Month: May 2014

Episode 9: Creating Interesting Characters

Episode 9: Creating Characters

Welcome back to Episode Nine of the Writing and Publishing Erotica Podcast. I am H. K. Kiting and I am Dean Chills and we’re your hosts for the show. This is the podcast where we talk about writing and publishing in general, and include the occasional tidbit about erotica specifically.

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Episode 9: Creating Characters

How important are good characters?

Do they have to be relatable or likeable? (POV vs others)

Erotic and Romance usually focus on two in a relationship…

  • Should they be similar or different?
  • How different?
  • How much detail is too much? How much is a waste of time?
  • How much are your characters based on yourself?
  • Can you write characters that are nothing at all like you are?

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Episode 8: Romance vs. Porn vs. Erotica vs. Erotic Romance

Episode 8: Romance vs. Porn vs. Erotica vs. Erotic Romance  

What is the definition? These are straight from Wikipedia, but we’ll discuss our thoughts as we go along.


  1. Erotica is any artistic work that deals substantively with eroticallystimulating or sexually arousing subject matter.
  2. Porn is the explicit portrayal of sexual subject matter for the purpose of sexual arousal.
  3. Romance novels place their primary focus on the relationship and romantic love between two people, and must have an “emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending
  4. Erotic romance novels are stories written about the development of a romantic relationship through sexual interaction. The sex is an inherent part of the story, character growth, and relationship development, and couldn’t be removed without damaging the storyline.

There are three main things all these definitions revolve around:

  • Sex: In porn, the focus is on the actual sex act itself, while in romance novels, the focus is on the set-up and emotions the characters are experiencing before, during, and after the sex.
  • Story: One major difference is conflict: A romance has some kind of conflict, while a porn doesn’t. Is conflict = plot?
  • Purpose: Porn is usually intended to excite the reader, i.e. “Get off,” while romance is like a regular story.


  • Difficulties separating the categories?
  • Necessary overlap
  • Can you have romance and porn without sex?
  • Let’s Check the mailbag!

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Private Beach

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by H. K. Kiting

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Longtime friends and new lovers Matt and Shane hit Shane’s private beach for some sexy fun in the ocean. When the tide comes in and the water rises, so do Matt and Shane.

Matt confesses just how much the idea of bondage in the water turns him on, and Shane comes up with a devilish plan to use the incoming tide the next day.

Matt said he likes it extreme, and he gets what he asks for. Will it be too much?

Find out in this gay adult tale of romance, sex, bondage and peril play.

Jack’s Birthday Surprise

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by Dean Chills

Jack’s been down in the dumps for a couple of weeks now as his fiftieth birthday approaches. His boss throws him a surprise birthday party, where he meets Mitchell, a newly-hired photographer around his own age.

The next morning, the two accidentally run into each other while shopping, and Mitchell invites Jack over to his beach house. Jack follows Mitchell home, and they have a great time on the beach, then go back inside to cool off. 

When they find a cabinet full of BDSM toys, the two decide to have some fun with them. Jack, a novice with bondage, doesn’t quite know what to make of Mitchell’s interest in plastic bags and rope, but he soon learns. At fifty, Jack thinks he’s seen it all, but Mitchell shows him there’s still plenty of erotic new tricks to learn.

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Episode 7: What’s Different with Erotica?

Episode 7: What’s Different with Erotica?


  • Let’s try something different: We’ll check the mailbag first!

Hey guys!

I’ve just started listening to your podcast, and wow, it’s great! I’m powering through the episodes one after the other.

My (pen) name is Suzuki Sinclair, and I’m soon to put up my own erotica as an e-book. What I’d really love to hear about – whether that’s in a show, or if you’re able to take the time to put your thoughts in an email – is strategies to optimise sales.

I’ve listened to some other self-publishing podcasts and learned about free books and the importance of professional covers and keywords. I was wondering if there was anything you’d learned about specific to erotica that boosted sales?

Thanks, and keep up the great work!

All the best,


We’ll talk about free books another time, but I’ll say right now that our opinion probably isn’t the same one you usually hear. Keywords and cover design, are for another time as well, but both are very important.

You asked about tips specifically for erotica. Sales strategies for erotica is different from that of the latest sci-fi or crime thriller.

  • Your blurbs and description have to be more careful.
  • You may or may not be able to sell to your friends
  • You may or may not even be using your real name
  • There are cover image restrictions
  • Covers have to be what people expect (Forum Story)
  • Build your “Standard” platform: Twitter, Google Plus, Tumblr, Facebook, Pinterest, Blog, and others
  • Build your “Erotic” platform: Seek out message boards and sites that cater to your specific fetish or kink. Don’t spam, but be creative about your postings depending on the place. Tumblr, twitter, fetlife
  • Some things don’t change: AuthorMarketingClub, Bookbub, Mail lists.

If any readers have other suggestions, email them to us or post them in the comments section of under the show notes.

Iron Work

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by H. K. Kiting

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Dan and Jim hit it off working their first day together as welders. “Love at first sight?” asks Jim. “Maybe,” Dan replies.

After a sexy cleanup in the shower, they grab some dinner and head to Jim’s place. Jim reveals that he’s also an artist, and he wants Dan to literally become one with his exhibit.

Once Dan is chained and helpless, Jim gets out the plastic wrap and there’s no sign of him stopping there. Just how far will Jim go making Dan a permanent part of his art?

Find out in this adult tale of gay romance, sex, peril play, breath control, and bondage.

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