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'09 Authors Insider Tips

Everything About Epublishing
by Angela James
Digital Publishing & Print
Common Myths of Epublishing
Ebook Formats and Devices

by Louisa Burton
Compelling Characters
Point of View, Part I
Point of View, Part II
Learning to Love Conflict
Story Structure
Keep ‘em Guessing
Keep it Simple
Keep Your Writing Real
The Importance of Pacing

Literary Streetwalker
by M. Christian
New World of Publishing
To Blog Or Not To Blog
Meeting & Making Friends
Thinking Beyond Sex
Selling Books
Walking the Line
e-book, e-publisher, e-fun
Still More E-book Fun

Shameless Self-Promotion
by Donna George Storey
Our Journey Begins
Pitches and Bios
Websites, Blogs & Readers
Publicists, Press Kits and...
Viva the Internet
Adventures in Cyberspace
Promoting In the Flesh
Make Your Own Movie
Bigger is Better
Looking Back, Planning Ahead

Two Girls Kissing
by Amie M. Evans
Questions to Ask Yourself...
Tough All Over

The Write Stuff
by Ashley Lister
Practice Makes Prefect
5 Books for Fiction Authors
Poetry In Motions
Six Serving Men
Ashley Lister is Anal
Stealing Ideas
Celebrating Poetry

2009 Smutters Lounge

Ashley Lister Submits
by Ashley Lister

Cooking Up A Storey
by Donna George Storey
A Year of Living Shamelessly
Adultery, Exhibitionism ...
John Updike Made Me Do It ...
Story Soup: Forbidden ...
Lessons from Amazon
Naked Lunches ...
Erotic Alchemy
Secrets of Seduction
Are You a “Real” Writer?
Don’t Fondle My Sentence

Cracking Foxy
with Robert Buckley
The Passionate Taphophile
Havens on Earth
A Knight Without Armor
Magic Carpet Rides
Getting Hammered
Keep It Quiet
Hang Around for a Spell

Get All Worked Up
with J.T. Benjamin
Worked Up About Why
Worked Up About Why, Part II
All Worked Up About Porn
The Catholic Church
Purity Movement
The National Crisis
The Future
About Homosexuality
Public Indiscretions

Pondering Porn
with Ann Regentin
Premature Ejaculation
Auctioning Off What?

Sex Is All Metaphors
by Jean Roberta
Who's Who Around the Table
Ritual Sex
Mixed Legacy
The Spectrum of Consent
Drawing the Line
Marriage without the Hype
The Distracting Smirk
Innocent Guns
Gardens of Earthly Delights

Provocative Interviews

Between the Lines
with Ashley Lister
Anneke Jacob
D L King
Kristina Lloyd
Lisabet Sarai
Mitzi Szereto
Portia Da Costa
Shanna Germain
Sommer Marsden
Susan DiPlacido

Guest Appearances

Marketing a Self-Published Novel
by Jeanne Ainslie

Confessions of a Literary Streetwalker

by M. Christian

e-book, e-publisher, e-fun


M Christian“My name is Chris and I … until recently … used to be a printed book addict.”

Yes, dear readers, I had it bad: bookstores used to suck me in, tearing the money out of my wallet for, at first, a single paperback, but then whole boxes and then entire bookcases of reading materials.

My bedroom walls were covered by bookshelves of paperbacks, my coffee table’s legs bowed under the weight of picture books, my toilet tank cracked from the weight of stacked hardbacks, and my nightstand always had a perilous pre-topple of trade paperbacks. Professionally, I looked at printed books as the one-and-only, and glowered at those who'd gone the ebook route.

I said ‘until recently’ because a few years ago, that changed. This is the story of how I went from being a printed book junkie to an e- book booster.

Part of it was simple pragmatism: publisher after publisher after publisher has simply closed up shop—and the few that remain have cut their buying dramatically. No one likes to say it out loud but it’s commonly understood that if you’re a writer who insists on publishing exclusively in print … well, it must feel very much like being a master calligrapher looking for work after Gutenberg changed the world with moveable type.

The other part is when I looked around at my bedroom walls, my coffee table, my bathroom, my bedroom, my kitchen, and then my basement—and realized with a chill that while, yes, it’s still very nice to hold a book in your hand, relish the crispness of the paper, feel the weight of it, breath the smell of it, print books are actually tremendously wasteful … and not good for writers.

Think of it this way: your books comes out from a traditional printed-book publisher. That’s fine. That’s dandy. But if they only printed a few thousand— if you’re lucky—copies then that’s all there is. Ever. (Unless it sells well enough to go into a second printing, which happens but it's not common.) Once those are gone, for whatever reason, your work is nothing but a memory—and then after you and the few people who read your book are gone it’s nothing but … well, nothing.

E-books have their flaws, but once an e-book is published, it can stay accessible for as long as there’s an Internet: days, weeks, centuries, eons even. There’s virtually no cost to send out a single copy or a million. Each e-book you write can sit out there forever, waiting patiently to be discovered and enjoyed.

Because printed-book publishers basically have to bet on an author’s popularity, there’s a large amount of pressure on a writer to perform. If you don't sell enough copies, you simply aren't worth their time or energy to publish again. If an e-book doesn't sell, it might not be ideal but it isn't a disaster for the author or the publisher.

The same is true for bookstores. If an author doesn't sell, they don't re-order their books—and if they don't re-order books the publisher starts to question not just that particular author but maybe even that entire genre.

Even ecologically printed books are bad: trees for paper, energy for printing and shipping, energy for those who recycle them or landfills for those who stupidly won't. Honestly, do you want to see Al Gore cry?

A great side effect of the e-book revolution is that almost anyone can become a publisher, even writers themselves. Yes, it's possible that the world will become supersaturated with publishers to a point where writers won't be able to get themselves heard above the noise of them all. But it also means that if you write it more than likely someone will publish it.

So what makes a good e-book publisher? It really depends on what you’re looking for: a big one so you'll have name recognition by proxy or a smaller and ‘hungrier’ house where every book is special because you’re one of dozens and not thousands? Do you want to work with a publisher who only handles erotica or with one who puts out a wide range of books? Do you want someone who will either publish your work as an e-book as well as a printed one, or would you be fine with just a digital edition? Only you know what will suit you best. Isn't it nice to have options?

By the way, just in case some of you haven't heard, print isn't likely to die. Instead, it will probably become an option called “Print on Demand” where a hardcopy will be printed ‘on demand’ and shipped out to you. The technology is a few years away but will be here before you know it.

The best thing, though, about the e-book revolution, which I'll be writing about more in the next few Streetwalkers, is the flexibility it gives to writers. For every print publisher closing its doors, a new crop of e-book publishers springs up, offering a whole new world for writers to explore. There are options today that have never existed, ever. Think of today not as the fading of traditional print publishers but instead an explosion of possibilities and options. If you don't like one publisher there are dozens—if not hundreds—of others out there who might think you’re the best writer who ever lived, or at least treat you really well.

Yes, I miss the smell of books, the feel of books, even the taste of books but then I fire up my Mac, or flick my finger across the screen of my iPhone, and there are books after books after books after books, from Homer to Steinbeck to Hugo to Verne, to Dickens to virtual unknowns like this M.Christian guy—and that is truly, staggeringly, awesome.

M. Christian
July 2009

If you have any follow up comments, questions or stories to share about "Thinking Beyond Sex," please drop by M. Christian's blog or send an email to: M. Christian

Read more of M. Christian's Confessions of a Literary Streetwalker in ERWA 2009 Archive.

"Confessions of a Literary Streetwalker" © 2009 M. Christian. All rights reserved.

About the Author: M. Christian is an acknowledged master of erotica with more than 300 stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica, and many, many other anthologies, magazines, and Web sites. He is the editor of 20 anthologies including the Best S/M Erotica series, The Burning Pen, Guilty Pleasures, and others. He is the author of the collections Dirty Words, Speaking Parts, The Bachelor Machine, and Filthy; and the novels Running Dry, The Very Bloody Marys, Me2, Brushes, and Painted Doll.
Email: M. Christian

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