A Change of Plans

So...

I'm admittedly freaking out a little.

March has not been a particularly good month for sales. The initial boost that seems to come from the Christmas and New Year time period has worn off. I didn't realize how bad it had actually gone until today when I sat down and did some math to figure out what kind of money I was bringing in this month.

Officially, March 2018 has been the worst financial month since I began seeing success in early 2015.

So yeah, that kind of scared me a lot.

This, combined with the fact that my KNEP Reads from February STILL have not been restored and Amazon is still waffling around on the issue, which means I have no real idea how much money I made for February (hint: not enough), has made me reconsider a few things.

One big thing that changed was that starting late December, I stopped regularly updating with new content. Although my episodic erotica has definitely been giving diminishing returns over the course of 2017, it obviously was providing SOME level of reliable income.

So this is what I'm going to do.

I'm going to go ahead with the initial plans I had to write two more episodic series, one in my Paranormal Erotica universe and one in my Post-Apocalyptic universe.

PARASEXUAL and HAVEN. I'm aiming for Parsexual to be four seasons, six episodes per season. Haven will be three seasons, six episodes per season. Same deal as before with Collections & Complete Seasons.

I'll be doing whatever I can to get both my re-releases and new novel-length titles written and out as often as I can.

Here's where I'm at with my various projects.

  • Demoness is basically ready to go. Very soon I'll have the updated version up, as well as the paperback, which will cost 7.99$, since it's not very long. I intend to ask Amazon to send out an e-mail with the option to update your version to the new version if you have already purchased it. The update will include new cover art, a table of contents, updated back matter, and some minor edits and revisions.
  • Demoness II is ready to go as an eBook, and will be ready to go as a paperback very soon after I launch it.
  • I'm waiting to launch Demoness II until I finish up Sex & Survival Season 3. I'm hard at work on it basically right now and I will have Episode 18, Collection #8, & The Complete Third Season launched very soon, within the next few days.
  • Hellcats, the first novel, is ready to go. I'm waiting until April 4th before I take down all the related titles everywhere, and then once they're all gone, I'll publish it as an eBook & paperback.
  • I've released a slightly updated version of Exploration, including a new cover, which features a drawn version of one of the leading ladies, Lynn the xenian. If you've purchased this, you will hopefully also, at some point in the near future, get an e-mail offering an updated version with a new cover, some minor edits, and a table of contents.

That's what I've got cooking for now.

So basically I'll wrap up S&S S3, publish Demoness II and Hellcats, and then immediately launch into the first season of Parasexual, start working on Demoness III and Hellcats 2, and try to get them out before too long.

To wrap this up, I guess I'm going to ask for some help. How can you help me? I'll list a few ways.

  • Sign up for my Patreon. I'll be posting some more stuff there very soon, like the nude version of the covers of Demoness II & Exploration, and when I get it written, the first chapter of Demoness III.
  • Buy me a coffee. Basically, this is just a fancy way of donating some cash to me.
  • If you want a more straightforward and familiar way, you can just send me some cash over Paypal. The e-mail to use is mistyvixen@outlook.com. (To be honest, I feel weird and uncomfortable asking for just straight-up money, but some people have offered in the past, so I figure why not put the option up?)
  • Spread the word. Suggest my work to your friends or maybe in places online, social media or forums relating to written erotica/romance.
  • Leave some reviews on my titles. (Preferably my longer works, like The Misty Vixen Starter Pack or Demoness and Demoness II. Any reviews are appreciated, but the longer titles would receive by far the most benefit.)

That's all I've got for now. If you can help me in any fashion, I would appreciate it so much. My readers and my fans are pretty much my lifeline, and I genuinely appreciate any form of help anyone gives me. I write for you as much as I do me!

Wish me luck. April is going to be a fucking BUSY month.

A Look At Re-Releases + Hellcats Coming Down

Okay, let's talk about me re-releasing my older content in a bit more depth.

So, first of all, how are my older titles being released? Specifically, they are being reworked into novels, averaging between 40,000 - 50,000 words, with brand new hand-drawn cover art, tables of content, and paperback versions.

Next big question: What's the difference? Unfortunately, this doesn't have an immediately easy answer. Some titles need some rewriting and extension in order to work in this format, other titles, however, are about fine the way they are. Hellcats, for example, needs almost a whole novel's worth of new content to work as a trilogy. But titles like Lust & Adventure or Sex & Survival are about fine the way they are and will have very little changed about them. In order to help clarify precisely what you are getting into if you are considering purchasing one of these updated titles, I will include a preface that details what's the difference and what is being covered in the novel. By that I mean, which episodes & bonus shorts are included in the current novel. For example: the first Hellcats novel will cover episodes 1 - 6, plus the bonus short stories from Collections 1 & 2. I hope this helps.

Next, why is this happening? Two primary reasons, one personal, one financial. The personal reason is that for a long time now, a few years at least, I've really wanted to release longer form fiction. What has kept me back is the fact that in order to keep myself afloat financially, I needed to release content at a breakneck pace, and the only way I could do that was to rapidly release short-form fiction in the format of episodes and seasons.

Because of this, I did not have the time to work on both episodic content and longer-form fiction at the same time. Nor did I have the time it took to write a long-form story instead of writing episodic content, because, as I said, I had to keep up the pace.

I attempted to rework my schedule mid-2017 to work on both episodic fiction and novels at the same time, eventually building up a store of novels that by the time I ran out of episodic fiction, I would have a good number of novels written and ready to go, and could buy myself enough time to write new content and keep new novels coming out at a decent pace.

While in theory this should have worked, it...didn't. Partially due to my own failings, partially due to circumstances beyond my control, and partially because the amount of money I was making from episodic content began suddenly dwindling faster than ever. 

So now I'm desperately trying to get several projects off the ground at once and hoping I stay afloat long enough to get back into a groove of earning enough money not to get evicted.

Yay! Isn't real life great?

So, let's talk about some of the specifics.

Specific #1) These titles will be available on the Kindle Unlimited. The reason for this basically boils down to needing to pay the bills. So the good news is that if you are enrolled in the Kindle Unlimited you can read the book without paying for it, but I still get paid for it thanks to the way that works out, AND I can make my books free for five days out of every ninety, which I will definitely be taking advantage of. Also, even if you don't have a Kindle, you can still read my Kindle-exclusive stories by downloading the KindleForPC app. It's free and easy to use and it's basically just a Kindle on your computer. And I'm sure there's one for the phone too.

Specific #2) The pricing will range between 3.99$ - 4.99$. I know, huge difference! Basically it'll just depend on the length. I might adjust this and make some of the first novels 2.99$ as an experiment, but 3.99$ seems to be the way to go so far.

Specific #3) Collections. Yes, The Complete Collections are still going to be a thing for the die-hard fans. They'll be priced at 9.99$ and feature a bonus short story.

Specific #4) Paperbacks. All of these novels will be coming out in paperback. I'm looking at 9.99$ for the individuals and 14.99$ for the collections.

Specific #5) Because I not only don't want to clutter everything up, but also because it's probably against some kind of rule, I'm going to be taking down Hellcats in its original incarnation before publishing the new version. Since the first Hellcats novel is actually ready, I'm going to set a date now.  I'm going to begin pulling down Hellcats, as in, ALL of the Hellcats, episodes, collections, & seasons, from every single platform, starting April 4th. I don't know how long it will take for them to disappear from the various platforms, but I wouldn't count on it taking very long. If you have been waiting to get your hands on them for some reason, then now's the time! This will be the last chance to purchase Hellcats in its original format.

I hope this clears up any questions, and if you do have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask, either in a comment here or even a direct e-mail to mistyvixen@outlook.com. I'll get back to you promptly.

And that's it. Thanks for reading!

-Misty