Whom do you distribute through. I looked at burning book but they only pay out once a year I think. Tryin to find a good ebook publisher for my crappy erotica
To be honest, the publishing business is a brutal one and my experiences have not been all that positive. For most of my work I am self-published and use Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble to distribute my work. The “fees” they collect out of book revenue are lower than what you’d fork over to a publisher and both outlets provide easy records and even will send you tax statements. Since you are licensing them to “sell” your books, you don’t even need to collect sales tax - it’s all income, so that’s all you need to report.
That said, you do lose a publisher’s editorial team, their book cover designers, and possibly their proof-readers. Some publishers also have close, tight-knit author support groups which can be impressive if you need motivation or the occasional pat on the back. That said, if your writing still isn’t very good, then nothing these folks can do will help.
For beginner writers I suggest giving away short stories for free, in order to build up a fan base. Start a free blog over at blogger, post a portion of a story at literotica or the BDSM Library, and link to the rest of the story on your blog. It will drive traffic and start to earn readers.
Once you have something of a fan base, you can make a decision on where to go. If your writing doesn’t violate Amazon’s terms and limits, post there. Sell cheap with lots of quality and content. Posting a 45 page “novel” that’s less than three thousand words for $2.99 will just piss people off and they’ll never buy a thing from you again. If you are trying to sell something more risque (incest, non-consensual, or other illegal sexual activities) then there are a few other outlets where an author can sell that stuff.
On a side note, I also review BDSM erotica and one way to get noticed is to submit your work for critique. I post honest reviews on my Michael Alexander’s BDSM Review Blog.
Hope that helps. Email me if you want more information: email@example.com