I've written many erotic stories. Is there a market for stories about women who are not honorable?
It seems like so many erotic stories are written for women who are sort of "goody two shoes" (just honorable women who like spicy romance). I want to write about women who are like the ones in the true romance stories I read as a teenager (hiding the taboo magazines from my parents, of course). Stories that have titles like "I Stole My Best Friend's Husband" and stories about people who are involved in forbidden relationships. I guess you'd say my stories have a definite exhibitionist angle (voyeuristic too). I'm wondering what the interest is in these types of erotic stories?
Erotic Fiction will always have a grand potential in the literary marketplace. You could research lit mags that publish your genre, or you could even put all those stories together, pay for a book cover, and self-publish on Amazon. Self-publishing would be the best option if you feel you've written material that stands alone. The royalties you can earn are pretty appealing.
I have done some research and have found that I am not interested in most of what I've seen. (most are just a little more risque' Harlequin romances). I guess my stories could be considered more exposing of vice vs. virtue. Shame on my heroines!
Maybe you're looking in the wrong places? I'm curious what taboo magazines you were reading as a teen - if they're still in existence maybe you could submit to them?
I think the problem you'd have with tales about forbidden romances is that for many women, they are problematic. It's all very well to fantasise about stealing your best friend's husband, but there comes a time when you realise your best friend could just as easily steal yours. So older women get to the point where they want to see the thief punished, rather than having a HEA.
So women who READ only want to read stories about good people they can relate to and are basically honorable except for liking kinky sex. (The magazines were like True Confessions). I've never tried to steal a friend's guy. What's an HEA?
HEA = Happy Ever After ending. No they're not honorable necessarily, just that if they are in a relationship already and read about infidelity, it reminds them that their partner could cheat, and they don't want to think about that
When it comes to erotica there's a market for everything - you just have to find it.
Shoot, if you dig deep enough on Amazon you'll find erotica about people having sex with dinosaurs, unicorns, monsters, clowns and gawd only knows what else (I wish I was kidding, but I'm not)!! I'm not sure I want to know who writes (or reads) that stuff.... (haha)
For me, it has to be somewhat realistic like it COULD happen so monsters seems silly/immature. My subjects would be women who are brazen/confident enough to do things that women who are always worried about people's opinions wouldn't.
We have had an HP writer who is less active on HP now, but only because she is busy writing, publishing, and selling her erotica. Gather some of your writings and read a book entitled "How to Get a Literary Agent" by Michael Larsen, AAR.
I think anything that portrays human emotions in its bare best will garner attention given it does so in an intriguing manner.
Amazon Kindle has a whole section for this type of story or even full novel, though you have to be careful of the cover not being too racy.
I'm sure there are websites for that type of content but don't know if you can get money to post there or if it is just posted like fan fiction.
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