Red Sage Publishing
In the writing industry, erotic romance and erotica are quickly shooting up the charts. But many authors face the cold shoulder from other industry professionals for writing P*O*R*N. We all know that when we see it, right? Here’s a quick primer on the differences.
The definition of erotic romance, according to Ginny Wiehardt on the About.Com website:
“Erotica is a genre of literature that includes sexually explicit details as a primary feature. Unlike pornography, erotica does not aim exclusively at sexual arousal.”
So what does this mean? Erotica focuses on sexually explicit details—the actions involved between the characters. The sexual journey and exploration are the key factors of this genre.
Well, what is erotic romance, then? According to the Passionate Ink chapter of the Romance Writers of America, erotic romance is defined as, “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. Happily Ever After is a REQUIREMENT to be an erotic romance.”
Both genres are flying off the bookshelves. The introduction of the e-reader has allowed readers to get their hands on this material in discreet ways. We no longer have to hide our book cover while we’re sitting at soccer practice, waiting for our kids.
As a print and e-publisher, Red Sage accepts all levels of heat in erotic romance, as well as erotica with a “happily for now” ending. Each genre serves its purpose in the industry, and should be accepted for what they are—an escape for readers, and a way to empower them in their sex lives or fantasies.
We applaud the authors and readers of these genres and hope the discrimination against these hot stories ebbs away over time. The more everyone is educated about the true definitions of erotica and erotic romance, the more likely that is to happen.
Happy reading and writing!
Red Sage Publishing