Hi! Okay, sorry for the silly title. Couldn't help myself. I am Le Nerd. I am new here, and wanting to become a self-published author. Erotica is my style of choice. I have done some research, and I see that it is indeed a crowded field. However, I have written since I was little- albeit not erotica, of course! I was into fanfiction initially, and then fell in love with creating whole new worlds and developing believeable characters. I feel like I could have a lot to offer to this field, and have found a love for writing it. Even in erotica, I like to develop a believeable situation/characters. It's so much fun Anyway! I can see that it will be hard to break into, and I'm looking for pointers from other self-published authors. I heard that Amazon Kindle is the best way to go, that a lot of sales come from there. I did however hear that a few years ago, Amazon went on the attack and blocked a lot of erotica that were already on the shelves. Are they still doing this? What are the dealbreakers? I have heard it changes all the time. I will be doing my own photography cover art, as I am a photographer. I know not to include faces, and not to show too much skin. Are they keywords I need to avoid? What about particular subjects? Because I like sci fi/fantasy stories, those are the main genres I will be entering. At least for now. I have heard that people use different pen names for different types of genres. I feel like I would also enjoy writing werewolf/billionaire/bdsm/reluctance stuff, but I don't want to do too much at once. Now- the stories that I have been writing are long (at least 20k words), so I'm looking at placing them into the 2.99 price tag range. I also want to write a few different series, and perhaps offer the first book (basically a few chapters long) for free. Is this a good route? I have heard that people do this sometimes. And lastly- promotion. Where can I do this? I am hoping to build up a good rep online, but not quite sure how to go about it. I know I need to stand out. Should I send samples to blogs?