FAQ: How do I know if my book is erotic romance or erotica?
Erotica stories focus on the sexual journey of the characters and how that impacts the characters. There is emotion and character growth, and the story moves along with plot. Stories have a beginning, middle, and end. Happy endings are not required and there is not a focus on the romance.
Erotic Romance focuses on the development of the romantic relationship through the sexual interaction. Sex is explicit and an inherent part of the romantic relationship and the story line. It cannot be removed without damaging the story. A happy ending, whether happily ever after or happy for now is REQUIRED.
A single sex scene, even one that might be more explicit doesn’t immediately categorize a book as erotica or erotic romance.