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You should post articles, comments and ideas relevant to the craft and business of writing both erotica and romance.
Do not post actual erotica here. This is for discussions of the craft and business. If you post erotica, it will be removed without warning.
Do not post requests for feedback or input on your work. It will be removed without warning.
- You may request feedback on Critique Monday or Blurbsday Thursday.
Do not post personal announcements, goals, introductions or word counts except in a [Daily Check-In] thread.
Do not post links to blogs unless you are linking to a post that's relevant and useful for a wider audience of erotica authors.
Do not post offers to buy or sell anything.
- You may buy or sell cover designs through the Covercrafters' Bazaar
- You can buy or sell writing/editing/translating services or the rights to a catalogue at the Writer's Market.
- Other offers to buy or sell anything should go in the relevant FAQ thread (such as the ARC one).
Do not ask if something will get you blocked, filtered or banned. No one has an answer. Your question will be removed. See the FAQ questions below instead.
This is not a safe space. There are rude people here, and conversations about frightening, upsetting and triggering concepts. People do not get banned for criticism or rudeness, or for giving bad advice.
You can join in on the /r/eroticauthors Slack chat! Just PM me and give your email, I'll send you an invite.
New? Please review the FAQ before asking questions: If you ask a question that could be answered by the FAQ, it may be removed. The FAQs are ongoing posts you can still participate in.
- How do I get started writing publishable erotica and what are some good guides?
- How do I handle taxes?
- What's up with romance? What's the difference bewteen erotica and romance?
- How do I make a good cover?
- Use a stock photo?
- Anyone here make covers?
- How do I choose a title?
- How do I write a blurb or synopsis?
- How do I choose a pen name and when should I make another?
- What is backmatter?
- What is bundling?
- How do I edit/format a story?
- What POV and tense to use?
- How do I write sex scenes?
- How do I publish on Amazon KDP? (Kindle Store)
- How do I publish on Kobo?
- How do I publish on Smashwords?
- How do I publish on Draft2Digital?
- What is AuthorCentral?
- What about publishing on other venues?
- Can I publish paperback books?
- How do I get sales and use social media?
- What is an ARC? How do I find ARC readers or an ARC group?
- How do I choose keywords and categories?
- Use a mailing list?
- Mailing list legality?
- How long should a story be and what price should I set?
- What subjects are too taboo or controversial? What will get me blocked or banned? What about the adult filter or the "dungeon"? How do I know if a book has been filtered? What is SalesRankExpress.com?
- What niches or fetishes are publishable? Where's the list of kinks?
- What are inappropriate or "black hat" techniques for eroticasmithing?
Your moderator also has an Erotica Manual of Style that you might find interesting.
- /r/KUerotica: a subreddit for stories in Kindle Unlimited
- /r/EroticaContests: erotica writing contests
- /r/EroticLiterature: a gathering place for lovers of erotic lit
- /r/LetsWriteADirtyStory: a way to collaboratively write erotic tales
- /r/GayErotica: for discussion and reading about gay erotica
- /r/DirtyWritingPrompts: for story ideas, suggestions and practice
- /r/SexyStories: for sharing stories you've written or discovered
- /r/DestructiveReaders has a special erotica feedback post for a no-holds-barred critique