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Why I Still Love Self Publishing

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The world has a complicated relationship with self publishing. On the one hand, it levels the playing field, letting those who might never have written a story before finally succeed at what they thought was impossible. On the other, some claim it's destroying the livelihoods of professional authors and making it impossible for them to make a living.

Maybe one or both of those things is true. Maybe neither are. I'm certainly not finding it hard to make a living writing erotica while I explore other book genres. But aside from money, there are a few things I truly love about self publishing:

The community

Other self publishers are fucking awesome. There are always one or two rotten apples, but in general everyone I've met has been helpful, kind, and just trying to figure out how to write their books and sell the most copies of them.

The erotic author communities, especially, are very fulfilling. Heaving_Breasts and Smutwriters are two of the best private groups around, and without them my business would be much smaller and extremely lonely.

The freedom

I make my ebook covers with my fiance. I decide what to write. I decide how to write it. I decide where, how, and how much to advertise. I get to decide how I interact with fans, how I advertise to them, how many I'll send free copies of my books.

I can decide how this website will look, when to write new blog posts, how often to post on Twitter. I get to decide how to price my books and when to put them on sale! I don't have anyone butting in and telling me to do things their way because I have some horrible contract with them. 

That freedom is wonderful. I get to be my own boss!

The research

Researching the best keywords, how to run a website, what the best kinks to write are? That stuff is fun. It's one of the best parts of this job.

The triumphs

When a book succeeds, it REALLY succeeds. You can make millions writing romance and erotica, so long as you self publish it. And when a book makes it high in the ranks, that success is completely and utterly on me. Not on my team of editors and cover designers. I don't have to share that glory with anyone else.

It reminds me of how strong I am. Even my failures build me up, little by little.

So yes, I love self publishing, and I think I will for many years to come. I hope we never have to return to the traditional publishing model. Nothing I have ever done has been this satisfying.

What Dalia's Doing This Weekend: Watching My Housewife Life.

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Every weekend, I try to relax. I don't always succeed, because there's so much you can do when you're running a business, especially when that business is ebook publishing. Still, I have to relax now and then. Here's how I'll be chilling out this weekend:

My Housewife Life, run by Jen Ross, is one of my absolute favorite vloggers. She has a life that I aspire to, and when I'm trying to get a lot of work done I'll often watch one of her videos in between writing sessions.

But it's also fun to watch when I'm chilling out. Her dog, Winnie, is just an adorable Shih Tzu, and her relationship with Don is adorable. She recently spent some time with Italy and is uploading her vlogs from her time there. The architecture is so beautiful!

So, what are you lovely women and handsome men doing to chill out this weekend?

Did Self-Publishing Help You Escape a Bad Situation?

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I'm looking for people who'd like to submit a paragraph or two on how self publishing helped them avoid living on the streets, in abusive homes, having to file for bankruptcy, etc.


Where it will be featured: My blog.

What you need to do to be included: Submit up to 800 words about yourself. What your bad situation was, how self publishing helped you, where you are now.

How to enter: Either leave it as a comment in this post, or email it to midnightclimaxerotica@gmail.com with the subject as Self Publishing Success Story. Also include your email, website, and pen name for your books as well as a link to your Amazon page.


If you don't follow those guidelines exactly, I might miss or be unable to include your request.

Feel free to let other people know, because I would love as many responses as possible!

It's rare that people expose these kinds of success stories, because everyone assumes that someone who's writing must have a good support system.

Get to Know Me: Two Questions, Answered!

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I thought it might be fun to find two questions out there on the internet, and answer it personally or as an erotica author. Today's questions are pretty sexy!

Sex in the morning, afternoon or night?

At night! Really I could have sex at any time, but I'm naturally in the mood around midnight, and become downright horny at around 4 am. This is also when I do my best writing for my erotica! Coincidence?

Do you want someone aggressive or passive in bed?

Aggressive! I love a man who will hold me down and take me. That's probably why I write so much dubious consent and BDSM erotica. Rape fantasies are SO hot to me, they're probably my number one fantasy! I'm lucky that Michael is willing to tap into his violent side to please me. He's damn good at it, too!

Have You Signed up for Kindle Unlimited yet? Unlimited Reading, for Only $9.99 a Month!

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Do you have a Netflix account? How cool is it to be able to watch all the movies and TV shows you want to, and you only have to pay one monthly fee? Have you been pining for something similar for ebooks?

Guess what! It's here!

With Kindle Unlimited, you pay $9.99 every month and you get to read any eligible books you want! Not every book in the Amazon store is available, but the first month is free- so why not give it a try?

Even better? You're still supporting your favorite authors while you read their books! Any time you read more than 10% of a book, authors are paid a flat price that is determined by how many times their books are downloaded and read. Want to support your favorite author? Download all their books that are available and read them!

I've collected all the books I have in Kindle Unlimited. Go on, check them out- the first month is free, remember?

Five books new writers need to read

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Writers and authors are always looking for new books to read on their writing craft. Honestly, most of the time this is a form of procrastination... but since I'm the queen of procrastination I can't really fault them for it. Here are five of the best writing books I've read over these last two years.

1. How to Write a Book in 10 Days: 123 Quick Tips for Fast Non-fiction Self-Publishing

How to Write a Nonfiction Book -- Fast!

Writing is a great way to market your business, build your credibility and personal brand, earn passive income, make money online working from home, and improve your presentation and communication skills. Anyone can self-publish and it can be done at the time and location of your choice! 
Writing Tips: Overcome Writer’s Block and Write Books Readers Love Really Fast!

How to Write a Book in 10 Days breaks down the writing process into three phases and provides actionable tips on improving your writing speed in all three. The three-phase process to writing is (1) determining what to write about given your goals and what readers actually want, (2) getting your thoughts from your head to words on your page, and (3) presenting the words in an engaging and effective way. 
How to Write Faster

If you want to write well and write books that sell, you need to write fast. Writing is like a muscle, it gets stronger when you work it. Writing more books increases your chances of writing a successful book and enables you to get fast feedback so that you can iterate accordingly. Writing more books is one of the best ways to promote your existing books. 
The Self-Publishing Gold Rush

Amazon has hundreds of millions of shoppers, with their credit card information stored, who can buy your book with one click. Self-publishing on Amazon is like putting an infinite number of copies of your book in the middle of the world’s largest bookstore! 

The Internet makes it less necessary to have a high-priced broker like a publisher. If a publisher needs you then you don’t need a publisher, and if you need a publisher then the publisher doesn’t need you. 

It takes very little time and costs zero dollars to self-publish on Amazon. It’s incredibly easy to do, and you can earn up to 70% of the royalties from your book, which is much more than you can earn with a traditional publisher 
A Letter From The Author
People often ask me how I write high-quality books at such high speeds. I’ve written and self-published seven books as of this writing. 

Writing didn’t come naturally to me. I’ve experienced a lot of the challenges I’m going to tackle in this book firsthand. I never even thought I would enjoy writing so much, let alone make it a significant source of income. 

Self-publishing has been an amazing experience for me. It generates a significant amount of passive income. Self-publishing has also led me to high-priced consulting and speaking opportunities and press coverage. It’s made me a better thinker, presenter, and communicator. My books have boosted my professional credibility and attracted customers to my business. In addition, writing has become one of my biggest passions, so I'm very excited to help my readers! 

And yes, I wrote this book in 10 days! 

I’m by no means an “expert” on writing (and you don’t have to be an “expert” on the topic of your book either!). I didn’t go to school for writing. I haven’t been writing for decades. The tips, strategies, tactics, and hacks contained within this book are what have helped me go from zero to writing a few blog posts to self-publishing seven books. I’m confident that if you practice these ideas, your writing speed and quality will increase tremendously.

Pick up this book at Amazon today.

2. Write. Publish. Repeat. (The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success)

Write. Publish. Repeat.
The No-Luck-Required Guide to Publishing
In 2013, Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt published 1.5 million words and made their full-time livings as indie authors. In Write. Publish. Repeat., they tell you exactly how they did it: how they created over 15 independent franchises across 50+ published works, how they turned their art into a logical, sustainable business, and how any independent author can do the same to build a sustainable, profitable career with their writing.
Write. Publish. Repeat. explains the current self-publishing landscape and covers the truths and myths about what it means to be an indie author now and in the foreseeable future. It explains how to create books your readers will love and will want to return to again and again. Write. Publish. Repeat. details expert methods for building story worlds, characters, and plots, understanding your market (right down to your ideal reader), using the best tools possible to capture your draft, and explains proven best practices for editing. The book also discusses covers, titles, formatting, pricing, and publishing to multiple platforms, plus a bit on getting your books into print (and why that might not be a good idea!). But most importantly, Write. Publish. Repeat. details the psychology-driven marketing plan that Sean and Johnny built to shape their stories into "products" that readers couldn't help but be drawn into -- thus almost automatically generating sales -- and explores ways that smart, business-minded writers can do the same to future-proof their careers.
This book is not a formula with an easy path to follow. It is a guidebook that will help you build a successful indie publishing career, no matter what type of writer you are ... so long as you're the type who's willing to do the work.
˃˃˃ What Indie Authors and Thought Leaders Are Saying:
"Two of the best in the biz... A gem for aspiring authors."
-- Hugh Howey
"I have a pretty popular blog on self-publishing, and I've written a couple of books on the topic myself - meaning I've read a lot on the topic and come across lots of different strategies and approaches to building a loyal audience. For my money, this is the best book on self-publishing out there."
-- David Gaughran
"It's tough to find more honest and straight-forward marketing advice than what you'll get from these indie authors."
-- Jane Friedman, former publisher of Writer's Digest
"The most important book on self-publishing I've ever read. "
-- Karol Gajda
"Consider it the most valuable guide book to publishing success."
-- Jim Kukral, Author Marketing Club
You'll Wish You Could Have Read it Years Ago!

Pick up this book on Amazon!

3. Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should (Let's Get Publishing)

2012 WINNER - BEST NON-FICTION (DIY/SELF-HELP) - INDEPENDENT E-BOOK AWARDS

Based on Amazon Reader Reviews:

- TOP RATED IN "PUBLISHING & BOOKS"
- TOP RATED IN "AUTHORSHIP"
- TOP RATED IN "WRITING REFERENCE"


"You won't make any money from self-publishing."

MYTH!

The internet has revolutionized every business it has come into contact with, and publishing is no different.

For the first time, these changes are handing power back to the writer. It's up to YOU if you want to profit from them.

Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should.

This guide contains over 60,000 words of essays, articles, and how-to guides, as well as contributions from 33 bestselling indie authors including J Carson Black, Bob Mayer, Victorine Lieske, Mark Edwards, and many more.

It covers everything from how the disruptive power of the internet has changed the publishing business forever to the opportunities this has created for writers. It gives you practical advice on editing, cover design, formatting, and pricing. And it reveals marketing tips from blogging and social networking right through to competitions, discounts, reviews, and giveaways.

If you are considering self-publishing, if you need to breathe life into your flagging sales, or if you want to understand why it's a great time to be a writer, Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should will explain it all.

Praise for Let's Get Digital:

"Let's Get Digital is a must read for anyone considering self-publishing." -- JA Konrath, bestselling author of Trapped, Origin, and Whiskey Sour.
"Even with my background as an indie writer, I picked up several valuable tips...this is simply the best book about the ebook revolution that I have read." -- Michael Wallace, bestselling author of the Righteous series. 

"Credible and comprehensive. I'd recommend it to any writer who is considering self-publishing or anyone interested in the current state of publishing." -- Big Al's Books and Pals - 5 stars.

"It should be THE starting point for anyone considering self-publishing today. This book is a Pixel Pick, and should be considered required reading for any Indie author." -- Pixel of Ink.

The follow-up to Let's Get Digital is out now. Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books is available from Amazon (cut-and-paste into your browser): amzn.to/LGVisible

Praise for Let's Get Visible:
"Let's Get Visible is the best tool I have discovered for a writer to push sales and visibility to the next level, and an indispensable addition to the library of any indie writer. If you're an indie writer and you're not buying this book, you simply aren't playing this game to win." -- Michael Wallace, bestselling author of The Righteous.

"Gaughran distills complex subject matter and explains it in a way that anybody can easily understand, and takes the guesswork out of promotion at Amazon. He removes the mysticism and gets you as close as anyone outside of Amazon will probably be to understanding how stuff works behind the curtain." -- David Wright, bestselling author of Yesterday's Gone.

"If you are a self-publisher looking to improve your ability to get eyeballs on your books, I can't recommend this title highly enough. The book contains many ideas I've used successfully and several I'm now excited to try." -- Cidney Swanson, bestselling author of Saving Mars.

"Let's Get Visible offers a precise understanding of Amazon's systems and a real strategy authors can use to improve performance. An invaluable resource." -- Jason Letts, bestselling author of Inevitable.

Get this great book on Amazon!

4. Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let's Get Publishing)

Take your sales to the next level! The author of the award-winning, bestselling Let's Get Digital is back with an advanced guide for more experienced self-publishers. 

There are over 1.5 million books in the Kindle Store, with thousands more added every day. How do you get yours noticed? Visibility isn't a challenge that can be bested once - it requires continual work. But there are tools and strategies to do much of the heavy lifting for you. 

In Let's Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books, you'll discover how to:
  • Leverage Amazon's famous recommendation engine to take advantage of the various opportunities it provides for exposure
  • Position your books for discoverability on other sales venues
  • Minimize the time you spend promoting so you have more time to spend writing
  • Promote in a cost-effective way that actually works
By using these tips, you will get your book noticed. And getting noticed is the key to growing your sales.

Praise for Let's Get Visible:
"Let's Get Visible is the best tool I have discovered for a writer to push sales and visibility to the next level, and an indispensable addition to the library of any indie writer. If you're an indie writer and you're not buying this book, you simply aren't playing this game to win."--Michael Wallace, bestselling author of The Righteous.

"Gaughran distills complex subject matter and explains it in a way that anybody can easily understand, and takes the guesswork out of promotion at Amazon. He removes the mysticism and gets you as close as anyone outside of Amazon will probably be to understanding how stuff works behind the curtain."--David Wright, bestselling author of Yesterday's Gone.

"If you are a self-publisher looking to improve your ability to get eyeballs on your books, I can't recommend this title highly enough. The book contains many ideas I've used successfully and several I'm now excited to try."--Cidney Swanson, bestselling author of Saving Mars.

"Let's Get Visible offers a precise understanding of Amazon's systems and a real strategy authors can use to improve performance. An invaluable resource."--Jason Letts, bestselling author of Inevitable.

SPECIAL OFFER: You can pick up the award-winning, bestselling Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should for just $2.99 here on Amazon: amzn.to/Digital99

Praise for Let's Get Digital:

"Let's Get Digital is a must read for anyone considering self-publishing."--JA Konrath, bestselling author of TrappedOrigin, and Whiskey Sour.

"Even with my background as an indie writer, I picked up several valuable tips...this is simply the best book about the ebook revolution that I have read."--Michael Wallace, bestselling author of the Righteous series. 

"Credible and comprehensive. I'd recommend it to any writer who is considering self-publishing or anyone interested in the current state of publishing."--Big Al's Books and Pals - 5 stars.

"It should be THE starting point for anyone considering self-publishing today. This book is a Pixel Pick, and should be considered required reading for any Indie author."--Pixel of Ink.

Pick this book up over at Amazon!

5. 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love

"Have you ever wanted to double your daily word counts? Do you sometimes feel like you're crawling through your story? Do you want to write more every day without increasing the time you spend writing or sacrificing quality? It's not impossible; it's not even that hard. This is the book explaining how, with a few simple changes, I boosted my daily writing from 2000 words to over 10k a day, and how you can, too."

New Revised and Corrected Edition for Fall, 2013!
 
Expanding on her highly successful system for doubling daily word counts, this book--a combination of reworked blog posts and new material--offers practical writing advice for anyone who's ever longed to increase their daily writing output. In addition to updated information for Rachel's popular 2k to 10k writing efficiency process, 5 step plotting method, and easy editing tips, this book includes all new chapters on creating characters who write their own stories, plot structure, and learning to love your daily writing. Full of easy to follow, practical advice from a professional author who doesn't eat if she doesn't produce good books on a regular basis, 2k to 10k focuses not just on writing faster, but writing better, and having more fun while you do it.

This updated edition has been professional edited to correct the errors and typos found in the original text. Sorry for the delay, and please enjoy the new, polished version of 2k to 10k!

Pick this great book up over on Amazon!

And don't forget: You can learn how to write erotica for only $2.99! Now is the best time to break into this lucrative genre!

5 of the Best Sex Quizzes Online

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Ever since I was a teen, I've been in love with those quizzes in Cosmo. Whether they taught me what kind of boy I prefer (the bad boy, of course!), or what the best sex position is for me (doggy style, natch), they have always been a fun way to pass a few minutes or even bond with a gal pal. Here are 5 of the best sex quizzes on the internet.

1. What's Your Sex Personality (Ladies' Home Journal)

"If you want a little more rrrowrr in your romps, you've first got to know your current sex style. Are you a tempting tigress more than you thought -- or a little too ladylike for your own good? Take our quiz, and our cues to add more sizzle to your sheets."

Take the quiz here!


2. The Ultimate Sex Quiz (HowStuffWorks)

"Making love. A roll in the hay. The mattress mambo. Doin' the deed. What is there to say about sex? It fuels entire industries, destroys political careers and results in a whole lot of babies. Ready to test how much you know about sex? As Marvin Gaye would say, let's get it on."

Take the quiz here!


3. Have you ever...? (Women's Health)

"When it comes to sex, most people have a comfort zone they usually stay in. But taking a walk on the wilder side can have some spine-tingling benefits. "It's important for couples to keep expanding their intimacy and not get too dependent on the ease of autopilot sex," says sex and relationships counselor Ian Kerner, Ph.D., author of Sex Recharge.

Doing some of the things on this list can be a fun way to keep your relationship strong and protect it from the threat of boredom. (Can you think of a better way to get closer?) And if you're hesitant to throw some of these suggestions out to your guy, don't worry about speaking up--chances are, he'll be suited up and in the game before you can finish your sentence.

"I see many couples who want to try something new in the bedroom, but each person is waiting for their partner to suggest it," says Kerner. "

Take the quiz here!


4. The Ultimate Sex Quiz (Rotten Tomatoes)

"Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex, and guess what?! MORE SEX!"

Take the quiz here!


5. Find Your Perfect Sex Position (Good to Know)

"We've got lots of sex positions here on goodtoknow but short of trying every single one (which might not be such a bad thing), how do you know which positions are best for you and your partner?

We've tried to narrow it down for you with our sex positions quiz, based on your preferences, his size and your stamina levels."

Take the quiz here!

I Used Pickfu to Choose My Next Cover (And I Loved It!)

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A few days ago I made a short post on PickFu and how awesome it could be for authors. At that point I hadn't tried it, but was looking forward to using it to help get the cover right for my first novel.

After that blog post went live, John Li, a co-founder of PickFu, emailed me offering to let me try their website. So I did! I ran two polls, one that was public to the PickFu audience and another that was just for you guys via Pinterest, Twitter, and this blog.

What was really cool is that PickFu gives you analytics about the people that responded to your polls. You'll learn how many were male or female, their ages, and some other cool snippets of info. They can also leave comments on their choice, which helps you decide how to make the winner even better and avoid the pitfalls of the losing option in the future.

I learned a lot from running this poll. For instance, some of you are incredibly squeamish about using a baby on this cover. To that response, I'll point out that for what I am writing it's actually an industry standard. This is a romance novel about an unexpected baby- not erotica. I also found out that the title can be read as totally creepy! The title is one thing I'll be changing, without a doubt.

Which cover design is more sentimental? Which are you more likely to read?

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Which of these covers do you prefer?

I already asked the general Pickfu audience what they thought, and many said the title doesn't accurately portray what's going on. Do you have any suggestions for a better title?

This is going to be my very first novel. I'm just past 22,000 words on it! So I definitely want to get this cover right. 

You can find the poll over at Pickfu, courtesy of free credits given to me by them. If the poll closes before you get a chance to reply, feel free to reply in the comments below or send me an email at midnightclimaxerotica@gmail.com!

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