In case you haven't heard about Lexi Wood, she's the sock puppet who lives in my apartment and writes taboo erotica for me to publish.
I'm not sure why I made the decision to put New Taboo Erotica in Kindle Unlimited. I almost never put anything in KU, seeing as I have a monstrous fear of commitment--so much so that being exclusive to one retailer even for 90 days makes me jittery.
But I made the decision, and, boy, was I glad!
As an author, as a business, as an author-business, I generally rely on a long tail of sales to earn my income. We're talking mediocre-to-poor sales spread out over years, even decades. That's how I operate. I view every book I write as a long-term investment. I don't expect it to earn its keep within a week of being published, or even within the initial 90 days. If I had a baby (highly unlikely), I wouldn't expect it to walk and talk at 3 months. I view my books in the same way. At 90 days, they're still infants.
That's how I operate. I don't have monumental expectations of anything I publish.
New Taboo Erotica brought home the bacon, I was blown away. Truly. I don't think any other book I've written has paid my rent in the first month of its existence. I know there are a lot of authors who rely on new release income spikes, but I'm not one of them.
New Taboo Erotica felt like a boon, and the results came as a big surprise.
Still, by the end of that 90 day exclusivity period, pagereads had trickled off, so I took the book out of KU and sent it out into the wilds of the big wide world.
The next year, I decided I would do it all over again.
I didn't see any reason why lightning wouldn't strike twice.
Except that Amazon's algorithms seem to change on almost a weekly basis, and you can never expect the same thing to work from month to month, much less year to year...
New Taboo Smut, and published them into KU last winter.
It was a total flop.
I'd tried to replicate my initial success using the same steps, the same template, the same theme, the same author... and the result was utter and dismal failure.
What a let-down.
So why on earth would I try it again this year?
Well, I didn't actually plan this. I'll start by saying that.
November was National Novel Writing Month. I planned to... you know... work on a novel. But then my grandmother died, and I was still reeling from the tragic death of my cousin last summer, and grief sent me spiraling.
Most unexpectedly, it was Lexi who saved me. She took over, planting herself at my computer and spewing out story after nasty, taboo story. She was uncontrollable! She'd finish one story and immediately start on the next. She'd have two on the go simultaneously. It was wild.
With these 6 previously unpublished stories at my disposal, and at the same time of year I'd published New Taboo Erotica and New Taboo Smut, it seemed only natural to continue my KU experiment. Well, it wasn't an experiment the first two times, but it is now. As much as I distrust and dislike KU, curiosity got the best of me. I NEED to find out what will happen in 2019, on my third attempt to publish a bundle of 6 new taboo erotica stories by Lexi Wood.
The book is called Taboo Sex with an Ex. Will it be a huge success? I doubt it. Will it be a dismal failure? Probably! Don't you love my optimism? Hey, I'm a realist. Everything seems to be tanking these days.
But I'm giving Taboo Sex with an Ex the opportunity to succeed in its initial 90 days. Lexi's stories are scorching, they really are. She writes dirty stuff.
If you're into dirty stuff--especially dirty stuff with a daddy fetish and a focus on the tension that exists between ex-lovers--you're going to want to read this collection. And I don't just say that because I want your sweet, sweet KU pagereads... although that's definitely part of it. These stories deserve to be read. They're trash in the best sense of the word. They're filthy, forbidden garbage stories that will get you off just like they got me through a period of intense grief.
They're just that good.
Am I skewing the results of my KU experiment by asking you to read Taboo Sex with an Ex? Maybe. But it doesn't matter. This isn't real science. It's just me and Lexi, earning a living with our sex writings.
Read it Taboo Sex with an Ex today:
Taboo Sex with an Ex
6 Explicit Erotica Stories
By Lexi Wood
These girls love taboo sex so much they just keep coming back for more… even though they know they shouldn’t… even though they said they wouldn’t! In this mouth-watering collection of sinful smut, six young women return to strictly forbidden men to fill their needs as only the man of the house can. They shouldn’t have done it in the first time. They shouldn’t come back for seconds. But here they are, pretty and purring and ready for more!