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IRREGULAR #1: Kindleporn Authors

Irregular

Kindleporn Authors

Irregular is a whole new podcast concept we've been working on for a little while, and we hope you're as pleased with the result as we are currently.

Differing from The F Plus, the idea behind Irregular is to actually have subjects on the show, and to have a conversation with them about what makes them who they are. This is very much a side project which won't be done as often as The F Plus, but it's a concept we're excited about and based on the strength of our first episode, we're hoping to make some more of these.

Irregular has its own website as well as its own RSS Feed, so people subscribed to The F Plus won't be automatically downloading episodes of Irregular or vice versa, but we will be posting updates on this site when new episodes are out.

In the first Irregular episode, we have a lively discussion with three very different Kindleporn authors. There's Jessi Bond, Francis Ashe and a secret guest who wishes to remain nameless for reasons that will become obvious fairly quickly into the episode.

We spend about an hour and a half talking about the business of erotica publishing, the inspiration necessary for writing stories about vampires having sex with their stepfathers, and the sideways efforts of censorship.

Music: L'Aguardiente by Camper Van Beethoven

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 03:55  

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+1 #23 ChibiSilverWings 2012-06-09 01:06
Guys I adored this. I love the FPlus but this was a really fascinating look at something I loved learning about. I loved your questions, I loved the casual feel, I liked the variety of opinions about it yours guests had, giving a nice broad spectrum to feelings on the different topics. It was just the right amount of intellectual mixed with casual and I really look forward to more episodes! Thank you guys for all your hard work!
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0 #22 Tanny 2012-06-08 20:17
Why yes I am invading the comments.
Quoting Isfahan:

Was that ever an issue, though? The guests on this show explained that actual incest in Kindleporn is a huge no-no. Did your stories just sort of fly under the radar, or, as with many things, does pulling down a shitload of money mysteriously make the rules disappear?
Amazon, like most other such sites, relies largely on customers to blow the whistle on stuff like this. There's an initial vetting process, but it's hardly thorough. As such, a combination of half-assed control and the customers not caring enough to report it/not wanting their porn to go away makes it possible for stuff to just slip by unnoticed. People like me, to my knowledge, do pseudo to remain safe while still playing to a lucrative audience.
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+1 #21 Tanny 2012-06-08 19:59
Quoting Isfahan:
they'll all jump on the bandwagon
You would think so, but a big part of this is that it takes... perseverance. It's a numbers game as much as anything else, and you need the willpower to keep producing not only stuff but stuff someone might buy. A lot of it. On slow weeks I release 1 title, but I prefer 2-3. That's up to 10,000 words per week, and you also sink time into networking, posting, cover design, editing, and so on. It really is a job, and people just looking for immediate money will be swiftly disappointed. You have to, my hand to God, sit down and commit to pumping out 1/5 of a novel worth of dicks dicks dicks every week.

If you have obligations (like a normal job) on top of that, it gets harder. If you're like me and also write clean stuff, it gets harder still. Your time is eroded away by dicks, and the rate at which your returns grow is rather slow. Opportunists with no staying power burn out fast, and we rise back up to the top.
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0 #20 Isfahan 2012-06-06 16:41
I wonder how many Kindleporn authors the market will bear.

Like, as people learn you can get paid money for writing smut, they'll all jump on the bandwagon and, since there are a limited number of people specifically paying for smut via Amazon, authors will invariably slip through the cracks and their work will go unpurchased.
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+2 #19 Waldeinsamkeit 2012-06-06 01:44
This podcast may or may not have played a large role in helping me decide what to do for income. Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing yet. I think I'll come back if I actually find I can have a decent living off this stuff...

Either way, though, I think this podcast is a great idea. I love the idea of getting to know the people behind the various weird and sometimes fucked-up things the F-Plus covers. I love getting into the psychology of things, so this is right up my alley. The discussion was interesting and lively, and I really enjoyed hearing how the three authors differed in their approaches and viewpoints. I hope to see the next episode of Irregular up soon, as well as the next F-Plus.

Keep it up. You guys rock!
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0 #18 Isfahan 2012-06-04 15:21
Quoting Selena Kitt:
My incest books (and they were, yes, actual incest, not pseudo)


Was that ever an issue, though? The guests on this show explained that actual incest in Kindleporn is a huge no-no. Did your stories just sort of fly under the radar, or, as with many things, does pulling down a shitload of money mysteriously make the rules disappear?

I'm not trying to be a smartass—it's more a matter of cynicism with me. I know Amazon loves money (like any company would!) and I can't imagine they'd want to alienate their big sellers too much, so I'm just saying I wouldn't put it past them to look the other way on a case-by-case basis.
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+2 #17 Selena Kitt 2012-06-04 13:13
Hey now! The Baumgartner series contains NO incest, I'll have you know. My incest books (and they were, yes, actual incest, not pseudo) are Naughty Bits, Under Mr. Nolan's Bed and Back to the Garden.

Just to clarify. ;)

Great interview!
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+2 #16 Cody 2012-05-24 16:54
I just can wait til you interview several bigfoots and have Jack Chick interpretating for all the rest of us.
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0 #15 Julia 2012-05-22 10:13
My iTunes shows the release date as 11/16/2012. IT'S A PODCAST FROM THE FUTURE OMG
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+1 #14 Xenomantid 2012-05-19 19:32
This concept is a splendid idea. I've listened to this episode three times since I downloaded it two nights ago--it's that fascinating. It's even shot me full of hope for my future career. And the best part is, since the schedule is random, the new episodes will come as a surprise!
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+5 #13 dualhu2tler 2012-05-19 03:17
Tanny was the best. They were all actually pretty cool people though, this was a joy to listen to. I'm really glad you're going the route of exploring and discussing their oddities rather than mocking them for it or playing it for (the wrong kind of) laughs, it's a very cool and mature way to approach something that could have easily been done wrong. More importantly, it was hilarious and kept me entertained the whole time.
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0 #12 icarus 2012-05-17 14:18
Quoting Chaz GELF:
I like this podcast idea. I have some rather peculiar oddities about myself too. Whether or not I can find other people who share this oddity is another matter, though.


OH NO I AM *STUCK* :>c HOW DID THIS HAPPEN
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0 #11 icarus 2012-05-17 14:13
i too found this neat :O also i like listening to the marketing trends and thoughts that apply to kindleporn. which is strange. but it is fun.
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0 #10 Chaz GELF 2012-05-17 10:49
I like this podcast idea. I have some rather peculiar oddities about myself too. Whether or not I can find other people who share this oddity is another matter, though.
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+4 #9 JM 2012-05-17 05:05
Ditto what everybody else has said, this idea definitely has legs.

Reminds me a bit of those old Art Bell radio interviews: regardless of how crazy the guests were, he would always give them a fair hearing which probably they wouldn't've been able to get anywhere else (anywhere else on the radio, anyway), so they were free to talk about whatever they liked which was almost invariably interesting. It's a good strategy, I reckon.

Anyway congratulations on getting the first one released and I eagerly await the second.
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+2 #8 Awwwww! 2012-05-17 00:56
Wish I'd known!

I'm a fan of F-Plus, but I'm also a very well-read Kindleporn author.

I hope there might be a future place for someone who does this.
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0 #7 Luna 2012-05-16 23:03
I really enjoyed this. I'm happy I was able to help, and I'm even happier that it went so well!

Shine on, you crazy smut-writin' diamonds.
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0 #6 Navigator 2012-05-16 22:41
This is fantastic. I can sympathize heavily with the anonymous author's sentiment of loving money more than dignity. I'll definitely stay subscribed to this one.
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0 #5 Isfahan 2012-05-16 17:04
Quoting Flouresant:
The concept is awesome. I can't wait to see how it turned out. I'm curious to see if you went with the straight out taking the piss approach or if you actually somehow manage to keep an open mind.


It would be hard to land guests for a podcast where the guests get mocked. I see this as more of giving a fair shake for folks who have odd facets to their lives.
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+2 #4 Flouresant 2012-05-16 16:03
I liked the "merc" guy. It was almost like he was growing as the podcast went on.
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0 #3 Flouresant 2012-05-16 14:25
The concept is awesome. I can't wait to see how it turned out. I'm curious to see if you went with the straight out taking the piss approach or if you actually somehow manage to keep an open mind.
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0 #2 Reginald Charming 2012-05-16 07:56
I like where this is going!
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+3 #1 Notm 2012-05-16 05:03
Well, first things first: I love the concept behind this side podcast: Simple idea of interviewing or discussing the fucked up things these people write about.
On one hand, it opens up a huge range of interviews that could potentially happen covering past subject matters seen on The F Plus (inflation fetishists, fan-fiction writers and Sissy-kiss enthusiasts are the ones that shoot straight to mind).
On the other, Irregular would seem more suited as a feature when an episode is released: so if the next episode was related to glasses fetishes, there would be interviews with those types of people. On the whole though, I really do hope this idea gets somewhere because it seems genuinely interesting to listen to. Now, in terms of the actual episode itself: I liked the banter between everyone, I liked the questions that were posed but I think that I was expecting more comedy than opinion. As I stated above though, they were well informed and the humour still remained.
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