Take a look at the one here. Dull background colours, the cover is lacking in colours and has nothing eye-caching, yet 50 shades became a best seller-latest Amazon reviews show a growing number of 1 star reviews which almost equal 5 stars, but now there is a new middle ground evolving.
Julia, my editor, and I were discussing the porn Vs erotica topic last night and my opinion is that if I see a cover depicting a half-naked couple, call it what you like, to me that is sending one message-sex and no story.
In contrast, show a couple walking hand in hand through a wooded area or on a beach and you have my interest, this to me depicts a love story not porn.
No publisher is going to say we publish porn, to the industry porn is published by back street firms for men in dirty rain coats, who leave the shop carrying a brown paper bag. I am sorry, put a half-naked couple on the cover and what are telling your readers?
For this reason, I turned down an offer to get a book published by Horny Devil; as much as I wish to get published I don't wish to make a name writing erotica/porn. I am not ashamed of the book I wrote, I am saying it is part of my catalogue and not my main focus.
A good friend of mine took them up on an offer and recently told me, she was selling more books SP than her publishers-Horny Devil.
Horny Devil gave me the chance to have "Sexual Explosions 1" published, but I didn't like the imagery on the covers they used and a disturbing aspect of the firm was they had no boundaries-when they said anything goes, they meant anything (!). When I looked at what they were after in their writers, it turned my stomach.