Reading fiction increases empathy, giving readers a better understanding of life in other's shoes and things outside their experience. This increase in empathy allows for a stronger ability to react to individual and social situations.
Reading fiction is also a great way to de-stress. When you want to take a break from the stresses of life, non-fiction doesn't always do the trick, but a good fiction read can transport you to a whole new place.
Reading fiction also sparks creativity and imagination.
Whether you're looking to read more or to bring some variety into your reading material, fiction is a great place to start.
It’s not that they’re unsalable, it’s that they're unpublishable.
If you're thinking of breaking into erotica, or have already been writing erotica for some time, you may be tempted to up the ante. After all, it can get rather mundane writing the same sex scenes with the same themes over and over again. However, there are a few topics that are so taboo, they’re unpublishable.
Sparks Fly In Erotic Literature
Do you ever read a passage in a novel that gets your pulse quickening and your cheeks reddening? Maybe the words give you butterflies, taking you back to scenarios where you felt the tingling tension and desire that the characters are feeling. It's like reading a secret diary. You may get caught, but it's too juicy to put down.
There's nothing wrong with that! In fact, there are lots of health benefits to reading erotic literature.
Do you have a plethora of hardcover and paperback books that you’ve already read sitting on your bookshelf? If you do, you might be wondering what you can do with them. Of course, the obvious answers are to donate them, give them away to libraries if they are in good condition and sell them at a secondhand bookstore, but there are even more ways you can get the most out of your old books.
1. Level a Piece of Furniture
Do you have a wobbly table, chair, couch or desk? If you have a lot of books on your bookshelf, there’s a good chance you have one that would perfectly level your furniture. This works best for couches and chairs where no one looks at the legs, but you can also use it for a table if that table is covered with a particularly long tablecloth.
Publishers Weekly is one of the better bestselling lists because they do go by number of units sold. Here, we have the top five bestselling romance books from mainstream authors, and they sold between 19,552 and 55,876 copies in October and November of 2019. The tenth book on the list, which was North to Alaska by Debbie Macomber sold 14,362 books. It currently ranks 41,812 in top selling Amazon books.
1. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks sold 55,876 copies - Currently #2,909 in the paid kindle store
Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At thirty-six, she's been dating her boyfriend, an orthopedic surgeon, for six years. With no wedding plans in sight, and her father recently diagnosed with ALS, she decides to use a week at her family's cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future.
Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. A safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tru hopes to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding his mother's early life and recapture memories lost with her death. When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable . . . but in the immersive days that follow, their feelings for each other will give way to choices that pit family duty against personal happiness in devastating ways.
Illuminating life's heartbreaking regrets and enduring hope, EVERY BREATH explores the many facets of love that lay claim to our deepest loyalties--while asking the question, How long can a dream survive?
If you’re a crime, mystery or thriller writer with no legal background, a few good writing books can mean the difference between convincing your audience you know what your talking about and coming off as amateurish. Not to mention, these books are also good for ideas, especially if you need to murder a character.
This is one of my favorite. I use it regularly when I’m working on the AVIA series. It shows such wonderful things as how an autopsy is performed, information on serieal killers an con artists and how to process a crime scene.
When is the last time you purchased a book from an independently published author? If you’re just buying books from the Big 5 or 7, depending on which stats you read, you could be missing out. Independently published authors are the fastest growing segment of the book industry, and they are writing stories and self help books and nonfiction about every topic you could possible think of.
1. The Variety Is Endless.
The variety of books is endless. Independently published books now make up about 30 percent of the total market, and indie authors are writing everything. If you want an LGBT book set in space, there’s an indie author that wrote it. If you want a vampire romance set in the 1800s, there’s a indie author that wrote it. If you want a space nightmare, it’s out there. If you want a fetish book about worm sex, some independently published author is or has wrote it.
Have you ever read second person fiction? While second person fiction isn’t nearly as popular as third person or first person fiction, putting the reader in the perspective of the main character is something done on occasion. You are probably mostly familiar with second-person perspective as what is used in “Choose Your Own Adventure Books.” But, there are lots of popular books that have used this perspective.
Did you know that big name authors such as William Faulkner and Leo Tolstoy have dabbled with it in the past? Self-help books often use the second person perspective, too. However, it’s very hard to write from this perspective well. So, you may ask, what are the pros and cons of using second person perspective in your own fiction?
PRO: Second Person Perspective can Immerse Readers in Your World
As an author who decides to write your fiction in second person, you are committing to immersing the reader in the protagonist’s point of view. By forcing the reader to imagine himself or herself as the protagonist, you must give the reader an extra rich sensory experience. You may also use the second person in shorter pieces - such as short stories - as a way to persuade the reader towards a specific point of view.
CON: Second Person Perspective Can Be Confusing and Frustrating to Readers
Do you enjoy fiction written in the second-person? Unfortunately, not everyone likes reading something in second person. Many readers prefer the more traditional third-person or even first-person. You will sometimes find readers who may not be able to identify with the protagonist and become frustrated. Second-person can also be confusing if the reader isn’t given enough hints about what is actually going on. Trying to make the reader figure things out for him or her self is not always a bad strategy, though. But, when you are writing second person fiction, the protagonist has to be both relatable to most readers and engaging enough to tell a good story.
How many books do you read a year? According to Statista, 9% of individuals read up to 3 books each year. Thirteen percent of individuals read up to 5 books per year. Twenty percent of individuals read up to 10 books per year, and 17 percent of individuals read up to 15 books per year. This means that 59% of the population reads books and 41 percent of people either read more than 15 books per year or 0 books per year. The truth of the matter is that everyone should read more fiction books because they will stimulate your brain, improve your creativity and expand your critical thinking skills. You may even be warding off dementia.
1 . You’ll Expand Your Vocabulary
Reading fiction can help you expand your vocabulary faster than reading a dictionary or thesaurus, and it will give you the ability to use the new words. This is because fiction writers often strive to use the most accurate word available to describe a scene, character emotion or action. Some new words I’ve ran across while reading fiction include maudlin, abominable, repugnant, unrepossessing and nefarious. If you know what these words mean, that’s fantastic, you can learn even more. If you have never heard of or used these words, you can learn the definitions of these, use them and learn the definitions and uses of even more words.
Let’s talk about first person fiction. These are the stories than are written with the pronoun “I” verses he or she. That’s self-explanatory – right? We’re used to reading first person in blogs, journals and memoirs. After all, you probably don’t want to refer to yourself in third person very often. What’s less common but becoming more common are fiction books written in first person.
So What’s the Difference?
The difference is in perception. I’ll do an example from The Blooddoll Factory. I wrote that in third person omni, so here’s the original intro paragraphs:
Romance and Erotica: How Do They Compare?
The genres of Romance and erotica are similiar, but also very different. Romance tends to hav ea plot that centers around a relationship. Erotica may or may not have a plot, depending on the author. There's a subgenre called romantic erotica, which cotnains the same plots as a traditional romance book but the sex scenes are explicit as if it were an erotica book.
Romance typically centers around a relationship. The standard plot is char A meets char B. They fall in love, but one of them can't have a relationship right now. Then, later, they can have a relationship. There may or may not be sex in a romance book. However, if it does exist, it's usually at the end after the relationship has been fully developed and a formal comittment has been made by the characters. Romance also has an incredible number of subgenres, including historical, western, fantasy, sci-fi, ect. Romance books can even be subdivided by types of main characters, like bad boys, cowboys, doctors and billionaires. In short, there's nearly as many variations of these books as there are authors that write them.
Erotica is all about the sex. These books can contain plots or no plots, meaning it's just a series of sex scenes. Though, the longer books tend to have some sort of a plot to hold them together for 40,000 to 80,000 words. Erotica books tend to have the same types of main characters as romance books, including bad boys, cowboys, billionaires, doctors and bankers. They also tend ot feature BSDM, anal sex, fettish sex and same gender sex. I"ve even seen erotica books that feature bear and dinosaur sex. The big difference between erotica and romance is that erotica books don't need to develop any type of relationship between the characters. They can meet and fuck and develop the relationship later or not at all.
Romance and Erotica Examples
Here are a few indie authors with romance and erotica books.
Jill Monroe leads a seemingly ordinary life. No controversy. No drama. And definitely nothing kinky. But while out with her girlfriends at a local bar, no one is more surprised than she when Brian Thomas, a devastatingly handsome and uber confident tech billionaire, sets his sight on her.
John is a handsome, caring and respectful firefighter attracted to a beautiful redheaded lawyer named Carolyn, the woman of his dreams. He likes Patty, a cute and bubbly brunette, but just as friends. Even though Carolyn is gorgeous, are her looks deceiving? Is Patty better for John?
People are always looking to arouse their desires. One of the ways that has become popular is the literary genre paranormal erotica. The genre is filled with magic, cursed people, and romance. This is the genre of someone who wants to see romance happen where science fails to explain what is happening. Another way that people are drawn in is when authors have a new take on old legends. All of this accounts for a popularity that has kept mythology alive and writers still delving into the myriad of possibilities. One simply has to pick up a Laurel K. Hamilton novel to see how far someone can go.
Erotica and Romance
Erotica goes beyond romance in several ways. In a romance, love is what carries the story forward. Yes there can be sex, but that is out of the love between the protagonist and there significant other. In erotica, sexual situations spur the movement. In Laurel K. Hamilton books, her heroines save their world by having sex for various reasons. The characters may fall in love, but the sexual component is what drives the book going forward. Love may get discussion time, but it is not the reason for saving the world.
There are a few elements that a great book is going to have.
The first element is the theme of the book. This is what the book or story is going to try to tell us. This is something that might even be able to help you in your own life. Even though not every story is going to have a theme, but it is usually a good idea if it does. It is best for the theme to grow out of the story so that the readers can feel like they have learned about the theme themselves.
The second element of the book is the plot. This is usually the struggle or the conflict that the main character is going to be going through in the book. Sometimes the conflict will be with another character is the book, something that is inside of the character, or with the way that things on going on in the book. Most of the time, as the character begins to grow in the book, then they are going to be able to solve the problem that they have. Therefore, the conflict is going to get more exciting throughout the book.
If you're anything like me, you enjoy reading a variety of books. From steamy erotic novels to inspirational self-help paperbacks...it's nice to just get alone and lose yourself in a thought-provoking book. And it's interesting that the most popular and best selling book genres are Romance, Crime/Mystery, Inspirational, Horror, and Suspense/ Thrillers Fiction. Lots of pocket change is spent on those kind of books globally and yet there are still quite a few books around that do not see a worldly fanfare and relatively sit on the shelves.
Top Five Worse Genres by Sales (Updated with Stats)
The Action/Adventure category is the worst for sales, with an estimated .74 million copies sold each year. Action Adventure books feature danger and crazy adventures for their heroes, which differs extremely from their ordinary day-to-day lives. They hit their peak in the 1950s. Today, action-adventure books are most often found in other genres, like crime novels, thrillers, murder mysteries and war novels.
Westerns sell an estimated .96 million copies each year. This is only slightly better than the Action/Adventure category. Westerns had their heyday during the late 1940s to about 1967. To exemplify this, John Wayne made movies from 1930 to 1962. Clint Eastwood was very popular from 1960 to the early 1980s for his spaghetti westerns. Of course, he's gone on to do more acting and directing in Westerns and other genres. The western soap opera Gunsmoke ran from 1955 to 1975. The slowdown of the genre occurred in the late 1970s with most Western comic books going into reprint rather than new stories being published, and the book genre has seen a slow decline since the late 1970s. What I suspect is that this genre can now be found in other categories, like historical novels and romance novels, where the western theme is more of a subgenre than the main genre and reason for the story.
Occult and horror books sell roughly 1.05 million books a year. This genre was extremely popular in the 1970s and 80 and has since hit its peak and fallen almost off the charts. However, like action/adventure books and westerns, horrors or horror-like books can be found in other categories. I find them most often in the thriller and paranormal categories, but they can also be found in fantasy and science fiction.
4. Religious Books
Religious books sell roughly 1.33 million copies a year. There's no distinction here between different categories of religious books, such as reference, self-help and fiction. The exception here is the Holy Bible, which last time I checked was the most popular book ever and remains that way. For individuals who read religious fiction and seek out religious books, they are very dedicated to this category, but it's certainly not growing.
5. Science Fiction
Science fiction sells roughly 2.68 million copies a year. These are your space adventures, your weird technology adventures and futuristic-type novels. Like most of these genres, science fiction's heyday was in the 1960s and 70s. Star Trek anyone? Star Wars? While Star Trek and Star Wars and spinoffs are very popular, this category as a whole is not. Could science fiction be showing up in other genres? Certainly, which may be the reason for the dramatic decline of the category but why there are still millions of fans.
Where were the stats found? Statista, but good luck getting this link to work. Most of the time the informtion is behind a $60 pay wall.
Western type genre- These are fictional books set in the Old West or in the historical frontier days of the late 18th to late 19th Century. These kind of books are less interesting to today's more tech-savvy everyday readers and seem to be only favored by a marginalized group of people who enjoy reading about fictionalized Cowboys, Indians, and dusty trails.
Fantasy theme fiction- Although, this type of fiction you'd think would excite reader's imaginations, the opposite is true. In fact, most readers who used to run into bookstores to find those brain-curdling imaginative stories now find them boring and lacking in prose. When it comes to the book charts, fantasy is fourth from the bottom.
Graphic novels- You know these are the kind of books that feature wild at heart stories told with comic-strip imagery. In 2017, this type of fictional genre saw record low sales in compared to mysteries and the ever best-selling Romance novels.
The Classics - This brand of fiction has always been slated for school usage as well as considered to be culturally rich, yet many readers today find this type of fiction stale and lucid. Perhaps the availability of this type of fiction sparks people's disinterest in our more sophisticated culture today.
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