Publishers Are Banning Incest Erotica
Or Why We Need To Embrace Content Guidelines
Recently, many publishing websites have been altering their content policies. As an author specializing in incest erotica, I understand this sudden trend. My titles have previously been distributed and made available on Amazon, Kobo, Apple, Google, Smashwords, and other retailers. So, when a select number of publishers decided to no longer accept my catalog’s content, it meant making a difficult choice. Either I unpublished over fifty titles (more than 70% of my entire catalog), or I could try breaking the rules. Ultimately, I decided to embrace the issue and unpublish my catalog where appropriate. Why did I choose to neglect over 88% of the Romance market? Well, here are ten reasons I unpublished where necessary, and why you should too!
1. Your Books Can Get Banned… Forever.
This may seem like a logical statement, but temptation can get the better of anyone. Remember, breaking the rules would have meant tapping into 88% more of the market share. Passing up money hurts! Many sites however know this dilemma exists. To deter authors, many publishers will ban books along with your account indefinitely . Don’t ruin your ability to publish books by submitting content already deemed unacceptable.
2. Readers Won’t Be Happy.
As an author, reader satisfaction should be top priority. If you misrepresent the content of your book in order to “slip by” or go “unnoticed” readers will inevitably complain. Anyone who buys a book expecting threesome erotica, only to discover it’s an incestuous threesome, will, in all likelihood, be turned off by the unexpected and taboo kink. While authors might gain short term from the seemingly endless stream of buyers, in the long term, the complaints from readers often lead to an all out ban from the publishing platform.
3. Authors Won’t Be Happy.
While not an act exclusive to authors publishing controversial content, many incest erotica titles end up in the wrong category. Miscategorizing books upsets both readers and authors, but the disdain of other authors should be an indicator you’re doing something wrong. Again, this approach might seem like a great way to avoid being filtered and thus gaining more exposure, but the adult filter is there for a reason. Making authors unhappy will close opportunities for you, options you’ll probably need when your titles do eventually get banned from too many complaints of parents, readers, and authors alike.
4. You’ll Look Unprofessional.
If you’re hoping to make an income from your writing, reputation is important. Even if you’re not looking for a career, readers expect a certain level of professionalism. Publishing books against a website’s guidelines damages your reputation forever. Sure, you can submit your catalog under another name, but readers will find out. The stories you write, put time into, and invest in long term, don’t need to be tarnished by an unprofessional reputation. Plus, remember that banned account? Publishers reserve the right to ban your new account too! Forever really does mean forever.
5. The Money Just Isn’t Worth It.
Many authors don’t realize the time involved to rewrite book descriptions, redo covers, and make a book seemingly passable on “strict” websites. If you’re looking to take your incest catalog, change the content to pseudo incest, and then redo the metadata involved, you can probably write two new short stories in the same time frame. Any money you made by “slipping a book through” wouldn’t compare to the investment of building a permissible catalog. Remember, authors wanting to make a career need to think long term, not short term.
6. Your Audience Won’t Be On The Sites Anyway.
Think about why publishers ban certain content. Most sites ban content because it doesn’t sate customer demand, expectation, or is simply “a bad fit” overall. There is nothing wrong with this, and authors need to respect the wishes of the business involved. If the site has deemed incest erotica a bad fit, there’s a reason. Bypassing the rules won’t guarantee sales. Customers shop sites that provide the content they want and those that buy incest erotica are probably finding it elsewhere. Spend your time finding that “elsewhere” business or set of businesses.
7. You Can’t Promote Your Books.
Many sites offer to advertise books provided they’re on Amazon. While getting your books on Amazon (in this case) to promote your books seems great, it’s not. If you sneak your book through, promoting it is the last thing you want to do. The more copies you sell, the more readers will discover you “got one through” the content policy. Basically, the more you promote the more likely you are to get your account banned. Forget newsletter promotion too, as they don’t allow incest erotica period. How do you expect to sell books if you can’t promote them on a platform requiring visibility?
8. Preventing Catalog Confusion.
There’s nothing wrong publishing pseudoincest and incest titles, but don’t publish the same story twice. Some authors publish two versions of a book, essentially bypassing the content guidelines. This often leads to catalog confusions, and authors lose track of where their books are actually published. The last thing readers want is to enjoy your catalog so much they buy all of it, including two versions of the same exact story! This isn’t a questionable issue of “mirroring”, but rather, double publishing titles. Catalog confusion can lead to disgruntled readers, a tarnished reputation, and a backlash from other authors.
9. You Chose What You Write.
Nobody wakes up to magically find a fully written incest erotica catalog overnight. Authors invest time and effort into their catalog, often knowing the consequences of their subject matter. If you’re writing incest erotica, then you knew publishers like Amazon, Apple, and Kobo probably weren’t going to take you. There’s nothing wrong with changing your catalog if you’re unhappy. As an author, you need to take accountability and abide by the rules.
10. There Are Other Opportunities.
Authors who show professional tact leave potential opportunities wide open. While it may seem like the wrong choice to pass up money in the short term, you never know about long term investments. When publishers know they can depend on you, and see the semblance of a reader base, exceptions can be formally made. As the prominence of incest erotica grows so too will the number of publishers willing to accept such content. Don’t shut down opportunities now when the future awaits.
In the end, an author invests in their catalog for the long term. You’re writing incest erotica because you want to, and probably because there’s an underlying appeal. If you’re unhappy with the content restrictions, support publishers that do allow incest erotica. At the same time, embrace publishers as much as practical. Being in control of your catalog means you choose which titles are available and where. Don’t give up, there will be plenty of opportunities soon!