Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Erotic Romance and Stretching the Boundaries
Three days after I sent the first manuscript, I received an angry telephone call. I'll paraphrase: "Your work is trash! Why does the sex have to be so graphic? Nobody wants to read that kind of garbage!" Geesh! I'd sent her one of the manuscripts with tame sex. I would have blown her mind with the stuff I've written since I became an adult.
That got me to thinking, so I did a little research. Romance Fiction, the genre which includes erotica, accounted for over $1 billion in sales in the United States alone in 2010. That's huge. Then I thought about the genre of romance and how many different levels of heat are available to the reader. Like eating peppers, you can get it mild or flaming hot, and not all of us can handle the flaming hot. However, should the consumer be limited to only the Bell variety of pepper?
PayPal made the decision to require publishers who do business with them to basically clean it up or lose their services. PayPal, by their own standards, would restrict the sale of Fanny Hill based on the title alone. Ridiculous.
There are hundreds of traditional romance writers who may see their income (and their creative freedom) caged in bondage because of PayPal. Of course, the market will come up with an alternative, and I predict that PayPal will lose their market share of internet commerce business.
As for me, I'm going to keep writing my "scotch bonnet" novels.