Last Year’s Trend

March 6th, 2006 · 3 Comments
by Booksquare

Was it just last year that the insane drive to add erotica to a publisher’s list lead to the creation of new and wilder imprints all over New York? Like pink phones, everyone had to have their own line. These weren’t your father’s dirty books, oh no. By definition, erotica is aimed toward women; by implication, erotica is selling like proverbial hotcakes.

Which leads us to wonder about the genesis of that expression. Later. Later.

Literary erotica is now (apparently) sweeping the planet. Or, if you will,

As a publishing trend it might best be summed up thus – from big knickers to no knickers.

Note to publishers: please brace for the anti-erotica backlash. It got too big, too fast. Maybe resist the urge to invest in your own imprint for just a little while.

File Under: The Business of Publishing

3 responses so far ↓

  • SusanGable // Mar 7, 2006 at 9:19 am

    What? Another example of everyone in the publishing biz leaping on the SAME bandwagon, and you predict it might not last? Why, how very wise of you. (Then again, I always knew you were a smart cookie. (g))

    I recently heard that chick-lit is suffering from a glut and backlash. Well, D’UH!

    Instead of variety, they all want more of what was hot yesterday. Never mind that tomorrow readers will be annoyed because their choices are limited.

    Gee, do you think any of this jump-on-the-bandwagon-of-the-moment mentality could have anything to do with the fact that book sales are down? Nah, it’s probably a coinky-dink.

  • Booksquare // Mar 7, 2006 at 10:30 pm

    Oh, I’m just now realizing that you are developing a thick layer of cynicism. Remember when we were wide-eyed innocents? When we asked questions because we didn’t know the answers? When we believed?

    Was it just the year 2000?

  • SusanGable // Mar 8, 2006 at 6:22 am

    (sigh) Yes. It took only 6 short years for that layer to develop.

    Growing up stinks.