About Us

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ForbiddenFiction is an imprint of Enspire Publishing. We are an inter-active, social-media style publisher devoted to writing that breaks the boundaries of original erotic fiction. Our stories combine intense sexuality with quality writing. Stories here will not only arouse readers through sensations, but also engage them emotionally and mentally through storytelling as well-crafted as the sex is hot. We like to call it “smart smut” or intelligent erotica.

We publish many different genres—contemporary, mystery, historical, western, science fiction, fantasy, romance, adventure, thriller, and horror. Our stories cover a range of sexual practices, genders and orientations.

We currently publish and distribute ebooks of all lengths both through our parent website, Enspire Publishing, and third party vendors. In addition, we publish novels and anthologies in both ebook and print on demand formats.

ForbiddenFiction.com is also designed to be a social reading environment. We have author blogs, community forums, commenting threads for fiction and other content, and a chat room for real time discussions.

We post a new installment of free fiction every day. Much of our fiction will be serialized, available free on our website. Original, cutting edge novels are or will be published a chapter a week, with the option to buy an e-book or print copy at any time. All members have the option of commenting and interacting with authors in a community-style environment. When we open that option, paying members will have access to bonus material in addition to the free stories.

Choices in Reading

 

Choices in Formats

All of the fiction published by ForbiddenFiction will be available in several different formats. You want to read on your browser, your phone, your ebook reader, or an actual print book? Sure. You have choices of how you wish to read our stories.

Ebooks – All fiction published by ForbiddenFiction is available for download in electronic forms. These downloads vary in price based on size of fiction. For example, if you want to read that new short story we just posted on your reader instead of online, you could download the story as an epub, pdf, or mobi format for less than a dollar. Or the new novel being posted one chapter a week is so good, you just can’t wait to read it all. Not a problem. Just buy the ebook and read it now. Or you missed the story when it was being serialized but want to read it. The ebook is still be available. You can buy a novel for less than you’d usually spend for a coffee and pastry.

Print Books – Oh, you just love the feel of the book in your hand, turning the pages and setting in your book case to be there when you want it. Simple solution. Print on demand books are also be an option. Novels are easily available in paperback format. Popular short stories and novellas are often gathered into anthologies to enjoy later.

Serialized Free Fiction – Most of the fiction we publish will first be posted on the  ForbiddenFiction available free to read for members (Free membership is available to anyone 18 and over and willing to abide by the terms of use). We offer new content every day. After a story is finished, whether it’s a short story or a novel, it remains free on the site for a week. Then the story is moved to the imprint Library. (See below for more information on that.)

In the works:

Audio Fiction – Fiction available in convenient audio books. This will be our next project.

Online Searchable Library – Fiction published with ForbiddenFiction will remain in our online searchable Library for years, available to be read by Subscribing Members at their leisure. In addition, there will be bonus material in the Subscribing Members sections that will add to the experience. The cost of membership per month will likely be less than the price of one ticket to the movies.

Interactive, Social Reading Environment

ForbiddenFiction is designed to be a social reading environment. You’ll have fun even if just reading the latest post each day is all you are after. Yet, you also have the chance for so much more. One of the things we, as readers ourselves, have always enjoyed is a chance to talk with others who share our interests in literature. Some have been lucky enough to find that in both face to face and in fandom cultures online. We wanted to bring that to the experience of original erotic fiction. Both authors and readers have the chance to be part of on-going discussions of both specific works and individual authors as well as general topics such as BDSM in fiction or ethical issues in writing. The list of potential topics is endless.

Story Discussions – Each story, whether it’s a short story or novel, has a threaded comments feature following each post. This allows readers not only a chance to comment, encourage or ask questions, but gives authors and readers an opportunity to interact with each other. Are you that person always talking in the theater and trying to guess what comes next? Do you want to comment on a favorite line or talk about an issue brought up in the last chapter? Members of ForbiddenFiction can do that on the site. Even readers who have bought the entire book instead of waiting can head over to the primary page for that particular book and talk about it with both the author and other readers.

Choices in Types of Membership

ForbiddenFiction has a variety of options for reading – from the casual reader who just looks for something to read when in the mood, to the Free Members who can read new material to (eventually) the Subscribing Members who have access to all the stories as well as bonus material.

Non-Members – Anyone who is 18 or over and agrees to the terms of the site can read story home pages and the free excerpts of stories, as well as order ebooks or print books from ForbiddenFiction. Or even order those books on other sites where ForbiddenFiction books are sold. There are links to all these on each story page. To prevent spammers and trolls, only members will be able to read and post comments to stories.

Free Members – Free members have the ability to participate in story discussions and online events. Anyone who fits ForbiddenFiction site rules, is willing to read and agree to the Terms of Service, fill out a basic membership profile and provides a verifiable email address can join as a Free Member. Anyone who subscribes to the newsletter will also receive coupons for discounts that vary from month to month.

Subscribing Members* – Subscribing Members have access to the ForbiddenFiction Library of stories. Some stories will even have bonus material not available to free members. They also will have additional discounts on downloads and other purchases made at the site. The cost of membership will be less than that of a movie ticket.

*At this time, only Free Memberships are available. We plan to offer Subscribing Memberships at a future date.

Content Labels instead of Content Limits

Instead of “protecting” readers from content that might upset or offend them, our imprints provide content labels. Not only does each story have Genre Categories (such as Romance, Horror, Science Fiction, Historical, etc.), each story also has Content Labels which will include story elements that readers may use to seek out or avoid according to their personal preferences.

Content Labels are more like the ingredients labels you see on food. They’re there to let you know what you’re getting into. Just because one person is allergic to an ingredient, such as cayenne, doesn’t mean others might not really want a hot spicy food with cayenne powder in it.

We apply the same logic to fiction. For example, while one reader would seek out fiction involving violence, another might prefer to avoid those stories. A reader might decide to seek out stories involving explicit sexuality, another might prefer to skip that. We will also use Content Labels to help distinguish between pairings in erotica and/or romance such as m/m (male & male), m/f (male & female), f/f (female & female) or other combinations that are included in stories.

Content Labels allow for flexibility in both what we publishes and what readers want to read. Just like food warnings, you can choose to read or not read the labels. It gives writers freedom to write and readers freedom to make their own choices.

Each imprint will have a list Content Labels. Hover over with cursor to get a definition. Click the label to see all stories that have that label.

 

Mission Statement

 

Enspire Publishing Mission Statement:

Fantastic Fiction Publishing is an independent publisher. We believe in quality literature from feminist, queer-friendly, and highly diverse authorial and narrative perspectives. Fantastic Fiction Publishing (FFP) is an umbrella group that will supports several imprints. We serve readers who want accessible fiction for the digital age; so we publish our works in ebook form (without DRM), print, online serialization, and plan to publish in audio format.

Enspire Publishing is an independent publisher where we inspire to publish quality literature from feminist, LGBTIAQ-friendly, POC inclusive, and highly diverse authorial and narrative perspectives.

We serve readers who want accessible fiction and non-fiction for the digital age; so we publish our works in ebook form (without DRM), print, online serialization, and plan to publish in audio format.

We seek to be interactive, both technology-wise and in our storytelling. Enspire Publishing believes in critical thinking regarding material others might wish to censor. We are dedicated to providing a friendly, accepting work environment for our staff.

Our Values:

Honesty

  • We try our best to be honest in content and communication.
  • We seek to communicate progress, including goals and limitations.

Reliability

  • We only make promises we are confident we can keep, and we keep every commitment we can.
  • Flexibility in our process allows us to respond smoothly to unexpected obstacles.
  • Quality takes time. We take the time necessary to produce consistently excellent books, and promote them with care and enthusiasm.

Social Responsibility

  • Our differences make us strong. We accept and endorse diversity, including—but not limited to—gender, ethnicity, gender identity, race, body type, appearance, neuro-diversity, ability, sexual orientation, nationality, religion or personal beliefs, etc.
  • People of all genders have a right to bring a subjective viewpoint to the table.
  • We believe feminism does not end with gender. We oppose ALL forms of oppression, including but not limited to sexism, homophobia, transphobia, racism, ableism, looksism, and religious bigotry. As with all social justice goals, no one area of oppression can be examined and deconstructed without addressing all forms. This is the fundamental nature of intersectionality, and the goal of all anti-oppression work.
  • There is no justification for treating another human being as anything less than human.
  • Our publications are intended to encompass a wide range of identities. We make a concerted effort to encourage authors to create strong, diverse content.
ForbiddenFiction – Imprint Focus Mission Statement:

At ForbiddenFiction.com, we produce high-quality erotica from sex-positive, feminist, queer-friendly, diverse perspectives. We strive to provide readers with explicit content within engaging, well-crafted fiction–a combination often absent in the erotica publishing industry. We seek to be interactive, both technology-wise and in our storytelling. ForbiddenFiction believes in critical thinking regarding material others might wish to censor. We are dedicated to providing a friendly, accepting work environment for our staff.

Sex Positivity

  • We acknowledge the value of pleasure in many forms for its own sake.
  • Consent is complicated: we know exploring consent is valuable, and deserves critical thinking.
  • We do not endorse shame. Sexuality is a beautiful and valuable part of the human experience, in all its myriad forms. We publish writing about sex because we believe sex is a worthy topic. “Slut-shaming” and “kink-shaming” are not acceptable, nor is any form of body-shaming.
  • Fiction and reality are two different things. We acknowledge that people will often fantasize or read about topics they wouldn’t want to experience in their real lives.
  • We do not condone, in any form, non-consensual violence in the real world. The works we publish are not intended to endorse the violence they may depict. Rather, we endeavor to show why such violence is harmful, even while exploring the themes that make it attractive in fantasy. To that end, we engage critically with themes of non-consent and violence, rather than avoiding them.
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