Too many Vampires - Not enough GOTHIC!I just spoke with my agent this afternoon, and Roberta reports that she counted no less than 22 vampire titles (by different authors) on the bookshelves. WAY too many Mainstream vampires!
The word from the publishing houses my agent works with, is that NY is easing off on their vampires – unless you write EROTIC ADVENTURE. Apparently there are more than enough mainstream romantic Vamps out there, but a serious shortage of them in Erotica.
Modern EROTIC Gothics are HOT!
MARKET NEWS –If you want to write Gothic Erotica, now is the time to do it! According to Roberta, NY is actively looking for Modern Adventure Gothics and well-written, tightly-plotted Gothic Erotica.
Penguin Putnum, Berkley, Kennsington, and St. Martins Press are all jumping on the eBook bandwagon and actively looking for novel-length (80-100k) Gothic Erotic Romance, preferably contemporary though exotic settings with the characters that lean toward the darker emotions - without quite falling over.
Not just Vampires! ~ They are actively on the look-out for the full spectrum of traditional Gothic Adventure with a modern twist - magic, curses, wizards, witches, ghosts, werewolves, demons, urban faery...and HOT ADVENTURE.
Ladies, they are asking for Dark Heroes with pain in their hearts and fire in their eyes. They are looking for Villainous Outcasts that overcome their darker natures to become Heroes.
No TSTL (Too-Stupid-to-Live) Heroines! It takes a Kick-Ass and savvy Heroine with a dash of sarcastic and biting humor to stand toe to toe with her dark and brooding hero. This girl means business! She knows what she wants, and she knows how to get it.
Their foe? The Undercover Villain in a three-piece suit that walks among the boardrooms of power. A truly heroic personage - gone very, very bad. Take every text-book hero you can think of and twist those heroic characteristics into blood-thirsty dementia. The new villain is the Perfectly Reasonable Madman.
They Don’t want to be able to tell how the story will end in the third chapter. They want a twist, a Reversal right in the middle of the story. They want the plot to suddenly kick into high gear in Act Two, and whisk the H/H into extreme danger that takes the two of them working together to climb back out of. They want real Adventures!
They want, Old Europe and mysterious islands. Enough with the stories that happen in one ordinary American city. They are asking for European palazzos, glittering courts, car chases through the Autobahn, mountains, forests, castles, villas, cities that reek of age yet glitter with modern glass.
Take your favorite Gothic Villain and make them the Hero. Take your favorite swash-buckling Hero and make them the Heroine, then add Corporate Villainy of a Sorcerous nature.
They are asking for Lara Croft to come banging on Count Dracula’s castle door demanding that he use his expertise to assist her with a small innocuous problem. A problem that lands them both in very hot water and takes the two of them working together to get out of.
They want a Lady Indiana Jones barging into Dr. Frankenstein’s offices to help her deal with the Umbrella Corporation’s (Resident Evil) latest drug threat.
They want a Lady James Bond blackmailing sorcerer Aleister Crowley into helping her deal with someone raising ghosts to assassinate political figures.
No closing the doors this time ladies, they want to see it all in graphic and loving detail! Be as adventurous in your sex as you are in the plot. There are more positions than missionary and more places to have erotic encounters than among bedsheets.
However, while the chastity belt is definitely coming off, Kink is not yet completely accepted. Silk scarves and a few pats on the bottom, even handcuffs, are perfectly acceptable, as long as it's tastefully done and all parties are having a good time.
~ CONSENT is Mandatory! ~ Willing participants only! Seduction is okay, but Consent must be granted before full intimacy can happen.
~ Exclusive couples! ~ Once the H/H get intimate, they remain EXCLUSIVE!
Happily Ever After?
Damn Straight! You get them into a mess - you get them out of that mess and make them happy to be together!
In Short: Swash-buckling Heroines and Gothic Heroes dealing with Modern yet Magical Threats. Ladies, they have made it very plain that they are actively looking for Gothic Erotic High Adventures – and they want them ASAP!
Looks like I have some serious blocking to do!