My Wife is Succeeding Self-Publishing Paranormal Romance Short Stories!
The Future May be Self-Publishing on eBook Readers for Some Writers
With some friends locally, including my lovely wife, we have begun to experiment together in ePublishing, pooling our resources to see if we can't figure out this bright future. Let me be very clear about this: I have worked professionally as a writer for over ten years, including ghostwriting gigs and non-fiction titles that are on the shelf of bookstores today. Not even I, among our little collective, can hold a candle to my wife's short stories in number of sales and amount of money awarded. I am gobsmacked. It's not that they're poorly written or low quality compared to my own writing. I always knew she was more talented than she she allowed herself to be. No, what surprised me was the success she experienced because of the genre she prefers of salacious, erotic paranormal fictions.
What has she written?
Her stories tend to take her one day. She sits down and imagines a situation where there might be kinky sex at the end of the story and weird monsters and things. Her most successful title, The Day Wolf, is fairly simple. A woman gets a new dog for personal protection, and once night falls the dog transforms into an attractive man that claims to be something called "A Day Wolf" that wants to mate with her. By day, the man turns back into a large dog. It's a very simple story, and not particularly long, and really boils down to an excuse for a sex scene where the man is wearing a collar and a leash.
Other stories involve Steampunk, Selkies, some sort of ancient Egyptian psychic mummy or something, and adult situations. All of the stories involve some form of sensuality and climax of the plot, so to speak.
More importantly, these books seem to be selling quite well. Little stories, but we're seeing sales across platforms of over 20 dollars after barely a month of putting them up one at a time. To me, this is astonishing. It is decimating my non-fiction work, even though that very non-fiction work in the business field was pulled from material I wrote under contract that went on to sell very well for the people that claimed to have written them.
Now That the Market Has Clearly Spoken, What Do I Do About It?
As a writer, I do not judge people for enjoying what they read, or choosing to read one thing over another. As an artist, I judge, but most of my day is spent writing things that aren't artistic. I have to be as mercenary as everyone else in the business world to take care of my family. I have gone after a market that my wife won't touch, involving two men without women present, so to speak.
I have put together a story of my own and placed it for sale in the world. We'll see how it does. I am, at heart, a scientist. I want facts and figures. When I do this, I see if this is the path towards successful commercial writing opportunities or if it is just another false lead among many in the internet.
When I have real numbers, I will return here and update this hub.