Sunday, February 5, 2012

Please Support: Salamando!

So, after putting it off for far too long, I have finally set up a Smashwords account in order to sell my stories. Yes, that's right, I’ve become a money grubbing Sell Out. Isn't capitalism grand?

You can purchase my stories in a here:

In all seriousness, I want my readers to know that I appreciate all the kind words, and even the unkind ones, I’ve gotten for my writing these past couple years. I really didn’t expect my particular brand of femdom story to be as popular as it was. Your encouragement kept me writing, and my writing has kept me sane.

However, there comes a point where you spend so much of your time and effort on something, that you need to start considering if all that work is really worth just the occasional compliment here or there. While I’ll always write foremost because I love to, and share my stuff because I want people to enjoy my work, at this point, I need to either start monetizing, or I need to find another hobby to make better use of my time.

The other reason for this move to ebooking is that I pretty much live paycheck to paycheck, so anything extra I can pull in on the side will be a big help. The way things are, I’m not getting a better or second job anytime soon, so selling my writing is my next best option to supplement my income, even if only by a little.

All I ask if you do purchase my work is that you do not then pirate, or otherwise freely distribute it. Please don’t copy it and then post on this site, for example. I think my prices are pretty reasonable. Also, if I publish stories that I have already posted on various sites, such as Literotica, I will leave those stories online so the old drafts can still be read for free anyway.

Now, to address a few anticipated questions:

Okay, so you make a buck, but how does this really benefit me, the reader?
One of the reasons I held off on publishing for so long is that up until recently, I have never taken this hobby very seriously. Ergo, I would often hastily post my work almost immediately after writing it, leaving them with many typos, half-assed endings, and sometimes just outright incomplete.

This will no longer be acceptable. If I’m going to ask you to pay for something, then I must my raise my standards to make the product worth your dollar. I will make sure every story I publish is thoroughly proofread, complete, and an all-around superior product to what I have been producing up to this point. If you’re going to pay for my stuff, the least I can do is step up my game.

What stories are for sale?
Over the next couple weeks, I will be focusing primarily on publishing my older stories, putting them in compilations or publishing them as stand alone short stories depending on their length. They will all be getting minor edits, but for the most part, it shouldn’t be anything too drastic. Again, I will leave all my old stuff for free to read online, so if you don’t want to pay for the newer versions, there’s no reason to. Nonetheless, I would appreciate any sales I could get off these older stories.

That said, there are a few old stories I plan on overhauling or expanding as well, however. In these cases the new versions of the stories will only be available in ebook form. But, again, if you don’t want to have to pay for them, the old versions will still be online to read for free. Still, when I overhaul these old stories, I will be making them bigger and better, so I encourage you to check them out.

After that, however, any new stories of sufficient length, I will be distributed via ebook form. As many erotic authors do, I will post samples, and then the rest of the story you will have to buy. In the case of longer stories, I will post the first couple of chapters. If the new work is a compilation of shorter stories, I will post the first story or two. Smashwords already enables you to sample part of a work before you buy, as well.

Will you be posting any more free stories in the future?
I will still post most flash fiction I make, such as the Just A Little Scenes, for free online. Likewise, if I feel the story I’ve written doesn’t have a whole lot of substance to it even if its long (as in, it’s really just a giant sex scene with no real plot), I will likely still post that for free, even if I compile it into an ebook later.

How can I read your stories once I have purchased them?
Through Smashwords, the stories will be available in a wide variety of e-book and computer file formats. These include Kindle, Epub, Nook, Kobo, and iPad/iBook formats, among others. As well, you can download the files as either text, rich text, or PDF formats to read directly from your computer. You can even read the stories directly on the site itself if you wish.

If you are paranoid about giving Smashwords your information, you don’t have to use your real name to set up an account. Setting up an account is free, as well.

So, that should be that. As of the time of this posting, there is only one story up for purchase, and fittingly, the story is “Violet vs. Sara”, one of the first and I believe still one of the best of my erotic works. More of my old works will be getting posted very soon, so check back to my page a few times over the next couple weeks. After that, newer material and expanded stories should follow not too long there after. Thanks in advance to all who purchase my stuff, and I look forward to entertaining you more in the future.

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