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How to Write a Dirty Story: Reading, Writing, and Publishing Erotica

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For aspiring erotica writers — and authors in any genre who want to make the "good" parts great

Susie Bright is the first and reigning queen of contemporary erotica. In How to Write a Dirty Story she reveals her tricks of the trade and shows you how to heat up sex scenes in everything from traditional novels and romances to science fiction and humor. Easing the aspiring writer into the creative process, she tells you how to write the steamy plots and sensual characters that publishers and readers are looking for. Bright makes it easy to:

Produce unique ideas * Master erotic language

Climax the story * Sell your work to the right place

Each chapter features practical writing exercises and suggestions for nonwriting activities that will galvanize the imagination and raze any creative or psychological hurdle. When it's time to go public, Bright draws on her own writing and publishing experiences and explains the most effective ways to find an agent, work with an editor, and grow a loyal audience.

As irreverent as it is practical, How to Write a Dirty Story is the only book an erotica author — novice or seasoned — needs.

Synopsis:

Here, erotica author Susie Bright show readers how to heat up sex scenes in all types of fiction. She guides aspiring writers through reading erotica to discover which styles work, as well as all aspects of the writing process. She also covers how to get the work published.

Synopsis:

Here, erotica author Susie Bright shows readers how to heat up sex scenes in everything from traditional novels and romances to science fiction and horror. She guides aspiring writers in reading erotica to discover the elements and styles that work. Then she walks them through the writing process: how to get hot ideas, devise steamy plots, use language like a pro and bring the story to a memorable climax. Each chapter features writing exercises and suggestions for non-writing activities that will galvanize the imagination and raze any hurdle. Drawing on her own experiences, Bright explains how to find an agent, work with an editor, choose a publishing company and sell the work.

About the Author

Susie Bright is the editor of The Best American Erotica series. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Table of Contents

Contents

What You Will Learn About Sex and Writing from This Book

Part I. Thinking About Erotica

How I Ascended: Becoming an Erotic Goddess

What Is Your Story?

What You Wouldn't Expect About Erotic Writing:

Is Writing Sex Better than Having Sex?

A (Brief) History of Sex Writing in America

The Similarities Between Erotica and Pornography

Femmechismo

Sexual Authenticity

Writing Erotica for an Audience of One

Part II. Reading It

What Do You Like...and Where Do You Find It?

"What Do You Like?" Exercises

The Good Parts

Reading Aloud

Erotic Reading Exercise

The Erotic Reader's Bill of Rights

Part III. Writing It

How to Get Ideas

Fantasies Exercise

The "Favorite Writer" Exercise

How to Use the Whole (Fucking) English Language

Dirty Words Exercise

Sexual Character

Character Splits Exercise

Steamy Plots

Steamy Plot Exercise

The Cliché-Ridden Plot-Buster Exercise

Climax

The "See Yourself" Orgasm Writing Exercise

The Orgasm Memory Exercise

Sex and Violence

Violence Exercise

Experimental Writing

How to Mix Sex with Other Genres: Sci-fi, Horror, Crime, Romance

The Expanding Genres Exercise —

A Special Exercise for Couch Potatoes

What Will People Say?

Part IV. Editing It

Editors: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Finding the Perfect Editor

The Five Cardinal Rules for Editing Yourself

The Editor Search: A Few Dos and Don'ts

Copyediting and Proofreading

Part V. Publishing It

A Devil's Argument Against Publishing

Money Money Money

If You Want to Make Some Money at Writing — but Not a Full-time Livelihood

If You Want to Make a Living at Writing — Year In and Year Out

How to Write a #1 Bestseller — and Never Write Again If You Don't Want To

Big-time Book Publishers

How You Can Spot an Incompetent Copyeditor

Small Press Publishers

Self-Publishing and the Internet

The Literary Agents

Why Some Writers Can't Seem to Find an Agent

Part VI. Selling It

I'm an Artist, Not a Salesman

Your Fan Club

Performing Your Work

The Book Tour

The Reviews: Meet the Press

Part VII. Doing It

What's Going to Happen to Your Sex Life

You Are a Sex Guru

The Naysayers

Sex Writer Burnout

What Are You Waiting For?

Part VIII. Appendix

How to Nominate Stories for The Best American Erotica Series

Internet Resources for Erotic Authors

Credits

References

What Our Readers Are Saying

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BritMandelo, August 7, 2012 (view all comments by BritMandelo)
Bright's how-to is a beginner's book, and read from that angle, it seems like it would be pretty useful - quite a lot of focus on the psychological and social aspects of writing erotic stories, for yourself or for publication, which I found nice. The breakdown of small publishers and big house publishers here is brutally honest, and I'd like to airlift a copy of it into every writing manual I've read in the past few years.

But mostly, it was fun. It's a chatty book that talks openly about writing on sex; not just erotic novels but sex scenes in any novel. Not a bad thing to have on a reference shelf.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743226233
Author:
Bright, Susie
Publisher:
Fireside Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Writing Skills
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Publishing
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Fiction
Subject:
Erotic stories
Subject:
General Reference
Subject:
Erotic stories -- Authorship.
Subject:
Reference/Writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
no. 40
Publication Date:
January 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 14.21 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Here, erotica author Susie Bright show readers how to heat up sex scenes in all types of fiction. She guides aspiring writers through reading erotica to discover which styles work, as well as all aspects of the writing process. She also covers how to get the work published.
"Synopsis" by , Here, erotica author Susie Bright shows readers how to heat up sex scenes in everything from traditional novels and romances to science fiction and horror. She guides aspiring writers in reading erotica to discover the elements and styles that work. Then she walks them through the writing process: how to get hot ideas, devise steamy plots, use language like a pro and bring the story to a memorable climax. Each chapter features writing exercises and suggestions for non-writing activities that will galvanize the imagination and raze any hurdle. Drawing on her own experiences, Bright explains how to find an agent, work with an editor, choose a publishing company and sell the work.
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