You Call That Legitimate Writing?

This is a phrase that some romance/erotic writers have to deal with, because, what we create isn’t really writing. It’s smut, right? Just low-brow pussy and dick tricks in the disguise of literature. Porno on paper. What possible thought process could come from that? A lot, actually.

Fact is, romance is the #1 selling genre out there. Here are some numbers from RWA:

Romance fiction: $1.438 billion in estimated revenue for 2012

  • Religion/inspirational: $717.9 million
  • Mystery: $728.2 million
  • Science fiction/fantasy: $590.2 million
  • Classic literary fiction: $470.5 million
Photo taken by me in Stavanger, Norway.

Photo taken by me in Stavanger, Norway.

Oh BURN other genres! Jealous much? Oh and don’t go whining about the year quoted. The disparity between the numbers is too great for that Hail Mary to have helped your sales.

To put down another genre because you don’t ‘get it’ is just immature and short-sighted. Every genre takes work and research and is a labor of love. Congratulate your fellow author when they score a contract, instead of belittling them because your space opera lays untouched by the numerous publishers you’ve sent it to for consideration. Writing can’t be faked well like the orgasm.

One another note to Traditional Romance authors–stop thinking you’re better than those who write Erotic Romance. It’s bad enough we have other genres dissing ours, we don’t need in fighting. You’re not better than erotic writers so get over yourselves. Solidary for all writers is what we should strive for.

I’m for equal treatment for all and it’s not a biased opinion because I’ve written almost every genre. Good writing is good writing, not matter what the setting is. Try and remember that instead of being a troll.

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4 responses

  1. Thank you soooooo much for posting this. It is very tiresome to be lumped into erotics writing when I feel I write very spicy romance, or Erotic Romance. What the difference between that and something writing by Emma Holly, Gena Showalter, or Christine Warren? They have some pretty hot sex scenes, if you ask me. And, I’m a shifter or paranormal junkie in my writing. I don’t see much difference, to be honest.

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