Between Two Billionaires: Part Three

Between Two Billionaires: Part ThreeFrom USA Today best-selling author Sky Corgan comes the exciting conclusion to Between Two Billionaires.

Tristan Locke has secrets that run so deep they’ve warped his entire life. After claiming he killed his fiance, he does his best to push Sarah away. Shawn isn’t about to let that happen though.

Find out what happens when the truth is revealed and Sarah is forced to make the ultimate decision.

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Erotica or Erotic Romance

A lot of authors who are just starting their journey into a writing career ask me which genre is better to write in. That completely depends on your goals. For anyone who doesn’t already know, after I failed miserably as a horror author, I switched to writing erotica. That is what got me off the ground and originally allowed me to make a full time income from my writing.

There are a lot of perks(pun intended) to writing erotica, the most prominent of which is that you can write shorter works and charge more for them. As the market has evolved, this has become largely dependent on the sub-genre you write in. Back in the day, you could throw up a 5k word erotica short and sell it easily for $2.99. It didn’t matter what sub-genre it was in. Due to competitors driving the price of ebooks down though, this simply isn’t true for every sub-genre of erotica anymore, though there are still some where you can demand high prices for lower word counts, and that’s something that can’t be said for most other genres.

Still, short erotic stories sell like hot cakes. And even if you feel like you have to lower your prices to $0.99, you can always enroll in Kindle Unlimited and make more than that per borrow. From what I understand, Kindle Unlimited people LOVE short stories, so it’s a good program to be in if you write them. Also, it’s a lot easier keeping your books on one platform as opposed to having to manually upload or even use a distribution service to reach the other retailers.

Another advantage to writing erotica shorts is that you keep yourself constantly visible by publishing frequently. This is important to create the snowball effect with income. Of course, this only works if you publish frequently. If you’re going to start your career by publishing erotica shorts, I recommend publishing something new at least once a week and no less frequently than once a month. The faster you can put stories out, the quicker your income will build.

So, now let’s talk about the disadvantages of writing erotica. For one, you will likely never hit a best seller list. Of course, that’s not particularly important to most people who are just starting out. And by best seller list, I’m not talking about the Amazon best seller list. They have a best seller list for every sub-cat of erotica. I’m talking about the biggies: New York Times and USA Today. It is extremely hard to hit either one of these lists with erotica, and it pretty much only happens with novels.

Erotica has a big reader base, but when you cross over toward romance, you open up an even bigger audience. This isn’t horribly difficult to do if you started out writing erotica in the first place. All you have to do is add more story to your sex scenes and make sure you tie it off with a romantic element. Typically, with erotic romance you want HEA(Happily Ever After) or HFN(Happy for Now) endings, which is something that’s not required of the erotica genre.

While the reader base is a lot bigger for erotic romance, they prefer paying lower prices. Anything short and novelette length typically goes for $0.99. A lot of people price novellas for $0.99 as well. And novels range from $2.99 – $3.99 on average, with the occasional indie author going out on a limb and charging $4.99(these are typically authors who are New York Times and/or USA Today and have fans that don’t mind paying those higher prices).

Unlike erotica, hitting lists is a lot more achievable with erotic romance and the right amount of promotion. Also, there are a lot more promotional opportunities available to erotic romance authors than there are authors of erotica. While more and more promo companies who will promote erotica are popping up, it’s still slim pickings in comparison to other genres. And most of the bigger promo companies will not take erotica.

If I had to start all over again, I would take a similar path to the one I did. I would start out writing erotica and then transition to erotic romance. My goal in the beginning was to make a full time income as quickly as possible, and writing erotica allowed me to do that. Now I want to hit the New York Times best seller list, and switching over to writing erotic romance has made that a much more achievable goal.

Having said all that, it’s important to define your own goals and work towards achieving them. Both paths are good to take, and either one can eventually lead you to a full time income. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below and I’ll get to them as soon as I can.

Between Two Billionaires: Part Two

Between Two Billionaires: Part TwoTristan Locke is perfect. Perfectly damaged. A past marred in loss has made him apprehensive to form a relationship with anyone. Until he meets Sarah Palmer.

Abandoning her religious upbringing, Sarah launches into a strained relationship with Tristan. It’s hard to tell what his intentions are, however, when he runs smoking hot one minute and lukewarm the next.

Luckily for Sarah, she’s able to get insider information about Tristan from his brother Shawn. However, Shawn might not be the good guy whom he’s making himself out to be.

Between Two Billionaires: Part Two is the second part of a three part novella serial.

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My Thoughts About Kindle Unlimited

A lot of authors have asked me this question, so I thought I would do a post about what I think Kindle Unlimited means to both authors and readers. It’s important to see things from both sides, because this program has or will eventually affect everyone who writes for a living and who reads for pleasure.

Starting with the basics.

What is Kindle Unlimited?

Kindle Unlimited is Amazon’s response to Oyster. And if you don’t know what Oyster is, it’s pretty much a Netflix for books. Readers pay a small fee of $9.99 per month to have access to over 600,000 books on Amazon that they can read until they’re heart is content. This also gives them access to certain audiobooks, which makes it a really great deal. If I was an avid reader (I’m surprisingly not), I would jump on this. It only makes sense. Whether authors like it or not, this IS the future of ebooks. I think we all saw it coming from miles away, but everyone (authors) hoped it would never happen, because it will likely lead to the inevitable devaluing of books (in dollar terms), and thus, cut into our bank accounts.

The thing that differs between Amazon as an ebook retailer and every other ebook retailer out there is that they’re big on the idea of monopolizing and snuffing out their competition. I am not one to bite the hand that feeds me. Amazon has done amazing things for me, but this is the truth of the company. What readers don’t see behind the scenes is that Amazon is trying to get authors to go exclusive with them at every turn. First, they introduced Select, where authors could get all of these free advertising perks IF they went exclusive with Amazon. Kindle Unlimited is part of Select, which means that (most)authors can only have their books available to Kindle Unlimited subscribers if they’re enrolled in Select. And Select requires the authors to be on a 90 day contract with Amazon where their book can ONLY be available for sale on the Amazon publishing platform.

Select isn’t anything new. Amazon is constantly sweetening the pot to try to get authors to go all in with them, and the vast majority of mid-list authors (like myself), and a lot of big list authors as well, are staying out of it because they want their books widely available. While Amazon holds the market share on ebooks, not everyone owns a Kindle. As an example, if I make $20,000 in a month, $15,000 of it will come from Amazon, and $5,000 of it will come from other retailers.

There are three main reasons why authors don’t want to be exclusive to Amazon:

1.) You alienate yourself from the other retailers, and thus give up the income you could be making from them and the readerbase. To this day, I think that pulling my books out of Select was one of the smartest career moves I made. iTunes and Google Play are steadily growing as ebook retailers.

2.) You cannot hit New York Times or USA Today with Amazon alone. This is the main reason why I want to stay out of Select. Both companies take sales from multiple ebook retailers to compile their lists.

3.) Putting your eggs in one basket is a recipe for disaster. I have watched Amazon destroy authors’ careers overnight because they suddenly decide something is no longer acceptable.  The best example of this was the big pseudo-incest stink a while back. Authors who didn’t adapt had to start all over, and a lot of them never recovered.

Having said that, let’s get back to Kindle Unlimited and how it’s shaking things up. So, much like Amazon Prime (where you get a free book a month, also only by authors who are enrolled in Select), when the program was first introduced, Amazon allowed a lot of the big list authors (people who are regularly on the New York Times best-seller list) into the program for a promotional 30-day period without having to be exclusive to Amazon. They did this because, well, who wants to sign up for a subscription service that has absolutely nothing they want to read.

Month one wasn’t too bad. Not a whole lot of people knew about Unlimited yet. It didn’t really affect the income of most mid-list authors. For short story writers, it has been a goldmine. It still is. You see, the way that Select and Unlimited work is that if a reader reads 10% of a book, the author gets paid for it. The clincher is that they have no idea how much they’re getting paid until the following month when Amazon releases their Select funding report. Lately, it’s been pretty decent. I believe last month it was around $1.50 per book. So, if you can pop out a short story every other day and people borrow the hell out of it, that’s a lot money for a little effort. It’s not so good for novel writers who charge $2.99 – $4.99 for a novel. They’re taking a loss on royalties, which is one reason why so many of your favorite novel writing authors are not enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. It does not make business sense for them to take the loss in royalties.

But anyway, getting back on track. Somewhere along the way, the 30-day trial got extended. Probably because there was a lot of readers complaining about how Kindle Unlimited doesn’t have a whole lot of books that people want to read. You would think that 600,000 books is a lot, but I like to compare it to when I used to go to the library about 5 years ago and borrow audiobooks. They had tons of them, but none were by the authors I usually read. So I had this giant selection of books that I had zero interest in reading.

As I mentioned above, Select and Kindle Unlimited do not make sense for novel writers. For one, you’re taking a hit to your income. And for two, you’re murdering your chance of getting New York Times or USA Today, and that also murders your income. Because when you make one of those two lists, you can pretty much fill a bathtub with money and roll in it. The exposure is off the charts, which naturally leads to a higher income level.

If all of these big time authors got out of Select and none of the mid-list authors enrolled, then the program would pretty much fail. There would still a be a lot of authors that are grandfathered in (classic books) and a slew of short stories, because again, short story authors are benefiting from this program the most financially, but the lion’s share of the authors that people want to read are going to pull out, because it just makes sense. So, Amazon extended their trial. It was a smart move on their part.

We’re in month two, I believe. More people know about Kindle Unlimited. A friend of mine did a poll among readers, and it seems that about 30% are enrolled. That number is only going to grow over time, I’m sure. The biggies got their extension, and the rest of us are starting to feel the heat. I talk to a lot of other mid-list and bigger name authors, and it seems that everyone across the board has taken a hit on income this month. Below are my thoughts on why.

I like to assume that most people are like me. I am a subscription service junkie. I have both Netflix and Spotify. So, I am definitely not cursing Oyster or Kindle Unlimited. In this shitty economy, I can totally see the need for services like these. I can really take either one these companies for an example in my psychological evaluation, though it would probably be more accurate for me to single out Spotify.  I have millions of songs at my fingertips that I pay a low monthly fee for. However, they do not have some of my favorite artists. For instance, Spotify does not have Tool. I don’t go out of my way to buy songs by Tool just so I can listen to them. The point is that a lot of people who are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited are not going to go out of their way to spend extra money on books that aren’t enrolled in the program. Sure, there are going to be exceptions to the rule. I have Netflix, but I still go to the movies to see new movies. But I’m inclined to believe that the majority would either pick up something else to read while they wait in hope for their favorite authors to join Kindle Unlimited. Readers, please feel free to comment on your thoughts about this below.

So, what happens now? Well, trying to get USA Today and New York Times seems out of the question while the big list authors are enjoying their non-exclusive run with Kindle Unlimited(yes, I’m jelly. lol). Amazon still holds the biggest share of what it takes to make those lists, and if some authors are getting an advantage from them, then authors like me don’t have a snowballs chance in hell. I’m sure there’s an exception or two to the rule, but for the most part, that puts a lot of authors at a stalemate for hitting lists.

On top of that, following my theory above about Kindle Unlimited subscribers not wanting to read books outside of the program, a lot of authors are taking a hit in income. I’ve heard reports everywhere from a 10% loss to a 50% loss in income this month. 30% – 50% seems to be more the norm. Mind you, that 30% – 50% is a loss of Amazon income, NOT the other retailers. Many authors have reported that sales are up on the other retailers.

So, what do authors do? They wait. This isn’t something you can win by choosing one or the other. If you go into Select, you lose income from the other retailers. And if you don’t go into Select, you lose income because of Kindle Unlimited. From what I can tell, there isn’t a way around this. Blasting ads, even doing BookBub isn’t fixing this for anyone.

What This Means for Readers

A lot of authors are fighting the exclusivity tooth and nail. Amazon is not the enemy here. Their exclusivity clause for the Kindle Unlimited program is. As it continues to affect authors, readers will likely experience a fluctuation in pricing from their favorite authors outside of the program. Readers who do not have a Kindle might lose access to the books of their favorite authors completely as they feel forced to opt in to the program.

I’ve already considered putting my latest series into the program since there’s no hope that it will hit New York Times. If I do that, I will still have to raise prices to make up for the loss of income from the other retailers.

I’m really not sure what will happen with the future of Kindle Unlimited. It’s definitely here to stay though. I’m not ever sure that Amazon is sure what to do about it. This past week, new and updated books have automatically been enrolled in the program without exclusivity. Many authors believe that this is a glitch, but I think that Amazon is doing some testing. There aren’t enough books in the program to make people want to stay, and they’re still having a hard time coaxing authors in.

Ideally, I’d love to see Kindle Unlimited removed from Select’s exclusivity. If all books could be enrolled in it without exclusivity, then everyone would win. As it is now, most people aren’t happy about it (both readers who aren’t getting the books they want to read with the program and authors who are having their income and opportunities sliced into). I just hope that changes in the future.

Between Two Billionaires

Between Two BillioniresSarah Palmer lives in her own little bubble. Life consists of work at the coffee shop, chatting online with friends, and trying her best to uphold the morals she was taught in Catholic school.

Her step-sister Ethel is the complete opposite.

When Ethel guilts Sarah into sneaking into a party under the guise of being strippers, Sarah’s entire world turns upside down. Everything she thought she knew about herself is changing, and she doesn’t know how to stop it.

What was supposed to be a night of trespassing and fun quickly turns into an unexpected love affair with a handsome stranger. Tristan Locke is perfect. Too perfect. And Sarah is about to learn that if something seems too good to be true, it usually is.

Between Two Billionaires is the first part of a three part novella serial.

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A Naughty Welcome Home

A Naughty Welcome HomeIt’s been three years since Alisa last saw Jake, and in all that time, she hasn’t stopped lusting over him. When he gets off the plane from Cambridge, nothing has changed between them, it seems. Except for the fact that he only got hotter with time. Alisa is more than elated when Jake asks her if she wants to stay with him for the short weekend that he’s in town. Little does she know that his feelings for her are a lot less platonic than she ever imagined.

Content warning: This is a short taboo story (5,700 words) with hot steamy content too naughty for this blurb. If you want to know more about the story, take a peak inside. Due to extreme graphic sexual situations, this book is for adults only

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The Arrangement: Gabe

The Arrangement: GabeBased on the New York Times bestselling series The Arrangement by H.M. Ward.

Gabe’s best known as Miss Black’s hired goon, but he wasn’t always so.

Thrust unexpectedly into a world he never thought he’d experience, Gabe’s origin with the call girl business is a bit too close to home.

Gabe runs on a routine that seems unbreakable. Life is about making ends meet. That’s how it’s always been for him and his sister. Until she’s introduced to broader possibilities. The only problem is that the call girl scene in New Jersey is run by an unscrupulous man who only cares about lining his pockets with money.

This story takes place fifteen years prior to The Arrangement, when Gabe was still young and finding his place in the world. He never knew it would lead him right to the doorstep of the call girl business in New York and a lifetime of employment as both a protector and a symbol of fear.

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The Billionaires Club: The Complete Series

From USA Today Best-Selling author Sky Corgan comes the entire The Billionaires Club series in one convenient boxed set. All four parts of the series are combined in this bundle for a seamless reading experience.Tired of the same boring men? Want a man who can rock you between the sheets like no other? Then come to The Billionaires Club.

The Billionaires Club is run by ten very successful men who believe that all women should be treated like the queens they are. During the daytime, you can relax by our pool or get pampered at the spa. At night time, enjoy the seductive pleasures of our men as they whisk you away into a fantasy you’ll never forget.

Everything at The Billionaires Club is designed to keep you happy and satisfied. We have an entirely male staff that’s ready and willing to take care of all of your needs. Like the pool boy? He’s very good with his pole. Need some maintenance done? We’ve got guys for that. Or if you prefer the finer things in life, you can stay exclusive to your billionaire. It’s your time. Spend it how you see fit. You deserve it.

At The Billionaires Club, you can enjoy an entire month of pampering and roof raising sex for a charitable donation of ten thousand dollars. When you sign up, you can pick out of a list of charities that we’ll designate your money to. The Billionaires Club is a non-profit organization, so you’ll know that your money is going to a good cause.

Do something good for your community and yourself. Come to The Billionaires Club.

Content Warning: This story contains adult content. For readers 18+ only!

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The Billionaires Club: Part Four

The Billionaires Club: Part FourIt’s hard to believe that one man can do so much damage. But he has. Not only have I been destroyed emotionally, but my future has also been altered forever.

I can’t believe I allowed myself to fall for Anders. He was dangerous from the beginning. Dangerous to my heart. Everyone tried to tell me that, but I just didn’t listen. This is what my stubbornness has gotten me, a broken heart and a shaky mental state.

He’s a body wrecker. A life wrecker. His insatiable lust is what got us into this mess to begin with. He craves me undeniably, and I can’t resist him.

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The Billionaires Club: Part Three

Lies and secrets. Anders feed them to me, and I consume them, never knowing what’s real and what’s fake. He’s good at saying all the right things and telling me what I want to hear. He’s even better with his body, drawing me back to him when I think we’ve crossed the point of no return.


I need to get away from him. He’s dangerous and poisonous and deadly to my heart. But I can’t. Every small taste of him, every time he lets me peek into his soul, it feeds my addiction for him.


He’s going to destroy me. Everything everyone told me was true. He’s going to destroy me. Can I let him go before it’s too late?

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