Sunday, September 23, 2007
Posted by Liane Gentry Skye
Why this book, and why now? Could it be because the market for erotic romance is nearly as hot as the steam level of ultra-sexy titles?
No doubt, erotic Romance is the print publisher's darling of the moment. Stories that leave nothing to imagination once the bedroom door is closed have been selling well with e-publishers for some time. Book buyers have spoken out with their purchasing power, sending a strong message to traditional publishers..."give us more heat." With such publishers are Harlequin and Kensington dipping their toes into e-publishing arena, it appears that print publishers are listening. Certainly, erotic romance is a market that shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Many writers believe that writing erotic romance is tantamount to consuming the proverbial "piece of cake". At least, until they try it for themselves. Many novice writers end up veering into raw descriptions of gratuitous sex instead of telling a compelling, albeit steamy, story.
Erotic romance and sensual romance moves far beyond what most readers and writers think of as "erotica". By defining first what is and is not erotic romance, Alison Kent then guides the reader through a series of practical techniques for creating complex characters, driving plots, and engaging dialogue that crackles with sexual tension.
Each exercise is illuminated with sage advice and sizzling examples drawn from successful romance writers and editors. The volume is capped off by a series of markets actively purchasing erotic romance stories, novellas, and novels.
Good erotic romance is hallmarked by crackling tensions, complex plots, and fully drawn character motivations. All of this is then finished off with compelling prose. If your goal is to write a sizzling page turner, then The Complete Idiot's Guide To Writing Erotic Romance belongs on your reference bookshelf.