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'08 Authors Insider Tips

Everything About Epublishing
by Angela James
Epublishing: A Different Way
Choosing an Epublisher
Your Milage May Vary
Understand Your Contract!
Reasonable Expectations

by Louisa Burton
The Publishing Biz
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Commerical vs. Literary...
Antiformalism for Fun &...
So You Want to Write a Novel
The Story Idea
Planning Your Novel...

The Write Stuff
by Ashley Lister
5 Steps to Success
Opening Passages
Let's Get Critical
Writer's Block
Learning Lessons

Two Girls Kissing
by Amie M. Evans
Be a Finisher ...
Listen to Your Characters
Conferences: Act Now ...
Starting an Erotic Story
Exercises & Writing Prompts
Revising & Rewriting
Copy Editing
The Manuscript Critique
How to Submit Your Work
Reading as Craft

Guest Appearances

Adventures in e-Publishing
by Lisabet Sarai

For the Love of Man
by Laura Baumbach

How to...Influence Editors
by Alison Tyler

Marketing your e-Book
by Brenna Lyons

2008 Smutters Lounge

Ashley Lister Submits
by Ashley Lister
Role Play
Busy Doing Nothing
Picture of a Fish & Chip...
What I Did With My Summer

Cooking Up A Storey
by Donna George Storey
Naughty Cookies...
Tie Me Up, Please …
The Smut-Writer’s Holiday
Never Trust the Narrator ...
Compare and Contrast
Following the Pen
Naked at the Farmers Market
Iím Easy, But Iím No Slut
Good Girl Gone Bad
Pleasures of the Dark Side
Slow, Spare and Sexy

Get All Worked Up
with J.T. Benjamin
Raising Daughters
Jamie Lynn
The Good Old Days
Election '08
Traditional Marriage
Campaign 2008
Free Will

Pondering Porn
with Ann Regentin
Masturbating on SSRIs
Sex and Disability
Besides Ourselves
Adjusting our Contrast

Sex Is All Metaphors
by Jean Roberta
Sex Is All Metaphors
Turn-ons and Squicks
Sexual Truth
Fickle Muse
Porn, Erotica & Romance

Provocative Interviews

Between the Lines
with Ashley Lister
Alison Tyler
Ashley Lister
Debra Hyde
Donna George Storey
Jeremy Edwards
Kristina Wright
Rachel Kramer Bussel

Erotic Hot Spots
by William S. Dean
Interview with Tilly Greene
Interview with Devyn Quinn

Getting Graphic
with William S. Dean
New Times for Readers...
The Future in Words ...
Interview with Fantagraphics

On Writing Erotica

The Accidental Pornographer
by Lisabet Sarai

The End of Innocence
by Lisabet Sarai

Get Them Off in High Style
Helena Settimana

So, You Want To Write Erotica?
by Hanne Blank

Web Gems
Hot Movies For Her

Getting Graphic
with William S. Dean

New Times for Readers & Writers

Getting Graphic by William S. DeanWelcome to 2008 and the spinning, vertigo-inducing New Age of the graphic novel. The struggle for dominance is over. Old school print-only books are not dead by any means, but peaceful co-existence is achieved. Doubt me? Then take a stroll into your local Borders or Barnes & Noble and take a gander at the shelves where the majority of today’s readers stand browsing or engrossed in glossy, larger than standard publications. And don’t be surprised if you see names familiar in any and every genre. From horror to science-fiction/fantasy, from literature and fine art to erotica, graphic novels are the medium and the message is clear: You want us.

Erotica Readers & Writers Association has lightly covered graphic novels in the past with brief reviews and overviews (Graphic Novels: Vividly explicit), but, frankly, today that’s not enough. As readers, you want to go behind the scenes and keep up with what’s coming at you. As writers, you need to know the bones and flesh, to explore the creative minds that are leading you, and the publishers who want you in their pantheon. You want it, so, we’re launching a brand spanking new section that will be your track into graphic and adult novels.

First off, let’s be clear that the very term “graphic novel” is a fluid thing. Like any genre or medium, it’s self-defining. That means it is constantly changing, morphing, altering, adapting, and expanding to embrace the concepts imaginative writers, artists, editors, and publishers are bringing to the reading and buying public. One of the all-encompassing adjectives that best applies right now is “pervasive.” That goes for content as well as promotion.

For example, once considered a small niche, graphic novels are now so prominent that for the past few years smart Hollywood producers and project creators have been plumbing the genre for big-budget screeners like Sin City, Constantine, and Hitman. Like interactive multi-player games, graphic novels are becoming the stepping stones into your big screen entertainment options. Small screen, too, as IDW Publishing, for example, promotes its own tie-in trio of books inserted in the newly released DVD of 30 Days of Night.

Interactivity and promotion are keystones for graphic novel publishers and creators. Home-printable posters of the artwork from new graphic books is just one of the innovative ways of bringing product right down to the grassroots where readers and buyers live. Podcasting, too, is becoming more and more prominent, with artist-writer interviews, video of art panels, and up-to-the-minute presentations of forthcoming works.

One of the better movers and shakers online is The Graphic Novel Archive where you can roam through over 9,000 graphic novels and collected editions and subscribe to their free newsletter.

In the spring, Harry Abrams, Inc. will be bringing out the long-awaited Erotic Comics : A Graphic History from Tijuana Bibles to Zap Comix. Considered classics in the genre, the old Tijuana bibles date from the 1920s and 1930s with sexual adventures featuring cartoon characters such as Popeye, Betty Boop, and Blondie. Zap Comix were the harbingers of today’s “adult comic books” featuring stories and art from R. Crumb and tales of The Furry Freak Brothers, Fritz the Cat, and Mr. Natural. If you’re too young to have participated live in the psychedelic, free-love generation of the 1960s, this is your chance to get a taste of the mindset and get your groove on.

Icarus Publishing, which specializes in Manga and Anime graphic books is already promoting its content in bit-torrent download format with over 100 pages of uncensored stories and art. How much more media savvy can you get when graphic novels are becoming available via bit-torrent?

It’s not merely the latest flash node either, as graphic novel courses are popping up prominently in university and college English courses. Professor Philip Nel’s English 440 is a good example of graphic novel classes.

The London Book Fair, scheduled for April, 2008, will feature over 50 graphic novel publishers, literary representatives, and trade commissions from the United States, India, Italy, the Russian federation, Germany, Australia, Canada, France, Belgium, and Spain, as well as across the UK.

All this means is that if you’re not already thinking about, reading, writing, or creating art for the graphic novel medium, you’re simply not cutting-edge. Now, there’s nothing wrong with old school, we all appreciate the traditions and quality, but to paraphrase a famous gentleman, the choice is now yours—whether to be one of the giants, or to stand on the giants’ shoulders to look into new vistas opening up in graphic novels.

See you next month…

William S. Dean
January 2008

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"Getting Graphic" © 2008 by William S. Dean. All rights reserved.

About the Author: William Dean is Special Features Editor and Graphic Artist for the Erotica Readers & Writers Association, Associate Editor and Graphic Artist for Clean Sheets magazine. His fiction, articles, and poetry have appeared in Literotica, Dare Reader, SOMA Literary Review, Slow Trains Literary Journal, Venus or Vixen, Hoot Island, Satin Sheets, Suspect Thoughts, and other websites. His works in anthologies include Desires, Tears on Black Roses, From Porn to Poetry, and CREAM: The Best of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association.

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'08 Book Reviews


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Open for Business
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Rubber Sex
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Rubber Sex
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Seriously Sexy
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Sex & Candy
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In Too Deep
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In Too Deep
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Seduce Me
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Serve the People!
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Templar Prize
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The Wicked Sex
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Wild Kingdom
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Hard Hats
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Lesbian Erotica

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The Night Watch
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America Unzipped
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