Well, we are 3 days into the month (today is June 3, 2015), and if I go to my Amazon KDP Dashboard, select "Month-to-Date Unit Sales" I am told that so far this month, my books have sold:
The Night of The Screaming Unicorn (B00N97L1D6) 29 copies
- The Adventures of Quaraun The Insane (serial) Volume 1
Wasted Time (B00LFUX1XC) 16 copies
- Twisted Tales series (a stand alone)
The Night of the Red Lightning - My Alien lover series (B00Y5CN9DY) 5 copies
- My Alien Lover (serial) Volume 1
Where the Heck Is the Ceiling? (B008FD90QE) 4 copies
- Twisted Tales series (a stand alone)
Quaraun and The Vampire: Into The Swamp of Death (B00T72LVEQ) 1 copy
- The Adventures of Quaraun The Insane (serial) Volume 8
What Homeless People REALLY Want: A Behind The Scenes Look Into The Everyday Life Of The Scottish Gypsies of Old Orchard Beach, Maine (B00WFU89O2) 1 copy
- Memoirs of a Gypsy Queen Book 2 (non-fiction series)
So that is 56 sales in 3 days, meaning I'm averaging about 18 sales a day so far this week, bringing in an income of $71.80 in 3 days. Which as you can see is not earth shattering, and is more then what you'd make at a part time minimum wage job. (Minimum wage currently being $7.50 an hour and part time being 20 hours or less = AT MOST $150 in 7 days.
Yes, someone working part-time minimum wage earns ONLY $7,800 a year. For some reason it always surprises people when they find out just how low a minimum wage income actually is. $7.50 an hour for 20 hours a week is ONLY $7,800 a year. I'm left to assume that minimum wage is much, much higher then $7.50 an hour in other states, as one author commented that they had no idea there were any states with a minimum wage less than $12 an hour. Actually, the minimum wage was only just recently increased to $7.50 in 2012. It had been $5.30 prior to 2012. So in 2012 that chart would have looked like this:
Apparently the cost of living is MUCH lower in Maine, then it is in the lower 48, because from 2006 to 2013 my income was about $2,000 a year and I had no trouble living on that, and from the 1980s to 2006, my income was rarely more than $900 a year and I had no trouble living on that either. And minimum wage only paid out $5,500 a year, as little as 2 years ago (2012) and there's more than a million people in the state, living on minimum wage, working only part time jobs, so, you can see why I get confused when, people like that guy in the blog post you sent me, are complaining that they can't pay a $2,000 a month rent on their exorbitant $30,000 a year income. And why I ask, where the hell does he live that $30k is a low income or that rent is $2k a month? He doesn't live here in Maine, that's for sure. Anyone with a $30k income here in Maine would be seen as a millionaire.
Keep in mind, that even though it is a VERY LOW income, compared to a non-author working a regular day job, my income, for my word count, and my genre is considered VERY HIGH and ABOVE AVERAGE when compared to other authors of short Bizarro. My results are not typical. No, my sales are nowhere near as high as Virginia Wade's, but neither is any one else's in Monster Porn, and as low as my sales are, I'm considered to be selling way above average, for my genre.
You will also notice that only 3 of the 6 titles sold in the last 3 days are Monster Porn, however 35 of the 56 books sold in the past 3 days were Monster Porn.
Also of the $71.80 made in 3 days, $60.61 was made by a single title and yes that title is a Monster Porn title.
I will remind you at this point that the Quaraun series is Yaoi (Boy Love) not Erotica and My Alien Lover is "soft porn" mildly-Erotic Romance, not Erotica. Meaning that exactly 0 of the 56 books sold in the last 3 days, were Erotica. My Erotica titles rarely sell more the 1 or 2 copies per title per month. It would be unusual to see an Erotica title show up on the list. Keeping in mind too, that I only have a few Erotica titles to begin with.
Do keep in mind that I write Monster PORN, not Monster EROTICA. They are different. I point this out, because most people who contact me asking for information on writing Monster Porn, don't ACTUALLY want to write Monster Porn, but instead want to write Monster Erotica. Monster Porn is DIFFERENT from Monster Erotica, and unlike what the titles suggest, Monster Porn is actually far tamer (sex wise) then Monster Erotica. Because the phrase Monster Porn actually means "Obsessed with Monsters" NOT "Sex with Monsters". It is Monster Erotica, which means "Sex with Monsters".
Ever seen the movie Nightmare on Elm Street. THAT is Monster Porn. So isn't Saw. And The Human Centipede. Best Monster Porn movie ever made: Phantom of the Opera staring Robert Englund.
Ever seen the movie Twilight? That is Monster Erotica for kids. 50 Shades of Grey is Monster Erotica featuring a male Human in place of the monsters.
If heads ain't rolling and blood ain't covering EVERYTHING: It ain't Monster Porn. In written form the genre is called Monster Porn, when made into a movie it's called Gorn for Gory Porn.
While Monster Erotica is a subgenre of Erotica, Monster Porn is a subgenre of SplatterPunk Horror.
Monster Erotica has happily ever afters with the girl marring her monster lover and having lots half-breed babies.
Monster Porn ends with the girl losing her head and the monster eating her entrails after brutally fucking her to death.
While Monster Erotica ALWAYS has high heat level sex, Monster Porn may or may not have sex and the sex scenes can range from mild to wild. Monster Erotica is more likely to follow standard typical sex fetishes (BDSM, spanking, knotting with ropes, etc), while Monster Porn is more likely to have freaked out fantasy fetishes (barbed penises, fanged vaginas, monsters with 2 or 3 dicks, tentacles, knotting with long penises that can be tied in knots, etc.)
Also, Monster Erotica is unlikely to feature rape or murder scenes. Monster Porn is highly likely to have outright rape going on and the human party is HIGHLY likely to be killed and eaten by the monster after sex is over.
Monster Erotica almost never has blood, guts, or violence. Monster Porn has a HIGH level of grizzly medieval style torture, and lots of slasher flick style blood, guts, and gore being splattered on the pages.
Monster Porn is violent. Monster Erotica is not.
MOST Monster Erotica can be found on Amazon.
MOST Monster Porn is BANNED by Amazon and is NOT available on Amazon. It is VERY DIFFICULT to sell Monster Porn on Amazon and most authors of it, are stuck with posting it as free reads on FanFic .net or their own blog, or selling pdfs off their own website, or having local print shops print up chapbooks to sell through underground sex fetish shops.
People who are only just jumping on the bandwagon are quick to think Monster Porn and Monster Erotica are the same thing. They are not. Monster Porn has been around for centuries. Monster Erotica is a new genre that was created by Virgina Wade less then a decade ago.
Know the difference between Monster Porn and Monster Erotica. And know that I write Monster Porn NOT Monster Erotica.
While you can use this book to write Monster Erotica, this book is about Monster Porn.
How does this week's sales so far compare to other weeks? It's a pretty typical week. $35 to $75 a week is what I see most of the year, with sale fluctuating between books. My slow weeks (usually in December to March) typically run to $12 to $35 a week, while my busy weeks (usually in late September to mid-November) typically run to $75 to $150 a week. My biggest week of the year is always the week leading up to Halloween. Monster Porn sales go through the roof in late October, the closer it gets to Halloween and can bring in as much as $600 that one week. So you can see what I mean when I say sales go up and down throughout the year. There's a big difference between $12 one week and $600 the next. Monster Porn is not an income you can rely on to be stable or steady. It goes up and down all year long.
Topics can affect sales by the time of year. For example Contemporary Romance sells best (for me) in February, just before Valentine's Day. Mermen stories sell best in July and August. Monsters do best in October. I don't know if it's the same for other authors or not, so your results may vary.
Most short story authors I've talked to, report fewer then 3 sales a week per title and a total income across all titles combined of under $50 a month. I am making more in 3 days, then the average short story author reports making in 30 days.
Most Bizarro authors I've talked to, report fewer then 3 sales a month per title and a total income across all titles combined of under $10 a month. I am making more in 1 day, then the average Bizarro author reports making in 30 days. Still think you are going to become a millionaire by writing Monster Porn?
I'm sorry if this bursts your bubble, but the reality of the matter is, not many authors writing Monster Porn are making anything close to minimum wage. I'm considered to be one of the higher paid Monster Porn authors and, my income is only a little bit above minimum wage. A few, very few, (you can count their names on 1 hand) are, like Virginia Wade, making huge amounts of money. A few more, maybe a dozen or so, are (like myself) making a part-time minimum wage income. Most (hundreds of authors) are lucky if their Monster Porn top $200 in a single year.
You can dream of becoming the next Virginia Wade, sure, but don't come into Monster Porn, expecting instant success and overnight huge sales. There just are not enough readers of this genre to support an author on nothing but Monster Porn.
I've asked most of the Monster porn authors out there, why it was they only ever wrote 2 or 3 Monster Porn and then went back to regular human on human Erotica, and in every case, they reported: Monster Porn was harder to write then they thought, the reviewers were slaughtering their books, and sales were down the toilet.
Monster Porn is not easy to write unless you have a good working knowledge of mythology (reviewers will tear your book to shreds if you get the mythology wrong) and, it doesn't sell as well as urban myth would have you believe. You REALLY gotta love this genre enough to write a LOT of it, in order to make a livable career income out of it.
The short of it is, that if you are not screaming fangirl love for sex with monsters from the rooftops, you really are not going to enjoy writing Monster Porn enough to write more then 2 or 3 volumes of it.
You remember, that I said I write LOTS of genres: 30+? Well, this is why. My primary genre is Bizarro with a heavy focus on it's sub-genres: Monster Porn and Weird Horror, but I also write Science Fiction, Fantasy, Westerns, Romance, etc, because I have bills to pay. I write Monster Porn because it is the thing I love to write. I write other genres to pay the bills.