Having decided to include adult works – that is erotica for you and me – in my publishing program, I now need to find good writers who can produce works of the highest standard and that, believe it or not, is not quite as easy as I had imagined. It’s not that there aren’t any erotic writers out there, in fact everyone seems to think that they can write about sex, it’s just that what is being produced lacks a good deal in my mind.
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For me, and perhaps for many readers, an erotic work should be something more than just sex. It should be a full story, equal to any other, with a plot, with characterization, with content that enthralls and binds. Putting five thousand words or more down on paper which only include thrusting, groans and wetness doesn’t cut it.
I don’t know how many works I have read – both adult and otherwise – which seem to be almost a set of quick notes and buzzwords with precious little else on offer. The short story, to my way of thinking, should be a compact work which includes all the impressions of a full length work, which has been carefully written in such a manner that the reader feels intellectually satisfied at the end, which the reader wishes to come back to again. It is not a single experience quickly gone through and then discarded. It should be about life as much as about love-making.
If sex was really like what so many writers write, we wouldn’t do it again, the one experience would be enough, and that is not what I am looking for.
Love & Kisses, Viki.