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I am a self-published erotica writer. I write BDSM fiction, including the novel Nineteen Weeks, a story I'm very proud of.

A couple of years ago, I discovered that the number of books I was selling suddenly fell off a cliff. I did some research and found that the same thing was happening to a lot of erotica writers, especially self-published writers. Amazon's Search function on their Web site was filtering out a lot of erotica, particularly erotica with themes of non-traditional relationships like BDSM.

However, I discovered something interesting a few months back: The Amazon search API, a set of programmer's tools that allows Web programmers to search Amazon's book titles, doesn't filter search results. You can log on to Amazon and do a search for a particular book and see no results, but if you write a Web site that uses Amazon's API and do a search, ta-da, there it is!

I'm sure you can see where this is going.

On and off for the past few months, I have been working on building a new Web site, called Red Lit Search. This site has a database of erotic books in Amazon's catalog--so far only about eighteen hundred or so, but the list is growing--and also allows you to do uncensored searches of Amazon. My hope is to grow it into a portal for erotic books; if it succeeds, I plan to add new sections with things like articles, interviews with erotica writers, and all kinds of fun stuff like that.

So check it out! Spread the word! Kick the tires, test the software, and let me know what you think!

[ Visit Red Lit Search, the erotica search engine ]


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May. 30th, 2016 03:26 pm (UTC)
How fun! I got all hot and bothered just reading the story summaries.
This is a great resource. I particularly appreciate the categories, all the better to target the kink-of-the-day.
Thank you.
May. 30th, 2016 11:59 pm (UTC)
I just finished Nineteen Weeks last night. Very well done.
May. 31st, 2016 04:17 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Jun. 3rd, 2016 09:23 pm (UTC)

That's a really frustrating solution... they also buried sex toys and similar equipment for awhile. I'll definitely share your search tool!

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