Finding My Niche (Damn, that sounds dirty!)

At the risk of annoying many of you, I’m going to use this post to “think out loud” about my upcoming project to publish my first eThing for sale at Amazon (and possibly elsewhere). I’m still in the research and planning phase, but I’ve found myself hung up on a couple hurdles that should have been fairly easy for me to clear by this point.

As you know, my favorite themes to write about are unacceptable to the broader publishing world. Incest between blood-related family members is, at best, frowned upon, and more often outright forbidden. Also, I can’t write about characters even slightly under 18 exploring their sexuality and discovering the delights available to them right in their own backyard (or, right around the corner in their sister’s or parents’ bedroom). I’m not that hung up on the 18+ thing when it comes to commercial publishing, but what I’m having trouble with is the genre/niche issue.

My loose plan at the moment is to come up with a sexy pen name and write in a particular sexual niche to build up a reputation/audience in that world. From what I’ve read, it’s important to be consistent in terms of what kinds of stories you write under any given pen name. If I write four interracial cuckold stories as Mimi LaRue, when readers buy my fifth story expecting more of the same and instead find that it’s a FFM BBW BDSM story, they’ll feel duped and run me out of Amazon on a rail. If I want to write and sell that story, I’d need to publish it under a different pen name, e.g. Deedee Delite. So, bottom line, you need a different “brand” for each genre you write in. No biggie, I can manage that.

My real problem is that I can’t decide which niche I want to start with! I know that writing for money means I’ll be appealing to a completely different audience. I’d prefer to write something that would directly appeal to my existing loyal followers (that’s you!), but I know you’re all too smart to pay for your porn (ya cheap bastards!). To be honest, I wouldn’t pay for it either when there’s so much erotica out there for free. I guess it ultimately comes down to a matter of how much you value your private one-on-one time with your genitals – I know I’ve spent hours looking for a hot story to get off to and often ended up with a dry pussy, frustrated at not finding something that tickled my kitty in just the right way. All the porn I’ve sampled on Amazon so far has been stuff I’ve downloaded for free, and, to say the least, I haven’t been impressed (with the quality of writing or the storytelling).

Choosing what niche to write in shouldn’t be as much of a problem as I’m making it. My first tip to new writers is always: “Write what turns you on.” For me, blood-relative incest tops the list. Everything after that is a close 2nd or 3rd. The problem with me is that I can get turned on by whatever I put my mind to. As part of writing custom stories or doing role plays for hire, I found that knowing I was turning on my patron was a big part of what got me off while doing that kind of writing, even if the topic of their fantasy wasn’t something I was particularly into for my own sake. If the pregnant feet niche is where the action is, I feel like I could apply my personal take on it and have readers of that genre beating off just as hard as any seasoned pro in that niche can. (Or am I being too cocky for my own good?)

I guess one of the real reasons I’m doing my thinking aloud here is to hear what some of you think. I’m open to suggestions, either based on a fetish you have that you’d like to see me tackle in an eBook, or on where you think I’d fit in when it comes to the commercial “mainstream” world of erotica. The obvious choice would appear to be for me to write pseudo-incest (non-blood relations, such as steps and in-laws), but this niche as a consolation category annoys me. If feels very hypocritical, and the whole idea even though in many jurisdictions such relations are legally still considered incest, the publishers pretend like it’s okay because they want to dodge the moral distaste many have with raw incest, but still profit from its unmatched popularity. I don’t have a problem with writing about a girl lusting after her step-brother, or a man seducing his mother-in-law, if that’s the story I have in my head, but I hate feeling like I have to take my pure daddy/daughter story and force it into being a step-daddy/step-daughter story for the sake of someone else’s sensibilities (someone, btw, who is never going to read my stuff anyway!). For me, there’s more to it than just plugging in a “step-“ in front of whatever the familial relationship is.

Sorry for soapboxing about all this. #firstworldsmutpeddlerproblems

Anyway, I’m open to suggestions, criticism, or just free-floating comments on my possibly ill-advised endeavor and the stumbling blocks I’ve created for myself. Keep in mind that I’m not so much going into this for the money. As I have been from the beginning, I want to do my part to inspire people to orgasm, and have fun with myself while doing it. That being said, I define the success of my stories in large part by how many readers see my work. The more people that read my story, the more orgasms I’m likely to help generate. If this also just so happens to translate into some extra spending money for me to buy exotic, motorized sex toys and slinky lingerie, so much the better for me (and, maybe, my dear hubby)!

Thanks for putting up with me bitching and whining about all this, especially if you’re one of the many who hate the whole idea of me “selling out.”

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P.S. One thing that I’d really like to try my hand at is the hard-boiled erotic detective story. I love reading Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, but the whole time I’m dying for some hardcore fuck scenes between the gruff detective and some of those drop-dead sexy femmes fatale! My worry is that I might be the only one who feels this way. Even though this is a type of story I’d really like to attempt, I don’t want to start with a flop right out of the gate due to a poor/fringe genre selection. (But, hey, the whole twist in Chinatown was based on incest, right!? Giggity!)

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