It appears that the adult industry has a new date to add to its calendar, as the inaugural Erotic World Book Day – March 5th – was an overwhelming success by any standard of measurement. The aim of the day was to celebrate great erotic books and writers (March 5th is also World Book Day) while also fundraising for sexual wellbeing charity Brook.
Erotic World Book Day originator Emily Dubberley said: “The joy of reading erotica is that it allows you to explore worlds that you might not dare to in real life, and ‘try on’ new experiences for size. Conversely, writing erotica allows you to express – and sometimes hone – your desires, and share them with other people, should you so wish. And both can be incredibly educational.”
Over 200 erotic authors signed up for Erotic World Book Day and Facebook played host to a party which offered over £1,500 worth of prizes, sourced by adult writer and marketer Cara Sutra.
Brook and its activities were promoted in a number of ways, which included participants changing their profile pic to a ‘donate’ badge and the release of An Intimate Education, which retails at £2.98. This ebook anthology contains 22 erotic short stories donated by authors including Anna Sansom, Lucy Felthouse, Charlotte Howard, Rebecca Black, Kay Jaybee, Madeline Moore, Cara Sutra, Helen J Perry & Adria Kane, Tabitha Rayne, A.M. Hartnett, Oleander Plume, Kayla Lords, Vanessa de Sade, James Gent, Anna Sky, Lily Harlem, Victoria Blisse, Rhyll Biest, Neil Davis, Lexie Bay, Paris Orsini and Emily Dubberley. 100% of the profit from sales of An Intimate Education will be donated to Brook.
At the time of writing, An Intimate Education sits at number 1,063 in Amazon’s paid-for Kindle charts and at number 16 in the retailer’s erotica genre charts – an astonishing achievement given it was launched less than 24 hours ago.
Coverage for Erotic World Book Day included spots in The Sun and The Telegraph plus a number of regional sites which focused on local authors while #EWBD was mentioned what appeared to be thousands of times on Twitter. If you would like to donate to Brook or buy the book visit http://eroticworldbookday.co.uk/ for the relevant links.
Congratulations to all involved.