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Monday, February 13, 2017

Free wine tonight at our Galentine's Day Best Women's Erotica panel at Jersey City bookstore WORD

Yes, I meant to post this earlier, but if you're in or near Jersey City (or want to pass this on to anyone who is), join us tonight for free wine (how many readings can boast that?) plus real talk about erotica writing, what I look for from anthologies, our inspiration for fiction and much more, and a raffle prize from Brooklyn sex toy store Shag featuring a mini massage candle, clothespins for sensation play, coffee mug, store coupon and more! Plus they have a cafe so you can buy a hot (or cold) beverage. And books, of course!

WORD is at 123 Newark Avenue across the street from the Grove Street PATH Station, so easy to access from Manhattan too. Can't make it? Get to WORD for a signed copy of Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 2, which makes a great Valentine's Day or any time gift! I'll be reveling in my Jersey girl pride in my NJ Maya Brenner gold necklace. In all my years of doing readings, I've never done one in my home state so I'm especially excited! Thank you to The Hudson Reporter for covering tonight's event.

February 13, 7:30 pm
Galentine’s Day women, erotica and writing panel

Join editor Best Women's Erotica of the Year series editor Rachel Kramer Bussel and BWE Volume 2 contributors Abigail Ekue, Stella Watts Kelley, Vierra Lai, and Annabeth Leong for a fun Galentine's Day panel on erotica, writing and culture. We'll chat about what makes a story sexy, the writing process, how to get published, and the cultural impact of writing stories that reflect a wide range of women's experiences. Free. Wheelchair accessible.
WORD, 123 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 201-763-6611
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Thursday, February 09, 2017

15 erotica authors share their fiction inspiration

Over on the Best Women's Erotica of the Year Tumblr, I've had the pleasure of interviewing 15 (so far) of the contributors to BWE of the Year, Volume 2, about their erotica history, writing process, inspiration for their stories, favorite lines and future plans. I wanted to share those interviews and some fabulous quotes with you as I listen to the rain while waiting to take Amtrak to Baltimore for the next stop on the book tour. And more interviews are scheduled through March so keep reading our Tumblr and following us @BWEoftheyear on Twitter.

I'll conclude by giving you easy ways to read or listen to the book, and I encourage you to also ask for it at your local library (yes, it may be nerve-wracking to ask for a sexy book, but they're librarians, they've heard all sorts of requests and if they are at all good at their job, they won't judge you, but will be happy to help their users) or bookstore.

I'm starting with the authors you'll hear at our book events and including the cities where you can hear them (Abigail Ekue can't make our Baltimore reading due to weather, but you can catch her in New York and Jersey City).

Jordan Monroe, "Performance" (Baltimore)

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Abigail Ekue, "Cigarro Tarde" (New York, Jersey City)

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Stella Watts Kelley, "Teacher Appreciation" (New York, Jersey City)

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Vierra Lai, "A Hint of Lime" (New York, Jersey City)

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Annabeth Leong, "On Some Maps, But Not on Others" (New York, Jersey City)

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Melina Greenport, "The House on Orchard"

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Jocelyn Bringas, "Taste"

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Kristy Harding, "Another Way to Start a Fire"

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Kate Sebastian, "On the Calendar"

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Corrine A. Silver, "Her Best"

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Dorianne, "Like Lights in the Northern Sky"

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Garnell Wallace, "Beautiful Broken Things"

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Winter Blair, "At the End of the World"

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Kay Jaybee, "Brick Dust"

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Josie Jordan, "Volcano Nights"

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And of course, please read or listen to Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 for these authors' stories in all their full glory:

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

See you soon in Baltimore, New York and Jersey City for the Best Women's Erotica book tour!

This past week I've been home after our wonderful Best Women's Erotica of the Year book tour kickoff in Los Angeles has flown by, so I'll keep this short and sweet: I'm hitting the road again Thursday in Baltimore at sex toy store Sugar, then heading to amazing Lower East Side bookstore Bluestockings in New York on Saturday (where I organized my very first reading for my very first short story way back in either 2000 or 2001 - it's been so long I can't remember!) and then Monday, Galentine's Day, our panel on women, writing and erotica at WORD Bookstore in Jersey City. You'll get free baked goods in Baltimore, the first 24 people will get a free cupcake from my favorite NYC bakery Sugar Sweet Sunshine, and at WORD on Monday we will be raffling off a bag full of sexy goodies from Brooklyn sex toy store Shag! All the details are below - plus at each we will be dishing on the inspiration behind our stories and answering all your burning questions about how to get published, pseudonyms and anything else you want to ask! And we will sign your book to you (or as a gift) if you are looking for a sexy Valentine's Day present.

And I do have a favor - these readings are funded and organized entirely by me, and while they are something I hope to continue in future years, I can only budget for that if we get good turnouts. So if you know anyone in the Washington, DC/Baltimore or NYC/Jersey City areas who might like an evening of free sexy entertainment as we lead up to Valentine's Day, please let them know. All the details and links are at bweoftheyear.com/events or the individual store links below. I'm thrilled that I get to hear my amazing authors and support these wonderful independent stores.

February 9, 6:30 pm
Best Women's Erotica of the Year reading
Join Best Women's Erotica of the Year series editor Rachel Kramer Bussel along with contributors to Volumes 1 and 2 including Abigail Ekue, Annabeth Leong, Jordan Monroe, D.R. Slaten for a rousing reading, followed by a Q&A and book signing. You'll hear some of the sexiest stories around starring women characters who travel the world in search of satisfaction, and find out what it takes to be successful in the thriving erotica genre. Light refreshments will be served. Free. Wheelchair accessible.
Sugar, 1001 W. 36th Street (corner of 36th and Roland Ave.), Baltimore (Hampden), 410-467-2632
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February 11, 7 pm
Best Women's Erotica of the Year Volume 2 reading
Join editor Rachel Kramer Bussel and contributors Ella Dawson, Abigail Ekue, Annabeth Leong, Stella Watts Kelley and Vierra Lai for a rousing reading from hot new anthology Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 2. The authors will participate in a Q&A and book signing immediately following the reading. Free. Wheelchair accessible. Free cupcakes to first 24 guests.
Bluestockings, 172 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002, 212-777-6028
Nearest subways: F to 2nd Avenue, J/M/Z to Essex Street, B/D to Grand Street
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Can you really resist a free cupcake?

February 13, 7:30 pm
Galentine’s Day women, erotica and writing panel
Join editor Best Women's Erotica of the Year series editor Rachel Kramer Bussel and BWE Volume 2 contributors Abigail Ekue, Stella Watts Kelley, Vierra Lai, and Annabeth Leong for a fun Galentine's Day panel on erotica, writing and culture. We'll chat about what makes a story sexy, the writing process, how to get published, and the cultural impact of writing stories that reflect a wide range of women's experiences. Free. Wheelchair accessible. Win a sexy Temptation bag from sex toy store Shag in our raffle.
WORD, 123 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 201-763-6611
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One lucky winner will take home a prize worth $56 from Williamsburg, Brooklyn sex toy store Shag, which contains Temptation bag (see below), Shag mini massage candle, clothespins for sensation play, Shag coffee mug and a $10 gift certificate to Shag.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Los Angeles loves erotica - see you tonight 1/31 at Skylight Books for my book tour kickoff!

Firstly, tonight is the kickoff of our Best Women's Erotica of the Year book tour at Skylight Books in Los Angeles at 7:30 pm (1818 North Vermont Avenue in Los Feliz).

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I hope you can make it, or else let someone in the LA area who might be interested know. I've heard through the grapevine that some cool folks will be in the audience and I and my authors Jocelyn Bringas, Melina Greenport and Jade A. Waters are all going to read you very sexy stories and answer your questions and sign books! If you want to invite friends easily, here's the Facebook event page. It's free and we will be sharing behind the scenes secrets as well as our hot words. And a special shoutout to Skylight because they treat their authors so well - the book is in the store window, in a special display with other upcoming authors and in the area where we're going to read! Plus they have a beautiful tree in the middle of the store.

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I'll do a fuller recap when I'm home but I also got to visit two other amazing bookstores. On Sunday, I taught a wonderful, enthusiastic and smart group at romance bookstore The Ripped Bodice in Culver City. Their store is a treasure trove of sexy books, cards, lingerie and other cool items and they have this amazing personal touch. They recommended a book by a new to me author, Tamsen Parker, that I'm enjoying (Craving Flight, about a woman who converts to Orthodox Judaism and is kinky). They also have an utterly adorable bookstore dog named Fitzwilliam Waffles, who even has his own Instagram account. I highly recommend the store and they also host lots of cool events, like Romantic Comedy (comedy night) and movie nights and book events and such. Oh, and they have book art hanging in the air (my photo doesn't really do it justice because when you are standing in front of it, they're just right there), book pages as wallpaper and just a generally beautiful design, including couches to sit on and read! They also have fiction and memoir and YA and various genres, and romance subgenres by category, like Cowboys and I Love Rock N Roll. Perhaps coolest of all, their bathroom has tons of books you can read and a Post-It wall where you can write whatever you want, and one on the mirror saying "Nasty Women Read." Indeed!

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I visited Pasadena for the first time and the first thing I saw after getting out of my Lyft car was this free speech art, which seemed quite apt.

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Then I promptly fell in love with Vroman's Bookstore and pretty much want to move in there. I wandered around and pretty much swooned over their displays. I love that they have an erotica section, that they are playful and political and had four amazing signs about writing that encouraged me to get back to it. They also have fun book-themed pillows and mugs and other items and it's a bookstore you can get lost in and wander for hours.

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To recap, I hope you'll come out to our Skylight Books reading tonight and tell your friends, and if you're in LA or will be, all three of these stores are amazing and there's lots to see in the surrounding neighborhoods as well (I may have bought some crystals at the store next to Skylight, because I feel like I need all the help I can get these days).

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Friday, January 20, 2017

The Big Book of Submission Volume 2 call for submissions extended

I've decided to extend my call for submissions for The Big Book of Submission Volume 2. If you've already submitted, rest assured your story is under consideration. If you submitted two stories, please do not submit any more, but if you submitted one, you are welcome to submit another one.

I'm adding to the original call below, which is still valid, but right now what I am especially looking for are: stories starring people of color, stories about BDSM and submission in creative settings (especially outside bedrooms and dungeons), stories about people new to BDSM, especially stories about new dominants (but told from the submissive's perspective), stories about less common fetishes, and stories in which submission is used as a tool of personal growth and/or empowerment. Yes, some of these are a lot for a 1,200 word or less story to do, but I have faith that writers can dazzle me with their stories, and I especially encourage those whose work I've never published before to submit. All stories received by the new deadline of February 15, 2017 (11:59 pm EST) will be considered.

Call for submissions
The Big Book of Submission Volume 2 (working title)
Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
To be published by Cleis Press in 2018

Please make sure to read and follow these guidelines in order for your work to be considered. Editor Rachel Kramer Bussel is looking for short erotica stories of 1,200 words or less focused on the theme of submission within BDSM. Stories submitted that are over 1,200 words will be rejected. While the word count is short, I want complex stories with a beginning, middle and end, not simply scene snippets.

I will consider stories from a dominant's perspective if that is the best way to illuminate the mindset of the submissive, but they must explore what the submissive gets out of the scenario in some way. The final book of 69 stories will contain an extremely wide variety of characters, POVs (I welcome first, second and third person stories), settings, scenarios, motivations, experience levels, motivations, BDSM practices (which can be combined with other sexual acts), fetishes, couplings, relationships, etc. I welcome the use of sex toys and BDSM implements, real or imagined. All genders and sexual orientations welcome.

All characters must be over 18 for the entirety of the story; no nonconsensual activity, scat, incest or bestiality. No poetry. Original, unpublished stories only. Stories from authors whose work I have not published before are especially welcome. See The Big Book of Submission to get a feel for the types of short submissive erotica I enjoy. Please note that this anthology will not include author bios.

How to submit: Send double spaced Times or Times New Roman 12 point black font Word document (.doc or .docx) with pages numbered OR RTF of 1,200 words maximum to bigbookofsubmission@gmail.com. Stories that are not in keeping with the theme of the anthology or are over 1,200 words will not be considered. DO NOT submit multiple versions of a single story; submit ONLY your final, complete, edited version of your story with the story title and byline you'd want published. Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch and double space (regular double spacing, do not add extra lines between paragraphs or do any other irregular spacing). US grammar (double quotation marks around dialogue, etc.) required. I will consider a maximum of two stories per author. Include your legal name (and pseudonym if applicable), mailing address. If you are using a pseudonym, please provide your real name and pseudonym and make it clear which one you’d like to be credited as (such as Jane Doe, writing as Ann Smith). You will receive a confirmation within 72 hours. I will get back to you by September 30, 2017.

Payment: $25 and 1 copy of the book on publication in 2018

Deadline: February 15, 2017, 11:59 pm eST

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

My Los Angeles and LitReactor erotica classes are almost sold out

January 20 update: The 4-6 pm erotica writing class on January 29 is now sold out BUT The Ripped Bodice has added a waiting list for those interested in a class that day from 1 pm to 3 pm. Pre-registration is required and if enough people sign up, we will hold a second class. If they don't, you will receive a refund. Call the store at 424-603-4776 if you have any questions. Also, they will have both volumes of Best Women's Erotica of the Year in stock, along with several of my other titles, and the books I recommend in my handout for the class. Looking forward to it!

A heads up that my upcoming in-person erotica writing class at romance bookstore The Ripped Bodice in Culver City, California (Los Angeles) area and my 4-week online erotica writing class for LitReactor are almost sold out. As of this posting, on January 19, there is one spot left in The Ripped Bodice class (out of 20 - we can't add more due to space) and four in the LitReactor class, which is capped at 16 to make sure everyone gets the individual attention they deserve. The LitReactor class can be taken by anyone anywhere in the world, on your schedule. You log in whenever you want and read the daily posts and weekly lectures and assignments, and give and get feedback on your work. Plus you retain access to those materials forever on the site and get an invitation to my private online group for students to continue the conversation, find beta readers and stay informed of publishing news. If you've been considering these, please act fast! I won't be teaching the LitReactor class again due to changes in my schedule.

And if you don't make it into The Ripped Bodice class, feel free to ask me anything about writing, publishing and the erotic genre during the Q&A at our free, no-RSVP-required Best Women's Erotica of the Year reading on January 31 at 7:30 pm at Skylight Books in LA (Los Feliz). If you have questions about either class, email me at rachelkramerbussel at gmail.com with "Ripped Bodice" or "LitReactor" in the subject line and I'll get back to you ASAP.

Class details:

January 29, 4-6 pm
Erotica Writing 101 workshop
Rachel Kramer Bussel, professional erotica author and editor of over 60 erotica anthologies, including Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 1 and 2, Begging for It: Erotic Fantasies for Women, Cheeky Spanking Stories, Tasting Him, Tasting Her, Come Again: Sex Toy Erotica, The Big Book of Orgasms, Fast Girls, Gotta Have It, and more, will take you through the ins and outs of modern erotic writing. Learn how to get started, find your voice, experiment on the page and write from various viewpoints. You'll discover how to incorporate everyday scenarios, settings and objects as well as outlandish fantasies into your writing, and make them fit for particular publications including magazines and anthologies. She'll also talk about submitting your work, selecting a pseudonym, building your author brand and keeping up with the thriving erotica market (including anthologies, ebooks, magazines and websites). Whether you're writing to that special someone, penning longtime fantasies, or want to earn cash for your dirty words, this workshop is for you. Please bring paper or writing implements or a laptop to use for in class writing exercises. A bibliography with erotica resources will be provided. $25/person. Limited to 20 people. Contact The Ripped Bodice at 424-603-4776 if you have any questions. Advance registration at erotica101rippedbodice.brownpapertickets.com required. $25/person
The Ripped Bodice, 3806 Main Street, Culver City, CA, 90232, 424-603-4776

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Online only class limited to 16 people; attend any time, using any username you desire (you can be anonymous) and get critiqued by me and fellow students and receive guidance about publishing your work. You'll learn how to draw on your surroundings, incorporate humor and heartache, approach stories from multiple POVs and heighten the erotic tension in your work. You'll also get access to exactly what editors and publishers are currently looking for based on my research, as well as additional information on publishing short story collections, editing anthologies and self-publishing. Click through for more details about class assignments and goals. $375/person. This class is likely to sell out.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sale alert: 69 orgasm erotica stories for $1.99 in The Big Book of Orgasms this week only!

One of my favorite anthologies I've edited over the last 12 years is The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories. It holds a very special place in my heart because the authors truly brought their A game and gave me everything I could have wanted and more. The orgasm erotica in this book is sexy, varied, surprising and extremely creative. I like to think it has a little something for everyone and this week it's only sale in ebook form for only $1.99 for Kindle, Nook, Google Play, iBooks and Kobo, so if you missed it the first time around, check it out now! And if you are an audiobook lover, check out the audio edition narrated by Rose Caraway. (Tip: if you buy the Kindle edition for $1.99, you can buy the audio edition for just $3.99.) Also, y books go on sale usually once or two a month (different titles), and you can get emailed every time they do by following me on BookBub.

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Here's the book's official blurb and table of contents to give you more of an idea of what's in it:
What happens when you bring together 69 authors sharing their hottest orgasm stories? If you have top notch erotica editor Rachel Kramer Bussel, you get The Big Book of Orgasms! This climactic collection captures top erotica writers serving up steamy scenarios all focused on The Big O. Whether getting off from exhibitionism, voyeurism, or a very special pair of blue jeans, the characters in The Big Book of Orgasms explore all sorts of ways they can come. Go "Under the Table" with Elizabeth Coldwell and cheer for "The Pink Team" by Kelly Rand. Discover the thrill of hot wax and even hotter sex; these short stories bring the heat on every page! With a foreword by Ecstasy is Necessary author Barbara Carrellas, these are climaxes you'll want to relive again and again.

Dr. Ruth once said about Rachel Kramer Bussel, "she is only satisfied if you come and come again." With this rousing read, The Big Book of Orgasms counts all the wonderful ways women get off.
Introduction and Table of Contents to The Big Book of Orgasms

Foreword: Foreplay: Figments of Erotic Imagination by Barbara Carrellas
Introduction: Orgasm Is Just the Beginning

The Beginning B. D. Swain
How You Christen a Bed Thomas S. Roche
All You Do Is Play Annabeth Leong
Hard Knocks Malin James
The Gallery Exhibit Chris Komodo
White Preston Avery
Matinee Suleikha Snyder
All Talk Jenna Bright
Scarecrow Giselle Renarde
In Her Hands Tenille Brown
Remote Control Logan Zachary
Weathering the Storm Salome Wilde
Hellfire Valerie Alexander
Her Lover Is a Flame Cecilia Tan
Me Vengo! Mistress Kay
Count Out the Strokes Virgie Tovar
Steamy Tess Danesi
Payback Emerald
Come On Raziel Moore
The Pink Team Kelly Rand
Headache Sherry Reid
Pushing Boundaries on Public Transport Victoria Blisse
Runner’s High Sam Angioli
His Three Conditions Medea Mor
The Morning After David Salcido
Look at Yourself Maxine Marsh
Do It Again Sinclair Sexsmith
Under the Table Elizabeth Coldwell
Light Sleeper Mina Murray
The Big Cat Cecilia Duvalle
Opening Doors Thea Landen
Baxter’s Boy Xan West
Suds and a Two-Piece Bathing Suit Brantwijn Serrah
The Jeffrey Factor Stella Harris
Chains of Love Lily K. Cho
By the Beat T. Fox Dunham
Icing on the Cake Lula Lisbon
The Massage Lady Cheeky
Feast for the Senses Riley Shane
Squirt Evoë Thorne
Piano Man A. M. Hartnett
Out of Control Crystal Jordan
Tantric Home Dominic Santi
Queer for Mike Shane Allison
Meeting Cute Vanessa Madison
Cheryl Andreas Amsterdam
Beer and Orgasms Jeremy Edwards
Sullied Innocence Neve Black
The Rub Jon Fulton
The Park Elise Hepner
Coming Together: The Elusive Simultaneous Orgasm Jade Melisande
Meeting Myself Anya Levin
I Am Not Cruel J. Sinclaire
Cooling Agents Marina Saint
Seeing Is Believing Heidi Champa
The Velocity of Roaches Michael A. Gonzales
After the Funeral Jeanette Grey
There Sommer Marsden
Forced Orgasms Shoshanna Evers
Blue Jean Baby Eleanor Proctor
Learning Experience Kathleen Tudor
A Teachable Moment Walter Pratt
The Flogger Jade A. Waters
Book Lover Donna George Storey
Tied by Red Kay Jaybee
After Party Drew Griffiths
I’m on Fire Rachel Kramer Bussel
Should You Ever Be Allowed to Feel This Good? Lillian Ann Slugocki
The Final Challenge Heather Day

Orgasm Is Just the Beginning

As Barbara Carrellas writes, there are so many types of orgasms, more than any single book could cover, but within these pages, you will not only find numerous types of orgasms, as well as the varied characters who experience them, you will also discover different motivations for getting off. Some have a tried and true method, some are willing to take a chance on a new sexual practice—or partner. Some of these characters orgasm frequently; some are aching for the chance to share their body with another person. Some let their orgasms be controlled by a lover; some actively take control of their climaxes. “You amaze me,” the nameless protagonist of B.D. Swain’s opening story “The Beginning” proclaims. You—readers, authors, orgasmers—amaze me with your boundless sexual hunger and creativity. I’ve been writing and editing erotica for over a decade, but part of why it never gets old is because of the richness, diversity and nuance I find in the stories that come (no pun intended) my way. They fuel my own imagination and show me that I can always learn more about orgasm, about desire, about sex.

The format of 1,200 words or less means these are extremely short stories, but I hope you’ll find, like I did, that what they lack in length they make up for in hotness. As with my previous short-short anthology Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex, all the pieces you hold in your hand, even the shortest ones (“The Park,” by Elise Hepner, clocks in at 249 words; “Her Lover Is a Flame,” by Cecilia Tan, at 308) offer a snapshot of eroticism that draws you completely into its folds. You might consider each one a teaser, an appetizer, the beginning of a fantasy world you can place yourself into and choose your own orgasmic adventure as you consider where the story might go after the last word printed on the page. Sometimes less is more, and if these stories leave you wanting to see them continued, that’s a good thing. They are, like the narrative in Swain’s opener states, “just the beginning.” Very likely you’ll find a type of orgasm, a sex toy, a scenario, a position, or a fantasy you’d like to see represented here that may not be. If so, please write yours and continue the conversation. If your orgasm doesn’t look or feel the way these characters’ climaxes do, that’s perfectly okay. I want to see us expand the possibilities for pleasure, orgasmic and otherwise, not add to the umpteen ways we’re told we “should” orgasm or have sex. Just as a physical orgasm, however you define or experience that sensation, doesn’t define the end of a sexual encounter, a literary orgasm should not mean you are done interacting with the story. I’ve re-read these pieces, and the numerous submissions I received for this book, multiple times, and each read offers me something new to consider. I envision The Big Book of Orgasm as one you’ll want to revisit, to pick up and read aloud from your favorites to a lover, to keep next to your bed, to tuck into your travel bag.

I’m especially pleased to be publishing so many authors in this collection for the first time in one of my anthologies. There is a power and depth to these voices that I hope resonates with you.

Rachel Kramer Bussel
New York City

I hope that at the very least made you curious about all those orgasms! Go ahead, check it out while it's on sale:

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