Warning For Would-Be Authors!

SnoopyDarkAndStormyNightAs an author of twenty-something erotic novels and novellas, I know a little about the self-publishing game. While certainly not a marketing genius, I am an engineer by training and taught to study options before jumping in.

For those who’ve tried the traditional publishing route, you quickly realize that the odds are stacked against you. Sort of like when you figure out that being 5-foot-6, professional basketball is not a likely option for you.

After you’ve written the next “Fifty Shades of Gray” or “Gone With The Wind“, your real battle is just beginning. If you don’t believe what I’m about to tell you, grab a copy of On Writing” by Stephen King.

Like you, there are thousands of scribes out there with their masterpiece in their grubby hands, all jumping up and down shouting, “Look at me!” Only a handful of publishing houses exist in the world and trying to shoehorn your way in is a difficult row to hoe.

After being turned down, it may be tempting to use the services of a “vanity press” or a publisher who charges you a fee to publish your manuscript. Fees can run into the tens of thousands of dollars with typically limited success beyond an empty bank account.

A fellow blogger, David Gaughran, has just published a great post on the vanity press scam, Michael Hyatt Has Something To Sell You. Before you embark on the vanity press route, read David’s blog post.

I’m a firm believer in the self-publishing route for newbie authors that want to try their hand at publishing something. Amazon and SmashWords are the two giants in the field and I recommend that you try either or both if you have an “It was a dark and stormy night!” thriller, smut story, cooking book, or self-help book.

Of the two, I’d recommend that you start with SmashWords.com for a couple of reasons. First, instant results as your book will show up instantly after you finish the publishing process, whereas Amazon’s vetting process takes a day or two so it’s a little more problematic for a new author. The other thing is censorship, SmashWords is much more forgiving than Amazon if you are writing erotica.

About LarryArcher

Larry Archer's the name, smut's my game. I am a writer of erotic literature that's generally always HEA (Happily Ever After), which typically involves no regrets sex. I write in a humorous style with a plot and suitable for reading with one hand. My stories are full of sexual situations that are often taken straight from our swinger lifestyle in Las Vegas. If you want to enjoy erotica, where every page is dripping with action, give me a try.
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4 Responses to Warning For Would-Be Authors!

  1. I never thought about writing before. But I keep getting told I need to write my story. The thought scared me. I haven’t a clue about self publishing so this is helpful thanks

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    • LarryArcher says:

      Your first story is the hard one because you have to learn the little details but after that, it’s pretty easy. SmashWords has a free publishing guide that’s really helpful. There are writer’s forums that will help you and feel free to drop me a line.

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  2. Great advice here. Traditional publishing hasn’t worked out for me so far but I’ve enjoyed the self-publishing journey. Never tried SmashWords but have heard good things.

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    • LarryArcher says:

      I like SmashWords, especially if you do the few extra things and your story is approved into the Premium category, then they will automatically push your story out to a number of publishers for free. This includes the biggies like Apple and B&N.

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