How to Make Money Writing Romance: Earn Up to $2,000 Per Month (Or More!) Self-Publishing Short Romance Novels

Author Note

A lot has changed in self-publishing since this book was written in 2014. There’s still good money to be made — especially in writing romance, because it’s the most popular genre of all time. But, how to go about it has changed.

This book still offers great insight into how to make money writing romance, but there’s a second version, which includes info on today’s publishing climate, ie, how Amazon’s KU program changed the game for self-published authors. Click thru to learn more.

Why $2,000 Per Month and Not More, or Less?

I settled on this amount because I believe it’s totally achievable within three to six months if you’re constantly producing, as my numbers will show.

Add to Cart Get first-hand info on how to start making money in this hot self-publishing niche now!

I earned almost $2,000 within the first couple of months that I started writing romance regularly. I had seven titles out, which included the one I’d written in May of last year (2013). I published six short novels between March and April of this year (2014), which is one reason my income exploded so quickly, in my opinion.

How to Make Money Writing Short Romance NovelsAnd this is with practically no marketing; no name recognition as a romance writer; and again no experience writing in this genre before May of 2013. This is very important to keep in mind.

With this type of output (I didn’t say it was gonna be easy, just very possible), if you’re writing good stories in a popular genre, I’d say you can duplicate my success.

The reason I know this is that I’ve read at least 20 or 30 stories on the web of new romance writers who’ve done the same thing – most earning much more than I have.

I like to give people totally reachable goals though. That’s why I’m not promising that you’re going to become rich writing romance. It’s possible, but it’s not a claim I can make because I haven’t done it (yet!).

Make a Full-Time Living Writing Romance in 6 Months?

I can only tell you what’s worked for me. Which is why what I will say is that I think earning $2,000 to $3,000 per month writing romance is very possible within six months – if you constantly put out new titles (eg, one a week; minimally two to three per month) and follow some of the marketing advice discussed within – which is very minimal.

Here’s what one reader had to say …

Unsolicited Testimonial
Hi Yuwanda,

Just wanted to let you know I tore through your latest, the romance novel writing book, and loved it. It gave me so many tools to begin immediately and a big boost of confidence. I love how you break everything down with links, your personal experience, and solid advice.

As a side note, my boyfriend spotted a typo on the cover. It says “how to money” instead of “how to make money”. I did not even noticed it until he pointed it out as I was reading. (Author Note: I fixed the cover!)

Thanks again for another great investment!~Laura

Following is what you’ll learn in this ebook.

What’s Covered Within

LOTS of Actual Sales Data!

From No Experience to Full-Fledged Romance Novelist — How I Did It

Why Short Romance Novels Sell

A Rule of Thumb for Writing Short Romance That Sells

The Various Genres of Romance Writing (It’s a Huge Niche!)

The Importance of Selecting a Profitable Niche

Copies Sold of First Romance Novel: 16 Months of Sales Numbers

A Surefire Way to Tell What Sells in Romance

How to Create an Outline for Your Romance Novel

Example of a Romance Ebook Outline

Tips on Writing Your Romance Novel

Where to Get Art/Photos for Your Romance Novel Covers

How Much Should You Expect to Spend for a Romance Novel Cover?

How to Upload Your Romance Novel to Amazon

How to Choose “Selling Categories” for Your Romance Novel On Amazon

How to Price Your Romance Novel to Sell

Romance Novel Sales: What You Can Expect When You First Publish

How I Earned $1,000 per Month Pretty Quickly Writing Romance

How to Decide Whether or Not to Use a Pen Name

Do You Need an ISBN Number to Sell Your Romance Novel?

Where to Distribute Your Romance Novel to Sell More

How to Market Your Romance Novel to Start Getting Sales Right Away

A Dirty Little Self-Publishing Secret — How Amazon Can Help You Sell More

How to Handle Good and Bad Reviews from Readers

What a “Hot Selling” Romance Novel Looks Like — The Numbers


… And So Much More!

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    1. It’s so hard to come bby exprienced peoplle for this subject, however, you seem to know what you’re talkingg about!

    2. Just purchased your book. Have made coffee + sliced a piece of cake. Now to dive in to my possible new career.

      • Hmmm, what kind of cake? I love cake!

        Hope the book lived up to your expectations – and good luck on diving in (the waters — romance writing waters — are great by the way, so enjoy the plunge!). 🙂

      • Jacqueline, you can trust Yuwanda’s advice for certain 🙂 I dug in, and I’m finishing my first novella tonight. I am hoping to get the edit and pubbing done tonight, but I am less hopeful that I’ll be able to get that much done tonight. Best of luck!

    3. Yuwanda, I bought the book because after musing yesterday about changing what I’m about to publish, then I hear from a private erotica author community another crackdown is coming. Again, I’m feeling like I don’t want to live under the hammer. And I also discovered that what I am currently writing is actually very possibly a good fit for romance. So naturally I thought of your book which I was back and forth on buying and after hearing about another earthquake in the erotica market, I thought, yeah. If I could make $2k a month in 6 months, my life would be forever changed! So I am going to follow your system, thanks for writing this!

      • You’re welcome Jessie, and good luck!

        • Thanks! So foar, so good. I’m up to 15,091 words on the first erotic romance novella that I’ll be publishing, and I’m set to finish it tonight, get my editing done, and have it pubbed ASAP.

          • Jessie one of the things I’ve admired about you over the years is that you take advice and run with it. That’s great! I can’t wait to hear how it does, so please write back in a month or so, ok? 🙂

            • Absolutely will, Yuwanda. And thanks for that compliment. It really means a lot, especially coming for you. I have struggled a lot in the past with my writing career in so many ways, and I’m not proud to say that I became very paranoid when my freelance writing colleagues / mentors talked about people that always sought help but never followed through that they might be referring to me, and that I might be frustrating them. I have always trusted your advice from day one, Yuwanda, and it has gotten me far, and kept me confident and taking action so many times. I am really excited that I have 15,555 (lol) words on my first erotic romance novella and that I’ve learned so much, gone through so much: just rewriting the ending since I went through a dark night of the soul moment and tanked it all 😉 No worries. New ending, the edit, and publishing! I am already excited about starting my next novella!

            • It happens Jessie (going through a dark night of the soul moment). Be careful to temper these though. Remember, money in romance is made by volume (esp in the beginning. So as artists/creative types, we have to learn to somewhat curb the impetuousness of this side of our personalities and learn to be more disciplined (ie, business like). Remember, write, edit, proof, create cover, release; then rinse and repeate. Don’t get too hung up on the in between stuff (doubt, insecurities, maybe I should change the ending, blah, blah, blah).

              You never know how readers are going to react to a story – so just put your best (non-obsessive) foot forward creatively, telling the best story you can. Then, get on with the next one.

              Good luck!