Thursday, August 24, 2017
Question from an Author - Steam in Historical Romance
Is there much of a market for Historical Romance that is not too steamy? Something in the realm of PG13 – "it" happens but not a lot of details. More sexual tension than graphic information. A couple blogs I've been following say that Historical Romance has to be Rated R or no sale.
Great question and YES, there is a lot of market for romances that are not over the top, Rated R in historical romance.
If you take a look at the writing that is out there, you have everything from historical romance that is Inspirational focused all of the way through the hot steam. It is just a matter of where you want to market your writing. There are a lot of authors who write "sweet historicals" which have a lot of depth to the characters and plots.
My bet is to follow the lines of who told you that information. I do find A LOT of the self-publishing authors tend to head toward the Rated R side because those do better digitally. When you look at those blogs, you will probably see the same thing.
The key is finding the right time period that is hot and the publishers that are really selling those.
Hope that helps!