Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at
Last week I had the fortune to ‘sit down’ with two great ladies and talk about life, love and work! Molly Moore and Harper Eliot are the delicious duo who run the (It Girl. Rag Doll) Podcast. These vixens cover a number of adult topics in their sessions, including adult censorship, polyamory, sex toys, porn and so much more.
During my sit down with the pair, started off talking about the weather, then moving onto a brief history of how I got into the adult business. We chatted about topics such as my love for the Fifty Shades of Grey novels, porn nicknames, my upcoming immigration back to the United States, how beginners can get into the commercial writing world, and what I think people do wrong on Twitter accounts.
If you’ve ever been curious to hear my Boston-come-Derbyshire accent, this is your chance as I rarely do anything audio! Big thanks to Molly and Harper for inviting me onto their show – and I am looking forward to getting version 2.0 done at the 2015 Feminist Porn Conference!
Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 at
I’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.
Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 at
Not that I had any doubt that I would be attending, but today it is official. I’ve purchased my ticket to Eroticon 2013. The 2012 event was the premier of this sex bloggers and erotica writer’s event, and I am glad to see that it has been extended to a full two days for the 2013 reincarnation.
According to the web site, Eroticon 2013 is described as “the UK’s only conference for sex bloggers and erotica writers. […] If you are sex writer, blogger, editor, publisher, journalist, performer or artist Eroticon 2013 will be the networking event of the year. Meet with like minded people and leading voices of the erotic industries, make new contacts and learn new skills in a safe and supportive environment.”
Right now, tickets are in the “Super Early Bird” phase, where you can get the ticket for £77.53 for one day (£75 + fee) or £128.78 for the two days (£125 + fee). If you’re a bit stretched for cash at the moment, you can get it on an installment plan. You’ll be charged £50 up from, then two payments of £37.50 (plus fees) monthly thereafter. This Super Early Bird phase of the Eroticon 2013 tickets only lasts until 01 September 2012, so you have around six weeks to get in and get it at the early price.
With the lineup that is already set up for this year, I know that it’s going to be an amazing event. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, July 19th, 2012 at
Fifty Shades of Grey – not a single book has divided the erotica and BDSM community more in the last fifty years as this one. Yes, I have read it – more than once. Do I think it’s ‘bad’ for the erotica and bondage lifestyle? In a way, yes. Did I enjoy reading it? Kind of. Am I riding out the insane popularity of this set of novels like the cash cow rodeo that it is? OF COURSE I AM!
I’m not joking in the slightest when I say that every single employer I have worked with in the last three months wants pieces relating to the 50 Shades novels. People who I have contracted with in the past who have NO connection to BDSM are trying to find ways to get the traffic from the Fifty Shades phenomenon. I’ve even bought into the hype and dabbled with my own possible way to cash in (outside of my writing, of course).
Credit to @HypnoPeter on Twitter for this image!
In the last 90 days, I have:
- Rewritten Fifty Shades of Grey scenes in order to make them more ‘hardcore’ and ‘lifestyle friendly’ for BDSM porn sites, as a guide for their movies
- Added Fifty Shades themed keywords to existing sex toy descriptions to hook into the Google traffic
- Created shopping lists and how-to guides for sex toy web sites trying to get the attention of new shoppers
- Designed and ghostblogged an entire new website from the point of view of a ‘first time reader’ for another sex toy shop (with posts pointing them in the direction of their store)
- Ghostwritten two fan-fic style erotica novels using the 50 Shades characters to be sold on Amazon
- Started my own affiliate web site for a major bondage furniture web site using a Fifty Shades theme
I kinda feel like a bit of a whore about this whole thing. Fifty Shades is this awfully written book that is spreading misconceptions about the bondage and dominance community, yet I’m playing it out for every single penny it can give me.