Friday, June 27, 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Cleis Press is launching a new erotic romance imprint. Here's hoping it'll be F/F friendly! http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/62927-cleis-launches-erotic-romance-imprint.html#path/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/62927-cleis-launches-erotic-romance-imprint.html
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Last weekend, I participated in a panel on writing sex scenes and erotica with authors Elise Matthesen and Devin Harnois. MinnSpec is a Twin Cities science fiction, fantasy and horror writing and social group. They did a great job hosting! Lots of great questions and food for thought. :-)
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Call for Submissions
Mammoth Book of Uniform Erotica
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Call For Submissions
Mammoth Book of Uniform Erotica (paperback and eBook)
Editor: Barbara Cardy
Publisher: Constable & Robinson, UK
Deadline: 30th July 2014
Payment: Advance of between £25 and £50 + Royalties
Rights: Non-exclusive permission to publish the Story in print, ebook, audio and combined ebook/audio editions in English and foreign language. In consideration the Author shall receive royalties for each format. Please read the contract template at www.writerotica.co.uk
Submit to: email@example.com
This book is a collection of erotic stories for a paperback and eBook anthology of approximately 180k words. The word 'Uniform' is the key theme for this collection, but no need to relentlessly refer to it throughout the story.
This series is a fiction collection, so submissions can be written in first or third person.
I am expecting mainly straight stories in the region of 2,500 and 5,000 words. Unusual scenarios and settings will attract my attention. Humour is very welcome too. There must be at least two sex scenes in the 5,000 word submissions.
Push the boat out with ideas rather than stick to the obvious policemen and nurses, although a few of these will certainly get space. Twosomes, threesomes, groups, spanking, BDSM, adult babies, slaves, fetish etc are all welcome subjects. I would like to receive lots of really kinky stuff. Unpublished works only please.
Each story must be attached in a separate email so I can divide submissions between email folders. Always send as a Word attachment and not pasted into the body of an email. It would be really useful if you put the story title in the email's subject box too – for example: 'Uniform – Caught in a Trap'.
I will be closing the call on 30th July but please don't leave it until the last minute to send me your work!
Please use Times 12 and no text boxes / headers / footers / page numbers or other special formatting etc. as they are a bugger to get rid of! You don’t need to worry about double-spacing between lines as I will only have to put it back into single spacing before I print it out. In fact, a 2,500 word story should easily fit on 4 sheets of A4 paper – it doesn't need to look pretty – for this editor anyway! All speech needs to be in double quotation marks. © 2014 will be put against the story. I don't need your bio when you submit stories and both published and unpublished writers are equally welcomed.
Right at the top of the first page of your story, you must insert the following information. I need this for when I create the contracts and to send you your royalty payments!
• Category: (i.e. Straight, Lesbian, Gay)
• Word count:
• Legal name:
• Address (including postcode and country):
• Email address:
• Story Blurb (click on one of our Erotica eBook images on our website to see examples)
• Story Title:
Then, your story should begin here…
The Advance: Stories should be between 2,500 to 5,000 words and will be paid pro-rata i.e. a story of 3,456 words will be paid £34.56.
• On sales of the Anthology in print, eBook, audio or combined eBook/audio format: a pro
rata share of 15-25% of net receipts.
• On sales of the Individual Story in eBook, audio or combined eBook/audio format: 40%
of net receipts.
Please read the Contract Document before you send me your work. You will find it on this website www.writerotica.co.uk The terms are very generous and include conventional printing and other royalty-paying opportunities. (Some of our eBooks are already available as audiobooks.) I will need you to sign up for all the publishing options. I don't want to get into the fiddly business of sorting through what we can and can't do with particular stories because that's when mistakes will inevitably get made. In short, non-exclusive permission to publish the Story in print, ebook, audio and combined ebook/audio editions in English and foreign language. In consideration the Author shall receive royalties for each format. Again, please read the contract template at www.writerotica.co.uk.
I very much look forward to receiving and reading your stories. Please email them to me at
There is a special torture for writers of same sex erotica and romance which doesn’t affect writers of heterosexual romance. Pronoun hell.
It’s hard enough writing sex scenes as it is. Keeping track of whose hand is on what body part, whose fingertips are walking, strumming, dancing on whose breast, thigh, belly. More than once, when I’ve been editing my own story, I’ve realized that one of my character’s hands is in her lover’s hair, the second is smoothing the skin of her lover’s thigh, and the third hand is running over her lover’s shoulders. It reminds me of that scene in Galaxy Quest where the alien tentacles come bursting out of the human skin to engulf their lover in passion.
But if your lovers are the same sex, you have to allow for the ambiguous “her”, especially if there are more than two participants in the scene. Consider this heterosexual love scene.
A swift indrawn breath from beneath her and then he grasped her bottom with both hands, pulling her cunt down on his mouth. She gave herself over to the tongue on her pussy, the speed, the dexterity, how damn good it was. Her thighs, slippery with sweat, locked around his head and more hair escaped from the hasty twist she’d shoveled it into, clinging stickily to her neck. His tongue must be getting tired, but her lover didn’t let up. Flick, lap, moving across her cunt, dipping into her folds, every crease and valley.
Even though it’s only “he” and “she” there’s no confusion about what body parts belong to whom. Of course it’s easier too when the participants have different parts where it matters. But if they are both she, if they both have pussies, then that scene won’t work as written:
A swift indrawn breath from beneath her and then she grasped her bottom with both hands, pulling her cunt down on her mouth. She gave herself over to the tongue on her pussy, the speed, the dexterity, how damn good it was. Her thighs, slippery with sweat, locked around her head and more hair escaped from the hasty twist she’d shoveled it into, clinging stickily to her neck. Her tongue must be getting tired, but her lover didn’t let up. Flick, lap, moving across her cunt, dipping into her folds, every crease and valley.
Holy moly, that’s both confusing and laughable—not necessarily in that order. I wish I could lock my thighs around my head and lick myself where it mattered. Okay, I wish I were a cat. ;)
When you’re writing same sex erotica, you have to be more specific. Yes, it means using names more often which doesn’t flow as smoothly, but it’s better than having your readers howling with laughter because they’ve interpreted your character as a mutant contortionist.
An alternative to using names is to use labels: “the blond pilot”, “the nurse”, “the older woman”. Used sparingly this works well; used too frequently and it’s annoying and cumbersome.
A friend has a collection of little rubber people figures. She acts out the sex scenes in her writing, like a plasticine twister: blue man’s right hand on red woman’s left hip; red woman’s right foot on back of blue man’s thigh. That might be further than you want to go, but her characters never have the wrong number of extremities.
Right now, I’m sifting through submissions for my upcoming anthology “Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire”. And yes, even in the most polished, professional manuscripts pronoun hell can rears its ugly head.
Here’s the final version of the example scene earlier. It’s taken from “Outback Christmas” which appeared in “A Christmas to Remember” published by Ladylit last December.
A swift indrawn breath from beneath her and then Casey grasped Simona’s bottom with both hands, pulling Simona’s cunt down on her mouth. Simona gave herself over to the tongue on her pussy, the speed, the dexterity, how damn good it was. Her thighs, slippery with sweat, locked around Casey’s head and more hair escaped from the hasty twist she’d shoveled it into, clinging stickily to her neck. Casey’s tongue must be getting tired, but her lover didn’t let up. Flick, lap, moving across her cunt, dipping into her folds, every crease and valley.
“Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire” edited by Cheyenne Blue will be published by Ladylit in late August 2014,
Cheyenne Blue’s erotica has appeared in over 90 anthologies including Best Women's Erotica, Cowboy Lust, Best Lesbian Romance, Lesbian Lust, and Frenzy:60 Stories of Sudden Sex. She lives and writes by the beach in Queensland, Australia. Visit her website at http://www.cheyenneblue.com