I'm testing the waters of self-publishing, even though my former job as an editorial assistant at St. Martin's Press was always livened up by our long sessions reading and reading the submissions in the unsolicited "slush pile," many of which were candidates for self-publishing. Back then, to self-publish meant you had something terrible that you wanted to inflict upon the world against every sane publisher's better judgment.
Now, it means the same thing, except you may actually sell a few copies!
My first test is a slim volume entitled Young and Horny: 10 Gay Erotic Short Stories. It's a collection of 10 dirty stories I wrote in my 20s in the '90s, some for book anthologies, some for porn rags and several of which are never-before-published. It's all gay-male stuff with a lesbian cherry at the end rather than on top.
It was a bizarre experience reading through these stories again, which I had to do as none existed in electronic form, because some of them were very familiar to me and others almost felt like I was reading them for the first time. There are some rough-around-the-edges moments, but also some pretty sexxxy passages. All are pretty direct, and I definitely relied a lot on humor when writing sex, as I tend to rely on it during actual sex.
Anyway, it's going to be available at SmashWords, Amazon and Google in the near future. I'm only asking 99 cents for now, so please consider giving it a try, and then commenting below or writing me directly with your thoughts. There might be four typos, according to Kindle, or in other words, 10 times fewer than most published books.
My plan after this is to get my old novels up, and then something original that's a much bigger deal. Hope you'll get off/a kick out of it.