Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone has a fun and safe night!

Monday, October 30, 2006

When you're all sexed out

After several productive weeks, I've hit the wall. I had a good run for a while. I've been co-writing a bunch of erotic short stories for an ongoing project. I've submitted a few stories to a new market and a few anthologies. Now I've hit that wall. I'm burned out. I don't want to write about sex anymore.

Don't get me wrong. I like writing about sex. Writing erotica is a lot more fun than writing business letters or marketing materials. Yet, writing erotica is still work. Sometimes I'm in a creative mood, and it doesn't take long to produce solid short stories. Some days aren't as easy. Some days I get sick of writing about sex. I wonder if all my sex scenes sound the same. I wonder if the story is any good. I wonder if I will run out of ideas.

When I hit the slump, I have several options:

* Take a break - If the words aren't flowing, I take a break from writing. I edit old stories. I research new markets and new calls for submission. I update my submissions chart. I gather and organize my receipts. The break helps me recoup before getting back to the grind.

* Forget sex - I write in other genres, mainly horror and crime fiction. When I'm sick of writing about hot, sweaty sex, I write bloody revenge tales and violent horror stories. Sometimes I'll grab my old notebook and attempt some poetry. Jumping between genres helps me fight the monotony of writing one type of story. When I return to erotica, I have more energy to write new stories.

* A different twist - With my new project, I've been dabbling in stories that blend comedy and erotica. Until recently I've never been into romantic comedies. I don't watch them, and I don't write them. Now I feel that a little humor can add a different twist to an old scenario. I'm also experimenting with new fetishes. I've written a few erotic spanking stories and BDSM stories. Exploring new niches makes the writing process fun.

Right now I'm not feeling the erotic vibe. I've been working on outlines for future stories, but I haven't been writing much. I'm not worried. I know that I'll get back in the mood. Eventually...

Sultry Heat Publications?

Does anyone know if Sultry Heat Publications are just temporarily down from the web, or out for the count? They were formerly at: www.sultryheatpublications.com/index.html

Sunday, October 29, 2006

ManLove Gang Bang

Now you know I just had to share this so that I could use the title of the email I recieved in the inbox this morning. I think I may have set some kind of record for the farthest distance someone can shoot diet pepsi through their nose. :) Below is the invitation to join several talented authors of M/M fiction for a fun chat.

Join us as we have a ManLove Gang Bang chat on November 15, 2006 starting @ 8:00pm ET for 2 hours. We're having authors drop in and you can ask them questions or just come by and say "HI" to everyone! Some of the authors that will be dropping in are Kayelle Allen, Laura Baumbach, Ally Blue, James Buchanan, Anne Cain & Barbara Sheridan, T.A. Chase, Renee George, Jules Jones, Rowan McBride, Sean Michael, Jet Mykles, Kate Steele, Kira Stone, Stephanie Vaughan and who knows who else could pop in!

Make a note on your calendar - this is the "First-Of-It's-Kind" event and it will not be the last! There will be door prizes given away at the author's discretion!

When? Wednesday November 15 from 8:00 pm ET to 10:00 pm ET
Where? http://groups.yahoo.com/group/literarynymphschat/
Why? Why not? It's going to be a fantastic time

Friday, October 27, 2006

[MARKET] Discipline & Desire

Discipline and Desire is a weekly magazine and publisher that specializes in an erotic romance genre that includes mild spanking and domestic discipline. Our readers are varied but all agree on one thing: they like to read about dominant men who know how to take loving but firm care of their women. For authors, we offer free editing services, immediate cash payment upon acceptance of the material, and future royalties upon e-book publication. We publish our stories first on our e-zine website (disciplineanddesire.com), and then as an e-book. We are currently accepting submissions that comply with our guidelines, which can be found at: http://www.disciplineanddesire.com/free_area/WritersGuidelines.htm. We have an affiliate program for other publishers and website owners, which is managed by a third party who pays the commissions weekly. We accept and encourage reciprocal links within the erotic romance genre. You may contact us at disciplineanddesire@hotmail.com.

The Good, Bad and Ugly

Good morning! Thought I would start this dreary Friday morning off with a joke. Hope everyone has a great weekend.


Good : Your wife is pregnant.
Bad : It's triplets.
Ugly : You had a vasectomy five years ago.

Good : Your wife's not talking to you.
Bad : She wants a divorce.
Ugly : She's a lawyer.

Good : Your son is finally maturing.
Bad : He's involved with the women next door.
Ugly : So are you.

Good : Your son studies a lot in his room.
Bad : You find several porn movies hidden there.
Ugly : You're in them.

Good : Your hubby and you agree, no more kids.
Bad : You can't find your birth control pills.
Ugly : Your daughter borrowed them.

Good : Your husband understands fashion.
Bad : He's a cross-dresser.
Ugly : He looks better than you.

Good : You give the "birds and bees" talk to your daughter.
Bad : She keeps interrupting.
Ugly : With corrections.

Good : Your son is dating someone new.
Bad : It's another man.
Ugly : He's your best friend.

Good : Your daughter got a new job.
Bad : As a hooker.
Ugly : Your co-workers are her best clients.
Way ugly : She makes more money than you do.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

J.M. Snyder's October Giveaway

Since time is rather of the essence with this contest, you're getting tomorrow's post tonight.

J. M. Snyder is holding a contest for free autographed copies of both Trin and Shorts, the books you see above. To enter, all you have to do is send an e-mail message to contest@jmsnyder.net with your name, state or country (if not in the US), book you'd prefer to win, and the following text

(cut and paste it into the body of the e-mail):
Please enter me in the drawing for an autographed copy of Trin or Shorts. I understand that the book is of a homoerotic nature and I am legally old enough in my locality to receive and read such material.

The October 31st deadline is fast approaching, so enter today. For more information about these books or J.M. Snyder, please visit the authors website, http://jmsnyder.net

Creatures of Darkness Contest

I have a new contest for you all today from StarDust Press.

These are the creatures of mystery, characters that fascinate us with that element of the unknown and the supernatural, be it vampires, werewolves and shifters, ghosts, djinns, demons, etc. Spin us a tale of romance, or mystery. Immerse us in the lore of their ancients, weave us a saga of their exploits/adventures, tell us their story!This contest is open to both erotic and non-erotic stories, in any one of the categories listed in the submissions guidelines page.

Minimum Word Count is 30,000 words.At least one of the main characters must be a creature of darkness.Only full manuscripts are eligible to enter the contest.Exciting prizes await the winners!
Top Prize: $200 + Publishing Contract
2nd Prize: $100 + Publishing Contract
3rd Prize: $50 + Publishing ContractContest
Deadline: December 31, 2006

To read more about this contest, please visit their website at http://stardustpress.com/products/html_template.php?action=submissions_introduction.htm

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Empty Nest Syndrome For The Childless Writer

So I’m sitting at my computer this morning, staring blankly at the screen. I try to get myself booted up, so I can start writing for the day. As usual, I end up wasting half the day playing online instead of working.

Today, I’m supposed to write the ending to my current WIP. I know why I’m stalling. I hate endings. The never seem to be as emotional or satisfying as they should be. I think I just hate leaving behind the characters I’ve written. If there were such as thing as Empty Nest Syndrome for the Childless Writer, I think I would have it.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Amber Heat Contest

The details for the fourth annual Amber Heat Contest are up on their website. All entries should be between 10k and 18k, and erotic in nature. Both published and non-published authors are welcome to submit. The contest begins on January 1st and will close to submissions on the 15th. Winning entries will receive a contract with Amber Quill and be published in electronic format in June 2007.

Good luck and happy writing!


Sunday, October 22, 2006

What comes to mind when you see this image?

For me, at the moment, it’s gay marriage and children. Maybe this is because the story I’m immersed in at the moment is about a same sex couple fighting over the love of one child they both think is theirs. In trying to write my story, I’ve been asked numerous times how I was going to deal with the sex scenes in the book, since there’s a kid involved. And I ask myself, why should it be a big deal how I deal with them? I mean if it were a man and a woman with a child, there would be no issue.

Obviously, I’m not going to have my characters have sex near, or in front of the kid. That would be sick. I have written of two responsible adults in love, not two perverts. They are possibly even, in my opinion, more conscientious of keeping their intimate relationship behind closed doors because of the fact that they’re gay. This doesn’t just mean sex. It means any intimacy most straight people take for granted being able to do in public. Simple things, like holding hands and kissing.

Is it just me, or does there seem to be a HUGE stereotype when it comes to homosexuals and children? I’ve found that when you mention gay men (more so than lesbians) and children, there’s an uprising of derogatory comments.

Recently, I read a forum where they were discussing gay marriage and whether or not the individuals in said forum agreed if it should be allowed. Now that’s not an unusual subject lately, but a couple comments in particular made me see red.

One individual said that they didn’t think it was so much that people were against gay marriage, as much as they were against what would happen afterwards, like when the couple decided to start a family. Another said if gay marriage were allowed, it would be akin to allowing relatives to marry one another.

Now, I ask you, is this the society we live in? Where people think same sex couples are all child molesters, and being in a gay relationship is the equivalent of being in an incestuous one?

Frankly, I think this is a load of crap. Why can’t people just live and let live?

Saturday, October 21, 2006

What is your favorite book?

All About Romance is giving people the chance to vote for their top ten (all time) favorite books in the following three categories:
Mainstream Sexy
Erotic romance

The e-book category does not have to be romance or erotica. It can be any genre, as long as it isn’t an e-book release of a mainstream title.
Polling is set to end on midnight of October 29th, so scoot on over and cast your votes for your favorites.

Also, another small tidbit you might want to check out while web surfing: Dear Abby has a post on romance novels. http://www.uexpress.com/dearabby/

Friday, October 20, 2006

New staff for EREC

In the last few days a new group of talented individuals have taken over some of the odd jobs here at EREC. The new team now includes Emily Veinglory (webmaster), Amanda Young (blogmaster), Vincent Diamond (article coordinator), Kis Lee (survey cooridinator) and Ansley Vaughan (email coordinator).

I, Amanda Young (some of you on various loops may know me as Mandi), am the newly appointed blogmaster. I’m a published author of erotic romance, with three books pending release in 2007 with Samhain and Loose ID.

I’m also a huge fan of M/M romance. Since this seems to be such a hot button topic for some people at the moment, there may be several posts about this genre in the near future.

I look forward to sharing some interesting tidbits with you all and hope to start up some interesting discussions on writing and all the various aspects of publishing. If you have articles or something you feel is pertinent to publishing in any way, feel free to give me a shout.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

EREC Wants You!

Until now EREC has been largely a one woman show. However I would like to call for volunteers to create an EREC team to look after the different functions of the site as it develops. None of these jobs should be at all arduous and would be open to change as required. In return the members of the team would get my eternal thanks and a front page cover spot for their books, publisher or other writing activities.

The functions would be:
* Webmaster [Emily Veinglory]
To maintain and update the website, provide web-hosting and oversight
* Blogmaster [open]
To monitor the blog, read comments, delete spam and other inappropriate material and promote activity on the blog. To notify the Article Co-ordinator of blog posts that would make useful articles.
* Email Co-ordinator [open]
To monitor email at our new dedicated address, forward mail to the appropriate person and keep track of whether it has been actioned.
* Article Co-ordinator [open]
To solicite and receive articles of interest to our readers and make sure they are the right length and content before forwarding them to the webmaster.
* Survey Co-ordinator [open]
To receive reports about new erotic romance e-publishers, send out surveys and forward completed surveys to the webmaster.

Once this is all working I hope to finally start the actually publisher comparison site which will discuss different methods for selecting a publisher and relevant information (e.g. oldest, largest, most popular, by genre, by country, based on recommendations...)

I really hope some of you people out there are interested in increasing your involvement in EREC by filling one of these roles. I would also hope to have people on the team who represent different countries, ages, genres and roles--not only writers but editors, proofreaders, artists and other people involved in erotic romance e-publishing.

If you are interested just reply to this post or email me at veingloryATgmail.com

Do you ever draw your characters?

If you do please send me some examples to post on the blog with a few words and a link to the book, or your website (if it is still a work in progress)

Here is one by me. A quick sketch of Xeras from Dragon Daughter, a work in progress.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Apologies for delays in posting website updates

I have a few publishers surveys and other updates but some kind of tricky ftp problem is preventing me from posting updates. I am working on a solution and hope to post new content soon.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Discussion: a cover art award?

I don't know about you but I think that we need to encourage good cover artists in erotic romance publishing. I was wondering whether authors might like to nominate artsits for covers completed for them during 2005. Anyone inclined could donate to the prize basket and the winner would be chosen by a small panel of professional artists. Thoughts?