Due to the murder of my family and the resulting court cases, police investigations, and FBI investigations, I no longer have time to daily update this website.
Likewise ALL novel, short story, and article writing projects are on hiatus.
All book releases, book signings, workshops, and convention appearances for 2015 (and unknown amount of time after) are on hold while the murder investigation of my family is ongoing.
Writing advice for the worldbuilding, character creation, and other writing how to articles are on hold.
From now on, the bulk of updates here will be about the investigation into the murder of my family.
No, NOT just THIS author website, not JUST the EelKat pename, not just self published books: ALL 15 (fifteen) of my penames are on hiatus, that includes traditional published books as well, newspaper reporting jobs, editing jobs, my work for Harlequin Romance Novels, my work for Disney... EVERYTHING is on hiatus. Every publishing house I work for, every series I write, every penname I write under: they are ALL on hiatus, ALL projects.
There is NOTHING being published under ANY penname, not for ANY series, not for ANY publisher, from 2015 onward. EVERYTHING is on hold due to the murder of my family. I do not know when or even if, any of the projects will be restarted or finished.
Yes, BOTH the magazines I owned are indefinitely shut down because of this as well, with no plans for either magazine to return. The publishing house I own is also closed to submissions from now on, we will no longer be publishing anything. It is unlikely we will reopen the publishing house either.
All book signing tours, workshops, letures, PAX events, ComicCon events, carnival/festival/state fair/car show events are also canceled. I will not be attending ANY of them. If a venue still has my name listed as a guest/speaker/etc it is because they've not yet removed it. I WILL NOT be there, no matter where it is!
EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE, IS CANCELED!
The ONLY thing continuing from this point on, is THIS website, where I'll post updates on the murder investigation, hopefully every week, but, you know how it is when 10 members of your family are beheaded, it's kind of difficult to have a schedule for anything anymore.
Are Erotica Sales Down Since June (2015)?
EelKat on Kindle Publishing
[quote='[Justin];10422727']I read something about a month ago saying that Playboy went from 5,000,000 subscribers down to 800,000 subscribers because of free porn, so now Playboy is going to actually stop doing full nudity and start having classier pics that leave something to the imagination. So, the Adult industry is definitely being affected but of course there's always going to be people making mad money in it.[/quote]
Yes. Playboy made an announcement saying that they were shifting out of porn and into other things as a way to stay afloat, because of their recent loss of sales.
[quote=JulianC;10419033]I've recently been lurking on GFY.com (the adult industry forums).
A lot of disillusioned folks over there claiming porn is dead - courtesy of tube sites.
The money has shifted more into live cams and dating sites over the last 5+ years. (But even those aren't doing as well as they used to).
But surely- the market of horny people is just as large as ever?! There must be a way to monetize that thirst.
I write porn & erotica and sell them on Amazon. I'm friends with about 30 other authors of it, and know via social media about 3,000 other authors of it. Here's what I've personally seen:
- you could sell porny stories on Amazon at a rate of $1 a page
- - I had a 74 pager - yes, people DID buy it with a $74 cover price
- most authors sold it for $7.99 for 10 page stories.
- $24 for collections of 5 ten page stories
- Most authors sold it for $4.99 for 10 page stories.
- $7.99 for collections of 5 ten page stories
- (Authors could see as much at $10k a week, though most averaged $1,000 a week)
- Most authors sold it for $2.99 for 10 - 30 page stories.
- $7.99 for collections of five 10 - 30 page stories
- (Authors could see as much at $30k a week, though most averaged $4,000 a week)
- Most authors ARE CURRENTLY selling for .99 for 50 page stories.
- $2.99 for collections of three 50 page stories
- AND are struggling to make sales
- MOST Erotica authors in have reported averaging UNDER $100 a week in 2015 (before June) and have had to take on part time jobs.
After June 015:
- Since Amazon made drastic changes to how they paid authors (in June 2015)
- MOST Erotica authors (even those who a month ago were earning $10,000 a week) ARE CURRENTLY reporting averaging UNDER $10 a week since June 2015 and have had to take on full time jobs.
Why the change?
In the case of Amazon, in 2010 Amazon had a 18+ Adult Only section.
In 2012 Amazon added Google Adds to their site and was immediately blacklisted by Google's Panda.
To get the Amazon website re-indexed on Google, Google DEMANDED Amazon remove the adult section, so Amazon deleted the entire section, books and all. Thousands of Por authors had their accounts banned from Amazon in the process.
In October 2013, Google decided it did not like Monster Porn and un indexed every site on the net offering it for sale - including Amazon once again. Amazon responded by deleting all Monster Porn off it's site and banning author accounts.
In February 2014, Google decided it didn't like BDSM and un indexed every site on the net offering it for sale - including Amazon, yet again. Amazon responded by deleting all Hard Core BDSM off it's site (allowing Vanilla BDSM look-alikes like 50 Shades) and banning author accounts.
In June 2014 Amazon rolled out Kindle Unlimited, a program that paid authors a huge royalty every time someone read 10% of their book, and authors gamed the system by flooding Amazon with 10 page porn - every time some one looked at the front cover, without even opening the book, it counts as 10% read in a 10 page book.
In March 2015 - Amazon sent an email out to authors requesting them to please remove all books under 5,000 words long ( Amazon counts 311 words per page so a 10 page book is only 3,110 words long) and stating that Amazon would begin reviewing all books under 50 pages before allowing publication. Ending to say that if authors did not stop publishing "Scamlettes" (Amazon's term) that they would be forced to change the KU payout system
In June 2015 Amazon did as they threatened and changed the payout system (which now pays .0003c per page read and authors require readers to READ a whopping 500+ pages in order to earn $1 now.
So, I can't speak for other areas of the adult industry and why sales are down, but I know why sales are down on the segment of the industry I' working in.