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Any Advice for Promoting Mature Book?

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Offline Ken Magee Reading Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon
28 Nov 2017, 12:13 PM | Post: #1

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Any Advice for Promoting Mature Book?

This post was last modified: 28 Nov 2017 01:20 PM by Ken Magee.
I'm going to try and find a publisher/agent for my adult-themed adventure. It contains graphic language and mentions drugs, sex and violence.
It's called Death Sentence and here's the blurb (so far)...

     Dave Murray's life is a mess. He used to be a normal bloke living a normal life but now he's rotting in a Bangkok prison terrified he's going to be sentenced to death.

     Things can't get any worse... or can they?


To date, I've only written humorous fantasies, I wondered if anyone had any advice on the best way to promote such a story. Thanks in advance.
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Offline Campbell
28 Nov 2017, 12:24 PM | Post: #2

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RE: Any Advice for Promoting Mature Book?

Drugs, sex, and violence shouldn't prove problematic in the thriller market. How much of the content is 'adult'? Are there full on erotica scenes or is sex just part of the narrative?

Or, to put it another way, if it were in a book store, who's books would it be next to? Have you got an idea of which agents represent those authors? Have you written your pitch/ query and tested it out (AbsoluteWrite has a good forum for this)?
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Offline Ken Magee Reading Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon
28 Nov 2017, 01:19 PM | Post: #3

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RE: Any Advice for Promoting Mature Book?

(28 Nov 2017 12:24 PM)Campbell Wrote: Wrote:  Drugs, sex, and violence shouldn't prove problematic in the thriller market. How much of the content is 'adult'? Are there full on erotica scenes or is sex just part of the narrative?

Or, to put it another way, if it were in a book store, who's books would it be next to? Have you got an idea of which agents represent those authors? Have you written your pitch/ query and tested it out (AbsoluteWrite has a good forum for this)?
The sex is referenced rather than described so the book certainly does not sit in the erotica camp. In my mind it's a thriller which a broad-minded adult would enjoy.

I have not written my pitch yet because I would want to tailor it depending on any advice I'm given and who the intended recipient is. I haven't identified agents/publishers yet but I will check out AbsoluteWrite.

Thanks.
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Offline Campbell
28 Nov 2017, 02:01 PM | Post: #4

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RE: Any Advice for Promoting Mature Book?

If it's just referenced, then go for the thriller market. It's a big market, the readership is largely 18+, and as long as you hit the high notes in terms of pace and plotting, there shouldn't be any major complaints about off-screen sex.
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Offline Ken Magee Reading Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon
29 Nov 2017, 10:26 AM | Post: #5

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RE: Any Advice for Promoting Mature Book?

(28 Nov 2017 02:01 PM)Campbell Wrote: Wrote:  If it's just referenced, then go for the thriller market. It's a big market, the readership is largely 18+, and as long as you hit the high notes in terms of pace and plotting, there shouldn't be any major complaints about off-screen sex.
I agree. It's more of a suspense/anxiety plot rather than full-on action but I think it fits the genre. I guess giving it a genre label will help in the initial identification of potential agent/publisher.

Thanks again for the advice.
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