Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
SeX Files, the new erotica imprint of Comet Press, is seeking manuscripts in all genres and cross genres from 7,500-80,000 words. We are looking for stories that push the boundaries of erotica and we don't have any content restrictions (except for kiddie porn, of course).
Titles over 50,000 words will be published in trade paperback and ebook. 7,500 to 50,000 length works will primarily be published in ebook format. However, we will consider future print editions for longer works (around 30,000-50,000 words) with outstanding sales.
Our contracts are for four years and we offer 40% net royalties. Read all our guidelines at:
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Editor: Brian Whitney
Publisher: BearManor Bare
Deadline: December 1, 2014
Payment & rights: 5% royalties. We ask for digital rights for 5 years.
Stacked is the first of 10 ebooks in a series. We are looking for short stories of roughly 2.500 words. For Stacked we ask for stories that have breasts as a main element. It can be fetish, softcore, or hardcore. All authors will be credited.
We do not accept stories that involve children or beastiality.
Please submit with the subject line "Stacked submission - title of your story" and attach it to your email as a word document.
Please send to: Brianwhitneywriting@gmail.com
It's that time of the month once again... Time for you to share your Sexy Snippets!
The ERWA blog is not primarily intended for author promotion. However, we've decided we should give our author/members an occasional opportunity to expose themselves (so to speak) to the reading public. Hence, we have declared the 19th of every month at the Erotica Readers and Writers Association blog Sexy Snippet Day.
On Sexy Snippet day, any author can post a tiny excerpt (200 words or less) in a comment on the day's post. Include the title from with the snippet was extracted, your name or pseudonym, and one buy link, if you'd like.
Feel free to share this with erotic author friends. It's an open invitation!
Still, if your excerpt is more than 200 words or includes more than one link, I'll remove your comment and prohibit you from participating in further Sexy Snippet days. So play nice!
Saturday, October 18, 2014
This month my study of stardom comes to its long-awaited conclusion. I’ve argued that celebrity culture is the media age’s expression of a deep-seated human need to create mythical figures in our mundane lives, modern-day gods and goddesses who are in the end visions of our idealized selves. Indeed fame is more about the needs of the fan than any inherent superiority of the famous—if we all can become famous for fifteen minutes, then it’s fame itself that matters more than anything else, even truth.
Accordingly, although I’ve enjoyed throwing around names like Justin Bieber and Paris Hilton (and tipping my hat to Nancy Reagan) for comic effect, I do believe the most significant aspect of celebrity culture is its function as a mirror of our society’s yearnings, fears, and values. The dramas of the famous are our hidden hang-ups and fantasies projected on the screen for all to see. And while few readers of the ERWA blog probably invest much interest in the latest doings of Angelina Jolie, I believe that the illusions of fame impact every creative artist to some degree.
Even if you yourself have never dreamed of mobs of fans winding around city blocks, waiting for you to sign their treasured copy of your novel, perhaps you’ve dealt with the annoying responses at parties when you mention you write. “Are you published? I haven’t heard of you. Has your novel been optioned for HBO?”
Too many people confuse celebrity with quality. If you aren’t famous, you aren’t good. “Success” must be measured by spots on the bestseller list, Pulitzer Prizes, major motion picture adaptations. Or perhaps your party acquaintance is satisfied with a more modest appearance in Best American Erotica. Yet we’re still playing by the rules of fame. I for one was slow to figure this out. When I first started writing, I longed for the validation of publication, then of winning a place in the best-of’s. My circle of acquaintances would ask, “How’s your writing going?” and slowly but surely I had progress to report. Ten stories in a year. Fifteen the next. A novel.
It was never enough. “What’s next?” they’d ask. “Do you have an agent yet?”
I no longer give a list of the year’s accomplishments when someone asks me how my writing is going. Because I’ve realized at long last that those measures of success are an effort to find satisfaction in others’ opinions of me. That is what fame is—the opinion of others. Sometimes it is based on a good reason. Often it is just their distorted projection with no relation to who you are or what you’ve actually done. Frankly, I’m pretty happy with what I’ve accomplished in my writing. I don’t need to prove anything to myself anymore. That is indeed enough.
Thus the most important way to say no to the insidious influence of celebrity culture even in the lower ranks of writers: Never lose sight of the pleasure and aliveness of your creative process which can never, ever be properly valued by another person. If you write, you succeed.
Not unrelated to this point is the relatively passive role fame assigns us, whether fan or celebrity. Sure, a fan can be quite active in terms of chasing down the object of her worship or collecting memorabilia or the latest gossip. But the decision about who matters is made by the vagaries of the “star-making machinery” (to quote Joni Mitchell). Is there any other rational reason why Kim Kardashian is a household name?
The other day I was reading Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, and I came across an inspiring antidote to this passivity in her essay, “Woolf’s Darkness: Embracing the Inexplicable.” Solnit describes her attempt to find or make a language to describe the things in our lives that can’t be quantified or categorized, an effort that lies at the heart of the revolt against capitalism and consumerism (the engines of modern fame). In short, Solnit urges us to become producers rather than consumers of meaning.
I like that because producing meaning is what writers do every time they create a story. So of course, the best way to do this is to keep writing. At the same time, whenever we encounter assumptions about success, fame, and what constitutes “good” writing, we can interrogate those assumptions, agree or disagree, and better still make up our own new measures of value. In other words, we move from letting the market and celebrity culture define creative success to, at least sometimes, defining worth for ourselves.
It takes a lot more energy to think rather than let someone else make the decisions for us, but it’s the easiest way to become the star of our own universe.
Thanks for bearing with me through Justin Bieber and Dolly Parton. Keep writing and shine on!
Donna George Storey is the author of Amorous Woman and a collection of short stories, Mammoth Presents the Best of Donna George Storey. Learn more about her work at www.DonnaGeorgeStorey.com or http://www.facebook.com/DGSauthor
Friday, October 17, 2014
Underwater (Subject to change)
Editors: Anthony S. Buoni and Alisha Costanzo
Publisher: Transmundane Press
Submissions Due: 15 May 2015
Release Date: Spring 2016
Payment & Rights: Payment will be discussed upon acceptance. We ask for first print and electronic rights for six (6) months after publication date, then you are free to resell it.
UNDERWATER is seeking stories about life underwater. This could mean mermaids, sirens, deep-sea crews, the sunk city of Atlantis, talking seahorses, malevolent water spirits...if it could live underwater, we want to read about it. We are looking for fiction that has a speculative lean or mystical undertones, although full-blown sci-fi and fantasy are welcome, too!
We are looking for submissions that create modern, realistic, or fantastical stories. We want real characters, real tensions, and real consequences. There is one clincher, don't make them cheesy. Make them humorous, violent, grotesque, sexy, suspenseful, or satirical—just keep the writing serious. This anthology is intended for mature audiences. Sex and profanity are acceptable, however, not in excess. If gory for gore's sake, or vulgar just to be crude, your story will be rejected. Themes must be central to plot and character.
Submission details at: