As a fiction genre, writers often overlook dirty stories. After all, the topic remains somewhat taboo, even in the modern day. Yet, there is high demand for this type of story and many writers are making a decent income in the field. This means that you can get paid to write dirty stories as well, even if you’re inexperienced at doing so.
Submitting To Websites, Magazines Or Competitions
One of the most common ways to get paid for any type of fiction writing is to submit your work – often in the form of a short story or novella. This means you don’t have to create a full book or a collection of stories. Instead, you can write individual short stories and try to earn money from them.
The difference in time alone makes this a powerful starting point. Plus, submitting individual stories gives you a better idea of what people like and what they don’t.
However, dirty stories is a slightly unusual genre, so it also comes with its own quirks.
For one thing, you have to think about the type of dirty story you want to write. In particular, some writers focus on explicit content, which puts them into the category of erotica (think 50 Shades of Grey as an example). Others will tend to write pieces that are suggestive but not explicit.
The difference is important, as each style has its own audience. Erotica is more controversial and there are more limitations on where you can publish it. For example, most sites will refuse all erotica, even if they accept every other genre. Some places will refuse suggestive content too – but not as many. But, the demand for erotica is also particularly high, especially right now.
In either case, you are best to focus on sites that specifically want this type of content. But, because the field is controversial, information on individual sites is harder to come by. Additionally, many publications seem to go out of business over time, which increases the challenge.
The site Duotrope can be a useful option for finding publishers that you can target. This includes the ability to search by categories, genre, style and length, along with filtering by which publishers will pay for your work. Duotrope is a membership site, so you have to pay to use their services, although there is a free trial. It is also frequently recommended and also offers tools to help you submit work and keep track of your submissions.
There is also a site called Erotica Readers and Writers Association, which offers information for writers, including details on sites that will accept fiction. The focus here is on erotica specifically, so it may not be viable if you want to write suggestive dirty stories instead.
If you want to find people who will pay for your writing, those two sites are the best places to start. They are both comprehensive and update their information regularly.
Publishing Your Own Book
Another option is to self-publish your work, probably as an eBook. These days, eBooks are immensely popular, letting people carry their reading with them. When else can you have several dozen books on you at a time?
eBooks are particularly relevant for dirty stories. Many people don’t like admitting they read this type of writing and digital versions are much easier to hide. You can also create a novel or a collection of dirty stories, depending on your preference.
Books and stories in this genre are often on the short side too. This is another reason for going the eBook route rather than trying to create physical versions.
Besides all of that, eBook publishing makes financial sense. With services like Publish to Kindle from Amazon, you can publish your own digital version of a book with relatively little effort. You do have to pay them commissions but you’re still earning as much as 70% of your sales. That’s impressive, especially as you’re not paying to upload the book initially.
There are many other services that work in a similar way. You might sell the same book in multiple places or get a higher commission rate by making it exclusive to a single service.
Once your book is published, you’re competing against a large range of other eBooks. But, you can improve your odds. Having a good cover design is a key first step. You should also be sure that all your spelling and grammar is correct.
You can promote the book in various ways too, including using your own social media accounts. If that’s too personal, you could have a separate profile for you as an author (perhaps under a pseudonym). You could also build your own website and promote your writing that way.
You should also consider pricing. As a general rule, eBooks in this genre tend to be relatively inexpensive – often $0.99 or $1.99. This price point is appealing because many of the books are relatively short and fast to read, especially as the emphasis is on sensuality, not on the depth of plot (there are exceptions, of course).
This pattern also means that dirty eBooks often sell quickly. And, if readers like one of your books, they’ll probably buy any others that you create.
You don’t have to keep to those price points either. Many people find that they can charge more as they start to get popular. Successful authors will often get $3.99 to $5.99 per book, even for relatively short ones.
Publishing Short Stories
On a side note, you don’t actually have to publish full books either. Many people choose to publish short stories instead, often charging as much as $2.99 for them. This is for single short stories not compilations and the stories can be around 3,000 to 5,000 words or so.
Stories like this are a great way to test the waters and to develop an audience. After all, many authors could write at least one such story each week without too many problems.
For example, one writer on Amazon aimed to publish 100 short stories in the space of 12 months and was able to make a considerable amount of income doing so. Even if you want to write novels eventually, short stories can be a good place to start.
Finding Success Writing Dirty Stories
Finding success with any type of fiction writing takes time and effort. Realistically, there are many authors out there, so breaking into the field isn’t easy.
If you’re planning to submit stories, this may mean you have to approach many different sites and companies. You’ll probably get rejected often as well. If you’re going to publish, then you may have to write multiple books before you see any traction.
One key approach is simply to make your writing stand out. For example, if you’re writing about a common theme or storyline, make sure you add your own twist.
Focusing on quality is also important. This is true for every genre, of course. But, dirty stories frequently focus on the sensational, to the point that their storytelling may barely make sense. If you can create something that would be considered high-quality in any genre, then you may be able to stand out in the market.
With most genres, the best approach is to start submitting to individual sites and then move onto self-publishing later. But, this isn’t necessarily true for dirty stories.
In this case, there are fewer sites and competitions that host the stories. Explicit stories also aren’t acceptable on many sites that look for any genre of fiction, which further limits your options. In contrast, the demand for eBooks is extensive.
In fact, this genre sells fast on Amazon and most readers expect relatively short novels (eBooks are often around 200 to 300 pages). Some estimates suggest that erotica is the fastest selling genre on Amazon.
This also means that being a prolific writer can help you find success. For example, you might publish a book every few months or short stories more often than that. Plus, publishing on Amazon or similar sites is easy and inexpensive, so why not give it a go?
One other approach is to tie your stories into one another. Some of the most successful authors in this field may have dozens of books and short stories, all set in the same universe. Some of the stories may be directly related to one another, while others may be barely related at all.
The style means that readers have somewhere to go if they didn’t want a story to end. The idea also works well for writers, as some of the foundations for your story are already present before you begin.
As with most genres, there is more income potential in self-publishing, as long as you can get enough sales. This is particularly true if you are focusing on erotic dirty stories, simply because of the demand. Nevertheless, if you can find some good sites that focus on this field, you may be able to make some money from submissions as well.
Either way, income potential certainly exists and the demand is surprisingly high. After all, we all know that sex sells and that’s true for fiction writing as well.
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