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Words That Should Never Be Used in Book Promos

Dear Publishers, (Especially publishers of erotic fiction and m/ m romance)

I have to tell you this. It’s driving me crazy. In looking for new books to read, I read a lot of book descriptions. In those descriptions, I have come across an unnecessary word usage. I am talking, of course, about the word…


Yup, nekkid. Really. As in: “hot nekkid action”, “two handsome, nekkid cowboys”, etc. It’s in the Urban Dictionary, but it’s not a word. This goes for the word nekked too. What’s wrong with naked?

Nekkid also gets used way too often in the disclaimer section for erotic fiction, i.e.:  Warning – This book contains one zany postman and his adorable mutt, one hot cop in handcuffs, one brainy buxom bartender, hot nekkid action in a candy shop, spanking, anal sex, and sex in a squad car. (I just made that up, but it’s not too far off from some of the disclaimers I’ve read).

Look, I have no problem with a character using the word nekkid in a sentence, if it’s something that would be appropriate for a character to say, but it’s not going to get me to read a book. It makes me feel dumber just reading it. Just say naked. I am all for reading about people tearing their clothes off for some naked fun.



P.S. Does anyone else have an opinion on this? Is there a time or a specific genre, in which you think it’s okay to include the word nekkid in the book description or disclaimer?

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Author: Penny Wilder

Penny Wilder is a queer human who writes and reads far too many books. She lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband and four cats. Her favorite thing to do at the end of a very long day is to curl up with her tablet and read. She does bookkeeping for nonprofits by day, and by night moonlights as a blogger, artist, illustrator, actor, director, performer, and also sometimes as a business manager for a fledgling theater company. (Not all at once though, because that would be crazy!) She has spent a good deal of her life working in theater; either onstage as a performer, or backstage doing just about every job imaginable. Her love of writing dates back almost as far as her love of reading.

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