I stumbled into this 'gig' almost by accident. I was trying to promote an audio book of my own, which dealt with prostitution, when I was contacted by a narrator of audio books whose specialty is Erotica. She is actually a very competent sound editor but feels her time is better spent doing narration than the drudgery of editing out breath sounds and flubs. She thought I probably wouldn't be offended by the sex considering my own audio book and ebooks. We agreed to give it a shot and as a result I have done quite a lot of work for her. I write the following based on hours and hours and hours of editing, all of which requires that I listen to the stories. (duh) I should mention that I am a hetero male and in my sixties. , Now that you know how and why (for the money, such as it is) I became familiar with the genre, I will offer a few thoughts about what I work with. Item 1: Who reads/listens to this stuff? I read an article in Publisher's Weekly that said the primary audience is adult females, and that was pretty much my conclusion even before I read the article. The stories seem to fall into one of the following categories, sometimes both. The first is the "romance" type, which always includes graphic sex. A very common trait of this type of story is that that the end result is a lasting "love" relationship, regardless of how and why the lovers take up with each other. Although there is a heavy dose of fantasy in these stories, but it stays inside the lines of generally agreed upon reality. In other words, a world without vampires, werewolves, succubi and sorcery, etc. This leads us to the other type of Erotica I have encountered, which are essentially hard core fantasy novels. Sometimes the stories have a happily-ever-after romance ending, and sometimes not, though those without the romance angle seem fewer in number. I will frankly confess that I don't enjoy either type, and my least favorite part of any story is the hardcore part. It's not that I am at all prudish, quite the contrary. What I find unappealing are a couple of things. For one thing, there is so much cliched hyperbole. Every erection is the hardest, every penis enormous, every vagina dripping wet, even penetration deeper than the Marianas Trench. And then there are the synonyms. Engorged Manhood, meet Honey Cave. Ay yi yi!!! I am SOOOO far from being aroused... but then again, I do realize I am not the target audience at all. I don't want to disparage the authors of such stories. Writing Erotica that resonates with its audience is as worthwhile as anything written to entertain. The volume of Erotica that sells speaks for itself. My lack of appreciation for it means nothing. I don't like opera either. In any event, I thought perhaps writers and potential writers of Erotica might like to hear a point of view that is quite familiar with the genre, but quite alien to its typical readers or writers.