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Volume V, Issue 3
September 24, 2005

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From the Editor
Reader Requests: Two of 'em
Article: The Masturbating Contortionist
              By Pearl Jones
Market News: Logical Lust Info...
Market Listings: Four of 'em
Column: In Through the Back Door
               By C.B. Potts
Goings On
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From The Editor
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Hey, everyone :) Yup, it's been a long time (yet again) since the last newsletter, but with multiple deadlines, a string o' computer crashes (those who've been around awhile know I'm no stranger to crashes) and a death in the family, I've gotten woefully behind. Hopefully the tide is turning, however, and life will once again return to (hahahahahaha!) normal.

As normal as can be, that is, with one hormonal teenaged girl, one not-so-hormonal but always-underfoot-because-he's-homeschooled teenaged boy, a husband and several neurotic pets in the house. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to live a quite, sedate life somewhere in the country, with a set schedule and no emergency runs to the grocery store, the vet, the airport, the hospital or even the fabric store because..."Mom, we have to go get material *right now* because I *have* to get my cat ears done by tomorrow for the anime conference!"

Ack! Oh well, it'd probably be boring to live that other life anyway...

So...onto business...

To those of you who showed up for my chat at the Writer's Chatroom, thanks for coming, it was way fun. I typed madly for two hours (as said kids trooped in and out of my bedroom office demanding attention.) Glenn Walker expertly moderated the talk and I enjoyed it tremendously. We've tentatively set another chat for January 4, 2006; I'll keep you posted.

Coupla things I wanted to mention...

Some of you know that I recently switched hosts (saving myself $100 a month in the process; I have lots o' sites) and I couldn't be happier. If you're looking for an inexpensive, quality host for your site, please consider WebAir. They have been awesome and their customer support is superb. Yes, it's true, I'll get a commission if you go with them, but hey, since the newsletter is free, you know it's going to a good cause :)

As far as this issue, we've got several unique market listings, two great articles, some reader requests and a coupla Goings On.

Hope you enjoy the newsletter and please keep in touch!

Katy

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--- Reader Request ---
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One reader says...

I just visited several sites in hope of locating someone who could help me with a search. A year ago or so I found a book in my local library that was a collection of four short stories. The first was about a Victorian? Regency? men's group that established a country facility where "reluctant" women could be retrained. Quite erotic, indeed. The one I'm particularly interested in is one about a man returning to England who looks like a Middle Easterner but who was actually kidnapped from his English family years before. This one focuses on the fact that he was castrated and the stimulation of the prostate as a way to reach orgasm.

I teach classes on sexuality and would like to find that story again. No surprise that the book seems to have disappeared from the library collection. I was foolish enough not to get the title, etc.

I would deeply appreciate any suggestions you might have for locating and purchasing the book.

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If you have any info about this book, please shoot me an email at katy@katyterrega.com and I'll send it out to this reader...

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Another reader says...

I'm a journalist with Houston Press. I'm working on a story on spanking in the Houston area. Could you put me in touch with Houston-based spanking groups or sex writers? I'd be interested in talking to them for the story.

Thanks.

Todd Spivak
Staff Writer Houston Press
Tel: 713.280.2486
Email: todd.spivak@houstonpress.com

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Editor's note: Todd is also looking for Danielle Smith, premier spanking writer. I had her email address years ago, but alas, there have been too many crashes since then :) If you know how to get in touch with her, please email Todd or me at katy@katyterrega.com.


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--- The Masturbating Contortionist ---
--- By Pearl Jones ---
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She licked her soft lips, reveling in sensation as one blunt- nailed finger stroked the softness of her skin, tracing circles and symbols in a language that had no words, until finally she had to close her eyes against the onslaught, her cries muffled against her strong but soft, feminine shoulder.

How many people are there in that sentence? No, really: one? Two? More?

Even if your writing is hot enough to have readers reaching for their favorite toys, you can lose them if you’re not careful-- simply by being careless with your pronouns. It’s a concern particularly if you write homoerotica or multiple-partner scenes: which man is that down there? And who’s on the receiving end?

If you lose the gateway readers--acquisitions editors or their overworked assistants--you’ll never get a chance to excite the millions of eager minds awaiting your work. Before submitting a piece, be certain you’ve told the reader which characters are in each and every scene. Sounds basic, I know, but it’s too often overlooked. And it’s a sin most editors will not forgive. If there are two men and two women in your story, but only three of the four in the scene, tell the reader that. If there are five people in the room, but only three in the bed, you’ll need to make that clear. Give the other two some popcorn and settle them in a corner to watch the show, or have them excuse themselves, or better yet, give them their own scene; just don’t ask the reader to waste time wondering if they’ve crawled unnoticed into the bed. Everybody, and every body, should be identified.

As should every organ, digit, and what-have-you. If a reader can’t tell whose hand (or mouth, or...) is where, doing whatever to whom, it will almost certainly be rejected; the best you can hope for is a request for major revisions. Why not do it properly before you submit? It’s easy enough: read your work aloud, paying attention to your pronouns and your paragraphs. Be certain that each actor and recipient is identified, by name or some specific trait--and take advantage of the range of human form! Even if your characters share a gender, they’re not alike ( unless they’re twins...hmm...sorry, had to wipe the drool off the keyboard). Give the reader an idea of how the characters look: the contrast of hair colors, skin shades, shapes; the way the bodies fit together, move against the carpet--hey, if you’re reading this, you know what I mean! Paint a picture for the readers, so they know how many men are piled into the back seat of that VW Bug, how many women are in that writhing knot on the ballroom floor, whose digits are where and what they're doing, dark or pale against that bit of skin...

Unless, of course, you really are writing about a lonely circus performer and her favorite toy. In which case, I’d love to read the piece!

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Pearl Jones writes erotica in several shades; her latest release, Angel is a Centerfold, can be found at Loose Id books. A reader and sometime editor, she sees far too many scenes like the one described above, and she can no longer say she has not seen the classic soft-porn cliché "her breath came in short pants." Sigh.


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From Katy: Okay, so this is a bit late, but congrats to them both, anyway :)

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Hey erotica lovers!

Time to update you all on a very special event!

Myself, Captivatex (owner and founder of Logical Lust), and Lady Bastet (Editor-in-Chief) are taking our wedding vows on Sept 22nd 2005. As the big day looms ever closer, we've been working less on the site and we'll now suspend any work on the site until after the nuptials have taken place. Oh, Logical Lust will still be there, full of some of the best erotica on the web, but we won't update the site until after we've been married.

So, with the exception of soon putting up the result, and winning entries, to the 2005 Logical Lust Erotic Flash Challenge (and there's some HOT work for you to read!) the next update to the site will be at the end of Sept.

Please feel free to browse our wedding website if you wish. You are all very welcome! Wedding photos will be posted there after the event :)

http://alt.jimandzetta.com

Best erotic wishes to you all!

Captivatex
Lady Bastet
Kelli Lowry
Megan Murphy

Logical Lust Publications www.logical-lust.com

Eternally Erotic ebookstore www.eternallyerotic.com


EROTICA 101: 24 Columns on the Art of Writing Erotica
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--- Market Listings ---
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The Erotic Woman

Romantic and erotic fiction writers are requested for a proposed website directed at women. The editors want a broad spectrum of material, catering to as many styles, tastes and subjects as possible within the scope of sex-positive erotica for women. Nothing degrading or offensive to women will be accepted.

Applicants must be 18+ and submissions no longer than 2,000 words. Writing must be original and never previously published.

Initially, payments will be minimal. For each published story, writers will receive $5 and a 3 day subscription to The Erotic Woman. Writers with 3+ stories have the opportunity for a guest writing position and $10 per published story.

The website will be subscription based with the aim of creating an online community of women who can share, express and explore their sensual and sexual sides. The launch date is set for the 1st of November and there will be an ongoing need for writers.

Email stories to theeroticwoman@psyberlounge.com

Looking forward to many good reads,

Bec and Claire at The Erotic Woman

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WantedList.com Announces Two Brand New Contests

Andre Madness invites you to Direct A Porno, While Bad Seed asks Customers to Name That Sperm

Wantedlist, the world’s largest online adult DVD rental company, has announced two brand new contests, exclusively at www.wantedlist.com.

Have you ever wanted to direct a film? Here's your chance to learn from one of the best. WantedList and AVN award winning director Andre Madness of Madness Pictures will fly one lucky winner to Los Angeles to personally direct a Madness Pictures movie. The lucky winner will be calling the shots on set, seeing the pop shots fly and hanging with some of the hottest babes in the valley. The winner will get the Director's credit on the finished movie! 25 Runners up will receive a month of free DVD rentals from WantedList.com.

“I’m happy to see Madness and WantedList found a way to reach the fans together and hope to do more customer appreciation promotions in the future,” says Andre Madness. “Madness Pictures is always in search of talented people to add to its production crew. So not only will this be an opportunity to see how we make movies for the winner but it may very well be a stepping stone for some lucky winner to take their interest in porn one step further into the working aspect. Whether it’s for pleasure or business that the winner come out to the set and direct, I’m certain they will take home with them an experience of a lifetime.”

BAD SEED, the highly anticipated, wall-to-wall gonzo line of DVDs distributed exclusively by Adam & Eve, is looking for a name for its new mascot. Come up with the best name for the Bad Seed's mascot and win one year's worth of Bad Seed movies, as well as one year's worth of free adult DVD rentals, courtesy of WantedList.com. From its up-and-coming talent to acclaimed directors to high definition shoots and custom packaging, BAD SEED is gonzo with quality for the sexual connoisseur.

10 second place winners with receive a free copy of Big Gulps, the first Bad Seed Release. 25 third place winners with receive a month of free adult DVD Rentals from WantedList.com.

“Working with WantedList brings tremendous exposure to our production company,” says Ryan Thomas, senior account representative Adam & Eve. “We are excited to launch our new line, and what better way then with the help from our friends at WantedList.”

Each BAD SEED title is a sex-act specific, featuring numerous scenes devoted to one erotic niche (anal, dp, foot worship, interracial, etc). There is a BAD SEED title to suit every fantasy!

Anh Tran, co-founder of WantedList, talks about the importance of these contests. “Our customers love the ability to come to our website, find the movie they want, and interact with the studios involved. The ability to give back to our customers is so important to us.”

Like all of WantedList’s contests, there is no purchase necessary to enter.

WantedList.com is the world’s premiere adult movie rental service offering customers fast, reliable and discreet access to over 15,000 movie titles—the largest selection on the web. WantedList’s membership service puts an end to the hassle of video store rentals by offering a “no late fees, no due dates, no shipping fees” guarantee and the option to buy any movie the customer desires. WantedList’s fun and engaging tools include consumer reviews, original editorials, new releases, performer pages and the infamous ‘Pornotron’ search tool. WantedList.com was founded by Anh Tran and Danny Ting, two educated first- generation Asian Americans who joined forces to create a presence in the competitive world of adult entertainment. The company won the award for ‘Best Retail Website’ at the 2005 AVN Awards.

For more information on WantedList, please contact Brian Gross, BSG PR, (818) 343-3673. Email: brian@bsgpr.com.

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Drag Kings; Short Story Erotica
Edited by Amie M. Evans and Rakelle Valencia
Publisher: Suspect Thoughts Press

We want to create an anthology of realistic-like stories involving drag kings on or off stage…in a dressing room…a parked car…a hotel room… All the glamour, or lack there of, that dressing up like a man, performing for a screaming (or lame) crowd, traveling in intimate circumstances with other performers, or meeting all those fine women and bois who yell to take it off, that leads to sex, sex, sex. Or tell us tales of the hooking up that happens at these gigs between co-performers or lusty fans looking to bed their favorite kings. And make your story HOT.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS APRIL 1ST, 2006.

GUIDELINES:

1) Submissions should be fictional short stories, lesbian in content, no less than 1,500 words and no more than 6,000 words, and must be typed (preferably in Times New Roman, 12 font), double-spaced, and printed on one side of the page only.

2) Submit TWO HARD COPIES, INCLUDING TWO COVERLETTERS. All manuscripts must be disposable. (If accepted, final manuscript must be submitted on disk.)

3) Name, address, phone number, E-mail address, and word count should appear on the first page.

4) SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope must be provided if you wish to be notified by “snail mail”. Others will be notified through E-mail.

5) Unpublished and previously published materials will be considered at a pay rate of $75 for originals and $25 for reprints. Contributors will receive two copies of the book.

Submit stories to:

Amie M. Evans/Rakelle Valencia
33 Campbell Street
Woburn, Ma 01801

Amie M. Evans has the inside dope on drag kings. A white girl, confirmed femme-bottom who lives life like a spontaneously choreographed performance, she is a well-published literary erotica and creative non-fiction writer, experienced workshop provider, and a burlesque and high-femme drag performer. Her most recent published works have appeared in Ultimate Lesbian Erotica 2005, I Do/I Don’t: Queers on Marriage, The Best of On Our Backs 2, Back to Basics: A Butch/Femme Erotica Reader, and Up All Night. She also writes gay male erotica under a pen name.

Rakelle Valencia is a seasoned erotica anthology co-editor and writer of short story erotica. Currently she celebrates the tremendous success of Rode Hard, Put Away Wet, published by Suspect Thoughts Press, and wishes to thank all of the contributors. Her short stories have most recently appeared in BLE 05, ULE 05, On Our Backs 2, Naughty Spanking Stories A-Z, Hot Lesbian Erotica, and Best Lesbian Love Stories.

Suspect Thoughts Press is a terrible infant hell-bent to publish challenging, provocative, stimulating, and dangerous books by contemporary authors and poets exploring social, political, queer, and sexual themes.

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(From Katy: This is not a sex-based poetry contest, but I thought I'd include it since it's open-themed. Keep in mind, however, that they don't want porn, they're only interested in softer erotica...)

Brady Magazine's 2005 Open Theme Poetry Contest
Deadline December 15, 2005
Contest Details

First Place
$100US plus publication in firstwriter.magazine (prize includes access to all firstwriter.com databases for one year).

Second Place
$60US plus admission to Updraft, an online poetry course to ignite your imagination.

Third Place
$20US, a CoolStuff4Writers gift pack and copies of 2006 Poet's Market (Writer's Digest) and Newpages Guide to Literary and Alternative Magazines.

Entry Fee
$5US, payable through Paypal, or contact Brady Magazine to make alternative arrangements. Entry fee includes a critique of each poem entered.

Judge
Christine Cristiano, Contest Co-ordinator

Contest Deadline
December 15, 2005

Submission Guidelines

* Poems cannot exceed 30 lines in length.
* There are no thematic boundaries; poems can be on any topic.
* Poems must be creative in nature, and must involve unique themes and imagery (no "Hallmark card" poetry).
* Poetry that contains profanity, vulgarity, racist/discriminatory or otherwise inappropriate content will not be accepted.
* Poets submitting to the contest automatically state that what they are submitting is original and has not been plagiarized.
* Poems that have been previously published are not eligible for entry. However, we do accept simultaneous submissions as long as we are notified of its acceptance elsewhere before the contest deadline (entry fee will not be refunded).
* Submissions can only be made through our online submission form.
* The entry fee is $5US; this includes a critique of each poem entered. (Many will enter just for the critique.) The entry fee can be paid using Paypal, or the entrant can contact Brady Magazine to make alternative arrangements. The entry fee must be paid when the entry has been submitted.
* When sending your entry fee, please let us know whether your Paypal e-mail address is different than the e-mail address you are submitting with.

Additional Information

* Poem critiques will be e-mailed from December 16, 2005 to December 31, 2005.
* Winners will be announced January 2, 2006.

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--- Column: In Through the Back Door ---
--- By C.B. Potts ---
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Who’s Telling This Story Anyway?

I couldn’t help it. The buttons on her blouse opened easily, revealing the freckled expanse of Colleen’s bosom…

You lick his thigh, reveling in the feel of the short, curly, golden hair brushing against your cheek, all the while listening to the music of his throaty moans…

Craig smiled. Harry was asleep now, wearing the type of sleepy contented grin men only don after hours of love-making…

You’ve got three different points of view illustrated here. First person, the “I” point of view, second person, the “you” point of view, and third person, the “Craig and Harry” point of view. Which one is right for your story?

That may depend on what you’re planning to do with your erotic tale. Many publishers have a clear preference for a particular point of view. Check the writer’s guidelines. If no guidelines are available, study the magazine. The preferred point of view will quickly become apparent.

If you’re writing a story without a market in mind, your choices are wide open. Many times, however, you may find that your characters demand a particular point of view.

The first person point of view works really, really well in short porn sniblets. When your protagonist is identified only as “I”, it allows your reader to place himself directly in the moment. By default, he will envision himself in whatever situation you’re describing, be it seducing the wanton waitress or kneeling before the towering dominatrix. This is particularly important when you’ve only got a few hundred words to toy with. Almost every ‘letter’ magazine depends primarily upon first-person point of view stories.

In longer works, using a first person point of view can be trickier. It is imperative to be consistent – your narrator will be limited to what she thinks, feels, sees, or experiences. It’s no good cheating: I thought James looked as if he’d never felt such love before, never experienced such shining passion. Instead, you’ve got to work with: I’d looked at James’ eyes a million times, marveling at how his mood would mirror in their blue depths. Yet I’d never seen them shine so, never seen them gleam so brightly. Is it love that has given James such expressive eyes, or has he treated his dry, red eyes with too much Visine?

The second person point of view is seldom used. You may remember the “You” based stories of the Choose Your Own Adventure books. Yet this device can make for some stirring reading, if applied properly. It works very well for voyeur stories: You’re almost to her window. Careful, now. If you step too far to the left, you’ll fall right into the swimming pool. But look! She’s left her curtain open…and it looks like she has a friend over. A cute friend…

It can also work with the right kind of masturbation or b&d story, although these are trickier. My efforts in this direction often turn out to be a strange combination of the two: You should lie back on your bed now. Are you dressed the way I told you? Good. Now slip your fingertips into the waistband of your panties…

For longer works and fetish markets, I work almost exclusively in the third person point of view.

In the case of longer works, it keeps things simpler when managing multiple characters. You’re not restricted to the thoughts and feelings of only one character – the thoughts, feelings, and actions of your entire cast are fair game. Additionally, 200 pages of “I, I, I” can wear on a person, nonwithstanding the hundreds of authors who have written superlative novels completely from a first person point of view. For every great first person novel, there are twelve terrible ones.

Fetish markets require you to focus your story on a particular element of the erotic encounter. The fetish, be it shiny rubber boots, an ever-expanding bosom, or lawn mowing equipment, becomes not only a character in its own right, but the main character. As the fetish item is generally inarticulate, it can only blossom under the light of a third-person point of view.

These are general guidelines. One little trick that has saved me multiple times: If you can’t get a story started, for love or money, try switching the point of view. Alter narrators. Maybe your hero can’t tell of his epic battles – but his loyal and trusty squire can. Or his horse can. Or his lady love, who’s been busy ‘entertaining’ stableboys whilst her hubby was away has a few words to share. Altering your vision just a touch can kick start your story.

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Bio: CB Potts is currently writing “Tuesday’s Rubies," a novella scheduled to be released by Torquere Press in August 2006. She’s also eagerly anticipating submissions to her “Play Ball” anthology (hint! hint!) Visit her blog for all sorts of writing related trivia and general chaos, or contact CB at ctpotts@juno.com .
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