Friday, September 29, 2006

Review Special at Sexography

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Winter Fiction Contest

There's something very romantic and sensual about winter. Snuggling up in a snow silenced home with nothing but a hot toddy and a hot body to keep you company. Or cruising down a powdery slope on your board adrenaline pumping, until your muscles are fatigued and then slipping into a hot tub with a sexy group of co-eds for a winter adventure (Colorado style). Or how about spending a day at the beach, rubbing suntan oil into the chest of your secret sex partner, smugly thinking of the ones you left behind in the below zero chill at home. The creative interpretation of your wintery sex story is completely up to you so have fun with it!

Compensation: $300 cash prize and feature on the Oysters and Chocolate homepage.

There is a $10 reading fee.

Deadline: December 21st (first day of winter)

Please see the complete contest guidelines.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Talking with Anthology Editors, Part Three

Continuing the talk with Hanne Blank, Susie Bright, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Jewel Scott about editing erotica anthologies:

In general, what is the process and time line for you as an editor of an anthology?

Rachel: For the anthologies I've edited, it depends how much time I'm given by the publisher. I'll first create a call for submissions and then I'll make a list of people to send it to. I'll try to set the deadline for a month or two before my deadline with the publisher so I have time to read and compile the submissions and ask for any necessary revisions and scramble for extra stories if need be. Then as the stories come in, I'll read and consider them and start to make a tentative list of ones I want to include, and also highlight any gaps in the anthology or topics/scenarios I'd like to see covered. Then I'll wait until the deadline passes and sort through the submissions and see if I have enough in my yes pile. If I do, then I go about ordering the stories and inputting my editing changes and ask the authors any questions I have about their stories, then I carefully copyedit the final manuscript and submit it to the publisher and wait to make sure they approve all the stories.

Susie: Oh good grief. Well, I publish an annual anthology that comes out in February. I collect and read materials for it all year. Between Jan and April, I start to contact authors and license stories, nail stuff down, prepare manuscript. In the Summer, we copyedit and proofread it, and enter production. In the fall, we begin promotion work.

Jewel: Ever since the first publication I first edited (a literary magazine of my students' writings) I have pretty much followed the same procedure. It has carried me through several publications for both state and special project journals. As soon as the deadline arrives I start reading everything that has been submitted. They are then sorted into three piles: Yes, No, and Maybe. Once the first selection sort has been done, I go back and look at the themes that are in the works that are in the "Yes" and "Maybe" piles. There are times at this point when one of the stories in the "Yes" pile get moved to the "Maybe" pile and the reverse. At this point I am looking at number of items with a particular theme. Also, I am looking at tone at this time. If the tone of too many stories is similar the reader becomes bored or exhausted with the reading. When working on an anthology, I ultimately look at the entire compilation to tell a story as well as each piece.

When editing the works of a single author, this is the time when I look for holes in the manuscript. When working on the SubDiva book, this was when I realized that she had written about her daughter but not her sons. I also realized at this point she had not varied the tone. I knew she had written about the death of her mother, but there was nothing in the book about this event. We ended up including the piece on her mother and one where her son talks about talking to his grandmother on the wind.

Hanne: Assuming a one-year work period before I have to turn anything in to my publisher (none of this is fulltime work, incidentally, more like a handful of hours here and there over the course of any given week during that year) it usually goes about like this:

First 6 months are submissions, slushpile, acquisitions, rejections.

Next 2 months are editorial, revisions.

Next 2 months or so are manuscript preparation, things like ordering, copyediting, having beta-readers go through the ms. and getting their feedback on structure and so on.

As for the remaining two months, I always try to build in a substantial chunk of time for the rest of the schedule to go to hell in a handbasket, because it generally will. Holidays, contributor vacations or illnesses, etc. can play merry hell with one's ability to get things done when one wants to.

Is it any different when the work is a collection of your own works? If so, how?

Jewel: It should be no different when working on my own work, but it can become so. The primary reason is that as an editor of my own work, I am too close to the writing. The ideal is to work with an editor who has the aesthetic distance I cannot get with my own writing.

Susie: The licensing part is eliminated, but I am often involved in negotiating my own contract for months.

Hanne: Of course it is. If it's a collection of your own work, it's your editor's responsibility to do most of that work. All you have to give them is a relatively pruned pile of likely suspects, which presumably you've already written, since single-author short fiction collections tend to be retrospective rather than compilations of new work.

The self-editorial end of things is usually more in depth with a collection of your own work, because you're the writer. But given that you can dispense with collecting submissions, reading slushpile, etc., that's not extra work, it's just different work.

What percentage of the stories submitted make it into an anthology?

Hanne: Obviously this depends on the number of submissions, but I have typically had somewhere between 100-200 submissions for any given book I've edited, out of which I've been able to publish somewhere between 15 and 20 books. So 10 -20%? That sounds roughly right.

Rachel: Roughly 20-40% when I do an open call for submissions; probably 80% when I do a private call for submissions.

Susie: Ten percent or less, for BAE, where I have a tremendous number of unsolicited contributions. For an anthology where I am making queries and am seeking out talent, it's almost the opposite. I approach people I probably want to work with.

Jewel: The number of stories submitted that make it into the anthology depends on the number of submissions. Authors, of course, want to see their names in print. "Big Name" anthologies are ways to get an author's name before the public. For those anthologies, I would estimate that only about 10% of the submissions are published. For smaller publications the acceptance rate is 50%.

Next time, we get into more specifics on how to be in that small percentage...

If you missed it, here's Part Two of the talk.

Debonair Magazine

Debonair Magazine seeks highly motivated and skilled writers whose interest lies in the following genres: health, travel, technology, sex and business. If your forte is in one of these areas of focus and you’re in sync with our mission as stated below please email, info@hertzmanmedia.com.

ThugLit

ThugLit.com is open to submissions.

I quote from their website:

"This is a genre-specific mystery and noir website. If you don't know what that means, then don't send me your damned story. No Sci-Fi, Horror or Romance. Erotica (by way of sex) is okay, but PLEASE have violence, crime, murder, mayhem and chaos. Or a monkey. We like monkeys. They throw poop."

For details, see their submissions information.

Forbidden Fruit: Falling in Love With the Straight Girl

This call comes from Gena Hymowech:

Queer woman everywhere know the rule: You can’t seduce a straight girl. Or can you? I am looking for NON-FICTION, PERSONAL stories from gay/bi/transwomen or transmen who have ever fallen in love
(or just lust) with a straight girl (or a girl who identified as straight at the time of your
relationship or affair).

Was this a girl you had a crush on since you were childhood best friends and then one day, something changed? Did she run into your arms after breaking up with a boyfriend, and you "comforted" her? Write about what happened, and what the results were, whether they were positive, negative or in-between. It should be somewhat erotic, but need not be graphically so.

Once I get a few stories (just about three or so) together, I am planning to contact a few publishers that do this sort of thing and propose my idea. I have a lot of queer publishing experience (mostly non-fiction in magazines and on websites), so I believe they will be looking at my proposal seriously.

Pen names are fine, and you can use pseudonyms for anyone in your story.

While I can not give you an exact idea on pay yet (because I do not have a publisher), I can tell you that I will not do this anthology with anyone who does not pay their authors at least $50. And I am hoping to get between $75-$100 for authors, if possible.

Length: 1,000-2,000 words.

Prefer to receive as an MS Word attachment, but text
OK.

Email me with any questions at genahy (at) yahoo.com.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Talking with Anthology Editors, Part Two

I thought it would be nice if before we jumped right in with all the questions on editing, we knew a bit more about the histories of these authors/editors. While this is a nice 'getting to know you' bit, it also shows writers that this business isn't a matter of writing a very good piece and having the world come to you. Patience, serendipity, and perseverance play their own roles...

How long you worked at your craft prior to any publication?

Rachel: I've always written, from high school onwards, and wrote for the NYU undergraduate paper when I was in law school there in the late 90’s but didn’t start writing erotica until around 1999, and my first story, “Monica and Me,” was accepted for publication in the anthologies Starf*cker and Best Lesbian Erotica 2001 around that time. And since then it's just been hit or miss, but in the past few years I've upped the output and there have been more acceptances than rejections, but I try to submit to any anthology I can conceivably come up with a story. There are always a few (anything horror or cowboy related, for example) that I just have nothing to contribute to, but I've tried to stretch my writing chops by working on gay male stories and other things I haven’t tried before.

Jewel: I have worked seriously as a writer since 1993. It was almost five years before I had my first publication. I used to joke that I had enough rejection notices to paper my bathroom. Between 1996 and 2000 I did get about 25 publications in at least 15 different journals in 14 different states. Many of the publications since 2000 have been erotic stories.

Susie: I started publishing in an underground slightly notorious high school paper called the Red Tide in 1974. Before that I was in junior high and I guess I just wrote in my diary!

Hanne: The question, for me, is "how long were you regularly writing for publication before you started working at your craft?" And the answer is "about a decade." I never set out to be a writer or an editor, I just enjoyed writing. I have no formal training in writing or editing beyond normal public school education and frankly have never looked to acquire any.

I began to get paid to write for publication in the early 1990s when I decided on a whim to see if I could write an op-ed column in a paper local to where I was living at that time, and not only did they allow me to write one, they encouraged me to write them regularly. In 1999 I was approached about writing my first book based on some 'zines I'd done -- the 'zines were again one of those on-a-whim projects -- and after my first book I decided I liked writing books better than the other things I'd done in my time, so I decided to see if I could make a go of it. That was when I started actually working at being a writer/editor.

When did you feel you had 'arrived' as an author?

Susie: Well, financially, in '84, when I got my first freelance assignments from NY magazines. But in terms of influencing public opinion, the Red Tide, in high school, for sure. I've written as if the whole world was watching since then... not because I had a fat head, but more that pressure to make it professional, newsworthy, make a difference.

Rachel: I don’t know that I'll ever feel I've really "arrived" as an author or editor but each new step brings me a new kind of validation and excitement, but then I'm eyeing the next level of what I want to achieve. So selling that first story was its own high, then co-editing my first anthology, Up All Night, then being asked to write a column for The Village Voice. Right now what I'm most proudest of is finding my fabulous agent, Lori Perkins, and getting a two novel deal with Bantam. After so long working "in the trenches" as it were and often getting paid nothing writing for webzines and the like, it feels like a huge step to being writing for a major publisher, though I'm proud of the work I’ve done with small presses and especially excited about Naughty Spanking Stories 2, Caught Looking, He’s on Top, and She’s on Top, my latest anthologies.

When did you feel you had 'arrived' as an editor?

Susie: Again, there's this split between the moneymaking career and my sense of "I know what I'm doing." My first paid editorial work was the Herotica series. But my work on the Red Tide, many many small press journals, and then On Our Backs, all were big responsibilities.

Both Hanne and Jewel addressed the two questions regarding 'arrival' as one topic.

Jewel, ever the teacher, wrote, "As both an author and editor I have not arrived. Any writer or editor who thinks s/he has 'arrived' stagnates. We are always developing new skills."

Hanne views 'arrival' as irrelevant to the way she perceives her own career; a reminder that success is a very subjective thing.

For complete bios, read Talking with Anthology Editors, Part One.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Talking with Anthology Editors, Part One

Naughty Words is proud to present not only interviews with four prominent erotica authors, but present a conversation of sorts about the business of editing anthologies.

Included in the interviews are the questions many of you would love to know the answers to, but are too afraid to ask. Don't worry, Naughty doesn't mind looking stupid so you don't have too ;)

Since each editor/author has taken the time to seriously address the questions, I'm breaking the group interview up into a series of shorter Q & A. This should make for more digestible web-based reading.

In Part One of Talking with Anthology Editors I'll list their abbreviated bios/resumes, in alphabetical order:

Hanne Blank is a writer, editor, public speaker, and educator whose work has appeared to great acclaim in many print and online publications, anthologies and collections, as well as in book form. She has been writing full-time since 2000.

The former co-editor of Scarletletters.com and Scarleteen.com has been a sex columnist for the Boston Phoenix and Good Vibes Magazine. Her work has been featured in Penthouse, Lilith, Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, PRIDE Magazine and numerous others. Her short fiction and essays are also frequently anthologized. Her books include Unruly Appetites, Shameless: Women's Intimate Erotica, Best Transgender Erotica, Zaftig: Well Rounded Erotica, Big Big Love: A Sourcebook on Sex for People of Size and Those Who Love Them and the forthcoming Virgin: The Untouched History. As a public speaker and educator, Hanne has appeared on the campuses of many universities and colleges as well as at national and regional conferences of various types. You can find out more at her website, HanneBlank.com.

Susie Bright is an American social critic, lecturer, columnist, and anthologist of erotica. Her personal interest in sex combined with her love of literature created a desire to bring American erotica out into the mainstream and enhance its literary merit.

Susie Bright is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including The Best American Erotica series, Susie Bright's Journal, and How to Write a Dirty Story: Erotica Reading, Writing, and Publishing. She has written for Esquire, Playboy, Village Voice, New York Times Book Review, and is a regular columnist for the on-line magazine Salon.com. In 2001 she began her own Internet audio show, In Bed with Susie Bright, on Audible.com. In addition, she lectures and performs at theaters and universities nationwide. For more on Susie, visit her website, SusieBright.com.

Rachel Kramer Bussel is an editor, writer, and blogger. She has edited or co-edited 9 published erotica anthologies (with several more on the way in 2007), and is working on her novels Everything But... and Eye Candy, to be published by Bantam.

Rachel is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations, writes the Lusty Lady column for The Village Voice, and hosts the monthly In The Flesh Erotic Reading Series. She conducts interviews for Gothamist.com and Mediabistro, reviews books for BUST and the New York Post, and has written for AVN, Curve, Diva, On Our Backs, Penthouse,and Playgirl. Her books include Up All Night, First-Timers, Glamour Girls: Femme/Femme Erotica, Ultimate Undies, Sexiest Soles, Secret Slaves: Erotic Stories of Bondage, Naughty Spanking Stories from A to Z 1 and 2, Caught Looking: Erotic Tales of Voyeurs and Exhibitionists, and the forthcoming He's on Top: Erotic Tales of Male Dominance and Female Submission, She's on Top: Erotic Tales of Female Dominance and Male Submission, Second Skin, Sex and Candy, and In The Flesh. Her erotica has also been published in over 80 anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006. Her website is RachelKramerBussel.com and her blog is LustyLady.Blogspot.


Jewel Scott/Marsha Rogers taught for 30 years in the public schools systems, in 3 states, leading to the use of a pen name. Born Marsha, Jewel is the writer and editor of erotic works. As the Managing Editor with Ephemera Bound Publishing, she not only edits erotica at Tit-elation (both the web and print anthologies) but works on manuscripts in all genres.

She writes erotic short stories, mainstream poetry, sexuality essays, and industry articles. She writes regularly for Sex-Kitten.Net, Backwash.com Adult, and Tit-elation.com. For a full bio, go here. Her erotic writings are found at ShadowJewel's Castle, and The Musings of Jewel Scott is her blog.

Are you excited to begin? I am! Tomorrow, we begin the Q & A.

Halloween Kink

From Jordan LaRousse, of Oysters and Chocolate:

I'm hoping you can help me out with my October column. I find that Halloween is very conducive to crazy sexual behavior. I'm hoping you can share with me an account of some of your KINKIEST Halloween experiences. I know I have mine.

Please submit your responses no later than Thursday the 29th, 'round midnight.

Your responses will remain anonymous and will appear in October's Ask Jordan column.

So gimme the dirt!

Open for Ongoing Submissions

The Rose and Thorn is open for submissions.

Androids 2 accepts submissions by email year round. Submission details are here.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Touch Me, I’m Sick: Writings on Sex and Chronic Illness

Call for Submissions

Not now, baby, I don’t feel well. Now baby, I don’t feel well. Did you stop breathing the first time she touched you, but actually stop breathing? Do you fuck with an asthma puffer by your bed or show up for dates with a purse full of tinctures? Did he make you break out in hives? Did you spend your 6-month anniversary in the E.R? I’m looking for stories of the intersections of sex and chronic illness­ the touching, the humorous, the painful, the erotic. I want stories of the difficult lines and situations that arise: having to say no, being “too difficult to date,” accusations of hypochondria, the overlaps of being marginalized, sexual and ill. I want the stories of tenderness and “success” too: the lover who knew how to treat you right, the toy your hand could actually grip, the perfect pillows you found for under your knees. I want to unleash the discussions that only the folks that sleep with us get to hear, or the ones we have quietly with each other; what we fetishize and what we resent, and not what’s assumed of us and our sex.

In an effort to move beyond survival and survival guides, I want to bring together people’s experiences as they are hot, personal and painful. For every ultimate guide there are hundreds of affected people, each with their own lifetime of unique stories. I want the bodies that don’t or can’t fuck by conventional means (or possibly at all) to have the erotic spotlight in a non-sensationalist way. I want folks who have trauma triggers and dissociate during sex to have a place to say that their sex is still sexy. I want folks living with HIV and AIDS to have their sexuality talked about beyond disease. I want to include voices of people who have figured out how to work within the confines of their illness, and of those who continue to struggle to.

How “Chronic Illness” is defined: For once, by your own self-identification with these words. I don’t think you require a certain level of diagnosis, or a diagnosis at all. You don’t have to have been sick for a certain length or time or have been sick a specified number of times­ beyond having tracked it interfering or inconveniencing your life at some point or another. Yes, pain “counts”. Chronic pain, injury or ailment is included in my own definition of these words. For the purpose of this anthology, you can have whatever relationship to the medical establishment as you choose as long as you are respectful of the autonomy of others ­ I will not publish pieces I deem preachy. Yes, mental illness “counts”. Yes long-term disability “counts”.

Submission Guidelines:

I’m looking for personal stories, non-fiction essays, articles, well-written journals and first-person testimonials. Maximum 2500 words, prefer shorter, no minimum word count. I am not accepting illustrations, photos, comics, fiction or poetry at this time. Erotica on its own will not be accepted, though I encourage submissions that are explicit and erotic.

Submissions from people of all genders, bodies, backgrounds and sexual orientations are welcome. This is a queer and trans-positive project, it is not, however, exclusively queer or trans in content. This is a BDSM/kink-positive project. If you are unsure if your piece is suitable for this anthology, or would like to pitch something you don’t see here, please send a query by email ahead of time.

Submissions from partners, lovers, caregivers, healthcare providers, friends and allies of folks with chronic illness are welcome. Please submit stories of your own experience though, and be respectful of others’ experiences by not appropriating their stories.

Submissions should be typed, double spaced, in 12pt, Times New Roman or a like font. If this is not possible for you please get in touch so that other arrangements can be made. Emerging and established writers are welcome to contribute. Submissions, queries and letters of interest can be sent to taramichelle@ckln.fm or:

Touch Me Anthology
c/o Come As You Are
701 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1E6, Canada
attn: Tara-Michelle Ziniuk.

Email submissions are preferred. Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2006 ­ earlier preferred.

About the Editor: Tara-Michelle Ziniuk is Montreal/Toronto writer, performer and activist. Her publications include Emergency Contact (McGilligan Books, 2006) as well as anthologies and magazines across North America. She is editor of the forthcoming anthology Dirt Road: transient
tales. She is usually, if not always, ill and interested in the intersections of her own sex and illness, as well as that of others.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

AuthorIsland.com and AuthorScene.com

DeNita L. Tuttle has started both a fiction readers' online magazine and an author promo site (ambitious lady!).

She took a few minutes away from working the sites to talk with me about what she's up to...

DeNita, before we get too far, we need to be clear on a few things... I post calls and offer support to erotica writers (and non-fiction sexuality writers), and obviously, I and the writers believe that erotica, erotic romance etc are genres within fiction, but others prefer a separation. I do not wish to post a call and send authors your way only to have them rejected (this wastes every one's time!), so, do you accept erotica as a fiction genre on your websites?

You bet I feel that erotica is a fiction genre. As a matter of fact, please go to my author promo site www.authorisland.com and you will see that I have a spotlight on the erotica genre. I plan to promote these authors to the best of my ability.

The ezine, AuthorScene.com, will focus on a different genre every issue. Until the time I have so many erotica authors to promote that I have to actually have an "Erotic Author Scene" (which is my goal) - So, to answer your question, Yes,
I would love to have erotica authors involved.

That's great news, DeNita. I wish more site owners, publishers and booksellers felt as you do.

Reader's tastes in fiction vary and I feel that by cross marketing like I am doing on Author Island, readers who may be there to check out the paranormal or suspense books, may find an erotic paranormal or suspense they may never have found elsewhere.

Amen. You are preaching to the choir here, that's for sure. So, now that we know you are cool, let's get to your new projects.

As I said, the ezine, AuthorScene.com, will focus on a different genre every issue. It's a place, I'm hoping, readers can learn about their favorite genre and discover some new favorites along the way.

I am hoping to keep to a format for every issue, no matter which genre I'm spotlighting. I plan to have one article on 'Why We Love The Genre', one article about 'The Allure of Some Characters' (examples: the bad boy, the kick ass heroine, the sympathetic villain, etc.), one article about 'Keeping It Real' (a 'How to Spice Up Your Own Love Life'), and maybe another on SubGenres.

(Hey, look, with that 'how to' there's room for non-fiction writers too!) So how can authors participate?

I am currently accepting submissions for articles to be published in www.AuthorScene.com. The articles need to be of interest to readers - if you check out the site, you'll see that there are a couple articles I used submitted by authors that were intended for writers, but work for the magazine.

Each issue will focus on a different fiction genre, so I'll be in need of lots of material. As of right now, I have no word count restrictions, but I'm sure, as I go along, that will change. I don't care if the article was printed elsewhere first, or how many times you've used it before, only that you have the rights to allow me to publish it.

What are you looking for specifically from erotica authors?

Because I am cross promoting and hoping to expose new readers to erotica, I'm looking for some specific articles:

* why people love this genre
* what make certain authors try their hand at this genre
* how this genre is getting more respect and is taking the publishing world by storm
* the differences between erotic, erotica and romantica

That sort of material.

And remember, this is for readers;it's not a writing how to magazine and it needs to be suitable to most readers.

And how are authors compensated for letting you publish their articles?

They will have a photo, bio, shout out about their latest book, link to their website at the end of their article, and mention as a guest author on the front page - a lot of exposure for the use of an old article.

Any last words, or advice on this call?

Dust off those old articles and see which ones might be of interest to genre readers. And if you don't have any old articles and still want to take advantage of the exposure, you can contact me privately (gottawrite4me at yahoo.com) and I'll let you know what kinds of articles I'm in need of.

Now, there's also an Author Spotlight at the site; tell us how that works.

There will be an Author Spotlight every issue that will showcase one author and his or her works - but this is reserved for my members at Author Island. I'm also offering a special discount on the site right now, 1/2 off the yearly membership for the first 50 author/publisher members who sign up, and I still have some slots available.

Check out the author services page on AuthorIsland.com for an impressive list of publicity services we are including in our membership.

I'm promoting it big time to readers through several book fairs going on this fall and with a massive mailing, so I'm hoping it will become a popular place for fiction readers. And all you eagle eyes out there, I'm running a spelling bee contest (located here), if you find an typo or spelling error, enter the contest for a chance to win a prize.

Your rates are fair for the services offered, but let's say an author can't quite force that out of her budget; are there other ways she can participate at the site?

Oh, yes. I have a contest page on www.AuthorIsland.com and if authors have contests running on their websites I can announce them there. Also, if you want to send me prizes for our contests (books, baskets, giftcards, etc.) I will give you a special shout out on the contest page (near the top for prize donors).

There's a freebie give-a-way on the site, as well. So if you'd like, send me some promo material to pass along to readers. I'll be stuffing prize packages and SASE full of them, so feel free to send me all you'd like -- I'll see that it all finds good homes!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Erotic Stories at Wholistic Wisdom

We get many submissions, and our staff hand picks the stories that are ultimately posted on our site. Feel free to submit your own to have considered.

We encourage you to use your best judgment, to provide tasteful, explicit, erotic and romantic stories that may certainly be graphic and pornographic. Stories may be homosexual or heterosexual in nature and may include masturbation, fantasy, group sex and other scenarios.

Please note- entries containing obscene descriptions of rape, incest or bestiality will be discarded.

For more information, see their submission guidelines.

Erotica Call

Writers and Poets, I am accepting erotic stories and poetry to be featured on my website, justusroux.com.

It can be any form of Erotica, any genre. The poems must be at least ten lines long and can be up to 7500 words long. I will consider any word count stories.. I won't accept poems or stories involving animals, child, or incest. Other than that anything goes. I am open minded so don't be afraid to try something new.

Payment is $10.00 and a link placed after authors poem/story to website or email address.

I am asking for non-exclusive rights. Poems and stories will be posted for a month then removed. Poems and stories will not be archived and readers will never pay to read poems or stories on my site.

Submissions should be placed in the body of the email and sent to storyteller36@msn.com Please put in subject line of email that poem or story is being submitted for website.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email to the above email address.

For more information, read the submissions information.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Torquere Toy Boxes

It's time to open the Torquere Press Toy Box! In it you'll find all sorts of goodies: dildos, plugs, cock-rings, feathers, cuffs, just to name a few.

Like the Taste Tests, Toy Boxes will be small collections of three to four stories ranging from 3000-7000 words each for a total of 10000-20000 words. We'll post themes that we'd like to see, and authors can submit one story or a whole collection. Entire collections must center around a single toy box item. Stories can be gay or lesbian in content.

Our standard submission requirements apply as far as formatting and cover letters. Please send all submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com care of M. Rode.

Payment for single stories (which will be matched with other authors' stories in a single volume) will be $10.00 US per story for two years electronic rights. Full collections will receive a $30.00 payment. All payments are made upon publication.

Currently open Toy Boxes are:

Dildos - stories due November 15, 2006 (for publication January 2007)

Feathers - stories due December 15, 2006 (for publication February 2007)

Plugs - stories due January 15, 2008 (for publication March 2007)

Submission guidelines are located here.

Lesbian Erotica Contest With Jolie du Pre

Tit-Elation.com has another famous, fabulous contest featuring a guest judge!

Jolie du Pre is a writer of lesbian erotica. Her work can be found on the Internet, in e-book and in print in Down & Dirty Volume 2, Best Bondage Erotica 2, Best Lesbian Erotica 2007 and more.

For this contest, Jolie's looking for stories with sexual description and a strong plot: "I am not looking for sex without much story."

Here are her submission guidelines:

* Lesbian stories only - no heterosexual or bisexual themes.

* Vanilla to BDSM themes are acceptable

* Maximum word count - 6,000. No Poetry.

Grand Prize: The winner receives $50 and a copy of Best Lesbian Erotica 2007, signed by Jolie herself!

Fine Print: All stories must be submitted via the Tit-Elation Author Area by October 31, 2006, and are subject to the usual site Tit-Elation Submission Guidelines. Submitted works are eligible for the print anthologies, and are compensated accordingly. Please, no simultaneous submissions or previously published stories. (If you are not already a registered author, simply read the guidelines and register here ~ it's free to register as an author.)

Winning stories will also be published by Jolie at her website (with proper author credits) for 6 months. That's six months of exposure to readers of lesbian erotica!

Deadline: All stories must be submitted via the Tit-Elation Author Area by mindnight, Central Time, October 31, 2006.

Impress Jolie with your F/F story, and win!

Friday, September 15, 2006

The Shadow Sacrament

Skian McGuire, editor of The Shadow Sacrament, is looking for writing on all aspects of sex and gender as they relate to spirituality.

For the Fall issue I would like to see work that relates particularly to pain, suffering, and loss (in a sexual context) as a path to spiritual understanding -- deadline October 15.

For Spring 2007, I am considering a special fiction issue, and I would like to see stories about sex as a religious experience -- literally. Speculative stories about having sex with a deity, or in the afterlife, or while channeling spirits, or with angels,sex with Jesus, etc. Submissions need not be erotically graphic, but may be; plot and characters are more important than sex. (Deadline April 20)

Summer 2007 will be another Book issue, for reviews of books that are either still in print or otherwise fairly easy to acquire. I have also begun a series of features (twice yearly) that focus on a leader in the community of sex and spirituality, such as Sensuous Sadie (Summer 2006)
and Raven Kaldera (planned for Fall 2006); I am interested in proposals for these "Spotlights on..." Please query.

Submissions for future issues are ongoing.

Additional details can be found here.

Compenasation:
Poems and work up to 3000 words: $10 US
3000+ words: $20 US
Payable on publication.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Fan Fic 101

Fan fiction (fanfiction, fan-fiction, fanfic, fic or FF) is fiction written by fans using the characters and/or worlds of published works, television series, films, video games, role-playing game, celebrities or historical figures. Yes, they can be quite erotic.

Fan fiction can be broken into three genres: "het" or herterosexual fiction, lesbian fiction, and "slash" fiction which is male-on-male erotica written by heterosexual women for heterosexual women to read. Since the primary authors and readers of such works are women, reading about the popularity of fan fiction, reading the stories themselves, you can find key fantasy points for female readers.

Lumos Dissendium is FictionAlley's portal for tips and tricks on writing and other fandom activity (focused on Harry Potter, but you'll get the idea). It's a good place for newbies to start.

In Private Uses of Cyberspace: Women, Desire, and Fan Culture author Sharon Cumberland looks at internet fan fiction -- with a focus on the way in which women are using it to explore feelings and ideas denied them in the past.

(Even non-fiction authors would be wise to note the power of fantasies -- and webmasters, the importance of community with women.)

Girlphoria

Girlphoria is look for contributors that are fierce, funny, proud, comfortable in their skin and sexual.

They are looking for the following:

Informative, funny, sexy pieces on sex/culture. 1000 - 3000 words.

Friction Fiction 1200-3000 words

perverted poetry & flash fiction (it can be romantic too)
poetry under 1000 words
flash fiction 100 words

Reviews for Porn, sex toys, sex how-to books, etc. 900 - 1200 words.

Photographers & artists – query email with link to website of examples (if you don’t have a site then we will work it out). If accepted we will need 7-15 pieces min. width 450 pixels resolution 100

December 2006 issue deadline is October 10. The theme will be "Girls will be girls and boys will be....?" (gender bending)

March 2007 issue deadline is January10. The theme will be "True Confessions" (can you keep a secret)

Although not absolutely necessary, I would like to have a stories, poetry, artwork and photography sent in that takes into play that issue’s theme.

Compensation: Exposure

For more information, read their guidelines.

GLBT Script Contest

Open to all writers worldwide of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Trans gender feature length movie scripts.

One talented winner will have their movie script produced by Gypsy Lar Productions.

The first Semi-annual GLBT Script Contest has begun.

There is a $125 entry fee for all scripts submitted to the contest by March 15, 2007.

If you are late and would still like to submit your script then we will accept late script until April 1, 2007. The entry fee for scripts submitted after March 15, 2007 will be $200.


Read the details here.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Vampires 2

We started Vampires 2 website in 2004 and published our first Vampires 2 magazine in 2005. We are dedicated to recreating the same action packed "Pulp-Fiction" Style Short Stories and artwork that appeared in the 1960s and 1970s.

General writers guidelines:

Your story must have a strong plot, well developed rounded characters, lots of action and a beautiful vampire girl who falls in love with a mortal man.

Story length should be in the 1500 to 3500 word range. Do not send us a story longer than 4000 words.

We accept submissions by email year round.

Compensation: $25.00 for stories.

See their submission details for more information.

Sex-Kitten.Net's "Tricks & Treats" Issue

Sex-Kitten.Net is celebrating Halloween in an unusual way, and is looking for submissions of fiction and non-fiction.

Ideas for Tricks Articles:

* cover nasty tricks that have been played on you ~ or that you've played on others

* cover the nasty tricks that are supposedly played by women, such as faking a pregnancy to keep a lover etc.

* advice for 'getting even' with an old lover (Nothing criminal here! The piece might even be how to move on past the ex's tricks.)

* pros, do stories on clients

Ideas for Treats Submissions:

* special sex tricks to drive your partner wild (or you wish your lover would do for you!)

* erotica involving tricks & treats

And Trick OR Treat Essays:

* advice on training a lover

* essays on what's more effective, positive or negative reinforcement?

This issue is gonna rock, so have fun with it!

If you have other ideas, pitch 'em to me at Gracie@sex-kitten.net.

Submissions & pitches must be in the body of an email ~ no attachments will be opened.

Editor Gracie Passette adds, "Yes, we are open to poetry ~ but it must be stellar! Those unfamiliar with the site are encourage to poke around; it's free, and submissions which are clearly not suitable are an annoyance. Please, check the site for our tone and style; and read our guidelines for more specifics."

Deadline: October 25, 2006

Compensation: Exposure ("Which at Sex-Kitten is nothing to go 'boo' at!")

Also, Gracie reminds folks that their sister site, Tit-Elation.com is open to other Halloween themes for erotica, such as vampires, ghosts etc.

Superqueeroe

Call for Submissions ­ Superqueeroes (tentative title)

Edited by Ellen Tevault
Published by Haworth Press

Superheroes are everywhere. Are they among the queer/lgbt community?

I want to read about original superheroes from all aspects of the queer community ­ drag king/queen, MTF, FTM, transgender, lesbian, gay, bisexual, butch, femme, bear, twink, genderqueer, intersex, etc.

Does your superhero receive superpowers when dressed in drag or because of the transitioning process? Does your lesbian character use her powers to fight rapists? Does your femme get her powers from her nail polish? Does your twink get his powers from surviving a gay bashing? Does
your bear grow bigger and stronger to fight crime? Is your heroine a MTF superhero fighting the wimmin only community for acceptance? Give me humor, give me grit, give me dark ­ I’m open to differing moods. (I’m a femme. LOL). They can fight against the ex-gay movement (superhero
rescues a gay forced into therapy), the Christian right wing anti-gay movement, gay marriage backlash, rapists, or the evil villain ridding the world of nail polish. Don’t be afraid to be humorous or get political, but please do so within a well-developed superhero story.

Heroes can be any race, nationality, alien, mutant, etc., but the superhero MUST be from some aspect of the queer/lgbt community. I DO NOT WANT FAN FICTION. No blatant use of trademarked characters or veiled use of them either. Original characters and plots are necessary.

Guidelines:

Stories should be between 1500-6000 words in length. Email me if your story is longer or shorter. Stories should have fully developed characters and plots.

Stories can be erotic if necessary to the plot, but this is not an erotica collection.

Name, pseudonym if used, address, phone number, word count, and email should appear on first page. Each page should double-spaced and include your name, title, and page number.

Include short bio (50 words) with story. For previously published stories, you must include publication history with the story.

Mail stories to:

Ellen Tevault
P.O. Box 199032
Indianapolis, IN 46219

Email me at superqueeroes@yahoo.com with any questions. DO NOT email stories to the above address unless requested.

Ellen Tevault has published lesbian stories on various websites and in Common Lives/Lesbian Lives, Faster Than Light zine, Early Embraces III, Perfect Valentine, and After Midnight, including a forthcoming story in Lipstick on Her Collar. She has also published articles in various local small publications. Her male pseudonym has published in Bearotica and Muscle Worshipers. This is her first trip into editing an anthology, so be patient with her. In turn she will keep her internal super villain under control.

Submission Deadline: February 1, 2007

Compensation: $ 50 and 1 contributor copy

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

MoSexIndex

MoSexIndex is another one of those public bookmark sharing sites, only this one let's folk rate them and make comments.

There are pages of info you can fill out to sort preferences and get the site to make recommendations to you -- it's long, yes, but the results are very good.

I mention it so that you can register and submit your own author blog/website *and* so that you can vote for NaughtyWords there ;)

Romance Genre Not All Hearts & Flowers...

First it was just some smoke... Authors not entering their books for the RITA award. Where there's smoke, there's apparently fire, as you can read in this post about the Romance Writers of America's RITA award.

But now, this fans those fires: RT bans M/M fiction from reviews and confrence. (Of particular note is the discrimination in their own published advertising guarantee!)

I don't often rant in this blog -- I just post the calls and news -- but it seems to me that the romance world had better get their act together. It's a popular genre, but if things get much hotter, it's gonna blow.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Sonic Erotica

We’re looking for talented and creative writers with the wit and skill to come up with erotic fiction that doesn’t involve the words ‘pounding piston’ or ‘silken bud’.

There’s a whole audience out there hungry for sexy tales that titillate the mind as well as the loins, without abusing similes or committing cardinal crimes against language and good taste.

If you think you’re hiding a world of highbrow smut under all that grey suit, then send your sexy words to SonicErotica.com

Although Sonicerotica is a free site, we pay for all contributions used. We’re currently seeking written content, and performers (local to Melbourne, Australia). We also have occasional need of telephone contributions; if you have a piece written as a telephone conversation, contact us with the details and we can organise a recording.

Please read and follow their submission guidelines, which also includes payment and contract information.

African American Book Club Mingle

Southeastern Michigan's African American Book Club Mingle, October 21, 2006, from 4:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. at the Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center & Bookstore in Detroit.

Authors, copies of your books will be made available for sale at the Shrine and tables will be provided for you to autograph copies of your works books. However, you are welcome to display single copies of your books.

It is prudent that you register as soon as possible to ensure that copies of your works are in stock at the bookstore. If the Shrine of the Black Madonna is not able to obtain copies of your work(s), you will be notified in a timely manner for you to bring your own copies.

Registration fee is $10.00 for authors

If for any reason you encounter a problem during registration or have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Host contacts:
Susan Taylor: staylor194@aol. com
Belinda Johnson-Gordon: bdjg2@aol.com

BBW & Online Dating Articles

A new request at Constant Content:

Description: About bbw dating.

bbw dating is the keyword of choice.

Amount of articles:1

Price per article:$10-20

Length of article:350-450

Subjects to submit articles to: online dating, match making

Notes: These are the other keywords I will need articles for:

» Dating
» Yahoo Personals
» Online Dating
» Eharmony
» Free Dating
» Date
» Dating Site
» Dating Service
» Meet Single
» Christian Dating
» Free Dating Services
» Personal Injury Settlement
» Single Dating
» Matchmaking
» Black Single
» Black Dating
» Personal
» Free Dating Site
» Lds Single

Angry Poet Angry Erotic Writing Contest

Submissions will be accepted starting September 1st, 2006 and will run to January 10th 2007.

Submissions can be poetry, fiction (500) five hundred words or less, or essay (500) five words or less. General submission guidelines will apply so it is advised that all who wish to submit to the contest read them carefully before entering.

One (1) winner will be selected in all (3) three categories and will receive one free angry poet t-shirt each.

The winner will appear in the February 9th 2007 online erotic issue of the angry poet .com.

Entry fee: free.

Go to www.theangrypoet.com for more information or email editor@theangrypoet.com.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Man's Story 2

Man’s Story 2 is an e-magazine and a real paper magazine. We started our publishing business back in 1996. We established a web presence in 1999 and published our first Man's Story 2 magazine that same year. In 2004 we became one of Writer's Digest top 100 markets for fiction
writers and have since become listed with Ralan.com and ten other outstanding writers organizations.

We are dedicated to recreating the same action packed "Pulp-Fiction" Style Short Stories and artwork that appeared in the original MAN’S STORY magazine published from 1961 to 1975.

Advice for writers:

We are amazed at the number of stories we receive each week and it is obvious the author has never taken the time to read one of our magazines or visit the members area of one of our websites, therefore has no clue what we are looking for in a story. As a result we end up rejecting the story which waste our time and theirs. Doesn't it make sense to do a little research before you submit your story to make sure it fits?

Writers can visit the members area of our website by clicking on the tickets Club "ICON" and take the tour of our website, and purchase our magazines at www.thebookstore2.com.

General writers guidelines:

Your story must have a strong plot, well developed rounded characters, lots of action and a “Damsel in Distress” who must be rescued by your hero.

Story length should be in the 1500 to 3500 word range.

Do not send us a story longer than 4000 words.

We accept submissions by email year round.

We pay $25.00 for stories.

Submission details are found here.

The Swinger Lifestyle

Another Constant Content request:

Description: The first article is about the swinger lifestyle. Define what it is (soft swap & full swap) and who generally participates (couples & singles swingers). Include some guidelines/etiquettes that are widely practiced and the ease of meeting swingers online.

The second article is on the same subject, but in a first person narrative. Talk about what you considered (pros & cons) before joining the lifestyle, how you approached your partner and some lifestyle experiences. Both articles needs to be cleanly written, free of explicit sexual
content.

Amount of articles:2
Price per article:$30-40
Length of article:550

As usual, you'll need to login to Contant Content to get all the details & to submit.

Book & Author Promotion Ideas

Bookhitch.com to promote your book(s). Offers free and paid options, as well as advertising.

Chris Anderson, the author of The Long Tail and the editor in chief of Wired, said blogs are a "fantastic aid" for authors in a I Want Media interview.

Interview With Carrie White

An interview with author, editor, reviewer Carrie White.

You wear many hats -- writer, editor, reviewer -- tell us a bit about yourself. How you began your writing career, when you branched out into the other areas, location, etc.

My pen name is Carrie White, my maiden name, though I use my married name for official documents etc. I have always been a writer but not in the professional sense until I moved to London, in the year 2000, from Wiltshire. I now live with my partner, professional photographer, Chris J Ball, in Camden, London.

I didn't have the support of my family up until that move to pursue this area of my life. A year after moving, I spotted an erotic short story competition in Cosmopolitan magazine and thought, 'Why don't I enter this?'

My partner, Chris, has always supported me with my chosen career and thought it was a good idea to start writing short stories. After reading my personal diaries he thought I had talent and said I wrote eloquently. My entry for the competition was 'Floodgates.' It wasn't placed and to begin with I was a bit disappointed but it was shortly after that I had another look at the story and could understand why it didn't win. After that, I continued to write erotic short stories and enjoyed every minute of it! I set up my own writing site named Hentracks (all one word!) to display all the stories, articles and poetry I'd done. After moving around for many years on free hosts it has finally settled at its own domain, Hentracks.co.uk.

Maybe a year into writing, I became interested in reviewing. I loved reading and thought I could gain some well needed exposure for my site and writing. I didn't have any experience, though, in the craft and finding a position could be very hard. I applied for a job at Eva Almeida's site, E-book Reviews.net, despite my lack of experience, and she accepted me with open arms. I've always been grateful to Eva for putting her trust in me. If it wasn't for her, I don't think I would be at this point with my reviewing as I am now.

After I'd been working for Eva for a few years I decided to set up a reviewing service of my own. I had many independent authors requesting reviews and thought it would be a successful project. I added an extra section onto Hentracks and set up my own business. Eventually, I moved it to its own domain and changed the name (Sexography). Since, then, my reviewing service has gone from strength to strength and I'm working alongside publishing companies, erotic ezines and other review sites for more material. I'm still working for Eva although the site has changed hands since then.

Can you tell me more about what you learned from the experience of entering that first contest? What did you 'understand' about why you didn't win? (I'm not picking on you, but 'rejection' and less-than-winning can be great teachers of the craft!)

First I was curious about the actual story which won. When the issue was published containing the entrants that had won, I quickly bought a copy. Immediately, I could see why it was a winner. It's funny, really. I was inexperienced in the craft of writing stories but not so inexperienced that I couldn't see a winner when I read one.

The storyline was different to your usual run of the mill erotic story. From what I can remember it was about the female protagonist outside on her balcony, embarking on a voyeur/masturbatory scene with a man on the other side of the street on his own balcony. The style was fresh and very erotic and the story was well crafted. It well deserved to win.

My story, 'Floodgates' was about a woman on the tube on her way to work getting fucked by a stranger. Mmmmm, not very original and it was the first ever story I'd ever written so it was full of errors. Not so much grammatical errors but it just wasn't interesting. That story has since been revamped but it still shows my inexperience at the craft, especially compared to two of my most recent stories.

Are you 'out' as an adult/erotica writer to your friends? Family? If so, what are the reactions?

I'm 'out' as an erotic writer to close friends. They've been brilliant and have never judged me at all. My family I have never told face to face and will probably never do so. I think they probably know but they're old fashioned, and I don't make a point of hiding my identity on the internet! When it was discovered I was bisexual, my family made me feel ashamed and I sat in front of my mother with my face in my hands. Since then, things have gone from bad to worse and I no longer have contact with them, but this has nothing to do with my job or my sexuality.

I'm also wary about who I tell outside friends as the reactions can vary. I've once been accused of writing pornography of which I deny and this particular person never spoke to me again. To me, there is a strong line between erotica and pornography.

Care to elaborate about this line?

I wrote an article about this very subject a few years back. One of my earliest articles ever! It was never published but I didn't exactly publicize it enough. I didn't think it was worthy of publication. Anyway, the main points behind my reasoning that there are major differences between erotica and pornography are:

1. Erotica refers to literature or photography that depicts sex in a subtle or socially redeeming manner, to be associated with suggestive or symbolic images of desire and sexual arousal and pleasure; Pornography originally referred to writing about prostitutes and later came to include any text that is specifically designed to elicit sexual desire, the explicit description of exhibition of sexual activity in literature, films and photography intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings.

2. Erotica involves emotions, love, passion and tender sensations; Pornography involves lust, carnal desires and sexual excitement with no emotional ties.

3. Erotica allows for the possibility of women and men engaging as 'equals'; Pornography usually dishonors women, men, children or even animals. The degrading and demeaning portrayal of the role and status of the human female as a mere sexual object to be exploited and manipulated sexually.

The entire article can be read on Hentracks.

In my opinion, marketing and promotions are the most challenging part of the business. (I'm constantly surprised at how low this topic ranks in the poll!) And I find the limits put on erotica and sex writing to be the most frustrating part of the business. (Non-acceptance of the writing as 'real', the limits on who will publish & review such works etc.) How do you feel about these areas? And in your opinion, what is the most difficult part of being in the business?

As I self published a short story anthology several years back, I had to learn quickly about the importance of promotion and marketing. It wasn't easy and I made several mistakes a long the way, but I learnt a lot. I've not come across any problems with regard to marketing as such. If I
need anything of mine reviewing I make sure that who I submit the work to works themselves in the erotic genre. I had to submit my first anthology, 'Erotogenic' for review and purposely picked out specific people in the know to review it. It's just a question of research. Again, for publishing you have to research the best markets for your work and read submission guidelines carefully. The biggest problem I've faced is whilst trying to promote and market my work many directories etc will lump erotica together with pornography and will not accept your site into their database. That frustrates and annoys me the most, I think. I don't view my work as pornographic. I still get confused as to what category my sites fall under! But, basically, if you're in doubt, don't be afraid to ask.

While the Internet has opened many doors for authors, it is very challenging. For example, you are not the first to mention how erotica or even non-fiction sexuality sites are limited or challenged by being either categorized as 'porn' or rejected for not being porn... This directory sort of a system isn't perfect and it can be misleading for those searching for written works that are not porn. Any thoughts or tips for authors on how to handle this?

Although it's tempting to get as much of your work published as you can when you first start out, I still think it's a good idea to be a little picky about where you submit your work.

Do a lot of research about the sites or ezines where you would like your work to be published. Even if your new to the genre or even new as a writer, don't be bullied into doing something you're not happy about just because it will get you plenty of exposure etc. Don't be pressured into submitting your erotic story to a porn publisher because you know or think they'll publish it. To me, porn is completely different to erotica and it is harder to write a well crafted erotic story than it is to write porn. Okay, as you gain experience then you can choose whether you'll submit to paying markets rather than those who want to publish your work for free for promotion but I still think it's a good idea to try and get into well known and reportedly excellent magazines or ezines.

At worst you'll get a rejection but they still might give you a few tips on how to improve that particular story so you'll have better chance elsewhere. But rejections even if they're difficult to deal with are stepping stones to that higher and better market tomorrow. Don't be thinking that your rubbish and who the hell is going to publish you anyway? Every story I've written up until very recently, has been published both online and in print and that's because the editors liked my style. I consider the stories inferior and I know I can do better but they liked them so much they printed them all!

Are there differences in the US and UK markets? If so, please describe what you see.

I think the biggest difference is choice. The UK has very few erotic literature magazines for sale and, what there is, is struggling. I know of three and one of those I don't class as erotica. One well known erotic magazine folded for a year but has now made a comeback. I'm not convinced that they've made many big changes from before so I don't know how long they'll keep publishing for. The biggest opening in the market is for erotic anthologies and novels.

Since you wear all those hats, you have a rather complete view of the writing process as a whole. What's the biggest mistake you think authors make?

One mistake that seems to be commonly made is not reading instructions or submission guidelines. I've had authors submit their work for review and they've obviously not read the instructions at all. Steps have been missed out. I then have to point this out and I cannot accept the submission unless they go through the correct protocol and then, unfortunately, they don't return back. Very frustrating! I also know of many editors complaining about authors not reading the submission
guidelines properly.

If you were teaching a class to wanna be writers in the adult markets, what would your Top 5 teaching points be?

1. Read and follow submission guidelines, whatever the magazine or publication. This also applies to review submissions.

2. Respect reviewers. Very often they're writers themselves and they're very busy people. Don't hassle them for your review and always, even if you hated the review, acknowledge receipt and thank them.

3. Make a point of learning what side of the world your editor, reviewer, market is on. It's no good emailing them whilst they're asleep and getting angry and rude because they don't answer as quick as you'd like.

4. Don't be afraid to experiment in sub genres i.e. BDSM, fetish or even dark erotica.

5. It's better to write a story to fit a given guideline rather than writing stories willy nilly and then looking for markets to fit them into.

Recently, you've expanded your reviewing services; tell us more about it.

One site that I work in conjunction with asked if I would be willing to review a website. I hadn't thought about it until then but it seemed like a good idea. This particular editor told me she could put me in touch with many webmasters who would jump at the chance for the extra
promotion. Reviewing sex toys was my own idea and thought it would be good tool to increase my exposure in the erotic world and drive more traffic to Sexography.

What have you learned from the experience of reviewing?

That there are some brilliant people out there working in the sex industry who are willing to help you succeed in your chosen business. I've also learnt that as a rule authors are the best people around. They're extremely appreciative of the work that you do and will help and support you as much as they can. I've gained some really good friends out there through my reviewing.

Who do you think is less respected: erotica authors or reviewers?

Whoa! That's a tough one but I've thought about it long and hard. I believe that reviewers get less respect than erotic writers. No doubt there will be others that will disagree but this is my main reason: Usually, when you are asked what you do for a living, most writers would say just that. I'm a writer. Immediately you gain respect for that because it's such a prestigious occupation. You need a talent for writing and not everyone has got that. How far you go after that initial stage is up to you but generally you have one of two reactions about erotica. Shock and disgust or surprise and interest. Either way you attract attention and are always remembered. But there is still that sense of awe and fascination from people even if they don't always understand why you write about sex.

When I say what I do, aside from writing erotica, I usually get a, "What? What's that then?" Then I have to explain it all to them what it's all about but I still get the impression that they still don't understand what the job is or why you do it. When people read reviews unless they're looking to buy a specific product not much is made of reviews in whatever form. Whether it's a one line critic or something more substantial. They don't see the importance of a review in marketing. Even some authors/webmasters I've reviewed have totally disrespected me by not acknowledging receipt of the completed review or even thanking me for taking the time to review their work/site. That is one downside of the job of a reviewer. It's also commonly thought that reviewers shouldn't get paid for the work they do. That's just total rubbish and it places reviewers even further down the list of respected positions. All writers/authors need reviews. Without them, their book is just another in amongst billions.

Are you, as an author, working on any books or other projects you'd like to mention?

I'm slowly putting together another short story anthology to self publish. This time it will be in the genre of erotic horror. My reading interests are geared toward crime and horror and I really want to put my two main interests together. i.e. erotica and horror. I've no idea if I can pull it off but I'm willing to give it a try. I'm also planning an erotic novel but have yet to start it off! Seems to be my major problem at the moment! Reviewing takes up so much of my time. I'm also hoping to collaborate with a horror friend of mine which may be either a novel or short story collection. We've not decided which. We're still stuck at the stage of deciding how to work together. Do we do one scene each, one chapter each or...what? It's difficult as we've no experience of collaboration with anybody before.

I've also been offered (and I have accepted) a position working for one the sites I've reviewed. SouthCoastPleasure.com has asked me to be a columnists. So, I am busy drafting a few articles to get up on their site. My spot isn't up there yet but just thought I'd mention it.

Also, I shall be working with Stevie Burns as an editor on her print erotic magazine Yen Relish. Things are on hold at the moment because she's pregnant. So, we're waiting for her to give birth before things can go ahead.

Many thanks to Carrie for sharing her experiences! You can also find out more about Carrie at her writing blog.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

1st Annual Good Vibrations Amateur Erotic Film Competition

Have you ever wanted to be in sexy cinema or to produce it? Have you ever wanted to see your work on the big screen? We thought so! Well, here's your chance! Make a short film (10 minutes max) with a sexual or erotic theme, fill out our entry forms and releases, and send it on in! Big prizes will be awarded!

The judging criteria:

* 25% Cinematography
* 25% Use of Safe Sex
* 25% Creativity
* 25% Plot

The premiere screening (featuring celebrity guest judges) will be held at the beautiful CASTRO THEATRE in San Francisco. There will also be an East Bay showing at the Parkway Speakeasy Theater in Oakland. Screenings are Thursday, October 26th, 8pm at the Castro theatre and Friday, October 27th, 9:15pm at the Parkway Speakeasy Theatre.

The deadline to submit your film is September 30, 2006, 7pm PT.

There is no purchase necessary; no entry fee.

For more information, forms and releases, see the official announcement.

The Drill Press Special Call

We plan an anthology of short pieces about the loveless sexual experience from the woman's point of view. Only work by women or transsexuals (pre- or post-operative) and NOT the sort of writing found in such anthologies as Lonnie Barbach's Pleasures: Women Write Erotica or Michele Slung's Fever.

We intend to pay for the stories published in this anthology. We have not yet decided whether to pay a fixed amount for each story or by splitting a royalty.

We are not looking for erotica or titillation or fantasy. We want extreme tales about and from the point of view of women living outside the norms of the rules of conventional society, vivid and explicit in physical, emotional and intellectual detail, about sex for any sake but love or romance. Memoir, short story, essay, the presentation matters less than the quality of the description, but participant motive is important.

We do not want pornographic fantasies for men; brutally honest realism destroying titillation is the watchword, with anger, pain, disgust, hatred, boredom or cold-blooded mercantilism as welcome as ecstasy or joy.

Stories can be anywhere between the boundaries of gender orientation. They can come from orgies, gangbangs, sex for money or drugs, glory holes, special one on one encounters, fetishes, bondage, slavery, machine sex, bestiality; there are no taboos, anything outside the socially approved norm written by prostitutes, crack whores, swingers, fetishists, libertines, thrill seekers, whether lesbian or straight or somewhere in-between, women who are not ashamed to be labeled with terms of social odium, written without moral preconceptions. In the feminine point of view we include transsexuals, both post- and pre-operative, and perhaps transvestites but not strictly male gay, no matter how feminine. We encourage experiences from outside the US, particularly from Brazilians and Japanese.

Again, no fantasies written for titillation of either gender. These writings should be cold and ruthless with the attitude of the participant, whether pleasure or anger or hate or disgust, no matter the outer countenance.

Submit with either .doc or .rtf files with "Special Project" in the subject. If you leave this out of the subject line, the work will likely end up deleted by our spam filter.

Read their call notice for contact information.

Writer's Workshop

Elizabeth Stark, accomplished novelist, filmmaker and teacher, is offering an intimate and exclusive workshop for people who have a draft of a book length narrative manuscript (fiction or non-fiction) and are ready to take their projects to the next level.

She has worked with a range of published and unpublished writers over the past fifteen years as a professor at Pratt Institute, UC Santa Cruz and elsewhere.

In Paths to Publication: The Craft of Completion, you can expect:

*A professional reading of your entire manuscript as a whole -- not 20 pages at a time

*Excellent editorial skills training to carry into your future projects

*Concrete and supportive critiques that will allow you to move quickly and skillfully forward

*Two one-on-one sessions with Elizabeth to set personalized goals and follow-up on critiques

*Strategies for getting your completed project the attention it deserves from agents and editor

*A public reading of your work

"Elizabeth Stark is a brilliant and thorough manuscript coach. She helps you write the book you are meant to write." -- Katia Noyes, author of Crashing America (Alyson Books 2005)

Ready to apply? Want to learn more? Visit her website or email elizabeth@elizabethstark.com

She’s ready to get to work -- are you?

Lusty Lady (Village Voice) Interviewees Sought

This call comes from the one and only Rachel Kramer Bussel:

For several upcoming Village Voice columns (Lusty Lady), I'm looking for interviewees (can be by email or phone or gmail chat and you can be anonymous in print):

1. Guys and sex toys - guys (any sexual orientation), have you used sex toys, alone or with a partner(s)? (By "sex toys" I mean both traditional sex toys or anything you've used to enhance sex, like a wooden spoon for spanking or something you stuck up your ass, etc.) What were your expectations and how did you incorporate toys? Did you enjoy it? Were the toys used on you or your partner or both? Was this a one-time thing with a single person or have you used toys with multiple partners?

2. Former lesbians, ex-dykes, hasbians - basically, I'm looking to talk to people who used to identify as lesbians who no longer do (whether you don't identify sexually at all, identify as bi or straight, no longer identify as female, or some other alternative), I want to hear your story. I'd also be interested in talking to lesbians/bi/queer women who've dated women who used to identify as lesbians as to your opinion on the topic.

3. Sexual regrets - do you have any and if so, what are they? What do you do with your feelings of sexual regret? How do you use sexual regret to make different choices in the present? Do you try to rid yourself of feelings of sexual regret?

4. I'm still looking for hair color fetishists; not just people who "like" a certain hair color, but who actively seek it out, fantasize about dating/sleeping with someone with that hair color, imbue that hair color with certain personality traits; in other words, fetishize hair color (or baldness, or wigs, or hair dye).

Email me at rachelkb at gmail.com with your story or if you'd like to be interviewed, and feel free to forward this to anyone who might fit any of these bills. I may also do a "girls and toys" column so if you're female a favorite sex toy or story about bringing them into partnered sex or a strong opinion about sex toys (pro, con, or otherwise), I'd love to hear about it.

Rachel adds, "I'm not totally sure about deadlines for these but I'd like to hear from people by September 15th, though I might extend that depending on what I hear back. Thank you."