Monday, March 23, 2009

Let's talk about Sex

This is the last blog entry of the day, I've just been retaining this stuff while on bed rest with strep.

I spoke with the editor regarding my book last week and those necessary revisions on the road to publishing. And, while I'm open to shifting things around, the changes aren't exactly what I had in mind.

The truth is this. My book, while technically a romance, doesn't include sex. The story focuses on the developing relationship between the hero and heroine and the obstacles that come between them rather than the actual - "bumping of the uglies".

Which brings me to the problem at hand. I was asked to include a "consummated love scene" into my story.

I won't go into too many details, other than to say the story has a sequel and in it the the star crossed duo make love for the first time. But I will confess my sadness that times have changed so much sex is necessary to sell what is essentially a "love" story.

You can have love without sex - right?


Tania said...

Seriously? They want you to include a sex scene in there? What if you don't?

Jaime said...

Hey Tania,

Right now, it's debatable. My understanding is that the editor of that particular line of books (paranormal urban romance) is attempting to "sell" it without the love scene, but, if the big dogs demand it I'll have to shell one out or forgo publication.

I've done a lot of work and combined the two books together into one (thereby sacrificing a huge portion of the story but there was no other alternative). She's reading that now and if she approves - well, maybe I'll get it printed.

I should have mentioned the press if very small, focuses only on romance, but it's one I purchase form myself and the authors are very good.

Lawfrog said...

What a sad commentary. I guess it is true that sex sells. I read a lot of books that focus on romance and character development and do not include sex. I hope your editor will be able to shop it around it around if you know what I mean:)