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'07 Authors Insider Tips

by Louisa Burton
Formatting Your Manuscript
Scams / Choosing an Agent
Pitching Your Novel...
From The Call to Published...

Hard Business
From Greg Herren
Who Is Telling This Story?
Itís Work, Not A Hobby
Where Ideas Come From

Sexy on the Page
With Shanna Germain
Plotting Erotic Fiction
Seducing Your Muse
Creating Characters...
Description, Action & Dialogue
Fucking on Paper
Ten No-Nos of Erotic Fiction
Climactic Moments: First Draft
Critique Groups
Revising Your Erotic Story
Finding the Perfect Markets...
Just Submit Already
Rejections and Acceptances

Two Girls Kissing
With Amie M. Evans
Verb Tense Confusion
Coming Up with Story Ideas
Attend a Writersí Conference
The Fundamentals of POV
Should I Sign That?
Etiquette for Authors
Erotica is Serious Work
No Body Writes for Free...
Shameless Self Promotions
The Myth of Writer's Block

The Write Stuff
From Ashley Lister
The Time is Write
The Beautiful People
A Book by Any Other...
Synopsis: the Necessary Evil
Erotica or Porn?
Feedback Whine

2007 Smutters Lounge

Ashley Lister Submits
by Ashley Lister
What's it like being a writer?
An Apology to Salespeople

Get All Worked Up
With J.T. Benjamin
About Secrets
The Perfect Fuck
About Choices
The Age of Consent
The Kingmaker
Kids and Sex
The Price of Beauty
The G.O.P.
All Worked Up About Hate
Real Men

Pondering Porn
With Ann Regentin
Good Sex: A Physics Lesson
Meet Frankenstein
Thoughts on the Orgasm Gap
The Very Bloody Marys
The Doomsday Erection
Online Threesome Porn

Ashley Lister Submits
                                        Diary of an Erotic Fiction Writer

Whatís it like being a writer?

The great thing about being a writer is the questions you get asked. Well, it wouldnít be the money, would it? Admittedly, the writing part is fun. Especially if you like writing. If you donít like writing then (I imagine) it would get to be a bit of a chore. But the questions are fun because people have no idea what writers actually do. The concept that we might sit around all day (writing) is too simplistic for the torrid imaginations of most folks. With their romantic view of the world most readers know that there must be more to being a writer than simply sitting down and writing. Consequently, I thought it would be apposite to share a few of the typical questions writers often get asked, along with some typical responses:

     Q: "Whatís it like?"

     A: "Well, itís about twelve inches long andÖ"

     Q: "No. I mean: whatís it like being a writer? Is it exciting?"

     A: "Is it exciting sitting in front of a PC and writing? The short answer is: yes. Itís certainly better than working for a living. The long answer is: if you define excitement as:

          a) doing a lot of hard work that is undervalued,
          b) stretching your imagination to its limits on a daily basis,
          c) writing, rewriting and repeatedly polishing the same piece of text until it is exactly what you wanted, and
          d) living below the poverty line:

then the answer is YES, writing is definitely exciting."

     Q: "How long does it take you to write a book?"

     A: "It takes until at least two weeks after the agreed deadline."

     Q: "Do you write anything else other than erotica?"

     A: "Yes. After a hard dayís writing I find it relaxing on an evening to sit down and spend the evening writing. Sometimes family and friends say, "Ashley, you look tired from all the writing youíve been doing. Why donít you relax by sitting down and doing some more writing?" Then we have a laugh together as I bludgeon them with heavy blunt implements."

     Q: "Do you get to meet other writers?"

     A: "Actually, this is one of the true plus points to writing. I exchange emails regularly with a few fellow writers, and itís been a genuine pleasure to meet some of them face to face. Last Christmas, for example, I sat down for a challenging game of Scrabble with Mitzi Szereto and that was an experience I wonít forget in a hurry.

Mitzi, as many of you will know, is not just an author of erotic fiction and compiler of anthologies. Mitzi is also a graduate from California State University, an associate lecturer in Creative Writing in the UK and also runs her erotica workshops at a variety of glamorous locations throughout the world.

The first word she laid down in our Scrabble game was C*U*N*T.

I didnít know what the word meant so I had to look it up in the dictionary. I guess those are the benefits of a university education."

     Q: "Where do you get your ideas from?"

     A: "The best ideas come to me in those moments when Iím trying to think up answers to the dumbest questions. Thank you."

     Q: "Do you base your characters on real people?"

     A: "Short answer: Yes."

     A: "Long answer: Because of the litigious world in which we currently live it would be unwise for any author to suggest or imply that their characters are based on living people who could potentially take offence at the way they are represented on the page and then pursue the aforementioned author through legal channels in their pursuit to claim recompense for misrepresentation, defamation or libel, therefore this author would never, under any circumstances, base his character on any person either living or dead."

     Q: "You sometimes write about men spanking women and this could be deemed as misogynistic. Do you hate women?"

     A: "Iíve been married to the same lady for more than twenty years and my mother is still alive and nagging. Of course I hate women."

     Q: "How do you research all your sex scenes?"

     A: "Take your clothes off,

Ashley Lister
April 2007

"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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'07 Book Reviews


A for Amour / B for Bondage
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Cream: The Best of ERWA
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Coming Together for the Cure
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F is for Fetish
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Got a Minute?
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He's on Top
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Love on the Dark Side
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The Mammoth Book Vol 6
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Naughty Spanking Stories
Review by Ashley Lister

Quickies 1
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She's on Top
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Sixteen of the Best
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Amorous Woman
Review by Lisabet Sarai

The Boss
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Burning Bright
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Call Me By Your Name
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Dark Designs
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Equal Opportunities
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Gothic Blue
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The Lords of Satyr: Nicholas
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Riding the Storm
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The Silver Collar
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Suite Seventeen
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Sweet as Sin
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Tiffany Twisted
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Top of Her Game
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Whalebone Strict
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Wife Swap
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Wings of Madness
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Secrets of Porn Star Sex
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Touch Me There
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Dirt for Art's Sake
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Entangled Lives
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Impotence: A Cultural History
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In Praise of the Whip
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