A tale of two book covers.

Above, the covers for two erotica anthologies. When MILF Fantasies was released as an ebook by Ravenous Romance earlier this year, it barely sold. Young Studs was made available shortly after, and shot into Ravenous Romance’s top ten.

This would be nothing more than a curiosity of sales data, were it not for one essential fact: MILF Fantasies and Young Studs are the same book, just with different titles, and different covers.

Book sellers (and pretty much everyone else) are accustomed to the idea that if you want something to sell, you put a picture of a woman (preferably young and white) on the cover. Perhaps it’s time to reconsider that assumption–at the very least, when trying to sell erotica to straight women.

Erotica Cover Watch: Young Studs, ed. Cecilia Tan, pub. Ravenous Romance [eroticacoverwatch.wordpress.com]