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cgorham71
Posted: Sunday, August 10, 2014 4:19:20 PM

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survey taken
Guest
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 12:30:48 AM

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Done!

Deb. X
TraceEkies
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 12:59:27 AM

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Done it.

Stay horny my friend!
Guest
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 1:25:09 AM

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Done!

Michael
Metilda
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 8:34:50 PM

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Over 250 people have taken it so far - which is awesome :)

I've started compiling stats (the nitty gritty ones like breaking interests down by Free Reader VS Buyer - and gender - and so on, so forth. When I get finished I think some of you will find the results surprising and fascinating like I do.

Top 3 interests for males who buy: Literotica (more serious pieces), Anal, Sci-fi/Futeristic.

Top 3 interest for females who buy: Bondage, BDSM, Fantasy.

Delphi
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 9:07:10 PM

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This was fun! I look forward to seeing more of the results.

DLizze
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 11:11:21 PM

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Just took the survey. Was stumped at the favorite author question though, because I seem to be fickle. I suppose it all depends on what I am in the mood to read at any given time.

"There's only three tempos: slow, medium and fast. When you get between in the cracks, ain't nuthin' happenin'." Ben Webster
Metilda
Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 11:58:23 AM

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DLizze wrote:
Just took the survey. Was stumped at the favorite author question though, because I seem to be fickle. I suppose it all depends on what I am in the mood to read at any given time.


Quite a few people said things like 'I can't make up my mind - so many good ones' which is cool.

With that question I was wanting to see the scope of responses: When taking an erotic readership survey - even though non-erotica is encouraged - what will people say?

Most say nothing and skip it (to be expected and not a problem). 1/4 of all surveyed filled in all the text based questions - it's actually rather interesting to see the number of non-erotica referenced (characters and stories). It shows that erotica readers both enjoy erotica - but many non-erotica story concepts as well. It looks to be a blend of 50/50 - covering all genres of fiction - which is awesome. :)

Just for fun - I'm going to find images of all those stories and authors referenced and make a blog entry just on that.

I've been crunching numbers for days in preparation for a series of blog articles that will summarize things.

I'm breaking it down in this way:

3 groups:
1) Everyone overall. 2) Males. 3) Females.
I included 'transgendered' as an option for gender - but only one person selected that so I won't break that down until more than 5 surface (anonymity and a reasonable pooling bracket)

Each groups is analyzed in this way:

A) Overall popularity of themes and concepts.

B) Overall popularity of story formats (ebook / printed book / audio book, etc)

C) Overall popularity of book length (short / novel / series / etc)

D) Free readers: How do concepts and themes break down here? Preferred format and story length? (2 questions helped me sort out who strictly reads online. Mainly: someone is classified as a 'free reader' when they state *ONLY* that they both: A: only get their books from online sources. B: most of their stories are free.

E) Buyers: How do concepts and themes break down here? Preferred format and story length?

F) How long have people in these three groups been reading? Now - I realized, when crunching that, that the average reader (more than 50%) have been reading for 'more than 6 years' - so I separated out that demographic into the above pools (length/format/theme/concept - by gender and overall). Further: how does this relate to Free Vs Buyer?

G) Age: At first I didn't really care - but then I realized that MOST people identify as being 17-27 and over 45. Less than 1/4 of all repondants identified as being between 28 and 45. . . .So I'm looking at those two larger groups to see what their interests and preferences are, as well. And again: how does this relate to FREE VS Buyer.

And I can break things down in other ways - but I think that would satisfy the interests of bother free authors here at lush and other places - and authors who sell. Some of us do both and it's important that we see the difference in our audience pools.

The benefit in me - just an author - doing this survey and breaking it all down is that people can ask me to contrast/compare something - and I can take some time and get it done. Unlike big corporations (like an erotica publisher) I'm willing and able to do this.
HeraTeleia
Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:49:58 PM

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I love me some statistics. Thank you, Metilda.

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Want it all? Masturbation, exhibitionism, seduction, and of course, sex? Read "Tension", a Recommended Read: http://www.lushstories.com/stories/straight-sex/tension-1.aspx

Want a quick read? Like surprises? Read "Double Oxer", a Recommended Read: https://www.lushstories.com/stories/flash-erotica/double-oxer.aspx



Kittypusscat
Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 4:31:06 PM

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Survey done!cat

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pj2012
Posted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:56:23 PM

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Done, and the results are quite interesting.
AudriNichols
Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2014 2:42:06 AM

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I did the survey. It will be interesting to see the results.

Click here to read my stories.

Coming Soon:


Peri
Posted: Wednesday, October 8, 2014 9:04:04 AM

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Just took the survey and it said "Thank you for taking the time to respond to this survey. Please share with others via social media, email, blogs, and forum posts in order to stir responses. Cheers, J A Canter - Erotica Author" d'oh! lol... Anyways here is what I found.... sharing for the information of my friends :) love7

1. How long have you been reading Erotica?
Three to six years (17%)


2. What story format do you read the most? (Multiple choice)
E-book (29%), Online (87%), Printed material (16%)

3. Preferred story length? (Multiple Choice)
Flash (21%), Short Story (71%), Novella (22%)

4. Buying vs Free Reading. (Multiple Choice)

I do both; buy and free read (29%)

5. Do you frequent websites that provide free erotica stories?
Sometimes (14%)

6. How do you find stories you want to read? (Multiple Choice)
Subscription Service (2%), Browsing categories (71%)

7. Reader Satisfaction. (Multiple Choice)
I feel it's EASY to find the stories I like (31%), I usually am SATISFIED with the quality of erotica stories I read (33%)

8. Sex-to-Plot Ratio (Multiple choice)
If it's well-written I care little for how MUCH sex is written into the story (39%)

9. Sub-genre Categories and themes: what do you find most appealing? (Multiple Choice)
Erotic Poetry (15%), Erotica (44%), Lesbian (30%), Historica (12%), Poetry (9%)

10. Are you an author?
I would like to be (18%)




I am a smart girl.... I just do stupid things....

CarnalSanders
Posted: Friday, October 10, 2014 12:39:38 PM

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New here, but I took the survey. Didn't really have good answers for the three optional questions at the end, but maybe I will if I spend enough time here. Great idea, by the way.
emersonbosworth
Posted: Friday, October 10, 2014 2:16:32 PM

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Good survey, said 100%, don't know what that mint but maybe I answered all the questions. I'm a nasty guy so guess I love nasty surveys.
Meggsy
Posted: Saturday, October 11, 2014 4:50:00 AM

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A good survey, I liked the questions.
Mysecret1
Posted: Saturday, October 11, 2014 5:21:42 AM

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Boring.........
mike8253
Posted: Saturday, October 11, 2014 5:58:48 AM

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Took the survey. Interesting results so far. Some that were a slight surprise.My 2 cents
JackRabit
Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2014 5:15:58 AM

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Dang took the servey and come up 100% Fugly
tomfunn
Posted: Sunday, October 12, 2014 7:58:49 PM

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I just took the survey. Interesting results so far.
Kimasa
Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014 2:38:46 PM

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funmichelle2003
Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:25:09 PM

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Completed
NymphWriter
Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2014 8:42:00 PM

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Done!

Robert0909
Posted: Friday, October 24, 2014 6:38:53 AM

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Added my pennyworth. Maybe you could get a university interested in the results, and pay you?
hayley
Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 1:37:04 PM

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Metilda wrote:
I'm always curious as to what people want when it comes to reading erotica. Some things are just hard to find out. It occurred to me I could create my own survey and ask all the questions I'd like. Then I can post the findings to my blog every now and then.

The survey had 15 questions - some multiple choice, some are text based (for fun, because I'm insanely curious). ALL are options. You can skip them if you don't have an answer.

Erotica Readership Survey

Edit 8/7: First wave of results (77 individual) are in:
Survey Results so far


fascinating ... more female readers than male..
liked the "hit and miss" stat when finding a story.. soooo real book

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