It was perhaps Carrie Bradshaw who brought the concept of sex writing to the mainstream - but the genre has come a very long way since those mid-90s musings about men, relationships and bedroom antics...
In testimony to the burgeoning market of erotic fiction, the UK launched its first ever sex writing forum in Bristol last weekend.
Eroticon 2012 saw writers, bloggers and publishers from all over Britain gather for workshops, panel sessions and speeches on X-rated literature.
The conference covered everything from tips on how to get published to photography and tackling taboo subjects. It featured up-and-coming as well as established bloggers and authors of "clit lit" fiction.
Speakers at the event included Zoe Margolis, author of sex blog Girl With A One Track Mind, Scarlett French, creator of the award-winning series Best Women’s Erotica, and Molly Moore, the woman behind Molly’s Daily Kiss.
Providing "a safe space to learn, share and network," the conference highlighted the growing popularity of online confessionals over the past decade. From Belle de Jour's blog (later made into a TV series starring Billie Piper) to a reported surge in electronic downloads at Mills and Boon, the genre shows no sign of abating - particularly where women are concerned.
"You can't ignore the technology available today and where we are in self-publishing. We are in a certain period of expression," Margolis told The Guardian. "People have seen that you can have a wonderful catharsis in getting your views and experiences out. Plus, there is a desire to read it. Women are embracing that. They are finding a platform that isn't available in mainstream media."
In light of the success of the event, a blog has now been set up to share more tips and advice - visit writesexright.com to find out more or click here to read our selection of the most sensational sex scenes ever written.