I spent a lovely Sunday learning more about the ins-and-outs of writing great erotica with the esteemed M. Christian. Not only is Mr. Christian a wealth of information and inspiration, he is also a wonderful teacher. His class, 'Sex Sells: How to Write & Sell Erotica', is a must-attend seminar for anyone interested in the art of writing good smut.
Drawing on his own experiences as an editor, Mr. Christain offered tips and tricks to help make your work stand out in the world of publishing. He also covered topics including the brave new world of e-publishing, creative rights, and the importance of networking.
From a writer's standpoint, Mr. Christian spoke of the need to nurture ourselves as writers. 'Submit it, forget it, and write something new' is the motto, and an excellent one at that. After all, if you've managed to write six new stories by the time the rejection slip arrives, the sting of being turned down isn't so sharp. He also touched on the fact that rejections are not personal. While it stinks to know your work might be rejected simply because the editor hasn't had her latte yet, it also gives her an element of human instead of all-powerful Oz.
To sum it all up, whether you are just thinking about writing porn or whether you have a thousand stories already sitting on your hard drive, this class is for you and at $40 it's a steal.
Friday, October 17, 2008
I have to admit that I'm always a bit scared and nervous when I teach, worried that I'm boring or confusing the people good enough to attend one of my classes. So when Alice Gray, who also sent me a great story I've put up on Frequently Felt, posted the following to the Erotica Readers and Writers newsletter I was very pleased and touched. Thanks, Alice!