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Podcast 19 – Kindle Unlimited and Foreign Translations

Episode 19: Kindle Unlimited

Welcome back to Episode NINETEEN of the Writing and Publishing Erotica Podcast. I am H. K. Kiting and I am Dean Chills and we’re your hosts for the show. This is the podcast where we talk about writing and publishing in general, and include the occasional tidbit about erotica specifically.

If you find enjoy this podcast or find it helpful then review us on iTunes.  Also, check out our books at SexyFic.com

What’s your most recent release?

H. K. Kiting: Meat Land / Tales from the Compound

Dean Chills: SexyFic Shorts ALSO Breathless Prisoner in Audio

 

Episode 19: Kindle Unlimited

Topic One: KU

  • What is it?
  • When did you get in?
  • What do you get paid?
  • What were your results?
  • Are you still in?
  • What are your Predictions and future plans for KU?

 

Topic Two: Reader Mail

Hey guys,

I found your podcast last week and have finally caught up on all the episodes. It’s been really inspirational (and a good way to pass the time while walking to school).

I was wondering, do you know anything about erotica publishing in other languages? Do the major online publishing platforms have non-English markets? If so, do you think authors who write in languages other than English would ever be interested in translating their novels to reach a wider audience?

I’m not sure if these are the kinds of questions your interested in answering. If not, I apologize!

Thanks for the podcast. I’m looking forward to the next one 🙂

 

  • Walking to school? I hope you’re not eight years old J
  • Amazon at least has the ability publish in other languages, but I have no idea how it’s done.
  • Is it a good idea? Yes, probably.
  • Is it worth the expanse? That’s more debatable.

 We really want to hear from you. If you have a comment, complaint, or topic suggestion, mail us at sexyfic@gmail.com or stop by SexyFic.com and leave a voicemail on the tab that allows you to record a message. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and leave a review for the show if you like it.

 

Writing and Publishing Erotica Podcast Episode 17: Being Descriptive and the Value of Bundling

Episode 17: Being Descriptive

Welcome back to Episode Seventeen of the Writing and Publishing Erotica Podcast. I am H. K. Kiting and I am Dean Chills and we’re your hosts for the show. This is the podcast where we talk Greek Games 200x300about writing and publishing in general, and include the occasional tidbit about erotica specifically.

If you haven’t visited our blog, go to SexyFic.com and take a look. All our books are listed there, as well as past episodes of the show. There’s also a notification list sign-up form that lets us drop you an email whenever we have a new book or podcast episode.

If you find enjoy this podcast or find it helpful then review us on iTunes.  Also, check out our books at SexyFic.com

 

What’s your most recent release?

H. K. Kiting: The Bunker / Greek Games

Dean Chills: Jack’s Anniversary

 

Jacks Anniversary 200x300Stay tuned at the end of the show and I’ll fill you in on a way to get my audiobooks for FREE!

Topic One: Description

How important is the role of description in erotica?

Is it good to be very descriptive or more vague about characters and locations?

Are the answers above different with other (non-erotic) genres?

Does it tie in with cover art?

Erotica-specific: How do you talk about sex for forty books and stay original?

  

Topic Two: Bundling

Do bundles sell better than individual books?

Do you leave the original books available while selling the bundles or do you take them down?

Pricing vs. Free.

 

And as I mentioned at the beginning of the show, I have an offer for you to get a couple of my audiobooks for free. I have promo codes to get “Scuba Lessons #1: Pool Time” for free through Audible.com. I only have a handful of them, so I can’t give them out to just everyone, so here’s the deal. E-mail me and ask for one, I’ll send you the free code, but you have to promise to leave a review on Audible and/or Amazon for the book. Send me another email, pointing me to your review, and I’ll send you ANOTHER code for the second book in the series, “The Quarry.” If you review THAT one and contact me, I’ll send you a review code for the third book when it gets released. Three free books just for doing a couple of quick reviews. Not, these are gay-themed stories, so if that doesn’t interest you, please don’t ask for a code!

We really want to hear from you. If you have a comment, complaint, or topic suggestion, mail us at sexyfic@gmail.com or stop by SexyFic.com and leave a voicemail on the tab that allows you to record a message. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and leave a review for the show if you like it.

 

Podcast Episode 14: Audio Books

Episode 14: Audio Books

 

What’s your most recent release?

Dean Chills: Forbidden Winter

H. K. Kiting: Riding the Tide

 

Audiobook Samples:

Scuba Lessons #1: Pool Time

Scuba Lessons #2: The Quarry

 


 

Episode 14: Audiobooks

Dean: I mentioned a few episodes back that I had a few audio books out, and I got several emails asking how that works.

 

Question 1: Where can you sell audio books?

ACX – CreateSpace – Your own website – CD Baby

 

Question 2: Should I narrate my own books or not?

Doing it yourself:

Are you the same sex as the narrator?

Are you comfortable doing it?

Do you sound natural doing it?

Can you do the voices or accents?

Paying someone else to narrate your story

Paying outright

Where can you find narrators?

Revenue split through ACX

 

Question 3: What do I need to do it myself?

Equipment

Quiet space

Question 4: How much can I make?

40% on ACX sales. The Author and Narrator each get 20%. Pricing varies depending on length.

Createspace charges $4.95 + 15% of the sale

Your site: The Sky’s the limit

Sites Mentioned:             

ACX

Createspace

Audible

Gum Road

CD Baby

Episode 11: Free Books

SexyFicPodcastEpisode 11: Free Books

Dean: Let’s check the mailbag first this time. Why? Because this time we have another email from a reader!

Clive wrote in and asked:

A few episodes ago, you guys mentioned you had an unusual opinion about free books. What are your thoughts on free and promotional books? Thanks for your show, I’ve listened since the beginning.

— Clive from U.K.

Henry: I don’t know if it’s really that unusual, but it might be kind of atypical. Generally, free books are a bad idea in my opinion. But there are nearly as many opinions about free and promo books as there are self-published authors out there.

What do you think of free books?

  • People write ONE book and give it away? Why? How does this benefit the author? (Some people just want to be read. Bad reviews are easy. People collect and never read free books)
  • Series books with the first book free. Might work better to sell them all at first, then go back and offer first one free once they are all out there.
  • All books free after a certain amount of time. Why would anyone buy a book if they know that’s coming?
  • One book free at a time, but cycling through all of them eventually. Why would anyone buy a book?
  • Free books as a reward for something. Reviews or for signing up for a mailing list. For example, if you review one of our books online somewhere (like Amazon) and drop us a note telling us which review was you, we’ll send you a coupon code for a $2.99 book of your choice for free. If you sign up for our mailing list on SexyFic.com, email us, and we’ll do the same. That’s an easy way to get TWO free books from us. Neither of those offers is automatic, so you’ll need to email us your details, but we’re glad to do it.
  • What are your thoughts? Blog comments below!

We really want to hear from you. If you have a comment, complaint, or topic suggestion, mail us at sexyfic@gmail.com or stop by SexyFic.com and leave a voicemail on the tab that allows you to record a message. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes,and leave a review for the show if you like it.

Theme song is “Everything Is One Thing, Reprise” by Al Phlipp and The Woo Team

 

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