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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hidden books can still sell! Success with Role Reversal #Gay #Erotica #indie

Role Reversal was the first M/M book I self-published. My excitement over this release quickly vanished after Amazon slapped it with the Adult filter. This meant that unless readers searched through my Amazon author page the book was invisible. My sales plunged before they really picked up in the first place. I figured the book was a lost cause and hopped to get a few sales on the other sites like Barnes and Noble where it wasn't filtered.

Recently I dropped the price of Role Reversal to 99 cents and advertised the sale. With a direct link to the book on Amazon readers would be able to find it.

I took out ads at four free advertizing sites that send out newsletters to their subscribers. I pushed it on Facebook for a couple days, but I'm not really a promo machine. So I sit back and waited to see if anything would happen. It wasn't selling before so any sales would be a success.


Far better than I expected!

Role Reversal jumped from 992,050 to 21,967. Whoot!

Last time I checked it was

#79 in Books > Gay & Lesbian > Literature & Fiction > Erotica > Gay

Role Reversal will be on sale through March 1st
Get it for 99 cents now.

Buy Links:


Amazon: UK


When his former love interest reappears in his life can he get over the man's betrayal and embrace the future?

Before the War Between the States, Andrew had deep feelings for Robert, but he couldn't express his desires. When the family fled Atlanta, he ran away to obtain his freedom. Ten years later, Andrew is not only free but the wealthy owner of several barbershops in New Orleans. Only one thing is lacking from his life: a long-term lover. When a customer tells him the whorehouse hired a new male prostitute he hopes visiting him could ease his loneliness. Only in his wildest dreams did he imagine the man to be Robert.

The war turned Robert's life upside down. Without slaves to work his plantation, his father sold Robert to a brothel. Robert hates what he does for a living, but he doesn't see a way out. Heartache hits him when he thinks about his past and happy memories of Andrew. The man deserted him when they were children, just like everyone he cared for had over the years.

Content Notes: Anal Play/Intercourse, GLBT, M/M, Historical, Interracial, BDSM, D/s


  1. Shiloh, that's awesome. Can I ask you which sites you advertised with? I've been considering running a similar promotion but i's hard to know which ones are worth it.

  2. Hi Cecilia,
    Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you! My life is chaos.

    I used (Looks spammy but it is worth it)