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I was one of those eager writers signed up to pre-purchase this title long before it was published. Aside from going back and forth with Amazon about the continuously changing publication date, lack of information and updates for us buyers, and finally giving up on the opportunity to buy this unique offering all together, I was thrilled to hear that it had finally been published and is available for the masses. A published market guide for the erotica genre in book form? It never existed until now and has been sorely needed, which should make it a relative godsend for sex writers everywhere...
But it's not that miracle we've been hoping for.
The book touts being a project handed down from one dreamy-eyed associate at Circlet Press to another, until someone finally put it together. It shows. All of that time and separate authors didn't go into creating a comprehensive, well researched, completely detailed, and painstakingly accurate list of erotica markets. There are only 95 pages of actual market listings in the entire book, hardly enough pages to even be termed a "book," which may be why "the collective" added all the other junk in the remaining 145 pages between the covers.
The authors state in useless Chapter 1 that this "isn't a handbook on 'how to write a story'" and then proceeds through many chapters to tell you just how to do that. If you're completely new to the world of writing, in any genre, you'll appreciate knowing that tax deductions are available to writers in the US, how other authors choose their pen names, or being warned to develop a thick skin about rejection letters, but you won't get much else from the editorial content in this book. You'll even be laughing at advice like the recommendation to avoid distractions while writing, not threaten or bribe potential editors, and that you don't have to have experienced everything you want to write fiction about. The authors also go on and on about how sex writing should not be viewed as taboo and to let your inhibitions and hangups go as a writer so much that you begin to wonder if they still harbor these hangups about sex writing themselves. These lengthy chapters present more common information than common sense itself...just enough for a beginning writer to wonder "oh, I need to know about that?" and then not find the detailed information to actually help them through that aspect of the writing life. If you're looking for any information about the legalities, decisions, fears, business, marketing, etc. of writing itself, refer to the masses of OTHER books available on those subjects. And the authors here instruct you to do the same just before continuing to waste our time and take up way too much paper dabbing at different aspects of the writing life.
If you're buying this book for the listing of markets for your erotica, sex, and porn writing as I was, you'll find 5 pages of those e-Book publishers that just can't be avoided, 39 pages of magazines and periodicals (including e-zines), and 56 pages of book publishers. The list of markets is far from comprehensive or accurate. Comparing this book's list to the spreadsheet full of erotica markets I've created for myself as an author fully entrenched in the genre now, there is an alarming amount of missing potential markets for your work... large, obvious, long existing, better paying, and well known markets completely overlooked. And my list started from scratch barely a year ago. I also recognized several markets listed in the book that no longer exist, haven't existed for almost a year, and can be found out as such by a quick trip to their website, which posts that very notice or no longer exists at all.
Sure, markets change and publications and editors come and go like the wind, but why would the authors of The Erotic Writer's Market Guide bother to actually list defunct markets and pubs no longer in circulation, even including their own speculation and personal comments, and not verify the accuracy of their own listings by even a quick check of the current status of a market's website? The listing for Playgirl magazine alone is TWO editors behind in accuracy and incorrect in payment amount. Where I know full guidelines are available for markets, they're not included here. You still have to send off for guidelines (but you always should to maintain completely accurate info) yourself. Also beware of all the non-paying markets listed here, not exactly what you wanted to pay the book price to find and not even including those truly beneficial non-paying markets that continue to result in lots of fans, feedback, and visitors forwarded to our own sites for those of us in the genre who've benefited from working them in among our paying market submissions.
The resources section at the back of the book is just as incomplete...just astonishing considering the authors of this book are supposedly working authors and editors in the erotica genre themselves. If I was able to discover the markets, organizations, market listing resources, etc. all by myself over the last year, "the collective" should've been able to list them in their book. Maybe these authors should've taken the time to send out a mass inquiry to existing erotica writers, editors, and publishers and asked them to share their own personal collections of markets to form a true and very valuable listing... or at least inquired with the members of the Erotica Readers & Writers association. And perhaps then this first market guide for this wonderful genre wouldn't reflect so badly on the genre itself, as it currently encourages the perception that erotica isn't anything to take seriously, there are few serious markets for it, and erotica writers don't have quite the skillset or professionalism of writers focusing their efforts in mainstream genres. (The authors and editors at work here couldn't even place page breaks in the right places to ensure all the information regarding one market was kept together and easy to use and refer to...you'll find a title of a publication at the bottom of one page and have to turn the page to read the details about it.)
All in all, this is not the comprehensive and accurate resource for erotica markets it should be, can be, or that you're expecting. It has large, numerous, embarassing holes in it. BUT it is still the only collective listing of its kind, a tool that will hopefully evolve over time and become, for the erotica genre, what other listings are for mainstream markets. And there are a few markets listed here that I hadn't found myself, which is like gold in this genre where markets are hard to find, not always paying, and exist only in small numbers. And that alone makes purchasing this book worth the money and the time I spent laughing at it; it'll pay for itself in the very first short story I sell to a new market.
Is this book all that it could've easily been and all that we writers need or expect it to be? No. Is it still an indispensable tool and a must-buy for writers of erotica, porn, and sex in fiction or non-fiction? Absolutely.
And hopefully any future edition of The Erotic Writer's Market Guide will solicit the input and incorporate the knowledge of a larger circle of writers actively working in the genre.
I can't believe the negative reviews I've just found regarding this title... and some of them written by so-called feminists themselves. How can someone be offended by a book or the stories of others' lives? Only if they choose to fear words or the expression of others' thoughts and ways of life.
Love and partnership: the very subject matter is quite personal and so, the anthology is a collection of intimate tales very openly shared showing the trials, tribulations, challenges, and discoveries of a variety of women. For the first time in reading these accounts, I've realized there are others like me...those of us who don't view relationships, sex, and love as conventional, traditional, or confined but as very unique and individual circumstances and arrangements fitting the uniqueness of the individuals involved themselves. The stories will open your mind, introduce new ways of thought, and support the idea that we are all connected, as humans and women, no matter how different we may be. The stories are inspiring, making you feel included rather than excluded, and give you the motivation to continue to seek the partnerships best suited to your own needs and wants.
It's a joy to read, full of surprises, and exactly what you'd expect from such a title. It serves to confirm the definition and benefit of true and inclusive feminism, allowing room for all of us whether we go the marriage route or not.
This was my first read by Carol Queen, and I'll definitely be looking for more. Her down-to-earth attitude and very sincere, nonjudgmental, and open-minded approach to writing, sex, and a potentially touchy subject is very impressive.
She's covered nearly every aspect of shyness pertaining to self-image, sexual exploration, and body image; this book isn't just about dressing up and showing cleavage. And let's clarify that it's not just geared toward a female audience either. Queen talks directly, soothingly, to all those wishing to expand their sexual and self-confidence horizons.
I was only amazed to find how far along the spectrum I am myself coming from such shy and conservative beginnings. I was expecting practical steps and creative ideas for "coming out" on my own only to realize just how much of an exhibitionist I already am. And that also credits how Queen begins with exibitionism in private and for oneself, establishing a comfort zone for the individual where it should be begun.
I wish the book included more advanced exhibitionism techniques, or maybe more modern ones. Queen could've ventured into the realm of exhibitionism acted out online in all the various forms, how to begin, safe places for exercising your turn-ons, etc. Still, Queen covers the full spectrum of self-growth and comfort with exhibitionism so comprehensively that there are definitely creative ideas and issues addressed even for the more advanced. Enjoy!
There are seemingly endless lists of slang terms for everything to do with one's sex or the act itself. The small-sized book is thorough if anything, dividing up the collection of terms into minute categories for easy finding and including the date of origination for the term or additional description where possible. There are cheesy line drawings illustrating some of the odd terms, apparently just in an effort to plug up the white space left by the lists upon lists of terms.
This book is a great reference if you're interested in where/when terms stemmed from or looking for outdated or little known slang to add to your own vocabulary to baffle your friends while sitting at the bar with nothing better to do. Otherwise, the book would only be a useful resource for a writer or other word-sleuth if you're writing a period piece with untactful characters. How else could you ever utilize your new awareness of terms like "gristle-gripper" or "dormouse" for female genitalia and "cranny-haunter" or "flap-doodle" for males?
This isn't a useful guide for modern writers of erotica, unless only for your own amusement. Worst of all, the bar of soap pictured on the front cover needs to lose the token pubic hair. It looks so real that I keep wanting to pick it off...
This book includes the classy synonyms as well as the outdated, odd, eccentric, and tactless. Words and phrases are alphabetized in endless specific categories, so you're guaranteed to find just what you're looking for. Categories also include everything from references to genitalia and the sex act to the sex industry and sexual health and dysfunction.
The book is laced with vintage photographs, mostly erotic and some very tantalizing, which add to the character of the book itself and your browsing enjoyment. There's even some editorial comment inserting stories and histories of interest, but there generally isn't historical or origination information about the individual terms included.
It's an excellent resource for writers of erotica/porn: very thorough, easy to use, nice to look at, and with classy terms as well as the humorous ones.
As far as I'm concerned, this is THE guide for writers of erotica/porn. It gave me the courage, confidence, and know-how to begin my own career as an author of erotica. Katy tells it like it is: the good, the bad, and the ugly. You'll know the rewards and risks of entering this genre.
Ignore any bad reviews for Katy's book. This is the only guide you'll ever need, and I've seen Katy's name everywhere since I've become familiar with it. She's actively writing in the most prestigious and professional markets of the erotic genre, and I get to claim she helped tutor me to do the same. :)
After my introduction to Anais through reading "Henry and June," I adjusted to her casual style of writing in her diary and fell for her honesty and the intricacies of her mind. I wanted to find the same in this book.
There's no doubt that Anais's unique style, insights, and sense of description all appear in this work, but I think she left out the nitty gritty. She's capable of more. If nothing else, I'd love to see the book about 3 times or more this tiny length, enough space to really delve into Sabina's character, how she got to her breaking point, why she even chose that path in life.
For others considering reading "A Spy in the House of Love," I do recommend it as a unique look into the mind of a woman who's found herself leading separate lives for a single reason, who's in search of a happiness that alludes her, and never finds reason to really be herself, all of herself, at any one point in her life. The book is a psychological slice of a person...a person most of us are at one point in our lives as we seek to be our true selves in every moment, a lot of us never even reaching that point of complete freedom.
Anais also writes of the lure of sex, the psychological reasons why one may seek it out in any way possible, but the book isn't explicit in detail. That's left up to the reader's imagination as Anais only gives us the psychological details. There are many great insights here, most previously untold, but Anais is (was) capable of so much more. Looks like I'll have to turn back to her diaries for that.
I don't know if this is a collection of THE best American erotica from the last year (there's a lot of great stuff I find on the web or in traditional print everyday), but it really is an assortment of nothing but the best writers available.
I'd been given the book as a gift and was afraid to find what one editor may deem "the best" and put in a random collection. I'd never read anything from the Best American Erotica series before. I was hooked on the very first story and continually amazed that each and every tale, no matter the style, length, author, or subject, was a real turn-on.
The stories seem to span the gamut of available writing, and each one has a great deal to offer no matter if it merely alludes to sexual thoughts or describes an incredibly hot and nasty scene of self-debauchery. I have Susie Bright's editing skills to thank for showing me, in one anthology, what it is to be an author of erotica, just how much creative freedom we have, and how to turn our own styles into a turn-on for a diverse audience.
I'll be buying each year's collection now, probably collecting the old ones to add to my shelf, and my aim is to be honored as one of the author's selected for print in the coming years.
I had always been under the impression that this book was written long, long, LONG ago. Even though it was written in the past with many other societal influences that actually deemed it inappopriate for the US market, almost every single word and ideal still applies, and so profoundly applies! We need every young man and woman, every politician, every puritanical joker or influence on social law to read this.
D.H. Lawrence was a man ahead of his time. He had it all figured out: the difficulties and attraction between men and women, the differences between love and sex, the differences between the classes and cultures, and the how and why of our everyday human afflictions that plague us from childhood on. So many views and ideals are inserted into the text that I can't begin to list them, but they're all incredibly important. If only we, as modern generations, could read, consider, and adapt these principles and understandings. The world would truly be a different place.
Lawrence gives me new faith in the genre of fiction itself. Never have I seen so much taught in a single made-up volume since reading Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Lady Chatterley's Lover is a work that touches upon and attempts to free of us of all our associated qualms from freedom of speech and sexual expression to the institution of marriage and judgment of others.
I agree with authors of erotica and advocates of sexual freedom who promote this book as a must-read, but must also add it to the list of must-reads for the entire population. It's not just about love and sex, but about life, being true to yourself, and relating to your fellow man.
Completing the reading of this book makes me feel as though I've missed out by not being familiar with the works of a great writer. Though the collection doesn't include any of Preston's actual erotic/porn fiction, the essays point out that Preston is clearly a GOOD writer, an intelligent writer, and one of the few who are courageous enough to reveal themselves and the non-PC interests of others in their work.
Preston's collection has introduced me to many worlds which I had only heard hints of existing and familiarized me with many alternatives in the world of the pursuit of sexual pleasure. He approaches his subject with integrity, honesty, and showing no fear. He helps recondition the reader to no longer think of "pornography" as such a harsh or even violent term or genre. I have to agree with his theory that if the material printed in the likes of Penthouse or Hustler were packaged in expensive wrapping and sat on a shelf of a mainstream bookseller, it would be considered erotica instead of porn solely because of its cover and the new set that would think nothing of picking it up proudly.
The collection gives excellent insight into the realm of the sex industry and the people involved. It shares the lives of sex workers from their humble beginnings (just like the rest of us) to their own thoughts on the effect of their work and why its a worthy cause. Preston also reveals how the business of pornography has helped shape his own life and vice versa. We see the writer inside and out and become fully aware of all that is involved in choosing to write as honestly...the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Inspiring and informative, Preston's words make me feel proud to be a writer of erotica or porn or whatever you call it. Classified either way (because to me, it's all just writing and simply an author attempting to include more honesty in their material than most do), I now feel more comfortable as a sex writer, almost comfortable enough to hang a banner over my head and walk down the main street...