Email: rachelkramerbussel at gmail.com



 

Lusty Lady

BLOG OF RACHEL KRAMER BUSSEL
Watch the Best Sex Writing 2012 book trailer above

Read the introduction to Best Sex Writing 2012 here
Buy Best Sex Writing 2012 at Amazon or for the Kindle or Nook

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

12 independent bookstores where you can buy The Big Book of Submission

I'll be stopping in at as many of these stores as I can to show them just how excited I am about The Big Book of Submission: 69 Kinky Tales, and adding to this list as well as promoting the sex toy stores selling the book @submissionbook on Twitter and on Facebook and Tumblr. I'm thrilled that BDSM erotica is so popular that even Harvard Book Store (!!) is carrying it. Who knew?

mewithbbos

If your favorite store doesn't have it, ask for it and they'll order it for you - then let me know you did at shortsubmissionantho at gmail.com and which store it was and I just may send you a special present.

Long story short - this is a make or break year for my little books, and I'm hoping they make it in a big way! I'm doing everything I can to help them along, though most of it involves luck and magic and who knows what else. But one thing that definitely helps is bookstores seeing that readers want a certain topic. I've learned about the importance of hand selling on my little tour this past week and am hoping this little kinky book connects with readers and booksellers, because I'm very proud of it.

Posman Books (New York)

Bluestockings (New York)

Book Loft (Columbus, Ohio)

Books Inc. (San Francisco Bay Area)

City Lights Bookstore (San Francisco) - I didn't see it on their website but I'm told they ordered it so please ask if you want to buy it from them!

Wicked Grounds Cafe (San Francisco)

Elliot Bay Book Company (Seattle)

Harvard Book Store (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Powell's Books Inc. (Portland, Oregon)

Boulder Bookstore (Boulder, Colorado)

Tattered Cover Bookstore (Denver, Colorado)

Unabridged Book Inc. (Chicago)

Labels: , , , , , , ,

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sex toy store mini tour photos

I've had a wonderful time at all my events in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC! Here are a few photos, and I hope to return to the area in the next year. Thank you to Sugar, Lotus Blooms and Secret Pleasures for having me! These stores are the first places aside from Barnes & Noble where I've seen The Big Book of Submission in the flesh and the first time I got to sign copies for people buying them. All three stores were wonderful and I'm honored I got the chance to work with them and explore new neighborhoods. Plus, I generally have no idea how my books are doing and am biting my nails waiting to find out, so getting to talk to store owners about it is wonderful and helps guide what I will work on next, since it only makes sense to work on books that readers are interested in reading.

Sugar, Baltimore, Maryland

Selfie at Sugar in Baltimore
I loved this display and am glad I took this selfie because I forgot to take another photo later

Sugar in Baltimore
My favorite book of mine, The Big Book of Orgasms, gets a fitting display next to some vibrators

snapped near Sugar:

Baltimore

Lotus Blooms, Alexandria, Virginia- I hadn't done a reading in a very long time and it was wonderful to meet and reconnect with these authors.

Lotus Blooms reading, Alexandria, Virginia
Front row: Me, Tess Danesi, Michelle Augello-Page; second row: Emerald and Kristina Wright

Lotus Blooms, Alexandria, Virginia

Lotus Blooms, Alexandria, Virginia

Lotus Blooms, Alexandria, Virginia

Secret Pleasures, Washington, DC

Secret Pleasures, Washington, DC
I was intrigued by these gold accented toys

Secret Pleasures, Washington, DC

I'm famous at Secret Pleasures in Washington, DC
Secret Pleasures put me on their wall next to Buck Angel and Partners in Passion authors Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson

Labels: , , , , , , ,

Friday, July 25, 2014

Washington, DC erotica writing workshop Saturday night

I'll post photos soon of my events the last two nights, which have gone wonderfully. Today I'm catching up and enjoying a little downtime in the Washington, DC area before I see Capital Fringe show The Dish tonight. I wanted to repost the details about Saturday night's erotica writing workshop at sex toy store Secret Pleasures - if you know anyone in the area who might be interested, please let them know! Doing writing workshops fires me up to want to put out new calls for submissions, which I hope to do later this year.

July 26, 7-8:30 pm
Erotica 101 writing workshop, Secret Pleasures, Washington, DC

Professional erotica author and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of over 50 anthologies such as The Big Book of Orgasms, Flying High and Best Bondage Erotica 2014, will take you through the ins and outs of modern erotic writing, from getting started, finding your voice, and incorporating your surroundings, pop culture, and personal experiences into your stories to crafting a range of characters and settings and submitting your work. In this supportive, welcoming workshop environment, you'll learn how to write vividly about everyday scenarios as well as outlandish fantasies, and make them fit for particular publications in the thriving erotica market. This workshop will address the recent boom in erotica inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey, provide examples of well written erotica, and will include multiple writing exercises. You'll be given a handout listing major markets and further reading suggestions.

No previous writing experience required. Please bring laptop or pen and paper.

$21.69 (includes service charge), register at Brown Paper Tickets
Secret Pleasures Boutique, 1510 U Street NW, Washington, DC, 202-664-1476

Labels: , , , , , ,

How many books makes you a book hoarder?

I answer that question as well as whether you can own "too many books" in my latest essay at The Toast, which got picked up by the LA Times blog Jacket Copy! I also shouted out some of my favorite books by authors such as Dylan Landis, Matt Logelin, Mark Haskell Smith and Frank O'Hara. I'm always traveling with several print books as well as many on my Kindle, and it's a struggle sometimes to sit and enjoy one without wanting to immediately also start the next one. If only I had two heads and two sets of brains!

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

See you tonight in Baltimore at Sugar!

I'm on my phone again heading to Baltimore for the first stop on my mini tour so can't do links properly but wanted to post about tonight's writing workshop. If you know anyone in the Baltimore area, please let them know. Register at the door, by calling or at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/727184 and get more info on Sugar's site at http://sugartheshop.com/classes.html

July 23, 6:30 pm
Erotica 101 writing workshop, Sugar, Baltimore, Maryland


Professional erotica author and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of over 50 anthologies such as The Big Book of Orgasms, Flying High and Best Bondage Erotica 2014, will take you through the ins and outs of modern erotic writing, from getting started, finding your voice, and incorporating your surroundings, pop culture, and personal experiences into your stories to crafting a range of characters and settings and submitting your work. 

In this supportive, welcoming workshop environment, you'll learn how to write vividly about everyday scenarios as well as outlandish fantasies, and make them fit for particular publications in the thriving erotica market. This workshop will address the recent boom in erotica inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey, provide examples of well written erotica, and will include multiple writing exercises. You'll be given a handout listing major markets and further reading suggestions. 

No previous writing experience required. Please bring laptop or pen and paper. 

$25/person; register in store, by calling 410-467-2632 or online at Brown Paper Tickets 
Sugar, 1001 West 36th Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 410-467-2632 

Labels: , , , , ,

Best Bondage Erotica 2014 now available on audio

My latest in the annual series, Best Bondage Erotica 2014, is now available as an audiobook. Sample it free by using that link (all Audible audiobooks offer a free sample; here are the rest of mine). Happy listening!

bbe2014audio

Labels: , , , , , , ,

8 Capital Fringe shows I'm excited about

I'm off to the Washington, DC area, and for you creative types, I'll be teaching my Erotica Writing 101 workshop Saturday night at Secret Pleasures in DC, and I hope you can attend, or tell your friends who are eager to write erotica. Attendance is capped at 20 people and there are a few tickets left as of this posting. This special capital edition will include political erotica and I'll be giving lots of advice on how to get your work published and get paid. I'm also in town to attend some shows at Capital Fringe, and while I don't know if I'll make it to all of these, these are the shows I'm most excited about. I'm linking to their official pages so you can find out more - if one intrigues you, they should have Facebook pages with more info. I know Twanna and The Dish cast have been posting great reviews! DC Metro Theater Arts is also posting amazing reviews.

I Füçkèð Your Country by Twanna Hines

The Dish

Self Portrait

Districtland (I was a poli sci major, after all)

Cabaret XXX: Everybody F*cking Dies

Giant Box of Porn

Relationsh!t

Perfect Liars Club

Labels: , , , , ,

Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy Kindle and Nook ebook release day, The Big Book of Submission!

With some of my books, it's like two parties release date celebrations, with print and ebook. The Big Book of Submission: 69 Kinky Tales, my third anthology of erotic flash fiction stories of 1,200 words or less, following Gotta Have It and The Big Book of Orgasms, starting shipping in print recently and is out today for Kindle and Nook. It's a huge bargain: 69 stories for just $9.99 (Kindle) or $10.99 (Nook).

bboskindlecover

And I get to do the very first live reading from it this Thursday at sex toy story Lotus Blooms in Alexandria, Virginia. It's absolutely free, you just have to register online. You can also get copies at the stores where I'm teaching erotica writing workshops this week: Sugar in Baltimore (July 23 workshop details) and Secret Pleasures in Washington, DC (July 26 workshop registration details). And August 1st kicks off the book's virtual book tour, which will take you behind the scenes with authors as well as offer up reviews and more. You can also follow @submissionbook on Twitter for news from me and the contributors.

For those who want a print copy, if you're a Barnes & Noble shopper, they don't have an erotica section but they do have a Fiction Anthologies section, where you can find The Big Book of Submission, as I did last week at their Union Square store on 17th Street in Manhattan:

bbosatbandn

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Friday, July 18, 2014

Free gay male erotica from The Big Book of Orgasms

Not only has Unbound Box published an excerpt of "The Jeffrey Factor" by Stella Harris from The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stores, they've also given it special art. Thanks, Unbound Box! You can also hear Stella read her story live for free on Wednesday, September 10th at 7:30 pm at She Bop in Portland, Oregon! I'm excited to return to Portland, a city that in my experience loves its erotica, and She Bop has been wonderful to the book as well. They are asking that if you know you're coming for you to RSVP on Facebook so they know how many people to expect (I hope we pack the place!).

I really love the design of their site and that you can get carefully curated boxes of sex toys in the mail. I have a nonsexual fetish (aka, deep love for) snail mail, so they are right up my alley. Want more? Check out the excerpts they've run of "Hard Knocks" by Malin James and "The Flogger" by Jade A. Waters.

Amazon

Kindle ebook edition

Bn.com

Nook ebook edition

Kobo

Powell's

Books-a-Million

IndieBound (find your nearest local independent bookstore)

iBooks

Google Play

Audible audiobook

Cleis Press

bboohirescover

Buy The Big Book of Orgasms from:

Amazon

Kindle ebook edition

Bn.com

Nook ebook edition

Kobo

Powell's

Books-a-Million

IndieBound (find your nearest local independent bookstore)

iBooks

Google Play

Audible audiobook

Cleis Press

Labels: , , , , , , , , , ,

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Because I love writing about my breasts

Updated July 18 (from my new laptop, the Blogger iPhone app is clearly not the best, or I'm not the best at using it.

My laptop is dying a slow death, which I discovered on my flight Monday to Martha's Vineyard, so I until I get to the Apple store or get a Chromebook replacement, I'm doing most things on my iPhone, including this post, my first time using the Blogger iPhone app. I wrote about why my breasts or any woman's shouldn't be a threat to your marriage for a site I adore, Role Reboot.

Labels: , , , , , , ,