Publishing’s Dirty Secret: erotic fiction in the 21st century market

Publishing’s Dirty Secret…. Interesting article by Emmanuelle de Maupassant

Emmanuelle de Maupassant

publishing dirty secret marketing self-publishing publishers writers marketing editing authorsHaving interviewed just over 130 authorsof erotic fiction, this article tackles their experiences of working with publishers, and of self-publishing, of the role of marketing, and the importance of releasing ‘well-crafted’ work. Does erotic fiction remain publishing’s ‘dirty secret’: a widely-read genre, and money earner for publishing houses and for sales platforms, without due recognition and respect for authors?

As ever, this article is intended as a starting point for discussion. All comments are welcome.

Around 20% of respondents to this survey have worked with larger houses, such as Penguin, Harlequin, Orion, Random House, Harper Collins, Hachette, Simon & Shuster, Little Brown, Pan McMillan, and Nexus.

Some have published with mid-sized houses, such as Cleis, Myriad and Serpent’s Tail, while the overwhelming majority have worked with smaller presses, such as Circlet, Stupid Fish Productions, Stormy Night Productions, Little Raven, Go Deeper, Totally Bound, House of Erotica, Accent, Riverdale, Two…

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