Monthly Archives: April 2011
“In its initial phase Book Country will allow writers to post their own work — whether it’s an opening chapter or a full manuscript — and receive critiques from other users, who can comment on points like character development, pacing and dialogue.”
Sounds pretty cool so far, however, here’s the kicker: Later this summer the site will generate revenue by allowing users to self-publish their books for a fee. The books will bear the stamp of Book Country, not Penguin.
The project is spearheaded by Molly Barton, the director of business development for Penguin and the president of Book Country.
So, what we have here is a very clever way for Penguin to raise income by enabling authors to self-publish stuff Penguin is not interested in publishing. Got to admire that bit of business ingenuity.
From the Erotica Readers & Writers Association
By Ashley Lister
Greetings from the UK. Lisabet’s away from her desk. My name is Ashley Lister and I’ve been charged with the onerous duty of warming Lisabet’s seat for the month of April. No. “Warming her seat” sounds like a rude expression, doesn’t it? It’s probably better if I say I’m filling in Lisabet’s usual slot. No. That sounds even ruder! Let’s just say I’m here to present the ERWA newsletter.
Before I put my foot further into my mouth, I’d best escort you round the developments behind this month’s ERWA update.
Shall we start off at the Story Gallery? The quality here is so high we’re likely to get a nosebleed just from reading the table of contents. The Marvellous M Christian is our guest author this month. For those unfamiliar with M. Christian’s work you’re in for a genuine treat. And, with your appetite whet, make sure you enjoy the scintillating stories from Rob Buckley, Mike Kimera, Nikko Lee, B K Billicki and the inimitable Remittance Girl.
To find out more visit:
Books for sensual readers? This April sees the release of Alison Tyler’s Slave to Love. Last month saw the release of Rachel Kramer Bussel’s Surrender. Check out the reviews for Lisabet’s Body Electric (that’s the title of her book, that’s not me being flattering about her divine figure) and consider what I’ve got to say about the wonderful Kay Jaybee’s The Perfect Submissive.
It’s all here at:
(NB – If you’re tempted to buy one of the brilliant books on offer, make sure you go through an ERWA Amazon link).
Authors Resources. This month Bill Gaius extols the pros and cons of self-publishing in a frank and fearless look at this much-maligned route into publication. I’ve also got an article in this month’s Author’s Resources – an exercise I’ve tried on a class or two where we look at describing your ideal writing location. And, if that’s not enough, you should take some time in the Writer’s Room.
If you’re thinking of finding your own way to these publishing gems, the address is:
Inside the Erotic Mind this month is discussing the pernennial problem about chest hair on guys. Hot or not? Personally I’m just happy to be close to a chest so I don’t care if it’s hairy or not. I suppose I’d prefer it to be female, but I’m getting too old to be fussy nowadays. But, if it’s got to be hairy I’ll make do with whatever is on offer.
Join in the discussion, and see what the intelligent people have had to say at:
The Sex Toy Playground is essential reading this month. April is here and, whilst grumpy T.S. Eliot may have described it as the cruellest month, the rest of us know that April is the time for removing layers of clothes, making the most of shorter nights, and generally putting a spring in our springtime steps. This month the Sex Toy Playground has taken time to look at various devices that go bump and buzz in the night – every one of which sounds like a winner.
And to find out the skinny on whether or not penis pumps work, scoot over to the Sex Toy Playground:
The top choice in this month’s Adult Movies is The Rocki Whore Picture Show. I don’t need to say anything else, do I? I imagine everyone has just clicked through the link below to find out more and I’ve been left here talking to myself,
For those of you who are still with me, take the time to check out our portfolio of links. ERWA respects its members and wants to promote resources that combine an aesthete of erotica with an assurance of quality and security.
I should also say, this month’s Web Gem is Eden Fantasys. Eden Fantasys, where adults shop for adult pleasures. Whether you’re looking for your first sex toy or your twentieth. Whether you’re looking for something vanilla, kinky: a product large or small, Eden Fantasys has a wide range of choices and products to suit a broad range of tastes. Enjoy a secure shopping experience and a wealth of inspiring resources that include forums, advice, reviews, and product videos for the web-savvy shopper.
Stop by to shop, and enjoy the welcoming community at Eden Fantasys:
And that’s about it for me this month. Thanks for letting me take you on the tour. I hope you find it exciting and I trust you’ll spend a fun-filled April indulging yourself in the splendours of the ERWA lifestyle.
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About the Author: Ashley Lister is a UK author responsible for more than two-dozen erotic novels written under a variety of pseudonyms. His most recent work, Swingers: True Confessions from Today’s Modern Swinging Scene (Virgin Books), a non-fiction book recounting the exploits of UK swingers, is his first title published under his own name.
Ashley’s non-fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines, including Forum, Chapter & Verse and The International Journal of Erotica. Nexus, Chimera and Silver Moon have published his full-length fiction, with shorter stories appearing in anthologies edited by Maxim Jakubowski, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Mitzi Szereto. He is very proud to be a regular contributor to ERWA.