Thursday, 28 May 2015

Advertise Your Book/Brand/Business at the Erotic Event of the Year!



Sexhibition is 2015’s erotic event of the year, taking place in Manchester, England, UK on 21st and 22nd August, 2015. Shows, performances, music, workshops & classes, cocktails & cuisine and a unique shopping experience. It’s a feast for all the senses in the opulent surroundings of the north’s most prestigious event and exhibition space. With an estimated attendance of over 3,500, you’ll want to be a part of the smutty fun at this event.

And you can take part – no matter where you are! We have options available from as little as £3, and there are options available for both attending authors/businesses and non-attending authors/businesses.

So, what are you waiting for? Want to get your book/brand/business in front of in excess of 3,500 targeted people? Then check out the options here: http://ilovesmut.uk/events/sexhibition/ – be sure and use the contact form AT THE LINK for any queries. Do not send them here, please.

Happy Reading,

Lucy x

Monday, 25 May 2015

Eroticon 2015



Eroticon 2015 is fast approaching! Here's the low down...

Eroticon is the UK's conference for sex bloggers and erotica writers. A weekend of workshops where you can learn, share, network and meet the people behind the names on your computer screen.

Eroticon 2015 takes place on 1st & 2nd of August in Bristol UK.

There's loads going on over the weekend, including get-togethers on the Friday and Saturday evenings. The Brit Babes love Eroticon and in the past have been there in force, but this year the dates haven't worked so well for everyone. However, Lily Harlem and Kd Grace are not only attending but also running a 45 minute creative writing workshop on the Saturday afternoon.


There are lots of great speakers lined up and you can read all about them here.

The session Lily and Kd are running is called Crafting Creativity and is aimed at new writers preparing to publish their work for the first time, but will also be of benefit to bloggers who want to polish their short stories and create a more professional image for their blog. 

The session will start by discussing the big picture when writing erotica/erotic romance (timelines, characterisation, plot) and  aspects such as avoiding head hopping, ‘showing not telling’ and then work down to the fine details of crafting each sentence. By the end of the session the audience will have a better understanding of how to create an ‘arc’ in their story and how to make characters believable and 3D. They should also be able to analyse their own writing to eliminate common mistakes that make their work look unpolished and unappealing to publishers and in turn readers.




You can check out the Eroticon Blog and find out more on the website. If you haven't been to Bristol before it's a modern and vibrant city on the River Avon about 2 hours west of London.




Got any questions? Leave them right here and the Brit Babes and Lily and Kd will do their best to answer them... hope to see you there. 


Thursday, 21 May 2015

Blogging Therapy: Showing or Telling


Whenever I write a blog post, I always wonder if it’s better to show or tell. I mean blog posts aren’t like novels or stories, are they? Honestly, I find it easier to show, meaning that given the chance, I have a lot more fun writing a story as a blog post than finding something stimulating and intelligent to say or writing something witty and thought-provoking that I’ve observed. Writing stories has done that to me, actually.

I used to be a serial journal-keeper. I wrote volumes and volumes of observations and navel-gazes. I spent hours chronicling whatever was going on in my head, whatever I was feeling, whatever I was experiencing. Then I got published the first time and the tectonic plates of my writing mind shifted. Instead of myself and my life, my head was suddenly filled with my characters and their journey from opening pages to HEA. Those characters and their plights became more real, and certainly more interesting to me, than my own navel-gazes. It’s quite possible that fact speaks more of my neuroses than of my skills.

One of the reasons why a writer blogs is so that readers or potential readers can get to know the author. Though I don’t have a lot to hide and I’m very happy to share observations and thoughts along with my personal experiences with readers, I often find myself wondering, do I offer blog readers a better view of this author when I write a post that’s all me, Me, MEEE, of do I offer up more of myself when I give readers a story, a snippet, a character interview? On the other hand, is that sharing of story on a blog maybe just a way of wearing a mask to keep the distance, to protect my soft inner workings? Or is that sharing of story a much deeper view into the person I am than any blog post observation or navel-gaze I could possibly offer up?

As a writer and an introvert, the question for me is always how much exposure do I want and how much of me do I want to hide away? Almost from the beginning, from the very first time I shared a story I’d written with someone, I felt like I was being an exhibitionist. An exhibitionist! Private, shy introverted me? And yet there it is. The story, at least for me, is only half finished until someone reads it. The act of exhibition, of exposing one self is only half an act if there is no one to watch.

I’ve posted a couple of stories on the Brit Babes blog. I love posting stories, and if there were enough hours in my day and I could manage to do it and still keep up with the rest of my writing responsibilities, I’d more than likely fill my own blog and every guest post I ever do with stories. I loved writing the serial, Demon Interrupted, on my blog. It was fantastic to share an on-going story with my readers. And I’ve loved writing all the stories and character interviews I’ve written for my blog or as someone else’s guest.

Honestly, I feel like the very best way for readers to know me is through the stories I tell. But the very best way for me to hide my delicate inner core and keep it safe is also through those stories. What a wonderful contradiction is the writing life. I’m forever exposing myself while hiding myself, doing a veil dance to both distract the reader and draw the reader in. Perhaps that’s just part of the story-teller’s psyche, or perhaps it’s only just a part of my neuroses. In lieu of very expensive psycho-analysis, I write stories and you lot get to read them. There! You’re all
my therapists! That being the case, I feel that I have to be honest with you. And though I write fiction, though I create worlds and characters in my head, the stories must ring true, the stories must come from a place of truth or you, like any good therapist, will know that I lie, and I would find that most humiliating to have come to you with a story to tell and not to have had the courage to tell it honestly.

Since I feel this way, you might just wonder why I’ve chosen to give you a navel-gaze rather than some sizzling flash fiction that I composed at speed. Well, the truth is I would have preferred to do just that, but I got thinking about the why of it. Why is it that I prefer to tell you a story rather than to talk about me, Me, MEEEE!? And the more I thought about it, the more I though it might be worth a little navel-gaze. Just a tiny one. BUT if you really want a story, and you happen to be a therapist who works best on fiction, the links above will take you to some of my story therapy, in which I thoroughly expose myself through characters romping across a plot, racing toward their HEA. Navel-gaze? Story? You get to choose.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Special Guest - Jacob Louder

Welcome, welcome!

Look who we've got for you today - the one and only Jacob Louder, talking author identities.

I've been lucky enough to work with lovely Jacob on the wonderful Chemical [se]X book.
What a joy!

Take it away Mr Louder...

Angela, Jacob, and A.J. Walk Into a Bar: The Erotic Art of Author Reinvention




Just how many pen names does one writer need?
Three years ago or so, I said, “Never! I will never, ever use a pen name!” all righteous and stuff. The words in those stories were mine, right? Why pass them off onto some “false identity” who’d get all the credit?
Then I started writing “literary pornography.” I like to write in the style of Penthouse Variations (“porn”), but with stronger character development (literary, sort of). I like to write really graphic sex where everyone’s a stallion in the sack and has great respect for one another. It was freeing for me, a sometimes “literary” writer. My constant attempt for perfectionism seemed to fall by the wayside when writing erotica/lit porn.
That’s when I picked this pen name: Jacob Louder. Hi there.
I created Jacob to keep our two writing careers separate, but also—let’s be honest—to keep my literary pornography out of the hands of family members.
It was freeing, becoming Jacob, and experiencing writing without the usual pressure I typically brought with it. It turned out, actually, that Jacob wasn’t even in the slightest bit “false.” Jacob had always been a part of me, but a part I kept silent because I was (1) a “literary” writer and (2) not born with a cock attached to my body. As a bio-cockless person, it would be sort of weird to write as this queer dude, right? It would be weird, though, wouldn’t it—divulging to the world my sexual thoughts and fantasies as someone who I am not, but really, really want to be, if I could?
Oh, I was so ignorant three years or so ago!
Jacob started writing, and since Jacob co-runs Go Deeper Press with Lana Fox [see Lana's Brit Babes guest post here], guess what? Jacob got published! A few times, actually, and then Jacob submitted to other publishers’ anthologies and got published there, too.
But very, very slowly, my usual quest for perfectionism started seeping into poor old Jacob. Jacob got very hypersensitive to his ability to craft realistic characters respectfully, write scenes that conveyed proper emotion, and so on and so on. His productivity slowed significantly, just like it had with the other me, the “non-Jacob.” How could I let this happen to him! He was my freedom, my false but true identity who had broken the chains after years of writing in one genre where everything had to be quiet, poignant, visceral.
Meet A.J. Armstrong.
A stands for Angela and J stands for Jacob and Armstrong is the maiden name of my wife.
A.J. isn’t that different from Jacob, who really isn’t that different from me. A.J.’s writing is really very, very porny, but guess what? A.J. has no hang-ups. A.J. can write for hours, mostly uninterrupted, seldom stopping to cut and “correct.” Even Jacob couldn’t accomplish this!
I imagine A.J. with grease-stained hands, writing on my laptop, topless and in knee-torn jeans, while Jacob, in his new J. Crew colorblock sweatshirt, watches over A.J.’s shoulder, quipping, “That’s ‘to whom,’ not ‘to who,’ Armstrong.” That bastard.
There’s something to be said for constantly reinventing yourself as a writer, even if that reinvention requires the creation of another “personality.” Because what’s more important: keeping the number of your pen names low, or making a “new you” to beat self-judgment and that dreaded, creeping feeling of The Block?

Jacob Louder is sometimes J.T. Louder, but both these Louders write queer porn and hope you really like it. Jacob’s stories have appeared in Chemical [se]X (which was edited by Oleander Plume) [see Oleander's Brit Babes guest post here], Dirty Little Numbers (Go Deeper Press), as well as in Mammoth Book of Uniform Erotica and Best Women’s Erotica 2015 (as J.T.). Jacob’s ongoing queer/poly novella series, First, is published by Go Deeper Press. Jacob would totally lose to A.J. Armstrong in a fistfight. You can say hi if you want at jtlouder.com or @jtlouder on Twitter.

Thank you so much Jacob - I absolutely LOVE this post! I adore the image of Jacob giving grammar quips over A.J.'s shoulder. Brilliant - thanks for being our guest today x x x


Thursday, 14 May 2015

Victoria Blisse and the Smutty Bank Holiday at Smut by the Sea.

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I can't wait for the May bank holiday because me and Mr Blisse are making it a Bonk holiday! That's not as kinky as it might sound as I'm talking about organising and taking part in Smut By the Sea! And then we're having a week in Scarborough to recover. Nice eh?

This year will be the third Smut by the Sea at Scarborough Library and it’s bigger and better than ever before with a schedule filled with sexy, seaside shenanigans.  This year’s event is sponsored by Sexhibition, the brand new and innovative Sex expo to be held in Manchester this August. 

On the 23rd May 2015 we'll be taking over the upstairs of Scarborough library from 9am -5pm with workshops, performances and more to delight you. All day you will be able to indulge in the delights of the erotic market place. Get your homemade gifts and treats from Bella Settarra, and Cara Sutra will be giving away goody bags and selling sexy treats including DVDs, bondage gear and lube. Pick up a book from the Smutty book stall, check out Steph’s Ann Summers table and of course you must have a go on the world famous Erotic Tombola, you never know what you might win.

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There will be two reading slams filled with top quality authors, make sure you come and listen to Cara SutraJanine AshblessKiki DeLovelyCharlie J Forrest , Bella Settarra, , Anna SkySlave NanoCameryn MooreHelen J PerryAshe BarkerJacqueline BrockerAshley R ListerLisabet Sarai, and Victoria Blisse as they read 5 minute excerpts for your aural pleasure. I think I'm going to pick an excerpt from my Point Vamp series to read. 

Three diverse workshops will take place though out the day,  Jennifer Denys will be leading one on researching and writing Werewolf stories, Slave Nano will be Kinking up the Past in his historical and sexy workshop and Cameryn Moore, professional potty mouth will be talking dirty to filth up your fiction or steam up your sex life.
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And as if that’s not enough there will be performances from the Enchanting Bea Noir and the sensual Blue Belle and those brave enough can pick up a Free Spanking from Mistress Cara Sutra!
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Tickets are still available including a VIP package that includes a sexy goody bag filled with treats, your lunch and priority seating in all workshops, performances and slams.
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I really hope to see you there!

Monday, 11 May 2015

Special Guest - Rebecca Black

It is my absolute pleasure and delight to welcome Rebecca Black to the Brit Babes blog. Not only is she an inspiring, supportive woman, she is an incredible erotica writer - You simply must follow her blog - she takes part every week in Masturbation Monday and I tell you, it gets your week off to a fabulous start! I had to do a double take when she revealed how long she's been writing for... read on to find out... 





Thanks to all the Brit Babes for having me along today - I really appreciate it.


[Stands up]


So, hello, my name is Rebecca Black and I’m addicted to reading erotica.


[Sits down to mumbles of support from everyone reading this blog]


After three years of permanently having my kindle in my hand, and having read literally hundreds of books (*cough* which I’m now calling research) back in December 2014, I thought I’d have a go at writing it as well.


So, thanks to Kayla Lords and her blog, A Sexual Being, I wrote my first little erotic short for her #masturbationmonday meme. I didn’t have a blog at the time so she posted it for me and, well, let’s just say 168 twitter shares later I was addicted to something else other than reading. I won’t lie, it’s a rush writing something and knowing that some people are reading it and actually liking it.


Plus, this was my first experience of how kind and supportive the erotica community can be, so it wasn’t a hard decision wanting to be part of it.


Every Twitter and Facebook share is sharing a bit of love and support. It’s great when people read my stuff, but I also love to share when I’ve found a great new book or author. There’s so much talent out there, but it’s not always easy to find. So, I set up my own blog - rebeccablackerotica.com - to try and do just that. I’ve posted every Monday ever since. I also write about erotic news, review books, recommend authors and blogs if you fancy having a look.


I got to ‘know’ (in the online sense) some of the Babes through my love of reading erotica, and as you know The Brit Babes have written an amazing amount between them.


They also happen to be really lovely and friendly so when they invited me to join their Street Team back in January, I jumped at the chance. It’s a fantastic group, full of like-minded people and The Babes have given us all a safe, friendly place to talk openly about what we love to read (and ogle gorgeous men - a major perk in my opinion.)


It was around this time that the first mutterings about Erotic World Book Day (#EWBD) started. You can read all about that here eroticworldbookday.co.uk. Emily Dubberley (sexpert and founder of Cliterati) brought the erotica community together to help raise money for Brook, a sexual health charity here in the UK. They do amazing work and are often a lifeline for young people who don’t have anyone else to talk to about sexual health issues.


Early on we decided to publish an erotic anthology to launch on March 5th at the Facebook party. I wrote a story for it and edited it with Emily.





An Intimate Education is full of 22 amazingly diverse, sexy stories. The Brit Babes came out in force to generously support the whole project, with wonderful stories from Tabitha, Lily, Kay, Victoria, Lucy and Lexie. We put the anthology together in five short weeks. I’m not going to lie, it was really stressful at times, but overall I think we did a great job. It’s something I’ll always be really proud to have been a part of. Plus, we managed to crash the Brook donation line on the night of the party - proving great things happen when we all come together.


Honestly, the stories in this anthology are just amazing. Also, it’s great for picking up and putting down whenever the *ahem* mood takes you. I’m a lover of flash fiction for that reason alone. Here are purchase links if you’re feeling like you want to have a look and help out a great charity in the process (all proceeds go to Brook).


Universal buy link


We’re already planning next year’s Erotic World Book Day event so hopefully you’ll keep it in mind and join in the fun times. If you like the Facebook page we’ll keep you updated.


I’ve been busy writing furiously since EWBD I post weekly on Cliterati and will have a story in F. Leonora Solomon’s upcoming cop anthology published by Riverdale Ave Books. I’m almost done with my first novella provisionally titled A Taste For Three - a spicy menage (M/F/M) set in the sensual world of a French restaurant. I’ve also started an anthology of short stories, but that’s going to be a while before it’s finished, so I’m keeping that under wraps for now. If you’re interested in reading more, or chatting about good books that you’ve found, then you can find me at the following places:


Twitter - @Northerngirl76
Tumblr - http://rebeccablackwords.tumblr.com/ (essentially just naughty gifs and pics).


Thanks for your time and thanks to the Brit Babes for letting me say hi!


Rebecca x

What did I tell you? Isn't she fantastic?! :D
The pleasure was all ours Ms Black x x

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Nyotaimori

Post by Lily Harlem


Hello and welcome to the Brit Babes blog. It's my turn to chat today and I must be feeling hungry because the sudden urge to post some fabulous nyotaimori pictures rushed over me...

So what is nyotaimori?

Nyotaimori is the ancient Japanese tradition of eating sushi from a naked woman. Often referred to as "body sushi". It's maybe not to everyone's taste but pictures like this intrigued me enough to want to find out more. Here goes on the science bit ;-)

Before service, the individual takes a bath using a special fragrance-free soap - that's good, wouldn't want perfumes interfering with the flavours - and then finishes off with a splash of cold water to chill the body down for the sushi. 

To be a living sushi platter, the woman is trained to lie down for hours without moving or speaking. She (or he on occasion) must also be able to withstand the prolonged exposure to cold food, for sushi is served fresh from the refrigerator. It is also a good idea if the body is free from excessive hair! Wouldn't want that mixed in with your tuna roll.



People have different opinions on this tradition and it has sparked the interest of the international community. Promoters say nyotaimori is a form of art. Whereas some feminists argue that it objectives women by quite literally turning their bodies into a plate. Personally I'm quite fascinated by it, not by the food so much as the woman. Why she would lay with food on her body? What must it feel like to have people - strangers - plucking it from her with chopsticks and listening to the conversations going on overhead.


The whole experience however is not particularly cheap,  tickets for a naked sushi night range from $75 to $250 - with sake and champagne.




I was inspired so much by this unusual way of enjoying sushi that it forms the first few chapters of my novella DESSERT which is part of Ellora's Cave for Men line (stories written entirely from the male point of view). Of course, me being me, its not just the food that's hot and spicy and the dessert, well, let's just say it's not something typically found on a restaurant menu...



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Nyotaimori was new for me, eating my dinner off a beautiful, naked woman an experience I’d never been lucky enough to indulge in. So when a customer treated me to a meal at The Geisha Plate it was an effort to keep my cock under control and my focus on the food. Damn, it had been a while!

But control myself I did until, that is, the spice levels cranked to boiling point and dessert turned out to be a mind-blowing, soul-twistingly delicious blowjob. I instantly craved more.

Plus I’m not a guy who likes debt, I had to return the favor by hook or by crook, it was an urge that threatened to consume me. Luckily my lovely Geisha girl turned out to be the sweetest woman I’d ever had the pleasure of pleasuring, and her healthy appetite for getting raw and naked with me for starters, main course and dessert turned out to be a wild ride for my every fantasy, and enough to keep me more than satisfied in every department.

Buy Link Ellora's Cave  Amazon  Amazon UK  ARe

Reader Review - "At last a writer who understands that, in order to entertain men, the action does not have to be dominant and rough. Men like soft, sensual and caring too and are not all turned on by S&M. Five stars are not enough, I can't wait to read more of Lily's 'for men' stories."



So what do you all think. Would you rather be the plate or the diner? If you could switch sushi to another food, what would you go for? And would a man make as delicious a plate?


Lily x

Monday, 4 May 2015

Special Guest - Dale Bradford

When I heard that Brit Babes' buddy and editor of the ETO - Erotic Trade Only magazine - Dale Bradford, had written a novel... well, I had to know more! And look - he's pulled out all the stops to bring you an in depth account of the things he's learned on his novel writing journey.
The man himself!
Take it away Mister Bradford...

Ten things I learned while writing my first novel

Why should I love you?
The words ‘My first novel has just been published’ may have impressed guests at a twentieth century dinner party but today’s diners are more likely to stifle a yawn, change the subject or shove your face into the gazpacho. There are so many bloody novelists, now that the only barriers to entry are a PC and an internet connection.

Aspiring writers used to whine about how difficult it was to get their work out there, dealing with aloof agents and unresponsive publishers, but the democratisation of publishing has given them a different problem: how to get noticed. And with over 3,500,000 ebooks available on Amazon’s Kindle format – a figure that is increasing by around 100,000 a month – it’s only going to get harder for readers to stumble upon novice novelists.

Discovering just how big the pond my tiny fish is going to have to swim in is one of the things I learned while writing my first novel. Here are nine others…

The kick inside
“Why haven’t you been coming to poker?”
“I’ve been a bit busy.”
“What have you been doing?”
“Oh you know, just stuff.”
“You’ve discovered a new internet porn site, haven’t you?”
“If you must know, I’ve been working on a novel.”
“What’s it about?”
I once made the fatal mistake of replying to that last question, opening up about the universe I was creating, the characters that inhabited it, and the problems they were encountering. And as a direct result of that conversation I abandoned the book. I have since discovered that this is quite common among newbie authors: telling the story before it is written can negate the desire to write it.

There goes a tenner
A couple of years after my failed first attempt, I decided to seek expert guidance before embarking on another novel. I purchased ‘Wannabe a Writer?’ by Jane Wenham-Jones but then Amazon’s cunning algorithms kept saying to me: “Hey Dale, if you liked that, you’re gonna love this”.

And so I bought more and more of these ‘How to Write a Novel’ guides. I flitted from one to another like a heartless bigamist, embracing and then discarding them. I did pick up a few useful tips along the way – such as tell no one your plot – but most of them cover pretty much the same ground.

With the benefit of hindsight I wish I’d stopped at one (this also frequently applies to bottles of red wine), not least because while I was reading these things I was not doing any actual writing.

An architect’s dream
Something else that can eat into your productivity, if you allow it to, is planning. It’s obviously a good idea to plan, rather than spouting a stream of consciousness and seeing where it takes you (spoiler alert: it will most likely be a cul-de-sac) but it’s all too easy to squander your precious writing time by creating incredibly detailed biographies for each of your characters, needing a library of lever arch files to store them in.

A friend of mine (*cough*) once spent almost a whole day on the internet sourcing the world’s largest cork noticeboard so he could plot every incident in his novel on a single timeline. Another friend (*cough*) has got a whole shelf dedicated to boxes of index cards, which he used for chapter points, along with hundreds of packs of coloured stickers for denoting which plot threads each card covered. Needless to say, precious little writing got done during this extended ‘development’ period.

Somewhere in between
One of the most important decisions you’ll make about your novel is when you set it and having attempted to create a contemporary story I can now understand the appeal of a historical setting. Technology plays such a huge part in our lives that it can’t be ignored – but to include it will date the work before it’s even published if, like me, your productivity can best be described as plodding.

Watching films made a decade ago, it’s often not the special effects, the hairstyles, the clothes or the slang that gives away the movie’s age – it’s the clunky mobile phones and the enormous CRT monitors.

I eventually ended up setting my novel at a fixed point in a specific year as I was constantly updating it to keep pace with technological advances and societal developments.

Running up that hill
Every How-to book emphasises the importance of writing every day. That’s every bloody day mister, even if you’ve only got ten minutes to yourself, so don’t even think about watching football or playing video games.

Trying to comply with this edict can mean you start to see writing as a chore, like following a diet. While it might be manageable most of the time, what happens on Friday night? You’ve worked hard all damn week and you deserve fish & chips/merlot/Haagen Dazs...

But those Friday nights start to become complete weekends and before you know it you’ve gone a whole week without writing, then a month, then a year...

Don’t give up
This is perhaps the single most important instruction every How-to book should focus on, because it’s all too easy to get discouraged when you become bored with your novel or you read something someone else has written and it’s so much better than anything you could write.

When you return to your novel you’ll have a lot of catching up to do but instead of tinkering with the same early chapters every time this happens, you would be much better advised to just finish the stupid thing and sort the editing out afterwards.

Be kind to my mistakes
When you do eventually finish, don’t for one minute think you’re finished. After I completed my first draft, a published author who I respect asked to see a few chapters. Their response was so enthusiastic that I got carried away and asked a couple of other people, whose opinion I trust, to have a look at the whole thing. I reasoned that I would be doing further drafts so it would be helpful if I had some feedback before I started on draft two.

All I can say now to those unfortunate beta readers is: I apologise unreservedly for my naivety. Their comments were generous and kind but I should never have put them in that uncomfortable position. Several drafts later, the novel is slicker, less sweary and not quite so self-indulgent but I doubt they’ll ever want to read anything by me again.

Reaching out
Reading other writers’ blogs, it seems that the answer to the question ‘How do I find readers?’ is often social media, which is a bit of a downer for miserable gits like me. I’ve tried to get into the spirit of Facebook but the older I get the less I want to look at pictures of other people’s dinners and holiday destinations, much less listen to their strident political views. And I could respond to those tantalisingly vague ‘Sad times’ posts with ‘r u ok hun?’ but my heart wouldn’t be in it.

Twitter’s a more impersonal platform, so it comes a bit easier to the socially inept, but unfortunately I’m too much of a windbag to be able to distil any original, witty or interesting thoughts I might have into 140 characters. As an example, that last sentence ran to 229 characters.

My inner repressed Victorian gentleman has never been comfortable talking, or indeed writing, about ‘me’ so I was a little reluctant when Tabitha Rayne asked if I’d like to be a guest on this illustrious blog. But then I realised it would be a fab opportunity to introduce myself to the world and sneak in a surreptitious plug for my work. I could include links to my author website and explain how anyone interested in reading my book could access the first few chapters online or even buy the whole thing.

So where are these links? That’s the ninth thing I’ve learned – get these ‘calls to action’ sorted before you start banging on about your work publicly.
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Moments of pleasure
Embarking on a novel is a bit like starting a new relationship, and just as time consuming. Often you’ll get nothing back – make that exactly like a relationship then – and anyone expecting to be the next EL James is going to be sorely disappointed.

So why do it? It can only be for those magical moments when whole passages seem to write themselves; when you instinctively know what characters will do in certain situations because their personalities have become more clearly defined than your friends’; and when the solution to a tricky plot point emerges from something that precedes it – as if it had been planned that way all along. Just like life in general, it’s the moments of pleasure that make the whole journey worthwhile.

Dale Bradford is editor of Erotic Trade Only (ETO) magazine, a B2B publication for the UK adult retail sector. His first novel will be available ‘soon’.




Thank you Dale. Loved this post - though it has not gone unnoticed that you didn't give away any of your novel's details at all - not even the title! this means only one thing... we want you back!

Watch this space from more from Mister Dale Bradford as soon as his book comes out.

And if you're in the erotic industries at all and haven't already, check out and subscribe to the ETO mag - it's full of good reading and saucy devices :D

Thanks for stopping by x x x