What are your tags?
What is special about you and your brand – what makes you pop out from the masses who also write in your genre? I’ve been cruising the web learning about platform building (about time!) and found a very helpful post by Kristin Lamb, author of We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Gide to Social Media. One way of pinpointing your brand, she says, is to write out the tags that describe you. So I did, and here they are:
Romance Happy endings, always. Satisfying, never tragic, always upbeat at the end. The erotic scenes are not gratuitous but always part of a story that leads somewhere. It may be happy-for-now, but the reader will be pleased the characters got it together.
Boomers Many of our characters are Baby Boomers. We don’t limit ourselves to this age range, but since we claim it as our own, we write stories that celebrate sex and vibrant living across the age spectrum.
Couples We are a married couple, and we write for couples (married or otherwise, straight or LGBT). We craft scenes that appeal to both genders, scenes that invite fantasizing, scenes that can be part of foreplay, scenes that lead to one of our favorite lines from a reviewer of our very first published book: “the reader will no doubt want either a partner or a bucket of toys close at hand.”
Bisexual Heroines for lots of reasons. Because both of us enjoy reading and writing scenes involving two (or more) women together. Because there’s evidence that as we age, we become more sexually fluid. Because for some couples, if she wants him to read erotic romance together in bed, reading about two women may help entice him into the story. Because I’m bisexual. Because it’s fun.
Swingers Because the fantasy of ménage is so tantalizing. Because swinging offers so many opportunities for decadent lovemaking, for taking turns being the sole focus of two, three or more other people, for sharing pleasure, enjoying voyeurism, giving one’s partner a special gift.
Polyamory Sometimes, as in swinging, ménage is about recreational sex, but sometimes it’s about three or more persons falling in love, sorting out the intricacies of the relationship combinations, and making long term commitments. We write a world where such dreams can come true.
Sexual Freedom We’re not fond of the term “promiscuous” and prefer to champion consensual freedom of sexual expression as a healthy approach to sexuality. We know this requires deep trust and open, honest communication, especially when sexual freedom takes place within the context of committed relationships.
You’ll notice some of these tags (Erotic, Romance, Couples) describe everything we write. Others (Boomers, Swinging, Polyamory) are more fluid and are something you can find in our work, but not something that limits us. Taken as a whole, we think this set of tags defines us, and it’s what we hope we deliver to our readers.
If you’re a writer, what are some of your unique tags? If you’re a reader, what tags describe what you’re seeking when you read?