My reply to someone’s thoughts on the how do YOU attract readers thread on Literotica.com:
The title needs to generate strong erotic interest.
The story description should also be a quick zinger that really stimulates erotic interest.
For the incest category, I think the title needs to tell the reader quickly what type of incest the story is about. I think most incest readers are looking for their favorite type(s) of incest. “Milk and Cookies” doesn’t help with that. The title and story description should hint at the most intriguing part of your story. “My Daughter, the Porn Star” would have identified the story as a father/daughter story and given some hint to the story line (daughter is a porn star). If the photo shoot was a major scene in the story, then the description should have referenced it “Watching one of her photo sessions had me longing for more”.
Put a lot of thought into the title and the description because if they aren’t appealing, people aren’t going to click on the link and see your great writing.
People read Literotica for a quick erotic hit; they’re not looking for art, or subtle nuances, or slow character development. They’ve literally got the mouse in one hand, and their dick in the other. Write with that in mind. Simple plot lines, descriptive graphic sex, rapid development, short stories.
Write single, stand alone stories, not chapters; and keep the length at 10,000 words or less. Longer than that, the hand lotion dries out and friction sets in. Don’t piss off the reader.
I disagree on length. My “Cycling Weekends with Sis” was an extraordinary success for me at 187015 views, 1700 votes, 73 comments. It was 11K words. My “Sister Has a Plan” has done very well (4.62 score, 94381 views, 957 votes, 25 comments) and is 13K words. I don’t think either had simple plot lines. Both had at least one erotic scene in the middle of the story to wet the readers’ whistle.
If you do write a chapters story, finish it; don’t leave it unfinished. (And if I recall correctly, I’ve left my main protagonist in the ‘Sex Island’ series chained to a bed for the last month. Perhaps I should go rescue him.)
I’ve done one chapter story, so take my advice with a grain of salt. Still, I would recommend that if you are doing a chapter story:
* Have all the chapters done and submit them all at once
* There has to be something new in each chapter. It might be an escalation in the sexual relationship (i.e. chapter one, the girl give the boy a hand job and each chapter slowly develops until in chapter six they fuck). It might be a new sex partner (a guy fucks a different daughter in a family). If the following chapters are the same characters from chapter one have the same type of sex, people will tune out