I'm not sure if this is the right place for this and I hope it isn't seen as self promotion but I'm seeking guidance with an idea I'm having internal inertia with.
I've been playing around with the idea of starting my own adult Ezine based on a membership for about a year now but have never taken action on it because I'm not sure if there's really a big market out there for it as much as say porn sites... truthfully I've considered dabbling in the adult industry ever since moving to NYC two years ago (I know; to some people that sounds insane- especially for a college grad) and I have a bunch of stories that I've written, mostly for myself and to jot ideas down....
An Ezine or something I create would allow me to maintain control over the situation (instead of putting it in the hands of a studio) and see what it's like on the fringes to see if it's something I'd like to develop further. I've had success with a bit of freelancing and entrepreneurial pursuits (sometimes it was fueled by the need to make the other half of the rent before it was due) and even though I don't think it would completely supplement the pay I get, it would be nice to make half of it on a monthly basis. Though, it would be nice if it did surpass what I make.... has anyone embarked on creating something like this before? Did you have at least some sort of success with it?
I think the main thing holding me back is wondering if people will actually pay something for when they can just find stories for free with a simple Google search; although they aren't my unique stories.... I'm sure Joe Phillips and writers and artists thought the same thing when they started.