It’s Thanksgiving Day in the US and I’ve seen snow (a couple of days ago) for the first time in a few years. It didn’t snow in SE Asia. I’m trying to stay warm, and writing erotica is one way to generate a bit of heat. A delightful way. I’m thankful that I’ve had some great opportunities to write and publish and friends and family who encourage me.
I’ve mentioned before that I am dedicating part of my writing time to writing on spec for anthologies. It’s an interesting game…tracking down anthologies that have a theme or focus that is interesting (in the sense that I think I might have a story that would fit) looking at the deadline, the minimum and maximum word counts and making the decision to give it a whirl. It isn’t much of a gamble, as writing an erotic short story is never a waste of time. Some stories never pan out, but I always learn something from writing them. The trick is to make sure the bad stories wind up in the bin. As Hemingway said: “The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. ”
The process of writing for anthologies differs a great deal from the writing and publishing I did in previous years. Because it involves editors and publishers and marketing peoples and cover designers, it runs full tilt into the elements of hurry up and wait. I write to the deadline (and the precise specifications of the guidelines) then wait; get a yes, no or feedback, do more work then wait. Once the story is accepted and galleys are approved– wait again. This time for publication.
That can be hard, but only if the waiting is done while simply sitting around. If you (I) put your nose back to the grindstone right away, work diligently, you can wind up with several things in the queue. I currently have several stories under consideration in various places, and I am busy doing some rewriting for another editor. I will finish those edits and changes (she made some good observations and the story will be better when I’m done) and if she likes the new version, I’ll be announcing that one soon.
I’ve mentioned previously that I’ll have a story in the upcoming anthology Can’t Get Enough (Cleis Press), edited by Tenille Brown. Her blog gives the details of it here. If you are excited about that book (I am) you can preorder it here. From my perspective that means I’ll have a story coming out in the summer that is all set to go. The publisher, the editor, all the other authors and I will all be promoting it, and that should help find us all more readers. For readers, an anthology, when well done, means they can find a number of stories that really tickle their fancy and meet some new authors along the way. It is a win-win situation.
I’ve got a number of projects in the works and intend to see this year out by finishing several. And I’m already looking forward to 2014 as another great year for writing and publishing.
I am thankful for and appreciate you, my readers.
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Art and Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light by Leonard Shlain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The author presents some interesting ideas and solid research to understanding art and its relevance. It’s a bit of a slog at times, and you get tired of his reiteration of the role Einstein played in our era (not that it is not true, just repeated too often) but there was enough new to keep me reading.
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I recently collected all four of the Fantasy Charter novellas into a single volume and made it available in both ebook and paperback. Because it runs over 80,000 words (362 pages), the paperback winds up being pricey at $14.99. But it does include four stories that individually would cost almost $10 in ebook format. Now, however, I am offering it at $5 off for those who will buy it direct from CreateSpace.
This offer is good starting now. Just pop over there and enter code 38GN46L9 to get $5 off the list price.
Fantasy Charters: (Books 1 through 4 of the Fantasy Charter Series)
List Price: $14.99
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
ISBN-13: 978-1493733453 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
BISAC: Fiction / Erotica
Four stories of erotic adventures on a charter catamaran in the tropics. With the lure of the salty sea, a sexy crew, and balmy nights under clear skies, a fantasy charter promises many things. How about sailing to a secluded private bay for erotic adventure under a full moon?
CreateSpace eStore: https://www.createspace.com/4520602
Of course, for those who prefer ebooks, it is available at Amazon and Smashwords (soon to be at Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes and Sony) for only $4.99.
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I’ve been staying busy with writing lately… fiction, not blogs. I recently finished a couple of stories that I wrote to submit to anthologies. I enjoy writing for them because they give me specific deadlines and a framework. The challenge of meeting an editor’s word count requirements as well as writing the kind of story they want to their theme presents a great challenge. It also gives me a chance to work with different publishers, and it is interesting to see the differences in how they treat authors, promote books and so on. This also helps introduce my stories to readers that I might not reach otherwise. All in all, good for everyone.
Taking this approach has gotten me to write (and submit) my first erotic Western story. That led me to try writing an an erotic Western novella (nearly done) and a couple of other stories in different genres–all erotica, of course. I’ll announce any stories that are accepted as they happen.
As an example of the joy of writing for anthologies (when successful), my story “Embraceable You” is part of a new anthology coming out from Cleis Press called Can’t Get Enough. Tennile asked for story about insatiability and I did my best. The publisher describes the collection this way:
Veteran erotica author and first-time editor Tenille Brown has collected stories for Can’t Get Enough that highlight the essence of insatiable desire. With contributions from familiar names like Rachel Kramer Bussel, Jacqueline Applebee, and Giselle Renarde, along with newer voices like Monica Corwin and Beatrix Ellroy, this is a book full of diverse and dynamic characters who are bold and daring and even some who are surprisingly subtle. The authors here knock the Can’t Get Enough theme right out of the park with stories that will leave readers as breathless as the characters they’re reading about, dying for more.
This anthology is available for preorder in paperback at Amazon and scheduled for release in July.
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I’ve recently released an ebook anthology of three stories (about 25,000 words of erotica), titled EROTIC ENCOUNTERS.
This includes An Encounter with Paris, An Encounter with Pure Pleasure and The Erotic Poet and the Nude Photographer. All three stories do involve erotic encounters, as the title implies. Writing about encounters is far different from writing about sexual relationships as there is inherently an emphasis on the unknown, the new, the different. What I find intriguing is exploring the various ways in which a change of partner, having sex in an exotic place (for the person) colors their responses. If they are open to change, to other ways of loving, it can be exciting.
If you haven’t read these stories (they are available separately), this is a great way (cheap) to taste all three.
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Book four in the Fantasy Charter Series will be out October 1st. It is available for preorder now. at Smashwords and will be appearing at other sites such as Barnes & Noble and Kobo over the next few days. This one is hotter than ever, with erotic fun in the topics, under the full moon. I use the years I spent in the Caribbean to good advantage in this series, and you’ll even get a taste of island talk in this one.
The paperback version will be out soon too. If you like to get your series books in one chunk, I’ll be combining all of the first four books into one volume sometime soon for release in November. As usual, it will be in ebook and paperback.
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