This is blog I wrote a couple of years ago and it still holds true.
#5- Erotic romance is extremely popular.
It's wonderful that sexy stories are finally moving into mainstream markets. From a practical standpoint, that’s awesome news. Millions of women, and a growing number of men, read romance. I’ve heard rumors that romance is up to 50% of the fiction market. If you write romance, it’s like having a world-wide stadium of enthusiastic, voracious readers.
And since I’m a reader too, I adore having so many stories available. I can read books faster than I can write them, so I’m a reader first.
#4- Romance book covers! Okay, I know this is shallow, but I love the sexy muscled men on book covers. Talk about inspiration. When you write a romance novel, choosing a book cover becomes a reality. I don’t know about the traditional publishers, but if you’re with a small press you usually have some say-so about the cover, and if you’re an indie author the decision is all yours. There are custom book cover designers, or graphic artists who make designs for covers, and there are nice premade covers to choose from too. Some writers, the ones who have a lot of techie knowhow, assemble covers from scratch using stock photos. Finding the right cover for your book is a great adventure.
#3- Romance readers and writers are fun and supportive. I’ve met fabulous people since I’ve began sharing my stories—critique partners, a publisher, beta readers, and other authors. I wouldn’t have anything on Amazon or B&N, or anywhere, without these people. It’s an amazing journey. And once you start publishing, you make more friends. Of course, even in the land of romance, negative things happen. Once in a while there’s a sour grape, no matter what you do. Some criticism may be helpful and some may be mean-spirited, but I like to stay focused on the useful parts and stay true to my dreams. There are many helpful and kind people working in the romance genre. Find your posse and give each other gentle, encouraging nudges towards the light. Everyone benefits.
#2- Happy endings. Romance novels always end well. That’s the difference between love stories and romance novels. Love stories can be romantic but they can also be sad, especially at the end (example: Romeo and Juliet) but romance is all about happily-ever-after. I’d drown in a tear-filled pool of depression if I had to spend months on a sad book. Isn’t there enough tragedy in the world? To stay emotionally viable, I need positive things in my biosphere. My beacons of joy are my hubby, friends, dogs, music, and romance stories.
Happy endings … I love them.
#1- ALPHA HEROES!
Okay— I admit it— these guys are absolutely the main reason I started writing erotic romance.
“Write what you love” definitely works for me, and I flat out LOVE stories about sexually dominant, alpha heroes.
Wishing you all happy reading.
PS, There are some sexy alpha hero-types on my Pinterest boards… https://www.pinterest.com/marilynlakewood/ Warning: These are definitely NSFW and for 18+ only!
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Stargazer, daydreamer, erotic romance composer, sweeping snow off a cottage near Canadian Rockies.