Controlled Vocabulary

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We use a controlled vocabulary for tagging genre, format, ratings, and more, to ensure uniformity across our various publications and publication platforms. This is similar to the system that Archive of Our Own uses, except that it’s developed internally, and modified with input from our authors as appropriate to their individual stories. As more publishers consider approaches that include tagging systems, we thought that sharing our system might be helpful to people. This list includes all tags we’ve used for our books, our anthologies, our Patreon-exclusive stories, and elsewhere.

Our shop uses two different sorting systems to facilitate navigation and help prospective readers locate content they’d be interested in and avoid content they’d rather not read. The first of these sorting systems is Categories. The Categories are over-arching information about the following areas:

Categories are designed for quick navigation of our shop, and reflect only the most prominent themes of a given work. Furthermore, our categories are nested, and we will reflect that in the bulleted lists below.

To provide more in-depth information about each work, we also use a Tag system. Tags provide more extension information about a work, including content warnings, sub-themes, and more. They may include or imply spoilers. While many tags could fall into multiple categories, for organizational purposes we’ve sorted them into the following tag types, and each tag is assigned to one, and only one, tag type. All categories are also tags, but not all tags are also categories. Tags are written all lowercase, always.

Tags are generally used to give a more specific idea of what a story is about. Usually, tags are assigned if they reflect prominent themes of the work in question, with the exception of warnings. Warnings are used for any content we feel may be potentially triggering, and will be listed for a given story even if the thing being warned for is only briefly mentioned or isn’t described in detail. This doesn’t mean everything will be tagged, but we do our best to be thorough, and we are always open to receiving feedback that our tags should be modified.

We will aim to update this list monthly.

Last updated: 9/2/2021

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Categories

Format | Genres | Ratings | Relationship | Tropes | Work Length

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Format

  • eBook
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Genres

  • Erotica
  • Mystery
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
    • Science Fiction with Magic
    • Time Travel
  • Historical
    • Historical with Magic
    • Historical with Sci-Fi
  • Modern
    • College
    • Modern with Magic
    • Sports
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Ratings

  • Adult Audiences
  • Mature Audiences
  • Sexually Explicit Content
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Relationship

  • MLM
  • Polyamory
  • Queer Platonic Relationship
  • WLW
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Tropes

  • Angst
  • Found Family
  • Friends to Lovers
  • Hurt/Comfort
  • Idiots to Lovers
  • Mutual Pining
  • Whump
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Work Length

  • Novel (60,001 – 150,000 words)
  • Novelette (7,501 – 20,000 words)
  • Short Story (1,001 – 7,500 words)
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Tags

alpha/beta/omega dynamics | book format | character feature | character profession | character religion | character romantic orientation | character sexual orientation | creature character | era | genderqueer character | genre | kink | narrator point of view | platonic relationship type | rating | relationship type | setting | special occasion | story element | trope | warning | work format | work length

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alpha/beta/omega dynamics

  • alpha/beta/omega dynamics
  • knotting
  • scent bonding
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book format

  • epub ebook
  • mobi ebook
  • pdf ebook
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character feature

  • anger management issues
  • bilingual character
  • bipoc character
  • blind character
  • character has self-esteem issues
  • character is oblivious
  • depression
  • elderly character
  • fat character
  • magic user
  • memory loss
  • mute character
  • precognition
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character profession

  • porn star
  • professor
  • witch
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character religion

  • jewish character
  • muslim character
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character romantic orientation

  • aromantic character
  • biromantic character
  • demiromantic character
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character sexual orientation

  • asexual character
  • bisexual character
  • homosexual character
  • lesbian character
  • pansexual character
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creature character

  • animal transformation
  • automatons
  • bear shifter
  • bird shifter
  • demon
  • dog shifter
  • dragon
  • dragon shifter
  • fae and fairyfolk
  • fox shifter
  • ghosts
  • god character
  • half-orc
  • immortal
  • manta ray shifter
  • merpeople
  • nature spirits
  • octopus shifter
  • reaper
  • rusalka
  • vampire
  • water spirit
  • werewolf
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era

  • modern
  • regency
  • the 1950s
  • world war i
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genderqueer character

  • gender non-conforming character
  • genderfluid character
  • nonbinary character
  • trans character
  • transmasculine character
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genre

  • celtic mythology
  • chinese mthology
  • erotica
  • fantasy
  • germanic mythology
  • greek mythology
  • historical with magic
  • historical with sci-fi
  • humor
  • modern with magic
  • norse mythology
  • romance
  • science fiction
  • slavic mythology
  • time travel
  • welsh mythology
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kink (this is a NSFW list, so we’ve posted it on a separate page for those who’d rather avoid such content.)

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narrator point of view

  • pov alternating third person limited
  • pov multiple third person limited
  • pov third person
  • pov third person limited
  • unreliable narrator
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platonic relationship type

  • characters are twins
  • owner/owned character relationship
  • siblings
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rating

  • adult audiences
  • explicit
  • mature audiences
  • young adult audiences
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relationship type

  • age difference
  • interspecies romance
  • mlen
  • mlm
  • mlw
  • polyamory
  • wlen
  • wlw
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setting

  • academia
  • coffee shop
  • college setting
  • england
  • france
  • fraternity setting
  • germany
  • great britain
  • iceland
  • indiana
  • kentucky
  • netherlands
  • new england
  • new york
  • new york city
  • norway
  • russia
  • sports setting
  • the beach
  • the us midwest
  • united states of america
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special occasion

  • funeral
  • wedding
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story element

  • altered mental state
  • assassination
  • established relationship
  • existential crises
  • football
  • fostering
  • grieving
  • magical tattoos
  • the nature of free will
  • parenthood
  • politics
  • polyamorous relationship negotiation
  • royalty
  • taekwondo
  • tarot
  • tattoos
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trope

  • angst
  • angst (mild)
  • anti-soulmates
  • anything that can go wrong…
  • be gay do crimes
  • cultivation
  • curses
  • curses (accidental)
  • emotional hurt/comfort
  • enemies to lovers
  • first kiss
  • flirting
  • fluff
  • found family
  • friends to lovers
  • getting together
  • hand fasting
  • happy ending
  • hurt/comfort
  • idiots to lovers
  • love at first sight
  • magical mishaps
  • marriage proposal
  • meet cute
  • miscommunication
  • mistaken identity
  • misunderstandings
  • mutual pining
  • pining
  • plot what plot
  • reincarnation
  • reunion
  • smut and feels
  • soulmates
  • star-crossed lovers
  • the grumpy one is soft for the sunshine one
  • whump
  • witches have familiars
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warning

  • alcohol use
  • alcoholism
  • body horror
  • character is a murderer
  • classism
  • consent issues (minor)
  • deadnaming
  • death of a parent
  • dubious consent
  • emotional abuse
  • fraught family dynamics
  • gender dysphoria
  • graphic depictions of torture
  • graphic depictions of violence
  • harm to animals
  • implied/off-screen rape/non-con
  • infidelity
  • internalized aphobia
  • internalized misogyny
  • jealousy
  • major character death
  • mentions of ableism
  • mentions of biphobia
  • mentions of classism
  • mentions of death of a child
  • mentions of period typical homophobia
  • mentions of speciesism
  • mentions of transphobia
  • mildly dubious consent
  • minor character death
  • non-graphic depictions of violence
  • non-graphic sexual content
  • off-screen death of a child
  • off-screen death of a grandparent
  • off-screen death of a parent
  • off-screen death of a sibling
  • past abusive relationship
  • past character death
  • period typical homophobia
  • permanent character injury
  • possessive behavior
  • racism
  • rape/non-con
  • speciesism
  • temporary character death
  • verbal abuse
  • vomiting (mild)
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work format

  • epistolary
  • mythology retelling
  • past tense
  • present tense
  • prose
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work length

  • novel
  • novelette
  • short story
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