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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


"Do you know," my seventeen year-old son reflected, "when I was growing up, we didnít have the word blog."

I wonder if heís going to assault me with this type of observation once heís had me transported to an old peopleís home? Thatís something to look forward to. Itís a symptom of old age when you can see how the world has changed from the way it used to be in your youth. Itís a symptom of being ancient and decrepit beyond measure when your children make those same dire and facile observations.

The conversation had started when I decided I wanted a blog. Iím working on a follow-up title to Swingers. I wanted to exploit a medium where I could communicate with a wide range of people, encourage contributors to submit their swinging stories, and a blog seemed like the best way to interact with a wide spectrum of people. The only problem was, I had very little idea what a blog might be and no idea how to use one.


In sound structuralism terms, the noun itself is not particularly pleasant. You have to spit it out of your mouth (and I prefer to swallow). You have to use your tongue (make up your own jokes for that one). And that glottal stop at the end makes it catch in your throat (it does this whether you prefer to swallow or not).

Itís a neologism that looks like a combination of Bloody + Dog, and I suspect is most properly to be used in the sentence, "Get that blog out of here before I kick it up tharse."

It doesnít sound particularly attractive:

"Do you fancy taking a look at my blog, darling?"

"Iíd rather wash my eyes with a solution of ground-glass and vinegar."

It could be associated with some very vulgar connotations:

"Iím just going to do my daily blog, darling."

"OK. Make sure you spray round with an air freshener afterwards. You ate a lot of cabbage yesterday."

Nevertheless, despite not being enamoured with the word, I sat down in front of my trusty PC and began to look into the technicalities of how I could start to blog. It wasnít hard. We live in a world where everything PC related is made childishly simple. Which is why I ended up asking my simple child.

Seriously, it wasnít such a great challenge. Google supply a highly rated blogging facility, (blogspot) and sign up was easy and free. Those are two words that Iím thinking of having put on a family crest: Easy & Free. They seem to say so much about me on so many levels. Good and bad.

An hourís work. Tweaking here. Fiddling there. Then getting back to the PC and working on the blog. I typed up a short introduction, put up a nice picture of the most recent book and, in the space of a short morning, I became a blogger.


I am now a blogger. Somehow, this sounds worse. Here the glottal stop sticks in your throat (whether youíre swallowing or not) and then you have to spit it out. Itís a word thatís removed from any association with literary style. I donít mind people calling me an author or a writer. Those titles have a majestic ring. But if people start calling me a blogger Iím going to be sure itís a euphemism for something unpleasant.

I think that, if modern technology had existed in previous eras, it would still be hard to imagine Jane Austen doing anything that sounds so lewd as "squeezing out a quick blog." And, having visited Haworth last year and looked round the revered parsonage that was home to Anne, Charlotte and Emily, I donít think any of the BrontŽ sisters would have ever had a blog: there simply werenít the facilities.

Yet there are so many excellent blogs out there today that Iím probably just being prejudiced. Madelynne Ellis, Saskia Walker and Wendy Wooton are all skilled and respected UK authors. And they are also ladies who blog. Rachel Kramer Bussel and Alison Tyler are just two of the talented erotic authors who produce highly regarded blogs from the US. And now, as I write this, I discover that ERWA has its own blog. There are many others Ė many, many others Ė penned by writers who turn this contemporary form of public diary into something rich, fascinating and compelling.


So Iím resolved to keep on blogging. Authors who I greatly respect are regularly blogging, so it canít be such a bad thing, can it? Itís certainly nothing to be ashamed about. And, when people refer to me as a blogger, I can treat it as an honest assessment of what Iím doing rather than a cheap, euphemistic vulgarism. In the future people are likely to say:

"Ashleyís a blogger now. Heís been a blogger for a long time. The dirty sodís been constantly blogging since I first met him. He keeps complaining that his hands hurt from too much blogging. And, if he does much more blogging itís going to affect his eyesight."

It wonít be the first time people have said such things.

Ashley Lister 
May/June 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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