Below is the cover of my new anthology of BDSM erotica, Dirty Dates: Erotic Fantasies for Couples. The pub date is November 10th, 2015...which is also my 40th birthday! To celebrate both of these occasions, I'm having bloggers share the cover and news of the book's release on November 10th.
Where do you come in? If you're a blogger and would like a copy of the book and to be part of the release day launch, just enter your contact information on this form I made by October 20th. You'll get a copy of the book and posting instructions. If you're interested in a giveaway or posting an excerpt, that can be arranged too. Questions? Email me at dirtydatesbook at gmail.com
All you have to do is be one of the first 100 Thunderclap supporters and let me know. It's that easy. There's two steps: sign up as one of the first 100 people at the Best Bondage Erotica 2015 Thunderclap campaign with your Facebook and/or Twitter and/or Tumblr account. Then send me an email at bestbondage2015 at gmail.com with "Thunderclap" in the subject line and your name and mailing address AND your Facebook URL, Twitter handle and/or Tumblr URL that you used for the Thunderclap. On February 3rd when the campaign ends, I'll send out your personally autographed book. Thank you for supporting this series, now in its fifth year! And for you erotica writers, I hope to have some new calls for submission posted shortly. Here's the cover and table of contents/introduction:
Foreword: The Moment by Annabel Joseph
Introduction: Bondage at Home and Away by Rachel Kramer Bussel (see below)
The Centerpiece Erin Spillane
An Unforgettable Ride Elise Hepner
What Happens in Vegas… Tim Rudolph
The Thug Sommer Marsden
Housewarming the Craftsman Daddy X
Multiple Choice Emily Bingham
Tying the Knot Rob Rosen
Baddha Konasana Corvidae
Queen for a Night Robert Black
Bound to Lie Nichelle Gregory
Tied and Twisted Jodie Griffin
Cocoon Annabeth Leong
Auction, in Quotation Marks LN Bey
Melt Elizabeth Coldwell
You Shall Not Come D.L. King
Point and Click L.C. Spoering
Stuck on You Jenne Davis
In Suspense Shenoa Carroll-Bradd
Trinity’s New Hobby Lucy Felthouse
Plastered Anna Watson
Of Human Bondage Rachel Kramer Bussel
Introduction: Bondage at Home and Away
Every year, different themes emerge from the submissions I receive for the Best Bondage Erotica series. This year bondage writers stuck close to home—literally. This year, I received stories like “Housewarming the Craftsman,” by Daddy X, and “Stuck on You,” by Jenne Davis, that focused on housing, real estate and home improvement, that are both humorous and offer some creative forms of containment that prove you don’t need a Red Room of Pain to make someone writhe. While in “Tying the Knot,” by Rob Rosen, bondage gets mobile, there’s a sweetness to this engagement story that tethers the protagonists close to each other, and their marital home. In “Bound to Lie” by Nichelle Gregory, two business adversaries battle it out in the boardroom for the ultimate form of control.
In these kinky tales, bondage happens as part of yoga, knitting, a birthday present, with a collar, a cage, duct tape, a webcam, and a very sexy pair of thighs. Bondage, in some cases, is in the eye and mind of the one being bound. It’s what happens after these eager, curious, brave characters are trussed up, immobile, secure in their trappings, that makes for the most powerful sexual encounters of all.
Whatever form the bondage takes, each of the characters you’ll read about in Best Bondage Erotica 2015 struggles and delights in the power and intimacy invoked in the name of knowing one’s place, literally and figuratively.
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Red Bank, New Jersey
After 10 years and over 50 anthologies edited, I've finally written a book of my own! It's a collection of classic and brand new essays called Sex & Cupcakes published by Thought Catalog Books - the title essay is a bit of a mini memoir of how I went from law school dropout to sex columnist and erotica writer/editor/cupcake blogger, and other new essays include "Wearing My Tattooed Heart On My Sleeve," about my heart tattoo, along with the self-explanatory "My Boyfriend's Fat," my utopian sex fantasies in "Champagne Sex" and my issues with monogamy in "Monogamishmash." It's on sale for $4.99 on Kindle (also available at Kindle UK) and I'm so excited about it. Stay turned for the New York book party! Oh, and I'm on the cover! With cupcakes, of course.
I'm very excited about these 2 upcoming events - if you are nearby and interested in erotica, please attend, and if you're not, please let someone local who is know about them. I'm always open to doing workshops in new cities too - you can contact me at rachelkramerbussel at gmail.com with "Workshop" in the subject, and I also offer an erotica critique service. There's more information on that at my website.
October 24, 7:30-9 pm
Writing Erotica for Pleasure and Money, New York City (for New York Academy of Sex Education)
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.
You are sure to find growth with the very prolific, award winning erotica author and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel. She will take you through the ins and outs of modern erotic writing. Learn how to get started, find your voice, and write against type.
She will talk about incorporating everyday scenarios as well as outlandish fantasies into your writing. Rachel will teach you how to groom your writing to fit particular magazines and anthologies. And how to submit your work and keeping up with the thriving erotica market (including anthologies, ebooks, magazines and websites.) Materials needed: Please bring a laptop or paper and pen. $25/person. Advance registration required.
The Pleasure Chest, 1150 Second Avenue, New York City (Upper East Side, accessible by 4/5/6/N/R/F trains), 646-470-5129
November 2, 3-5 pm at Jonesy's Joint, 2316 E. Live Oak Drive, Los Angeles
Erotica 101 writing workshop
Organized by Sex Positive Los Angeles
Register in advance at Eventbrite ($25/person)
Got Erotic Fantasies? Then this class is for YOU. Whether your intent is publication or simply your private journal ala Anais Nin, you cannot afford to miss acclaimed professional Erotica author and editor, Rachel Kramer Bussel.
Rachel was a featured workshop leader at Catalyst Con so this is a very special opportunity for members of SPLA and their friends.
Rachel Kramer Bussel is editor of over 50 anthologies such as:
The Big Book of Orgasms,
Best Bondage Erotica 2014
In this 2 hour workshop she will take you through the ins and outs (so to speak) of contemporary erotic writing; from getting started, finding your voice, and incorporating your surroundings, pop culture, and personal experiences into your stories to crafting a range of characters and settings and submitting your work. The workshop is tailored to help get you published and highlight timely calls for submissions.
In this supportive, welcoming workshop environment, you'll learn how to write vividly about everyday scenarios as well as outlandish fantasies, and make them fit for particular publications in the thriving erotica market. This workshop will address the recent boom in erotica inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey , provide examples of well written erotica, and will include multiple writing exercises. You'll be given a handout listing major markets and further reading suggestions. No previous writing experience required. Please bring laptop or pen and paper.
Links to my book readings and erotic writing workshops in those cities.