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Reminder Next Tuesday-Oct 18-The Erotic Literary Salon-Live, 10 Steps to Writing Arousing Erotica by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Kathleen Murphy teacher, writer, poet will be the featured presenter next Tuesday, October 18th. Dr. Murphey will present an excerpt from her story, “The Frog and the Transgendered Prince” a story about Stephanie, the spoiled, awkward princess. http://www.kathleenmurphey.com.

Vintage Sex

Several years ago Rachel Kramer Bussel presented her writings at the Salon. She is a prolific writer and has edited over 50 anthologies. The following are her 10 tips for writing erotica.

10 Steps to Writing Arousing Erotica

By  on November 5, 2013

Rachel Kramer Bussel has been writing erotica for over decade, and after writing hundreds of stories and editing over 50 anthologies, she’s come up with ten tips for penning your next erotic letter, story or novel.

1. Write Your Passion

Write because you have something to express about sexuality—your own or the topic in general. As with any writing, don’t force it; the impulse should come from somewhere inside you. That doesn’t mean you have to know everything that will happen in advance (it’s probably better if you don’t), but being genuinely excited about your erotica will show in your writing. Yes, you can make some money doing it, but don’t expect you’re going to be buying a new house as the next E.L. James (though anything’s possible).

2. Anticipation

Just like the Carly Simon song, anticipation is important in erotica. You want the reader to be enthralled by the tension between your characters (whether a person alone, a couple, a triad, or more), and eager to find out what will happen next. That doesn’t mean you can’t start with a sex scene, but it does mean that if you do, you have to maintain that level of tension throughout. Have your characters flirt, fight, flee, eat, drink, tease, travel, talk dirty—and whatever else—before they get to the moment everyone is waiting for. Then when they are together in an intimate moment, your reader will feel invested in knowing exactly how the sexual action plays out.

3. Who What When Where Why

The traditional journalistic questions of who, what, when, where and why apply equally well to erotica. Readers want to know more than just who put which body part where; they want to know what the characters are thinking, where they are (whether it’s a bedroom or a boat or an airplane or a dungeon). Is it their first or fortieth time together? If they’re a couple, how is this moment different from their usual erotic m.o.? Set the scene in every way—that doesn’t mean we need to know what color shoelaces or bra or lipstick someone’s wearing (unless it adds to the mood), but we need to know more about them than that they’re hot to trot.

4. The Five Senses

Similarly, you can further set the mood by paying attention to all the senses—taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing. Does the sexy barista smell like coffee—and what does her lover think about that? Does the mechanic have motor oil under his fingers? I once set a story in a chocolate shop after I’d walked into one and been overcome by the heady sensation of all that sweetness. Exploring senses other than touch, even if briefly, adds depth to your story.

5. Social Media is Your Friend

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so why not get inspiration for your next thousand words by using Flickr, Twitter and Facebook? Right now I’m looking at an image on Pinterest of a woman lying in bed with her wrists bound, wearing a pretty pair of panties and biting her upper arm. Is she doing so in pleasure? Agony? Alone? While being watched? Under someone’s orders? You could say yes to all of those scenarios and write a story inspired by that image—or any other. Wikipedia is also a great place to look up fetishes and other sexual curiosities.

6. The News is Also Your Friend

Your daily reads, whether The New York Times or Gawker, can be a wealth of inspiration. I’ve used everything from a story about how to speak to a large group of people to gossip that Rihanna enjoys getting bikini waxes to spark a story. Magazines can also provide fodder—based on an article on fashion for runners in Runner’s World, I wrote about a woman who rocked a running dress during a race. You never know where, when or how inspiration will strike.

7. Change genders, locations, points of view

Once you’ve been writing erotica for a while, it’s likely that you may get a little bored, or your stories may start to seem too similar. One great way to shake things up, challenge yourself and discover new ideas is to change the gender or sexual orientation of a character, whisk them away somewhere, or alter points of view. If you usually write in first person (“I”), switch to third person (“He” or “She”) or the trickier second person (“You”).

8. Sex Toys Add Fun

Sex toys can be a wonderful boost of stimulation to your storytelling. Maybe a couple is looking to spice things up, maybe one is using a toy they’re hiding from the other, maybe someone is curious about a toy but doesn’t know how it works, or isn’t sure what size dildo or what type of nipple clamps to get. And remember—”sex toy” doesn’t just have to mean a vibrator, butt plug or blindfold! Household items like rulers, ice and furniture can work equally well for an erotica story.

9. Be Quirky

Remember that you can eroticize anything! I’ve written erotica about a woman with a fondness for washing dishes, bukkake, fire eating, breakups, risqué restaurants and a sexathon. As long as everything is consensual and you follow the editor’s guidelines (see below), anything goes. The beauty of erotica is you’re not bound by the conventions you would be in real life. You can take on any fantasy, fetish, or persona. I love stories that are set in the last place I’d expect, or have a fun twist.

10. Follow the Guidelines

This tip is perhaps the least fun, but probably the most important. If you’re submitting your erotica to a publisher, be it a contest, online magazine, or book publisher, you absolutely must follow the guidelines. Don’t assume they are suggestions or that your story is so special you can get away with flouting the rules. Doing so makes you look disrespectful to the editor and lowers your chances of getting published pretty close to zero. You can enter Gasms’s writing contest, and  find more erotica writing guidelines at the Erotica Readers & Writers Association, and check your favorite editors’ blogs too—Alison Tyler posts calls often.

http://gasm.org/article/10-steps-to-writing-arousing-erotica/

Best Gay Erotica Call For Submissions, Dirty Words-Erotica Readers & Writer’s Association

Below the newsletter from ERA-ADMIN Erotic Lure October 2016 you will find a call for submissions for Best Gay Erotica. This is a great website if you are a serious writer and/or reader of erotica.

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Dear Debauched Denizens of the Darkness,

 

By the twitching of my thumbs,

Something wicked this way comes.

 

Well, to be honest, it’s actually other parts of my body that are twitching as I swoop through the (literally) fantastic October edition of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association website. As All Hallow’s Eve approaches, ERWA celebrates the salaciously supernatural and the horrifically horny. Clicking from page to page, I’m overwhelmed by paroxysms of prurient passion….

 

Too much? Okay, I’ll rein in the alliteration and give you a quick tour, starting in the Erotica Gallery, where you’ll find a slew of stories focusing on magical lust and erotic horror. Blood-thirsty flora, a vengeful murderess, a smart ass exorcist and a clit with a mind of its own—our traditional La Petite Mort theme has inspired the ERWA authors to new heights of creativity. Across the page, our Awesome Authors section includes everything from historical fiction to paranormal romance, all breathlessly erotic.

 

Indulge your dark desires:

http://www.erotica-readers.com/GD/S/Erotic_Fiction.htm

 

If you’re still craving more hot fiction after your sojourn in the Gallery, click over to our Books for Sensual Readers pages. We’ve assembled a rich and varied collection of featured titles for this issue, so you’re sure to find something that appeals. Delores Swallows explores the irresistible attraction of opposites in his short story collection Unlikely, while Giselle Renarde, Kendra Edge and the irredeemably filthy Lexi Wood team up to expose The Secret Life of Sitters. Cheri Verset’s collection So Wrong 12 offers nearly 80,000 words of taboo erotica, and Sharon Lynn Fisher shares her outrageously original erotic fairy tales in Before She Wakes.

 

If you’re looking for longer stories, check out Avery Kaye’s Royally Wicked, the escapades of a prince in Las Vegas, or Taisha Demay’s tale of a searing office affair, Love, Truth and Consequences: Playing Dirty. I’ve put Candace Blevin’s paranormal erotic romance Be Careful What You Ask For on my TBR list, intrigued by her premise of a half-werewolf/half-human who wants to be wholly wolf. Checking Him Out, Devyn Morgan’s gay erotic romance that pairs a shy librarian and a macho construction worker, sounds delightful. For FF fiction, I recommend Giselle Renarde’s Taboo Lesbian Erotica: 10 Scandalous Stories. I haven’t read it—yet—but I have no doubt it’s as sexy and intelligent as Giselle’s other work.

 

We have dozens more titles for your browsing pleasure, including vintage and modern classics, sensual romance and sexy sex education. Enjoy zero frustration: any book that casts a spell can be yours in a couple of clicks. Just use our affiliate links and give us a treat: your purchases help support the best free adult site on the web.

 

Revel in dirty words:

http://erotica-readers.com/ERA/EB/Popular_Erotic_Books.htm

 

Did someone say porn? If not, why not? When you’re tired of reading and just want to watch, head for our Adult Movies section. Top billing goes to “Babysitting the Baumgartners”, a steamy blockbuster based on the novel by ERWA’s very own fearless leader Selena Kitt. Real life couple Anikka Albrite and Mick Blue star as the sexually adventurous Doc and Mrs. Baumgartner, who seduce their long-time baby sitter, played by Sarah Luv. Enjoy more of Mick’s and Anikka’s special erotic spark in “Mick Loves Anikka”, as Mick indulges his lover’s every forbidden fantasy, from girl-on-girl rimming to double penetration. Another couples top pick is “Tales from the Edge: Hotwife Bound”, a mix of exhibitionism, cuckolding and BDSM.

 

If none these suggestions ring your bell, explore our extensive list of other titles, conveniently categorized and equipped with buy links for instant gratification.

 

Experience the magic of movies:

http://www.erotica-readers.com/ERA/AM/5_Favorite_Couples_Movies.htm

 

Adult movies are a great way to relax while getting off. If you’re more the action-oriented type,  though, don’t miss the Sex Toy Playground. This  month’s Sex Toy Scuttlebutt focuses on toys for couples. Personally, I’m dying to try the Fetish Fantasy Spinning Swing. Then there’s the Tongue Star Pleasure Vibe, which is just what it sounds like—a mini-vibrator to enhance oral sex. Talk about creativity!

 

Wondering how to use Ben Wa balls? Confused about lubricants? Curious about prostate stimulation? The Playground includes links to frank and fun articles about these and many more sex-toy-related topics, penned by the experts from Adam & Eve, Good Vibrations and our other reputable suppliers.

 

You can never have too many toys:

http://erotica-readers.com/ERA/ST/Sex_Toy_Scuttlebutt.htm

 

Inside the Erotic Mind this month, you’ll find a sometimes arousing and always provocative discussion of body piercing. Expect strong opinions on both sides. Add your own thoughts by clicking Participate!

 

Dare to share:

http://erotica-readers.com/ERA/ITEM/Body_Piercing.htm

 

Finally, if you write explicit fiction or non-fiction (or if you’ve ever been tempted to try!), do visit the Author Resources pages, the most extensive list of erotic publishing opportunities anywhere on the web. Three new publishers have just been added to the compendium: Inkubus for gay erotica, MoFo Pubs seeking literary erotica, and Deep Desires Press for erotica and erotic romance. There are also dozens of calls for anthologies including a new vampire anthology entitled “Ravenous”, fiction focusing on wanderlust—with the emphasis on lust—and Rob Rosen’s call for Best Gay Erotica Volume 3.

 

The page features opportunities for novelists, short story writers, poets and essayists, in every erotic sub-genre. Meanwhile, click on the ERWA Archive link for access to ten years worth of amazing articles by top authors on topics related to the craft and business of writing. Whether you’re an experienced author or just getting started, the archives are an incredible resource.

 

These days, we publish our craft articles at the ERWA blog – http://erotica-readers.blogspot.com. Our contributors talk about everything from writing sex scenes to doing promotion.

 

Follow your Muse:

http://www.erotica-readers.com/ERA/AR/Erotica_Authors_Resources.htm

 

I did it! A complete Erotic Lure almost entirely avoiding alliteration. Do I get a treat? Those fur-lined hand-cuffs look appealing…. Sure, I’ll wear the naughty nurse costume if you want, as long as you’ll let me use the swing…

 

Wishing you a month of chills and thrills,

 

Lisabet

Call for Submissions

Best Gay Erotica of the Year V3

Cleis Press

Please tell editors/publishers you read their guidelines on the
Erotica Readers & Writers Association Website
www.erotica-readers.com

ANTHOLOGY: Best Gay Erotica of the Year, Volume 3
EDITOR: Rob Rosen
PUBLISHER: Cleis Press
DEADLINE: December 1, 2016
PUBLICATION DATE: December 2017
PAYMENT: $60 + 2 copies

Submission Guidelines: short stories are now being accepted for Best Gay Erotica of the Year, Volume 3. Story Length: 2,000-6,000 words (absolutely no exceptions). Original stories strongly preferred, though a couple of reprints might be used. Reprints must solely be owned by the author and must not have appeared in print during the past three years. BGEv3 is not a “themed” anthology. All genres, kinks, and fantasies are fair game, just so long as the work is intensely erotic and exceedingly literary. M/M or multiple M/M only. Please send only your best and hottest work for this prestigious collection. Absolutely no scenes of rape, bestiality, incest, or underage sex, nor any references to the same. Penetration scenes after the year 1985 must include a condom. Do not send stories that are currently being considered elsewhere.

How to submit: THE FOLLOWING IS MANDATORY. FAILURE TO ADHERE TO ALL THE GUIDELINES WILL RESULT IN YOUR STORY NOT BEING READ. Send a double-spaced Times or Times New Roman 12-point font Word document to bgev3@yahoo.com. Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch and double space the entire document (regular double spacing, do not add extra lines between paragraphs or do any other irregular spacing). U.S. grammar (double quotation marks around dialogue, etc.) required. Only one space after a period, comma, etc. Please do not submit more than one story. Include real name/pen name/address/ 50 word-or-under, third person bio.

Rights: non-exclusive right to publish your story in this anthology in print, ebook, and audiobook form. Authors will retain copyright to their stories.

Questions? EMail: bgev3@yahoo.com

 

 

Today-Tuesday-Sept 15-The Erotic Literary Salon-Live, Jewish Noir

Tonight Dhami Boo will be the featured reader and lead the adult sex-ed section on Erotic Reiki. Dvora, a regular attendee of the Salon, shared this cartoon – so appropriate – a bit of BDSM.

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Jewish Noir

Our own M (you know the lovely woman who greets you at the door every other month) will be reading her work, which was published in a new anthology on Jewish Noir at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco – October 15.

http://www.thecjm.org/programs/performance/916-jewish-noir

“M. Dante has been a popular commentator for over a decade. Dante only recently revealed her poetry and creative non-fiction at Philadelphia’s Erotic Literary Salon (ELS), Noir Con/Noir Riot, and IOTA Arlington. Her writing is darkly poetic, strikingly precise, and clear even when surreal. Often set in bleak yet familiar places, where no one is entirely good, Dante seems remarkably comfortable contemplating the everyday evils of human nature.”

 

Tonight-Tueday-Jan 20 – The Erotic Literary Salon-live, plus reminder Sat. Jan 24-Art Festival

Tonight, come early for good seats to the Erotic Literary Salon – live in Philadelphia. http://theeroticsalon.com/category/press-release/

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Tommy D Naked Man (regular reader at the Salon, but fully clothed) presents: Art Festival

Poetry, Spoken-word, Stand-up Comedy, Burlesque, Open-mic for audience.

Tommy D Naked Man Poet, Sexy Naked Performer Sherry, Rachel Fogletto comedian,   + others; body painting & refreshments. $8

Saturday, January 24, 4-8

954 Space

954 N. 8th St. (1/2 block south of Girard)

917-232-4209