Author FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

* Who are you?
* Are you legit?
* Why did your agent contact me?
* What will the stories be used for?
* Will we make a profit from your stories?
* What commission can I make from my stories?
* How much money will I make from my stories?
* When will I get paid?
* I want my story to stay free. Can I still work with you?
* Will I maintain copyrights?
* Can I stay anonymous and still receive money?
* How will you and TT Publishing promote my stories?
* Why does having more stories increase the sales of each of my stories so dramatically?
* Will I be kept up to date on the status of my stories?
* What will be in my author publishing contract?
* What is your Prohibited content?
* How big is your mysterious Queue?
* Are there any ways to make the review process quicker?
* Will I get to choose my own cover if a book gets gets reviewed and accepted for publication?
* Can I slap on a “step” before “sister” and get you to review it again?
* What is your relationship to TT Publishing?
* Who is TT Publishing?
* What are my chances of getting my story published?
* What are the chances of my story selling well?
* Do you take works other then sex stories?
* How can I contact you? 


* Who Are You?
We are the staff of funsexstories.com.

Because you are reading this FAQ it is likely that you were contacted by one of our editors and/or authors publishing agents.

Please do not confuse this with our agents being your agent in normal publishing.
Our agents do not manage your affairs or significant book or movie deals.

Our agents work 100% for funsexstories.com and contractually for TT Publishing but they do want to make you money because we make a lot more money when you make money.

It is in our best interest to see your stories become profitable.


* Are you legit?
Yes.


We have been responsible for many authors receiving commissions from TT Publishing.

* Why did your agent contact me?
Our agents tend to skim stories on the internet very quickly before contacting authors and only after authors respond do they do more in depth assessments.

To be honest an agent might not remember why he/she contacted you until they have a chance to go back in and re-read some of your stories. If a story was particularly memorable to a specific agent they might remember right off. If it was less memorable they might have to check it again. This does not reflect on your writing so much as the shear quantity of works that the agents have to review.

One KEY note is that anything containing genetic incest, beasteality, snuff, or under age writing will be rejected. (See Prohibited Content for more Information)

If you were contacted by an agent then there was something in one of your stories that caught their eye.

Despite the prohibited content genres with a lot of kink or “perversion” tend work very well. It is impossible to make everybody happy but it is pretty
easy to make a specific market segment very happy.

* What will the stories be used for?
They will go through a review process and if they pass they will be sent on to TT Publishing to be published and promoted.

* Will we make a profit from your stories?
We here at FunSexStories.com will recieve a fee from TT Publishing for bringing you and your stories to them. Part of the fee is for the fact that we pre-filter stories for them. You are welcome to go to their website 9tt.org and attempt a submission but in the adult niche it is unlikely they will accept a story directly. The more money you make the more money we make.

* What commission can I make from my stories?
The standard commission in the publishing industry is 15%. TT Publishing has a higher than average success rate in promotion profitable stories and so they offer higher commissions. Your commission from TT Publishing may be as high as  20%.

* How much money will I make from my stories?
To be honest that question is common but actually impossible to answer. There are a LOT of factors. Your agent will discuss these with you in more detail but I will list a few here.

1. Number of stories you produce. When a buyer sees multiple stories by a single author they are more likely to buy because they know that if they like the first one they will have others and they feel that if an author has multiple stories then they must be good.

TT Publishing also uses a lot of cross promotion. So if any title sells then it will promote other titles by the same author.

2. The sub-genre niche or kink that you focus on. Gay stories tend to do well. More hardcore stories do well. BUT… Do not use these examples to focus on, because even more important is that you write about what you enjoy writing about. This is what the most profitable authors do.

3. Cover art. TT Publishing are the experts in this area. They are constantly studying and testing different cover styles and different styles of cover come into and fall out of fashion all the time. It is constantly changing.

4. The description of the story. There is a very advanced art to writing descriptions that sell. TT Publishing hires pretty expensive staff writers in order to get good descriptions.

* When will I get paid?
TT Publishing pays every 6 months for sales that happened in the previous 6 months.

For Example:
For sales that happen between January 1st and June 30th you will be
paid before December 31st of the same calendar year as long as your payment has hit
the $1000.00 threshold.

Regarding the threshold:
When your total sales commission hits $1000.00 it will trigger a payment.

So for example if your commission adds up to $800.00 then that $800.00 will rollover to
the next payment period and continue to build. If you make $900.00 the next period then
you will receive a payment for $1700.00 after that payment date.

* I want my story to stay free. Can I still work with you?
We are in the business of making money from stories. If your stories are very good we can put them into compilations that are sold which makes them free add ons. Because there is little to no potential profit for us in stories that are destined to remain free they do automatically go to the bottom
of the review queue.

* Will I maintain copyrights?
TT Publishing will need the copyright in order to publish your story.

* Can I stay anonymous and still receive money?
Yes. We and TT Publishing both understand the need for anonymity in this genre. The vast majority of all stories published in this this genre are published with a pen name.

When you receive money you can be listed as the author of the pen name or as a ghost writer with no pen name attached at all.

TT Publishing pays by check or PayPal.

* How will you and TT Publishing promote my stories?

Much of what TT Publishing does to promote stories is proprietary and so we can not tell you everything but I can list a few things here. TT’s success rates on new books are far higher than industry standards. This is part of what allows us to work with them in the adult market.

One aspect that we are involved in here at FunSexStories is using stories to promote other stories. This is partly covered in other questions but in the back of every story there is a promotion for another story.

TT Publishing does a LOT of cover testing.

TT Publishing does a lot of title testing.

TT Publishing does a lot of sales description and sample testing.

TT Publishing builds lists of buyers in different genres and sub-genres then promotes new books to those lists in order to push new books up in the
rankings.

We at FunSexStories do linking campaigns to certain books in order to generate new traffic and help their sales algorithms.

* Why does having more stories increase the sales of each of my stories so dramatically?
TT Publishing uses a lot of cross promotion. This is using one story to sell another story.

TT Publishing will also use other stories in their inventory to push a new author’s stories at first. This is decided on their end and not on ours. It can happen where TT sees a particularly good looking story and they will use a larger batch of their inventory to push it.

It is the most efficient to use a single authors stories to push their more popular titles into becoming best seller’s because readers learn to trust specific authors.

As you write more stories your successes grow exponentially. This is partly because when a reader likes a story they automatically look for others by the same author and this cross promotion makes a huge difference in pushing stories up the best seller ranks.

* Will I be kept up to date on the status of my stories?
You will be given a total status report every 6 months.

If you would like to get a status update before 6 months then you can contact your agent and they will put in a request with TT Publishing for a sales update. This process takes about a week to complete.

If your story is still in the review queue you can put in an update request with your agent and they will be able to let you know its status more quickly. You must keep in mind that the queue is variable with stories entering and exiting it all the time so it is harder to give you exact numbers regarding status on stories in the queue.

* What will be in my author publishing contract?

It can vary but you can see a sample here.

* What is your Prohibited content?
Any sexual relations with any human characters under the age of 18 is prohibited.

We know that this is not illegal in text based print at this time. Anne Rice writing as Anne Racquline has some stories in almost every Barnes and Noble sitting on the shelves with lots of pretty hard bondage sex with 13 and 14 year olds.

The reason that the underage sex is prohibited is that TT Publishings legal department has made a prediction that in the not too distant future, U.S. prosecuting attorneys will begin to prosecute publishers and authors of these types of stories under the depictions law.

There have already been cases where people have gone to jail for receiving Japanese Anime (Adult Comics) with underage characters in it.

TT Publishing is very strict with us regarding this policy so we have to be very strict with our authors.

For example: There can not be any memory sequences with underaged sex.

A character can SEEM very young and can be physically described as petite and physically immature as long as they are actually 18 or above.

Also prohibited are stories with beastiality, genetic incest and snuff. This is because these things are illegal in several countries.

Generally speaking there is no limit to how “hardcore” a story can be. There are no prohibitions on gay or lesbian stories. There are no prohibitions on bondage or sadomasochism.

If you submit a story with prohibited content and do not tell us that it has prohibited content it will be automatically rejected.

If you are submitting stories with prohibited content and tell us that they have they prohibited content, they will have to be edited. Our editing department will decide if they can be edited in a reasonable amount of time. This will lengthen review time because they will have to run through the review queue, then the editing queue, then the review queue again.

* How big is your mysterious Queue?
There are many thousands of authors in this genre because people get pleasure from the writing as well as the reading.

Our queue of stories to be reviewed varies in size. Sometimes we have agents helping with the review process other times when the queue is smaller we have our agents contacting new authors.

It depends on how many story submissions we are getting at any given time and the quality of those stories.


Sometimes reviews can take months. Sometimes reviews can take only a few weeks.


* Are there any ways to make the review process quicker?
Yes…
The more information that you put into the review form the quicker we can review your story.

The more information you put into the review form the better.
Click HERE for the Review Form. 

It’s true that within this genre there is a very large quantity of lower quality stories. This is why we have been able to make our deal with TT Publishing to be a pre-filter for them.

* Will I get to choose my own cover if a book gets gets reviewed and accepted for publication?
No.

TT Publishings graphics department will be supplying the cover art. They are very good at coming up with good covers. They will also split test several covers for a single book or story to see which one sells best. Cover art is a very significant and ongoing area of research for TT Publishing.

People DO judge books by their covers.

TT Publishing does make sure that the cover art matches the stories. That is part of their story prep system.

One of the best ways to ensure their book gets good graphics is to write a clear, concise description. See the question above. We strive for good author relations and support their general interest in promoting their works. We can make requests of TT Publishing regarding covers and they are happy to comply when they can but in the end, we do not control TT’s cover choices either.

* Can I slap on a “step” before “sister” and get you to review it again?
Yes, but at this point it will be at the bottom of the queue. You are better off doing any editing regarding prohibited content before submitting it the first time.

Regarding other problems (those not prohibited) with the story, you are better off just getting it submitted so that it can be in the queue and maybe make it to our editors.

* What is your relationship to TT Publishing?
TT Publishing publishes in several different genres on several different platforms.

The adult market publishing is a smaller part of their company. We at funsexstories.com have experience in the adult market from a few different areas.

Our deal with TT Publishing is that we get to use our experience in the adult market in order to act as a pre-filter for stories and authors for TT Publishing.

In this genre the challenge is not finding authors and stories it is filtering for good authors and stories.

We are agents for TT Publishing and receive finders fees for stories and authors that we find based upon how well they do. We have things set up with TT Publishing so that we are never in competition with you in anyway.

* Who is TT Publishing?
TT Publishing stands for Think and Thank Publishing and their website is 9tt.org.
You are welcome to attempt to submit stories directly to them. You should know that if they are in the adult genre they are likely to be rejected or referred to us.
If you have stories in other genres then they are more likely to get accepted directly by TT Publishing but you can also submit works in other genres to our agents.

* What are my chances of getting my story published?
Most of the stories out there won’t pass our review process. Once you have talked to your agent he/she can give you a much better idea. If you are talking to an agent your chances are already very good that your stories will be published.

* What are the chances of my story selling well? 
TT Publishing is a little different in that they have stronger ties to the web then most publishing companies and also use some very different marketing strategies.

FunSexStories.com is one of the web based companies tied with TT Publishing.

This is what allows us and TT Publishing to work with adult related stories profitably.

I personally know for a fact that TT Publishing uses email lists to push new books and this is still very rare in the publishing world.

We will run your story through a review process then if it passes we will pass it to TT Publishing.

We will attempt to convince them to go to the expense of publishing your story. If they say yes then they will create cover art and do their initial block set of publishing marketing using their proprietary system.

This works best when we can give them a batch of stories by a single author because people are more likely to buy a story when they see multiple stories by the same author. They use each story to promote other stories by the same author.

NOTE: They will use other stories that they have already published which are similar to push a new author’s works as well.

* Do you take works other then sex stories?
TT Publishing produces work in a large variety of genres. We mainly work with their adult sex story department. If you have a story in another genre or a non-fiction story we would be happy to advise you on that but it is likely that we will pass you to a different agent or group for TT Publishing.

* How can I contact you?
If you have just read this whole FAQ straight through then you have a pretty good understanding of how it all works now. Please feel free to contact your agent or use our contact form here.

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