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How to Write Erotic Fiction and Sex Scenes – Ashley Lister

Newly published book on writing erotica and sex, haven’t read it yet but will do soon. Once you have written your work, Sharazade’s post on “What do Editors Look for? is a must read. She should know, she’s an editor.

What do Editors look for? Sharazade

1) Do your research. Only submit a query or a manuscript to an appropriate publisher. That means you familiarize yourself with their current published works—reading some, if at all possible—and make sure you know what sorts of things they publish. If they only publish ebooks, don’t insist on a paperback. If they publish mainly erotic romance, they’re probably not going to take your edgy tale of non-consent. If you’re not sure, of course you can ask—but your questions will come off a lot better if you clearly know who they are. A publisher can tell when you’ve just gotten a list off the Internet somewhere and cut and pasted the same submission letter to each one. And that’s not really more efficient for you, because it’s going to lead to more confusion and rejections.

2) Submit what they ask you to submit. If they want a query letter first, send a query letter first. If they want two sample chapters, send two sample chapters—not one, not the whole book. You are not a special snowflake. Follow the directions.

3) Submit how they ask you to submit. Some publishers don’t want attachments. Some only want attachments. If they want Times New Roman, 12 point, then use that. If they want it hand-written with pictures of clowns on odd-numbered pages, then do that if you want to be published by them. If you don’t find yourself willing (or able) to comply with their query or submission process, you’re not going to want them to handle your book. (If they don’t say at all, then you can’t go wrong with Times New Roman, 12 point, ragged margins, double-spaced, in a Word .doc or a .pdf. Don’t do the clowns thing unless asked.)

Three more pointers: http://howtowriteeroticfiction.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/what-do-editors-look-for-sharazade.html

 

Video – Venus in furs: Exploration of Sexuality

Venus in Furs – Sadomasochism & the Limits of Sexuality: The Institute of Art and Ideas – TV

The Debate: “Accounts and depictions of violent sex have thrilled and appalled us since Sodom and Gomorrah. The internet has given it a new twist, lifting the veil on human sexuality and normalising behaviour previously thought scandalous (BDSM, sadomasochism). Should we encourage the exploration of sexuality without limits or is their value in constraint?”                                                          Video: http://iai.tv/video/venus-in-furs

Titian: Venus with a Mirror

“Venus in Furs” plot summary in Wiki:
The framing story concerns a man who dreams of speaking to Venus about love while she wears furs. The unnamed narrator tells his dreams to a friend, Severin, who tells him how to break him of his fascination with cruel women by reading a manuscript, Memoirs of a Suprasensual Man.
This manuscript tells of a man, Severin von Kusiemski, who is so infatuated with a woman, Wanda von Dunajew, that he asks to be her slave, and encourages her to treat him in progressively more degrading ways. At first Wanda does not understand or accede to the request, but after humouring Severin a bit she finds the advantages of the method to be interesting and enthusiastically embraces the idea, although at the same time she disdains Severin for allowing her to do so.
Severin describes his feelings during these experiences as suprasensuality. Severin and Wanda travel to Florence. Along the way, Severin takes the generic Russian servant’s name of “Gregor” and the role of Wanda’s servant. In Florence, Wanda treats him brutally as a servant, and recruits a trio of African women to dominate him.
The relationship arrives at a crisis when Wanda herself meets a man to whom she would like to submit, a Byronic hero known as Alexis Papadopolis. At the end of the book, Severin, humiliated by Wanda’s new lover, loses the desire to submit. He says of Wanda:
That woman, as nature has created her, and man at present is educating her, is man’s enemy. She can only be his slave or his despot, but never his companion. This she can become only when she has the same rights as he and is his equal in education and work. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_in_Furs

Nude Men from 1800 to Today – Austrian Museum

In the U.S. we equate nudity with sexuality, almost an automatic response. I was raised in the U.S. by Austrian parents. Nudity was quite common in our household, but the word sex never crossed my parents lips – certainly not in front of me.

“Associated Press/Ronald Zak – In this Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 photo, Naked Museum visitors look at pictures of the show “Nude Men from 1800 to Today” during a special opening to friends of nudism at the Leopold Museum, Vienna, Austria. The show “Nude Men from 1800 to Today” opened its doors from 19 October 2012 to March 4,2013, looking at how artists have dealt with the theme of male nudity over the centuries. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)”

nude men

from 1800 to the present day

19 October 2012 – 04 March 2013

Previous exhibitions on the theme of nudity have mostly been limited to female nudes. With the presentation “naked men” in the autumn of 2012 the Leopold Museum will be showing a long overdue exhibition on the diverse and changing depictions of naked men from 1800 to the present.

Thanks to loans from all over Europe, the exhibition “naked men” will offer an unprecedented overview of the depiction of male nudes. Starting with the period of Enlightenment in the 18th century, the presentation will focus mainly on the time around 1800, on tendencies of Salon Art, as well as on art around 1900 and after 1945. At the same time, the exhibition will also feature important reference works from ancient Egypt, examples of Greek vase painting and works from the Renaissance. Spanning two centuries, the presentation will show different artistic approaches to the subject, competing ideas of the ideal male model as well as changes in the concept of beauty, body image and values.

Great photo from Leopold Museum site: http://www.leopoldmuseum.org/en/exhibitions/46/nude-men

Excerpts from article on show in yahoo ne

 

 

Press Release – March 19 – I.J. Miller and Remi Newman

Philadelphia’s Erotic Literary Salon, Features Erotica Author I.J. Miller and Remi Newman Writer and S+x Educator,  Along with Erotic Readings from Attendees, Tuesday, March 19.

 

Monday, February 26, 2012

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

PCSalons@gmail.com – contact: Susana Mayer, Ph.D., Salonnière,

PCSalons@gmail.comreserve a time slot to read at Salon (5 min max)

www.theEroticliterarysalon.com – guidelines for reading.

www.theEroticliterarysalon.com – blog s+x news, Salon notices, erotica, and guidelines.

The Erotic Literary Salon will be held Tuesday, March 19. Featured reader I.J. Miller is the author of four, distinct, literary, erotic works of fiction: “SeeSaw,” “Sex and Love,” “Climbing the Stairs,” and his latest novel, “Wuthering Nights.” He will be reading excerpts from his erotic retelling of Emily Bronte’s classic “Wuthering Heights.” Visit I.J. at http://www.ijmiller.com

 

Remi Newman’s alter ego, Pink Lady, is a s+x-positive radical feminist, who is interested in expressing the sensuality behind seduction through erotica. Remi will lead a discussion on infant and child sexuality based on her “Having the talk before they can talk” workshop. As one of the featured presenters, she will also read her steamy story The Bridge. You can find her at: http://www.healthysexforlife.com

 

PHILADELPHIA: The Erotic Literary Salon, unique in the English-speaking world has launched a growing movement mainstreaming erotica. Salons attract a supportive audience of 65 or more individuals. Approximately 20 participate as writers, readers, storytellers, spoken word performers of original works/words of others, the rest just come to listen, enjoy and applaud. Frances, our resident nonagenarian (95 years young) often recites her original erotica.

 

Salons gather the 3rd Tuesday of every month at TIME (The Bohemian Absinthe Lounge), 1315 Sansom Street, Center City, Philadelphia. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. (limited seating), for cocktails, food and conversation. Guided discussions start at 7:15 and readings begin at 8:00. Admission is $10, discounted for students, and seniors (65+) to $8. Salon attendees must be 21.

 

Creator of this event, Dr. Susana, is Philadelphia’s best-known sexologist. She lends her voice to the Salon by offering relevant information to support the discussions that arise in the Salon and blog.

 

…surprisingly comfortable….Salon devotees praise her for the space she has created….”

“I think Susana is doing a very brave thing.”

Philadelphia Inquirer, February 10, 2010

 

“There are laughter and tears along with the hot rush of blood – to the face.

Daily News, March 15, 2010

 

“I never knew such a life of honesty could exist. I finally found a home I can be comfortable in…this event changed my life.

Warren Katz, first time attendee and reader

 

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