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Hi all -  long time lurker and first time poster here. I've tried searching the boards for an answer to my question but I'm stumped.
I'm getting ready to publish my first book early next year, and in the interim I'm working on my reader magnet. My genre is paranormal romance and my novels are fairly steamy. I want anyone that reads my free novella - i'm thinking it's going to be about 30-40K total - to get a good idea of what to expect from me when my novels are published. (At the moment the WIP is looking like a kind of prequel with a minor character who ends up playing a big part in my series, but who won't get his own story until later.)

So, my question is this - how steamy can I get? I don't want to hold back too much that anyone who later buys my books gets an unexpected surprise  :eek:

Thanks in advance,

JJ
 

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I'd say, make the magnet exactly the same level of steam as your novel -- and make it clear with the covers and the blurbs what the reader is going to find.
 

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Thanks Carol - as this is all very new to me I'm trying to learn as much as I can from others, but this had me scratching me head. It didn't help that all the reader magnets I've read who write in genres I want to write either go full on explicit sexiness, or keep things feeling more like an urban fantasy with PNR elements than wholly PNR.
 

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Thanks Carol - as this is all very new to me I'm trying to learn as much as I can from others, but this had me scratching me head. It didn't help that all the reader magnets I've read who write in genres I want to write either go full on explicit sexiness, or keep things feeling more like an urban fantasy with PNR elements than wholly PNR.
I hear you on that. Some authors are very diligent at sticking to all the genre norms and expectations with their books, and others seem to feel, "I don't care what the rules are."

I copyedited a number of PNR books during my tenure as an indie editor, and if I can use that as a reliable sample, the genre really runs the gamut from mild steam to pretty eye-popping porniness. I'd say, be honest with yourself about the steam level of your book (maybe with the help of some friends who'll be honest with you, too), then try to choose a cover that fits the text, and compose your blurb in a way that'll eliminate frown-inducing surprises for your readers. As lots of folks here at KBoards will tell you, cover and blurb are super-important for a first book, when readers can't turn to a full catalog of your work to help them decide.
 
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