Audio romance fiction is back. Why are aural/audio sex fiction, that is the genre of erotic romance audio novels in such demand? Since last year, one of the latest trends in fiction writing are audio romance fiction with erotic overtones, moods, and textures, including erotic romance or ethnic historical romance. For the young adult reader, the theme this year is historical family fiction adventure stories with ethnic, not erotic overtones. It's not only women listening to these novels, it's also couples, and single men.
Writing genre fiction this year? Here's how to publish your book online at no cost to you, the author. What's the rising fad this year in fiction are romance novels as audio books that have an erotic overtone. See, the Publisher's Weekly article, Aural Sex: The Rise in Audiobook Erotica: Focus on Audio 2013.
You also may wish to check out these YouTube videos: Education Book Review: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Erotic Romance by Alison Kent, Senior Citizen Writes Erotic Romance Novels, 50 Shades of Erotica with YA Author Abby McDonald and Lit. Agent Rebecca Friedman and, Woman Fired For Writing Erotic Novel?
Who knew aural sex (audio erotic and romance novels) would be this year's preference in media-mitigated preferred fiction genres? There's a place for sweet audio romance too, usually with a historic theme where men describe a glimpse of a woman's ankle as tightening their jeans.
Some paperback, print novels that would make excellent audio books are based in cities such as Sacramento, such as Sacramento Latina: When the One Universal We Have in Common Divides Us. Other paperback novels would also make great radio plays or audio books that could save money on historical settings in exotic high-altitude locations such as, Adventures in my beloved Medieval Alania and Beyond.
Also, on the topic of self-published books, you may want to check out the article in from (Aug. 9, 2010) in the Sacramento Bee newspaper by Allen Pierleoni, "Make me an author you can't refuse: Any writer can publish using online tools--and no more rejection letters." You also may want to see the article, "Self-Published Memoir, Hippie Boy, Lands on New York Times Bestseller."
There's an excellent article online, Self-publishing gets easier with online tools. Also browse the books, Writing What People Buy and Social Smarts Strategies That Earn Free Book Publicity: Don't Pay to Market Your Writing [Paperback]. Check out the slideshow on Examiner.com of 49 of Anne Hart's 91 paperback book covers.
You can publish any book of various sizes using publishing tools online and at once be put of the media and its culture
If you're looking for resources such as writing associations and companies of interest to writers in the media, check out this writer's resource list. What's popular this year are romance novels as audio books. See, Amazon.com: Romance - Audible Audiobooks: Books. You'll need to find voice talent and audio engineers who aren’t unnerved by the adult material to read and record your novel as an audio book.
Check out the 2013 articles, "Writers find community in workshops like SummerWords," and "David Brooks: What our words tell us: a shift from community toward individuals." The cheapest audio book publishing alternative is to read your radio play, upload it online as a podcast, and leave it at some of the free sites where you can upload audio, video, or text material such as Internet Archive.
Niche audience media opportunities
On the other hand, if you have a romance novel in a specific genre for a niche audience that you've self-published or published print-on-demand in paperback, you might turn it into a romantic audio book or e-book. One example might be ethnic or historic romance, suspense, or adventure fiction.
Basically, you see below a list of my books, all published print on demand from online sources, where you send your Microsoft Word manuscript for a book to a publisher online, and the publisher turns your manuscript into a book and posts it with most online booksellers. See information about the time-travel historical novel on Amazon.com, Adventures in my beloved Medieval Alania and Beyond.
You have your choice of a paperback books or you can upload your book as an e-book, suggest a distributor such as Amazon.com to offer it to Kindle to be read as an e-book, keep it as a paperback, or make an audio or video recording of any part of your book or all of it and send it up to the web (for free) at Internet Archive (if it's free) or if you're charging, to any sites offering audio books that you can make your own price for, such as lulu.com. A mainstream media newspaper reporter also can promote your book if someone in the national media or with a large urban daily newspaper interviews you.
Writing about mainstream media and culture
It's about the whim of the reporter on a national newspaper who has or is writing a story related to the topic of your book. For example, if the Wall Street Journal writes an article on the plight of low-income senior citizens and your memoirs are about that topic, that reporter, if the individual chooses to interview you or write about your book, could make a difference. Sometimes it's a writing instructor at a senior center who sends your book or information about your writing to a national newspaper reporter writing on a topic similar to what you're researching or writing.
Some of the free publishing sites for books, music, and video include lulu.com, with a variety of video, audio, and paperback writings. You set a price. If you want a distribution, you can pay a small fee. Otherwise, you set your own price and sell your books online. You only pay when you order one book, and that's the price you set plus a small commission to lulu.com. There also are other publishers online with similar deals where you publish free, and the people buying your book pay to order it in paperback or as an e-book. What you might look into are ways to transform your book into an audio book as well.
Where you can publish your book online at little or no cost to the author
There are several other sites online where you can publish your book using the web's tools and make a paperback book, buy a copy of it at the price you set, and have people order books online at your price. There are other similar sites at Amazon.com, for example, such as Create Space. Also see, Amazon.com: How to Get Published Free: Best in Self-Publishing.
See CreateSpace - Free Setup, and also CreateSpace: Self-Publish and Distribute Your Books, Video and Audio. Basically, what you want to look for online are free publishing tools to publish your own book, either paperback, on CD, DVD, audio, or video, or an e-book. Each site has a different method of who pays for what or if the site is free for authors and costs only if people order books, either in print on paper or as an e-book.
Other books from the print on demand company, iUniverse, for example, ask for a fee to publish your paperback book and distribute it online with most online booksellers. If you belong to the American Society of Journalists & Authors, you can get a discount on an iUniverse.com-published print-on-demand paperback or e-book.
You can use online self-publishing, or rather print-on-demand publishing companies such as CreateSpace, Lulu, and Digital Text Platform). You also can pay a fee to have your paperback (and/or e-book) published at Author Solutions (parent company of AuthorHouse, Xlibris and iUniverse), (PubIt!), iBookstore, Smashwords, Scribd, and Fastpencil.
If your book doesn't meet a sales quota by a certain date with mainstream book publishers, it could go out of print too soon after publication
With print-on-demand publishers, you more or less control when your book goes out of print, gets simply unpublished until you want it on the lists of online booksellers again, or stays up there. Since you paid to put your book there, you control what happens to it to a large extent with the self-publishing tools. For example, you manage what kind of distribution you want and will pay for. Some distributions run about $100 to have your book listed on the websites of most of the online book sellers.
Usually, your book won't be in bookstores, but available in paperback at the online booksellers' sites, such as Amazon.com if you pay for a distribution. Otherwise, you get a storefront with the publisher's site where people can order your paperback book, CD, or DVD online. Or with Lulu, you can have people download your book in e-book form or buy it in paperback and have both on your free storefront website hosted by Lulu or other publishers offering similar situations to authors.
What do many authors like best? It's the print-on-demand publishers. The reason why is that before 1998, this author had a dozen books published by mainstream publishers between 1978 and 1998. The paperback books would go out of print when the publisher determined. In 2007, this author had one book published by a mainstream publisher and the rest by print-on-demand online publishers. By comparing the books, the mainstream publisher certainly had a reporter contact me from a magazine, which a print-on-demand publisher can't afford to do unless the author pays for publicity separately.
With mainstream book publishers, more publicity may be given to celebrities rather than unknown writers
With a print on demand publisher, you have to write your own press release and contact media personally. Otherwise, you'd have to pay for public relations services or have the publisher write your press release for a fee. Since the print-on-demand publisher has no idea what niche or ethnic publishers would be most interested in your book, you'd have to provide a list of where you'd want the book to go to.
As the media asks for review copies, you'd have to pay for a copy of your book and then send it to the media with a print-on-demand publisher. That doesn't pay. With unknown writers, most of the time, the book would not get reviewed. You'd lose your money.
That's why sending a reporter an electronic PDF file copy of your book to review would be free, but chances are unless you asked the reporter in advance, no one is going to read a book online because eyes get tired much faster looking at a computer screen than at a large-print paperback. But if you ask for a large-print paperback, your book will cost more to the consumer for the added pages if you're publishing print-on-demand.
With many print-on-demand (P.O.D. publishers, the publishers get 80 percent of the profit on your books, and you get a mere 20 percent
But that's better than the average 5 percent you'd get in royalties from mainstream publishers. Some P.O.D. publishers give you a 30 percent royalty. Other publishers give writers 70 to 80 percent profit and the publisher only takes 20 or 30 percent royalty on your book. They earn more than you just for hosting your book image and summary on their website. You get less for doing all the writing, research, editing, and promotion.
Self-published authors can have their books downloaded as e-books to a variety of e-readers (including Kindle (Amazon) and iPad (Apple). You can have your book downloaded to a variety of mobile devices and computers or stick with the paperback or hardcover. Most people will buy paperback because it's light to carry in transit for easy reading on the beach, in bed, or in a lounge chair.
The R.R. Bowker Company put together bibliographic data. In 2009, 764,448 self-published titles appeared in print. Figures were up 181 percent from 2008
Compare print-on-demand books with the mere 289,729 titles from traditional publishing houses. Hardcover books are not selling well this year. Paperback books are. There are so many people writing for the joy of it that you can guess self-publishing tools are going to increase the number of people writing and publishing books, hopefully at no or low cost to the author.
The profit should go to the writer, not the publisher when you print books online because you're not getting any publicity unless you pay for it or arrange it yourself. Few reporters are going to review your self-published or print-on-demand books, so you have to find ways to promote your books at no cost to you. Otherwise, you're stuck paying fees to have the company that printed your book write your press releases and send them to generic media, missing perhaps the niche media you want to learn about your book.
Unless you have a national radio talk show, the chances of selling a lot of copies of your book are not there unless you pay for promotion or book yourself on radio and TV shows to talk about your book
And most authors don't have the money to pay for publicity or to invest heavily in books that usually are not heard from much after a year on the market. If you write for teachers, contact teachers, for example.
The Internet has a lot of ways to promote your media in a niche culture that relates to the topic of your book. Fiction competes with the entertainment industry. Nonfiction is read for the value of its information to help people solve problems and make decisions such as choices.
You'd need to speak about your book on public Internet radio, national radio, and sometimes on TV. Another alternative is to speak to schools in classrooms and auditoriums. Teachers might order your book for a class topic. A celebrity can send your book to the best-seller list, if the celebrity interviews you as an author on a national TV show.
This leaves out the person who is not able to talk in public for physical reasons or for shyness or fear of judgment. The alternative is to promote your own print-on-demand published book online on your own site or continue to write for a variety of outlets or blogs read by a national audience, unless your book is local. There are success stories. Your books could be picked up by a mainstream publisher who might pay you an advance.
Print-on-demand published books have their own audience and following. The nonfiction books are informational and focus on resources and ways to solve problems, measure results, and make better choices.
Small advances with mainstream publishers for many authors
If you think about it, many authors with mainstream book publishers get about $1,500 or less in advance for nonfiction, how-to or informational books. The books go out of print within two years or don't sell enough to earn royalties. But at least the online tools for publishing your book yourself offer you hope.
That's the hope your book won't go out of print for generations. And that hope might motivate you to keep writing and letting the world know through your online writings that you continue to write more books as long as it's the joy of writing. On rare occasions, mainstream publishers give six figure advances to first-time authors, but it has happened, particularly with novels publishers decide will be best-sellers.
Also, most mainstream newspaper reporters will interview the print-on-demand published authors who have had their books picked up by mainstream publishers or who have made money. You won't see many interviews in the mainstream media about authors who have printed books that never sold more than a few copies, if any.
Celebrities are promoted by mainstream publishers
Mainstream brick-and-mortar publishers may promote books by celebrities (even if written with a co-author, ghostwriter, or 'with' another author) more than they promote books written by full-time book authors of informational, how-to, popular books meant for general audiences. For example, if you have no day job and write books for a living, and hold a liberal arts degree, your book may not be publicized as well as a book written by a celebrity, even if the celebrity (or famous doctor) writes the book with a co-author.
Worse yet are 'unreadable' books written by educators where the mainstream-published books remain on university shelves and are rarely read, even by students. But what about the popular book author whose books are never read because the author is too old to have the energy required to speak to the public about the book or is a low-income person who writes because the individual is not offered other work, for example tutoring or teaching creative writing, or working as a manuscript 'doctor'?
Writing books that nobody reads has an upside when the books become audio or get adapted into a play, script, or opera
Writing a book that nobody buys is worse than writing a screenplay that never gets read and competes with the entertainment industry. In Hollywood, for example, there are more than 50,000 scripts floating around that rarely are read by the people who can option the screenplay. One way to salvage that script is to expand it into a novel and publish it print-on-demand as a thriller, humorous novel, or for a particular niche audience.
The bottom line is if your book isn't promoted, few will know about it. Your job is to find out how you can launch your book in the media without it costing you money, particularly if you're a low-come senior who isn't about to go on a book tour, speak to a live audience, or pay to promote your book. You have to rely on the material in the book to promote itself by reaching the niche market where your marketing research and audience is at each week. That's one reason why speaking in classrooms gets attention from students and teachers, including the adult education, senior center, high-school, elementary (kids books) and university level age groups.
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