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Friday, November 13, 2015

Erotica Readers & Writers Association: Changing of the Guard

The Erotica Readers and Writers Association has been around since 1996. It pre-dates my foray into the erotica genre by ten years, and is coming up on its twentieth anniversary. Adrienne Benedicks has run it from the beginning, and I remember finding my very first publisher (Stardust, now defunct) on their Author Resources page. Adrienne is now retiring - and moving to greener pastures and a warmer climate! She felt it was time to pass the baton, and I was honored that she thought of me.
 
In recent years, as Amazon (and other retailers) have pushed back against erotica authors, I have seriously considered giving up on the genre altogether. But in the end, I simply can't walk away from something I've invested nearly ten years of my own time and energy into. Besides, I love erotica as a genre. And I love erotica authors. I have never met a more fun-loving, open-minded, good-hearted crowd of people. Erotica authors are the first line in the defenders of the freedom of expression. They go places others are often afraid to venture, and tackle topics that far too many shy away from.
 
I have some great ideas about how to develop the Erotica Readers and Writers Association into an even stronger community and resource for both readers and authors that I'm sure I will be implementing in the future, but truthfully, what's in place right now is a gold mine that, I'm afraid, too many people don't know about!
 
For instance, did you know that the Erotic Readers and Writers Association has a lively discussion list? In fact, they have several! The Parlor is a place where everyone can discuss whatever's on their mind, Storytime is where authors can offer their work for critique, and the Writers' List is a place where authors can network and talk about all things writing related. I've been a part of those discussion lists for the past year, and it's been a great experience to connect with new erotica authors and erotica lovers.
 
For readers, there's a huge library of erotic fiction available for free in the Treasure Chest! There's straight erotic fictionqueer fictionkinky eroticathe softer sidequickiesflashers, and even poetry. It's not just erotic books, either. There are a wide array of articles in the archives, plus adult moviessex toys, even suggestions for erotic music to set the mood. It's an erotica lovers dream!
 
You can also follow ERWA on Twitter, we have a brand new ERWA Facebook page, and you can sign up for the ERWA newsletter to keep up on what we're doing next.
 
For those who are already a part of the ERWA, I want to assure you that I have no intention of dismantling the site or bringing a bunch of new changes in too quickly. The site has grown and changed organically over the past twenty years, and I imagine it will continue to do so over the next twenty years.
 
Self-publishing and the rise of ebooks have given erotica a newfound freedom of expression that was unheard of twenty years ago. If I look into my crystal ball to see what the next twenty-years holds for erotica, I have to admit, it's a bit cloudy. But I do know one thing - as a genre, erotica isn't going anywhere. As long as there are humans, the expression human sexuality in all its forms will be explored by the most daring and adventurous of writers, and read by the most curious and open-minded readers. That much I do know.
 
My hope is that erotica's future is so bright, we'll all have to wear shades.
 
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But wherever the future of erotica as a genre may lead, I intend to be a part of that for a long time to come.
 
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 Selena Kitt
 

14 comments:

  1. Psyched to have you at the helm! ERWA is (still) in good...albeit sticky...hands.

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  2. Selena, I've been a member of ERWA since 1999. I am so happy you decided to take over from Adrienne, because I know you understand erotica -- both as art and as business -- better than almost anyone.

    Good luck! And if you need help, just ask.

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  3. This is great news for all of us struggling for a foot hold in erotica. I would not have started writing without the help and encouragement I received from ERWA members. Thank you for picking up the mantle. Many thanks and best wishes to Adrienne

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  4. Wow... Good for you! I'm delighted!

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  5. Good luck and I know that with you at the helm, the group will only continue to thrive and expand.

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  6. Well done and thank you, Selena, for taking on the challenge. ERWA is such a precious resource. I look forward to it continuing to develop and grow.

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  7. Hi Selena! Welcome and I read this blog all the time. Love it!

    Marika/Harlie

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  8. Yay! Good job Selena. Good luck to you.

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  9. Glad to have you at the helm, Selena. Here's to smooth sailing

    Rose ;-)

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  10. Thank you, Adrienne, for all your years of help and support! And thank you, Selena, for sticking in there and taking this on!

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  11. Wonderful news, Selena! Congrats and I wish Adrienne well!

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  12. So delighted to hear you are carrying on for the amazing Adrienne!

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