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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
Critiquing: To Give and ...
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

The Future in Words and Pictures

Getting Graphic with NBMIn 1976, NBM (Nantier Beall Minoustchine) became America's first graphic novels publisher. Since the humble beginning by Terry Nantier while still a university student, NBM has racked up the most impressive record of firsts in the genre:

  • First to publish in Graphic Novels starting with Racket Rumba a European spoof of hard-boiled detective novels (months before the launch of Heavy Metal), followed by Enki Bilal's The Call of the Stars.
  • First to publish European Graphic Novels in the United States, helping to inspire American artists onto greater personal expression.
  • First to get general bookstore distribution as early as 1980 (distribution by Caroline House).
  • First to publish library-worthy sets of hardcover reprints of classic comic strips with the very successful Terry & The Pirates reprint program of 12 quarterly volumes in 1983.
  • First to publish fully painted graphic novels with the sell-out launch of The Mercenary by Spaniard Vicente Segrelles in1985.

ERWA spoke with publisher/owner Terry Nantier as their spring lineup of books is prepared to hit the shelves …

We're seeing that the whole realm of graphic novels, erotic art presentation books, adult comics, and even anthologies is the major "mover and shaker" in the publishing and media world. What do you think are the main strengths of this format and why now is it so hot?
Terry Nantier (TN): Graphic novels, as shown from decades of history in Europe, present a format in which artists can really expand, tell the story in the length they need and with the quality needed. It encourages creativity and personal voices, in other words a true author status which hadn't been afforded to comics authors before. Then the only limit is the imagination of the author and his/her talent at rendering it on paper. A lot of things can be done in comics with a personal voice of 1 or 2 people in comics that can't be done with staff heavy and budget burdened movies and such.
ERWA:  Your company is a real forerunner in publishing these kinds of varied works. Can you take us step-by-step in how you go about putting a project together, i.e. putting an artist with an author, planning the story and storyboards, and then promoting the book to the buying public?
TN: I can only do so briefly but mostly the authors come to us with their concept and we accept or reject it. With new authors I do work with them more closely on the editorial side to get them in the right direction of what they want to acomplish although less so with adult comics per se where we look for 1 or 2 of the following qualities: really very good art, Christian Zanier (Banana Games) is a good example and/or a really real, intelligent story that's true to our sexual experience in life, such as in our Shadow & Light series or in carefully thought out fantasy as Michael Manning creates.

Promotion is going increasingly the way of the web and that's where we're concentrating our efforts more and more. We do come from an excellent situation in the media where our books get a much larger than fair share of attention. We've always been pretty aggressive at pursuing press. Of course, publishing good stuff to begin with doesn't hurt!
ERWA:  Of course there are always "the big names" in both graphic art and writing, but what about newcomers? Who are some of the newbies coming out that readers should be aware of and what projects are they putting together for you?
TN: In erotica, we recently launched—very successfully—Zanier with Banana Games, Mensink with Kristina the Vampire. We're also excited about Brandon Graham's work, latest is his Pillow Fight. It's funky and lotsa fun.
ERWA: How does the company go about tracking down or recruiting artists and writers for projects? Is it a matter of sifting through the submissions until "something clicks" or do you aggressively seek out new and impressive talents?
TN: We do go through submissions mostly and have established artists come to us with their projects.

ERWA: If you could imagine the ideal erotic-content graphic novel, what
would it be like?
TN: Very erotic but most of all really exploring our every day experience and how our sexuality colors our entire life, on the surface but also underneath, affects our mood, etc. ... how we interact with each other. Not enough of that exploration being done right now. Just plain fun fucking is great but something that also expresses how our libido affects us would be very engaging.

ERWA: Thank you, Terry.

Metronome by Véronique TanakaBE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR: In March, NBM introduces Metronome. Just when you thought that nobody could create something new in the comic medium, here comes Metronome - a 64-page graphic novel by Véronique Tanaka: a "silent", erotically-charged visual poem, an experimental non-linear story using a palette of iconic ligne clair images. Symbolism, visual puns and trompe l'oeil conspire in a visual mantra that could be described as "existential manga" if it wasn't for the fact that there is a very human and elegantly-structured tale providing a solid foundation to the cutting-edge storytelling.

Visit NBMs website:
ERWA Recommended Graphic Novels

William S. Dean
March 2008

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

About the Author: William S. 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 Movie Reviews

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The Fold
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'08 Book Reviews


Best Bisexual Women's Erotica
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Best Women's Erotica '08
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Bound Brits (ebook)
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Deep Inside: Extreme ...
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Dirty Girls
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Hide and Seek
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Hurts So Good
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J is for Jealousy
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K is for Kink
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Lust Bites
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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
Review by Ashley Lister

Sex & Candy
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The Shadow of a... (poetry)
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Tasting Her
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Tasting Him
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Tasting Him
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White Flames
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Yes, Ma'am: Male Submission
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Yes, Sir: Female Submission
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The Art of Melinoe
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Demon by Day
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Gemini Heat
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Gothic Heat
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The Hidden Grotto Series
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The House of Blood
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In Too Deep
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In Too Deep
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Review by Donna George Storey

Review by Victoria Blisse

One Breath at a Time
Review by Angelika Devlyn

Out of the Shadows (ebook)
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Review by Ashley Lister

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Seduce Me
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Seduced by the Storm
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Serve the People!
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Signed, Sealed and Delivered
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Sunfire (eBook)
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Templar Prize
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The Wicked Sex
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Wild Kingdom
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Gay Erotica

Review by Vincent Diamond

Best Gay Romance '08
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Hard Hats
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Review by Kathleen Bradean

Lesbian Erotica

Best Lesbian Erotica '08
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Best Lesbian Erotica '08
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The Night Watch
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America Unzipped
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Best Sex Writing '08
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Bonk: The Curious Coupling
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The Book of Love
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Casanova: Actor Lover ...
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Dishonorable Passions
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Flagrante Delicto (photos)
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The Flesh Press
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Geisha, Harlot, Strangler, Star
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The Humble Little Condom
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Instant Orgasm (sex guide)
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Man O Man! Writing M/M...
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The Not So Invisible Woman
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Swingers: Female...
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Who's Been Sleeping in...
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