I've been working as a freelance writer for about three years, and in that time, I have written romance stories with the following flavors:
- Urban fantasy
- Highlander Scottish
- Paranormal Shapeshifter [wolves, dragons, bears]
- First time F/F Lesbian
- First time M/M Gay
- Esoteric Noir Occult
- Motorcycle Club Bad Boy
- Mafia Drug Wars
- Secret babies.
- Orcs and Elves
- Action Hero Military
- Menage / Love Triangle
- Fae Romance
- Fairy Tale Retelling
- I've also tried a few non-romantic sci-fi and fantasy works that focused on metaphysical allegory.
I have tried to self-publish more than a few of these different types of stories, at different lengths, with different plot devices / blurbs / covers / pen names, etc.
You can read most of my different self-published attempts here, and analyze my progression over time. Over the next few months, I will portfolio this catalog, and cull it to only showcase my best work.
I will also be working to expand what has worked, and to eliminate what has not worked.
I have also tried to earn a living as an Artist, through the following routes:
- NSFW / Erotic Art Commissions
- Tarot Kickstarter
None of those have been financially lucrative, though I have developed skills, and learned about marketing through those experiments.
One thing I have noticed is that people respond to my NSFW Art -- the more erotic, the better.
Now for some Stats.
To further explain -- the following are percentages of my self-published income:
- 35% was from a single Lesbian story.
- 17% was from a single Orc / Elf story.
- 12% was from a single Succubus story.
- 6% was from a single Fairy Tale story.
- and the remaining is a mixture of Highlander / Motorcycle Badboy stories.
All of that is to say that if I was trying to make a living off of my creative output, I should write longer, and more "To Market"
- Vampire / Succubus
- Fairy Tale
- Bad Boy Stories.
In true form, I've decided to expand and edit my Cinderella Story First, because I love punishing myself.
So you can expect an announcement soon about a new and improved version of Cinder. WIth better editing, more Book Boyfriend Romance, and a stronger - standalone ending.
Then, I will be moving onto the expansion of Orc-Gasm, followed by the Lesbian work, and the Vampire novel. Taking into account my freelance obligations, that should carry me through the end of the summer.
I've also decided to use my artwork to paint pornographic / sexy and otherwise compelling artwork to go along with each story.
I will be sharing all of that with you, because in theory -- you asked for it.