In a nutshell, I believe it was the typical “bad behaviour” from those authors who are chasing the quick buck — those who broke all the rules and brought unwanted attention and scrutiny on the erotic community — that were the source of this turmoil. For example, authors of incest erotica categorizing their story as coming of age fiction, and things like that. You know, those who ignore the boundaries we respect in the erotic industry. (I also blogged about that in the same post, which you can find here.)
This fortnight’s topic — This I Believe — is the perfect launching point.
That post on my blog was about authors doing all the wrong things. So, if there are wrong things, then what are the right things?
That’s a tricky question.
But I came up with a few guiding principles.
Thus, I present to you:
THE EROTIC AUTHOR MANIFESTO
This genre is open to everyone.
Everyone can read it and everyone can write it. It is our duty to welcome new authors to the fold and to support them, as we have benefitted from the support of others. It is our duty to make this space and welcoming and positive environment for readers. Karma works its way through the erotic author community; good deeds will come back to you. So too will bad deeds.
All kinks are welcome.
We are a sex-positive community. That means that even if there’s a kink that’s not our thing, we don’t disparage it or look down our noses at those who enjoy it. Every kink brings joy and pleasure to someone; we have no right to judge them for it. (However, the caveat to this is that full consent is a requisite.)
All genders and orientations are welcome.
Like with kinks, you might be heterosexual and the thought of homosexual sex makes you a bit squeamish — but that doesn’t make gay sex wrong. This space is open for those who identify as male, female, and anything between or outside of those two identities. We welcome readers and authors who identify as straight, gay, lesbian, bi, trans, queer, two-spirit, ace, demi, intersex, fluid, and more.
We will respect the box we’re in.
We are sex-positive, but the wider world is not always so. To protect ourselves, our community, and to continue to thrive, we will respect the boundaries put on us. This means categorizing and tagging our works appropriately, being honest, and being professional.
Erotic writing is a profession.
Whether we make a lot of money or next to nothing, writing erotic fiction is a profession and we take pride in what we do. We support others and are supported by others. We ensure that we are putting our highest quality work online. We continue to learn and grow and develop, and we support others as they do the same.
We are a community.
Writing, publishing, and selling books is not a competitive venture — we are not trying to outdo each other. Readers can and do choose several books from several authors. We are a community, a team, a family — and the more we work together, the more successful and happier we will be.
Any thoughts? Anything missing that should be added?