Greetings, I have been away from this forum for many months, and I thought I would come back and tell a bit about my experience in Self Publishing. When I joined this forum I was writing my first novel, a international, adventure with a lot of sub plots, but after three months I realized I was not ready to write that kind of book, it was too complicated, to many layers and plots. I put the book a side and decided to write something simpler. I wrote a 35K word psychological thriller in about 2 weeks and when it was done I was ready to send it of to a publisher. Then I thought: "I'll have to wait at least six weeks for a YES or NO,then several months or even a year before i see any money for my work." So I decided to Self Publish. I decided on Smashwords, they deliver to several other ebook retailers, so I thought that was a good idea. After doing some research on Smashwords and other Ebook retailers I noticed that Erotica were big sellers across the board. Some of them quiet short, maybe 20K to 30K words, and they were selling for $2.99. My spanking new Psychological Thriller went on the shelf, and I began to type Erotica. I did three books over three weeks at 25K words each more or less. When I had them ready I found a guy who would help me with some fancy covers. Then I went through the grueling pain of formatting them to Smashwords formatting rules, and then I uploaded. I put the first book in the series as FREE, then the other two at $.99. Nothing, nothing. BOM! My first sale. I was so happy, someone in cyberspace had bought one of my books. The sales trickled in, I didn't promote these books, I didn't tweet, facebook or anything else, just used tags on Smashwords. During this time I wrote three more Erotica novels, but these I entered in to Amazon KDP Select program, and I increased the price to $2.99,and they are selling. Then I uploaded my Psychological Thriller, and after six weeks, I have had two sales. Lesson learned, Erotica sells more. But,I have now written a sequel to the Psychological thriller and I'm writing the third installment in the trilogy. When I uploaded to KDP I did open a Blog, FB page, under each of my pen names, Fiction/Erotica. Lessons learned. 1..Self Publishing is easy. 2..KDP sells more than Smashwords. 3..Erotica sells 4..You have to be ready to change Genre if one doesn't sell. 5..You have to have more than one book out there, just writing one and sit down and wait won't work for most of us. Good luck to all!