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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
Sluts


Editorials

Wrong Reasons to do SM
by Midori

Oedipus Wrecked by Kevin Keck

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Rode Hard, Put Away Wet: Lesbian Cowboy Erotica
Edited by Sacchi Green & Rakelle Valencia


Book Reviews by Ashley Lister



Oedipus Wrecked by Kevin Keck
(Cleis Press; November 9, 2005; ISBN: 1573442224)
Available at: Amazon.com / Amazon UK / Amazon CA


Oedipus Wrecked is not for the faint-hearted. Kevin Keckís memoirs are a shockingly open account of one manís exploits in sexual discovery.

Things seldom go right for Kevin.

However, from his opening revelations, where he slyly borrows his motherís vibrator, the reader begins to understand that Kevin doesnít incline himself towards a successful outcome. Like slow-motion footage of a car crash, you can see the outcome of each tragedy before itís presented, but you canít drag your eyes away from the terrible beauty of how it will get there.

There are stories of Kevinís obsession with phone sex and there are tales of his bewildering variety of masturbation techniques. Amongst other things Kevin touches on erectile dysfunction, the loss of his virginity and his brief sojourn into the territory of the homoerotic.

All of these are articulately presented and lurch with dizzying speed from arousing to moving to shocking and then on to hilarious. Most disturbing of all is that Kevin expresses his drives with an innocent charm that is so forthright his actions are almost immediately forgivable and acceptable.

Intelligently written and frank to a degree where the honesty becomes unsettling, Kevin repeatedly shows that learning about sex and sexuality is a journey that we all make alone. The only difference is that Kevin has had the courage to explore several back-roads on his circuitous route and he is not afraid to candidly recount details regardless of whether they make him look like a hero, a buffoon or an out and out bastard.

As I said before: Oedipus Wrecked is not for the faint-hearted. But if you want to read something that is simultaneously honest, hilarious, explicit and tragic, I canít imagine a more satisfying read.


Rode Hard, Put Away Wet: Lesbian Cowboy Erotica
(Suspect Thoughts Press; June 2005; ISBN: 0976341107)
Available at: Amazon.com / Amazon UK / Amazon CA


Iíll be honest and admit I hadnít encountered much lesbian cowboy erotica before reading this anthology but itís easy to see why this variation on the genre is so popular. The women are strong (and they are attractive because of that) and they are succeeding in the manliest corner of a manís world.

Sacchi Green and Rakelle Valencia have collected stories from a competent posse of authors and herded together more then two-dozen tales of women with their roots in the Wild West. The quality of writing is consistently high and features contributions from many well-known talents.

And this unusual marriage of western drama and lesbian erotica does make a refreshing change. The editors have been careful to balance the collection so that no stereotypes take predominance over the book. The anthology flows from each vivid and individual character with a remarkable array of voices.

Cheyenne Blue (The Other Side of the Rockies) presents an exquisitely poignant tale of a woman finding the love she craves in the arms of a beautifully butch cowboy. Saachi Green (The Flight of the Prairie Lily) tells an evocative tale of a balloon flight across the plains of a freshly conquered Wild West. Stephen D Rogers (Tether is the Night) shows what happens when a spunky city girl finds herself lassoed and branded.

The variety of stories is surprising. The strength of eroticism and description make this collection a delight for all lovers of quality lesbian fiction.

Ashley Lister
March 2006

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© 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, 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
Website: www.ashleylister.co.uk



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