Writing Tip Wednesday – Sex Scenes

JA Huss


Welcome to Video Eight of The Perfect Story. In this video we’re going to talk about writing sex scenes. I’m gonna do my best to explain the difference between erotica and erotic romance, what readers want and expect in a sex scene and how to make the most of them in your story. I’ll also talk a little about limits. Because DISTRIBUTORS HAVE LIMITS and you need to know them before you start writing sexy books.

If you’re just coming in on this series and haven’t yet seen the previous videos they are linked below.

Middles and Scenes
Hooks and Endings
Sex Scenes
Literary Devices


My Son has started a book cover design business!


And I have a few exciting things to tell you as well. ONE that I will share today, is that my son has started a cover design business. It’s called Cool Guy Covers and he makes pre-mades and custom covers for romance and SF/F right now and will be expanding into other genres soon. So if you’re looking for a new cover, go check out the pre-mades he’s got up for sale right now and see if there’s anything you like. AND TO CELEBRATE HIS NEW VENTURE, I’m hosting a speical $20 giveaway if you go like him on social media.


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About JA Huss

JA Huss never wanted to be a writer and she still dreams of that elusive career as an astronaut. She originally went to school to become an equine veterinarian but soon figured out they keep horrible hours and decided to go to grad school instead. That Ph.D wasn’t all it was cracked up to be (and she really sucked at the whole scientist thing), so she dropped out and got a M.S. in forensic toxicology just to get the whole thing over with as soon as possible.

After graduation she got a job with the state of Colorado as their one and only hog farm inspector and spent her days wandering the Eastern Plains shooting the shit with farmers. After a few years of that, she got bored. And since she was a homeschool mom and actually does love science, she decided to write science textbooks and make online classes for other homeschool moms. She wrote more than two hundred of those workbooks and was the number one publisher at the online homeschool store many times, but eventually she covered every science topic she could think of and ran out of shit to say.

So in 2012 she decided to write fiction instead. That year she released her first three books and started a career that would make her a New York Times bestseller and land her on the USA Today Bestseller’s List eighteen times in the next three years. Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for an Audie award in 2016, and her audiobook Mr. Perfect was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017. Johnathan McClain is her first (and only) writing partner and even though they are worlds apart in just about every way imaginable, it works.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.

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  1. Thank you Julie! Another great Writing Tip. So glad to have them back. Love what you said about sex scenes adding to the story and not just in the book to make it steamy. I have always thought that sex scenes are just as important to a book as any other scene. Plus, it’s a great way to get characters to be raw & vulnerable and reveal things about themselves they wouldn’t normally reveal. As if the sex broke a hole in the wall they built around themselves. Anyway, that’s my two cents.
    As always, great video and I love the covers your son is doing!

  2. Yay! I was so excited when I saw this. (Um… no pun intended.) It was great to hear your thoughts on this, as this is an area I’m currently working on. Congrats on the new house and I’m glad things are settling down for you. Thanks again for all your hard work putting this together for us. 🙂

  3. Well worth the wait. As always great content. Covers are awesome. You can tell he had a great teacher and talent is in the genes! If I ever finish my damn book I’ll definitely contact him. Your videos inspire not to give up. Please consider more for 2018!

    Looking forward to your announcement… let me predict there’s a movie deal in your future? Love to see the super heros come to life!

  4. Hi Julie! Thanks so much for this!! I am so excited to see that you’re back to posting them. The perfect year was a real learning experience and has helped me immensely over the past year. I know you talked about your plotting before and the pacing, but how in depth do you go with your outlines. I’ve been struggling to find the best way for me to get my words out on the page and stcking to an outline. I thought I was a plotter, but I always end up pantsing.

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