Speaking of trends within the publishing industry, the latest is erotica. Thanks to the overwhelming success of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, editors and agents are scrambling to obtain the next big erotica title. Whether this results in a long standing trend or not, erotica is hot right now and therefore it is in hot demand.
Being an agent, part of my job is being sensitive to the markets’ trends. Although, I am not opposed to acquiring erotica for my list, my literary tastes are definitely not in sync with the Fifty Shades of Grey particular form of erotic fiction. Writers such as Anais Nin and Anne Desclos are more my cup of tea.
So without further ado, it would appear as though I am jumping on the erotica bandwagon. Erotica writers, please send me your queries! Keep in mind, besides the work containing the necessary level of smuttiness and accessibility, I do require the writing to be of the literary style. On another note: I would love to see an erotica novel that strays from the standard format of the male dominant + female submissive. Surprise me.