Story Sale

These works are currently available on Amazon for 99 cents!

The Housewife’s Punishment

Leah usually plays the role of a doting housewife for her husband until one night when she forgets to make dinner, but her husband will definitely remember to deliver her punishment. The discipline she receives won’t be easy to endure, but Leah is determined to prove how good she is while more pleasurable activities might follow after she learns her lesson.

This short story features spanking, implements, BDSM elements and sexual activity. Content is intended for adults only.

Caught!

Sarah is a thief who’s about to get more than she bargained for when she’s caught by the man of the house while trying to steal a precious item.

This is a fun, short erotic adventure that features spanking, role-playing, dirty talk, BDSM elements and sexual activity.

Lost in the Woods

Tessa’s older husband Jeff has had enough of her attitude after they get lost on the road, so he decides to take a detour. While she had no idea where this new journey was taking her, she might enjoy getting lost in the woods.

This short story features spanking, implements, BDSM elements and sexual activity.

Face the Music

Clara is a dancer who gets into trouble after a night out and must take her punishment.

This short story features sex, discipline, spanking and more.

After a stressful start to the school year, college student Heather Miles turns to a friend to help her relax in an unusual way. While she’d thought about the world of BDSM before, she didn’t think her first kinky experience would be like this.

This short story features spanking, BDSM elements and sexual activity.

Study Buddies

41lWI7ir9oLOpposites attract. That sounds like a lie meant to give nerdy, bookish types like Heather Weller false hope. And there definitely doesn’t seem to be any attraction between her and her polar opposite, the painfully attractive, most popular guy at school, Jake Eliott. The football player seems to have plenty of loathing for her but no lust.

As different as they seem, they both have at least one thing in common: they’re both virgins. Make that two things: they both want to get laid. Though they start out on shaky ground, maybe they can help each other out.

Read on for an excerpt from Study Buddies. Continue reading

The Dollar Store

There’s two options when publishing a Kindle story. First, you can charge $2.99 or above and select a royalty rate of 35% or 70%. I don’t know why you would pick a 35% royalty rate when a bigger option is available. Maybe you’re very grateful to Amazon and want them to have a bigger cut? I have no idea.

When pricing below $2.99, the royalty rate is fixed at 35%. This means it’s more profitable to price stories at $2.99. However, 2.99 is a bit pricey for a short story. On KU, reading a 10-30 page story nets .5-.15 cents. I’ve heard that some authors worry about pricing their stories at 99 cents anyway as this might devalue their work, and people might think their work is poor quality or cheap.

Plus, authors should value their work and not sell themselves short. In this vein, I had been pricing all stories at $2.99. I’ve heard this is a good price for stories of at least 7,500 words, but some of my work is shorter than that. I’ve begun thinking that $2.99 is a little steep for stories of around 2,500 words.

Even with the smaller royalty rate, pricing some stories at 99 cents might make sense. When someone reads a 20 page story on KU, the author gets ten cents. If someone buys a story for 99 cents, the author receives 35 cents. This seems like a reasonable amount as its more than the KU rate and is more equitable to readers.

stressrSo, I’m trying it out. For at least a little while my shortest stories are only 99 cents. This is a great time to get some summer reading material for a low price.

A new author’s Kindle Unlimited experience

Kindle Unlimited gives readers access to millions of books for a small monthly fee. I subscribe to KU and enjoy it, though there’s pros and cons. However, it’s a way for me to sample a lot of erotica content while I’m starting up so that I can see how others do it and what readers like.

From a reader standpoint, I like it. From an author standpoint, I don’t think it’s paid off for me yet. From what I understand, there used to be glorious olden days where people got a standard royalty amount whenever someone checked out their book using KU. Then people with longer books complained, and now authors get money by page reads.

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As someone starting out, I have several short stories available. I wasn’t ready to create a gigantic story where the farther people read, the more money I get. Short stories have given me a way to dip into the self publishing pool and get used to writing and what not.  This just doesn’t translate to earnings well.

When someone reads the whole first short story I published, The Housewife’s Punishment on KU, I make a whopping five cents.  This last month alone, 387 pages of that story were read. That translates to 35 reads. If 35 copies of one of my works were bought, I’d be ecstatic, but with page reads, that’s almost two bucks.

 

So, here’s what I know:

  • People are reading my stories
  • People are finding my stories with very little marketing
  • Despite these two things, KU generates very little income so far

Despite being disappointed from a monetary standpoint, KU does offer some benefits like:

  • Readers become familiar with me and my work
  • Story reads improve my ranking and makes my work more visible
  • KU readers sign up for my mailing list

I remain optimistic despite small earnings thus far for two reasons.

One, with every new story I publish, my KU page reads increase a little more.
Two, KU exposes my work to people that wouldn’t otherwise read it. If all 35 people who read my story last month had to buy each book they consumed separately, few of them would likely end up purchasing my book. The KU plan gives them the opportunity to read more stories, mine among them.

What experiences have other authors had with KU? Do you like it or not?

 

Scientific Endeavors in Erotica

 

Some people turn on sensual music when they write erotica. Others write naked. When the stories get hotter, authors find themselves getting hot and bothered too. Like setting the mood for a real life steamy encounter, authors have to create the right atmosphere when they write too.

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I just searched for “woman in lingerie” credit

Even regular writers have to get in the zone. Writing is something everyone could hypothetically do, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. No matter what kind of writing I’m doing, I need minimal distractions. I go where I can be by myself and won’t hear much other noise and turn on background music.

Writing erotica can be sexy, you can get interested in the story you’re telling, want to find out what happens as much as your reader, enjoy the climax just as much. It’s not always sexy though. My story Caught! is about a clever thief who, well, the title isn’t subtle, she gets caught. This story features a narrator with a strong voice, humor, bondage, role playing, and of course, sex.

When writing the story, I got brought out of the mood. Sometimes a detail gets to me. If a reader wants to enjoy a naughty story, I know they care about the fantasy and are usually willing to suspend disbelief. They probably don’t care much about the technical details, but I can get stuck on them.

In Caught!, the main character is handcuffed to a bed, and her clothes are ripped and cut off by the sexy, older man who owns the home she’s breaking into. That’s a juicy scenario. There’s a lot to work with. You can have a heroine who is afraid, wondering what’s going to happen next, but grudgingly turned on by the situation, being trapped and at someone else’s mercy. (Remember, this is erotica. It’s usually a safe world where any bad situation is tempting and can lead to hot, sexy situations. It’s a fantasy, not the real world.)

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Still, I ran into a problem with the bra. Now, the main character is wearing clothes she’s not that attached too, her predicament is so exciting that she doesn’t mind her clothes being torn, that only adds to the thrill. But, if you’re a woman, you know that bras aren’t cheap.

I almost said good bras aren’t cheap. That’s true. But no bras are cheap. If you’re an adult woman, almost every bra you pay for is just too damn much. (Okay, I am a cheapskate. Maybe you think the prices are reasonable, I think it’s extortion.) In my view, she wouldn’t just want him to break the bra. This actually works to build the sexiness, because this means she has to become an active participant in her captivity, she has to ingratiate herself with her captor whether she wants to or not, she begs him not to ruin the bra and comes up with an enticing offer he can’t refuse.

So, this all works fine for my purpose. I think I managed to interject some realness and humor into the story while still making it sexy. However, this was the challenge: if someone was handcuffed, could you fully remove their bra? I didn’t know if the thing would just fall free from her body, or if it could be moved to the side but not completely removed because her hands are tied to the bed.

If you undo the clasp, it seems like it could be removed from her body, but the straps around the shoulders are what makes it tricky. To be fully removed, the bra would have to be strapless. I guess I could have said it was a strapless bra, though this thought is only just occurring to me now. I mean, the lady was out to dinner with friends, wearing normal clothes, why would she be wearing a strapless bra? This is definitely making a mountain of a molehill, but it just doesn’t make sense.

I thought I had a firm answer on this, but I’m confusing myself even while writing this again. For some reason, it seems possible in my head. I actually tried to figure this out, sort of an Erotica Myth Busters.

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Man in lingerie, just to mix things up!

I wasn’t wearing a bra at the time of writing, not for any scintillating reason, I was just still in my pajamas. I thought it was possible though, so I went and put on a bra to confirm my hypothesis. Saying hypothesis makes this sound smart instead of trivial, shut up it so does.

I can say for sure, if your hands are joined in front of you, you can’t fully remove the bra. So, now you know. In my head, I still think it should work, but nope, it’s those shoulder straps, I remember now.

 

 

I’m sure the scientific community is very relieved I put this issue to rest.

 

 

 

Caught!

When a naughty little thief gets caught breaking in, her captor decides to teach the would-be robber a lesson. I enjoyed writing this erotic short story because it’s fun, devious, and the main character has a delightful, sarcastic inner dialogue that makes her stand out.

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Caught! can be purchased by itself here and can be purchased or read as part of a Kindle Unlimited bundle here.

This is a portion of the story:

He started at the bottom of her shirt and didn’t have much trouble cutting a line up the material, then tearing it away with his hands. “If you can ask nicely, I might spare the bra.” The shirt was old and expendable, but good bras weren’t cheap. Her face flushed. She had no other option but to beg.

“Please, please, just let me go,” she tried.

He tsked. “Now that’s not an option. I caught a thief and I’m going to use her as I wish. ”

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How the sausage gets made

When looking at some erotica author blogs, most of what I found seemed to consist solely of announcements about new stories. While I plan to post about that too, I hope to offer other content. There’s nothing wrong with doing it that way, I just have trouble coloring in between the lines. I’ve tried to narrow down topics for a personal blog multiple times and my best idea is still “a little bit of everything.” So, sticking to one subject isn’t my strong suit.

(Plus, I just want to learn more about other erotica authors and hear more from them, so if anyone has any blog recommendations for me, please let me know.)

Erotica is about scintillating stories and building desire, and I’ll happily provide some of that here, but I’m going to break character a bit on my blog too. While writing desire and sex is a huge part of romance or erotica, anyone who writes knows that it is not always easy or sexy. Sometimes it’s staring at a blank document or piece of paper and thinking, “Write, write dammit! Think of something!” Sometimes, it’s having overwhelming ideas, a tide of them and no idea where to start. I go back between these two extremes a lot.

Maybe there’s not an audience who wants to peek behind the curtain or see how the sausage is made, but hopefully there are some people interested in a more candid perspective. I don’t blame anyone who just wants to skip this post and only read the steamy ones. After all, I don’t want to see how sausage gets made. I’m a vegetarian.

I know it’s not generally a great indicator of humor if you have to tell someone about the joke, but it’s hard to confer meaning on the internet sometimes. That was a joke. I am a vegetarian, but for some reason, I have actually seen how sausage gets made. It wasn’t that bad. Maybe it’s worse for people who actually have to consider eating the finished product. I normally can’t resist adding some humor in my stories. Hopefully, once I’m more established, people will appreciate that, as I try to make my work sexy but entertaining too.

I’ve had this blog for a while, and it’s had zero posts for a long time because my attitude towards blogging is mainly “arrrrrg” or “Ok, I will definitely do that later.” I really enjoy the idea of blogging, communicating with other writers and building a followership, but in practice I’m kind of a slacker. I wish I could just write, but self-publishing any kind of work involves a lot of other stuff from cover design to marketing and more. I am grudgingly beginning to accept the necessity of self-promotion.

Anyway, I was thinking to myself that I really needed to start blogging, for real this time. It’s easy to think this and commit to it when I’m not at home or by a computer because I can swear that I’m going to get busy and then conveniently forget once I’m in a position to do something about it. I was outside walking with my dog, strolling through the sunlight while wondering what my first post should be about. What did I choose to write about? The spider and the fly, a poem that calls to mind seduction and danger, what could be better for erotic content?

How did I get that idea? I didn’t have a sudden stroke of genius. I was outside walking my dog thinking about what to write when I walked straight into a spider web. So yes, the truth is less sexy than fiction. As you might be able to imagine, I handled this development with absolutely no dignity. I made a strange noise, jumped around, and prayed frantically that a spider wasn’t on me. My dog paid attention to me for five seconds, then thought I was being too crazy and went back to sniffing the ground.

I dusted the cobwebs off my body, then kept running my fingers through my hair, being relieved but not totally sure there wasn’t a spider in my hair each time I didn’t find anything. Once I was no longer paranoid, I realized what I could blog about, but seeing sausage get made is more preferable than tangling with spiders.

Said the spider to the fly

Step into my parlor, said the spider to the fly

It’s a phrase heard from childhood about seduction, but I’m not peddling anything dangerous. That phrase just speaks to what I’m trying to do. Writing erotica is about tempting someone, getting them to spend a little time on your book above all the rest.

The spider and the fly is cautionary tale because the spider wants to entice the fly even though a violent end awaits the poor bug if it listens to the tempter’s words. The game between the spider and the fly is one of survival. Humans like to play different games. Sometimes we don’t hide our dark intents. We know something will be bad for us and that only makes us want it more. We feel tempted even knowing we’re going to our downfall. It doesn’t matter if the ride there is sweet enough.

This poem came into my head when contemplating my first blog post, and I thought it was rather fitting.  My name is Kelly Whip, and I humbly invite you to step into my parlor for a while. I promise only happy endings await.

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