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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The money shot of the Publishers Weekly erotica article

I'm thrilled to be quoted in Publishers Weekly's big article "Erotica--Fanning the Flames" and mentioned a few times (I also have a story in the 2011 Seal Press anthology Nice Girls, Naughty Sex) but what I Thought was the money shot, as an editor concerned about the bottom line, was:

And while short stories have been a popular form of erotica for years, it's these very-short-shorts (anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand words) that are gaining ground. Cleis Press publisher Brenda Knight, who calls them "erotica for the ADD generation," says she first noticed the trend when Alison Tyler's Frenzy: 60 Stories of Sudden Sex (2008) sold 500 copies a week for a steady six months. Last month, during Cleis's Naked Reader Book Club—held online and in partnership with sex toys retailer—readers were unequivocal in their appreciation for the short-short story. (Also, last month Cleis published Alison Tyler's follow-up quickie collection, Got a Minute? 60 Second Erotica.)

In March 2011, Cleis will release The Big Book of Quickies, edited by popular erotica editor (and author) Rachel Kramer Bussel, who says she received more submissions for this title than for any previous anthology: "I got a huge range of styles and perspectives." Writers may have been empowered by the 1,200-word limit, she muses, although she believes that condensing an erotic story into so few sentences is actually more challenging.

If any of my books sold even 250 books a week, my finances would be very, very different, is all I can say. Gonna put a lot of effort and cash into pimping out The Big Book of Quickies next year as a Valentine's Day book and, well, a boo kof 69 short stories, about 45 more than I usually publish.

In the meantime, the paparazzi are lined up for August 19th's Summer Sex/Sex on the Beach Night at In The Flesh Reading Series and we're giving away waterproof vibrators from EdenFantasys! Dress up and join us!

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