I’ve been writing sissy and FemDom erotica for about six months or so now, maybe a little bit longer and I thought I’d compile some of the thoughts I’ve had over the course of the experience so far.
First of all, if you want to write a story then have a clear idea of the major aspects of the story. You don’t need to have a road map of what each chapter will encompass but you do need to know roughly what the big scenes will be and how the characters will be developed. Sometimes I’ve written stories and as I’ve typed, it has taken on a life of its own but it has always stuck to a similar path to what I had outlined in my mind. I have a couple of scripts well over 5,000 words sitting in my Stories folder that I have no idea what I’m doing with as I just wrote without a clear middle or ending. That is troublesome.
Secondly, write something that will make you excited to read it. No point writing about things that don’t excite you as it is a struggle to convey the emotions this way. Writing erotica is all about getting off and giving people a fantasy that they can put themselves into. If you write on a subject that doesn’t interest you then how can you get across all the parts that makes those who are interested in that particular aspect of the BDSM scene erect or wet? I generally stick to sissy and female domination stories as that is what I fantasise about when I go to bed. This helps me impart emotion into my words. I still sometimes go back to the books I’ve written and get hard reading them, that is the sign I’m doing something right.
Thirdly, don’t do it if you believe it’ll make you a fortune straight away. I’m just over half a year into this project that I do part-time alongside other writing gigs. It has come to the point where in all likelihood I’ll have to go back to working full-time and this is going to be more of a lifestyle hobby instead of a plan to generate a good income. If you are a superb erotica writer, you’ll get fans and they’ll come back for more but that doesn’t happen overnight. This is no get rich quick scheme. Do it for the love and if you make some money then that in a bonus.
Fourthly, keep a track of which of your books are selling well and which don’t work. If you find a particular genre is not doing well then instead of persevering, concentrate on the books that are doing better. I have a whiteboard in front of my desk where I keep a record of whenever I sell a book. Clearly I can see that two distinct genres of my work are doing better than the others, therefore I’ll work on creating more stories of a similar ilk. It doesn’t mean I won’t experiment and grow as a writer but I don’t want to pour hours of work into a book that’ll only sell a handful of copies.
Fifthly, know your marketing strategy. This includes mailing lists, social media, websites, whatever. I only recently sorted out a mailing list and it is something I wish I’d done months ago. I’m not a natural when it comes to developing friendships either in real life or online but if you can get along with people in your scene of choice, then you’ll find it easier to get support, retweets, and importantly, reviews.
Sixthly (which isn’t a word), get reviews. Reviews, positive reviews are key. Not only because it will help a reader get a feel for what your book is about but also it pushes the book up the Amazon search results, making your book more visible. The more eyeballs that see your book, the better chance you have of a sale. My most sold book happens to be the one with one of the best reviews I’ve had. I don’t think that is a coincidence…
Seventhly (like above, is not a word but still), ensure that your front cover and description are enticing. I am no graphic designer but as the months have gone on, I think I’ve found a better style of front cover. Using the Amazon Front Cover Generator is far from ideal. I use Canva and have found it very helpful.
Eighthly (you know the drill) just have some fun with it. It could be a good part-time profession but don’t bank on it. If you write a few books and sell enough to buy you a few takeaways or a weekend break or a new laptop or whatever then you are doing ok. Those that write purely for the money will struggle to get fulfillment unless they make big bucks. Only a few get to that stage so when starting out, just write something that excites you. That is a good starting point.