Ok, I’ve been holding this in for a while because I have very mixed feelings about the subject, so let’s go!
I respect an author’s prerogative to write and market their book(s) any way they see fit, BUT…you may do so at a tremendous price, and in the last week, I’ve seen an author’s latest release nearly decimated because one, she tagged it (initially) as a BWWM romance, and two, the main character ended up being a man who was secretly (or not) in love with another man. The author was RIPPED.TO.SHREDS.
While I understand the ire of the “readers” (and I put readers in quotes because many of those scathing reviews came from broads who admitted they didn’t even read the damn book but was in their feelings because it was a “gay” romance and they don’t like gay romance…The homophobia was stinking like garbage sitting in the hot sun.), I didn’t like the personal attacks the author received.
When your core audience is heterosexual women who love to read about a man and woman in a relationship, and that’s all you’ve written up to that point, you
must should disclose that your upcoming or latest release is anything but, especially when you’re book is a gay romance. There are still a lot of homophobes in this world (and that ain’t gon change no time soon), and just like an author who writes IR romance primarily and decides to drop an AA love story or vice versa, you must let the natives know because they will turn on you faster than an over-ripe banana.
Yes, I get it. Artistic freedom and all that, but in the long run, is it worth not disclosing your story contains gay sex or a menage? Those 1-star reviews are more powerful than you think. Just a thought. What say you about it?