Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Infertility Stories Wanted

We are compiling a book of essays of women and their experiences with fertility treatments and/or infertility. All types of stories, good or bad, that may or may not have resulted in a pregnancy.

If you’d like to be considered, please contact us at the below email address. Please give your name and contact information, along with a short synopsis of your experience.

brigidfitzgerald@yahoo.com

The Use of Pen Names

I asked several erotica and non-fiction sexuality authors about the issue of pen names...

Do you use a pen name?

Gwen Masters: Yes. Always.

Gwen Masters is an erotica author and occasional songwriter, among other things. Her latest novel is Sex & Guitars. Her stories have been featured lately in Best American Erotica 2006, BUST Magazine, and the Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 6. She's a regular at Ruthie's Club (www.ruthiesclub.com) and an editor at Clean Sheets (www.cleansheets.com).

Roxanne Rhoads: Yes.

Roxanne Rhoads is a freelance writer, erotica author, poet and editor. Her poetry has appeared on justusroux.com, sensualvenus.com, barebackmag.com, oystersandchocolate.com, theeroticwoman.com and on tit-elation.com. Her nonfiction work can be read at Sex-Kitten.Net and Associated Content. Her erotic fiction stories have appeared in Playgirl Magazine and Tit-Elation.Com (where she also is an editor). Her story Eternal Passions can be purchased at midnightshowcase.com and her short story Renata and the Vampire Hunter can be purchased at ladyaibell.com.

Carrie White: The name I have chosen for my pen name is also my maiden name, so in effect the answer to your question is yes and no. Yes, I do use a pen name and no, I don't, because my pen name is my 'real' or maiden name.

Carrie White has written a number of erotic short stories, self published a few e-books and has been published both in print and online. Her story 'Casino' features in The Right Words anthology edited by Stevie Burns. Her latest e-book, Inner Sins, is a collection of articles about the different aspects of sex based on the author's own personal experience. More details about Carrie can be found at her website.

What were your reasons for using a pen name? (Please list in order of importance, with the most important at the top, and give the percentage for your number one reason.)

* privacy, fear of stalkers or other dangers
* to shield family or friends
* to keep your 'adult' works separate from your 'mainstream' works
* privacy, just to be more anonymous
* just liked the sound/idea of a new name
* other(s) (please list)

Gwen: Privacy, fear of stalkers or other dangers is 90%, the rest is 10%

Carrie: I've never been concerned about stalkers etc. Call me naive but it's something I've never even thought about. I'm proud of who I am so I'm not interested in hiding away. True family and friends should be supportive of you whatever your chosen career is so to shield them from your work kind of defeats the object. I've not had much experience writing outside of my chosen genre. If anything, I would like to mix my interests up together, so it would be okay to keep my pen name the same. I decided to use my maiden name because not only do I consider my married name unsuitable but I also preferred the sound of my maiden name and it's also the name of a very famous character in a Stephen King novel.

Roxanne: I use a pen name for many of the reasons listed; I want my privacy and I want my family shielded from any back lash that can occur because I am a sex writer. I have three kids and I am involved in a lot of the things they do and who knows how some of the other parents may react to what I write. I also want to keep my sex writing and mainstream writing separate.

If you were advising or mentoring another author, would you advocate "for" or "against" the use of a pen name?

Roxanne: To anyone writing erotica or other sexual works I highly recommend using a pen name. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Gwen: I would absolutely tell them that they need a pen name. Keep in mind: You can have thousands of fans that are absolute joys and treat you with the utmost respect. But it just takes one with the wrong kind of agenda to turn your world into a nightmare. A pseudonym will protect you from that.

Carrie: This is a difficult question for me. I don't have any strong feelings either way. I think it's all just a matter of choice. I would just say that it was up to them.

Would it make a difference if the author was writing works "for all audiences" or "for adults only"? If so, how?

Carrie: I think only if the author wrote children's books alongside adult books then a pen name would be good. But with any other genre, that's tricky. It may be necessary if there was a risk that it would ruin your credibility in the adult market or vice versa, but that would depend on whether you know your subject matter or not.

Roxanne: Under my real name I write everything including mom stuff and stories and articles for kids. Those publishers might not accept my writing if it was linked to the other things I write. It's unfair that things are viewed like that, but I can't change it so it is better to keep things separate.

Gwen: I think a pseudonym should be used in most circumstances. However, it would make a pseudonym even more necessary if a person was writing for adults only. Those of us who write about sexuality tend to seem more accessible in intimate ways, perhaps – there have been people who claimed they "knew" me because they had read so many of my stories, and they thought they knew what I liked in bed. They offered to show me, sometimes to the point of threatening to show me. When I was writing in any other genre, I never had that kind of problem.

What consequences, if any, have there been in using a pen name? (Problems with payments, complexities with credentials, issues with public appearances etc)

Gwen: I haven't had many problems with using the pseudonym. Most editors and publishers are used to that, and so they always ask what my legal name is, and that's what they use on the check. Only twice has it happened that an editor used my pen name instead of my real name on a check, but those situations were taken care of very quickly, and I had no complaints.

Carrie: My only problem I've come across is that all my official documents and accounts are in my married name. Sometimes, with the way that some publishers have their websites set up it means I have to give my official name as well in order to receive payment. That could mean that the credits or byline on my work may include my married name and I don't want that! One day, soon, I will change all my official documents back into my maiden name so that I would no longer have to worry about this.

In your opinion, how prominent is the stalking of authors?

Carrie: Personally, I've never heard of any stories about the stalking of authors. Maybe, I'm out of the loop but I've just not heard anything about it. Perhaps it has occurred with some of the Best Selling authors, but if it has, it's not made many headlines.

Gwen: Most of the authors I know have dealt with stalking on some level. It's the norm rather than the exception, but it isn't something that makes the evening news, so the general public doesn't know about the prominence of it until someone with a big spotlight gets stalked – the Stephen Kings of the world, let's say -- or until someone winds up killed by the person who was obsessed with them.

Roxanne: I also worry about stalking. I don't know how many authors are actually stalked. I've seen it in movies and in books much more than I've heard about it in real life though I'm sure it must happen especially to very popular writers. I had an experience with it early in my career when I wrote for the local newspaper. My photos sometimes appeared along with my work and it caught the attention of some local guys. Some only wrote letters but some looked me up and called my house and even showed up at my house. It was creepy. No one ever got out of hand and once they got the hint I wasn't interested they went away, but it could have been worse. Now being a sex writer I decided it was best to use a pen name to avoid any weirdoes that might get any obsessive tendencies or strange thoughts.

How did you select your name? (Any tips or 'things to avoid' that you'd like to mention?)

Carrie: My only advice in choosing a name (one that I haven't followed myself!) is to choose one as high up in the alphabet as possible. This way when your book is in the bookstores, consumers do not have to crouch down to the lower shelves to find your book.

Gwen: My name is actually the blending of the names of two of my friends. Several of us were sitting at dinner one night, tossing around names that I might use, and we started combining names of the people at the table. As soon as "Gwen Masters" was uttered, that was it. It felt perfect.

Make sure your pseudonym fits you, and make certain that it is something you can live with. If you are a very prolific or popular author, you will wind up answering to your pseudonym just as often – if not more often! – than your real name.

Roxanne: I created my pen name before I ever started writing erotica. Roxanne was the sexy alter ego persona that I created when doing something special for my husband. She is the completely uninhibited sex goddess. When I started writing erotica, naturally she became the sex writer.

If you have a story about why you use a pen name -- and you feel comfortable sharing it -- please tell us about it.

Gwen: I chose to use a pseudonym early on in my career. It wasn't in response to anything other than the vague possibility of something negative happening in the future. When it did happen – when I dealt with stalking from two angry women and one very persistent man within the same few crazy months – I was forever thankful that I had a pseudonym.

I realized early on that giving away my real name was very easy, and when I chose a pseudonym for my erotica writing, I chose a different approach to dealing with the "when do I give them my real name?" situation. Those who write my checks know my real name, and they are also careful not to reveal it, of course. In my personal life, I can count the people who know my real name on two hands. Even those who think they do, don't. I've been extremely careful, and it literally saved my life a few years ago. Never underestimate the value of a pseudonym.

When someone is trying to tell you something, trying to warn you, pay attention. When the stalking I dealt with a few years ago took a very serious turn, it was a reader who alerted me to it. She forwarded emails that contained very specific threats against my life and the safety of those close to me. That gave me the proof to turn over to authorities, and it also gave me a "heads-up" to protect my family. If I had ignored her emails, I might not have known until it was too late. The thought makes me shudder.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Independent Author Project

Jerry D. Simmons is currently gathering names of authors interested in testing a project which hopefully will begin no later than April 1, 2007.

New Marketing Project To Help Independent Authors Sell More Books

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Quill-Pen Press

QPN Press has issued a call for submission for an anthology of erotic short stories. The erotic nature has to involve male dominated domestic discipline and sex in a marriage setting. The tales we are looking for are about women getting comfortable with their BDSM (submissive) fantasies. We are looking for great descriptions of the sexually submissive emotions. The non physical aspects (power exchange) are far more important then the act itself. Stay away from four-letter expletives, use creative euphemisms instead. Since our target readership are ladies who read romance, we prefer HEA (happily ever after) endings. Keep the word count between 4,000 and 8,000.

The following is a must: heterosexual couples only, no bestiality, no blood, and no underage kids.

The anthology is planned for print softcover only at this time. The one time royalty is $40 for which we purchase three-year exclusive publishing rights. The copyright remains with authors.

The deadline is June 30, 2007.

To submit go here and follow directions.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at avl@quill-pen.net.

Andrei V. Lefebvre
Publisher, Quill-Pen.net Press

Assorted Content Requests

Constant Content requests:

Relationships:

Description: Affairs -- The difference of a man's & woman's affair
Price: $10-20
Article amount: 1
Content length: 150 +
Subjects: Why in most cases it's okay for a man to cheat but not a woman.

Beauty related:

Laser Hair Removal Testimonials: I am seeking testimonials from people who have had laser hair removal done. Not made up testimonials, actual testimonials.
Price: $40-50
Article amount: 5
Content length: 750
Subjects: Patient testimonials on laser hair removal
Notes: see http://www.4laserhairremoval.com

For those interested in censorship and other non-fiction writing, there's this request also:

Description:
Library Articles Wanted: Public Library themed articles wanted
Price: $10-20
Article amount: 1-5
Content length: 300-500 words
Subjects: Public Library Themed, Library topics such as reading, Books, Public Information

Must be well written,want to purchase Full-Complete-Rights Rights Only. these Articles will be used for Non-Profit Org.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

E-Publish or Perish?

Jessica Faust of BookEnds LLC talks about her thoughts on e-book publishing.

Reminders, Ad Offer

I must remind you of the House Rules, including a nudge for donations.

If donations do not continue, the blog may need to stop... Posting here takes time away from writing which is my livelihood.

I'm open to a few (no more than 3 per month) ads from publishers and authors too. It's not bad traffic as quite number of search traffic arrives here looking for erotica and erotic stories. If you'd rather buy an ad than donate a few bucks, email me.

Best New Paranormal Romance 3 (2008 Edition)

The anthology, compiling works published in the year 2007, will be published in spring 2008 and be nationally distributed. [Best New Paranormal Romance (2006 edition) is now available. Reading it is your best opportunity to discover what we are looking for.] In order to have the book
out early in 2008, reading must be done before the end of the year.

Submissions should be made as soon as possible and reading will close on December 1, 2007. This is an annual "best of"-type reprint anthology so we want only material published in 2007. (No original stories.) E-published material is acceptable, but please -- no self-published fiction!

We are looking for stories from all branches of sf/f that also include a strong "romance" element or, conversely, romance that is fantastic, supernatural, paranormal, futuristic, etc. Definitions are ambiguous. If in doubt, send it. Erotic romance and alternative sexuality are acceptable but the emphasis must be on well-written stories.

If your work is scheduled for publication in Nov/Dec 2006 please submit it now and indicate where and when it will be published.

We prefer accept only email submissions (attached in .doc, or .rtf), but email us for snail mail address if for some bizarre reason you can not email it.

To avoid confusion, when sending material please put Best New Paranormal Romance 3 or BNPR 3 as subject line of email or on envelope.

As with any "year's best" anthology, the contents will be announced. You will be informed if chosen. No rejections will be sent out. No mss. returned.

Email for submissions or information: Paula Guran, editor@juno-books.com.

(Editors and Publishers: We could use copies of your publication! PDFs
are fine or email for a snail mail address.)

Submission Guidelines

Author Links

Via Marketing Whore I found these two gems:

Deanna Dahlsad of Ephemera Bound Publishing has posted an Author Promotion Checklist.

For non-fiction writers (and readers), participate in Bloggers V. Journalists research.

A Rose of Any Color: BDSM e-Anthology

Freya's Bower is compiling a two-book anthology for readers who love BDSM stories:

A Rose of Any Color
Book One: Femdom

and

A Rose of Any Color
Book Two: Maledom

Each volume will incorporate the work of five authors. We are looking for three established BDSM authors for each volume. Remaining story slots for each book are open to newer writers to submit. Stories must be no less than 10K words and no more than 20K. Any sub-genre of BDSM is welcome with ratings of sweet, tangy, spicy, sizzling and beyond sizzling.

Both volumes are based on a rose theme. Whether the rose (or some form of a rose such as its thorns or petals) is integral to the plot or merely makes an appearance in the story, it is a requirement for all submissions.

Submit entire ms attached as an MS Word document to editorkatherinem@yahoo.com with the words "BDSM Rose" in the subject line. Established authors must include a short bio.

Deadline is March 31st.

Ocean’s Mist Press Calls

TWISTED TAIL - SUBMISSIONS CALL

OMP wants to see your take on traditional fairy/folk tales -- of course with an erotic twist! These tales should be between 5,000 to 15,000 words. Please, nothing less than 5,000 words. Tell us about your favorite fairy or folk tale and how you'd twist it. These books can cross genres. The 'main' genre of course, is the fairy tale take off...but it can contain any other element that fits your story, and take place in any time period. The stories can range from humor, angst, dark, paranormal, historical, updated contemporary tales...the sky is the limit. Whatever works for the story. It's completely up to the author.

Please submit a full manuscript, along with a one or two page synopsis, for the Twisted Tales line. Submit to submissions@ oceansmistpress. com

HEAT OF SUMMER - SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Ocean's Mist Press is looking for submissions taking place during lazy summer days as the theme. So think back to those hot, sultry days and see what your creative juices offers and submit your novella. Send us your stories to submissions@ oceansmistpress. com. Make sure it falls between 10,000 and 15,000 words, and have it to us before the deadline of May 14th, 2007. As part of your email submission, please include a brief synopsis in the body of your email, and send the full manuscript as an attachment.

GENERAL SUBMISSIONS
The submission deadlines: March 1, 2007 - April 31, 2007

This is open to published and unpublished authors. Royalties begin at 45% rate for the contracted book.

Please review Ocean's Mist Press (OMP) submission guidelines so you can get a feel for what we're looking for. (All entries must fit the romance genre. We are accepting stories in all genre. Sensuality level can vary; i.e., review our Mystique guidelines too.) Stories should begin at 10,000 words, max 30,000 words.

OMP is actively accepting submissions for all erotic romance and not so erotic romances (for our Mystique line which is sensual but not as explicit), including the following sub-genres: paranormal, historical, multicultural/ interracial, suspense, BDSM, science fiction and fantasy, Western, and romantic comedy. OMP will accept all variations (M/F, F/F, M/M, threesomes and more) and heat levels.

Send submissions to submissions@ oceansmistpress. com with Springtime Fancy in the header.

For 2007, we are interested in well written, entertaining romance and romantic erotica for the following lines:

Venganza- Deadline March 1, 2007; for publication April, 2007 They say revenge can be so sweet, and we think it can be very hot too! Please send us your take on revenge, stories telling us about women/men scorned, now ready to retaliate, and wanting to get even. Let us see your most feisty heroines (or Alpha heroes) and show us how they make right what went wrong in the hottest, sexiest way possible. Venganza is the Spanish translation of vengeance and in either language it can be so hot!

Send submissions to submissions@ oceansmistpress. com with Venganza in the header. Hot Nights- Submission Deadline May 14, 2006; for publication June 29, 2007 OMP is looking for stories (10,000 to 30,000 words). Tell us your story of that sexy man or woman and their heated summer passions. OMP is looking for the hottest summer love stories that will set our senses on fire! Send submissions to submissions@ oceansmistpress. com with Hot Nights in the subject line.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Sliptongue Magazine

We are looking for literary fiction with erotic content: we are NOT an erotica "genre" magazine. Aside from being erotic, subject matter must occur within the realm of actual human experience and obey the laws of biology and physics (i.e., no SciFi, fantasy, monsters, et al). This is not to say we aren't receptive to horror and mystery stories -- simply that they must remain within the boundaries of the believable. In addition to short stories, we are very receptive to novel excerpts. Preferred length is between 1,200 and 8,000 words.

They also publish poetry and artworks.

Compensation: Exposure

For more information read here.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Best Sex Writing 2008

Call for submissions: Best Sex Writing 2008
To be edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Publication date: November 2007
Deadline for submissions: May 1, 2007

Editor Rachel Kramer Bussel is looking for personal essays and reportage for inclusion in the 2008 edition of Best Sex Writing, which will hit stores in November 2007. Seeking articles from across the sexual spectrum, covering alternative sexuality, reproductive rights and sexuality, sex work, sex and aging, sex and parenting, BDSM, polyamory, gender roles, sex and race, sex and disability, etc. These topics are just starting points; any writings covering the topic of sex will be considered. Personal essays will also be considered.

Previous editions of the annual series have featured authors such as Susannah Breslin, Susie Bright, Stephen Elliott, Tristan Taormino, Virginia Vitzhum, and others. See Best Sex Writing 2005 and 2006 for examples of the types of writing being sought. I'm especially looking for reported pieces that are political, timely, intelligent, surprising, and insightful about sex in American culture (and its many subcultures).

About the editor: Rachel Kramer Bussel (www.rachelkramerbussel.com) is a prolific author and editor. She hosts In The Flesh Reading Series and has edited or co-edited over a dozen erotica books, most recently Naughty Spanking Stories from A to Z 2, Caught Looking, He's on Top and She's on Top.

Requirements: Story must have been published between September 1, 2005 and December 31, 2006, online and/or in print (book, magazine, zine or newspaper) in the United States.

Instructions: Please send your double-spaced submission (up to 6,000 words) as a Word document or RTF attachment to bestsexwriting2008 at gmail.com – you may submit a maximum of TWO pieces for consideration AND include your full contact information and previous publication details as per below.

If for some reason you are unable to send a Word document or RTF, send your submission in the body of an email. Put BSW08 in the subject line. Include your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, and exact publication details (title of publication, date of publication, and any other relevant information). ONLY SEND WORK YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REPRINT.

Editors may submit up to three submissions from their publication, following the guidelines above. Please make it clear that you are the editor submitting work for consideration from your publication, and have the author's contact information available upon request.

Email address (for queries and submissions): bestsexwriting2008 at gmail.com
Payment: $100
Deadline: May 1, 2007
Expect to hear back from me by September 2006 at the latest.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Writer's Digest Contest for Self-Published Authors

Win $3,000 in cash
Gain national exposure for your book
Catch the attention of prospective editors and publishers

Writer's Digest is searching for the best self-published books of the past few years. Whether you're a professional writer, part-time freelancer, or a self-starting student, here's your chance to enter the only competition exclusively for self-published books.

THE CATEGORIES:

* Mainstream/Literary Fiction
* Genre Fiction
* Nonfiction
* Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age)
* Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs)
* Children's Picture books
* Middle-Grade/Young Adult books
* Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books)
* Poetry

ENTRY DEADLINE: Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Enter Here

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Worst Love Poem, Ever

The editors of VOID are proud to present February's poetry contest "Worst Love Poem, Ever." We're sure you all have some pretty great/sobworthy life experience that can translate into even better material.

Deadline is February 13th, so start pouring your heart out now!

Please visit for more information on how to enter.

Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Vol 7

Editor: Maxim Jakubowski
Publisher: Carroll & Graf
Deadline: March 31, 2007

This is a best short stories of the year type book. Seeking submissions of stories previously published, whether in print or online, during calendar year 2006.

Any length up to 8,000 words.

As to what I like, my tastes are idiosyncratic, but best refer to any of the previous volumes of the mammoth Erotica series. I'm broadminded.

Submit by mail (NOT e-mail) to:

Maxim Jakubowski
Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Vol 6
95 Finchley Lane
London NW4 1BY, UK

News & Reading For Authors

The Erotic Authors Association has just started their blog; it's been added to the sidebar.

Ephemera Bound publisher Deanna Dahlsad has written about closing libraries over at New Publisher Journal.

A reminder that the Rauxa Prize for erotic writing, which has an award of $1,000, is open until August 15th.

Stupid Boys: Smart Women Talk About the Dumb Men in Their Life

My friend and I are looking for your stories to be compiled into a book we will entitle "Stupid Boys: Smart Women Talk About the Dumb Men in Their Life."

We envision that we will take the best 50 tales, edit them with your consent, change names if you so desire, and get them published. The next best 50 tales will go into the sequel, etc. etc. etc.

We will send each author 1.5% of the proceeds; the remaining 25% will go into a non-profit foundation we are starting, the Lighten Up Foundation, that will provide grant money to women entrepreneurs (well, heck, really any woman that provides a compelling enough reason) globally - we know you've received pleas for women in the third world; we're talking about supporting women in the US, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia...anywhere in the world.

Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2007.

Email your questions, comments, and submissions to either Susan @ sdentel@comcast.net or Heather @ pashadear@sbcglobal.net for consideration. We will reply as soon as possible.

Multiple entries are welcomed. And please forward to all the smart women in YOUR life.

Writer Looking for Jewish Moms of Sperm Donor Babies

I am in the process of doing research for an article and am interested in speaking with any Jewish women, preferably Orthodox or Conservative, who have chosen to have children without a partner through sperm donors. I would love to hear your story and about available resources and support. Anonymity is OK. Please contact me at singlejewishmoms@fastmail.fm.

Satya Magazine

Satya is a magazine that focuses on environmentalism, social justice, and vegetarianism.

"Satya" means "truth" in Sanskrit, and formed the basis of Mohandas Gandhi's Satyagraha or nonviolent "truth action" movement for Indian self-sufficiency. We are currently looking to expand our pool of contributing writers. As always we appreciate any original work regardless of topic. If you are interested, please contact me at Kymberlie@Satyamag.com.

Satya relies on contributions. Since we're a small operation, we do not have funds to pay our writers. We realize that writers in particular deserve to be paid a living wage for their efforts. We hope things may change some day, but until then, we offer our writers our deepest gratitude for their contributions. We appreciate and welcome the input of our readers and writers. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

See their guidelines for more information.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Desdmona's 2007 Titillating Tattoo Story Contest

Skin. Body adornment. Tattoos. Piercings. Stories. Sex.

Desdmona's 2007 Titillating Tattoo Story Contest wants them.

We are eager to see sexy stories from talented authors that include any kind of permanent body adornment: a tattoo, a piercing, or whatever else your perverted mind can come up with.

Desdmona's 2007 Titillating Tattoo Story Contest is an erotic short story contest. Stories must be 3500 words or less.

There is no entry fee.

Only one story is allowed per author.

Stories must be received by Sunday, April 1, 2007.

Prizes will be awarded to the judges' three favorite stories:

First prize: $500
Second prize: $250
Third prize: $125

Honorable mention prizes of $40 will be awarded at the discretion of desdmona.com and the judges.

Winners will be picked by our judges and will be based on quality of writing, erotic appeal, originality, and adherence to contest theme. Please, be imaginative! The winning stories and honorable mentions will be displayed on desdmona.com on Sunday, April 15, 2007.

Contest guidelines and submission details here.

Don't Ask, Don't Tie Me Up: Military BDSM Fantasies

Military men in uniform fulfill a dream for many, and military men in BDSM scenes fulfill even more erotic fantasies. Is it true what they say about Marines? Is the Army really looking for a few good men or just a few obedient ones? Can anything top the U.S. Air Force? Does the U.S. Navy need more seamen? How does the U.S. Coast Guard defend the homeland from penetration? Boot camp and basic training create men who are disciplined and respect authority. Recruits know the meaning of "Sir, yes, sir." Whether Daddy or boy, dominant or submissive, military men have it
all and are best equipped for BDSM fantasies, Master/slave relationships, role-playing, and muscle worship.

I am seeking well-written, believable and accurate stories that are erotic, not just pornographic. I am interested in military men who are rewarded for their bravery, talents and skills and disciplined when they do not follow orders. They fulfill the needs of their "Sirs" and take care of their "boys."

NOTE: If you are not knowledgeable in the world of BDSM, Master/slave, Daddy/boy, military, uniform, role-playing, or muscle worship scenarios, please do not submit a story. Two experts in Military/BDSM scenes (one is ex-military, and both are BDSM masters and trainers) will be
consulted to determine if stories accurately and believably portray what we want for "Don't Ask, Don't Tie Me Up - Military BDSM Fantasies."

I want well-developed characters and plots, believable and accurate situations, and settings, along with internal consistency. Humor is greatly appreciated. All characters must be over 18 years of age.

We are also open to accepting original art work or comics strips.

Feel free to query me about the thinking you may have about a story for this anthology at eric@starbookspress.com

Guidelines:

Submit your query to eric@starbookspress.com in the body of an email - no attachments please.

Include a short bio, your name, postal and e-mail addresses and a 5 paragraph excerpt of your story. Indicate whether or not your submission has been previously published and, if so, where
and when. You don't need to sell your story in the letter; your work will speak for itself.

If your query is accepted, I will be in contact with you about submitting the complete work.

The end product should be no more than 8 pages of single spaced 12 pt. type. Be sure your query has been proofed and edited. Sloppy submissions and poorly written stories will not be considered.

Editor Eric Summers
Publisher: Starbooks Press
Deadline: September 15, 2007

For more info, see here.

Author Reading

Shon Richards of Erotiterrorist has written a 2007 Manifesto on erotica/sex writing which is a must read.

I've added Author MBA Blog to the sidebar -- how long has it been since you checked out all those resources?

Thursday, February 01, 2007

First Kiss Project

The aim of the first kiss project is to record as many first kiss stories as possible -- to capture those clumsy sweet first attempts to end our innocent and bumbling foolishness.

Email your stories to firstkissproject - at - gmail.com. Please include how you would like to be acknowledged (first name/last/anonymous, age, town, etc.). We encourage you to avoid using the full names of other parties.

Entries should remain under 350 words.

Exposure gig that sounds like fun.

Gay and Lesbian Script Contest

The Semi-annual GLBT Script Contest has begun.

Deadline is June 1, 2007.
$30 entry fee