Ten Questions for Erotic Romance Writers--veinglory

Sunday, August 24, 2008


Time for a straw poll on some of those repetitive questions. Feel free to email it to me if you prefer to be anonymous, The results will be posted when/of I get at least 50 responses.

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica?
2) Would you object to other people calling your work pornography?
3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published?
4) With how many different publishers?
5) Have you published in ebook format? If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?
6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?
7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?
8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?
9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).
10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?

23 comments:

Emily Veinglory 5:56 PM  

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica?

No

2) Would you object to other people calling your work pornography?

No

3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published?

17

4) With how many different publishers?

5

5) Have you published in ebook format? If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?

Yes, yes.

6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?

No, maybe

7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?

No

8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?

Sometimes, with.

9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).

Karen Scott

10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?

Noir/detective?

Kayleigh Jamison 6:55 PM  

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica?

No


2) Would you object to other people calling your work pornography?

Yes


3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published?

Discounting anthologies and currently contracted but unpublished works, 2 novels.

4) With how many different publishers?

4 in my career, 3 currently.

5) Have you published in ebook format? If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?

Yes, and yes, though I find print to be a more successful avenue.

6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?

No, but yes.

7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?

Absolutely not.

8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?

Yes, and without!

9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).

Probably Karen's blog, or DA.

10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?

Historicals seem to be making a resurgence, which is good for me.

Cat Grant 7:35 PM  

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica?

No

2) Would you object to other people calling your work pornography?

Yes

3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published?

Two

4) With how many different publishers?

One

5) Have you published in ebook format? If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?

Satisfied

6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?

Not right now

7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?

Not really

8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?

Ugh to both variations!

9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).

Dear Author and Smart Bitches

10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?

I'm thinking it will be historicals, but I'm hoping m/m!

K. Z. Snow 7:36 PM  

1. No
2. Yes, if not done in a joking way
3. 16 published, 3 under contract
4. 8
5. Yes; depends on the publisher
6. No; maybe
7. Not generally; it requires an exceptionally talented graphic artist to make them look good.
8. Hell yeah, but not exclusively; doesn't matter, as long as the guy isn't overly hirsute (yikes, just keep the hair off his back, ass and palms!)
9. Dear Author
10. Hard to say--M/M, historical, urban fantasy?

K. Z. Snow 7:47 PM  

I should amend answer #4 to say that only three or four of the eight are pubs I would continue submitting to.

Katherine Kingston 7:47 PM  

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica?

No

2) Would you object to other people calling your work pornography?

Yes

3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published?

12

4) With how many different publishers?

One

5) Have you published in ebook format? If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?

Satisfied

6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?

No; No.

7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?

HATE THEM.

8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?

Yes, and I do like some hair.

9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).

Smart Bitches, Dear Author, TGTBTU

10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?

Futuristic.

Maura Anderson 8:12 PM  

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica?

No

2) Would you object to other people calling your work pornography?

Depends on the context.

3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published?

3

4) With how many different publishers?

1

5) Have you published in ebook format? If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?

Yes, yes.

6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?

Yes (in non-fiction), Yes

7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?

No

8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?

Sometimes, with some but not a forrest.

9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).

not too many right now, in deadline hell.

10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?

SF/Futuristic

Ann Somerville 8:20 PM  

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica?

Yes if it's only called that because of the m/m content. Yes, generally, as the 'erotic' content is very much secondary to the plot.

2) Would you object to other people calling your work pornography?

Yes, in all cases

3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published?

1, pro, over dozen self. 4 more under contract

4) With how many different publishers?

2 (not including myself)

5) Have you published in ebook format?

Yes

If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?

Satisfied

6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?

No, and no

7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?

No - never

8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?

Sometimes, and usually without, though it depends on the guy

9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).

Dear Author

10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?

Science fiction!

Linda Mooney 9:22 PM  

1) No
2) Yes
3) 6, with 3 more due out by the end of the year
4) 4
5) yes, satisfied
6) no, yes
7) no
8) yes, either way
9) Karen Knows Best and Dear Author
10) I have no unearthly idea.

Angelia Sparrow 9:22 PM  

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica?
Not at all

2) Would you object to other people calling your work pornography?
not really. I prefer "smut"

3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published?

6 available. 2 in edits


4) With how many different publishers?
4

5) Have you published in ebook format? If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?
yes. I'm very satisfied with e-publishing

6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?
No and yes

7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?
So far, no. I haven't seen any good ones

8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?
I like men with bared chests. I do not like men with bigger boobs than my DDs. I like both with and without. Depends on the character


9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and Karen Knows Best

10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?
Westerns

Mary Winter 10:36 PM  

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica? NO

2) Would you object to other people calling your work pornography? YES

3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published? Damn, I lost count 20-30?

4) With how many different publishers?

seven currently (two of which I will definately continue to sub to, one is very very iffy, and the others are no/hell no!)

5) Have you published in ebook format? If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?

yes, changing priorities and rethinking things, so I have to say depends on the pub, and see the note above. Hate to say more without being anon. :)

6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?

No, and well, I thought it was, but see above about rethinking things.

7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?

Kind of maybe? I think it deepends.

8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?

I do, but there are so many poses and so many models, and some of those guys just look freaky. So some small amount is okay, or kissibly smooth. :)

9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).

Dear Author, Karen Knows Best

10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?

f/f

Amanda Young 10:37 PM  

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica?

No.

2) Would you object to other people calling your work pornography?

Yes.

3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published?

Eleven.

4) With how many different publishers?

Three.

5) Have you published in ebook format? If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?

I have stories in ebook format and print, and I'm perfectly satisfied with that. Print is nice, but it isn't a requirement for me.

6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?

Nope. I only have contracts with epublishers at the moment. I have aspirations to be published with a larger company one of these days, but not through the erotic romance that I write.

7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?

No.

8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?

I like mantitty covers just fine either way, but I have a thing for hairy chests. Tom Selleck has ruined me for smooth chests. *laughs*

9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).

Not many. There isn't enough time in the day, and the drama drives me crazy.

10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?

I'm not sure. Femdom, maybe?

Nica Berry 12:36 AM  

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica?

No

2) Would you object to other people calling your work pornography?

Yes

3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published?

3 (with one more nearly done)

4) With how many different publishers?

2

5) Have you published in ebook format? If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?

E-book. Completely satisfied with one publisher, slightly disappointed with the other. A third that is now extinct took my money and ran. Grrr.

6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?

No, and yes.

7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?

No

8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?

No chest hair! But since I write M/M, the mantitty is inevitable.


9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).

Tie between Smart Bitches and Karen Knows Best

10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?

Hmm. Print M/M, especially SF/F, would really make my day!

julesjones 3:07 AM  

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica?

No.

2) Would you object to other people calling your work pornography?

Depends on whether they think "porn" is a description or an insult.

3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published?

11

4) With how many different publishers?

1. Boring, aren't I?

Actually, 2, as the first two books were initially published by a tiny epub, before being picked up by my current publisher.

5) Have you published in ebook format? If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?

Yes, satisfied.

6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?

No, yes. However, the latter is only going to happen when I learn to like writing m/f, or the large commercial presses learn to like m/m.

I have had stuff published by such a press, but only as a short story in an anthology.

7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?

Sometimes. When they're well done, they can be good, but not many are well done.

8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?

In moderation, to both questions. A light sprinkling of hair, failing that, none; no hearthrugs.

9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).

Dear Author and Smart Bitches.

10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?

Haven't a clue.

Erastes 4:38 AM  

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica?

No

2) Would you object to other people calling your work pornography?

No

3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published?

One novel and two novellas published. One novel and one novella under contract

4) With how many different publishers?

Four

5) Have you published in ebook format? If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?

Once. I have been very disappointed with the sales, not the publisher - they were very professional. *shrugs* thems the breaks.

6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?

Yes-Transgressions will be out in Spring (Perseus/Running Press) and has a big advance.

Yes - that was my career goal.

7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?

No. They are uniformly horrible.

8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?

I can take 'em or leave 'em - Don't like the ones where the woman (or other man) is kneeling before the chest stuck out man like he's a God. No chest hair please.

9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).

Rosa Romance, Unusual Historicals, Risky Regencies, Dear Author, Smart Bitches, Speak Its Name, (hmmm. no wonder i don't write as fast as I should)

10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?

Probably m/f/m because it's a cowardly way of giving the readers m/m without bending over backwards and publishing gay fiction

Pheebles 7:48 AM  

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica?

No

2) Would you object to other people calling your work
pornography?

Yes

3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published?

2

4) With how many different publishers?

1

5) Have you published in ebook format? If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?

Yes, satisfied

6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?

No; possibly.

7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?

Absolutely not. Will not sub to pubs who use them.

8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?

As long as it is tasteful, I don't mind. Don't like a lot of hair, but some is okay.


9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).

The Macaronis

10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?

Historical M/M (I can dream).

Tracey 8:11 AM  

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica?

No.

2) Would you object to other people calling your work pornography?

Hell, yes! Porn isn't the same thing as erotica. There's an element of exploitation to porn--at least, that's how I see it.

3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published?

None. I've published a few short stories.

4) With how many different publishers?

Two and a half. The half is a press that went belly-up before the book was published.

5) Have you published in ebook format? If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?

Yes, I have published in e-book format. I'd rather publish in print, though. E-books don't earn much. And I prefer the solidity of a print book--not to mention the possibility of more profits.

6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?

No, not yet, but I sure want to be. And that's definitely one of my career goals.

7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?

If those are the covers with the Sims on them, then YUCK. No, I don't like them one bit. I don't even want to read anything with Sims on the cover.

8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?

No, not at all. I'm not in the least impressed by whether or not the hero has abnormally sized pecs. I REALLY hate the covers where there's nothing but a headless mantitty torso. I want to focus on a person in the story, not on a chest.

9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).

The Macaronis and Speak Its Name.

10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?

GBLT Historical.

ggymeta 8:24 AM  

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica?

-No

2) Would you object to other people calling your work pornography?

-No

3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published?

-Erotic comics/manga: 7 short/3 full length.

4) With how many different publishers?

Six. [Class Comics, Yaoi Press, Iris Print, Fireangels, Studio JG, Wild Side.]


5) Have you published in ebook format? If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?

-Yes, via self-publishing. Sales are low and sporadic, unless you're an established publishing house. Creating eBook files is very easy.

6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?

-Yes, and yes.

7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?

-No. Never.

8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?

-Yes, and Either is fine with me.

9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).

Speak Its Name, Boys Next Door [for genre specific articles and news]

Smart Bitches [rubbernecking the fandom].

10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?

Gay YA, Gay historical.

Lee Rowan,  10:14 AM  

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica?

No, though I think of it more as a story with erotic elements--to me, 'erotica' is about the sex; I write about people who have sex--it's a matter of focus.


2) Would you object to other people calling your work pornography?

LOL! Can't stop 'em. Seriously, I would object. But if some pissy pulpit-pounder wants to denounce my sexy sailors, the promo would be stupendous.

3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published?

3 novels, 4 novellas

4) With how many different publishers?

1 (second in the wings)

5) Have you published in ebook format? If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?

Yes, basically satisfied. It's POD, though--I would not go with e-book only.

6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?

Nearly! Contract in the works. I would be satisfied with ebook-to-print but yes, of course I'll take a shot at the big-time. Didn't seek it but I'm not going to turn it down!

7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?

I've seen a few on Rosa Romance, by a pro cover artist, that were excellent--I suspect it was Poser used properly, as the framework for the finished piece. The run of the mill e-book cover, no. I think they're soulless.

8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?

Mantitty is the fast-food of cover art--it's practically self-parody. A well-done pic featuring a bare-chested man, sure. As for hair--almost nobody draws it well, but for a competent artist, it doesn't matter. A big, hairy Viking would be appropriate if he fit the story.

9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).

Rosa Romance, Smart Bitches, Speak Its Name. I try to stay away from blogs because I have books to write.

10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?

I'm afraid it might be m/m historical--and I say that for the same reason dog fanciers hate to see their breed become "the next big thing." Trendiness tends to stimulate backyard breeders and writers trying to cash in on the trend--neither of whom want to do the work to produce quality. Historical fiction takes a lot of homework, and the lack of it does show.

Pepper Espinoza 10:27 AM  

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica?

Nope.

2) Would you object to other people calling your work pornography?

I object if they're saying they won't buy porn. I'm all for it if they have CC in hand.

3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published?
60.

4) With how many different publishers?
4

5) Have you published in ebook format? If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?
Yes. Basically satisfied. Sometimes sales are the absolute suck, and in many cases, poor sales have dictated what I stop writing.

6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?
No, I'm not. Yes, that absolutely is my goal. If it wasn't, I'd just post everything on my LJ and let the world read it for free.

7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?
Never

8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?
Depends on the mantitty.

9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).
DA, SBTB

10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?
I'm hoping M/M/F. It feels like M/F/M is the next big thing right now, and I just don't like it.

Shayla Kersten 8:37 PM  

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica?

No.

2) Would you object to other people calling your work pornography?

Depending on context, but mostly yes.

3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published?

8 available; 2 with future release dates.

4) With how many different publishers? 5

5) Have you published in ebook format? If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?

Satisfied.

6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?

Yes. I plan to submit more in the future.

7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?

No.

8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?

Yes, either.

9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).

Smart Bitches, Redlines & Deadlines, Bookends Literary Agency, other authors

10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?

I wish I knew. I'd be ahead of the game.

Emily Veinglory 8:40 PM  

I am starting to compile together the answers and have really enjoyed reading them. If any of you want to post the questions on your own blogs please do, just let me know so I can see the answers from your readers too :)

Jordan 6:51 AM  

1) Would you object to other people calling your work erotica?
nope!

2) Would you object to other people calling your work pornography?
yes, I think it implies there's no plot -- although as Pepper pointed out, someone with CC in hand can call it whatever she wants.

3) Approximately how many books (novella or longer) have you published?
8

4) With how many different publishers?
2 + self-published

5) Have you published in ebook format? If so are you basically satisfied, or dissatisfied with your epublishing experiences?
Yes - satisfaction depends on publisher

6) Are you published with a large commercial press (e.g. one that pays an advance over $1000 and produces offset print runs)? If you are not, is this kind of publishing one of your career goals?
Not yet - yes, it is one of my goals.

7) Do you like Poser covers? Yes, no, sometimes?
I call 'em puppet covers when I'm trying to describe them to non-ebook readers. I've never seen one done well. I often think the composition is what breaks them, rather than the poser work. As if the artists feel compelled to just show everyone at three-quarter view, and centered. But that's my art school training talking.

8) Do you like mantitty covers? If so, with or without chest hair?
They're boring, but not as bad as poser covers. Smooth or moderate hair is fine. I prefer faces in my covers, or hands.

9) What romance/erotica blog to you read most frequently? (Not including EREC).
Smart Bitches, Romancing the Blog, Gay Porn Blog

10) What erotic romance sub-genre do you think might be the next big thing?
Noir, mystery or crime, though I'm probably wrong. I never would've seen inspirational coming.
Hopefully M/M, one of these days

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