This stems from a recent post regarding someone who wrote 3 erotic books in 3 weeks and is apparently paying at least his/her utility bills through self-ePublishing. I looked up some publishers of such work and they don't take books of more than 100 pages and according to their sites it seems they'll take anything that contains graphic sex scenes so long as there is no violence, torture or rape included. They also prefer series with a 3 book minimum. Coincidentally one of them has an office not 20 minutes from me! I think I'd be quite good at this and would like to give it a go though I'm sure I wouldn't be churning out a book a week and I'd rather write an actual story with sensuality rather than a bad 70s porno about a lucky pizza delivery guy who stumbles upon apartment after apartment of horny, bored housewives throwing themselves at him. My problem is I've never read the genre so... My questions are: What is the formula for good erotica? For the bigger audience, I suspect women, who would make a good MC? M/F? What occupation would I get the best mileage from? Forbidden fruit such as a nun? Someone in power with the use of handcuffs and a barred cell such as a cop? A diary type series from a hooker? Maybe something fantastic like a bi-sexual vampire? Or a hypnotist? Something else perhaps? Are readers of erotica worried about clichéd characters? Are they just in it for a good old-fashioned fantasy? Or do they want something like a good story with a few graphic sex scenes sprinkled in rather than that 70's pizza guy who's sole story is a 12inch pepperoni? In a 100 page piece how many sex scenes should there be. Should sex always be bubbling with near misses, ie: should the reader always be excited?