Life As A Male Erotica Writer, Magic Means, Magic Means Series, self-publishing

Too Taboo For Amazon

If I used this image as a cover on Amazon, it would likely get a book red flagged as adult content and hidden from search results.

This isn’t an attack on Amazon. I understand that they want to run their marketplace a certain way and it’s up to the people who want to offer things there to adjust to their rules. It’s obviously working for them right now. No one is more successful in retail, but there will always be people who belong on the fringe, and it turns out that I’m one of them.

In my opinion, Amazon is the most restrictive place to publish ebooks with erotic content and I don’t feel like what I’m going to be releasing this year fits there well. The next Magic Means novels could get my account banned on Amazon, which is something I can’t afford, so I’m going to be publishing on the other safe havens that will be happy to accept my work.

That includes Smashwords (the best platform for erotic content), Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and other platforms that will welcome most if not all the content I’m going to be releasing this year.

Sadly, thousands of people who downloaded the Magic Means series freebie (books 1-3 are free) won’t be able to find the next books on Amazon. While a simple search would remedy that, most readers won’t want to download anything outside of Amazon or they won’t care to learn how to, so I’ll lose them. Too bad. Magic Means is about to become even more awesome, they’ll miss it.

Books 6 and 7 are going to be released this summer, and they won’t be on Amazon because there is some religious, dubcon, gender bending and other taboo content within. The short stories and novellas I’ll be releasing won’t fit into Amazon’s plan either. I’d rather lean into the taboo than tone my work down, so freedom is important.

I tried writing Magic Means so it fit the restrictions Amazon puts on fiction, but that series invites creativity, controversy and runs head long into how free most of the characters are with their sexuality. As I explored the story and encounters in books six, seven and eight I found myself changing them to fit into the box Amazon built, to avoid the things that get books and accounts banned.

After the first draft of books six and seven, which were supposed to be out by now, I was severely disappointed. I bent over backwards to make those books tame enough for Amazon, but that sucked so much of the playful spirit and conflict out of the novels that I actually lost interest in working on the series at all.

I took a break from Magic Means for a few months then went back to edit books six and seven again. I decided to rewrite sections and edit the rest the way I wanted to, ignoring the restrictions I was avoiding so the books could be published on Amazon. Behold! Magic Means Books Six and Seven came back to life, with titillating fun and inter-character fascinations that I thought were much more enjoyable. It wasn’t that the new versions of these books were dirtier nessisarily, but you could tell they weren’t written while I was walking on eggshells. You could tell I wasn’t worrying about pissing some big corporation off anymore.

Sadly, similar books got some people banned from the Kindle Program completely. I respect Amazon and believe that what they’re doing is right for them, even if it doesn’t suit me, so instead of re-editing the books to suit their site, I’m not going to publish with them anymore. I’d rather stick to smaller platforms that want me than get ushered out of an establishment that doesn’t.

I’m going to miss out on a lot of money. We’re talking hundreds, probably thousands of dollars. Amazon is the biggest ebook marketplace in the world. After thinking about it for months, fixing two novels so they are better books instead of taming them so they fit in with what Amazon wants, I’ve decided I have to be okay with that. I write this stuff for titillation and fun. Not just yours, but mine too, and I’d like to be free to go wherever my muses take me. Unfortunately, they’re leading my more erotic work away from Amazon. That’s okay.

Please follow me to Smashwords, where perfectly formatted versions of my ebooks will be available for all your devices. If you’re already downloading my stuff on another platform, like Apple Books, Kobo or Barnes & Noble, that’s great too. I’m going to be releasing a lot over the summer, and I look forward to it.

Now the shackles come off (or go back on?). It’s time to have some real fun.

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Going Big In 2020

For an agonizing three months all my best books have only been available only on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited platform. Sure, I opted in myself, but after spending on advertising, writing more content and releasing it wide (Magic Means Books 4-5), and working on other plans to get page reads there, things didn’t turn out as I would have liked.

Most importantly, people who didn’t want to grab my stuff from Amazon couldn’t get it elsewhere. As I discovered through a few direct messages and emails, that is definitely a problem.

So, soon you can expect to find my work everywhere, no more exclusives. That is, unless it’s one of my new short stories, which won’t appear on Amazon for the foreseeable future because those stories are too controversial or graphic for that platform.

I think there will be a day when Amazon removes most of the self-published controversial erotic content from their platform, and I plan on already being well established elsewhere, on platforms like Smashwords, where imaginative writers and interested readers can enjoy pretty much whatever they like. Barnes & Noble, Kobo Adult, and the Apple Books platform deserve a mention too. They haven’t caught the censorship bug yet.

So, on January 7, 2020, my books will be set free, and they’ll be available everywhere quality racy pop literature is sold. For Kindle Unlimited readers who discovered me there, you have until January 3 to read those pages, after that you have to buy my work like everyone else, but it’s worth it.

Until then, here are two free short, spicy stories you can download anywhere but Amazon. Teenage Hot Tub Threesome | Poolside Surprise

Life As A Male Erotica Writer, Magic Means, self-publishing

I’m On Facebook!

facebook thumbing youI know, so many people talk about leaving Facebook, so why am I running back into it’s waiting arms and feely hands as they pick my pockets (and my very soul!) for data and check the colour of my underpants like a creepy uncle?

It’s the biggest platform out there. Even if you fail to reach people on Facebook, you can at least say you had a toe-hold there, which is actually still worth something. So, if you want to get felt up by Facebook’s information seeking system with me, friend me, and check in to the Magic Means page. I’d like to see who is part of the community I’m building around these books.

I’ll be around these places:

My personal Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/damon.rain.9659

The Magic Means Facebook Group (join in if you enjoy any of my books, not just Magic Means): https://www.facebook.com/groups/magicmeans

Writing to you from behind a blackout curtain, trying to avoid Facebook’s leering gaze,

Damon Rain

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Exclusive to Kindle Unlimited Until January 5, 2020

LibrarianFor the next few months, I’m only offering my books through Amazon. This is an experiment that I decided to do because a lot of new authors are having great luck launching their careers there.

While I’m not a big fan of exclusivity, there is a huge upside. If you have a subscription to Kindle Unlimited, where you get to read an unlimited number of ebooks from a library of two million or more titles, you can read any of my books, especially the Magic Means series, for free.

So, if you have Kindle Unlimited, give me a try, here’s my list of books on Amazon.

After January 5, I’ll be re-publishing my ebooks with all the major platforms, so no matter what kind of device or service you like, you’ll be able to get your hands on my books.

I hope to see you back here after you’ve tasted my work!

Life As A Male Erotica Writer, self-publishing

Working In Your Underpants

I write and edit for upwards of forty hours a week. It’s my full time job, and I work at home. That means that when there aren’t people around, I leave my pants behind! In North America there are more and more people working at home. There’s a growing chance that the North American support agent you talk to is answering your call at home and they’re not wearing pants. The same can be said for the people who program your software, recorded the song you’re listening to, or made just about anything where they can find privacy or friends who also enjoy going without pants. It’s a breezy, free, brave new world.

I’m not going to go into the reasons why you should toss your jeans, leggings or other bum coverings, I’m not here to convince you to join this uncovered closed door cult, I’d rather share some of the wisdom I’ve gained from a few years of pant freedom. Oh, why do I do it? I feel free! Skin was made to breathe, as a wonderful ex who would take her clothes off whenever the drapes closed would say, and my pale legs get plenty of air.

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Now, for some lessons I’ve learned the hard way from airy, trouser-less times.

 

 

  • Leather is the enemy when it gets warm. It might be easy to clean, but there’s nothing like finishing a long sit down then having to peeeeeel your bare legs (possibly your butt if you’re thong clad or totally bare down there, you cheeky monkey), off the office furniture. Some leather can get discoloured if it comes into contact with sweat, too, and the shapes you can leave behind can tell an interesting story. Imagine an impression that looks like two cantaloups above two golf balls balanced atop two watermelons.
  • Keep a pair of jogging pants or a robe nearby! Anything that takes a long time to get into isn’t a great idea for your emergency modesty clothing. A fellow writer I’ve known for years works almost trouser free. She has a cheeky seat, pushing her pants down to her feet to keep them warm while her legs are bare and free.
  • “Pic or it didn’t happen!” A few people have said this to me, but I won’t give in because I’ve seen a few authors who have, and it often becomes something they’re known for. If you like that, hey, fill your Instagram with pant-less pics, but don’t violate their policies (no muffins or pickles!), and remember that those images could bite you in the, well, you know, later.
  • Keep a lock on the door if there are other people in the house, even if there aren’t! It’s amazing how quiet someone can be, or how you might fail to hear someone come home while you’re singing along to Eye Of The Tiger, getting ready to write your next kick-ass chapter. True story.
  • Be aware! I have answered the door in a T-shirt and boxers, realizing only as it was open wide that I forgot my pants. Perhaps that was a flash-forward twenty or thirty years into old age, or just something that had to happen so I’d learn my lesson, but my relationship with the Purolator guy definitely changed for a while.
  • Feeling comfy and confident? Other people might not feel the same way. I like being candid and forthcoming with my friends, but that doesn’t mean they want to see my frank or beans. Boxers slip, thongs go wrong and not everyone want to see you without pants. If your clan is a culture of barely clad comrades, then congratulations! Be free (of your clothes) and don’t worry who walks in or sees you slipping off to the kitchen for a banana.
  • Secure your webcam. It’s the classic news caster joke: he’s all suit and tie guy or blouse and jacket jill from the waist up, but it’s knickers and knee-socks below. Well, I was doing my best impersonation of that act one day for an interview and the webcam fell down behind the monitor, below the desk, and the hairy truth was revealed to the amateur journalist. We had a few laughs and moved on, but, hey, if you don’t want to share your underwear, make sure your camera’s pointed the right way so it can’t fall down there.

I hope you enjoyed this frivolous journey into being an unfettered home worker. Leave  comment below if you want to see more of this stuff or if you have your own story to add.

From my breezy office,

Damon Rain