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 backer-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: 4/23/2022

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Categories

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

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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
    • Historical with Steampunk
  • Modern
    • Coffee Shop
    • College
    • Modern with Magic
    • Sports
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Ratings

  • Adult Audiences
  • General Audiences
  • Mature Audiences
  • Sexually Explicit Content
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Relationship

  • F/F/M
  • F/M/M
  • Interspecies Romance
  • MLM
  • Polyamory
  • Queer Platonic Relationship
  • WLW
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Tropes

  • Angst
  • Found Family
  • Friends to Lovers
  • Getting Together
  • Hurt/Comfort
  • Idiots to Lovers
  • Meet Cute
  • Mutual Pining
  • Second Chances
  • Whump
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Work Length

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

  • Bookmarks
  • Dux
  • Enamel Pins
  • Key Chains
  • Magnets
  • Mugs
  • Stickers
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Erotica: coming soon! In order to keep our erotica titles separate from our other titles, Erotica will have it’s own unique “category tree.” For example, mlm erotica will not be listed in the above “relationship type category: mlm” but instead will be in the category “mlm erotica” which is a sub-category of Erotica. Once we’ve released our first erotica title, we’ll give the list of related tags on a linked page, as we do the alpha/beta/omega dynamics and kink tag categories below.

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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 | fanworks | genderqueer character | genre | kink | merchandise | 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 (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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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 piercings
  • character has self-esteem issues
  • character is in the closet
  • character is oblivious
  • depression
  • elderly character
  • fat character
  • magic user
  • memory loss
  • mute character
  • precognition
  • ptsd
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character profession

  • character does drag
  • character is a performer
  • character is a porn star
  • character is a private detective
  • character is a professor
  • character is a security guard
  • character is a soldier
  • character is a superhero
  • character is a veteran
  • character is a witch
  • character is an advice columnist
  • character is an engineer
  • character is an executive assistant
  • character is royalty
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character religion

  • daoist character
  • 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

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

  • regency
  • the 1940s
  • the 1950s
  • the 2000s
  • world war i
  • world war ii
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fanworks

  • character has a different gender than in the source material
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genderqueer character

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

  • celtic mythology
  • character study
  • chinese mythology
  • erotica
  • fantasy
  • germanic mythology
  • greek mythology
  • historical with magic
  • historical with sci-fi
  • humor
  • modern
  • modern with magic
  • modern with superpowers
  • noir
  • 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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merchandise

  • add magic to taste
  • bookmark
  • dux
  • enamel pin
  • key chain
  • magnet
  • sticker
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narrator point of view

  • pov alternating third person limited
  • pov first person
  • 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
  • established relationship
  • f/m/m
  • interspecies romance
  • mlen
  • mlm
  • mlw
  • polyamory
  • secret relationship
  • wlen
  • wlm
  • wlw
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setting

  • academia
  • berlin
  • canada
  • coffee shop
  • college setting
  • england
  • france
  • fraternity
  • germany
  • great britain
  • high school setting
  • iceland
  • indiana
  • italy
  • kentucky
  • netherlands
  • new england
  • new york
  • new york city
  • new zealand
  • norway
  • office setting
  • on a train
  • russia
  • sports setting
  • texas
  • the beach
  • the us midwest
  • theater setting
  • united states of america
  • western europe
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special occasion

  • funeral
  • halloween
  • hand fasting
  • wedding
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story element

  • accidental baby acquisition
  • altered mental state
  • assassination
  • coming out
  • cultivation
  • existential crisis
  • false accusations
  • flirting
  • football
  • fostering
  • grieving
  • magical tattoos
  • marriage proposal
  • masquerade
  • miscommunication
  • misunderstandings
  • the nature of free will
  • organized crime
  • panic attacks
  • parenthood
  • petnames
  • pining
  • politics
  • polyamorous relationship negotiation
  • pregnancy
  • recovery
  • reincarnation
  • royalty
  • secret identities
  • taekwondo
  • tarot
  • tattoos
  • therapy
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trope

  • angst
  • angst (mild)
  • anti-soulmates
  • anything that can go wrong…
  • be gay do crimes
  • be gay solve crimes
  • chance meeting
  • curses
  • curses (accidental)
  • emotional hurt/comfort (minor)
  • emotional hurt/comfort
  • enemies to lovers
  • everyone knows they’re in love but them
  • first kiss
  • fluff
  • fluff (domestic)
  • found family
  • friends to lovers
  • getting together
  • happy ending
  • hurt/comfort
  • hurt/comfort (mild)
  • idiots to lovers
  • kidfic
  • love at first sight
  • magical mishaps
  • meet awkward
  • meet cute
  • missed connections
  • mistaken identity
  • mutual pining
  • plot what plot
  • reunion
  • second chances
  • slice of life
  • 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
  • alcohol use (casual)
  • alcoholism
  • bad parenting
  • body horror
  • bullying
  • character is a murderer
  • classism
  • consent issues
  • 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 death of a parent
  • mentions of death of a spouse
  • mentions of drowning
  • mentions of emotional abuse
  • mentions of homophobic violence
  • mentions of period-typical homophobia
  • mentions of self-harm
  • mentions of speciesism
  • mentions of suicide
  • mentions of transphobia
  • 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
  • period-typical understandings of gender and sexuality
  • permanent character injury
  • possessive behavior
  • racism
  • rape/non-con
  • speciesism
  • temporary character death
  • verbal abuse
  • vomiting (mild)
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work format

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

  • novel
  • novelette
  • short story
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