Learning as an author from editing anthologies

It’s been interesting for me to see how much I have learned as an author from being an editor. I’ve been the former for longer than the latter, but I can definitely credit experiences as the latter helping me with the former. For one thing, being in control of an anthology and defining what I want to see, submissions-wise, has given me a bit of insight into how to shape a story to a call and still put your own spin on the theme. It’s...

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5 common writing distractions and how to combat them

Here’s a scenario you’ll probably be familiar with if you’re a writer. You sit down in front of your computer, ready to tackle that day’s word count like an absolute boss. But wait! What’s this? A wild enemy appears! Cue the battle music, as you are faced with… well, any one of the common things that plague a writer on a daily basis, really. Whether you can’t stop checking your emails, or you’ve fallen into a “research”-related...

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Curating an erotica anthology – an editor’s view

  I’m mostly known as a sex blogger and erotica author. Which is great, because those are two things I definitely am. I’ve been those two things for about four years now, both coming into my life at around the same time. More recently, I added a third string to my filthy bow: I put out the call for my first erotica anthology in late 2013 and have since developed a love for editing and curating other people’s words. What I thought...

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