Advice on publishing e-books and what to expect

Hey Guys!

I’m starting to think about putting some of my stories as e-books to get some income from them, but I have no idea what’s the best way to go about it and if it’s even worth all the extra work. There are some people here who do publish, could you tell me about your experience and what to expect in terms of revenue? You can also DM me.


I seem to remember that @MonsterMash62 wrote up a really detailed Tumblr post a while ago about this experiences with trying out the e-book market. Unless I’m remembering wrong… I can’t seem to find it.

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I did write something on this!
Think it covers most of what you’re asking: Tumblr

Since then, Patreon has become more of a thing and I know authors are posting stuff on Patreon and making some money off that, then collecting their posts into an ebook and could be making money that way. I’m not sure if they are or how much work it is or if having posted over 9 books changed anything for them. The name that springs to mind for that is Screaming Moist. Not sure if he’s on here, but I’d definitely recommend chatting with him if you can find him.


… Tumblr still sucks and might block that link. If it does, let me know and I’ll cut and paste the info here later.

You need to be logged on to see the text… It’s flagged as inappropriate for us kids :slight_smile:


Link works fine. Good info!

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Thanks so much, I’ll be checking it out!

Please cut and paste the information here. I couldn’t find any posts for hughmichelsenwritingonwriting, even after being logged in.

Thank you for posting this here! Your advice is really useful. Given your description of the profit-sharing model, I imagine subscription services like Patreon just make more sense for this particular market.

I’ve been wondering if hosting an independent ebook store is a possibility, but given the margins you describe it probably isn’t viable. I was thinking that it might work because virality and algorithmic recommendation aren’t really a factor for this kind of erotica (most of the people who like it are already using sites like GSS) so promotion would be simple. But an independent store would probably only work for an established writer who can expect to make hundreds of sales a month to keep the lights on. Either that or a whole bunch of writers aggregating into a single store.

Also, off topic, but your Fish is one of my favourite tf stories of all time. Thanks for all your hard work!

I’m glad you liked Fish. I’m fairly proud of that one :slight_smile:

I’ve thought about making an independent store, but there’s already Smashwords which is basically that. Personally, I have most of my stuff on Kindle already and that’s easiest for me to buy from and easiest for me to remember where it is. So even buying from smashwords is a hassle. It’s all about convenience.

The only thing going for something like porn/erotica would be for hiding it. I don’t necessarily like other people to see my Kindle library. I also don’t love Amazon but am pretty all in on their ecosystem.

Besides all that, I worked at Amazon for many years, including on one of the Kindle sub teams. It’s way more complicated than you’d think it should be.

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