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Secrets of a Sex Writer: Erotica Writes and Wrongs by by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Anyone can write erotica? It's a piece of cake? No special talent needed?

First, check the cynicism at the door because writing erotica isn't easy. We don't just pull this stuff out of thin air. It's work! Second, read this insightful article written but my gal pal and fellow dirty girl Rachel Kramer Bussel.

Secrets of a Sex Writer: Erotica Writes and Wrongs by by Rachel Kramer Bussel

I spend a lot of my time writing and reading erotica. I put out about six anthologies a year (sometimes more, sometimes less), which means reading hundreds of submissions to select 20 to 25 per book.

Though I’ve been editing erotica for seven years, I still greatly enjoy the process, because I get to peek into the minds of other writers and see how they approach a given topic. I think erotica is one of the most democratic of genres because everyone has a sexual fantasy (or twenty) lurking somewhere in their mind, and writing about it can help flesh it out and teach you about your own desires.

Right now, I’m in the process of considering stories for my 2011 Cleis Press anthologies Obsessed: Erotic Romance for Women and Women in Lust. Every day, my inbox brings new stories to consider.

The job of an anthology editor is largely a balancing act. It’s not just about picking the best-written stories, but the best-written stories that work well with all the others. For instance, I might include a sex at the office story, or a hot wax story, but I probably wouldn’t include two on stories on either topic because it would make the anthology too repetitive.

50 Shades of Nothing New by Mitzi Szereto

Author, TV creator/presenter, blogger Mitzi Szereto doesn’t hold her tongue and so it was only a matter of time before she addressed the hype surrounding 50 Shades of Grey.

Most writers agree: congrats on the success but it’s nothing new.

Mitzi, thanks for being your sassy self. Kisses!

50 Shades of Nothing New by Mitzi Szereto

I figured that since so many journalists and broadcasters keep interviewing me and asking me for quotes about the recent publishing phenomenon of 50 Shades of Grey, I thought it was time I put in my two pence’ worth right here at my blog.

Now I’m the last person to rain on anyone’s parade, especially another author’s. Those of us who toil in this usually thankless and poverty-stricken profession know all too well how difficult it is to make a living, let alone garner the kind of phenomenal success now being enjoyed by 50 Shades author E. L. James, who, up until this time, wasn’t even a professional author (and there are many who would argue that she still isn’t). However, as a writer and editor who does quite a bit of work in the area known as “erotic literature” or “erotic fiction” or “erotica,” I’m truly in the dark as to what all the fuss is about.

James’s novel (and their many continuations) focus on a BDSM relationship between a “submissive” young woman and a “dominant” man. The book evolved from her fan fiction site for Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novel Twilight. Though unlike Twilight, 50 Shades of Grey has lots of sex in it.

Explicit sex. And some of it is considered kinky depending on what church you go to.

Err… okay. So what? Is this anything new? Has no one ever written these kinds of novels before? Has no one heard of the similarly themed classic The Story of O? Has no one seen the gazillion erotic novels that have been published over the last few decades detailing precisely the same plotline, replete with salacious details? Has no one noticed the amount of explicit sex to be found on the pages of what are considered to be “mainstream” as well as ”literary” novels, not to mention “women’s fiction”?

Black Women, Sexual Assault and the Art of Resistance by Brooke Elise Axtell

My lovely friend and award-winning author Brooke Elise Axtell wrote this passionate article for Forbes. It's a must read!


According to an ongoing study conducted by Black Women’s Blueprint, sixty percent of Black girls have experienced sexual abuse before the age of 18. More than 300 Black women nationwide participated in the research project. A similar study conducted by The Black Women’s Health Imperative seven years ago found the rate of sexual assault was approximately 40%.

The pervasive nature of this trauma could translate into an increased risk for Black women and girls to experience depression, PTSD and addiction, common symptoms experienced by many survivors of rape.

The Department of Justice estimates that for every white woman that reports her rape, at least 5 white women do not report theirs; and yet, for every African-American woman that reports her rape, at least 15 African-American women do not report theirs.

Amazon's Plagiarism Problem

Journalist Adam L. Penenberg has written an excellent article on Amazon's plagiarism woes. Please spread the word.

Adam, thank you so much for putting pen to paper and raising awareness. Shar, my ace, you're an angel. An angry scribe is a dangerous thing!   

Amazon's erotica section isn't just rife with tales of lust, incest, violence, and straight-up kink. It's also a hotbed of masked merchants profiting from copyright infringement. And even with anti-piracy legislation looming, Amazon doesn't appear too eager to stop the forbidden author-on-author action.

People Can Smell Your Neuroticism by Rachel Rettner

Getting to know someone usually requires at least a little conversation. But a new study suggests you can get a hint of an individual's personality through his or her scent alone.

Participants in the study assessed, with some degree of accuracy, how outgoing, anxious or dominant people were after only taking a whiff of their clothes. The study is the first to test whether personality traits can be discerned through body odor...

Researchers asked 30 men and 30 women to don white cotton t-shirts for three consecutive nights. Participants could not use fragrances, deodorants or soaps, and could not smoke or drink or eat odorous foods during the study. Participants also took a personality test.

I'd LOVE to know what my scent says about me. To read the entire article, click below.

5 Common Mistakes Women Make Verbally That Scare Men Off

I stumbled across this article written by Telisha Ng. It's pretty interesting so I thought I'd share it with you. Enjoy!

It’s common knowledge that our non-verbal communication says a whole lot more than our verbal. But when you stay sitting pretty, have trouble sustaining a relationship, a look at the way you are presenting yourself verbally may be necessary.

I’ve got it all, I have a great career, I’m attractive, intelligent, with a kind heart where is he at? Better yet, with all I have to offer why doesn’t he stick around?

"Exception to the Rules" by Stephanie Morris is Now Available!

Some rules are meant to be broken...

Gaea Martin needs a man and quick. Someone that is extremely sexy and willing to play the role of her doting boyfriend to keep her married womanizing boss in his place. Retired Navy Seal, Sebastian Fuller is exactly what she needs.

Escorting Gaea to different parties and media events for her new fashion week campaign is not the hardship Sebastian thought it would be. Kiss her senseless, pretend to be head-over-heels for her and exchange heated glances. No problem.

Until he and Gaea share one night of mind-altering sex. Now Sebastian has to convince Gaea that there should be an exception to the rules.

Click 'Read More" for excerpt

Author Christy Parks Interviews Tracy

It’s with great pleasure I introduce Tracy Ames. Tracy, thank you so much for joining us.
Can you tell the readers, what inspired you to write your first book?

First, I’d like to thank you for having me. You’re a peach!

Trust me, the honor is all mine!

Nick and Alyanna, the main characters in Seduce Me, were my golden couple from my column days. The readers took to them and soon there was a grassroots plea for a full novel. At the time I was working fulltime as a software engineer so I shoved it to the backburner. Long story short, I scribbled the first two chapters of the manuscript while dying a slow death in one of those long, boring ‘town hall’ meetings corporate America inflicts on its innocent masses. I guess my inspiration was fueled by my unyielding love of writing, an overactive imagination, and a sore bum.

Main Street Magazine Features Author Tracy Ames by Tilly Rivers

Erotic literature has been around since the days of “Ovid.” (Publius Ovidius Naso, 43 BC – AD 17/18, known as Ovid in the English-speaking world, was a Roman poet who is best known as the author of the three major collections of erotic poetry: Heroides, Amores, and Ars Amatoria.) or how about the Tijuana Bibles (Tijuana bibles,also known as bluesies, eight-pagers, gray-backs, Jiggs-and-Maggie books, jo-jo books, Tillie-and-Mac books, two-by-fours, and fuck books, were pornographic comic books produced in the United States from the 1920s to the early 1960s.)

Plagiarism is the New Black

What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is taking the writings or literary ideas of another and selling and/or publishing them as one's own writing.

Hmmm, I guess 'Elizabeth Summers' and her gaggle of fuckwits didn't get the memo. The sheer audacity of this woman knows no bounds.


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