Beware about publishing in the pseudo incest genre (stepfather – stepdaughter; stepbrother – stepsister etc.) I recently, tried to published a pseudo incest story and it was blocked by Amazon. Then I tried to publish it through a book aggregator called Pronoun. Blocked again.
I haven’t published much in this genre (only three books). Out of those three books two have been blocked.
I find this strange since I often see book with titles like “Daddy’s Little Slave” or “Daddy Punished Me” in Amazon top 100 erotica list. I knew that writing incest was a big no no, but thought pseudo incest was still acceptable, until I got this message:
- Depictions of incest and pseudoincest are prohibited. Biological incest, bearing witness to a sexual situation involving a biological relative, or pseudoincest between step-parents and step-children are all prohibited.
- Pronoun has a zero tolerance policy for erotica with characters under age 18. Any depiction or description of an underage character in a sexual situation, bearing witness to a sexual situation, or thinking about a sexual act is strictly forbidden. If you publish a book that violates this guideline, your account will be suspended indefinitely.
- “Barely legal” erotica is prohibited if the characters have speech or mannerisms that imply they are younger than 18. In general, we discourage publishing any “barely legal” erotica on Pronoun, as it can be reviewed and removed from sale at any time.
I don’t know if any other erotic authors out there have had the same problem. It doesn’t really bother me much since I never cared for writing in this genre anyways. The main reason I even wrote a pseudo incest story was an attempt to branch out into other genres.
Figured I would give a heads up to any other writers who were thinking about writing something pseudo incest. Amazon is always changing what they deem acceptable or not acceptable. They may be trending in the direction of banning anything closely relating to pseudo incest. Don’t say you weren’t warned.