The ABCs of Erotica

SuccessfulCoverOn the blog today I have a wonderful guest – Shoshanna Evers! She is not only a bestselling author of erotica and erotic romance, but she also has written several great how-to books, including the one she is giving away free today!


Thanks for letting me guest post today, Malia!

I’m offering my new non-fiction anthology Successful Self-Publishing: How We Do It (And How You Can Too) as a free pdf to anyone who wants it. Just visit the new website I co-founded with my cover designer, and you can download the whole ebook. You can read the introduction on my author website here.

If you like your books in print, it’s also available on Amazon here, where it hit the top 25 on the Business Writing Bestseller list!

Now, for fun, I’m going to list some of my favorite quotes from some of the essays in the anthology!

“’Woo-hoo! Looks like it’s gonna be another $1,000+ day! I love being a self-published author!’ I e-mailed that to Shoshanna Evers in June 2012 when we were discussing this book project, which happened to be the month my self-publishing career took me to yet another new level after I made my first book free.” — How I Make $20,000 or More a Month with my Self-Published Books by Kallypso Masters.

“With self-publishing, I’m limited only by my writing speed, editor and cover artist.  Since I write shorter works, I can (potentially) go from “The End” to published in two weeks or less and, depending on the distributor, be paid for those sales within two months. “  —We Can by Gia Blue

“ Despite the fact that you’re a self-published author, your cover should scream the opposite. If it looks like Cousin Cindy Lou did it in Microsoft Paint, no one is going to buy it. If you don’t believe me, try it. I dare you.”– The Cover: Make it Professional! by H.P. Mallory

“If the book gets on a bestseller list, more people will notice it so more people buy it, which pushes it up the list, which makes more people notice it, so more people buy it, etcetera. In other words, a popular book gets onto a bestseller list, but being on a bestseller list will increase its popularity.” —  The Business of Publishing, an interview of Shoshanna Evers by author Cara Bristol

“I was frustrated with the submission process. Each press had different requirements and then there was the waiting game all over again.” —  I Did It My Way by Liz Matis

“ Don’t give them anything but your best. Don’t rush your work or skip steps just because you can. Beyond respecting your readers, respect your work.”  — Respect Your Readers by Katriena Knights

“Regardless of how fast you write it, it’s also time spent editing, formatting, blurbing, cover art designing, marketing, and bookkeeping. Whew. Are you tired yet?” — 10, no 11 Successful Self-publishing Tips I Wish I’d Known by Heather Thurmeier

“Since I published the story one year ago, I am thrilled to report I am now able to write out a very nice check to the shelter every month.”  — A Dog, A New Genre, and a Charity by Jennifer Probst

“I wondered how hard it really was for an unknown author to break through the invisibility barrier? How many sales would a book make if no one knew about it? At heart, I am a scientist, and so I put it to the test.”  — A Tale of Two Novellas by Skye Warren

There’s more. There’s so much more. But I’m running out of space in this blog post! These are the other articles in the antho:

The Sky Is Not Falling, or Why 99-Cent Books (Probably) Won’t Take Over the World by Jackie Barbosa

Why I Love My Crazy Indie Life by Donna McDonald

How I Sold 17,000 books in Four Months by Debra Holland

David Kazzie, Before & After by David Kazzie

Twitter 101: Five Things about Twitter Authors Should Know (and Five you Don’t Know) by Valerie Bowman

Marketing by the eBook by K. Rowe

The World of a Steampunk Indie by Heather Hiestand/Anh Leod

Getting Published by Shoshanna Evers

……….And since I’m offering the book to everyone for free at, you can find your own favorite quotes! Hope you enjoy the book, and please sign up for my mailing list on my website at to be notified when a new book comes out!

Next up is The Enslaved Trilogy, published by Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Star imprint.

xoxo Shoshanna Evers

Sexily *Evers* After…

Amazon Erotica Bestselling Author

#1 Bestseller in Authorship, Erotica Writing, and Romance Writing


Coming April 2013 from Pocket Star | Simon & Schuster
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Comments on: "Malia Mallory Welcomes Shoshanna Evers Sharing About Successful Self-Publishing" (13)

  1. Impressive! I think I’m doing okay in the self-pub world, but I suspect I could be doing much better if I worked a little harder at selective promotion.

  2. Impressive quotes! I’m going to go check out the download now. 🙂

  3. Thanks guys! Promotion is a huge part of being a successful author (whether indie or traditional) and we cover it in the book too! 🙂

  4. Thank you, Shoshanna for making this collection available and to all the inspiring authors who contributed (and to Malia for turning me onto it).

  5. This looks like a wonderful tool for potential and published authors. Thanks for taking the time to create it!

  6. Thanks so much for this, Shoshanna (and Maila!). What a terrific resource from some of the biggest names in self-publishing.

  7. Thank you! It was a labor of love 🙂

  8. Awesome – thanks for the free Shoshanna! 😉

  9. Wow, looks like a great book and thanks for offering it to authors, free!
    Toby Neal

  10. Wow! What a great collection of essays! I had a huge fangrrl moment reading the article by Kallypso Masters. 😉

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