Turn a bad coping skill into a second income?

barefoot

MyPTSD Pro
I’m coming a bit late to this and see that you’ve already talked to your T about it. I think you’ve come up with a good approach together - it could be a healthier outlet than the sexting as long as not getting into re-enactments/things that reinforce negative cognitions etc,

I used to write erotic fiction for book anthologies but haven’t done so for about ten years. By the time I stopped, there was so much free - and often user generated - content that the genre was on its knees with very little new stuff being commissioned and numerous publishing imprints (even in big publishing houses) closing.

So, very little market at that point (I’m in the U.K. - the US market has always been bigger) and little money to be made. Even the more buoyant US market paid squirrel nuts.

And then there was 50 Shades! Which gave the genre a boost again and suddenly publishers/agents were on a mission to discover the next big name in erotic fiction and trying to ride the crest of the wave of this phenomenon.
Novel after novel was churned out...“if you liked 50 shades you’ll love this...!” Not sure whether it also reignited the short story market (the short story in any genre is a struggling form)

I think it sounds worth a go - to see if writing can be a more healthy outlet for you.

And I agree with @Friday - if you’re going to write it for publication, you may as well try to get it published rather than pay yourself to self-publish.

I guess my word of caution would be: you’re probably not going to make much money out of it. If any. (And if you self-publish you may end up being at a loss) Not trying to be negative or not encouraging - but as you were talking about this as a second income stream, I think where you set your expectations is important.

And, I know I’ve been out of that for a number of years so I may not be up to speed - perhaps pay/opportunity is now increased. I suspect not. But, if I’m wrong, hopefully someone can post with more up-to-date info.

And also to echo @Friday ‘s post - if you go the publishing rather than self-publishing road, be prepared to not get read/not hear back/receive rejection. If that might be difficult to deal with, may be not the best idea!

Final thing - even publishing under a pseudonym May feel vulnerable/a bit exposing. Even if there’s just one editor who you write for and have to communicate eith...that one person knows you a) have these thoughts and b) you think they’re at least potentially erotic. That was always a bit of a strange feeling for me! I guess I’m just meaning, if you go down this road, you may find unexpected triggers along the way that aren’t necessarily about the content itself. So just something to be aware of/try to predict where those points may come in the process.

Keen to hear whether you give it a go. If you do, I hope you enjoy. It can be fun! ?
 

FauxLiz

Sponsor
@barefoot thank you for the input. For now I am writing and seeing what comes out. I will see if there is anything that I want to send out for rejection/publication after I have 20-30 stories under my belt. In terms of a second income stream I don't expect to make thousands of dollars I would be happy to make enough to pay my monthly mani/pedi habit so less than a hundred a month would be cool.
 

RussellSue

MyPTSD Pro
@FauxLiz, I saw an ad today for erotica writers on Indeed. If you are still interested in this, it may be worth looking at. The title is Sales- Erotica Writers, it is a remote position and it was posted today. It is commission-based, so not real high paying and may be plain crap, but since it was for erotica writers, it made me think of this thread.
 

FauxLiz

Sponsor
@FauxLiz, I saw an ad today for erotica writers on Indeed. If you are still interested in this, it may be worth looking at. The title is Sales- Erotica Writers, it is a remote position and it was posted today. It is commission-based, so not real high paying and may be plain crap, but since it was for erotica writers, it made me think of this thread.
Thanks I will check it out!
 
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