I know that a lot of people, myself included have asked our self the questions "what is erotic fiction?" After reading the blog of one of my most favourite authors Sylvia Day, she explains this very clearly and acknowledges that the true definition of these terms is often debated, but basically here is how they break down:
Sylvia points out the fact that the public need educating on what these differences are, but I truly think that as writers and publishers we too need to have more guidance on this distinction, to ensure that our readers do not pick up a book thinking it is erotic romance to discover reading a story line that has no romance.
In the UK we do not have any organisations yet that I know of that offer guidance and support on this topic, however in the US they have Passionate Ink (www.passionateink.org), which is the #Erotic Romance Special Interest Chapter of Romance Writers of America". It would be great to see something similar in the UK and Europe.
Your thoughts as always would be appreciated.
Is there such a thing as a middle ground? Marketing and advertising erotica appears to be such a subjective topic. From my reading the topic is also extremely broad. I have read some "soft erotica" to some books which actively promote misogyny, rape or under age sex. Who actually decides if your book is erotica or just romance, who decides if it can be advertised on their site. It is starting to become more clear on some websites, such as Facebook, who make their guidelines on what they find acceptable quite clear, but without actually reading the content of a book, who are they to decide? Obviously my book from the cover is clearly erotica, however if I changed the book cover to something less "adult" would more people be inclined to market it on their sites if it was re-labelled romance? I would suggest that the content of my book would happily fit into romance should I choose to re brand, however some of the content by others may be clearly classed as erotica. Admittedly erotic fiction is now much more main stream than it used to be, thanks to Ms James and Fifty Shades of Grey. Highlighting the fact that all erotic fiction writers are not all sat in dark little rooms wearing PVC and knee high boots, if nothing else. So why is marketing on main stream platforms still subjective? We face barriers that have no clear guidelines, when we do face clear guidelines they are subjective and can be interpreted. We have come far in the acceptance of Erotic Fiction, but I believe there is still some way to go yet as demand is far surpassing the advancement of marketing guidelines.
I would appreciate your thoughts as always. Danielle
What a great start to the week! with over 100 downloads of Sophie Valentine Part 1 in less than 7 days, I am over the moon. Here is hoping that people like it and support me to complete Part 2. Keep spreading the word people, your help is truly appreciated.
We are now live on Kickstarter for my first attempt at crowd funding. Marketing and advertising Erotica is never easy. Facebook ban any pictures, and there are a multitude of other platforms that ban any erotic content.
I am just starting to market my book and am still finding it hard to understand why some main stream marketing avenues will not entertain this genre? why is something so natural and essential to our species still seen as taboo?