It's high time I posted about editing on my editing blog, and I might as well start with an FAQ. These are some of the questions I'm asked most frequently when people find out that I edit romance and erotica fiction. If any of you have questions of your own please feel free to post them in the comments below or Contact Me privately, and I'll try to answer them in my next post in this series.
Are erotica authors less receptive to feedback than other authors because the text is more personal to them?
Are erotic stories more thrilling to edit than texts in other genres?
All that said, I do look at whether any of the story elements take away from the overall eroticism and whether the story would appeal to its intended audience. I will sometimes suggest changes to create more evocative imagery or remove elements that break a reader's suspension of disbelief, especially if I am doing structural editing or copy-editing, but also when proofreading if changes can be made at the word level. This often leads to the removal of...
What are some of the most un-sexy things you've read in a sex scene?
The most memorably unsexy word choice I've seen, however, has to be the use of the words 'bowels' and 'intestines' during a lovemaking scene. The author was clearly trying to emphasise the depth of one character's, er, physical closeness to another, but there is nothing appealing about the word 'intestines'. Moreover (and not to be too blunt about it), no matter what kind of sex you're having, if your lovemaking involves those parts of your lover's anatomy then something's gone horribly wrong and you should seek medical attention immediately!