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2006 Authors Insider Tips

Beyond the Basics
With Tulsa Brown
The 30-Second Solution
Backstory vs. Flashback
Intimacy Begins With "I"
Hit the Ground Running
Make the Reader Leap
Meaningful Dialogue
Pulling the String
Central Image
Elegant Smut
Better Plots
Bitch Power

The Write Stuff
From Ashley Lister
Predefined Your Goals
Spell Ink Miss Takes
Plotting & Planning
Character Building
Speech Therapy
Talking Sense

Two Girls Kissing
With Amie M. Evans
Intro to Lesbian Erotica
3-Dimensional Characters
Submitting for Publication
Five Year Writing Plan
Setting Up Your Plan...
The Power of Naming
Language of Lesbian...
Sexual Description
What Can I say?

Hard Business
From Greg Herren
What Are Your Priorities?
How to Edit an Anthology
Follow the Guidelines...
A Cock is Just a Cock
But is it Still a Story?
Who Am I Fucking?
Potential Material
Rejection ...

The Business End
By Kate Dominic
Effective Cover Letters
How to Lose Contracts
Contracts: Agent Issues
Contracts: Read It!
Double Duty Bios
What's Sex?

Literary Streetwalker
By M. Christian
Ground Rules for Writers
No Muse is Good News
Effective Cover Letters
Location, Location
Say Something!
Dirty Words

The Erotic Book Docter
By Susie Bright
Marketing Your Book
Submission Concerns
Promotion Strategies

2006 Smutters Lounge

Pondering Porn
With Ann Regentin
Babes & Hunks of Erotica
Fantasy, Reality & Rape
Selling Ourselves Short
Selling Smut in Motown
The Frankenstein Bride
Frankenstein Revisited
Porn and Perfect Shoes
Porn's Passionate Pull
Instruments of Joy

Get All Worked Up
With J.T. Benjamin
Orwell's Eerie Parallels
Redefining Marriage
The Porn Menace
High-Quality Porn
About Profanity
Dirty Laundry
Big Brother


Wrong Reasons to do SM
by Midori

Book Reviews by Ashley Lister

I went to the circus last week. Not a traditional circus with scary clowns and incontinent elephants. This was described as: a stunning circus musical experience.

And it was.

High-wire acts, acrobats, trampolines, laser displays. Every other performance happened high in the air without the benefit of safety nets or harnesses. The girls wore costumes so skimpy I thought they were camel-toe-tastic. The guys wore tight Lycra and showed more while fully dressed and on stage than I display in the shower. (My wife commented that the guys werenít sporting the "sizeable equipment" she had expected. I explained that they were all sporting very sizeable equipment, she was simply used to something larger than they were able to provide).

A trio of jugglers came on stage and left me dizzy with their antics. Batons, balls, hoops and a variety of other objects hurled through the air with lightning speed in a display that was sensational. My hands hurt from clapping and my eyes hurt from trying to follow who was throwing what to who and wondering how the hell theyíd managed to catch it.

And, all the time I was watching the jugglers, I kept thinking: theyíre good Ė but theyíre not as good as Vonna Harper.

Available at: / Amazon UK

For those of you who donít know, Vonna Harper is author of more than fifty published books. She has been lauded for writing fiction that is fabulous, orgasmic and emotionally satisfying. But, above all else, she is a literary juggler and her performance with Surrender had me on the edge of my seat.

Surrender, Vonnaís first title from the Aphrodisia imprint of Kensington Books, is two related stories linked together in one volume. The narrative begins when we meet the storyís heroineóAsia.

Asia has just been fired from her job and we meet her as she is trying to come to terms with a life bereft of her beloved work. Asia tries to take solace with one of her solitary fantasies and the reader discovers that beneath the sexy surface of this storyís siren, there are many finely crafted and credible layers. Asia is later snatched from our recognisable world and transported to a fantasy island of domination and submission. But instead of simply writing to titillate, Vonna continues to explore Asiaís drives, desires and motives.

And this is where Vonnaís juggling really comes into play.

Balancing the fantasy element of the story; maintaining the eroticism; writing about each character so the reader cares about their fates; and keeping the pace sufficiently tight so itís impossible to put the book down without reading one more page: Vonna Harper deftly juggles every element of this well told story to present a complete and dazzling show.

Surrender continues with the story of how Ferren fares on Surrender Island but, rather than spoil the dynamics of how these two stories are interwoven, itís enough to say that Vonna provides a satisfying read for those who like their BDSM intelligent, inventive and hot.

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Dying For It
Available at: / Amazon UK

There isnít much I can say about Mitzi Szereto that hasnít already been said by either the more important UK newspapers or the BBC. She writes the finest literary erotica and currently compiles anthologies that are groundbreaking in their content. She also hosts workshops on writing erotica that have received international acclaim.

These facts are already known.

However, it isnít so widely known that she is an avid consumer of potato chips. I have only known a few women who can put away as many bags of crisps as Mitzi, and none of the others can boast the painfully thin figure that she possesses or the same porcelain complexion. Usually crisp consumers are fat bloaters with skin like greasy sandpaper. Mitzi however, remains elegantly slender and has a skin so soft it would make any supermodel jealous.

And, while I could forge a tenuous link between the killer capacity of salted fat-filled potato chips and the sex and death theme of her latest anthology, I think it is more poetic to linger with the image of Mitzi feasting on another family-sized bag of Walkerís Salt & Vinegar as I talk about Dying For It.

Dying For It is a sensational collection. Admittedly Iím slightly biased because it does contain a story by my all-time favourite author (Ashley Lister). But Iíd have to say the same thing if this anthology didnít include one of my stories.

As with all of Mitziís anthologies, sheís scoured the globe for writers who can provide the combination of quality and style that make for her typically eclectic and devastating blend. Contributors are based in such far-flung places as England, California, Germany, Greece, Miami, Nairobi, Canada and Blackpool. Her hard work and effort have paid off with this very impressive tome.

Sex and death arenít naturally linked in everyoneís thoughts yet Mitziís introduction shows how these two events are regularly tied together through literature, opera and contemporary film. She then goes on to present a volume that shows how some very impressive storytellers combine these two powerful themes.

With contributions from critically acclaimed authors like Niall Griffiths, Vicki Hendricks and Kelley Armstrong (as well as Tobsha Learner, Clare Colvin and Lauren Henderson) the book is replete with tales that break the mould of the conventional erotic story.

All too often authors of erotic fiction censoriously avoid the taboo of the grave. But in this collection the veracity of the connection between sex and death is presented in ways that can be shocking, moving, humorous or simply sexually exciting.

Lisabet Saraiís "Stiff" is a delightful tale of a widow and an undertakerís assistant that is replete with tongue-in-cheek humour. Teresa Lamaiís "Reflex Doll" contains a cunning blend of cleverly crafted characters and compelling construction. Marcelle Perks and Kevin Mullins have worked together on their story "Underneath" to present a grisly piece that is richly told, compelling and dark. In Mitziís own story, "Itís All Right Ma (Iím Only Bleeding)" we find out what happens when a wife helps her husband to end his midlife crisis.

The variety of styles is endless. The different approaches taken by each author show a clever mix of the romantic, the gothic, the humorous and the literary. Admittedly this is not an anthology for the fainthearted. But, for those who want to discover an anthology that is truly cutting-edge, you could not fare better than Dying For It.

Ashley Lister
September 2006

"Ashley Lister Submits" © 2006 Ashley Lister. All rights reserved.

About the Author:  Ashley Lister is a UK author responsible for more than two-dozen erotic novels written under a variety of pseudonyms. His most recent work, Swingers: True Confessions from Today's Modern Swinging Scene (Virgin Books; ISBN: 0753511355), a non-fiction book recounting the exploits of UK swingers, is his first title published under his own name.
Ashleyís non-fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines, including Forum, Chapter & Verse and The International Journal of Erotica.  Nexus, Chimera and Silver Moon have published his full-length fiction, with shorter stories appearing in anthologies edited by Maxim Jakubowski, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Mitzi Szereto.  He is very proud to be a regular contributor to ERWA.
Email: Ashley Lister

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