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Erotic Lure Newsletter: May/June 2011 Edition

by | May 2, 2011 | Erotic Lure Newsletter

From the Erotica Readers & Writers Association
By Lisabet Sarai
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Dear Salacious Subscribers,

Once again, it’s the lusty month of May! Our stern webmistress Adrienne is taking a well-earned vacation from flogging her devoted staff (we _will_ miss her…), so this edition of the ERWA web site is super-sized, to keep you satisfied until July.

In the May/June Erotica Gallery, you’ll find – me! I’m featured author this month, serving up an article about how I got into this addictive business of writing sexy stuff, as well as three of my favorite stories. Don’t believe Bob Buckley’s intro – I’ve never been anywhere near his sheets (though I won’t say I haven’t been tempted!)

My trio of tales is just the beginning though. The gallery also offers a wonderful collection of erotic fiction from your favorite ERWA authors. Swinging, exhibitionism, punishment both feared and desired – gritty reality and kinky futuristic fantasy – humor and angst – whatever you’re in the mood for, our authors deliver. And don’t forget to sample the fabulous flashers – short but not necessarily sweet! – and the efforts of our erotic poets.

Enjoy the best erotic writing on the ‘Net:
erotica-readers.com/story-gallery

Summer must be anthology season! Our Books for Sensual Readers is overflowing with great new titles. D.L. King’s CARNAL MACHINES offers outrageous steam punk erotica from some of today’s hottest writers (including your humble editor). Kristina Wright’s DREAM LOVER showcases the best stories in the hugely popular genre of paranormal erotic romance. M. Christian presents new tales of the city in his collection SEX IN SAN FRANCISCO, with the help of a host of talented authors, many of them ERWA regulars.

Erotic chick lit is also steaming. Jasmine Haynes’ PAST MIDNIGHT is a great example, featuring a couple who explore the delights and dangers of menage. Sword and sorcery fans will enjoy Lark LaTroy’s HERE THERE BE DRAGONS, a tale of Druids and magic, dragons, and of course sex. In the gay erotica section, I was attracted to Eden Winters’ novel ANGEL ON 13TH STREET, about an ex-hustler trying to help other young men while wrestling with his own past. Bold Strokes Books is going strong with a number of new lesbian novels. Check out KISS THE RAIN by Larkin Rose, a classic story of the clash between fantasy and reality.

In non-fiction, I’m lusting for my own copy of AMERICAN ROSE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF GYPSY ROSE LEE, by Karen Abbott. I’ve been singing songs from the musical since I was kid – I’m fascinated by the real woman behind the Broadway glitter. And in the graphic novels section, sign me up for EROTIC COMICS 2, a compendium of the best graphic art (in both senses) from the swinging seventies up to the present.

All these great titles and scores more can be yours! Just use our convenient Amazon and Amazon UK affiliate links and click your way to satisfaction – feeling a bit smug because you’re also contributing to the survival of ERWA.

Stock up on books for the beach and the bedroom:
erotica-readers.com/books

In the Sex Toy Playground, Kyra Saunders and Mr. and Mrs. Toy offer their unexpurgated assessments of the latest erotic devices, the Desire Vibrator and the Duet Cock Ring respectively. Good Vibrations contributes an informative and arousing article entitled “How to Spank”. (Okay, _I_ found it arousing. What did you expect?) The Sex Toy Scuttlebutt column collects hot-off-the-press recommendations from a range of adult toy vendors. Read carefully and you’ll find discount coupons from Good Vibrations (10%), Adam and Eve (20%) and Babeland (10%)!

Orgasms keep you healthy:
erotica-readers.com/sex-toy-playground

Sliding on over to the Adult Movies section (using Liquid Silk lube purchased in the Playground), I note that X-rated parodies still seem to be the rage. Personally, I prefer my porn to be more original. I was drawn to “Sex Appeal” from Elegant Angel, featuring dirty close-ups, long body shots, and a brunette to die for on the cover. In the classic porn category, I zeroed in on Annette Haven’s 1980 flick, “High School Memories”. Since everyone’s all gaga about the fairytale romance of Kate and Wills, you might want to celebrate the occasion by taking in “Sinderella and Me” or perhaps the nuptial romp “The Wedding Day”.

Whatever films catch your fancy, you can get ’em straight from ERWA. We link directly to SugarDVD, SmutNetwork, Adult DVD Empire, Hot Movies for Her, Xmobile – and yes, we’ve got discounts on videos for you, too!

Explore the latest in sexy cinema:
erotica-readers.com/adult-movies

Inside the Erotic Mind, members of the ERWA “Parlor” list are talking about a real problem: what to do when you’re horny at work. Apparently there are solutions, if you dare… Got an opinion or story to share? Just click on the Participate link to add your comments.

Nothing is forbidden inside the erotic mind:
erotica-readers.com/inside-the-erotic-mind

Speaking of comments – you may not realize that ERWA also has a blog. If you really want to express your opinion, sign up to follow us:
erotica-readers.blogspot.com.

For those of you who plan to work this summer (I’ve got a few deadlines myself), the Authors Resources pages offer advice and support. This month, in her column “Seduce Your Reader”, Donna George Storey tries to define difference between pornography and erotica. I think her commentary strikes right to the heart of the question. In erotica, unlike porn, characters “experience consequences when they have sex” and the interest of the story lies as much in how they react as in the sex itself. Meanwhile, Ashley Lister contributes a hilarious and insightful discussion of the erotic science fiction genre in “To Boldly Go”: “It’s sex, Jim – but not as we know it.” Don’t miss it!

Of course the Author Pages also list dozens of publishing opportunities for you authors. This month Nobilis Reed is calling for stories about transformation for the charitable anthology Coming Together: In Flux. Rachel Kramer Bussel is working on two anthologies, one on curvy women and a second hotel erotica volume, following up on her hugely successful DO NOT DISTURB. Authors of GLBT fiction may be interested in Delilah Devlin’s Beastly Babes (lesbian shape-shifters), Ily Goyanes’ Locker Room (lesbian jocks), or Shane Allison’s three open calls (including one entitled “Nice Butt”!) There are calls for Father’s Day stories and other seasonal tales, including (already!) “22 Days of Yule” from Storm Moon Press. Of course we also list guidelines for literally dozens of print and ebook publishers.

You can’t complain that there’s no place to publish your work!
erotica-readers.com/erotica-authors-resources

This edition of ERWA is sponsored by Adult Friend Finder – the wildly popular adult personals site where you can find new friends, hook up with the sexy singles and swinging couples. Whether you’re looking for steamy chatrooms, live Webcams, swinger action, or that special someone; whether you’re straight, bent, or kinky — if you are seriously looking for a friend, or more, your chances are very good at Adult FriendFinder.

That about wraps it up for this month’s Lure. I’ll be back in July, as usual, all decked out in my red, white and blue corset, ready to take good care of you all! Meanwhile, if you really miss me… well, I’m pretty easy. To find, I mean.

Lustily yours,
Lisabet


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Aspiring Authors Get Help Online

by | April 29, 2011 | General

According to a New York Times article, on Tuesday, Penguin Group (publisher of such notables as Tom Clancy and Nora Robers) will unveil Book Country, a website for writers of genre fiction.

“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.

Erotic Lure Newsletter: April 2011 Edition

by | April 1, 2011 | Erotic Lure Newsletter

From the Erotica Readers & Writers Association
By Ashley Lister
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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:
erotica-readers.com/story-gallery

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:
erotica-readers.com/books

(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:
erotica-readers.com/erotica-authors-resources

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:
erotica-readers.com/inside-the-erotic-mind

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:
erotica-readers.com/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,
erotica-readers.com/adult-movies

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.
erotica-readers.com/links

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:
www.edenfantasys.com

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.

Best,

Ashley Lister

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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.
Website: www.ashleylister.co.uk

by | March 3, 2011 | General

From the Erotica Readers & Writers Association
By Lisabet Sarai
March 2011
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Dear Partisans of Pleasure,

I can hardly believe that February’s gone already. The month just raced by in a haze of amorous encounters and uninterrupted orgasms. It’s time once again for me to escort you through the slippery corridors of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association web site.

In the March Gallery we’re introducing a new feature, our monthly Guest Author. Kicking things off with an awesome bio and three intense BDSM-themed stories is the legendary Rachel Kramer Bussel. With each issue, we’ll be shining the spotlight on a new erotic luminary. We’ve booked a fabulous schedule to provide you with extra helping so the sizzling, smart erotica for which ERWA is so rightly acclaimed.

Don’t worry, though – we’ve got the usual fantastic assortment of original erotic fiction from our ERWA members as well. This month we feature stories by both familiar and new authors, specially selected from the Storytime list for your reading pleasure.

Discover new dimensions of desire in the ERWA Gallery:
erotica-readers.com/story-gallery

Still hungering for hot reading? Our Books for Sensual Readers section is your one-stop source for every sexual subgenre, complete with reviews by our staff. Headlining the section this month is COMING TOGETHER PRESENTS ROBERT BUCKLEY, a stellar volume of erotic noir stories from our very own senior editor, proceeds from which support the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. You can read “Fortune’s Fool”, the lead tale from the collection, in the Gallery as well as Ashley Lister’s interview with Bob in the Authors Resources section. (Don’t believe all his flattering comments about my looks!)

Also featured is Violet Blue’s new anthology of taboo-focused erotica for couples, SWEET DANGER and Rachel Kramer Bussel’s GOTTA HAVE IT: 69 STORIES OF SUDDEN SEX. (The title says it all!) As a huge fan of Victorian-era erotica, I was drawn to Susan Johnson’s SWEET AS THE DEVIL. Fans of gender-bending menage may enjoy Chloe Cole and L.C. Chase’s novel THREE TO TANGO. Edward Kendrick’s gay erotic novel EVERYONE’S MAN focuses on a male prostitute’s struggle to regain his ability to love after being raped, while DATE NIGHT by Kathleen Dale offers a series of steamy lesbian vignettes that reveal the intense connection between the main characters.

For non-fiction, I have to recommend M.Christian’s HOW TO WRITE AND SELL EROTICA. With hundreds of erotic publications to his credit, the “Literary Streetwalker” really knows what he’s talking about. If “you want something visual/that’s not too abysmal” (to quote Frankenfurter from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”), don’t miss Maxim Jakubowski’s MAMMOTH BOOK OF NEW EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHY.

All these titles and dozens more can be yours in an instant. Just click on our links to Amazon or Amazon UK. You can indulge yourself while knowing that you’re doing your part to support the smartest and most original adult site on the web.

Indulge yourself in a literary orgy:
erotica-readers.com/books

Speaking of a literary orgy, Donna George Storey is up to her usual delicious tricks in the Authors Resources section. Her topic this month is “First Drafts” and the fear they inspire. She says: “A story doesn’t exist in the outline or plot, it comes into being sentence by sentence as I write it on the page.” I know exactly what she’s talking about.

Also in Author Resources, William Gaius begins his consideration of “The Decision to Self-Publish”, with some hard-nosed facts. Ashley Lister’s The Write Stuff had me gasping with laughter even as he discussed the serious topic of choosing character names. (But I’m sorry – Colin is a perfectly good name for a cat!)

The Resources section also includes literally dozens of calls for submissions. New this month is a call for essays on sexual topics for Rachel Kramer Bussel’s BEST SEX WRITING 2012. Other noteworthy opportunities include Books We Love Publishers “Shoot the Moon Contest” (really a call for submissions), a gay sex-and-magick collection edited by Richard Labonte, and calls for bondage/BDSM erotic romance from Total-E-Bound and for stories about “men of mystery” from Loose Id. ERWA posts guidelines from virtually every reputable publisher of erotica, erotic romance and adult non-fiction in the business.

Nurture your muse and polish your publication list:
erotica-readers.com/erotica-authors-resources

If you’re visiting ERWA just for fun, I’m sure you’ll want to check out the Sex Toy Playground and Adult Movies pages. In the Playground, Kyra Saunders reviews the Mystic Mini Wand rechargeable vibrator (with some informative photos) while the folks at Good Vibrations provide a tutorial on strengthening your PC muscles (you know, the ones that lead to cataclysmic coming…). The Sex Toy Scuttlebutt column features toys that double as exercise tools, as well as a number of elegant but oddly shaped vibrators. Both Babeland and Good Vibrations have discount offers for ERWA folks. We also welcome Eden Fantasys, a new affiliate. (Check out their great banner on the Inside the Erotic Mind “Loud & Proud” page!)

All work and no play is simply unacceptable:
erotica-readers.com/sex-toy-playground

Speaking of adult movies, of course we’ve got the latest for you (with generous discounts from many of our affiliates). XXX-rated parodies continue to be the rage; this month we feature no less than four, ranging from Superman to the Silence of the Lambs! I rather liked the description of “The Masseuse”, featuring buff guys, demanding clients, and a gorgeous, predatory ex-girlfriend. On a similar theme, but with a good deal less plot, there’s “Malibu Massage Parlor”, which offers big butts and lots of oil. Couples will enjoy the “For Lovers Only” collection, four full-length DVD features full of true passion. Meanwhile, I always like to see what’s new in the “Classics” section. With today’s technology, forgotten gems are constantly being resurrected and restored. This month I hit paydirt with “Class of ’86”, BDSM porn from the early days when this genre was truly taboo. I also took a peek at our extensive anime listings. I vote for “La Blue Girl Episode 6”. How can I resist a heroine who is a “supernatural sex ninja”?

Come watch:
erotica-readers.com/adult-movies

Inside the Erotic Mind, our members are telling some great stories about being noisy during sex. Are you “loud and proud”? Just click on the “Participate” link to share your thoughts and experiences.

You never know what you’ll encounter Inside the Erotic Mind:
erotica-readers.com/inside-the-erotic-mind

Our Web Gem this month is Hips and Curves, the premiere on-line lingerie shop for big, beautiful women. Hips and Curves believe your gorgeous curves are made to be flaunted, caressed, adored – and adorned – in the latest and greatest plus size styles. So let your gorgeous cleavage spill out of a curve-enhancing plus size corset. Decorate your derriere in a pair of black lacy boy shorts. Throw on a pair of killer high heels and sashay around the bedroom like the sexy kitten you truly are. Hips and Curves has plus size intimate apparel for your every mood and whim. So what are you waiting for?

Click on Hips and Curves and start shopping!

Well, that’s all for March. Next month I’ll be otherwise occupied (my annual visit to slave training camp to brush up on my skills), but my dear friend Ashley Lister has promised to entertain you as least as thoroughly as I do. (I wonder if he completely understands what he’s signed up for!) Until we meet again in the lusty month of May, I am:

Lasciviously yours,
Lisabet

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Call for Submissions (open call)

by | February 15, 2011 | Call for Submissions

Beachwalk Press is a royalty paying, full-service e-publisher. We are accepting submissions of all subgenres of romance with a rating of “sensual” or higher. We are not accepting “sweet” romances. We are accepting manuscripts of no less than 15,000 words and no more than 75,000 words.

Please send a short query letter in the body of the email and attach a full synopsis and the completed manuscript. These should be two separate attachments named as: Title_AuthorName_synopsis and Title_AuthorName_submission.

Submissions should be sent via email to: submissions@beachwalkpress.com.

Please format your work as follows:

1 inch margins
1.5 line spacing
Times New Roman, 12pt.

For more information, visit:
www.beachwalkpress.com/submissions

Erotic Lure Newsletter: February Edition

by | February 3, 2011 | Erotic Lure Newsletter

From the Erotica Readers & Writers Association
By Lisabet Sarai
February 2011
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Dear Acolytes of Eros,

It’s February and romance is in the air. Time for kisses and kink, chocolates and chains, roses and restraints… Okay, perhaps your idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day is more traditional (or vanilla) than mine, but no one can deny that underneath the hearts and flowers, Valentine’s is about shared tender moments, intense emotional connections, and getting some tail. Here at the Erotica Readers & Writers Association, our Valentine’s celebrations tend more to the explicit.

Breaking with convention, I begin this month’s tour in the Sex Toy Playground, where our friends from Good Vibrations offer a wonderful article on flirting and foreplay called “How to Set the Mood”. Sensuality and romance tend to get pushed into the background by all the worrisome details of our daily lives. The column provides a wealth of suggestions for bringing them back into the spotlight.

Also in the Playground, we feature a review of Chippendale’s Diva, a device that Mr. and Mrs. Toy praise as being perfect for couples, and our regular round-up of the latest and greatest erotic instruments, Sex Toy Scuttlebutt. For February, Good Vibrations, Babeland and Adam & Eve are all offering discounts for ERWA customers. Check out the Scuttlebutt for details.

Toys keep you young (and horny):
erotica-readers.com/sex-toy-playground

From the Playground, I’ll just slide on over (using recently purchased lube) to the ERWA screening room, otherwise known as our Adult Movies section. Headlining here you’ll find the erotic extravaganza “Body Heat”, praised by our reviewer as the best pornographic film he’s ever seen, in terms of acting, plot and cinematography as well as sex. Also of note is the thought- (and arousal-) provoking “Sanatorium”, a tale of a prostitute’s quest to free herself from the crazy-making hypocrisy of society. Looking for something a little lighter? Check out “Cheaters’ Retreat”, where troubled couples come to consult a sexy, unconventional relationship guru. And if you’re really not interested in any plot at all, just steamy, delicious sex, you can’t go wrong with “Buttwoman vs. Slutwoman”. It’s difficult to know who to root for!

We’ve got deals for you here, too, from Adam & Eve, Adult DVD Empire, SmutNetwork, and our new affiliate Hot Movies. Why not pick a flick or two for Cupid’s day? It’s a lot cheaper than a candlelight dinner in a fancy restaurant.

For those who like to watch:
erotica-readers.com/adult-movies

I enjoy sexy films, but (as you might expect from an author), the written word is even more likely to turn me on. The February theme in the ERWA Galleries is, appropriately, “Sensual Romance”. Among our theme offerings you’ll find a reluctant partner, a damaged biker, a historical tryst and an unusual shape-shifting hero. Don’t stop with the theme stories, though. We have several titillating tales that will definitely get you in the mood for amorous adventure. And if you’re still not satisfied, you can rummage through the conveniently categorized ERWA Treasure Chest to find exactly the sort of story you crave: queer, kinky or sensual, long or short.

Imagination is the ultimate aphrodisiac:
erotica-readers.com/story-gallery

Exhibitionism and voyeurism rule in this month’s Books for Sensual Readers section. Alison Tyler and Rachel Kramer Bussel team up to offer the sensational collection HIDE AND SEEK, while Christopher Pierce serves up gay stories on the same theme in the I LIKE TO WATCH anthology. BEST LESBIAN ROMANCE 2011, edited by Radclyffe, is an obvious Valentine’s choice, but Kannan Feng’s M/M BDSM fantasy THE LORD OF MISRULE is equally romantic in its own way. Fans of erotic romance may enjoy Kate Pearce’s SIMPLY FORBIDDEN, a Regency featuring a heroine who’s anything but innocent, or Lynne Connolly’s evocative tale of art and love, UNBROKEN. Looking for some fun non-fiction? Check out Rachel Greenwald’s HAVE HIM AT HELLO, a book based on confessions from one thousand guys about what makes them fall in love. My pick in the arts and photography category is AMERICA SWINGS, Naomi Harris’ compendium of photos taken (with permission) at thirty eight swinger’s gatherings across the U.S.

All these titles and many more can be yours with a click of a mouse. Whenever you use our affiliate links, you support ERWA and its mission: to provide the highest quality adult content on the web (i.e. to turn you on!)

Browse our virtual shelves:
erotica-readers.com/books

Authors! We haven’t forgotten you! This month in the Authors Resources section we begin a new series by the articulate and entertaining William Gaius, entitled “Kill Electrons, Not Trees”. William will focus on topics related to the digital revolution in publishing. Don’t miss it!

Ashley Lister’s The Write Stuff column this month is entitled “Not Writing Erotica” and includes some cringe-worthy examples of what NOT to do in your writing. (If you have an allergy to bared, bouncing breasts, you might want to skip this article…)

Have you visited the Writers Room lately? This compendium of advice and discussion covers topics from Agents to Villains. If you like what you see, consider joining the ERWA Writers email list (from which the Writers Room discussions derive), a great source of information as well as support.

Starting this month, we’ve integrated the Calls for Submissions lists into the Author Resources page. The number of publishing opportunities available is mind-boggling. You’ll find at least a half-dozen calls for “Best of” anthologies, as well as collections focused on dark mythology and Father’s Day. M. Christian and A. Rosselini are putting together a collection on sex and food, entitled A LOVERS’ FEAST, while C.B. Potts needs stories for MELT IN YOUR MOUTH: CHOCOLATE, BOYS AND BED. What could be more appropriate for Valentine’s Day? ERWA offers the most comprehensive guide to erotic publishing opportunities on the web, updated several times a month.

Kick start your writing career:
erotica-readers.com/erotica-authors-resources

Inside the Erotic Mind this February, our members discuss “taking care of business” – masturbating in the (possibly sleeping) presence of your partner. How do you feel about this? How does your partner feel? You’ll find a wide range of opinions. Add your own by clicking on the Participate link.

Shed your inhibitions and share your secrets:
erotica-readers.com/inside-the-erotic-mind

Our featured February Web Gem is HotTalking.com. For fans of audio erotica, Hot Talking is a fun website that offers hours of quality stories and albums for your listening pleasure. If you’re really adventurous, you can compose your own fantasy and your favorite voice on Hot Talking will professionally record and mix it for you. Very cool!

Hot Talking is always on the lookout for new voice talent and the process of selling on Hot Talking could not be easier. Just register your voice profile and start selling. The payout model is similar to iTunes and Amazon without all the content restrictions. It’s really a great place to buy and sell audio erotica. Their story listings are always growing so you are certain to find something that interests you at Hot Talking:
http://hottalking.com

Well, if I haven’t managed to get you in the mood for Cupid’s day, I don’t know what will! My personal Valentine’s plans involve champagne, caviar and hot wax. I’ll leave the details to your imagination.

Whatever the amorous adventures in which you choose to indulge this month, may your love be requited and your pleasure immeasurable!

Romantically yours,
Lisabet

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Confessions of a Literary Streetwalker: Risks

by | July 6, 2010 | Confessions of a Literary Streetwalker | 2 comments

“The shock of September 11 is subsiding. Each day adds distance. Distance diminishes fear. Cautiously our lives are returning to normal. But ‘normal’ will never be the same again. We have seen the enemy and the enemy is among us …. the publishers, producers, peddlers and purveyors of pornography.”

It didn’t take me long to find that quote. It came from an LDS Web site, Meridian Magazine, but I could have picked fifty others. In light of that kind of hatred, I think it’s time to have a chat about what it can mean to … well, do what we do.

We write pornography. Say it with me: por-nog-ra-phy. Not erotica – a word too many writers use to distance themselves, or even elevate themselves, from the down and dirty stuff on most adult bookstore shelves – but smut, filth … and so forth.

I’ve mentioned before how it’s dangerous to draw a line in the sand, putting fellow writers on the side of smut and others in erotica. The Supreme Court couldn’t decide where to scrawl that mark – what chance do we have?

What good are our petty semantics when too many people would love to see us out of business or thrown in jail? They don’t see any difference between what I write and what you write. We can sit and argue all we like over who’s innocent and who’s guilty until our last meals arrive, but we’ll still hang together.

I think it’s time to face some serious facts. Hyperbole aside, we face some serious risks for putting pen to paper or file to disk. I know far too many people who have been fired, stalked, threatened, had their writing used against them in divorces and child custody cases, and much worse.

People hate us. Not everyone, certainly, but even in oases like San Francisco, people who write about sex can suffer tremendous difficulties. Even the most – supposedly – tolerant companies have a hard time with an employee who writes smut. A liberal court will still look down on a defendant who’s published stories in Naughty Nurses. The religious fanatic will most certainly throw the first, second, third stone – or as many as it takes – at a filth peddler.

This is what we have to accept. Sure, things are better than they have been before and, if we’re lucky, they will slowly progress, but we all have to open our eyes to the ugly truths that can accompany a decision to write pornography.

What can we do? Well, aside from calling the ACLU, there isn’t a lot to we can directly do to protect ourselves if the law, or Bible-wielding fanatics, break down our doors – but there are a few relatively simple techniques you can employ to be safe. Take these as you will, and keep in mind that I’m not an expert in the law, but never forget that what you’re doing can be dangerous.

* Assess your risks. If you have kids, have a sensitive job, own a house, have touchy parents, or live in a conservative city or state, you should be extra careful about your identity. Even if you think you have nothing to lose, you do – your freedom. Many cities and states have very loose pornography laws, and all it would take is a cop, a sheriff, or a district attorney to decide you needed to be behind bars to put you there.

* Hide. Yes, I think we should all be proud of what we do, what we create, but use some common sense about how easily you can be identified or found: use a pseudonym and a post office box, never post your picture, and so forth. Women, especially, should be extra careful. I know far too many female writers who have been stalked or Internet-attacked because of what they do.

* Keep your yap shut. Don’t tell your bank, your boss, your accountant, your plumber, or anyone at all, what you do. When someone asks, I say I’m a writer. If I know them better, I say I write all kinds of things – including smut. If I know them very, very, very well, then maybe I’ll show them my newest book. People (it shouldn’t have to be said) are very weird. Just because you like someone doesn’t mean you should divulge that you just sold a story to Truckstop Transsexuals.

* Remember that line we drew between pornography and erotica? Well, here’s another: you might be straight, you might be bi, but in the eyes of those who despise pornography you are just as damned and perverted as a filthy sodomite. It makes me furious to meet a homophobic pornographer. Every strike against gay rights is another blow to your civil liberties and is a step closer to you being censored, out of a job, out of your house, or in jail. You can argue this all you want, but I’ve yet to see a hysterical homophobe who isn’t anti-smut. For you to be anti-gay isn’t just an idiotic prejudice, it’s giving the forces of puritanical righteousness even more ammunition for their war.

I could go on, but I think I’ve given you enough to chew on. I believe that writing about sex is something that no one should be ashamed of, but I also think that we all need to recognize and accept that there are many out there who do not share those feelings. Write what you want, say what you believe, but do it with your eyes open. Understand the risks, accept the risks and be smart about what you do – so you can keep working and growing as a writer for many years to come.

Confessions Of A Literary Streetwalker – The Four Deadly Sins, Part 4: Violence

by | May 27, 2010 | Confessions of a Literary Streetwalker

Once in awhile someone will ask me “What, if anything, is verboten in today’s permissive, literate erotica?” The answer is that pretty much anything is fair game, but there are what are called the four deadly sins: four subjects that a lot of publishers and editors won’t (or can’t) touch. These by no means are set in stone, but they definitely limit where you can send a story that uses any of them. So here, in a special series, are theses sins, and what – if anything – a writer can do with them.

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In regards to the last of erotica’s sins, a well-known publisher of “sexually explicit materials” put it elegantly and succinctly: “Just don’t fuck anyone to death.” As with the rest of the potentially problematic themes I’ve discussed here, the bottom line is context and execution: you can almost anything if you do it well – and if not well, then don’t bother doing it at all.

Violence can be a very seductive element to add to any genre, let alone smut, mainly because it’s just about everywhere around us. Face it, we live in a severely screwed up culture: cut someone’s head off and you get an R rating, but give someone head and it’s an X. It’s kind of natural that many people want to use some degree of violence in their erotica, more than likely because they’ve seen more people killed than loved on-screen. But violence, especially over-the-top kind of stuff (i.e. run of the mill for Hollywood), usually doesn’t fly in erotic writing. Part of that is because erotica editors and publishers know that even putting a little violence in an erotic story or anthology concept can open them up to criticism from all kinds of camps: the left, the right, and even folks who’d normally be fence-sitters – and give a distributor a reason not to carry the book.

One of the biggest risks that can happen with including violence in an erotic story is when the violence affects the sex. That sounds weird; especially since I’ve often said that including other factors are essential to a well-written erotic story. The problem is that when violence enters a story and has a direct impact on the sex acts or sexuality of the character, or characters, the story can easily come off as either manipulative or pro-violence. Balancing the repercussions of a violent act on a character is tricky, especially as the primary focus of the story. However, when violence is not central to the sexuality of the characters but can affect them in other ways it becomes less easy to finger point – such as in noir, horror, etc – where the violence is background, mood, plot, or similar without a direct and obvious impact on how the character views sex. That’s not to say it isn’t something to shoot for, but it remains one of the harder tricks to pull off.

Then there’s the issue of severity and gratuitousness. As in depicting the actual sex in sex writing, a little goes a long way: relishing in every little detail of any act can easily push sex, violence, or anything else into the realm of comedy, or at least bad taste. A story that reads like nothing but an excuse to wallow in blood – or other body fluids – can many times be a big turn-off to an editor or publisher. In other words, you don’t want to beat a reader senseless.

But the biggest problem with violence is when it has a direct sexual contact. In other words, rape. Personally, this is a big button-pusher, mainly because I’ve only read one or two stories that handled it … I can’t really say well because there’s nothing good about that reprehensible act, but there have been a few stories I’ve read that treat it with respect, depth, and complexity. The keyword in that is few: for every well-executed story dealing with sexual assault there are dozens and dozens that make me furious, at the very least. I still remember the pro-rape story I had the misfortune to read several years ago. To this day, I keep it in the back of my mind as an example of how awful a story can be.

Sometimes violence can slip into a story as a component of S/M play. You know: a person assaulted by a masked intruder who is really (ta-da!) the person’s partner indulging in a bit of harsh role-play. Aside from being old hack and thoroughly predicable, stories like this can also fall into the “all pain is good pain for a masochist” cliché, unless, as with all things, it’s handled with care and/or flair.

Summing up, there is nothing you cannot write about: even this erotic “sin” or the others I’ve mentioned. However, some subjects are simply problematic in regards to sales potential: themes and activities that are loaded with emotional booby traps have to be carefully handled if the story is going to be seen as anything other than a provocative device. The affective use of these subjects has always been dependent on the writer’s ability to treat them with respect. If you have any doubts about what that might be, just imagine being on the receiving end: extrapolate your feelings as if one of your own personal traumas or sexual issues was used as a cheap story device or plot point in a story. Empathy is always a very important facility for a writer to develop – especially when dealing with sensitive or provocative issues.

In short, if you don’t like being beaten up, then don’t do it to someone else, or if you do, then try and understand how much it hurts and why. Taking a few body blows for your characters might make you a bit black and blue emotionally, but the added dimension and sensitivity it gives can change an erotic sin, something normally just exploitive, to … well, if not a virtue, then at least a story with a respectful sinner as its author.

Confessions Of A Literary Streetwalker – The Four Deadly Sins, Part 3: Incest

by | April 15, 2010 | Confessions of a Literary Streetwalker

Once in awhile someone will ask me “What, if anything, is verboten in today’s permissive, literate erotica?” The answer is that pretty much anything is fair game, but there are what are called the four deadly sins: four subjects that a lot of publishers and editors won’t (or can’t) touch. These by no means are set in stone, but they definitely limit where you can send a story that uses any of them. So here, in a special series, are theses sins, and what – if anything – a writer can do with them.

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Like bestiality – and unlike underage sexuality – incest is a tough nut: it’s not something you might accidentally insert into an erotic story. Also like bestiality, it’s something that can definitely push – if not slam – the buttons of an editor or publisher. Yet, as with all of these “sins,” the rules are not as set in stone as you’d think. Hell, I even managed to not only write and sell an incest story (“Spike” which is the lead story in Dirty Words) but it also ended up in Best Gay Erotica. The trick, and with any of these erotic button-pushers, is context. In the case of “Spike” I took a humorous, surreal take on brother/brother sexuality, depicting a pair of twin punks who share and share alike sexually, until their world is shattered (and expanded) by some rough S/M play.

As with any of the “sins”, a story that deals with incest in a thought-provoking or side-ways humorous manner might not scream at an editor or publisher I’M AN INCEST STORY but rather as humorous or though-provoking, first, and as a tale dealing with incest, second. Still, once it comes to light there’s always a chance the story might still scream a bit, but if you’re a skilled writer telling an interesting story there’s still a chance quality could win over the theme.

Unlike bestiality, has very, very few stretches (like aliens and myths with bestiality). It’s very hard to stumble into incest. In short, you’re related or you’re not. As far as degree of relationship, that depends on the story and the intent: direct relations are damned tough to deal with, first cousins fooling around behind the barn are quite another.

Even though incest is pretty damned apparent in a story, that doesn’t mean the theme or the subtext can’t be touched on. Sometimes the forbidden or the unexpected laying under the surface can add depth to a story: a brother being protective of his attractive sister, a mother shopping for a date for a daughter, a father trying to steer his son’s sexuality, a daughter’s sexual explorations alarming (and enticing) a mother or father’s fantasies, and so forth. Technically, some of these dip into incest, if not the act then at least the territory, but if handled well they can add an interesting facet to an otherwise pedantic story. It’s a theme that’s also been played with, successfully, for centuries. Even the myth of Pygmalion – a sculptor falling in love with his creation – can almost be considered a story of incest, as the artist was a parent, then a over.

Conversely, incest can dull a situation when the emotions of the lovers involved become turned: as an example, where a person begins to feel more of a caregiver or mentor than a partner: the thought or even fantasies around sexuality with the person being cared-for or taught start to feel inappropriate. Conversely, someone might enjoy the forbidden spice of feeling sexual towards someone they’ve only thought of as a son or daughter, mother or father figure. This is also an old plaything for storytellers, the most common being a person looking for a partner to replace the strength and nurturing left behind when they grew up and moved out – or, from the new partner’s point of view, the shock in realizing they have been selected to fulfill that role.

As with any of these “sins”, fantasy can be a factor in being able to play with these themes. Having a character imagine making love to their mom (shudder) is in many editors or publishers eyes the same thing as actually doing it – but accepting and using the theme in, say, play-acting, where the reality is separated because the participants aren’t related in any way, is more acceptable. As with under-age play, S/M and dominance and submission games can also use incest as a spice or forbidden theme – especially in infantilism games, where one person pretends to be an abusive or nurturing parental figure. Once again, play versus reality (even imagined reality) can work where normally no one would dare tread.

The bottom-line, of course, is whether or not the story uses this theme is an interesting or though-provoking way or just as a cheap shot. If you have any questions, either try and look at the story with a neutral eye, ask a friend you respect for their opinion. But I wouldn’t ask your parents –

Confessions Of A Literary Streetwalker – The Four Deadly Sins, Part 2: Beastiality

by | March 20, 2010 | Confessions of a Literary Streetwalker

Once in awhile someone will ask me “What, if anything, is verboten in today’s permissive, literate erotica?” The answer is that pretty much anything is fair game, but there are what are called the four deadly sins: four subjects that a lot of publishers and editors won’t (or can’t) touch. These by no means are set in stone, but they definitely limit where you can send a story that uses any of them. So here, in a special series, are theses sins, and what – if anything – a writer can do with them.

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Only in erotica can the line “Come, Fido!” be problematic. Unlike some of the other Four Deadly Sins of smut writing, bestiality is very hard to justify: with few exceptions it’s not something that can be mistaken for something else, or lie in wait for anyone innocently trying to write about sex. Unlike, for instance, discussing a first time sexual experience and have it accused of being pro-pedophilia. Bestiality is sex with anything living that’s not human: if it’s not living then it’s a machine, if it was once-living then its necrophilia.

A story that features – positively or negatively – anything to do with sex with animals is tough if not impossible to sell, though some people have accomplished it. However, there are some odd angles to the bestiality that a lot of people haven’t considered – both positive and negative.

On the negative side, I know a friend who had an erotic science fiction story soundly slammed by one editor because it featured sex with something non-human, technically bestiality – despite the fact that there is a long tradition of erotic science fiction, most recently culminating in the wonderful writing and publishing of Cecilia Tan and her Circlet Press (both very highly recommended). Erotic fantasy stories, too, sometimes get the “we don’t want bestiality” rejection, though myth and legend are packed with sexy demons, mermaids, ghosts, etc. This doesn’t even get into the more classical sexy beasts such as Leda and her famous swan or Zeus and other randy gods and demi-gods in their various animal forms.

Alas, “someone else did it” doesn’t carry any weight with an editor and publisher, especially one that might be justifiably nervous about government prosecution or distributor rejection. Erotica, once again, gets – bad joke number three – the shaft: because erotica is up-front about the nature of its writing, alarm bells go off, unlike if you were writing something scholarly or even pop-culture. Market something as erotic and the double standards start popping up all over the place.

On a positive note – as the already mentioned, Cecilia Tan has proved – sex with aliens and mythological creatures has always been popular. Anthropomorphizing an animal, adding intellect or obvious will to a creature is a very safe way of touching on, or even embracing, the allure of sex with the unusual. The furry subculture is a close example of this, though they are very clear that this is not bestiality. It’s just a way of eroticizing the exotic, mixing human sexuality with animal features. As long as the critters being embraced are not “real” animals and can give consent, then protests and issues usually fall away. Fantasy, after all, is one thing, and there’s nothing more fantastic that dating a being from Tau Ceti V or something that looks like a raccoon crossed with Miss November, 1979.

There’s another feature of bestiality that can be explored but only until recently has been: the idea of role-playing. In this take, a person will behave like an animal, usually a dog and usually submissive. In these S/M games, the “dog” (notice that they are never cats) is led around on a leash, communicates in barks or whines, drinks and eats from a bowl, and is generally treated – much to his pleasure, or as punishment – like a pooch: one-way it’s a unique power game, read it another and it’s bestiality.

One thing worth mentioning, because some people have brought this up in regards to all of the sins, is the dream out. What I mean by that is simple: say you really, really want to, say, write about doing some member of another phylum. That’s cool, but your chances of seeing it in print, or even on a Web site, are about slim to none. SF doesn’t turn your crank so you say: “Got it! It’s a dream!” Well, I got news for you: a story that’s slipped under the door with that framing device, as a way of getting about the idea of a real bestiality story apparent, especially when it opens with “I went to bed” and ends with “Then I woke up” is a pretty damned obvious excuse to write an un-sellable bestiality.

In short, like with a lot of these erotic “sins” whether or not a story comes across as being thoughtful or just exploitive and shallow depends a lot on how much you, as the writer, has put into the concept: something done cheap and easy will read just that way, versus the outcome if you invest time, thought, and – best of all – originality. Good work really does win out, and even can wash away some of the more outré’ erotic “sins.”

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