An Erotica Writer’s Quick & Dirty Guide To Publishing

Are you a romance or erotica writer who wants to publish your novel?  My guest today, Kelly D Smith, shares her quick guide to getting published.  It might just be the motivation that you need!



An Erotica Writer’s Quick & Dirty Guide To Publishing

Hi, everyone! I’d like to thank Shaz for allowing me the pleasure of stopping by today! I’m excited to talk to you about how you can get your book published. I started publishing my work when I was 18 years old, and since then I’ve had over 7 books published! A few even made it to a publishers bestsellers list (Like this one)

It seems like the more people I meet the more people I know who want to write a book and have it published. Some people are really into the idea of self publishing, others are a little more weary of it and often ask how I find a publisher and if I have any suggestions. Now, I don’t want to go out of my way and be biased here, but I am going to give you a quick guide to how you go about publishing your work- assuming it’s romance and/or erotica.

  • Step one: Have a book you want to write.
  • Step Two: Write said book.
  • Step Three: Edit said book.
  • Step four: Drink- a lot. Er, if that is your thing. It might not be your thing but you might want it for step five!
  • Step Five: Submit it to a publisher.
  • Step Six: Wait to hear back and pray that you get it accepted. Or do some crazy ritual- it’s up to you.

Sounds pretty simple, right? I know, you probably think I’m making this up, or leaving something out but the truth is. It’s not that hard. I mean, don’t get me wrong, coming up with the idea/writing it/editing it- that is hard. But actually getting the book out there… well all you need to do is hit “Send.”

It’s the waiting that is hard. Rejection can be hard of course, but to me I’d rather hear “no” than not hear an answer at all. At least if I hear “no” I know that I need to start looking somewhere else for it. I know that I need to explore my other options. That is why I welcome rejection (though I’d rather acceptance).

So, the truth is it is pretty simple- and if you think maybe you have a book in you I say go for it! I’ve met a lot of people who didn’t think it would be simple enough for them. And you know what? They are all published authors now. But wait- before I leave you and before you go write that book, here are a few publishers I suggest.

  • Siren Bookstrand
  • SoulMate Publishing
  • EveryNight Publishing
  • Wild Rose press

I haven’t worked with everyone on this list, but I have worked with one and I know a lot of authors who have worked with the others. To see an example of what one of those is publishing, here is an excerpt from my recent book published with them. A book that made it onto their best sellers list.

Kelly D Smith

What could she say? Rock stars were her thing.

Of course it helped if they were talented, and Kyle had surprised her by just how talented he was, and how much he knew about music.

“Ready to head out?” Kyle asked as he reached for his guitar case.

“Yeah.” She was utterly aware of both other bandmates staring at them. “I’ll see you guys around!” She gave them a wide smile. With Kenda dating the lead singer of their band, Paige was sure she would have to see them around now and then. Which might mean this is a bad idea. But would it really matter? It wasn’t like Kyle didn’t know anything about a one-night stand.

They were fun. That’s all it was.

As they made their way along the halls and out to the parking lot, neither of them said a word. Hell, it wasn’t even until he pulled his little Camaro over in front of her apartment building that she turned to him.

“So, do you want to come upstairs?”

“I’d love to.” He was out of his car faster than Paige was. She grinned, stepping out of the car and heading toward the door. Paige was known to go home with some of the bandmates that played at the bar where she worked, but she’d never slept with a guy who had been on a best sellers list before.

She unlocked her door and headed for the flight of stairs that was between them and her apartment—and more importantly her bed.

“I wasn’t going to offer you coffee or anything,” she said as she unlocked the door and pushed it open.

“I wasn’t under the impression you invited me up here for coffee.” Kyle’s voice sounded like silk. He reached out and touched her ass, sending a shiver of pleasure down her spine. Warmth pooled in the pit of her stomach as she took a deep breath and slipped her purse off her shoulder, tossing it onto the brown couch that was to her left as she entered the small apartment.

Without slipping off her shoes, she headed for the bedroom.

When Paige turned around she wasn’t surprised to see Kyle right behind her as they stepped into her small bedroom. It was, of course, a mess. She hadn’t actually thought she’d be getting lucky tonight. Otherwise, she would have cleaned it. But it didn’t matter. It was not like he would notice.

Kyle grabbed her wrist, pulling her toward him as his lips crashed against hers. Her fingers tangled into his hair as she pulled him closer, their kiss growing more passionate.

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Kelly D Smith is a 21 year old romance author who lives in rural Canada with her husband, her dog, and her cat. She spends her days writing and her nights reading- when she has free time she can be found working on a car if there is one to work on or trying a new recipe in the kitchen.

She is a multi-time bestselling author and loves to share her stories with people! She always welcomes feedback or comments via her Facebook page, if there is anything you’d like to say!

Married with two sons in their early 20’s, by day I’m an Inclusion Lead in a local school. I recharge my batteries by reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet.

I’ve been blogging for six years, four of those years exclusively about the literary world and during that time awarded Romance Blogger of the Year at the inaugural Festival of Romance. I’m enjoying the freedom of lifestyle blogging and sharing my love of anything that makes life easier! As well as a lover of words, I’m a stationery addict and lifelong learner.

I feel passionate about early help for special educational needs, disability and families who are struggling. I’m a member of my local Early Help Operational Board and it’s an honour to be working alongside others to instigate change and growth.