July Update

A new financial year, and lots of exciting updates for AllTheseRoadworks.com!

Personal update

I feel like I’m finally getting over the bad times. *hastily touches wood*

Australia is *mostly* doing well with COVID-19. Most states are reopening. Unfortunately Victoria (one of our most populated states) has slid into a second wave of infections, resulting in hard lockdowns. That doesn’t directly affect me but it means we all still need to be on our guard here.

I’m writing more – more details on that below – and exercising more and generally feeling healthier.

I don’t think 2020 is quite done with us yet, but for now, at least, things are a little less awful.

What did members get in June?

Early Access

There were 25 new stories posted in Early Access in May.

Story Collections

All members received four new collections in May:

  • Yes – Stories of Submission (3rd edition) (view in shop)
  • Star Potential – Stories From The Casting Couch (3rd edition)(view in shop)
  • Sluts In Training – Stories of Educating Slaves and Other Pets (all new!) (view in shop)
  • Diana Tells The Truth  (member exclusive!)

Other content

Premium Members received four chapters of Hailey’s Training, an unfinished novel-length story themed around watersports, incest and humiliation.

I published a Reality Check: On Gender (link), affirming that trans men, trans women, intersex and non-binary people are welcome and loved in the ATR readership.

Premium Members continue to have access to an extended e-book library.

Premium Member library schedule

As noted in my earlier post (link), there are changes to membership benefits starting in July. The main change is that Premium Members will have access to an exclusive library of 18 e-books, plus the books offered to Stories Members. Six books in that library will refresh each month. Previously they had access to the entire library of almost 30 books at all times. The change makes Premium Memberships more sustainable for me as the library continues to grow, while still offering great value for money.

The following table shows which books will be available to Premium Members in July, August and September. In addition, they will have access to all books made available to Stories Members in those months (which includes all new releases and substantive updates).

How is the site doing?

June profits were down about 30% from May. That’s not great, but May was my best month ever, so it’s a high peak, and I didn’t run a sale, add a premium collection to the shop, or do much marketing in June, which are all things I know drive high sales. July is so far looking better.

The total profits of the site are still averaging somewhere around the Australian minimum wage. I’m working my day job part-time at the moment, so when those sources of income are put together I’m doing okay.

Key referrers to the site continue to be search engines, BDSMLR and MCStories, with small streams from Reddit and CHYOA.

New Early Access features!

Starting 1 July, there have been some cool new improvements to Early Access (which is a perk of ATR membership).

Firstly, all the new Early Access PDFS are now getting an attractive cover page. This makes the folder more appealing when viewed in “icons” view in Dropbox, gives you more information about what’s new at a glance, and gives you something nicer to keep if you’re the sort of member who assiduously downloads and archives everything I release.

Updated stories and reblogs (see below) are marked with a flag so you can clearly see what’s new. It looks like this:

The second change is that I am now including reblogs in the Early Access folder. As readers will be aware, a month has 30+ days, and I publish 20-ish new stories a month, so that means that one in three daily posts on BDSMLR is a reblog.

Previously I hadn’t included these reblogs in the Early Access program because they weren’t new – but it doesn’t really cost me much effort to PDF them and upload them, and it gives you more value for your membership, so going forward I intend to include all reblogs in the Early Access folder. This means you can expect to see 30-ish stories a month in Early Access rather than 20-ish. It’s the same volume of content as previous months, PLUS the reblogs.

Reblogs are clearly marked with a red tag on the cover so you’ll know what’s new and what’s not.

The move to Dropbox

As noted in my earlier post (link) all membership rewards are now delivered exclusively through Dropbox. Google Drive permissions have been universally revoked. If you’re a member and you haven’t received your Dropbox links, please get in touch with me at all.these.roadworks@gmail.com.

While Dropbox has met my targets over Google Drive in regards to its clearer policies, better security, and capability to expand to larger numbers of users, it unfortunately did not deliver one of my expectations. Unfortunately users of a shared folder on Dropbox can see the account names and emails of other users.

This is exactly the same as the situation under Google Drive, so nothing has changed, but it is disappointing. I urge readers who are conscious of their privacy to use dedicated or throwaway email addresses for accessing Dropbox content. If anyone needs help changing the address they’re accessing their membership content from, please contact me at all.these.roadworks@gmail.com and I’ll help you sort it out.

The only way to fix this on Dropbox is to use links rather than invites – which would mean I couldn’t restrict folders to members only – so there’s no way to correct this while using Dropbox.

I’m reluctant to move content hosting again after having only just done it, but I *will* keep my eyes out for better solutions to hosting this content. The site *can* afford a commercial solution now, if it turns out to be necessary. If you have recommendations, let me know, but DO check their content policies first – they need to be 100% comfortable with hosting the content I produce, which is to say erotic stories with soft-porn images attached that deal with topics including misogyny, incest, and non-consent.

Story Requests

Around the start of the month, I finally delivered the last story request from before I suspended story requests. This felt greatly liberating.

As per what I’d previously discussed, I then went out to members who had previously backed ongoing stories and who would have received further requests had I not suspended them, and offered them the ability to request new chapters in ongoing stories.

I’m working through those requests – and you will have seen a lot of new updates to the ongoings in Early Access – but I’d like to also now extend that offer to other members who would have accrued story requests in April, May or June had I not suspended them.

If you were a Premium Member in April, May or June, and you would like to see a new chapter in one of the stories listed below, please email me at all.these.roadworks@gmail.com and let me know which story. If multiple people request chapters of the same story, that just means I’ll write more new chapters! I like all of these stories but I’d prefer to be writing stuff that people are excited to read.

  • Abby’s Identity
  • Arth-Keros
  • Amy and the Feed
  • Ariana’s Song
  • Ask Dr Degradation
  • Average Availability
  • The Bonuses
  • Brea Comes Home From College
  • Bridgitte’s Choices
  • Candy Girls
  • Decisive
  • Destiny Stories
  • Elle’s Stepmother
  • Emma’s Policy
  • Etrebor Stories (general)
  • The Etreborian Exchange
  • The Great Council
  • Hellfire
  • Nicole Says Yes
  • Persephone Nine
  • Pop World: Sisterhood
  • Small Town Values
  • White Pineapple
  • Wife Review / Essential Nightly News

If you’re not keen on these stories, then hold on. Once I’ve caught all requests for ongoings up to the current month – or close enough – I’ll come back and offer member a chance to spend their suspended requests on new stories or sequels to things that aren’t ongoings yet. No promises on when that will be, although I’m certain it won’t be in July.

What platforms am I on?

In June I started an official presence on CHYOA.com, a Patreon-funded site for branching choose-your-own-adventure style erotic fiction. I’m not posting anything new there, just some of my older multi-part stories, and they’re still linear, I’m afraid. People following me on BDSMLR won’t see anything there they haven’t already read. You can find my official profile here (link).

I am active (posting new content) on the following platforms. Note that BDSMLR gets everything – there is nothing on non-BDSMLR platforms that hasn’t posted to BDSMLR.

I am inactive on the following platforms. (I have an account and content available, but I’m not posting new material, largely because of their linking, monetisation or moderation policies.)

If you see me on any other public site right now, it’s not me, and it’s not an authorised posting of my work. Please don’t repost my work to new sites without asking me – although please do link to it and tell others about it!

I am keen to find new subreddits, Discords or similar spaces that might be interested in my work. To meet my criteria they must be:
* active;
* with a reasonably large membership (ideally over 500 people);
* clear content policies that accept my work and allow me to link to my shop;
* NOT filled with real (non-fantasy) misogyny or racism;
* zero tolerance on posting of child porn, illegal material, and revenge porn.

Let me know if you’ve got somewhere that might like me to post some stories!

Donation

As part of the process of writing gender-degradation and non-consent erotica in a responsible way, I have committed to donating at least 5% of the site profits each month to a women’s charity combating domestic violence, unsafe housing and/or sexual assault. (See this post for more info.)

This month I donated an amount of $120 AUD (about $84 USD) to a registered charity providing free legal advice, advocacy and representation to women in crisis.

COVID-19 lockdown is putting a lot of pressure on domestic violence services right now, due to new stresses in relationships, and increased impacts on victims in abusive relationships having to spend more time with their partners. Now is a great time to make a donation to a domestic violence charity in your area if you have the ability to do so.

Conclusion

Thank you to all members, book purchasers and readers for your continuing enthusiasm and support for my work. You are all amazing.

I continue to be committed to offer you a good product and genuine value for money. There are far too many dodgy porn sites out there. I want everyone who spends money at my site to feel like they got their money’s worth, and I am happy to offer refunds on request rather than have anyone leave feeling cheated.

I wasn’t a graphic designer before starting this, or a website designer, or a retailer, and I’m learning to do a lot of things on the job. I think that I’ve succeeded in making the e-books, the early access stories, and the site generally look more attractive and more professional with every passing month, and I hope you do too. I look forward to how the All These Roadworks brand might continue to grow in the future.

Remember – buying my products is great, but you can also support me by:
* reblogging my content on BDSMLR;
* upvoting and commenting on Reddit;
* talking about and linking to my stories or website in communities of consenting kinky adults;
* spotting typos in published stories or e-books and reporting them to me by email or on BDSMLR.

Plus if you have a professional skillset that could help me or improve the ATR experience, I’d always love to hear from you.

Thanks again! And keep enjoying!

– All These Roadworks
July 2020

Monthly Update

June Update

Thank you to fans, customers and members for your continued support of All These Roadworks writing! Here’s what’s happened over the last month.

Personal update

2020 just keeps on doing its thing.

We’re no longer in lockdown here, but social distancing is still enforced, so I’m really not seeing other people outside my household very much.

But things are better than they were! I’m getting more original writing done.

For reasons of health and COVID, I’m doing very little paid work in my day job right now, so this website represents a larger and larger portion of my total income. If you’d like to support me, now is a great time to buy e-books and memberships!

Nevertheless, I’m healthy overall, and not in any immediate financial stress.

What did members get in May?

Early Access

There were 22 new stories posted in Early Access in May.

Story Collections

All members received four new collections in May:

  • Cast A Slutty Spell – Stories of Magical Erotica (3rd edition) (view in shop)
  • The Milk Industry – Stories of Hucows and Lactation (2nd edition) (view in shop)
  • Daddy’s Girl – Stories of Spoiled Princesses and Incestuous Kink (all new!) (view in shop)
  • The Sound of His Voice – Stories of Hypnotic Domination (all new!) (view in shop)

Other content

Premium Members received four chapters of Hailey’s Training, an unfinished novel-length story themed around watersports, incest and humiliation.

Premium Members continued to have access to the full e-book library, in addition to the novel-length story The Lesbian Debt.

How is the site doing?

May was the site’s best month so far. If the site made this much income every month, I could live on it – just.

However, I think April and May were boosted by the lockdown bubble, with people in isolation buying porn. June is showing signs of being significantly less profitable. My hope is that the *average* of the site continues to increase regardless of individual spikes and dips.

I’m ALSO taking a hit because the Australian dollar has significantly strengthened versus the US dollar, largely based on our countries’ comparative responses to coronavirus. When I started the site, I made the decision to sell in US dollars because that is where the vast majority of my customers are coming from. However, betting against my country is leading to some financial pain as the exchange rate changes. That’s on me, I guess.

Thank you to everyone who’s purchased an e-book or membership over the month of May.

Story Requests and other features

As members are aware, I’ve been struggling with some content during the COVID period. I feel I’m trending back upwards at this point, which is good.

As of this writing I have one undelivered story request to process. (It’s the next “pop star” story.) Then I’ll be reaching out to members who’ve backed ongoing stories in the past to see if they want the next chapters.

Given I’ve had difficulty writing to requests for a few months now, I don’t want to promise what happens next after that, but I would like to continue or finish the ongoing stories, so that’s a priority.

You’ve already seen a (short) Reality Check go up in June, and those should be back to one a month now, in an ongoing fashion.

Arth-Keros will have to wait until I’m confident I’m back on track with core content.

Site upgrades, Dropbox, et cetera are likewise paused until I’ve got the core content covered.

Donation

As part of the process of writing gender-degradation and non-consent erotica in a responsible way, I have committed to donating at least 5% of the site profits each month to a women’s charity combating domestic violence, unsafe housing and/or sexual assault. (See this post for more info.)

This month I donated an amount of $140 AUD (about $98 USD) to a registered charity providing domestic violence crisis support to women.

COVID-19 lockdown is putting a lot of pressure on domestic violence services right now, due to new stresses in relationships, and increased impacts on victims in abusive relationships having to spend more time with their partners. Now is a great time to make a donation to a domestic violence charity in your area if you have the ability to do so.

Conclusion

Thank you to all members for your continued support in a difficult time. I value you all immensely, and I hope you still feel like you’re getting good value for your memberships.

Thank you also to direct customers, and thank you to all fans, whether you spend money or not. The idea of monetising my work was always that the people who *did* have a disposable income to spend on erotica would subsidise my creative output for those who don’t, and I appreciate feedback and love from all my readers.

Remember – you can also support my work by:
* sharing your enthusiasm and links to my work in consenting kinky communities (but remember it’s high impact, so don’t put it anywhere where someone who doesn’t want to see it might be offended by it);
* reblogging my posts on BDSMLR,;
* catching typos in BDSMLR posts or e-books and reporting them to me;
* sharing your fanfiction or fan-art – I’ll even re-post it if (a) it falls within my range of kinks; (b) I’m satisfied you hold copyright to all elements; and (c) you give me explicit permission to do so.

Thanks again! And keep enjoying!

– All These Roadworks
June 2020

Monthly Update

May Update

Thank you to fans, customers and members for your continued support of All These Roadworks writing! Here’s what’s happened over the last month.

Personal update

A difficult 2020 continues being difficult.

Australia has done pretty well with COVID-19, and the particular jurisdiction I’m in has done even better. Like most places that instituted sensible lockdown protocols, we are now coming out of the first wave (no active cases) and beginning to relax lockdown.

However, history and science tells us that a second wave is on the way, and it will almost certainly be significantly worse, even before taking into account that the southern hemisphere is now heading into winter. Please remain vigilant – particularly if you’re in the United States, which largely did *not* handle the virus well, and has not flattened the curve, and which is likely to still be seeing high numbers of wave 1 cases when wave 2 arrives. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost loved ones, or has been infected, or who has struggled with the financial and psychological effects of lockdown.

I’m still struggling myself. I’m definitely not producing anything like a week of full-time work in a week, and I’ve had very few occasions of my mind and my libido being aligned in the necessary way for writing new stories. I’m hoping to see some improvement as external stresses dissipate, but no promises.

I’m basically taking the approach of “this is a difficult time, do what you can do, and don’t beat yourself up about what you can’t”, and accepting it’s okay if I make less money as a result. Although, as it turns out, site profits have gone up steadily throughout COVID-19, not down, so that’s nice.

What does my output look like right now?

This is an update using the same structure as last month’s update.

  • Administrative work on the site / sales is unaffected. I will still be publishing news updates, processing memberships, and responding to support requests.
  • Story request backlog – I’ve gotten through a couple of the remaining requests. I currently have two undelivered requests to go. Both require a little more thought than the average story. It’s frustrating, but creativity simply won’t march to a beat.
  • Unredeemed story requests / ongoing series – When the last current requests are finished, I will reach out to anyone who was backing an ongoing story about continuing it. They’ll take first priority on new requests.
  • Other new stories – I still have many old Tumblr stories to republish. Some of them are getting rewritten or expanded as I put them up – improving an existing story is generally easier than writing a new one. Also if inspiration hits me for something that isn’t a request, I’m not letting it go to waste, so there have been a few entirely new stories over the last month.
  • Story collections – Putting together story collections is easy. Doing the new “bonus” material at the end is harder, and is the primary thing slowing down new collections at present. I aim for at least three collections in May, and hopefully four. Two have already been delivered – Daddy’s Girl and The Milk Industry – so that leaves one to two more to go, of which one will definitely be a new collection rather than an update.
  • Arth-Keros – The Guide to Arth-Keros remains suspended for now.
  • Reality Check – There’s a certain level of artificiality in talking about real-life kink while everyone’s stuck at home. I’m searching for a topic that’s relevant to where we are right now, and will put up an article once I have one.
  • Bonus Material – The chapters of Hailey’s Training will continue going up on Google Drive for Premium Members at a rate of one a week until those are exhausted.

What did members get in April?

Early Access

There were 22 new stories posted in Early Access in April.

Story Collections

All members received three new collections in March:

  • Crime and Punishment – Stories of Law and Authority (2nd Edition) (view in shop)
  • She’s Got The Look – Stories of Exploited Models and Erotic Fashion (view in shop)
  • The Ternish Betrayal – A Novella of High-Fantasy Degradation (all new!) (view in shop)

Other content

Premium Members received the first chapters of Hailey’s Training, an unfinished novel-length story themed around watersports, incest and humiliation.

How is the site doing?

Purchases on the site continue to go up. In April, the site paid me a little shy of a full-time minimum wage for the month. It’s hard to tell if that represents sustained growth or a COVID-19 effect, but it’s nice either way.

(EDIT: A little shy of the full-time minimum Australian wage, which, after currency conversion, is nearly twice the minimum wage of the US.)

Thank you to everyone who’s purchased an e-book or membership over the period.

E-books now comprise about 75% of the site’s total profits, with memberships being the other 25%.

Donation

As part of the process of writing gender-degradation and non-consent erotica in a responsible way, I have committed to donating at least 5% of the site profits each month to a women’s charity combating domestic violence, unsafe housing and/or sexual assault. (See this post for more info.)

This month I donated an amount of $130 AUD (about $84 USD) to a registered charity providing domestic violence crisis support to women.

COVID-19 lockdown is putting a lot of pressure on domestic violence services right now, due to new stresses in relationships, and increased impacts on victims in abusive relationships having to spend more time with their partners. Now is a great time to make a donation to a domestic violence charity in your area if you have the ability to do so.

Conclusion

Thank you to all members for your continued support in a difficult time. I value you all immensely, and I hope you still feel like you’re getting good value for your memberships.

Thank you also to direct customers, and thank you to all fans, whether you spend money or not. The idea of monetising my work was always that the people who *did* have a disposable income to spend on erotica would subsidise my creative output for those who don’t, and I appreciate feedback and love from all my readers.

Remember – you can also support my work by:
* sharing your enthusiasm and links to my work in consenting kinky communities (but remember it’s high impact, so don’t put it anywhere where someone who doesn’t want to see it might be offended by it);
* reblogging my posts on BDSMLR,;
* catching typos in BDSMLR posts or e-books and reporting them to me;
* sharing your fanfiction or fan-art – I’ll even re-post it if (a) it falls within my range of kinks; (b) I’m satisfied you hold copyright to all elements; and (c) you give me explicit permission to do so.

Thanks again! And keep enjoying!

– All These Roadworks
May 2020

Monthly Update News

April Update

Thank you to fans, customers and members for your continued support of All These Roadworks writing! Here’s what’s happened over the last month.

Personal update

(This one is longish, so if you just want to know about the new content, feel free to skip to the next heading.)

2020 is a hell of a year, right? Here in Australia it has literally been non-stop emergency since well before Xmas. It’s… overwhelming.

We’re in lockdown where I am. No non-essential travel, no inter-regional travel, no public gatherings, all non-essential services closed. Basically it’s just me and my partner treating our house as a bunker.

On the plus side, there have actually been very few cases in my city, and (touch wood) the authorities seem to have it fairly well under control, by comparison to the nation as a whole. And “the nation as a whole” is doing very well compared to other places.

My heart goes out to people in the worst affected countries. I know a large percentage of my readers are from the US, which is looking nightmarish right now. I’m not a praying person, but you have both my thoughts, and my most passionate advocacy for sane, compassionate disaster response now, and evidence-based proactive measures to mitigate the inevitable second wave later. Much of what’s happening in the US right now can and should have been avoidable.

How am I doing?

Anyone who’s doing lockdown right now knows that it’s tough. I’m naturally inclined to staying at home anyway, I’m not poor, and I have a wonderful supportive partner with good communication and relationship skills, so I’m in a better position than many.

But it’s still not easy. Changed routine, changed conditions, and sensible decisions about likely availability of medical services have led to a decision to make a change in my ASD/ADHD medication, which is likely to give me better mental health over this period, but has dramatically decreased my libido, concentration, and both motivation and ability to write.

The constant background stress of a world on fire doesn’t exactly help either.

Also there’s significantly less work available in my “day job” at the moment, which means reduced income from that source.

What that means is I continue to be (probably) safe, or as safe as anyone can be at the moment. And I’ve got tons of time to do the “administrative” side of All These Roadworks – updates, formatting new collections, processing memberships and sales, etc.

But I’m struggling on the creative side at present.

What does my output look like right now?

I’ll do this in dot point so you can easily see what this means for you:

  • Administrative work on the site / sales is unaffected. I will still be publishing news updates, processing memberships, and responding to support requests.
  • Story request backlog – I am *slowly* getting through this. New requested stories are going out, but not fast. More will be completed this week. This is the main place where I am having trouble, as these stories are generally longer and more extreme, requiring a combination of concentration and libido. All received requests *will* be honoured… eventually. (I currently expect them to be caught up by the end of this month, but no promises.) No one’s membership will be terminated while they have an undelivered story in the backlog.
  • Unredeemed story requests – All unredeemed story requests right now are technically void, per my previous post on this topic, and I’m not accepting new ones. However, I am still tracking them, for two reasons. The first is that when I am caught up on the backlog, I would like to honour as many of these voided requests as possible, given a realistic assessment of how I’m going at that point. The second, and most important, is because of ongoing series.
  • Ongoing series – If you’ve been backing an ongoing series, I *do* intend to accept further requests in that series in order to allow the series to be completed – but I will do so only once the current backlog is complete. Stories like Emma’s Policy and Abby’s Identity *will* be completed.
  • Other new stories – There is *still* a pretty huge archive of stories from the Tumblr era that haven’t been re-released on BDSMLR. I’m mining them for new content at the moment, and they form the bulk of the new Early Access material. I’m reprinting some exactly as they originally appeared. Others are expanded and improved. On top of that, I have a small archive of original stories saved up for a rainy day that I’m slowly adding to Early Access and the BDSMLR queue. And then there are a few completely new original non-requested stories, because if I get an idea, sometimes I just have to write it.
  • Story collections – I expect to deliver two new collections and two updates in April, just like every month. The administrative work of collating, formatting and proofing the books is easy. The only thing slowing me down is the creation of new content for the exclusive bonus pages. The first collection for April will be an update of Crime and Punishment which should go up in the next 48 hours.
  • Arth-Keros – The Guide to Arth-Keros remains suspended for now. Of all my new creative work, it’s (presently) the hardest to write and least popular. I’ll return to it when I’m able. If you have a Stories Membership specifically because you wanted new Arth-Keros content, I am happy to discuss refunds or alternative compensation. (However, for those who like the high-fantasy degradation genre, you can expect a conclusion to “The Ternish Betrayal” storyline in the very near future, followed by a release of that entire series in a dedicated collection.)
  • Reality Check – I expect to deliver a Reality Check article for April.
  • And finally – In the event that I get to the point that I’m not able to deliver 20+ new stories a month and four new collections, I do have some fairly lengthy unfinished novel-length stories on my drive, and if necessary I’ll publish chapters of them to make sure members are getting their money’s worth.

What did members get in March?

Early Access

There were 22 new stories posted in Early Access in March.

Story Collections

All members received four new collections in March:

Note that Titcage is novel-length – 231 pages. For those who have read Titcage in another format, you will be excited to know that in addition to typo fixes throughout, this edition contains a new author’s foreword, minor rewrites and improvements, two bonus “alternate chapters”, and a gallery of posters showcasing the “grades” referred to the in the story. This edition is available in the store at a premium price ($9.99 USD) but is available free on Google Drive to all current members, and will remain available all month to new members.

Reality Check

March’s Reality Check article was “Aftercare for Degradation Porn“, available as a free post on this site, reposted to BDSMLR, and collected in PDF format for members on Google Drive.

Other work

E-books are now sequentially numbered, for the benefit of those who like to “collect them all”. The full list of e-books, and their numbers, can be found at the back of any collection released since the start of March. I’m slowly adding these numbers to the covers of the older collections, but this doesn’t constitute a substantive update of these titles and won’t be counted against the collections for April.

The purpose of this numbering is to facilitate the changes to membership plans I discussed last month, but given everything that’s going on, I haven’t felt like I’m in a position to institute those changes right now, so for the time being memberships are continuing as before. The Premium Membership will still give you access to every e-book available for sale on the site. The Stories Membership will nominally give you access to the next four collections released after the date of your purchase, but practically speaking right now gives you access to all collections released in any month for which you are a member for part of the month, plus I’m leaving the March e-books available for all of April as thanks for your support in this crazy time.

I’m also putting a pin in my (long-delayed) plan to transition membership content to Dropbox. I don’t think anyone needs the inevitable teething problems of a platform transition right now.

How is the site doing?

The short answer is, it’s paying me about a week’s salary per month. March profits were broadly comparable to February profits. It’s not a full-time job but it’s very appreciated in a period where my day job continues to be less profitable.

Thank you to everyone who’s purchased an e-book or membership over the period.

Top referrers continue to be MCStories and BDSMLR. Diversifying my referrals continues to be a project for when I have the time and energy. I’m still open to recommendations of places to get readers but *please* check the site’s content policies before doing so. The vast majority of places people recommend either (a) don’t allow something that’s a core part of my writing, such as non-consent, and/or (b) have fairly hard no-monetisation / no-links policies.

Donation

As part of the process of writing gender-degradation and non-consent erotica in a responsible way, I have committed to donating at least 5% of the site profits each month to a women’s charity combating domestic violence, unsafe housing and/or sexual assault. (See this post for more info.)

This month I donated an amount of $100 AUD (about $60 USD) to a registered charity providing domestic violence crisis support to women.

COVID-19 lockdown is putting a lot of pressure on domestic violence services right now, due to new stresses in relationships, and increased impacts on victims in abusive relationships having to spend more time with their partners. Now is a great time to make a donation to a domestic violence charity in your area if you have the ability to do so.

Conclusion

Thank you to all members for your continued support in a difficult time. I value you all immensely, and I hope you still feel like you’re getting good value for your memberships.

Thank you also to direct customers, and thank you to all fans, whether you spend money or not. The idea of monetising my work was always that the people who *did* have a disposable income to spend on erotica would subsidise my creative output for those who don’t, and I appreciate feedback and love from all my readers.

Remember – you can also support my work by:
* sharing your enthusiasm and links to my work in consenting kinky communities (but remember it’s high impact, so don’t put it anywhere where someone who doesn’t want to see it might be offended by it);
* reblogging my posts on BDSMLR,;
* catching typos in BDSMLR posts or e-books and reporting them to me;
* sharing your fanfiction or fan-art – I’ll even re-post it if (a) it falls within my range of kinks; (b) I’m satisfied you hold copyright to all elements; and (c) you give me explicit permission to do so.

Thanks again! And keep enjoying!

– All These Roadworks
April 2020

Monthly Update

March Update

Here’s your monthly update on what’s going on with All These Roadworks.

Personal news

While it’s still bushfire season in Australia, the majority of the huge fires that threatened much of the country over December and January are now extinguished, and there is no specific danger to my city from bushfires beyond the general background danger of an Australian summer.

As with much of the world, attention has now turned to the COVID-19 coronavirus, which has reported cases within Australia, including transmission within the country. There are no cases in *my* city yet but that hasn’t stopped people from stripping most of the local supermarkets in a spurt of panic-buying / emergency preparation.

If you, too, are contemplating a long season of avoiding other humans and staying indoors, then now is an excellent time to buy some porn. Have you checked out the shop? 🙂

Personally, my health has been poor over this period, impacting both my day job and my writing, and while I’ve done a month’s work in a month, the slight backlog I had at the end of January has unfortunately continued as a slight backlog at the end of February.

Delayed February content

Some February content did not reach publication by the end of the month.

The delayed content consists of:

  • The Arth-Keros content, which will be written and published in my next opportunity for significant work, which I expect to be this weekend.
  • * The following member requests:
    • A new Jessa story” – This request has not been confirmed by the requester, so I chose to leave it to last in case further information was supplied.
    • “Either Princess Ellie, Elves of Terna, or Greenhaven Wife Review” – This request was received on 23 February, and the requester has been notified it will therefore be delivered late.
    • “Web cam model revenge” – This request was received on 24 February, and the requester has been notified it will therefore be delivered late.

The delayed member requests are at the front of the request queue and will be delivered over the coming week.

What did members get in February?

(Check out memberships in the shop.)

Early Access:

Twenty-two (22) stories were released to members through Early Access in February.

Story Collections:

Members got access to four story collections in January:

These releases continue the new cover designs and full-colour interior images, and additionally contain new exclusive bonus pages. 

If you’re a Stories Member, please remember to download these e-books for your personal collection ASAP, as after 14 March these collections will be archived into the Premium Member-only section of the drive!

Guide to Arth-Keros:

The Guide to Arth-Keros entry is delayed but will be published shortly.

Reality Check:

The Reality Check articles attempt to help distinguish fantasy from reality by touching base with safe, respectful, healthy practices for kinky relationships in the real world.

The January Reality Check, which was delayed at the time of the last monthly update, has been published, and was on the topic of “Not Having Sex (And Why That’s Okay)”.

The February Reality Check has also been published, and was on the topic of “Everyone Should See A Psych”.

Premium Benefits:

In addition to all of the above, Premium Members had access to the following additional benefits:

* The ability to request a story;

* Access to all story collections sold on this site;

* Access to my two long-form stories.

Membership benefits are made available through an invitation to Google Drive. If you’re a member and you have ANY questions about your benefits or membership, please don’t hesitate to email me at all.these.roadworks@gmail.com, as I really want you to feel like you’re getting value for your money.

Upcoming story requests

Here’s the current request queue for January. It’s in no particular order – stories will be written and released according to what I’m inspired to write.

Delayed from February:

  • New Jessa Story
  • “webcam model revenge”
  • “sequel to either Princess Ellie, Elves of Terna, or the Greenhaven/Wife Review series”

Upcoming in March:

  • Abby’s Identity, Part 7
  • Brea Comes Home, Part 2
  • “Maledom scripted TV” in the style of “Princess of Wall Street”
  • Diana Tells The Truth, Part 8
  • “Greenhaven/Wife Review sequel, or Etrebor sequel”
  • new “Pop Star to Porn Star” story
  • Persephone Nine, Chapter 3
  • Finale to the Terna series

Plus you’ll get anything that I feel like writing on my own initiative, and maybe a couple of the remaining stories from the Tumblr era that haven’t yet migrated to BDSMLR.

If you’re a Premium Member with a story request for March, and you don’t see your story listed here, please get in touch with me at all.these.roadworks@gmail.com and let me know what you want.

Story requests are a perk of Premium Membership, or can be purchased individually from the store.

How is the site doing?

It’s doing fine.

January was far and away my most profitable month ever, benefiting from a combination of sales, new content, the holiday season, and I think a large amount of goodwill from wonderful readers hoping to help me out over the difficult bushfire period (thank you all so much!).

It was probably inevitable that February would back off a bit. Sales were significantly lower than January – but still my third-highest month so far, coming in at only slightly short of December. (Which actually works out to be slightly more sales per day, given that February was a shorter month.)

This level of sales, sustained over a year, would pay roughly a quarter of a year’s income for me. As a result, I am now actively looking for opportunities to transition my day job into a part-time arrangement, and officially use one day a week working full-time on All These Roadworks.

Once again, thank you all so much for your patronage and support.  A lot of great writers don’t get the opportunity to be paid for it.  I really appreciate the privilege of being financially supported to pursue something that I genuinely enjoy doing.

Member survey – premium content

I ran a survey over the last two weeks seeking input about the structure of my memberships. That survey is now closed.

I’m going to address the survey in more detail in a later post, and directly answer some of the specific comments and questions I received, but here’s what I’ve taken from the results.

(1) Clarity: I need to make the structure and benefits of my memberships clearer, including specifically what’s included, and how payment works.

(2) Payment and access options: I need to put some time into examining if there are ways I can give people more ways to pay for and access content. The key concern is around anonymity – my content is extreme erotica, and some people would be embarrassed (or worse) if others knew they were accessing it.

There are some significant obstacles in this area, from multiple angles, so I don’t promise there’s any change coming, but I will at least look at it again.

(3) Content: Far and away the most popular option for reforming the scope of the Premium Membership was to limit the e-books included to only the last 12 that were published. I am NOT doing that yet – I need to give all current members a month’s notice from when I formally announce it, so they can choose to not re-subscribe if they don’t like it. But I’m keen to make that announcement before the end of the month.

As a side-effect of that change, I’m expecting to go through a process of assigning numbers to all the existing e-books, so that, for example, The Downward Spiral might be book 5, and Sex Sells might be book 11, so that it’s clear which 12 books are included in the Premium Membership at any time. Not sure how that will look in terms of covers, republishing, and the shopfront, but it’s not substantial enough to justify a whole new edition, so it’s not going to count against the four books released this month.

(4) Content delivery: No one seemed to have a problem with using Dropbox, so I’m going to do some further investigation to make sure it actually will deliver the service I’m looking for, and then you can expect some announcements about a migration across to that platform within the next month. (Hopefully.)

Donation

As continuing members will be aware, I have pledged that in any month that the site made a profit of more than $300, I would donate at least 5% of profits to a women’s charity, as part of a responsible approach to the complex niche of porn I write in. (If you don’t understand this reference, please check out this page of my site.)

As a result, this month I have made a donation exceeding $56 USD in value to a registered charity providing support and accommodation to pregnant women and new mothers, particularly those experiencing or escaping from domestic violence.

Thank you all for making this possible.

Feedback

I am always looking for feedback as to whether you’re satisfied with my product and my site. Please don’t hesitate to send me your thoughts at all.these.roadworks@gmail.com on any topic.

Thank you all again – you’re excellent!

– All These Roadworks
5 March 2020

Monthly Update

Survey – Premium Memberships and Content Delivery

It’s time for another survey! I’m seeking opinions from current members, past members, or anyone who’s considered a membership but chosen not to buy. The survey is anonymous, and powered by Survey Monkey.

Want to jump straight to the survey? Click here!

Okay, want to hear the story? Read on.

As you may be aware, the Premium Membership is currently an amazing bargain. It costs $20 USD a month, it doesn’t auto-renew, and you get access to over $100 in e-books (yours to keep), PLUS a story request, PLUS the Arth-Keros and Reality Check content, PLUS Early Access.

There’s nothing to stop you paying for a month, downloading the content, and walking away at the end of the month. Many purchasers do that, and I don’t begrudge anyone for that – I was well aware it was an option.

Unfortunately, it’s not sustainable, particularly as I release more e-books which, under the current structure, will be included in that giant bundle of content.

The income from memberships as a proportion of total site revenue has steadily dropped since I launched the site. Obviously back in the Patreon days they were the only way to give me money. When I launched the site in August last year they formed about 70% of the site’s take. Over the last two months they’ve dropped to about 30%.

That’s not because I have less members. It’s because the growth has been in e-books, presumably in part because of the larger number of titles available in the shop, and the improvement in production values since the early days.

Direct e-book purchases sell better, they take zero work for me once they’re first published, and the site delivers the content to the customer immediately upon purchase. The only downside of them is that PayPal gets a proportionally higher percentage of small-ticket purchases, and I’d prefer a few large transactions over many small ones.

I really value my members. It’s the memberships that make me feel supported and valued. I’m not planning to discontinue memberships.

But I do need to look at that Premium Tier, and work out how to make that attractive and worthwhile, without selling the entire site contents for a single $20 purchase.

The three key options that I’ve come up with for reforming it are:
* Increase the price per month to $35 USD or higher; or
* Keep the per-month price the same, but make subscriptions run on a three-monthly basis, so you pay $60 up front for a three-month subscription and renew at the end of those three months; or
* Limit the included e-books to the last 12 titles released, plus any new titles released during the period of membership.

There’s some issues with all of those. I’m also open to other ideas.

The ideal solution would be to have subscriptions auto-renew, but (a) there are difficulties in getting PayPal to enable that for adult sites, and (b) part of the logic of why that’s profitable is that you’re taking money from people who don’t actually want to renew but are too lazy to cancel, and I’m not super comfortable with that. So let’s assume auto-renewal is off the table.

Lastly, while I’m surveying anyway, I never got any responses to my question a while back about Google Drive versus Dropbox versus other content delivery platforms, so I’ve put it in the survey.

Now go take the survey!

Survey

February Update

Here’s your monthly update on what’s going on with All These Roadworks.

Australian Bushfires

The immediate bushfire danger to my city has passed. There are still fires burning within sight but the combination of cooler weather, favourable winds, and a buffer of already-burned vegetation means they’re unlikely to threaten occupied urban areas in the near future.

We’re still getting intermittent smoke impacts, and there will remain a danger of new bushfires through to at least the end of February.

Thank you to everyone who has offered their support over this period.

Delayed January content

Some January content did not reach publication by the end of the month.

Members whose story requests for January were not delivered in January have been directly contacted and recompensed with an extension of membership.

For everyone else, the only outstanding item was the Arth-Keros content, which was delivered three days late, on February 3. If you were a member on 1 January, and would like a complimentary five-day extension of your membership, please email me at all.these.roadworks@gmail.com and I’ll make it happen. (Remember to include some detail that will let me match you to your membership, such as the username your membership is under or the email address attached to it!)

The January Reality Check is also late, but as that’s not a formal membership benefit, I’ve left it till last. It should be along soon!

What did members get in January?

(Check out memberships in the shop.)

Early Access:

Twenty-two (22) stories were released to members through Early Access in January.

Story Collections:

Members got access to four story collections in January:

These releases continue the new cover designs and full-colour interior images, and additionally contain new exclusive bonus pages. 

If you’re a Stories Member, please remember to download these e-books for your personal collection ASAP, as after 14 February these collections will be archived into the Premium Member-only section of the drive!

Guide to Arth-Keros:

The member-exclusive Guide to Arth-Keros, which details a world of high-fantasy degradation, was updated with five new entries further detailing the flora and fauna of the Forest!

Reality Check:

The December Reality Check, released in January, talked about the reality of hypnosis, sustained arousal, and orgasms – and how it differs from my stories.

The January Reality Check should be published within the next week.

Premium Benefits:

In addition to all of the above, Premium Members had access to the following additional benefits:

* The ability to request a story;

* Access to all story collections sold on this site;

* Access to my two long-form stories.

Membership benefits are made available through an invitation to Google Drive. If you’re a member and you have ANY questions about your benefits or membership, please don’t hesitate to email me at all.these.roadworks@gmail.com, as I really want you to feel like you’re getting value for your money.

Upcoming story requests

Here’s the current request queue for January. It’s in no particular order – stories will be written and released according to what I’m inspired to write.

* Abby’s Identity, Part 6 (DONE)
* The Female Intelligence Project (DONE)
* “women controlled by their schedule”
* Average Availability sequel
* Diana Tells The Truth, Part 6
* Diana Tells The Truth, Part 7
* new Jessa story
* advice column – mother/daughter incest, entertaining men
* “older sister teaches younger brother to use her”
* Persephone 9, Chapter 2
* new “Pop Star to Porn Star” story
* Abby’s Identity, Part 7

Plus you’ll get anything that I feel like writing on my own initiative, and maybe a couple of the remaining stories from the Tumblr era that haven’t yet migrated to BDSMLR.

If you’re a Premium Member with a story request for January, and you don’t see your story listed here, please get in touch with me at all.these.roadworks@gmail.com and let me know what you want.

Story requests are a perk of Premium Membership, or can be purchased individually from the store.

How is the site doing?

It’s doing very well.

January was an exponential increase on sales from December. If this level of sales was sustained over the entire year, it would give me half the total money I need to live on. I’m beginning to do the sums on what it might look like to start treating writing as an official component of my “day job”.

Thank you all so much for your patronage and support.  A lot of great writers don’t get the opportunity to be paid for it.  I really appreciate the privilege of being financially supported to pursue something that I genuinely enjoy doing.

Increasingly, direct e-book sales are a larger and larger component of the total revenue (compared to memberships), and they’re less ongoing work for me too, so that’s nice.

I’m going to flag that at some point this year I’m going to need to revisit how I handle memberships, and what benefits are included. That’s very vague because that’s as far as I’ve thought about it yet. Members will get plenty of notice before any changes occur, and no one will miss out on anything they’ve paid for.

Stats-wise, nothing’s changed in terms of top referrers or countries of origin.

My biggest regret for January (after the delayed content, obviously) is that the interruption of my work meant that I *also* didn’t have the free time to spruik the site on other platforms. That means readers on MCStories and Reddit didn’t see as many new stories this month, and I didn’t get to investigate any new platforms.

(Just a reminder that no sites are getting new content that hasn’t already been made available to members in Early Access, and no site gets any content that doesn’t go up on BDSMLR – although the nature of the queue on BDSMLR means that sometimes content will go live on other sites before it goes live on BDSMLR.)

Donation

As continuing members will be aware, I have pledged that in any month that the site made a profit of more than $300, I would donate at least 5% of profits to a women’s charity, as part of a responsible approach to the complex niche of porn I write in. (If you don’t understand this reference, please check out this page of my site.)

As a result, this month I have made a donation exceeding $85 USD in value to a registered charity providing crisis and homelessness support to women.

Thank you all for making this possible.

Feedback

I am always looking for feedback as to whether you’re satisfied with my product and my site. Please don’t hesitate to send me your thoughts at all.these.roadworks@gmail.com on any topic.

Thank you all again – you’re excellent!

– All These Roadworks
7 February 2020

Monthly Update

Feedback Wanted: Beyond Google Drive

How should member content be delivered?

Since back in the Patreon days, I’ve been using Google Drive to deliver content to members, including Early Access stories, story collections, Arth-Keros content, the Reality Check archive, and the two long-form stories.

However, there are some upper limits on Google Drive, both in terms of storage, and in terms of how many people I can share content with. We’re not likely to hit either of them in the next few months, but it’s something I need to start thinking about. There are also some other concerns I have about the suitability of Google Drive for this purpose. It’s not really designed for what I’m doing with it.

The obvious, and most likely, solution is to use Dropbox – possibly via its paid tiers. (Paid on my end, that is.)

Does that present any problem for my current members? Does anyone have an even better solution?

I’m looking for legal, reliable, reputable storage solutions that offer strong and flexible access control, and good privacy and security for users.

If you’ve got thoughts, please send me an email to all.these.roadworks@gmail.com

News Survey

January Member Update

Okay – time for the actual January update!

BUSHFIRE UPDATE

(See my previous post on the Australian bushfires and their impact on me.)

Right now as I write this, the smoke is a little better than a couple of days ago, which is nice, but it’s still pretty bad, and we likely aren’t done with the worst of it.

We’re on evacuation alert right now, which in our case means that there’s not any specific fire that’s a danger to us at this time, but that if a new fire starts it could get very dangerous very fast and we may need to leave in a hurry.  Fingers crossed.

You have all been incredible with your purchases from my site in the last few days. Three days is not a reliable long-term barometer, but the numbers since January 1 have been what “write erotica full-time” looks like.   Don’t know if that’s people trying to support me, or just a giant New Year demand for erotica, but I’m going to assume it’s the former – so thank you all so much. Please do not be afraid to keep it up. 🙂

WHAT DID MEMBERS GET IN DECEMBER?

(Check out memberships in the shop.)

Early Access:

Thirty-three (33) stories were released to members through Early Access in December.  That’s more than one a day.

Story Collections:

Members got access to four story collections in December:

Note that Golden Sins is the first Premium Collection, containing stories never previously published and not available in any other format.  It sells at twice the cost of a regular collection but members got it absolutely free.

These releases continue the new cover designs and full-colour interior images, and additionally contain new exclusive bonus pages. 

If you’re a Stories Member, please remember to download these e-books for your personal collection ASAP, as after 14 January these collections will be archived into the Premium Member-only section of the drive!

Guide to Arth-Keros:

The member-exclusive Guide to Arth-Keros, which details a world of high-fantasy degradation, was updated with four new entries detailing the nation of the Dawn Shores.

Reality Check:

As of this writing, there is no Reality Check article for December – at this stage it’s a casualty of the bushfire smoke.  My plan is to do two for January, subject to working conditions over the month. I do consider these articles an important part of responsibly producing the writing that I do, and touching base with safe, respectful real-life practices is a priority for me.

Premium Benefits:

In addition to all of the above, Premium Members had access to the following additional benefits:

* The ability to request a story;

* Access to all story collections sold on this site;

* Access to my two long-form stories.

Membership benefits are made available through an invitation to Google Drive. If you’re a member and you have ANY questions about your benefits or membership, please don’t hesitate to email me at all.these.roadworks@gmail.com, as I really want you to feel like you’re getting value for your money.

REQUEST YOUR STORIES!

If you’re a Premium Member, please check out the Requesting Stories FAQ and then send me your story request for January at all.these.roadworks@gmail.com. Also, if you were a Premium Member on 1 December and haven’t redeemed that request, it’s not too late – let me know!

Story requests are a perk of Premium Membership, or can be purchased individually from the store.

HOW IS THE SITE DOING?

It’s doing very well.

December was the best month for All These Roadworks erotica so far.  Sales and memberships for the month were equivalent to about a fortnight’s pay in my day job.  If that happened reliably every month, I could probably step down to part-time at my day job and block out entire days to work on producing and packaging stories.

Thank you all so much for your patronage and support.  A lot of great writers don’t get the opportunity to be paid for it.  I really appreciate the privilege of being financially supported to pursue something that I genuinely enjoy doing.

In terms of what’s driving that success, I think the two biggest factors are:

(1) The release of the Golden Sins premium collection.  Obviously a lot of you wanted new, exclusive watersports stories, and were willing to pay to get them.  That sends me a clear signal that I should do more premium collections. BUT I’m keen to not break trust with you readers.  It’s important to me that new premium collections shouldn’t come at the expense of my regular output – I don’t want you to feel like buying these things incentivises me to put less free stuff on BDSMLR or anything.  So at this stage, these collections will only happen to the extent I’m able to write new stories after meeting my monthly obligations (or when I just have to write a story, for my own satisfaction, that doesn’t fit my normal free output).

(2) The TRILOGY sale.  (Still live until 10 January.) A lot of you took advantage of this to buy three or more books and get the cheapest free – which is a really great win-win situation for everyone.  I want you to be able to get more of the stories you want at a price that suits you. I also want you to make larger single purchases rather than lots of small ones, if possible, because then more of the money goes to me rather than PayPal.  (Don’t let that put you off buying single books, though – I wouldn’t offer any sales option that I didn’t want you to exercise.)

There’s probably also a seasonal element associated with it being December, but I don’t have the historical data to say anything sensible about that.

In any case, I’m pretty excited by how the site’s doing, I’m motivated to work to sustain that interest, and I’m frustrated that current environmental conditions aren’t letting me just churn through output around the clock while I have so much free time anyway.

There’s nothing new in the site stats.  The overwhelming majority of traffic is still coming from Google, BDMSLR and MCStories.  Google doesn’t tell sites what search terms were used to find them, so despite my curiosity I don’t have any deeper insight there.

The United States sends me as many visitors as the rest of the world combined, and the next largest nations for visitors are the UK, Canada, and Australia in that order, which sounds about right for text erotica written in English by a white guy.

By the way, if you haven’t noticed, I’m a statistics and data nerd. If you’re similarly inclined, and don’t already follow the excellent PornHub Insights blog, you absolutely should.

DONATION

As continuing members will be aware, I have pledged that in any month that the site made a profit of more than $300, I would donate at least 5% of profits to a women’s charity, as part of a responsible approach to the complex niche of porn I write in. (If you don’t understand this reference, please check out this page of my site.)

As a result, this month I have made a donation exceeding $55 USD in value to a registered charity providing dedicated support to women experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, legal trouble, and alcohol and other drug recovery. 

Total charitable donations for 2019 therefore have a total in excess of $160 USD. (The site went live, and the donations policy began, in August, and the first donation was for the month of September.)

Thank you all for making this possible.

ALL THESE ROADWORKS ON OTHER PLATFORMS

My main free story output remains BDSMLR.  No new free stories appear on other platforms which are not also published on BDSMR.

I regularly publish older stories on Reddit as AllTheseRoadworks, on MC Stories, and occasionally on XNXX.

I have formally ended my program of publishing stories to Literotica, and at this stage I do not expect to make any further stories available there.  The site is too difficult to deal with, and committed to preventing anything that would enable monetisation or the ability for readers to follow me back to my creator site.  I think the site has the best of intentions for fostering a vibrant, safe amateur erotica community, but I think the result of those policies is that it is accidentally predatory of those who could make money off their work.

OTHER SITE FEATURES

Despite a survey response last month that suggested people wanted to buy individual story requests, basically no one bought them once I added them to the shop, so at this stage that’s a bit of a flop.  I’ll leave them live throughout January but if there hasn’t been significant take-up by February I’ll probably drop them again, if only so that I don’t have to keep checking whether anyone’s bought one.

I also didn’t end up running a survey in December.  You can either call it another casualty of the bushfires, or the price of a much higher than average number of new stories in Early Access.

FEEDBACK

I am always looking for feedback as to whether you’re satisfied with my product and my site. Please don’t hesitate to send me your thoughts at all.these.roadworks@gmail.com on any topic.

Thank you all again – you’re excellent!

– All These Roadworks
3 January 2020

Monthly Update

December Member Update

It’s December!

WHAT DID MEMBERS GET LAST MONTH?

(Check out memberships in the shop.)

Early Access:

Twenty-four (24) stories were released to members through Early Access.

Story Collections:

Members got access to six story collections in September:

These releases continue the new cover designs and full-colour interior images. “Sex Sells” also contains an additional bonus gallery.

If you’re a Stories Member, please remember to download these e-books for your personal collection ASAP, as after 14 December these collections will be archived into the Premium Member-only section of the drive!

Guide to Arth-Keros:

The member-exclusive Guide to Arth-Keros, which details a world of high-fantasy degradation, was updated with eight new entries detailing the nation of Val Orith.

Reality Check:

This month’s Reality Check article was “The Risk of Abuse”.

These articles provide advice and essays on safe, respectful, equitable and healthy real-life behaviour, relationships and kink, to contrast with the enjoyably fucked-up fantasies found in my stories.

I’m quite happy to take suggestions if there’s a particular topic anyone wants me to cover.

The Reality Check articles for October and November have also been made available as PDFs to all tiers of membership, and articles for future months will be added to this archive as they are written.

Premium Benefits:

In addition to all of the above, Premium Members had access to the following additional benefits:

* The ability to request a story;
* Access to all story collections sold on this site;
* Access to my two long-form stories.

Membership benefits are made available through an invitation to Google Drive. If you’re a member and you have ANY questions about your benefits or membership, please don’t hesitate to email me at all.these.roadworks@gmail.com, as I really want you to feel like you’re getting value for your money.

REQUEST YOUR STORIES!

If you’re a Premium Member, please check out the Requesting Stories FAQ and then send me your story request for December at all.these.roadworks@gmail.com. Also, if you were a Premium Member on 1 November and haven’t redeemed that request, it’s not too late – let me know!

Story requests are an exclusive perk of Premium Membership.

HOW IS THE SITE DOING?

It’s doing well.

Total profit was down by about 10% from last month, largely driven by a decline in membership rates, offset by a significant increase in e-book sales. I’m not overly worried by this – without the ability to do auto-renewing subscriptions, e-book sales are more sustainable with less effort anyway.

The main referrers are MCStories and Google. I’m not sure what’s driving the significant uptick in searches – it might represent people who are encountering me on XNXX or Literotica, which don’t provide easy linkbacks to this site, and are Googling me to find the homepage. It would be good to know – it’s a large enough number of searches to justify putting more time into Literotica, if that’s where they’re coming from.

Next most prominent referrer is BDSMLR, and then very small feeds from Reddit and Literotica.

Visitors are primarily from the US, with the UK and Canada being the next most popular places to read my stories from.

The most commonly purchased product in October was the e-book A Woman’s Work, followed by Premium Memberships, and then the e-book Intrusive Thoughts.

Based on sales and the traffic from MCStories, you can expect to see new editions of the other two hypno collections this month to meet that interest.

DONATION

As continuing members will be aware, I have pledged that in any month that the site made a profit of more than $300, I would donate at least 5% of profits to a women’s charity, as part of a responsible approach to the complex niche of porn I write in. (If you don’t understand this reference, please check out this page of my site.)

As a result, this month I have made a donation exceeding $40 USD in value to a registered charity providing crisis service to people experiencing domestic violence. (I say “exceed” because although the site deals in USD, the donations aren’t made in US dollars, and after I convert to my local currency I then round up to a nice round number.)

Total charitable donations for 2019 so far therefore exceed $105 USD. (The site went live, and the donations policy began, in August, and the first donation was for the month of September.)

Thank you all for making this possible.

ALL THESE ROADWORKS ON REDDIT

In addition to the other platforms where I post work, I’ve begun occasionally posting stories on Reddit. You can check out my profile here.

If you’re a member of a subreddit that you think would appreciate my stories, and which would allow some manner of discreet link back to this site at the bottom of the story or in the comments, drop me an email.

Please note that ALL free content is posted to BDSMLR – if you’re following BDSMLR, you’re not missing anything other than the membership rewards.

NEW SITE FEATURES

This month I ran a short survey about the site. (Now closed and responded to.)

As a result of feedback from the survey, I implemented a system of content warning codes which I’ve been using for all new story collections and Early Access posts. It doesn’t aim to catalogue every theme that appears in every story – and you should assume that all my stories may feature non-consent and degradation – but it does flag certain high impact themes to help people avoid them if it’s not their thing. You can read all about the story codes here.

I’ve also enabled the ability to buy individual story requests for $7.99 USD without membership – or in addition to membership. I’ve made a trial offering of 10 requests available through the shop. Click here to check it out.

Finally, based on feedback, I will NOT be automatically forwarding updates (including this one) to members via email. If you’re not already receiving updates from this site via email, you can do so by going to the front page, scrolling to the bottom, and entering your email address in the field provided.

YOU ALSO SUPPORTED…

Your support isn’t just about rewards – it also lets me keep delivering the free content that got your attention in the first place. So thanks to you, I’ve continued to post new stories daily throughout November at alltheseroadworks.bdsmlr.com.

Here’s some of the additional work that you supported in October:

  • I published 24 new free stories.
  • I formatted six collections and made them available in the shop.
  • I wrote a free Reality Check article.
  • I managed this site, including visual assets and updates.
  • I published to new platforms.
  • I ran a survey and responded to it.
  • I added story codes and individual story request purchases to the site.
  • I ran another typo-hunting promotion on BDSMLR to spot lingering typos in my work and improve the quality of future collections and re-blogs.
  • I wrote this update.

FEEDBACK

I am always looking for feedback as to whether you’re satisfied with my product and my site. Please don’t hesitate to send me your thoughts at all.these.roadworks@gmail.com on any topic.

Thank you all again – you’re excellent!

– All These Roadworks
5 December 2019

Monthly Update