Heat levels. There are certain genres that you expect heat from. Erotica, erotic romance for example. There there are genres that you know when you pick them up, you’ll get some teasing, maybe some hand holding and a kiss or tow but not much more. I’ve heard those called sweet romance, some inspirational romance and even Christian romance.
Why do I bring up heat levels? I’ve written some tamer stories when it comes to heat levels. Other writers and readers have said they want to be in the “bedroom”, some want details, others want the door firmly shut so they can move one. I understand that, it’s all in the preference.
My problem lies here. My stories are all different levels. Yet somehow when i describe them, people think I’m writing sweet romance. I’m thinking I might adopt either the movie or video game rating system for my books. That way people will know what they’re getting into.
I”ve seen flame levels and stars and a 4.5 out of 10, you know, those kind of things. The ratings system is at least a little more universal in its application and more people are familiar with it. Why am I even worried about this? Because I don’t want to confuse my readers. There’s one story that I wrote a few years ago. Its definitely steamier than the ones currently published. I’ve taken out the steamy parts to keep it a little tame, similar to my current books. Now that I’m getting ready to go back and edit to get it ready for publication, I realize I miss those steamy bits I edited out.
I’m worried that the readers who’ve come to expect something a little tamer will be very shocked if they pick up this newer story. I’ve got a little bit more research to do before I enact any kind of system. I don’t want to start a new profile with a pseudonym. Heck, I can hardly keep up with what I’ve got going now! Add another name/personality in there? Uh, not ready to keep up with that just yet. I’ve already got enough of that being a Gemini, lol.
What do you think of adding a rating system to books? Do you think the information left by the author in the description is enough? Would you not pick up a book you normally might have given a chance if it had a rating you weren’t comfortable with?
Have a great weekend everyone!