No, it does not violate the ToS! My mind is put at ease.
I have just got an email back from customer service. I’m quoting an excerpt here:
"To answer your inquiry, erotic writing is indeed allowed on our site. So as long as this content is in written form as you have mentioned, there should be nothing to worry about.
I hope this information helps and I am here if you have any other concerns."
My original post (for anyone else wondering the same thing):
My Fiverr gigs are all erotic fiction writing. I thought when I started out that this was fine. I did some research and saw that there were many others offering this service on Fiverr, many of them Level 2 sellers with hundreds of completed erotic fiction gigs. The search term, “erotica” returns almost 400 gigs, and there are additional suggested search terms that pop up suggesting, “nsfw”, “bdsm”, and “smut”. That made me assume it was okay. But maybe those sellers have just “gotten away with it” so far?
I have seen some people on the forum saying that this is NOT allowed and that my account could be suspended for this.
The only thing I could find in the Terms of Service is:
“Adult Services & Pornography - Fiverr does not allow any exchange of adult-oriented or pornographic materials and services.”
This seems like it could be broadly open to interpretation. I know any sort of visual adult material is completely against the TOS, but what about written stuff?
I have written a message to the Fiverr Customer Support team including a link to one of my open gigs, and who knows, maybe by this time tomorrow my account will be suspended? I HOPE not, but I thought it would be better to actually seek clarification from them, and make sure what I am doing doesn’t violate the terms of service, sooner rather than later. I think it would be a lot worse for me if I did this for months or years, building up a solid customer base and then got my account suspended. I want to do the right thing here, and I don’t like to break the rules.
I may have been really naive in assuming that just because so many others do what I’m doing that it’s okay.