DO IT YOURSELF by Nikky Kaye

DO IT YOURSELF by Nikky Kaye

Erotic romcom: starting over

CHARACTERS WELCOME by Taisha Demay

CHARACTERS WELCOME by Taisha Demay

Charity erotica anthology

SENSUAL SABOTAGE by Willa Edwards

SENSUAL SABOTAGE by Willa Edwards

Contemporary, Menage, BDSM

SINGLE-SYLLABLE STEVE by Sam Thorne

SINGLE-SYLLABLE STEVE by Sam Thorne

Light-hearted erotic romance

THE GUESCHTUNKINA RAY GUN by Spencer Dryden

THE GUESCHTUNKINA RAY GUN by Spencer Dryden

Humorous erotic romance

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(as part of my new gig writing for the ERWA’s blog here’s one of my classic Confessions columns. Enjoy!)
A friend of mine recently called me ‘ambitious.’ I’m still not sure what he meant by that — compliment or criticism? Put-down or praise? It’s made me think, though, and that’s always a good thing. I’d normally describe ambition as a drive to succeed, a persistence to rise in status, income, reputation, so forth. But what does that mean to a writer? It could be money, but when is money the answer to anything? It could be ‘reputation,’ but then a lot of bad writers are well though-of, even famous (are you listening Tom Clancy?). Ambition can also mean a cold-heartedness, a reckless disregard towards anything and anyone that’s not directly related to a goal. God, I hope I’m not that. I do know that writing is important to me, probably the most important thing in my life. Because of that, I look for opportunities to do it, to get it seen. I rarely let opportunities pass me by: markets, genres, experiments, anything to get the spark going, juice up my creativity, to get my work published. Erotica was one of those things, an opportunity that crossed my path, and that has been very good to me. I didn’t think I could edit a book, but then I had a chance to do that as well, and now have done 18 (or so) of the suckers. The fact is, opportunities never find you, you have to find them. The fantasy of some agent, or publisher, or agent, who picks up a phone and just calls you out of the blue is just that or so rare it might as well be just a fantasy: certainly not dependable as a way of getting published. Writing is something that thrives on challenge, growth, change: some of that can certainly come from within, but sometimes it takes something from the outside: some push to do better and better, or just different work. Sending work out, proposing projects, working at maintaining good relationships with editors, publishers and other writers is a way of being involved, in getting potential work to at least come within earshot. It takes time, it certainly takes energy, but it’s worth it. The work will always be the bottom line, but sometimes it needs help to develop, get out, and be seen.
Remember, though: “Ambition can also mean a cold-heartedness, a reckless disregard towards anything and anyone that’s not directly related to a goal.” Drive is one thing, but when it becomes an obsession with nothing but the ‘politics’ of writing and not the work itself, it takes away rather than adds. Being on both sides of the fence (as an editor as well as a writer) I’ve know how being determined, ambitious, can help as well as hinder in getting the work out. Being invisible, hoping opportunity will find out, won’t get you anything but ignominy, but being pushy, arrogant, caring only for what someone can do for you and not that you’re dealing with a person who has their own lives and issues, can close doors rather than open them. I like working with people who know about ‘Chris’ and not just the person who can publish their work, just as I like writing for publications that are run by kind, supportive, just-plain-nice folks. Rejections always hurt, but when that person is someone I genuinely like or respect then I’ll always do something better next time. As I’ve said before, writing can be a very tough life: having friends or connections that can help, both professionally as well as psychologically can mean a world of difference. Determination to be published, to make pro connections at the cost of potentials comrades is not a good trade-off. I’d much rather have writing friends than sales, because in the long-run having good relationships is much more advantageous than just the credit. Books, magazines, websites, come and go, but people are here for a very long time. I also think that sacrificing the love of writing, the struggle to create good work, is more important than anything else. Someone who has all the friends in the world, a black book full of agents and publishers, but who is lazy or more concerned with getting published than doing as good a work as possible is doing those friends and markets (as well as themselves) a serious disservice. Getting out there is important, and determination can help that, but if what gets out there is not worthy of you … then why get out there in the first place? It might take some time, might take some work, but good work will usually find a home, a place to be seen, but bad work forced or just dumped out there is no good for anyone, especially the writer. The bottom line, I guess, is that I really do believe in ambition, both for work and to find places to get exposed, but more importantly I believe in remembering the bottom line: the writing: that the drive to be a better and better writer is the best kind of ambition of all.

The always-wonderful Adrienne here at the Erotica Readers and Writers site has asked me to contribute some fun and silly and possibly even informative posts to this blog but before I get to the fun and the silly and the possibly-informative, I thought it might be a good idea to tell you all who I am.

Some of you, natch, will already be familiar with me. After all, I’ve been a friend and supporter of ERA for a very long time. More visibly, I write a column for ERWA called Confessions of a Literary Streetwalker, the newest one you can find here.

Beyond ERWA, I’m also a writer and an editor 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. I’ve edited 20 anthologies including the Best S/M Erotica series, The Burning Pen, Guilty Pleasures, and others. I am the author of the collections Dirty Words, Speaking Parts, The Bachelor Machine, Licks & Promises, and Filthy; and the novels Running Dry, The Very Bloody Marys, Me2, Brushes, and Painted Doll.

I also have a few fun blogs you might want to check out as well: my home page at www.mchristian.com where I post stuff primarily about, well, me; meine kleine fabrik where my brother, s.a., and I post about all kinds of weird and wonderful things; and Frequently Felt, which is where I post about all kinds of weird and wonderful things of a sexy nature.

Please feel free to send me tips, comments, suggestions: zobop@aol.com.

Noble Romance Publishing is a royalty-paying, full-service e-publisher of superior quality, cutting-edge erotic romance. We challenge our authors to take risks, to push the sexual envelope while still maintaining their story’s romantic integrity, the combination of which is guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning erotic romance reader.

Current project:

Spank Me! Anthology-length. $25 advance against standard anthology royalty rate.
http://www.nobleromance.com/specialprojects.ppx

Self-explanatory. All stories must involve spanking as a sexual plot device. All genres accepted.

– 7k-10k words

– Multiple submissions are accepted, but an author may only appear once in any given NRP anthology.

– Deadline for submissions is open.

Please note: Previously published authors may sell on proposal (query and synopsis). Include your publishing credits in the body of your email. All others please submit your complete manuscript to submissions@nobleromance.com. Put the words “Special Project Submission” in your email’s subject line.

Happy Writing! And remember…Think Kink!

Dreamspinner Press specializes in publishing M/M romance and erotica in both paperback and eBook formats.

DSP is seeking gay homoerotic stories in all genres. While works do not need to be graphic, they must contain homosexual romance of an erotic nature and focus on the interaction between characters. Stories may stand alone or be part of a well-developed series. We encourage tales that cross genres; for example, a science-fiction mystery or romantic fantasy:

* Romance – Modern or historical love stories with strong characters.
* Science fiction – Science fiction, paranormal, urban fantasy worlds, futuristic, time travel, and alternate reality stories.
* Fantasy – Dragons, elves, fairies, and knights in shining armor.
* Westerns – Cowboys and/or Native Americans.
* Military/Paramlitary/Mercenary – Political thrillers, espionage, and in the field stories.
* Mystery – Provincial country detectives, fast-paced thrillers, or hard-boiled PIs.
* Horror – Scare us with your vampires, zombies, and things that go bump in the night.
* Holidays – Valentine’s Day, Halloween, or Christmas.

Dreamspinner publishes several categories of titles:

* Novel – 60,000 words and up (Paperback and eBook)
* Long Novella – 30 to 59,999 words (eBook)
* Novella – 15 to 29,999 words (eBook)
* Short Fiction – Under 15,000 words (eBook)

Formatting guidelines and submission details at the Erotica Readers & Writers Association call for submission pages.

Just a quick note to wish everyone good health, abundant happiness, awesome successes, and most of all peace and goodwill for the new year.

Happy New Year!

Adrienne Benedicks
Erotica Readers & Writers Association
www.erotica-readers.com

Mary Anne Mohanraj is teaching a few online writing classes over this winter break, starting Monday 12/8. Beginner fiction/nonfiction, Intermediate, and Erotica. Details at:

http://www.mamohanraj.com/classes.html

Bio: Mary Anne Mohanraj is the author of Bodies In Motion (HarperCollins 2005), a Sri Lankan-American novel-in-stories; it was the winner of a Illinois Arts Council Award, a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards, and has been translated into six languages. She has also written/edited nine other books, including Silence And The Word, Torn Shapes Of Desire, the bestselling Aqua Erotica (ed.), Kathryn In The City (a choose-your-own erotic adventure), The Best Of Strange Horizons (science fiction and fantasy, ed.), A Taste Of Serendib (a Sri Lankan cookbook), and The Poet’s Journey (a children’s picture book).

“…all of […Pam Rosenthal’s books…] are interested in questions of conventions and their bounndaries. How far can the characters go, given their place in society? And how far can the book go, given its publication in the genre? Where is that dangerous edge that is going too far, and what is more exciting (for the characters and perhaps even for the author) than pushing up against it?”

A writer couldn’t wish for a more thoughtful, provocative mention than that, could she?

And while I wait on the edge of my seat for those same readers (online at DearAuthor.com) to post their promised “controversial review” of THE EDGE OF IMPROPRIETY, let me invite you to a celebration of this newest of my historical romance novels.

Date: Friday Night, November 21
Time: 6-8 pm
Place: The Center for Sex and Culture,
1519 Mission Street between 11th and S. Van Ness,
San Francisco, CA

There’ll be eating and schmoozing at 6. And at 7 I’ll talk a little about how Molly Weatherfield, mild-mannered San Francisco writer of comic BDSM, found her real-name-Pam-Rosenthal self, writing erotic historical romance novels at the boundary of the huge happy-ever-after American romance fiction industry.

Of course I’ll also be reading from EDGE and signing copies — and reading and signing Molly Weatherfield’s stuff too. All this after an intro by Center co-founder Carol Queen: writer, educator, sexologist; and radiant, radical source of inspiration to Pam, Molly, and many many others.

If you read Pam’s books, come to learn a little about Molly Weatherfield. If you read Molly, check out Pam. And either way, do yourself the great favor of meeting Carol Queen and finding out about the work of the Center for Sex and Culture.

Hope to see you November 21 – at the Edge and at the Center too.

Best,
Pam Rosenthal,
at www.pamrosenthal.com

Seeking Interviews for Joan Price’s New Book

Wanted: Women and men over 50, single or partnered, straight or gay, willing to write candidly about your personal experiences and attitudes regarding sex and aging for my new book. I’m seeking your written comments and stories about the trials and challenges as well as the joys of sexuality after 50.

This will be a follow-up to Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex after Sixty and will include stories from singles and couples, women and men, along with strategies for improving those situations that challenge us as we age. It will be more solution-oriented than Better Than I Ever Expected, dealing with the health and relationship problems in greater depth, with more expert tips. While Better was geared towards women (and those who love them!), this book will represent men and women equally.

Would you or any of your age 50+ friends like to be a part of this book? You will be identified by a first name of your choice and your age. Your true identity will be kept strictly confidential.

Interested? Please contact Joan Price at joan@joanprice.com now and I’ll email you the questionnaire.

Please copy or forward this to everyone you know who might be interested, or who might know someone 50+ who would be interested.

This just in from Cindi Myers’ Market Newsletter, an excellent resource for writers. Anyone can sign up by sending a blank email to cynthiasterling-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

eHarlequin.com is sponsoring the Carla Neggers Live Your Adventure contest. In 50 words or less, tell them about an adventure you’d like to experience. There’s no fee to enter and you could win $1000. The entry deadline is July 31, 2008. More information is available at http://www.eharlequin.com/swinvitation.html?swid=100012

IN THE FLESH EROTIC READING SERIES
July 17th at 8 PM
AT HAPPY ENDING LOUNGE, 302 BROOME STREET, NYC
(B/D to Grand, J/M/Z to Bowery, F to Delancey or F/V to 2nd Avenue, http://www.happyendinglounge.com)
Admission: Free
Happy Ending Lounge: 212-334-9676
http://inthefleshreadingseries.blogspot.com

In The Flesh features a range of authors, from erotic writers D.L. King, editor of Erotica Revealed, and Susan Wright (A Pound of Flesh) to letter lover Samara O’Shea (Note to Self, For the Lover of Letters), novelist/memoirist Scott Pomfret (Since My Last Confession, Romentics), novelist Anna David (Party Girl), and playwright/memoirist Rachel Shukert (Have You No Shame?). Hosted by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Spanked, Rubber Sex, Dirty Girls). Free candy and cupcakes will be served.

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In the Flesh is a monthly reading series hosted at the appropriately named Happy Ending Lounge, and features the city’s best erotic writers sharing stories to get you hot and bothered, hosted and curated by acclaimed erotic writer and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel. From erotic poetry to down and dirty smut, these authors get naked on the page and will make you lust after them and their words. Since its debut in October 2005, In the Flesh has featured such authors as Laura Antoniou, Mo Beasley, Lily Burana, Jessica Cutler, Stephen Elliott, Valerie Frankel, Polly Frost, Gael Greene, Andy Horwitz, Debra Hyde, Maxim Jakubowski, Emily Scarlet Kramer of CAKE, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Edith Layton, Logan Levkoff, Suzanne Portnoy, Sofia Quintero, M.J. Rose, Lauren Sanders, Danyel Smith, Grant Stoddard, Cecilia Tan, Carol Taylor, Dana Vachon, Veronica Vera, Susan Wright, Zane and many others. The series has gotten press attention from the New York Times’s UrbanEye, Escape (Hong Kong), Flavorpill, The L Magazine, New York Magazine, Philadelphia City Paper, Time Out New York, Gothamist, Nerve.com and Wonkette, and has been praised by Dr. Ruth. This is not Amanda Stern’s Happy Ending Reading Series.

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DO IT YOURSELF by Nikky Kaye

DO IT YOURSELF by Nikky Kaye

Erotic romcom: starting over

CHARACTERS WELCOME by Taisha Demay

CHARACTERS WELCOME by Taisha Demay

Charity erotica anthology

SENSUAL SABOTAGE by Willa Edwards

SENSUAL SABOTAGE by Willa Edwards

Contemporary, Menage, BDSM

SINGLE-SYLLABLE STEVE by Sam Thorne

SINGLE-SYLLABLE STEVE by Sam Thorne

Light-hearted erotic romance

THE GUESCHTUNKINA RAY GUN by Spencer Dryden

THE GUESCHTUNKINA RAY GUN by Spencer Dryden

Humorous erotic romance

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