Tag: ebook

Sexy beasts: Why ‘monster porn’ needs love too – CNET

“Why deprive the imagination of a great romance just because the protagonist happens to live for 600 years or has the occasional bout with fleas?”

Leda and the Swan by Peter Paul Rubens

Excellent article in CNET regarding the epublishing industry’s controversial handling of beastiality and erotica.

“Do romance books with sexy dinosaurs, centaurs, Cthulhu, and aliens send your heart racing? After some such e-books get yanked by online booksellers, Crave’s Bonnie Burton explains their appeal.

“It’s easy to mock book titles like “Boffing Bigfoot,” “Taken by the Tentacle Monsters,” and “Sex With My Husband’s Anatomically Correct Robot,” but there’s a growing market for erotic fiction by amateur writers that involves something a bit more unusual than an oversexed pirate or kilted warrior.

If romance e-books with sexy Yeti, mermen, Cthulhu, and aliens fill your tablet or e-reader and send your heart racing, the increasingly popularity of books featuring non-human love interests will come as no surprise. However, many may have been introduced to so-called monster porn for the first time thanks to a recent Business Insider piece on e-book retailers cracking down on this literary genre that’s gaining a wide following online. One of the titles in question, “Moan For Bigfoot” by Virginia Wade, has been downloaded more than 100,000 times.

As a lifelong geek and hard-core fan of horror and fantasy books, I totally get the appeal. Let’s face it — an affair with a rich sultan or a fascinating count probably isn’t going to happen in real life, so why not read about a flirty fling with a centaur instead?

Aliens dominate this erotic thriller by Alice Xavier about an abductee that might enjoy probing too much. Aliens dominate this erotic thriller by Alice Xavier.

The Business Insider story by Eric Spitznagel points out that amateur self-published authors suddenly found their erotica e-books featuring Bigfoot, dinosaurs, and minotaurs no longer offered by sellers like Amazon because of their explicit sexual content. At the same time, erotica books by more established authors that featured vampires, werewolves, aliens, and other similar creatures remained untouched.

Many of the removed erotica e-books were published through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing self-publishing system, which clearly states in its content guidelines that “we don’t accept pornography or offensive depictions of graphic sexual acts.” A representative of KindleDirect Publishing told CNET that the KDP’s quality department “reserves the right to make judgements about whether or not content is appropriate; this can include the cover image or the content within the book. If the book contains mature content, it will not be surfaced in our general product search results.”

Some authors of recently rejected e-books realized that the quick solution to getting their titles back up on Amazon was not to alter their racy content but simply to change their e-books’ titles and cover art. That’s exactly what monster erotica author Alice Xavier did with her “Serpent God’s Virgin” e-book when it was pulled from Amazon. “They flagged it because it had virgin in the title,” Xavier told Business Insider. After she renamed the same exact book “Serpent God’s Maiden,” it appeared back on Amazon’s virtual bookshelves.

The disappearance and reemergence of some of these books points to online booksellers’ evolving standards when it comes to monster erotica. That is a story unto itself, but for some readers, the Business Insider piece probably also raised the question: what makes monster porn — also known as “cryptozoological erotica” or “erotic horror” — so intoxicating?”

Read more:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57616285-1/sexy-beasts-why-monster-porn-needs-love-too/

 

 

Best Women’s Erotica – Audiobook – Violet Blue – Cleis Press

Excerpt from article at BMW Books.

Violet Blue has truly outdone herself this time with her latest collection of romantic and heart-pounding thrills. Best Women’s Erotica 2014 delivers stories that revel in adventure, from the sparks between strangers to the knowing caresses of long-time lovers. Blue’s wide-ranging anthology is a celebration of sensations, from falling in love to the electrifying thrills of passion. From adventurous tales with sushi that will leave a taste of sashimi in your mouth, to a midnight romp in the woods that leads to a fairytale encounter, and even transit trysts that evolve into a night of fun for three, each adventure will have you aching for more. In Blue’s own words, “This edition of Best Women’s Erotica is a luscious example of what it looks-and feels-like when we demand more, more, more and richer, more sublime than the last.”

Lucy Malone narrates the new audiobook – find it on Audible.

Read more: http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwbooks/article/Cleis-Press-Releases-Audiobook-of-Best-Womens-Erotica-2014-20131227

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Violet Blue:  http://www.tinynibbles.com

Words Dance – Literary Sexts Anthology

Fabulous Salon last night. As promised information regarding submission for new anthology by Words Dance Publishing.

Literary Sexts will be a modern day anthology of short love poems with subtle erotic undertones edited by Amanda Oaks & Caitlyn Siehl, set to be published by Words Dance Publishing with hopes that will be available for preorder in time for Valentine’s Day 2014!

Image from:

Underused Sexting Abbreviations 

Examples for sexts from the editors:

The rush you give me: The way a blade of grass must feel when splashed with a cloud’s cry after days of screaming for rain. – Amanda Oaks

You are laying beside me and my hand is splayed like a starfish across your chest. I can feel the ocean in my fingertips. – Caitlyn Siehl

Your thigh brushing mine is like a thousand doors moaning open all at the same time. – Amanda Oaks

I’m kissing your mouth and it feels like telling the truth. I’m kissing your neck and a volcano is waking up after 100 years of silence. – Caitlyn Siehl

Due date for submissions: January 10, 2014

Contributor Payment:

Each accepted contributor will receive one copy of the anthology upon release.

There are two ways you can submit to this anthology: You can submit for free or pay a small fee to get a 3-5 day response to your submission. All payments made are going to help us pay for the contributor copies! So even if you are not concerned with how long it takes us to respond to your submission, know that you will be supporting this small press & its writers, a feel good act! Every little bit helps, thank you! (If you opt out of payment, it WILL NOT affect how we view or the result of your submission, we’re good people over here & we get it.)

For more details on submitting:

https://wordsdance.submittable.com/submit/25657

7 Places to Promote Your Free Kindle Erotica

Website: Ashly Lorenzana – Promoting Books for “Grown Up” Readers

By Ashly Lorenzana on December 11, 2013

While I have a strong suspicion that 50 Shades of Gray was probably quite tame by the standards set by true erotica, I can’t say for sure since I haven’t actually read the book.

I don’t care to, I have a feeling it would be disappointing and lame for someone like me who is hard to impress when it comes to adult-themed content in general.

Given my background in the adult industry, I may be a bit desensitized to mainstream stuff that excites and even shocks your average person. But aside from all of that, I don’t like Amazon’s inconsistent policies regarding what is “offensive” content according to their publishing guidelines.

While they remain unclear about what they find objectionable, the fact remains that free kindle erotica is being downloaded by the thousands on a daily basis and has a huge and hungry audience of readers. For these reasons, it’s a highly profitable genre to experiment with.

Here’s one ridiculous example which got a lot of press recently. Check out this Kindle book titled Taken by the T-Rex, a dinosaur erotica about some fantasy world where dinosaurs apparently have semi-consensual sex with human females. Yeah, I’m still scratching my head over that one too.

But the thing is, it has tons of positive reviews and the author has published nearly twenty books and they seem to mostly all be under 10,000 words. The one I bought just to find out how terrible it probably was only weighed in at about 5,000 words. That’s like a freakin’ short story, not a book.

So anyhow, I recently shared some of my top picks for promoting your KDP Select free days on Amazon. Unfortunately, almost all of the mainstream sites are not erotica-friendly. However, there are a couple that have setup separate sites specifically for erotica books and there are some sites that even specialize in featuring erotica.

So today we’re going to take a look at my top 7 picks for promoting your free Kindle erotica books.

Free Erotica Dude

FreeBookDude is one of the mainstream sites for promoting your free days on Amazon, and they’ve setup a separate site for erotica book submissions.

Not much to say here, it’s free to submit and their site appears to list free books nicely with a cover image and they claim to have a large list of people who want to know when free erotica books are available on Kindle, so it couldn’t hurt.

One Hundred Free Books

This is another one of the mainstream free book sites and I recently discovered they have an erotica section hiding behind an age verification. This is one of the more popular sites too, so they have a big audience.

It remains unclear how you are supposed to submit erotica books for that category, as they only seem to have one page for the “free book heads up” or whatever they call it. I suppose you would just use this form and mention that your book is erotica in the form or something, but not certain on that.

Just Erotica Books

Another example of a mainstream site that decided to create a separate erotica-friendly version to promote your free days on Kindle. This one asks for some social media love in exchange for submitting your book. Believe you are asked to like them on Facebook or Tweet about them or something like that.

Right now their form appears to be somewhat broken, but hopefully it will be fixed soon and I’d check back at this one as they seem to have a healthy email list to help spread the word about your free Kindle erotica.

Erotica Everyday

This site is devoted to erotica books only and one of the coolest reasons to post here is that they list ALL books, no matter how risque your book or cover is. I dig that a lot personally and encourage everyone who is planning a free promotion for their KDP free days to post their erotica books on this site because they WILL list it.

There is no reason not to take them up on that offer, so I say go for it. On the site it says that they are a division of Author Marketing Club, which I also highly recommend for indie authors.

Read more:

http://www.ashlylorenzana.com/7-places-promote-free-kindle-erotica/