My Heat-Rating & Book-Length Classifications

Heat Rating Scale

love-1127710_960_720This is the heat-rating scale I use to describe my books on this website. It may or may not match up with the books’ publisher(s) and/or distributor scales.

(0) – No heat whatsoever.

(1) – Sweet – Kisses with maybe some mild petting shown onscreen.

(2) – Subtle –  Sensual, but not explicit. Physical interaction beyond kissing and touching is implied and/or described in general terms. Emotions emphasized over graphic description.

(3) – Moderate – While physical details are described, they are not graphically depicted.

(4) – Explicit – Intimate scenes are described using more graphic terms.

(5) – Erotica – Extremely explicit language is used. The story is secondary to the sex scenes.


Book Length Classifications
Classification Word count
Long Novel 100,000 words or over
Novel 40,000 to 99,999 words
Novella 17,500 to 39,999 words
Novelette 7,500 to 17,499 words
Short story under 7,500 words