How dark is too dark for fiction? How far can you go while keeping it palatable for readers and financially acceptable for publishers?
Writing is an art and a business. Some people tilt the scales toward art and some tilt it toward business. Some go as far as to intentionally make a show of "being out there" for that must make them feel more artistic. For those people, I hope they have enough money to eat.
I on the other hand must somehow make my words turn into food and or electrical payments. I've been told about this Pay Per Post thing for bloggers. I'm thinking about doing it. Some people may consider that selling out, but I call it being practical.
I've written a piece that seems to be too dark for dark fiction. On one hand I pat myself on the back for being so creative and thinking out of the box. On the other hand, I slap myself for not keeping the business side of writing in mind. I still like the story and I think it's solid. There has to be a way of pulling it in and getting it back within publishable lines.
In the meantime, does anyone know of any erotica publishers who delve into erotic darkness?