Before I started publishing erotica, and by publish, I mean selling erotica books. Before I started publishing, I made sure I knew what the market was like. You know, you don’t just create your book baby and *hope* that it is what people like and want. No, you go out and you read the market, then you emulate that format with your own voice. Thankfully, Amazon Kindle Unlimited exists, and I leaned heavily on borrowed books for $9.99 a month instead of $50 a month for all the books I read.
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I heard someone say on a podcast “the difference between erotica and romance is that you have to be comfortable saying the “C” word (cunt).”
I’m not too keen on that word honestly. I’m not a huge fan of “cunt.” I think it is pretty harsh and rude. And when I think of my pussy, I don’t ever call or think of it as a cunt.
So you look at the language and the story itself, and then you look at the primary focus of the book. Another rule is,
Romance is a story about the emotions of relationship, with sex.
Erotica is a story about sex, with relationships.
Basically, what is the primary vehicle of your story? The sex? or the romance, the relationship?
I want to write stories about sex, and have that sex be interesting, stimulating, laced with emotion and suspense, but primarily about the sexy time. I’m not a huge fan of long boring stories about two people I don’t care about debating about whether or not they should have sex.
Fuck, that is what life is like. I read stories to get off on. I want to drive a hand down my pants and ride the climax while I tear through digital pages stimulating my mind and my body at the same time.
Sure, porn does that kind of, but it is lacking in the true imaginative stimulation center. I think that is why you see a lot of fetish type porn, age play, step brother, taboo, young, teen, anal, etc. You know, all the things that excite us beyond just the dick in the hole.
When I read erotica, I’m stimulated by the words and how my imagination fills all the details with exactly what I want. Good erotica doesn’t screw it up with too many stupid details about things that don’t matter, or jarringly bad dialogue. There is nothing worse that getting all hot and bothered and then having to re-read a sentence that takes you out of the moment, or doesn’t accurately play to the tone and setting. Nothing worse than an abusive jerk saying something like, “Take that cock bitch, I know your loose cunt wants my fat meat,” when you’re in the middle of a first experience love story. Or when a boss and secretary or subordinate are about to have sex for the first time and the guy has “piercing steel blue eyes, and a alpha male dominant aura.” Fuck! No. Don’t just tell me, show me moron!
The strange thing when writing erotica, you find yourself drifting closer to romance because you start learning that the setting, the build up, the tension, and the circumstance helps make the actual sex much more electric. I actually have to struggle to constantly jump right into the sex, and let the emotional significance of each act play out in the thoughts and reactions of the characters when they switch positions or the interplay between the two sexing parties. Why does Matthew want sex in the car? Why does Alison get pissed off about the car sex? well, it is difficult, she’s doing all the work, and Matthew is just using her pussy as a hole, and isn’t paying attention to her as a person. So she face fucks him with her pussy.
I attempt to follow this formula with the full length novels:
Setting through the dinner scenes.
Jump into the sex, and establish why the sex is significant and why the characters are involved. How does the sex change the characters, what does the sex do to the characters the type of sex determines the mood and setting.
Torture the main character, be cruel to them to see how they react and overcome it.
overall, throughout the story, lead the character to some change and growth as a result of their sex.
For the holiday stories, it is more about the setting and the holiday, and the buildup to the sex that happens. The sex itself isn’t as specifically dominant in words per topic. Instead, there is more world building because we read holiday sexy stories to relish in the situational moments specific to that holiday. Halloween we want spooky, Thanksgiving we want family or high school reunions, Christmas we want family, friends, gifts and Santa. It is less about the actual sex, and more about the setting and story of the sex.
I find it a little interesting that were it not for the focus on specific sex, these books would generally fall into the “romance” section. Instead I want it to be clearly erotica, and dive right into the sex, to satisfy the reason you’re reading: to get off.
You can expect a robust sexy-time focus for all of the erotic Jocelyn Lily stories.