Jump to content

Recommended Posts

Hi,

I'm a mystery writer who's dipped my toe into erotic suspense. I need guidance on how my two erotic legal thrillers should be classified on Amazon. I marked that they should not be read by anyone under 18 and the sales have been abysmal when compared to my 9 legal thrillers (though I know that's apples to oranges).

I read recently that Amazon doesn't promote erotica? Is that correct? I've also read articles about erotic authors whose books have been blocked on Amazon. But I see books with much more graphic sexual content than mine that are heavily promoted as "dangerous" romance, though clearly erotica. 

Did any of you check the "yes" box when asked if your books were appropriate for readers under 18?

Any tips on how to categorize erotica so as not to block promotional opportunities on Amazon would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Sassy Sinclair (AKA Pamela Samuels Young)

Link to post
Share on other sites

Here's what I advise -- Amazon is notorious with this and effectively if you mark your work as Erotica it will become VERY hard to find and limit discovery. If your work is first a legal thriller and second an erotic romance, classify it by the former. If your cover is extremely sensual, I'd recommend submitting it with an alternate cover to avoid having it categorized in this way. Sexy is ok; Sexual is not. You can mark it as Legal Romance or Thriller Romance -- but the minute you put Erotic on it you encounter trouble. There ARE other publishers out there and you can work outside of Amazon, but the reality obviously is that Amazon is where a lot of people discover new content. 

Here's a helpful source for others' insights: https://www.reddit.com/r/eroticauthors/comments/8ltrps/categorization_question_amazon/

 

 

Note: We don't tend to have a ton of traffic right now on the forums (Board is re-evaluating how to address that), so most of our most active engagement is in the FB Group. If you want a fast response, and a variety of responses, I recommend you post there first! When we figure out how we want to use the forum for 2021 we'll more formally announce our game plan so we can ensure people get the best value out of this platform.

Thank you!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Mira,

I truly appreciate this advice! I will indeed take a shot at revising the covers and reclassifying. My concern was that readers who aren't expecting erotica, might be offended and post a bad review. Has that not been your experience. Do you add any words in the description to warn readers. I've seen books that are clearly erotica described as "dangerously sexy." Is that enough warning?

Thanks much!

Sassy Sinclair (AKA Pamela Samuels Young)

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Sassy,

If you have already published your book on Amazon using an Erotica category, unfortunately you will not be able to change it without great, extensive, frustrating effort on your part. If you did not utilize Erotica categories, NEVER PUT YOUR BOOK WILLINGLY INTO EROTICA ON AMAZON. NEVER.

Also, never check any box regarding Age and Grade Range. Simply ignore and go on.

Amazon does not comprehend that there is a literary genre out there called "erotica". Amazon treats all items in its "Erotica" category as pornography. Once you get thrust into the Erotica Dungeon you will never be able to advertise your book via Amazon ads.

Yes, use euphemisms in your blurb. Everyone does this. But you still might end up in the Dungeon against your will.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Regina,

Thanks so much for your response. Wish I had known this two years ago!

Do you think the following would be worth my effort ... Taking the books off sale, changing the covers and changing the titles and making the current titles the subtitles?  The current titles are Unlawful Desires and Unlawful Seduction. For example, I would change to ...  Love in Action: Unlawful Desires and Love in Action: Unlawful Seduction. (I don't have a new title yet, this is just an example.)

Another option is to taking the 2 books off sale and repackaging them as a two book set with a new overall title but still keeping the current titles as subtitles so that folks who've already purchased them don't mistakenly buy it again. Or maybe throw in a third book and make it a 3-book set.

I just hate to shelf them. The few reviews I have received are pretty strong. 

You live and learn.

Thanks for your help!

Pamela Samuels Young (AKA Sassy Sinclair)

Link to post
Share on other sites
×
×
  • Create New...