Interview with Elizabeth Violet

What motivated you to start writing erotica?
I was horny and I had google docs open after a lackluster attempt at writing straight fantasy (more on that below). Now here I am.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is seeing people actually read and like my works. That's a feeling you can't replicate with money.
How do you approach cover design?
One look at my covers will lead you to the conclusion that they were half-assed by some girl with GIMP. This assessment is accurate.
What is your writing process?
First, I plot out an idea, then start typing until I get a finished story. Writing is a lot easier than editing, so that part goes by quickly. Then, after going through it for obvious errors, I reread it carefully and highlight each sentence that I have checked. I highlight good sentences as yellow, and flawed ones as red. Then I fix the red ones, then read it one more time. If I find no errors or things I want to change, I format it then publish it. This strategy works for any size work, but is most effective on the shorts I write.
What if I want to become a writer?
I highly encourage it, although you shouldn't expect to earn any significant degree of money from this. Work on your writing skills first, and find critique on dedicated writing critique forums. No author is perfect, but the more someone eviscerates your work and tells you truthfully what is wrong with it, the more you will learn. Eventually, you will make fewer mistakes and see a marked improvement in your writing, at which point you can start publishing with some degree of success. Erotica is easier because it doesn't have to be as long as a full novel, but you should only publish once you are genuinely proud of your work.

Let's say you make a book, and want to publish it and make money while doing so. Here are your two major options:

Traditional publishing has a steep barrier to entry, but is rewarding. Your story has to be actually good, then an agent who is interested will take it (not all of them will be interested, even if you write a flawless story, so submit to as many as you can). Then, you'll do some stuff with your agent and probably a publisher as well, and the publisher will throw money at you.

Self-publishing is not as simple, but can be regarded as easier in some aspects. There is almost zero barrier to entry, but you're not going to get much attention from the world unless you shift your marketing into high gear. I only reaped double digit profits from a few months of publishing erotica, and that's thanks to my complete lack of significant marketing. A link on my reddit profile (u/elizzyviolet) and a mention on Literotica (same username) was the closest thing to marketing I had. I do not reccomend self-publishing unless you are ready to bust your ass on marketing, but if you are, go for it. It can be incredibly rewarding for those with genuinely good material who also have a knack for marketing.

If you actually want to make reliable money, there are many writing jobs such as ghostwriting, editing, etc. The barrier to entry for those is steep as well, however, so keep that in mind.
Describe your desk
A brown, slightly chipped piece of IKEA furniture. My bed is also cozy and has a charging port near it, so that works as my desk sometimes on lazier days.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a platform for easy widespread publishing with clear and recognizable standards as well as ease of publishing. It is also friendly towards erotica writers, and so I feel welcome here.
Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Pratchett, Ernest Hemingway, and Eoin Colfer all have a place in my heart. Pratchett for his witty prose, Hemingway for his amazing life story, and Colfer for his brilliant Artemis Fowl series.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was a 100k word long fantasy novel. I rewrote it two and a half times before realizing I didn't quite have the talent for longer fantasy works. But erotica? That's something I can do. This novel though, will always have a place in my heart and I will finish it one day after I develop my skills. It will be published traditionally, since for a large novel, you can get physical distribution as well as that sweet, sweet advance payment.

But, Magical Charm & Demonic Fun was my first erotica short. It's pay-what-you-want now, so go ahead and snag a copy.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the lifeblood of any author, and as such, are irreplaceable. I thank you for your dedication, and hope to provide you with more quality material in the future.
Published 2018-06-10.
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Books by This Author

Whims of A Witch
Price: Free! Words: 3,120. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Men's Erotica
(5.00 from 1 review)
Getting kidnapped is not usually fun. But when this witch does it, things get very enjoyable very quickly for both her and her target.
Magical Charm & Demonic Fun
Price: Free! Words: 3,110. Language: American English. Published: November 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal, Fiction » Erotica » Contemporary
A devilishly fun creature teases and seduces a young male hiker in the woods one night. Reluctant at first, he eventually lets this succubus have her way with him.