It’s hot and humid here in North Carolina; bad news for those who are the favorites of arthropods, which is never a compliment. My health has not been the best this past month, courtesy of a little critter I wrote about in my very first book, under a different pen name. Check out www.yearofthemite.com if you’re curious. The good news is, as a veteran of this particular fight, I have some inkling of how to proceed. Progress is slow but real.
Meanwhile I love hearing from you when you get a chance to write to me. I am so glad to know that my blogs and newsletters are helpful to folks. My current health situation leaves little energy for writing, but my intrepid publisher assembled a new three part blog series on “Publishing Your Sexy Novel” from material I wrote previously for a presentation I gave at a writers' conference.
I hope this series on using an agent, negotiating a contract, and bringing your book to publication will be of benefit to other sexy writers past midlife. My behind the scenes guy (also known as My Other Half), Graham was also featured in a panel forum on social media for authors at Writer’s Morning Out (WMO) this month. A summary of that very useful material will soon appear on the WMO website.
To clue you in on how complex author publicity can be, I recently had a solicited article published in an online magazine, but on the day it published I had to request its removal. Staff editing had introduced an error which the magazine was unwilling to change. The article was there one day and vanished the next. So be it, we just keep plugging away; good things happen despite the complexities.
On the upside, I was interviewed by Good Housekeepingmagazine this month on the subject of Genitourinary Syndrome of Menopause (about which I’ve previously blogged). I’m looking forward to hearing when that interview will drop and will share the link with you when it does.
This transition time when many of us are vaccinated, many are not, and things are opening up around us can be disorienting and frustrating, but it’s also a time of hope. This week we dined at a restaurant for the first time in fourteen months. We ate on the patio, maskless, with tables of other maskless diners around us. Across a small park a local pharmacy offered a variety of coronavirus vaccines. We ate food prepared by other hands, drank wine poured by a waiter. The twilight was glorious. And I realized how this snippets of conversation that float by from other guests and staff are a source of intrigue and, perhaps, writing prompts!
The experience was fun, disconcerting, luxurious, and a bit bizarre. Are you having forays like that into the world we used to know? If you have time, drop me a line about your transition.
Here’s to hope, Summer, love, writing, and arthropods that belong outside staying outside. May the warmer weather bring you joy, and may you keep the pen moving and the keys clicking.
I publish two blog articles (published online on the 10th and the 20th) and this newsletter every month, so you hear from me (or a guest blogger) a couple of times a month. Below is a brief extract from each of last month's blogs - click the links for the whole enchilada! If you've ever considered getting your voice out there, I welcome suggestions for topics, or a fully written guest piece in line with my philosophy for the site. Drop me a line......
Some of us who are writers don’t quite know what we think until we write it down. So writing our erotic stories is liberating, even if we never show them to another living soul. If you would like a boost to keep the pen moving, you’ll find two FREE self-taught courses on my website: One for writing our erotic histories and the other for creating sexy stories.
Each course encourages writing freely, in a spirit of play. When you try them, you may be surprised by how much you learn about who you have been, who you are now, and into what new personhood you are growing. And we do keep growing. As Grey Panther founder Maggie Kuhn famously said, “Learning and sex until rigor mortis.”
Let’s say you’ve played your way through a sexy first draft. Then you sailed through your edits, adding great material as needed, then carving away the nonessentials like a sculptor chiseling marble. You’ve sent your prize manuscript to beta readers, taken the best of their comments and passed on the ones that don’t serve your purpose. You have made a final check for grammatical and stylistic glitches. In other words, your manuscript is the best you can possibly make it. It’s a publisher-ready novel. Congratulations!
Do you think you’re finished? Dear writer, think again. It’s decision time.
Do you want an agent? Do you need one? Do you want a traditional publisher? Or do you want to go indie? How much work is involved on each of these pathways? And depending on which path you choose, how much money will you make?
You may remember the terrific guest post by my friend Simone LaBerge, “Sexuality Down the Decades,” where she reflected on her own sexual development from childhood to her seventies and talked about her hopes for the years ahead.
Her writing inspired me to create a free short course to help you to reflect on your journey so far and your hopes for the days to come.
Sign up for a fascinating interior journey, and share the details with your close friends and on social media please!