I have written a novel that has A) a lot of graphic Male/Female sex and B) a plot involving a mystery that takes place, and is solved, in the Czech Republic.

My questions are really about the category in which this would fall since I cannot find anything out there like it with a point-of-view of an American male that is basically experiencing a world where suddenly he engages successfully, in many realistic sexual experiences. The problem, one which worries me greatly, is that the character might come across a too much of a mysogynist. The main character is bumbling at the beginning, please note, and perhaps not a nice guy any longer at the end.

Also, it seems that erotica is mostly read by women, so I wonder how to target a male audience (In the USA, UK, Australia).

Thanks for any advice. Lee Relt American/Czech in Prague

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    Hi, and welcome to Writers. two questions: 1) What's the context of "category"? Are you self-publishing? Looking for an agent? 2) How does "what category" relate to your concern about the character being a misogynist? If they are unrelated, you should separate this into two questions so that the community can help you with each one. – Lauren-Reinstate-Monica-Ipsum Jan 23 '17 at 18:31
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    If you can't find a category, that generally means there is no market. And I think that is probably the case. Men prefer pictures. This answer is somewhat related: writers.stackexchange.com/a/25929/16226 – user16226 Jan 23 '17 at 19:59
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    Romance mystery is very much a thing; I found nearly 2000 titles on Goodreads without even trying. – Neil Fein Feb 9 '17 at 22:57
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    "The problem, one which worries me greatly, is that the character might come across a too much of a misogynist" So what? Protagonists don't need to have perfectly flawless personalities. The only thing you need to worry about is making negative character traits appear in a good light by not calling them out as bad in your narration. – Philipp Mar 20 '17 at 14:36

First, you need to write about experiences and people who will never appear in R-rated and porn films. Most people -- men and women -- can get titillation from those places. You need to provide an experience you can't get from movies.

I wouldn't worry about the misogyny accusation. Erotic fiction tends to be more naked and frank; most readers get that you can have insulting/demeaning characters and sex acts, and that does not make the novel itself misogynistic. That reading audience is a lot more forgiving than most.

Just worry about creating interesting and sympathetic characters and providing enough suspense and curiosity for the reader to keep reading.

If you want to attract/target a male audience, I would 1)focus on the comic aspects, 2)keep the chapters short, 3)focus on the exotic aspects of the characters and settings, 4)try to make it more episodic than about a unified, complex plot.

BTW, Czech author Milan Kundera is the master of the genre-bending erotica-themed novel. Check out his stuff, especially Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Joke, Book of Laughter and Forgetting. All great stuff.


Are you looking for a genre?

If the plot focuses on a mystery, then it would probably find a good place in the Mystery genre. As far as mainstream genres in the American market, Romance is probably the closest to erotica, but, as you note, that is mainly focused towards women.


This kind of novel absolutely falls into erotic novels! "Also, it seems that erotica is mostly read by women, so I wonder how to target a male audience (In the USA, UK, Australia)." I think it`s difficult, you just said "mostly read by women" and that is true, and I always wondered what it could to force men to read such novels?!

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  • Ok, I am new, so dont know better, but for first answer I think I said the essence. – lucky Mar 17 '17 at 23:35

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