Sunday, January 27, 2008
As Jennifer asked, here is my thought about the Dear Author post--also posted there as a reply.
I don't think I understand the point being made. There are epublishers for all genres. Some with no erotic stuff at all. Look at Double Dragon et al for example of excellent non-erotic, in this case spec fic, fiction online. Their quality is not the problem, there just isn't the same demand--for many reasons including the competition and the advantages for women buying porn anonymously online rather than from a pimply youth at Borders.
Ebooks sell better in certain areas, mainly sex and self-help. Customers have decided that, not publishers and not author quality. Books are a 'pull economy'. The meet the demand far more than they create it. Any author has learned, you can't make people want a book.
So, "is the E (erotic?) hurting e-publishing"? Is sex a wound or an illness from which a format can 'suffer'? Erotica is a strong niche for ebook writers and publishers. If other genres want to do as well they need to figure out how to make it happen--and realise it isn't just about being good enough, it is about identifying and meeting customers needs and desires. If erotic romance is not what you want to read there are excellent ebooks in other genre out there to be supported and promoted. Feel free to name check your favorite non-erotic ebook writers and publishers here: