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How to Write and Sell Erotica Paperback – February 3, 2011
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"One more thing you could do [by writing erotica] is help people. We don't like sex in this country. Sure, we sell beer and cars with it, but we don't like it. We're scared of it. Living in this world with anything that's not beer and car commercial sexuality can be a very frightening and lonely experience. Too many people feel that they are alone, or that what they like to do sexually is wrong, sinful or sick. Now, I'm not talking about violent or abusive sexual feelings, but rather am interest in something that harms no one and that other people have discovered to be harmless or even beneficial. If you treat what you're writing about with respect, care and understanding, you could reach out to someone somewhere and help them understand and maybe even get through their bad feelings about their sexuality--bad feelings, by the way, that maybe have been dished out by the lazy and ignorant for way too long."
As with any book of this type, readers will not always agree with the author on every point--and that's as it should be. For instance, I don't agree with Christian--or Stephen King for that matter--who argue that a writer should never resort to a thesaurus. (Hey! Sometimes you need a little help!) Nor does Christian like the idea of constantly "changing up" descriptive words in a text, especially where bodily parts are concerned. Others may be horrified, recalling nightmare critique sessions in creative writing class where they were admonished to avoid repetition and parallelism like the plague. Christian could have a point, although his tone may be a tad too ex-cathedra not to wrinkle a few noses, I remain skeptically neutral on this particular issue, while Christian is happy to inform his readers that he never got much out of those creative writing courses. He also doesn't particularly like being reviewed--"shut up!" I think were his exact words. All I can say is; tough luck, fella; this book is recommended!
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Much of the advice inside is outdated. Had they not been so editor-phobic, a line edit could have taken care of typos on virtually every page, and trimmed some of the repetition that beats readers over the head--how many elements erotic stories have in common with other genres, for example. Even had the info between covers been of value to ~modern~ writers, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone hoping to build a successful career writing romance or erotica.
I made it to the 55% mark before I gave up. Between the typos, bad or outdated advice, and the overall this-is-so-hard-and-the-pay-sucks messages it feels more like an effort to discourage skilled competition than to encourage writers, help them be successful, and promote a flourishing industry.
Better advice can be found in this price range and under. I wasted my hard-earned dollars on this title.