I got quite the surprise when I was on vacation earlier last month. When checking out some tweets I had been included in, I found out that this site has been nominated for Best Blog or Author Page for the 2013 Xcite Awards. I’ve got to say I’m slightly floored, as the lovely writers and bloggers who are also included in this category are some of those who I consider the best in the UK erotica scene. I’m gathering that RubyGoodnight.com falls under the “Author Page” portion of the nomination as I’ve been severely slacking in the blogging department for this site for a while! (Something I endeavor to change in the new year.)

Check out the others included in this Best Blog or Author Page category by clicking the image below. Then, if you feel like I deserve your vote, knock your socks off and check that box!

Ruby Goodnight Writing

Are You Selling Yourself Short?

I received a freelancing request last night, and the communication spilled over to this morning.

The request was to create a 15,000 word piece on female masturbation. In the job spec, they were looking for writers from the UK, USA, or Canada, and wanted a number of sample pieces before the interview process began.

This came through oDesk (a freelancing site that I used at the start of my career and still keep a profile on). I don’t actively seek out work on oDesk any more, but I do keep the profile up and running as sometimes those looking for adult writers come across my info, then make their way to my site. I tend to brace myself when I get oDesk job interview requests through, for a number of reasons. First, it’s not unheard of for the interviewees to take the samples you send them and do a runner. Get 100 people applying to a job, you’ve got yourself 100 free pieces of writing. The site is also used by a large number of contractors from countries where the standard of living is quite low, and as a result, the payment rates are very minimal. I’ve often seen writing jobs posted for less than half a penny a word.

Given the fact that the job poster was very specific about wanting native-English speaking writers, though, I was thrown for a bit of a loop with the offer – $250, or around $0.017 per word. I usually just click the ‘Decline’ button on these and send the reason as “Rate Too Low”, leaving it at that. For some reason, I thought I’d find out a bit more about this, so I accepted the interview and sent this message. Keep going…I want more…

Ruby Goodnight Speaking At Eroticon 2013

Eroticon 2013 erotic writer conferenceI’m proud to finally be able to let my blog readers know that I will be speaking at Eroticon 2013!

From the bio that’s been published on the site, you can probably get the jist of what I’ll be speaking about. Right now, the initial plan is for me to discuss the more commercial aspects of adult writing – working with porn sites, sex toy retailers, as well as ghostwriting.

A lot of the focus at Eroticon is for novelist and bloggers who earn an income through royalties and ad revenue. I’ve often had these writers get in touch with me ‘on the hush’ to find ways of breaking into the commercial field of writing, and what that entails. It seems that sometimes, writing for money (rather than the pure enjoyment of the craft) is a tad taboo. I’m hoping to be able to push that aside for a moment or two, and give those who are interested the means to get their foot in the door when it comes to commercial adult writing.

Free Sex Toys For Reviewers From EroticToyTown

Free Sex Toys from Erotic Toy TownAre you a sex blogger who is looking for some free sex toys? Maybe you have a sex toy review site and are looking for a few new toys to try? One of the companies that I work with, Erotic Toy Town, are currently looking for a select number of testers to write about their products on their own web site. This is a great opportunity for US-based sex toy reviewers who are looking to build up their web site, as well as established bloggers who are eager to get their hands on free sex toys.

So how does it work? Well, firstly, you should get in touch with me though my Erotic Toy Town email address – Ruby [at] EroticToyTown.com. In that email, let me know you are interested in getting you hands on some free sex toys in exchange for a review. I’ll also need a URL for your web site so I can make sure it meets the standards that Erotic Toy Town are looking for.

Once I’ve given your site a once over, I’ll ask for a few additional details, including which toy out of the Sex Toys for Sex Bloggers section you would like to review. If nothing there tickles your fancy, let me know which toy off the site you would like to review. Depending on availability, as well as a few other factors, we may be able to come to an arrangement!

This is also a great chance for those who have a steady following and like to host sex toy giveaways, or as prizes for contests you hold on your site. We’ve even had a few cam stars get in touch to have our toys featured in their live cam shows. Send me an email with your ideas, and we can see what free sex toys from Erotic Toy Town can do for you!

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