Recently I read a novel by a very well-known author. It’s hot and dirty and has toe-curling heroes. The sex is boundless including spanking and anal–and there is A LOT of it between these pages, folks.
Yet when I looked at the category on Amazon, this book is NOT considered erotic. Why? It’s every bit as dirty as my books. In fact, these characters might be having MORE sex than breathing! So how can this author call herself “mainstream romantic suspense” while my books are “erotic romance”?
My guess is some readers are afraid to admit they’re shopping for anything EROTIC. Putting that word into a search engine on Amazon is the equivalent to walking into an adult book store. Although are the fans of this author coming back for the amazing plots alone? No.
There’s a stigma attached to erotic romance. What is EROTIC really?
Erotic romance novels are stories written about the development of a romantic relationship through sexual interaction. The sex is an inherent part of the story, character growth, and relationship development, and couldn’t be removed without damaging the storyline–Wikipedia
If this is true and the author I read is NOT erotic romance…you could eliminate her sex scenes and have a fully developed book. Well, if you did, you’d have about 13 pages to read in this story.
What is your take on this strange phenomenon? Are authors labeling their work non-erotic in order to find a readership? Or are they trying to outrun the Amazon Feds? I’d love to hear from you!