LitRPG: My Journey From Adult to PG

Enjoy this new Guest Post by Prax Venter.

Multiple authors and fans have expressed interest in my experience with self-publishing both Erotic-Harem and Non-Erotic Non-Harem novels. They are referring to my published stories: The Enthralled Series and Irrelevant Jack. Honestly? I think people just like variety. We are hormone-drunk sacks of electrified water looking for ways to entertain our individual cravings.

The twisted sponge in my head wanted to read an epic tale mixing World of Warcraft + The Matrix + Monster Girl Harem Porn. To scratch that itch, I said screw it and hammered out the 420,000 words that make up the Enthralled series.

I expected to sell maybe ten copies, but the first book gained some traction, and I received feedback that the story was well written- that the world and its vibrant inhabitants remained hooked into their brains for days afterward. But also, that some skipped the erotic parts.

Book One has a helpful review claiming that “If it wasn’t so heavy on the sexual content, I definitely would have given this to my daughter to read.”
So, after the story of Enthralled was out of me, I started on my next project.

I began with games I loved from my childhood like Azure Dreams (PlayStation) and Final Fantasy (NES) then designed a ruleset heavy on loot drops and town building.

Lastly, I sprinkled in more Matrix/AI elements, cranked up the LitRPG crunch, and cut out virtually all the adult bits. Does this mean I’m hanging up my Erotic Harem Hat? Nope.

I write stories about people I’d like to meet in games I’d love to play. Do I expect everyone to enjoy both my PG and Adult stories? Nope. Humans desire something different all the time. Sometimes, you’ll hate something now but find it’s exactly what you want years down the road.

Absolutely no one should be upset that books are being written on subjects that they don’t want to read. It reminds me of what I heard Ricky Gervais say once. Someone is walking down the street and sees a sign that says ‘Guitar Lessons’ outside a door. They stop and yell as loud as they can, “But I don’t want guitar lessons!”

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I want to thank Paul Bellow for the opportunity to express my limited experiences as a self-published author. And you- the reader.

Thanks, you.
Prax Venter.

Paul Bellow

LitRPG Author Paul Bellow

Paul Bellow is a LitRPG author, gamer, RPG game developer, and publisher of several online communities. In other words, an old school webmaster. He also developed and runs LitRPG Adventures, a set of advanced RPG generators powered by GPT-3 AI. Here at LitRPG Reads, he publishes articles about LitRPG books, tabletop RPG books, and all sorts of DND content that's free to use in your personal tabletop campaign - i.e. non-commercial use. Enjoy your stay and reach out on Twitter or Discord if you want to make contact.

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