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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Prime Day erotica ebook deal: Get 30% of your purchase price back as credit

So as I'm sure you've heard, today, July 17, is Prime Day at Amazon. For ebooks, including erotica anthology ebooks, they are offering this deal: "Prime Day Promo: Prime members get 30% of the purchase price as credit toward their next Kindle eBook. Only valid on the first eligible purchase. A confirmation email will be sent once the credit has been applied." So if you're been wanting to snap up some erotica, today's a great day to make a purchase! I'm not sure if Prime Day is happening outside the U.S. but these link work in all countries with Amazon stores.

My recommendations:

The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories

Orgasmic: Erotica for Women

Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 2

Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 1

Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 3

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Bondage erotica call for submissions EXTENDED!

Good news to those who'd wanted to submit a story to my Cleis Press anthology Best Bondage Erotica of the Year, Volume 1 but didn't have time. I'm extending the deadline to August 15, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST. So you have over a month to send me your sexiest and most creative bondage story. All the details are below and if you have any questions, email them to bestbondageseries at gmail dot com and I'll get right back to you. My best advice is to send me something totally dazzling that I can't stop reading from first sentence to last, follow the guidelines exactly and thoroughly proofread your story and bio so that they're in perfect and publishable form.

I’m extending the short story call for submissions for Best Bondage Erotica of the Year, Volume 1, with a few additions. If you’ve already submitted, your story is still being considered and you’ll still hear back from me by August 1, 2019, per your confirmation email.

I’ll consider all original bondage erotica stories meeting the guidelines below, but what I’d especially like to see for this second round of submissions are stories which incorporating one or more of these elements:

Sexy stories with an engaging beginning, middle and end where bondage is a part of the story, but the plot doesn’t revolve around bondage
Stories featuring established or long-term couples or multi-partner relationships
Stories about people who regularly engage in bondage
Stories featuring different types of bondage specific furniture
Stories featuring unusual or unofficial bondage items (items besides bondage rope, bondage tape, handcuffs, etc.)
Stories involving specific bondage types/positions (such as shibari, spreadeagle, rope harness, etc.)
Stories in a wide range of settings, especially ones readers wouldn’t expect bondage to take place in
Stories with playful motivations for bondage
Stories involving both bondage and sex toys
Stories from the point of view of characters of color (ownvoices stories get top priority)
Stories from the point of view of characters ages 50+
Stories set outside the United States, especially that explore a specific culture
Stories that approach the meaning of bondage in new ways

The more unique your story is in all aspects (setting, plot, characters, motivations, language), the more likely it is to be accepted.

Call for Submissions
Best Bondage Erotica of the Year, Volume 1
Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
To be published by Cleis Press in late 2019
Deadline: August 15, 2018, 11:59 pm EST

For Best Bondage Erotica of the Year, Volume 1, Rachel Kramer Bussel is looking for your hottest, most creative unpublished 2,000-4,000 word bondage erotica stories (no poetry). Word count covers the text of the story, excluding title, byline and bio. This anthology will include characters of different races, ages, backgrounds and bondage experience levels, plus a wide range of motivations, techniques, implements, and scenarios engaging in a bondage or restraint scenario at some point in the story. I want characters ranging from newbies to seasoned bondage players and everything in between. I want first person, second person and third person stories. I want bondage in bedrooms, at play parties, at offices, in public, in secret. Bondage should be a central focus of the erotic element of the story but the plot does not have to hinge on bondage. For an idea of the types of stories I prefer, see Best Bondage Erotica 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. While reading them is not required for submission to this anthology, I generally will not repeat highly specific bondage implements that appeared in any of those volumes. Stories that do not contain any form of bondage or restraint will not be considered.

The final book will include stories focused on both the physical and mental aspects of bondage. Bondage plus other elements of BDSM or sexual activity is welcome (spanking, tickling, exhibitionism, voyeurism, intercourse, oral sex, teasing, etc.). The more creative the bondage, the better, but any type of bondage will work as long as the story is arousing and draws me in from the first word and keeps me riveted. The main reason I reject stories for a themed anthology is that tales are too similar to each other, so avoid clichéd plotlines and dialogue. Authors I've never published before are especially encouraged to submit to this anthology. Characters of all genders/sexual orientations welcome. No poetry. All characters must be over 18 for the entirety of the story.

No incest or bestiality. Note that I won't be able to give final answers to submissions until August 1, 2019. If you need a response sooner, please do not submit to this anthology.
All stories should have a compelling beginning, middle and end. Make every word count and advance the story you want to tell. Consider each sentence and as: Does it serve a purpose? Is it advancing your story? If not, cut it. Make me care about your characters and get invested in their passions. Please see Best Bondage Erotica 2011-2015 for examples of the types of stories I've published.

Only unpublished stories will be accepted; this means no part of the story can have been published or posted previously anywhere, in print, online, in apps, on blogs, on bulletin boards or private groups, in newsletters, via email or anywhere else and cannot be published or posted in any form prior to the book's publication in late 2019.

Rights (see below): non-exclusive right to publish your story in this anthology in print, ebook, and audiobook form. Authors will retain copyright to their stories. See contract terms below. If you cannot agree to these contract terms, do not submit work to this anthology.

ONLY SUBMIT ONE FINAL, THOROUGHLY PROOFREAD, GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT VERSION OF EACH STORY. Since I will be reading and considering stories as they come in, only the initial story submission will be considered; subsequent versions of the same story will NOT be considered, so please keep this in mind and make sure the submission you send contains exactly the story title, author name and text you would like to see published in the book. If I am interested in a revised version of your story, I will contact you.

How to submit: I will consider a maximum of two stories per author. Submit each story as a separate attachment using an email address that you check regularly. Submit only 2,000-4,000 original, unpublished stories that are not being considered elsewhere. Stories under 2,000 words or over 4,000 words will be automatically rejected. I want only original work that has never been published in whole or in part in any format, including online, apps, blogs, newsletters, social media, print or any other outlet. Must use U.S. spelling and grammar (double curly/smart [NOT straight] quotation marks around dialogue, etc.). Submit to bestbondageseries@gmail.com by attaching a Word .doc or .docx file, double spaced, Times New Roman Black font and titled BBE1 LastName StoryTitle (LastName=last name of your author name/name you want published). At the top of the first page, include legal name, pseudonym (if applicable), mailing address, phone number (only to be used for urgent communication about your story). You must include your 50 word-or-under third person professional biography either on the first page of your story or in the body of your email. This must be the exact bio you'd want published in the book. URLs in bios should be listed in the first sentence in this format only:

Rachel Kramer Bussel (rachelkramerbussel.com) writes fiction and non-fiction.

All stories must have a title and author name included at the top of the first page with the submission (no untitled stories). Indent half an inch at the start of each paragraph. Use only double spacing for the entire file; do not add extra lines between paragraphs or use any other irregular spacing. If you cannot use Word, submit as both an RTF and include the full submission in the body of an email, including title, story text, bio, name and pseudonym (if applicable), mailing address and phone number. MAKE SURE TO THOROUGHLY PROOFREAD YOUR STORY BEFORE SUBMITTING IT. All stories that are between 2,000-4,000 words and submitted by August 15, 2018 will be considered.

I will confirm that I have received your submission within one week. I will respond to all submissions by August 1, 2019 at the latest. If you have not heard back from me by August 1, 2019 feel free to follow up at that time.

Payment: $75 and 2 copies of the book on publication. Payment will be made only via Paypal (strongly preferred) or U.S check (only for U.S. addresses).

Questions: bestbondageseries@gmail.com (make sure to read the guidelines in full before sending questions) These will be the non-negotiable contract terms. If you are unwilling to sign this contract, DO NOT submit to this anthology.

The parties agree as follows:

I. GRANT OF RIGHTS

Author hereby grants Editor, during the first term of the United States copyright, and any renewals thereof, in the "Work":
a. The non-exclusive right to "publish" (i.e. print, publish, and sell) the Work as part of the Book in printed and digital form in English in the United States and its territories; and
b. The non-exclusive right to "publish" and license the Work as part of the Book in printed and digital form in English in other countries; and
c. The non-exclusive right to publish and license the Work as part of the Book in printed and digital form in English and the right to license, translate and publish the Work as part of the Book in printed and digital form in languages other than English in all countries; and
d. The following non-exclusive subsidiary rights to license and publish the Work as part of the Book in the United States and all foreign countries, to wit: anthologies, magazines, book club editions and reprints; Braille editions; audio, computer disk, all electronic/cyber rights, CD-ROM and microfiche editions; and television productions (including network TV, cable, and pay TV); and
e. The non-exclusive right to excerpt from the Work in non-book printed materials issued by the Publisher and/or its licensee for the sole purpose of promoting the Work, including, but not limited to, bookmarks, post cards, buttons, and t-shirts; and
f. The non-exclusive subsidiary right, for promotional purposes, to serialize the Work in periodicals, newspapers, and magazines.
II. ACCEPTANCE OF MANUSCRIPTS AND CHANGES
a. Editorial revisions to the Work may be made at the suggestion of the Editor and/or Publisher. The title may be changed only by mutual consent of the Author, Editor and Publisher. Editor has final say on the substantive content of the Work.
b. The completed manuscript shall be deemed satisfactory in content to the Editor and Publisher unless within ninety (90) days of its receipt, Publisher or Editor gives Author written notice of the respects in which the manuscript is unsatisfactory. Author shall have thirty (30) days from receipt of that notice to make and submit such changes. c. Editor reserves the right to choose not to include the Work in the Book, if Publisher declines to accept it, or for any other justifiable reason. In such event, this Agreement is null and void; all rights revert to Author, and Editor does not owe Author payment.
III. WARRANTIES AND INDEMNITIES
a. Author represents and warrants that she now owns all rights granted hereunder, free of liens or encumbrances, and has full power and authority to execute this Agreement; and further warrants that the Work is original with her and not in the public domain. Author will give formal written notice of any previous publication of the Work upon presentation of the final manuscript, including editorial addresses of periodicals and/or publishers.
b. Author further represents and warrants that the Work does not infringe statutory copyrights or common law literary rights of others, and does not violate the rights of privacy of, or libel, other persons.
c. Author agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Editor and the Publisher, and the publishing of any reprint or book club edition of the Work licensed by the Publisher, pursuant to the Agreement, against any final judgment for damages (after all appeals have been taken) against them in any action arising out of facts which constitute a breach of the foregoing warranties together with reasonable costs and attorney's fees incurred by them in defending such an action in which such judgment is recovered.
V. COPYRIGHT
Author shall retain copyright of the Work.
VI. PAYMENT Author shall receive $75 to be paid by Editor via
Paypal or U.S. check within 90 days of publication of the Book.
VII. AUTHOR'S COPIES
Publisher will give to Author two (2) free copies of the Anthology.
IX. SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS
This Agreement shall be binding on the parties and her respective heirs, administrators, successors and assigns.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

I need LOTS more bondage erotica for my new anthology

I almost titled this post, "Where has all the bondage erotica gone?" because save for a handful of short story submissions, the inbox for my Cleis Press anthology Best Bondage Erotica of the Year, Volume 1 call has been quite empty. I'm offering $75 and two copies of the book. The deadline to submit is coming up this Sunday, July 1, 2018. It could be that it's the summer and people are busy or it could be I've failed in my job as an editor to spread the word to enough writing communities. While that's bad news for me as I struggle not to bite my nails over this situation, it's good news for anyone submitting because your chances go way up when I have fewer submissions to choose from. Yes, I could always extend the call if I don't have the stories I need by July 2, but that feels like admitting editorial defeat and is something I avoid if I can help it. If you know of any websites, groups, mailing lists, etc., that might have writers of bondage stories, feel free to pass it on or let me know at bestbondageseries at gmail.com where to submit this call (or the next one, should I get asked to edit another volume).

I'm especially looking for submissions that surprise me with their plotlines and creative types of bondage, stories that feature people of color and stories by authors I've never worked with before, but I'm open to any and all unpublished stories that meet the writing guidelines. So if you know anyone who has a bondage story they've been wanting to get published or can write one in the next few days, please pass along the call for submissions. This graphic is just a way to get people's attention, not a suggestion of the types of bondage I want for this book. Instead, I want people of all genders restrained. I want mental and physical bondage. I want newbies and very experienced bondage players and everything in between. Maybe I'm worrying for nothing that there will be a big influx of submissions over the weekend, but if not, I wanted to spread the word to anyone who might have missed this call or perhaps seeing this post sparks a story idea.

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And then August 1, 2018 is the Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5 call for submissions deadline. Looking forward to reading all your stories!

If you're wondering why it takes so long to hear back, see my Medium post about the timing. In my forties, I'm trying to work smarter so that I can create better books with less stress and fewer errors. Hence, instead of setting the deadline in October or November, which would give me very minimal time to actually edit and select pieces, I've made these deadlines so I can give my copyeditor more time, consult with authors in case I have revisions, and have a manuscript in to my publisher well before they need catalog copy (the blurb you see on the back cover of the book that's also listed in a publisher's catalog and disseminated to retailers 8-12 months in advance of the book release).

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Pride month newsletter giveaway: Win Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women's Erotica

If you're not a subscriber to my newsletter or missed the June one, read it here for some of the highlights of my trip to Berlin, my two anthology calls with fast-approaching deadlines and other news (though the ebook sales mentioned there have now ended. At the bottom there's a subscriber only Pride Month giveaway of 5 signed copies my Cleis Press anthology Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women's Erotica!

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If you're not subscribed yet, take a moment to get on the list at left or by visiting rachelkramerbussel.com and then enter by Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST. I always check and often notice entries from non-subscribers, which I can't select as winners, so please note that and also fill in your complete mailing address, because I also often have to discard winners who haven't filled out the full form (meaning I can't send just to 123 Main Street, I need a city, state, zip code and country if you're not in the U.S.). I'll be sending books out on Friday morning! And each month I offer subscriber only giveaways. Once again, in case you missed it, here's my June newsletter with a giveaway for subscribers at the end. And as always, if you want to help keep me in the business of editing anthologies, your reviews of my books are always appreciated anywhere and everywhere (especially on blogs, social media, Amazon, Goodreads, Bn.com, Bookbub, etc.).

And if you want to check out this hot book of bisexual erotica right now, here's more information about the book, which you can buy from the following sources:

Amazon print (all countries)

Bn.com print (U.S.)

Kindle (all countries)

Nook

Google Play

iBooks

Kobo

Audible audiobook (click for free sample)
Come One, Come All

For Rachel Kramer Bussel, bisexuality is not about keeping your options open; instead it's about looking at the world and seeing a lot more sexy out there. This big book of bi explores it all--there are girlfriends and wives, husbands and boyfriends, first dates, threesomes and much more.

Daring and adventurous, the women in these stories take risks by stepping outside their comfort zones, whether by surrendering to a bodyguard in "The State," by Tahir Iqbal, or confronting "The Wife" of a male lover, only to be confronted right back in Kay Jaybee's story. These provocative characters find themselves attracted to other strong women, like "The Robber Girl" in Lori Selke's story, and to men with an unpredictable approach to seduction, like in Bussel's own "A Little Fun."

Rachel Kramer Bussel says herself, "We may think we know what we want, only to keep on surprising ourselves just when we think we have it all figured out. We are open to a wide range of sexual possibilities, whether they exist in our heads or beyond." Whatever you're looking for, you'll find it in Twice the Pleasure.
(Pardon the clunky description; I now write my own book copy and while it's not perfect, I'm far more aware of the power of this copy to make or break a book than I was back when this title was released, plus I'd never even heard of keywords back then. One thing I value about the many chances I've been given by this industry is the ability to keep growing and learning and hopefully, improving my work as an editor along with my book sales. I never take it for granted and always edit each anthology like it'll be my last, because it very well could be. A story for another day, or hopefully, never, since I'd love to keep editing anthologies for the rest of my life, but just something I wanted to note. I often cringe when I look at my old writing and sometimes at the writing on my books, but they are, for the most part, still for sale and for that I'm very grateful.)

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Flash erotica sales this week - ending today and Sunday!

Quick timely news about two erotica flash sales this week: Candy Lovers: Sugar Erotica is on sale for Kindle for $1.99 through today, Wednesday, June 20! I think that other countries have a lowered price too but I'm not sure. It's my welcome home from Berlin sale. As you can see from the image below, it was originally going to end Monday, but I extended it. Gobble up these 35 sexy stories of food play and oral pleasure, among other delights. And Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 3 is on sale at U.S. ebook retailers for $1.99 through Sunday, June 24. Hope you enjoy these sexy books!

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Buy Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 3 for $1.99 until Sunday, June 24 for:

Kindle

Nook

Google Play

iBooks

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Thursday, June 07, 2018

Join me for amazing theater in Princeton, NJ July 19-21

It's that time of year again, when my boyfriend's production company Chimera Productions puts on an amazing play in Princeton, New Jersey. The first show is in six weeks! This year it's July 19-21 and the play is The Other Place by Sharr White. More info below. You can get donate ($10 gets you a program thank you!) or get preferred seating tickets at IndieGogo through July 14, or get tickets at the door for $15. I'll be there every night!

July 19, 20, 21, 8 pm (doors at 7:30 pm)
Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ, 08542, 609-924-8777

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The Other Place by Sharr White is a sharp-tongued, fast-paced, witty, powerhouse of a drama — one perfectly suited for Chimera Productions’ 13th season. Juliana is an accomplished scientist on the precipice of a revolutionary discovery that could help thousands of people and make her very wealthy. She is also contemplating divorce, trying to connect with her estranged daughter Laurel (who ran off with Juliana’s doctoral assistant), and desperate to make it through this last big pitch to her restless investors. It might all work out if she can just manage to focus on the next slide.

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Monday, June 04, 2018

My CNN essay about why Bill Clinton owes Monica Lewinsky a personal apology

For CNN, I wrote about why Bill Clinton owes Monica Lewinsky an apology, and offer one of my own.

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Jade A. Waters guest post on erotic poetry

Here's a guest post from Jade A. Waters about her new ebook and audiobook of erotic poetry, A Love Story, from A to Z. Head on over to Audible to listen to a free sample read by Jade herself. You can also visit her on Soundcloud to get a behind the scenes look at her recording process.

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Narrative In Verse—And In Audio!
An Audio Excerpt of A Love Affair, From A to Z


Poetry, poetry, poetry—it’s always got a rhythm to it, whether it be on the page or read aloud.

That’s why A Love Affair, From A to Z was such an exciting experience for me. Back in April of 2017, I jumped on board the A to Z Blogging Challenge, in which participants write a blog post each day for the month that corresponds to the letter of the day. But I decided I needed to put a spin on it, linking each daily poem through a narrative love story, then posting it in serial, episodic form. It was a challenge, to say the least; but when it was all done, I knew I needed to do more with it. For me, this couple’s bittersweet journey wasn’t done.

Enter my love of acting, speaking, and reading aloud—and some work with the fabulous Rose Caraway of Stupid Fish Productions on a couple forthcoming anthologies, as well as a few reading opportunities with the amazing Rachel Kramer Bussel—and all of a sudden, narration struck me as the way to go. Reading this story in verse into a microphone, then learning how to sound edit to fit not only the tempo and rhythm of the poem, but the requirements of human hearing via audiobook, was definitely an experience…one I loved every second of, and that I’m delighted to have reach your ears!

So, I’m honored to be visiting my very first editor, Ms. Bussel herself, who brought me into this wonderful writing world back in 2013 with her publication of “The Flogger” in The Big Book of Orgasms…and to now get to share an audio sample of A Love Affair, From A to Z with you. This short collection is available in audiobook and ebook, but I hope you enjoy the starter sample here!

An Audio Excerpt of A Love Affair, From A To Z
Written and Narrated by Jade A. Waters

Always

“Always,”
He tells her,
“Always I will be here, love you, hold you close”
The words are a melody in her ear
The antidote to all she’s known,
The graze of his fingers over her lips
The sweetest touch
She’s been waiting for.
“Always,” she whispers back,
Her heart perched on the edge,
Waiting for him to grasp it
To clutch it close,
To honor it as deeply
As the two of them fall
Into the spell that’s lingered between them
All these hours over drinks,
All these nights they’ve been pretending
All these years they’ve been waiting,
Waiting for this.


Beautiful

Beautiful is how she sees it
How she’s known this, him
The silent love they’ve shared
Is the perfect bar crawl
On the longest evening
Repeated, over and over again.
The laugh that echoes between them
Is the song for all they have yet to say,
So when they begin to crash together
To melt, colliding
Into this love like they’d always known they would,
His lips on hers are honey
His breath in her ear like a rainstorm
Prickling her skin, teasing her lashes
Wrapping her up in the sanctity of what they will be.
His palms slip along the flesh of her back
Her neck, her hips, her thighs
And she is naked now, finally, for him.

Cascading

Cascading
She calls it—
Like the waterfall of love they’ve tried to hold back
With the world’s strongest dam is now
Tumbling, rippling, rolling,
A surge of lust and waves
Capturing them, sweeping them away
Beneath the fiercest moonlight she’s ever seen.
It’s brighter than every moonlight that’s ever shined above them
Waiting for this moment
Like they have all these years.
It’s so different from what they’d expected—
“Our first time wasn’t supposed to be like this,” he says,
And she smiles at the love, at the dreams he’s had as crystal clear as she has
When they slip closer together,
Leather scraping her knees in the back seat of his car
While they kiss so deep
Bodies pressed
Finding each other, again
Finally
Tonight.


Days

Days pass by
And there is nothing but joy, pure joy
The two of them twining together
Like destiny has led them here, a silent spark
Anticipating the moment they’ll catch on, too.
His fingers stroke through her hair,
His lips taste her skin
“I love you, I love this, how is it so perfect?” he asks.
She knows, because she always has—
So she curls him closer
As she takes him in, licks at his ear to make him laugh,
Says, “Because we were meant to be,”
And he stares at her when he plunges inside
Nodding with her
Knowing her, agreeing again and again.
They begin to move like
Their bodies have been ready
For the shifts between them, the unstoppable glow
Filling their cheeks
Forever.


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About Jade:
Jade A. Waters is a fiction writer, poetess, and voice over artist in California. She is the author and narrator of A Love Affair, From A to Z, and the author of the Lessons In Control trilogy. Her short erotic fiction and poetry has been featured in publications by Cleis Press, Coming Together, Fuse Literary, Cosmopolitan UK, and Stupid Fish Productions, including Best Women's Erotica of the Year (Vol. 1), Best Erotic Romance of the Year, and Best Women's Erotica 2014. Her stories have also been narrated on The Kiss Me Quick’s Erotica Podcast. Find out more about Jade on her website at http://jadeawaters.com, or visit her on Twitter and Amazon.

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The Frisky archives got deleted and I have mixed feelings

At Medium, I wrote about The Frisky archives getting deleted and my mixed feelings over having some of my most memorable essays (sex with a Top Chef contestant, if you recall) deleted. Researching this essay took me back to every time I sold a piece to The Frisky and was so thrilled. If you like it, please share, clap (hold down the hands button 1-50 times) and follow me on Medium, where I'm aiming to post 30 times in June. You can find me posting more frequently on Twitter (my favorite even if social media professionals tell me it's "dead"), Facebook and Instagram (and do follow the Best Women's Erotica Instagram too).

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Also, in my early morning haste, I've now made this blog a mess. My apologies to anyone reading it on the blog page. I'm working on getting the layout fixed but also getting ready for my Berlin trip so it may look like this for a bit longer. Sorry!

If this month, and all my years of self-employment, have taught me anything it's that I have to prioritize. I'm still dreadful at that, but I'm trying, so since this blog isn't income-generating, it can't be my top priority, but I haven't given up on it. It's often the seemingly small tasks that I think will take five or ten minutes that spread into a half hour or hour and eat up my writing time, so I do my best to balance it all and focus on being the best businesswoman I can first and foremost, because without income, I...well, I would be in a very dire situation. So it's business first, all secondary things second. It took me so long to think of myself as a businesswoman, but last month I had a call to discuss a large branded content project and it reminded me that no, I didn't graduate law school and I don't wear suits and I constantly feel behind and stressed out (working on that too) and I ruined my blog code at five a.m., but I'm still respected enough in my field that people contact me about professional opportunities. That's a tradeoff I'm happy to make.

Speaking of priorities, one of mine that I developed at Alt Summit is finally getting my website revised. I'll be switching to Squarespace and am getting the copy ready for my web designer this week. I've got several fun writing and teaching projects in the works that I will share soon, but first I'm aiming to sell out my Berlin erotica writing workshop. Everything else happens after that.

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