1. Sphynx

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    Literary Agents for Erotica

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Sphynx, Mar 9, 2019.

    There must be something I’m missing. When I search for literary agents for erotica, I find agents for romance. I can’t imagine sending something erotic (Fifty Shades of Grey) to someone requesting romance (and publishing books like Twilight). I keep looking up literary agents, and finding their tastes to be more romantic than erotic. How do you find an agent actually interested in reading erotica?
     
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    I doubt if there is one. 50 Shades was a fluke, a lightning strike powered by social media and soccer mom book clubs indulging their naughty. However you describe 'erotica' it would have to fall somewhere between romance and pornography. The former is a well-established genre and the latter (some of it surprisingly well-written) is available for free throughout the internet, so I don't see a market.
     
  3. Sphynx

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    I finally figured it out. I started a free trial on JerichoWriters and it lists those who are specifically looking for erotica. (In case anyone was curious).
     
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    50 Shades was picked up off the kindle, after the publisher saw how well it was doing,
    so it was not submitted, but chosen out of a mass of stuff.
    Also it isn't erotic in any sense of the word, it is really boring,
    and reviews on youtube of it really demolish any leg it really
    has to stand on. Kinda sad something so badly written can
    perform so well on the market. :(

    That is great you have found some agents that will look at your work. :)
    Though to be Erotica, doesn't it have to be more on the sex than the
    Romance end of it?
    IDK, cause things are hard to define now a days. o_O
     
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    Is marketing Jericho Writers on the mighty WF all part of this shady deal liaison?
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    'I was flailing, I was lost. Then Jesuit Writers copied all the publishers from the publishers' directory on to a piece of paper. They sent it to me. Now I am a published author with a book. Fuck you Mommy.'
     
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    I've lost my log-in information for QueryTracker and AgentQuery, but when I was looking for an agent they provided really useful, searchable lists, and didn't charge 200 pounds a year (!!!) for the service. If I was looking to spend some money on finding an agent, I'd probably use free QueryTracker or AgentQuery and then spend the money on Publishers' Marketplace.
     
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    also FSOG started life as a twilight fan fic so the chances are that a publisher who publishes Twilight might have been interested (twilight was incredibly badly written too - although not quite as bad as FS)

    On point a hell of a lot of erotica is self pubbed .. its difficult because amazon tend to dungeon it so the authors have to promote it through dedicated boards and email groups and such
     
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