I'm gearing up for a busy start to 2017, and hope you can either attend one of my events or pass on the info to your friends in those areas. Barring some unexpected opportunity, these will be my only events until 2018, as I embrace my words of the year: nest and save. Yes, gallivanting about on a book tour is the opposite of nesting and saving, but it's part of my value system when it comes to doing everything I can for my Best Women's Erotica of the Year series and my hope is that it helps boost the visibility of my books and keeps them in stock (and maybe encourages stores that don't carry any erotica to do so).
I believe it's worth it, not necessarily in dollars (I will lose money between missing work/lost wages during the days I'm traveling, travel costs for myself and paying authors who are traveling to readings, buying and mailing book postcards to send to stores, etc.), but to show the universe that I'm willing to invest in myself and this new book, and to support independent bookstores and sex toy stores and to give my authors what I believe they deserve: a live audience. It's one of the umpteen calculations I do in terms of what's worthwhile/what's wasteful in the seemingly endless land of book promotion. I also on a personal level love getting to meet my authors in person, because even when I interview them and hear the origins of their incredible stories, for me, nothing beats hearing them read their work live in a room with an audience hungry for those words. I feel proud that stores that don't often (or maybe ever) hold erotica events are doing so because I was proactive and asked. That's something I'm willing to spend my money on, in the hopes that it will help both my book, and pave the way for future erotica events. Images for all the events are coming soon, so stay tuned to @bweoftheyear and our Facebook page and if you want to help support me/my books/these incredible independent stores, please spread the word! My website will be updated soon with all the info too.
I'm especially excited to teach at romance bookstore The Ripped Bodice, which has a whole erotica section you will not find at many (possibly any) other bookstores in this country. That class is already starting to sell and is limited to 20 people due to space so if you're thinking of taking it, I would sign up sooner rather than later. I'm also thrilled to be doing what I'm almost certain is my first reading in my home state of New Jersey. Yes, after all these years of events across the country and in Canada and the UK, I've never done an event in the state where I grew up and now live, so this Jersey girl is very excited to do an event a WORD in Jersey City, a town where I used to live (I have done events at the WORD in Greenpoint, Brooklyn).
This will be my final LitReactor class due to my new work schedule and will probably sell out as most others have, so if you're interested, I would sign up sooner rather than later. It's a wonderful class, especially if you take the time to devote yourself to it (I recommend setting aside at least five hours a week for homework assignments and critiques). In addition to the details listed on the site, the class also contains exclusive interviews I've conducted with publishers, editors, literary agents and authors, both self-published and traditionally published, and you can ask me anything that month about writing, publishing, social media for authors, etc. You retain access to the classroom materials forever so can log in and look at everything any time, but it works best if you keep up as the class is going on. I've loved teaching this class and my students have had great things to say about it. I will certainly mis teaching it but am honored to have gotten to work with so many students and can't wait to make this final class the very best one yet! You can also learn about the student writing success stories and why I encourage my students to submit their work. Those who take The Ripped Bodice or LitReactor classes will also be invited to join my private online group for erotica writing student alumni to keep in touch and share news/questions with me and fellow writers.
January 31, 2017, 7 pm Best Women's Erotica of the Year reading
Join Best Women's Erotica of the Year series editor Rachel Kramer Bussel for a rousing reading from Volumes 1 and 2, featuring Jocelyn Bringas, Melina Greenport and Jade A. Waters. Q&A and book signing to follow. Free. Wheelchair accessible.
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Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90027, 323-660-1175
February 9, 2017, 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, and 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.
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Sugar, 1001 W. 36th Street, Baltimore (Hampden), 410-467-2632
New York City
February 11, 2017, 7 pm
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. Wheelchair accessible. Free. Wheelchair accessible.
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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
Jersey City, NJ
February 13, 2017, 6:30 pm
Join editor Rachel Kramer Bussel and Best Women's Erotica of the Year, 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.
WORD, 123 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07302, 201-763-6611
Erotica writing workshops
Culver City, CA
January 29, 4-6 pm
Erotica Writing 101 live workshop
Rachel Kramer Bussel, professional erotica author and editor of over 60 erotica anthologies, including Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volumes 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.
Rachel has been writing erotica for 17 years. Her books have won 8 IPPY (Independent Publisher) Awards, and she has been quoted about erotica everywhere from The Wall Street Journal to The Globe and Mail and Glamour.com. Her own erotic stories have been published in over 100 anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006 and Zane's bestselling anthologies Succulent: Chocolate Flava II and Purple Panties. She's taught erotica writing workshops across the U.S. and online at LitReactor.
About the venue: The Ripped Bodice is the only exclusively romance bookstore in the United States. The mission behind the store is simple: women should profit from their creative output. We feature as diverse a selection of romance as we can get our hands on, as well as jewelry, stationery and beauty products.
The Ripped Bodice, 3806 Main Street Culver City, CA
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February 7-March 7 my final LitReactor Between the Sheets erotica writing class
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.