What is the right amount of sex in a story?

Some of you are aware that I have delved into the Genera of Paranormal Romance. As such, I am working with a completely different group of proofers, as there isn’t a lot of crossover readers from Fantasy and Sci-Fi. One of the things that has boiled up from their reviews is that I needed to take the sex scenes to the next level. One proofer even commented that my current scenes were like two virgins on a first date.

Now why this is relevant to all my readers is I took a bit of heat in the Alice books because they had more sexual detail than some readers preferred to see. Other readers complained I stopped too soon. In conversations with an agent, he recommended I roll it way back on general principle, and thus the Ranger books are very PG.

This new feedback has me questioning the early criticism and maybe I should not have backed away from my first attempts after all, I just needed to better set expectations in the description? To help answer this question I have attached this poll, looking for reader feedback on this very perplexing question.

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4 thoughts on “What is the right amount of sex in a story?

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  1. While i thoroughly enjoy the ranger series, i also feel like it was almost to little to where you could have left it out and it would have been the same but i also feel like your writing tends to not have the hardcore erotic fiction readers, so while i selected yes i feel it should be more of a, yes add more details but dont try to push it to hard to where i may turn readers off cause it got to heavy. If you can understand that, not sure if i explained it well or not.

    1. I think I do 🙂 I believe you hit the nail on the head, Ranger was a middle of the road effort. I should have either cut it out or embellished it a bit more?

      1. Yup exactly. Personally i think you should have embellished a bit more due to the fact it was brought up when Cassie’s nymph side was being discussed and that nymphs and dryads in irl myths and stories are virtually always described as almost sex addicts. But with the Alice series i felt that the way you wrote it was good for that series.

        1. Yes I really struggled with Cassie. I think there should have been more sex in that book but I was trying to tune it down after the ALICE comments.

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