferentiated or barely differentiated from one or more other books.
        Does this mean that compiling your own original blog content into a book is acceptable? Has anyone tried this?
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        • Profile picture of the author GobBluthJD
          Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post


          Does this mean that compiling your own original blog content into a book is acceptable? Has anyone tried this?
          Yes, it's acceptable. You may have to explain to Amazon that they are actually YOUR own, original blog posts (so keep a digital record of them), but it's allowable.
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        • Profile picture of the author Tim3
          Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

          Does this mean that compiling your own original blog content into a book is acceptable? Has anyone tried this?
          Yes John, this is acceptable as said above. If going this route here are a couple of tips...
          Be prepared to get flagged and to receive a duplicate content issue email from Amazon.

          Before publishing on KDP, search Google for your blog content, you know a sentence here and there, make a note of the URL of any scraper sites, and save these in a file.

          In your reply to Amazon, give them the URL of your blog(s) and the list of scraper sites (if any), telling Amazon you will be taking action DCMA action against them, unless you do it first.

          Then all should be well

          P.s. You might get several other emails from Amazon for the same thing, just reply with your original reply.
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    You must know your audience. It doesn't matter what you sell. The question is if people want to buy your stuff.

    I would just test it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrick Brown
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    I started this discussion but didnt realize it went this far. Glad to see SOOOO many contributors, needless to say I read through each one of the responses.

    Good advice here guys! Thanks for your contributions.
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  • Profile picture of the author wlasikiewicz
    I clicked on this thread just to take a peek and I too have read every post, that's for all your input..
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    As GobBluthJD says it is acceptable, however keep in mind that you would not be able to enter that book into KDP select.

    Also, I know quite a few people who had their books removed because the information was "freely available on the web" Those books were all in select though. I assume otherwise, you would simply have to prove that it is your copyrighted information.
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  • Profile picture of the author thedanbrown
    Ya I did something along those lines on Kindle, published 6 ebooks on dating and sexual jealousy and have been selling pretty decently so ya this is probably a good idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Grace
    competition = good. And since you probably know more about marketing than the average author you have an advantage.

    And so what if you're a dude, look at Harold Robbins, one of the best selling authors of all time (And I'll attest, I don't like to read his books because they suck you in, and the next thing you know, no work gets done)...

    Here's the format- Guy gets money, guy gets laid, guy loses money, guy goes loco, guy gets money again, guy gets laid again.
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  • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
    Originally Posted by MarketingMonk View Post

    There are lots of romance ebooks on amazon kindle. You have to be creative and market your ebook well in order to make good amount of sales.
    Keep in mind, Romance is a different genre that of Women's Erotica or Romantic Erotica.

    If you don't know that, do research BEFORE you start writing ;-)
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