So I finally heard back from the support team at Kobo. The geniuses in their QA department have somehow concluded that the My Wildest Fantasy series is pseudo-incest. This despite the fact that Blake and Callie aren’t related in any way, shape, or form. Not by blood, not by marriage, not by adoption.
This is what you have to put up with as an erotica writer, folks. The next time you ask why we charge $2.99 for a short story, well, this is why. I’ve just lost all income for this series on one sales channel, and I’ll probably lose it on Apple as well. I’ve lost all momentum from the new releases, and from the purchases of this series which had become my best sellers.
Most distributors have always explicitly forbidden incest in their content policies. Personally, I don’t have anything against those stories, but if they don’t want to sell them, that’s their business. The ban against pseudo-incest was added later to prevent erotica authors from violating the spirit of the content policy by using step-relations or adoptions to skirt the legal definition of incest. Again, I don’t particularly like it, but I understand it and abide by it when it’s in place.
Apple and Kobo, however, have decided to take this to a whole new level of stupid. They are now defining stories as pseudo-incest just because they have an older man/younger woman relationship where the MCs have known each other at some time in the past. You like stories about your dad’s best friend or your best friend’s dad? Sorry. They’re BLOCKED. The male MC knew the female MC at some point when she was a child? BLOCKED. Really? Now we’re supposed to read their minds to understand what tortuous definition they’ve assigned to incest this week?
So where does this nonsense stop? Is the next step down the slippery slope going to be to get rid of all the brother’s best friend/best friend’s brother stories? OMG, that’s just exactly like stepbrother and stepsister stories, ya’ll!!!
And now you know why I’ve switched to writing romance under a new pen name and billionaire eroms as Kelli. 🙂