Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Very Bloody Marys Pre-Pub Review

Here's a bit more of Maryelizabeth Hart's pre-pub review for The Very Bloody Marys. Got to find a way to thank her ....

“Combines several of M. Christian’s strengths, writing queer and supernatural / horror fiction, with only occasional touches of his other strength, erotica. Vampire protagonist Valentino is a reluctant trainee in the supernatural international law enforcement organization, Le Counseil Carmin. He half-heartedly assists his mentor, Pogue, in enforcing the rules in San Francisco—that is, until Pogue goes missing and Valentino must strive to rise to the occasion to rid the City by the Bay of trouble in the form of The Very Bloody Marys and a deadly faery or two, using what he recalls of his training and the limited resources at his disposal. Readers will never view night life in San Francisco quite the same way. A WELCOME ADDITION TO THE VAMPIRE NOIR GENRE.—Maryelizabeth Hart, Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Magnificent work

-- sometimes you stumble across something that makes you think that, yeah, the world might just be a good place.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Back Cover Copy for The Very Bloody Marys

The wonderful folks at Haworth just sent the back cover copy for The Very Bloody Marys -- what do you think?

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A gang of vampires is threatening to drain San Francisco dry—and only another creature of the night can stop them!

A gang of Vespa-riding vampires are killing San Franciscans so indiscriminately they threaten to not only drain the city dry—but risk the discovery of vampires everywhere. Gay vampire cop Valentino is called upon to stop the group calling themselves The Very Bloody Marys before the situation gets worse. Unfortunately, it already has. You see, Valentino is still only a trainee who is in way over his head now that Pogue, his mentor, is missing. And this brutal gang is tough, smart, and very, very bloodthirsty. To do his job, Valentino must move quickly—and carefully—otherwise he may just get himself killed. What can a creature of the night do? The only thing he can, track the gang through the haunts of some very odd characters, unravel the mystery, and try to stay out of the sun.

“YOU’LL NEVER VIEW NIGHT LIFE IN SAN FRANCISCO QUITE THE SAME WAY. A WELCOME ADDITION TO THE VAMPIRE NOIR GENRE.”
—Maryelizabeth Hart, Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego

“Interesting and modern characters, a bit of local San Francisco color, and a CLEVER MYSTERY TWIST.”
—Brian Youmans, Editor, Suddenly Press

“HARD-BOILED, SHARP-EDGED, FUNNY AND FIERCE.”
— Jim Gladstone, Author, The Big Book of Misunderstanding

“A TOTALLY UNIQUE AND TRULY FASCINATING VOICE. . . . M. CHRISTIAN HAS ARRIVED!”
— Mike Resnick, Author, winner of 5 Hugo Awards and a Nebula Award

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Calling All Writers

Sage Vivant and M.Christian are looking for erotica writers to create tailor-made, client-specific stories for Sage Vivant’s celebrated Custom Erotica Source (www.customeroticasource.com) as well as to become part of a ‘pool’ of writers providing content for a wide variety of erotica Web sites and projects.

This is an excellent opportunity for selected writers to work on their craft and earn excellent pay. However, as you will be writing customized stories, the requirements will be very specific and deadlines sometimes demanding.

It is also important that writers be flexible about subject matter. Custom Erotica Source does not accept story requests that feature bestiality, excessive violence, underage sexuality or incest, but writers may be asked to write client stories featuring a VERY wide range of sexual activities, orientations, etc. If you are unable or unwilling to write pretty much anything for anyone, please do not read further.

Interested writers should contact M.Christian at zobop@aol.com. There is no need to submit a bio -- your publishing credits will count very little toward your qualifications to write customized erotica. What *will* count are your writing skills. You will be given a sample ‘order’ for a 1,000-word story. After you write that story, you will then submit it to M.Christian within one week -- and no later. This sample story will then be checked over by Sage Vivant and M.Christian to ensure the following:

· Story is 1,000 words (a few words over is okay, but no less)
· Story has met ALL the stated needs of the client (character interactions, descriptions, sexual activities, etc)
· Story is clean with no spelling errors or typos
· Story features well-crafted descriptions, realistic and natural dialogue, a plot, and features a fresh and interesting take on the client’s request without ever deviating from their specific needs
· Story is of high quality – it adheres to the basic rules of good fiction

If the story is first-rate work, meets the client's requirements, and is delivered by the deadline, you will be sent an agreement to be a Custom Erotica Source staff writer and you will also be added to a pool of writers for other projects.

In addition to being good writers, applicants should have a healthy respect for deadlines, check their messages at least once a day, and reply in a timely fashion.

Please note that if you are chosen to be a staff writer, stories you write may be sold to other markets ONLY if they are altered sufficiently to obscure the client’s original request (to protect the client’s privacy). Story titles, character names, and in some cases descriptions, must be changed if a writer hired by CES sells CES story elsewhere. This stipulation will be noted in the agreement -- no exceptions are allowed.

Custom Erotica Source Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Who owns the rights to the stories I would be writing for CES?

Technically, CES owns the rights, but the copyright information appears on the finished story primarily to prevent/dissuade clients from trying to sell the story elsewhere! If a CES writer wants to sell stories they write for CES to other markets, they may do so but they *must* change character names, and in some cases where the client's identity would be compromised or revealed, the locale and physical descriptions.

2. How quickly would I have to get a story written that was assigned to me?

It varies. Typically, it's anywhere from 3 to 5 weeks, but once a while, it may be 2 weeks. For this audition, however, you must turn in your assignment in 1 week.

3. How much money would I make?

Pay rates vary with word length and writer reliability. Because Sage is a writer, she does not believe in abusing writers and squeezing out the maximum amount of words for the least amount of compensation. You are paid more than standard erotica market rates for anything you write for CES.

4. What if I don't want to write a story assignment that's offered to me?

You don't have to write anything you don't want to write and may always refuse an assignment. If you do this several times in a row, however, you'll probably find CES won't be asking you to write very often, if at all.

5. What happens if I'm late with an assignment?

You won't be asked to write for CES again. Clients frequently ask for stories by a certain date to give as gifts. If CES promises to deliver the story by that date, and then breaks that promise, it loses that client and all goodwill associated with that transaction. And that's not good. In fact, it's unacceptable.