UPDATE: The Erotica Samples are now available.
So I’m going to find a way to effectively put Erotica samples here on my site after learning that Barnes & Noble, instead of creating an adult section for erotica, decided to remove all sample buttons for erotica. No wonder my sales over there dropped off. I was wondering what was up. I think what I’ll do is create the samples, password protect them, and readers have to type in IAMOVER18 (the password) to read them. The password won’t be a secret. Not that *that* would deter young readers from opening the files, but if you look around the web, most protection amounts to a link saying “I AM OVER 18” — you click it and you’re in. So really, if that’s all the security required – there you go. IMHO, Barnes & Noble keeps shooting themselves in the foot. First they label all indie presses (including small publishers) “Self-Published”. When they realized how dumb that was and how it seriously curbed sales, they turned around and took it off. I think they’re going to find removing sampling from Erotica is going to negatively impact their bottom line. I know how many books Anne sells every month and how much money Barnes & Noble makes off of just her. Now multiply that by other erotica authors and what you end up with is a substantial loss in income. Erotica readers may like their books but they’re not buying blind.