We’ve written about hot Doms in their dungeons, double penetration by well-endowed aliens, menages with twin cowboys, rectal exams by stern doctors, dressing up as little girls and getting our bare bottoms spanked - in short, doing kinky sexual things to every conceivable bodily part with a variety of partners and playthings. But there's one topic that up till now has been off-limits in most blogs about erotic romance.
Money. There. I've said it and I feel so much better.
This year I'm kicking off a new weekly series about the business we're all in - the business of writing erotic romance novels. If you don't consider the hours you spend hunched over a keyboard as running your own business, it's time to rethink what you're doing.
You may say you write for fun, or for self-gratification, or because you just "have to put all those stories in your head on paper." Okay. Then send me your royalties and advance checks and I'll believe you. Otherwise admit that the money you make is important. Even if it's only a pittance, it's YOUR pittance. That first check for a new book is a cause for celebration, whether it buys you a Porche or a pizza.
But as someone who has owned and operated five small businesses before I began writing full time, I'm going to tell you one simple secret - it's not just how much you make, it's how much you keep.
Of course, if you don't make much right now, that may not sound like a shocking revelation. We're all financial virgins when we start out. But I got very good at figuring out how to keep as much as possible of what I earned when I married a successful salesman and we started our first business together. We had an accountant who took care of us. At least that's what I thought. When he presented me with a tax bill bigger than my total income the year before I got married, well...that's when Uncle Sam popped my fiscal cherry!
Every Wednesday we'll explore a new topic. Together with guest bloggers I'll share ideas that will drive your sales higher, hot new trends in the market, which social media platforms REALLY work - and how to keep more of those Benjamins in your pocket. He may not look very hot in that picture, but he sure can bring you a lot of satisfaction!
Here are some upcoming posts:
Longer Isn’t Always Better - Get your mind out of the gutter! It's about book length
Have You Hit the Dirty Thirty Yet? - Is there a "secret formula" for success?
It’s All About That Base - How to build a team of super fans
Self-Gratification – Is it time to consider indie publishing?
Never Kill A Puppy - Writing rules and when to break them
I hope you'll join me January 7th for the kickoff.