MUSINGS OF A STORY MERCHANT

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

AEI Client Noire intereviewed by MSNB.com

Erotica gives book publishers surprising boost
The once-fringe genre is booming, with online book clubs, public readings



As successful as the new erotica has been though, authors agree that readers demand more than a string of sex scenes separated by flimsy plot moments. The readers of mainstream erotic fiction expect the sex to be interwoven and integral to the novel or story “and that’s hard to do,” Gleason said. Other than that requirement, though, readers seem willing, even enthusiastic, to read about all kinds of sexual experimentation.

“We have everything, across the board,” Kensington’s Auerbach said. “Readers think variation is the spice of life ... We have a warning on the back of the Aphrodisia books, a little box, that says ‘This is a really hot book. It is sexually explicit.’ Readers know what they are picking up.”

Brian Alexander is the author of the book “America Unzipped: In Search of Sex and Satisfaction," now in paperback.

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