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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

self-publishing

Free Ways To Help Your Author

unnamedMost authors cringe at the idea of telling their readers what they need to become more successful and to write more books. As an experienced writer myself, I know what that’s like. You’re afraid to ask anyone for anything because you’re afraid that you’ll scare readers away.

You need not fear! Your readers like what you do and a few of them will help if they have time. If you ask nicely, or with a little humour, no reader worth your time will be offended.

Now, you, dear reader can help your author. If you have time, you want to do this because most authors will write even more, even faster when they’re more successful. I have no research to back that up, just my own experience and that of a few other authors I know. When we got to do this full time, our output doubled, quadrupled and sometimes MORE! More books! Better books! That’s the reward you get (usually), for helping your author achieve their dream. I wrote five books as a hobby writer and it took a decade. As a full-time writer, I completed and published over thirty.

So… how can you help (for free)?

Download ALL THE (free) BOOKS!
You can download the non-free ones too, but that’s not what this article is about. Every independent author should have one or more free books out there. It helps people see what their writing is like without great risk, it’s their invitation to you. The higher these freebies are on any of the top download charts, the more people will discover them. If you want to be really cool about this, download a copy from all he sites that offer their work for free, every download helps. If there is an opportunity to share news of your download or purchase on social media, do that too.

Review the books!
A brief and honest review of the book you most recently read or remember best helps other readers decide whether or not to download or buy your author’s book. Sure, your author would rather see a purely positive review, but a few honest words about what you liked about the book are better than an overly hyperbolic love-fest. If you feel their book was worth four or five stars, please give them that gift. Whatever you do, be honest with your review and try to stay away from spoilers. You’re doing this as much for your author as for fellow readers, after all.

Share Your Experience!
If you find yourself loving a story, or a character, or the world your author has introduced you to, talk about them (without spoilers if possible) on social media. You don’t have to link the book, just make sure you mention the whole title and author, interested people will find it. If you love the story, mention why. Did it surprise you? Does it sound fresh and new? Did you experience something similar or do you wish it was happening to you? How about the characters? Do you have a favourite? Do you wish you could meet one of them? Does their journey seem exciting, even enviable? How about the world: is it somewhere you’d like to go? Is it particularly scary, or have realistic depth? People want to hear good stories, feel like they’ve met interesting characters or taken a trip somewhere using pages in a book. You’re sending them to a new world when you show them a new book or author.

Meet Them Online!
Some authors are very accessible online though Facebook, Blogs, Goodreads, Twitter and other social media. Sure, you’ll be able to find out when new books are coming by being present on these platforms, but they’ll benefit by having you along. Try to participate by responding to posts, asking questions about their books (if they tell you they can’t answer for spoiler reasons, please be patient), and greet newbies as they come. Authors with healthy social media presences have a much higher chance at landing TV and Movie deals, and you benefit by having other readers to hang out with.

Recommend the Freebies!
If you’re part of an online or real world group that’s related to what your favourite author writes, they might want to hear about their work. For example: If you’re a member of a fantasy gaming forum, like Elder Scrolls, talk about how you’re enjoying the work of your fantasy author. If you’re a member of a Vampire Live Action Troupe (LARP), a couple friends there might want to know about the Vampire or Urban Fantasy novels you’re reading (but it might be best to share that before or after the game). Friends with similar interests are obvious choices too, and you’ll be able to talk to someone about what you’re reading, which is a reward in itself.

Become A Beta Reader!
Sometimes an author will ask readers to step forward to proofread and offer opinions on an unfinished, or unpolished book. This is a great way to get a look at an early version of an unreleased work and to help them. By offering your notes and answering their questions, you’re helping them refine their work.

Can you think of another way?
I’d love to hear your ideas about helping a favourite author while spending zero dollars, so pop them into the comments below.

OXXO
Damon Rain

Life As A Male Erotica Writer

Starting Over: First Steps

grass-455753_1920I should have titled this: Terror and Loathing: How To Rediscover the Inner Newbie. I thought it might be a little too vague, so I went with the other title you see. Note: This is more of a journal of my misadventures rather than a guide to success – so far.

So, for the second time this year I created a brand new persona and began to build a web presence with good ol’ gumption and sweat equity.

Gumption: writing from a different point of view under the new pen name.
Sweat Equity: starting a whole new novel and writing a couple other stories so said pen name has something to show around and flog a little. That’s not exactly where I started though.

I decided to write under a male name, after discussing it with a good friend of mine who knew about my career adventure under the female name, dick pics and all. Then, I had to choose a name that:
1) sounded slightly comical or over the top so it stuck in people’s heads.
2) Was simple. No Yakovinof Kantspelit, or more realistic sounding name that no one could spell no less remember.
3) Was available as a .com. http://www.damonrain.com is awesome.
4) Was not taken by another highly visible author.
5) Could sound a little sexy if I said it in an announcer voice. DAMON RAIN!

Once I had the name, I got the .com from the cheapest provider I could find and paid the extortion level fee of keeping the address and actual name of the owner (me), secret. I didn’t spend on a 10 year package, but made sure that I got it all for a couple years to start. You can always go back and extend it if things are going well.

Next, I registered my gmail account, twitter account @realdamonrain , Facebook and started an account at Smashwords.

Damon Rain has points of contact and is ready to start publishing. How do I reach the people I want, though? There’s an old fashioned way – find a free platform that’s popular and release your best work there – so I published a few things to LitErotica, possibly the oldest erotic literature site on the Internet. If not the oldest, it is definitely the biggest. Here’s a link to what I’ve put up so far: https://www.literotica.com/stories/memberpage.php?uid=4286231&page=submissions

Okay, so the first chapter of the novel I’m working on is up. People have something to look at with my name on it and I can start feeling for like minded people who like what I’m doing.

Next steps! Time for a WordPress account so I can start that blog! Also, time to get a Goodreads account, so it can point to the blog. It’s also the best place to declare: “I AM AN AUTHOR!” and let people build you up or tear you down as they rate your work. This is where a lot of inexperienced authors fall on their faces, because they may not be ready for prime time (may need more practice writing), they may not value editing enough, or they may have misrepresented themselves knowingly or unknowingly by putting themselves in a popular genre where they have heard there are a lot of readers, but their work may not actually belong there. If you’re going to be honest with anyone about your work, be honest with your readers. That starts with listing your work in the most appropriate genre(s). I can’t claim that I’m an author yet, because I don’t have anything listed with a big retailer, but having the Goodreads account is a good start.

Final touches before getting back to writing that fantastic full-length novel:
1) I grabbed a few royalty free photos from Depositphotos because they’re $1.00 each for my profile picture (A cool magical book, since I’m not using my face and using someone else’s face is uncool and illegal in some places), and a few images for my first covers.
2) I started Tweeting! Sure, I have no followers, but by using hashtags that connect me to readers and promoters in my genre as well as other writers, I’ll eventually get a few if I tweet like I have a million followers hanging on my every word. New followers will see there are already tweets on my account and will have an idea of what to expect.
3) I set my http://www.damonrain.com to forward to my WordPress site.
4) Wrote my welcome page for WordPress as well as my first blog post. I used an image from Depositphotos.com for both that was catchy and applicable. Eye candy is a must.
5) I linked my Facebook and Twitter accounts up to WordPress and added links to my blog that lead to the free stuff I posted on LitErotica. I also flogged that free stuff on Twitter, mentioning @literotica so they could retweet it if they liked, and they did.

So, there’s the legwork I’ve done so far. The cost of this venture has reached about $70.00US, so I’m doing pretty well. Following all that, I got to work on the two projects I’m typing away at.