What You Owe the Reader
Dec20

What You Owe the Reader

By Malin James   Let me just say right up front that you will never, ever, (like, never, ever, ever) please every single person who reads your work. I know this sounds obvious, but it took me ages to internalize that and until I did my writing was kind of generic and voiceless, (and by “kind of” I mean “completely”). I was too busy wrestling with the little editor in my head to develop my own style.   That little editor is a...

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Freelance rates: deciding what to charge
Jul08

Freelance rates: deciding what to charge

We need to talk about rate setting. Particularly, we need to talk about the fact that I don’t have any money, and it is entirely my own foolish fault. When I first started blogging for money – writing copy for other people’s websites and blogs – I was so unbelievably excited that someone was paying me for my words that I ridiculously undercharged them. And I mean ‘ridiculously.’ Not only did I start...

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Eroticon 2017: spread the word
Jul01

Eroticon 2017: spread the word

For the last five years, Eroticon has brought together talented writers, bloggers, campaigners and companies from around the world. We asked questions, shared knowledge, and forged some incredible friendships. We heard fantastic stories, and wrote plenty of new ones too. As you’ll know if you’ve been before, Ruby Kiddell has put extraordinary energy into organising Eroticon. Ruby has created something so valuable to the...

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Have you met the Random Name Generator?

  I always find picking names for my characters particularly tough. First of all, there’s a whole legion of names I don’t want to use because they’re family names, or names of exes, or the names of childhood nemises who I wouldn’t want to share pages with. So I used to trawl around baby naming sites for inspiration—ghastly pink and blue pages with unspeakable adverts. Now, however, I have much more fun.  ...

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Hitting a Bestseller List

Writing a USA Today or The New York Times bestseller is a goal for many (most?) authors. I was thrilled to make the USA Today list last month as part of the 14 author Valentine’s box set Bound, Spanked and Loved: Fourteen Kinky Valentine’s Day Stories. There are those who say making a list with a box set doesn’t count. In fact, Romance Writers of America will not publish box set wins under their author congratulations. Additionally,...

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How to use the Hero’s Journey to write erotica
Feb26

How to use the Hero’s Journey to write erotica

Is Joseph Campbell’s “monomyth” relevant or useful when writing erotica? I’ve been using the monomyth or the hero’s journey, as it’s also known, as a writing aid, and more specifically as a plotting tool, for longer than I’ve been writing erotica. I’ve been writing erotica for about four years now, but I’ve always written fiction—literally for decades—and the fact that I really...

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