I just read a review for one of my books, it was a very good review but it raised a question. The reviewer was somehow under the impression it was supposed to be an erotic work and found the sex fell way short of that expectation so was disappointed. Instead it turned out to be a romantic suspense and as such the reviewer found it good in that genre and deserving of the good rating.
What exactly makes a reader think a work is erotic?
I was confused because nowhere is this work marketed as an erotic romance, not even on the publisher’s website, nor to my knowledge am I known as an erotic author. In fact my tag line is ‘Author of Sensual Romance’ or ‘Author of Exceptional Sensual Romance’. Now sometimes some of my work might have an erotic element or two, but over all that’s not what I write. My stories tend to focus on the relationship between the characters the story driving them not so much the sex.
So I wondered about where the impression came from. Do readers automatically assume because there’s a good looking guy on the cover the work is erotic? Or is it because the publisher is an epub and everyone knows epubs only publish erotic work? Or is it because it was an IR? All of these assumptions would be wrong. But still readers appear to have expectations based on assumptions erroneous or not. All I can say is I write sensual sweet romance. Or maybe the lines blurred when I wasn’t looking between sensual and erotic, it could have. So maybe authors have to be more specific, if you’re looking for a story more character and plot driven that’s what I write.
But I guess the real moral of this story is to not read reviews.
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LaVerne, thank you for visiting with us! Don’t read reviews…good tip