So I came across an article on Digital Book World that plugged some content analyzing software and spoke of some sort of “Literary Darknet’ in independent publishing. Have you heard of this “Literary Darknet?” Because I sure haven’t. I sell and market my erotic books by regular old “Lightnet” means, like Amazon KDP and this lovely little white-hat website of mine.
“Literary Darknet” is far too melodramatic of a term to describe what it is we erotica authors do and the type of stuff that we produce. It implies that we’re doing everything covertly and that our stuff is “invisible” because it has “no reliable meta-data” or reviews. I… what? Everyone loves a conspiracy theory, I guess.
I’d like to see these article writers do some actual research into the erotica market before trying to solve a problem that doesn’t really exist or make a point when everything that supports it is bad journalism or lacking research. As an erotica author in the know about all the crap that went down, I can tell you that the writer of the aforementioned article and creator of the content analyzing software, Aaron Stanton, is lacking in his research. He’s drawing conclusions from sorely incomplete data, making bad observations (“no reliable meta-data” my ass), and making incorrect assumptions about how the online retailers actually handle erotic content. Might be a good idea to not base your entire sales pitch on incorrect assumptions.