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Writing and Publishing Erotica #26: The Grand Finale!

SexyFicPodcastThis time around, the guys discuss what they’ve been up to and answer questions from a longtime listener concerning point of view, writing group sex, and explaining why they got into this in the first place.

They also make a major announcement concerning the fate of the show.

Tune in to find out!

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Writing and Publishing Erotica #24: Kindle Unlimited and Going Wide


This time around, the guys discuss recent changes in the payment structure for authors taking part in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program. Is this the end of the world for authors? Why did these changes come about? What are they going to do in the future? What other options exist? Where in the Hell have these guys been for the past two months?

Tune in to find out!

Dean and Henry also speculate about what they think the next big concern is going to be for authors.




Podcast Episode 22: Covers and Length Revisited

Writing and Publishing Erotica Episode 22: Book Covers and Length


NOTE: There was no Episode 21. I had a blank script saved with that title, and thought we’d already recorded that one. We went on and recorded this one as #22. Episode 21 will henceforth be known as “The Lost Episode.”


Welcome back to Episode TWENTY-TWO 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: Bamboo and the Artist Series

Dean Chills: Demon Trilogy and Bear and Chaser. Also, first four Rick and Owen books in Audio


Episode 22: Topic One: covers

Reader Mail: I was wondering if you could one question I have about book covers: what websites do you guys use? I’ve looked at Shutterstock, which has the best selection but is far too overpriced, IMO… especially since I have no guarantee of making that money back. I’ve also looked at Flickr, but am not always happy with the images that pop up when  I search specifically for “Creative Commons — Commercial Use.” I’ve checked out a few other sites, including public domain image sites, but nothing seems to be as of high quality as the more expensive places. I’ve flirted with the idea of contacting the Shutterstock photographers directly and getting permission from them, but that quite literally feels like taking away from their livelihood — and I would hate to ping Shutterstock’s radar if they found out I didn’t purchase an image from them (is that even possible?). This is, all in all, the one point on which I’m a little confused about. Do you have any sites you’d recommend?

And also:

I’m a recent listener to your podcast and I have not gone through all the episodes yet so forgive me if you have gone over this question already. I listened to your episode on Cover Art and I wanted to ask how you have gone about obtaining the pictures for your cover art. Do you hire people to pose for it or is there a site that you go to that commissions out photos? I ask this because I am thinking about going into erotica and I want to know how much I should expect to be pay for obtaining attractive cover art.











Topic Two: More Reader Mail:


Hey guys! Love the podcast and have found it to be a wonderful source of inspiration and information about the world of self-published erotica. I’m currently in the middle of my first book, and it has been a blast to write! I do have a question about the veritable “meat and potatoes” of erotic fiction, however — namely, the sex scenes. You’ve discussed many tactics to make these scenes engaging and erotic, descriptive and readymade for one handed reading, but I’m still a little fuzzy on one particular aspect — the length. How long before the reader loses interest? How short before they feel ripped off? What word count should we typically aim for? Is it better to have one long sex scene or break it up into multiple erotic sequences? Is there some magic ratio between set-up and sex scenes we should strive for? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


And Should you use create-space to make a POD paperback if your story is less than 10K words?

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Podcast Episode 13: Jumping off the Cliff into Erotica

Episode 13: Jumping off the Cliff

Michelle wrote in way back in October and asked:

I am a freelance writer and aside from blog posts I have ghost written, my true passion has never had exposure. I am often asked by female friends and family members to write erotica and romance stories for them.  This has turned into a Christmas and birthday tradition.  I have to limit them to one story request per month.  

I want to take the plunge into my career as a publish author of romance and erotica but I find myself at the edge of the cliff looking out. There are so many others out there like the vastness of the sea.  I want to jump, but I need some one to come up behind me and push.

What would you recommend as far as a sounding board?  I used to practice on fanfic sites but I was not as happy with the quality of the critique.  More often it was the way I handled a character and not the composition of the scene itself. 

I want to hone the craft but in all honesty, I am ashamed to admit I am not totally sure how to do that.  When I taught myself to crochet, I spent hours on getting the stitching right, but as I write my stories, I can’t seem to find the same cohesion.

Maybe I am my own worst enemy, with a devil on each shoulder so to speak.    

I love your podcast; I listen to podcasts while I am working around the house or siting down at my computer working on articles. Please continue your podcast.  

I will write every week with my trials and tribulation if it will give you material to continue- the starting author from their perspective.

 Thank you for the wonderful and informative podcast.  


OK then. We’d love to hear you trials and tribulations as a beginning erotica author, Michelle, and that applies to yours and anyone else who would like to share with us.


Discussion Points:

  • So how to get started?
  • How did you get started? (Dean, Henry)
  • What are your thoughts? Blog comments.

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Episode 3: Show and Tell

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Episode 3: Show Don’t tell

  • What is an infodump … Prologue – Long Explanations

  • Why are Info dumps bad?  

  • How do you show instead of tell?

  • Examples from your work?

  • Evil Adverbs

  • Is this a problem for you?

Subscribe to the podcast. Future show topics include: Outlining, Creating characters, Writing tools, Cover art, Subgenres of erotica, Romance vs. porn, Publishing and formats.

If you have a topic you’d like to hear more about, please let us know. Email either of us at AChillsAuthor@gmail.com or hkkiting@gmail.com

Episode 2: Is It Done Yet? How Much Longer?

Writing and Publishing Erotica Podcast Episode 2


Join erotica authors Dean Chills and H. K. Kiting for a look at writing and self-publishing issues. They are known for their erotica stories, but much of what they say goes with non-erotica writing as well. Each week, they’ll explore a topic related to creative writing, the business of publishing, or just something interesting.


Episode 2: Is it done yet? When to finish a story

  • When is it done… Perfection?
  • Do you write for length of story or for publication?
  • How long does a story need to be? Pricing?
  • Time span of process
  • Editing and proofing.., how much is enough?
  • Do you find mistakes six months later?
  • Would you change anything if you could?


Theme: Everything Is One Thing, Reprise

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