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Friday, December 13, 2019

4 sexy Best Women's Erotica of the Year giveaways - act fast!

My anthology of 21 brand new OUTRAGEOUS sexy adult storeis, Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5, came out this week from Cleis Press in print and ebook. I've been busy promoting it all over and will do a full recap next week, but wanted to let you know about four giveaways going on, the first three of which end today. Entry details at links below!

Win Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5 on any blog tour stop (Deadline: December 13, 2019)

Win Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5 on any Instagram tour stop(Deadline: December 13, 2019)

Win Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5 from Sierra Simone on Instagram (Deadline: December 13, 2019)

Win 5 books by Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5 authors from me, for newsletter subscribers only (Deadline: December 18, 2019)
To enter, reply to my latest newsletter, sent December 12; if you're not on my mailing list, subscribe here and be on the lookout for my January subscriber only giveaway

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Sunday, December 01, 2019

Win Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5 on the blog and Instagram tours!

It's December, which means book release month! I got my copies of Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5 in the mail recently and it's GORGEOUS! Available wherever you buy books on Tuesday, December 10, in print and ebook, with the audiobook narrated by Rose Caraway coming soon.


I'll be doing live events Sunday, January 19 at 3 pm in Brooklyn at Stoya's Book Club Sex Lit (tickets available soon at that link!) and free bookstore readings Thursday, February 13 at 7 pm in Chicago at Women and Children First and Friday, February 14 at 7:30 pm is our big Valentine's Day reading in Los Angeles at Skylight Books! You also have until Wednesday, December 4 to win a copy at Goodreads if you're in the U.S. or Canada.

A Novel Take PR has organized a blogger book tour and an Instagram book tour, each happening December 2-13, with a chance to win a copy through each one!

Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5 blog tour and giveaway (see individual links or below to enter to win)

December 2 Life Books & Loves
December 2 Mirrigold
December 3 Agents of Romance
December 3 LESBIreviewed
December 4 KayBee's Bookshelf
December 4 Phoebe's Rainbow World
December 5 Erotica for All
December 5 Books, Tattoos & Tea
December 6 Broome's Books
December 6 MI Bookshelf
December 7 Love Bytes
December 9 Rubi's Bookshelf
December 9 Real Talk Book Talk
December 10 Living My Best Book Life
December 10 Adventures in Literature
December 11 Mile High KINK Book Club
December 11 Momma Says to Read or Not to Read
December 12 Bayou Book Junkie
December 13 The Quille and Lampe

Win one of 3 physical copies of Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5!

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Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5 Instagram tour and giveaway - see image for tour stops and follow bestwomenserotica and anoveltakepr and the hashtag #BestWomensErotica


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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

2019 Bad Sex in Fiction Awards nominees

Find out who the 2019 Bad Sex in Fiction Awards nominees are in my latest article (hint Elizabeth Gilbert's novel City of Girls is one of them), and read excerpts!

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

New essay on bingo, debt, finances, freelancing and anxiety

I'm very happy that my essay on why spending $2,000 playing bingo was totally worth it is up now at The Goods in their Best Money I Ever Spent series. It covers my pretty much nonstop anxiety, debt, personal finance, freelance and how bingo plays a role in all of those.

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Firstly, I love The Goods and read it every day. Their reporting is super smart and interesting. Secondly, this series has been wonderful, whether it's about a US work visa, the TSA or a rose gold trash can or a vibrator. It's a delight because we all spend money, but we do so differently. I also wrote for The Goods earlier this year about bookstore crawls and Independent Bookstore Day.

I'm also honored that my essay got a custom illustration! Click here to see it. I think that's a career first. Yes, I know: Anyone who plays bingo will easily see that the numbers allocated under B-I-N-G-O are not all accurate to the game. But that's okay. If it gets people to read it, I'm all for it (I didn't see the illustration until the article when live this morning).

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Monday, November 18, 2019

How to quit your business or side hustle

I'm very proud of my first article for The Riveter on how to quit your business or side hustle. I was inspired by my own side hustles, Cupcakes Take the Cake and In The Flesh, which I was involved in for 10 and 5 years, respectively. I hope it will be helpful to some of you, or to people you may know. I learned and relearned a lot of things while working on this, most of which boil down to that there's no shame in ending a project you love or once loved but that's no longer working for your life or business. I interviewed the former owner of New York City bakery/restaurant Sweet Revenge, a woman who quit being a face painter, and the author of a book about women and careers. Check it out!

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Friday, November 15, 2019

How to get a literary agent for your nonfiction book

If you write memoir or other nonfiction, I think you'll appreciate my interview with literary agent Iris Blasi of Carol Mann Agency, and part two focused on memoir specifically. Each part links to the other so you don't have to worry about missing any of it. While she delves deep into exactly the types of books she is and isn't looking for, and how authors can position themselves to get signed by a literary agent, I think much of what she says could be applicable to other agents, in my layperson opinion. This is my first two-parter for, which I did for length.

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And please follow me on Twitter or Forbes, because I have agent and editor interviews coming up and all sorts of interesting bookish content. October marked 12 months for me of having books as my beat there, which means a total of 84 articles. I'm so proud and excited to get to focus on one of my favorite subjects, and branch out for other publications, like my article on why book subtitles are so long for Washington Post Book World and curse word book titles for MEL Magazine. There's more book pieces coming soon too!

NOTE: I am NOT a literary agent or in any way employed in the publishing industry. The last time I wrote about how to get a cookbook literary agent and get your cookbook published I received many emails asking me what cookbook authors should do. The point of these articles is: I don't know so I'm asking the source! That's what I recommend you do: read the guidelines of the agency, submit accordingly, ask questions if they aren't answered on the site. But I'm not some magical publishing genie who has the answers, nor am I someone who can afford the time to dole out free advice.

In the erotica and sexuality nonfiction realm, I do consult with authors and offer professional manuscript critiques based on my work as a writer and editor, and can help with writing book proposals, market research, and advise on social media, author branding, getting articles and essays published to bolster your platform, etc. My consulting rates are going up January 1, 2020, though you can book me in 2019 at this year's rates for services to be completed in 2020. There's more information about what I do here and student and client testimonials here. I have room for one more client in December, and then any other work would have to be done in January.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

My birthday and my new erotica book giveaway

Over the weekend I saw Elton John in concert, explored Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square and ate delicious meals at Zama (some of the best sushi I've ever had) and V Street, a vegan (aka plant-based) restaurant, acquired a shift dress and sweater dress at Madewell, bought mushrooms and English muffin/bagel hybrids (the Philly muffin) from Philly Bread at the farmers market, and turned 44. Here's me in my new sweater dress, which pretty much feels like wearing a stylish blanket and is going to be perfect for the coldest of winter days:


It was a busy, happy and sad weekend all rolled into one and I'm so happy I got to spend it with my boyfriend. My birthday was on Sunday, November 10, which also marked one month until the release of my new anthology, the outrageous-themed Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5, which recently got a wonderful review in one of the top trade publications, Publishers Weekly.


I've been working on this book for over a year, and am actually finalizing my draft of the Volume 6 manuscript now (if you're waiting to hear back, you will as soon as I can get you an answer), so it's thrilling that it will finally be in bookstores very soon. I'm also gearing up for the sexy 2020 book tour, which is taking me to Brooklyn January 19 for Stoya's Book Club Sex Lit (tickets will be on sale later this month), and weather permitting to Chicago February 13 for an amazing lineup at feminist bookstore Women and Children First, then to LA for a Valentine's Day reading at Skylight Books. I'll even have an entourage! Authors Jayne Renault and Lauren Emily are joining me in both Chicago and LA. We're all traveling together to LA and I can't wait to catch up with them in person.

My copies should arrive this week, and then I'll be sending them to the contributors and my new street team and some to the wonderful Rose Caraway, who's narrating the audiobook and will do a giveaway. Speaking of giveaways, I'm doing one more over at Goodreads to win one of 10 SIGNED COPIES of the final book. That giveaway runs through December 4 and is open to U.S. and Canadian addresses. If you want my monthly giveaways that are open to everyone, subscribe to my newsletter. The new one is going out this week, probably tomorrow (Wednesday). And follow bestwomenserotica on Instagram because there will be lots of giveaways there, plus sneak peeks of the book and other fun stuff. Speaking of sneak peeks, there's a cupcake bakery erotica story titled "Frosting" by Kathleen Delaney-Adams in Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 5 that's VERY kinky. Here's a little teaser from it, and you can catch Kathleen live February 13 with me in Chicago.

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