Erotica – Then and Now

March 18, 2015 by Jessica Slade

Erotica used to be considered fiction for the one-handed reader. Unfortunately, there are still many writers who believe that this is all it takes to successfully publish erotic fiction. Some writers still believe that all you need to do is string together a series of sex scenes which are all

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Advice on Writing Fiction Without the “God Crutch”

March 4, 2015 by Rudy Dees

How did your social psychology training and your work as an advice columnist affect your novel about a woman forced to endure life’s harshest loss? SKP: As Kylie’s Heel was being written and revised many times over nearly a decade, and as my own non-theistic views became firmer, the focus of

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A New Perspective on Setting

April 8, 2015 by Jessica Slade

Recently I picked up a book by one of the TedTalks most popular clips: Before Happiness by Shawn Achor. As I read through how happiness can be as simple as a matter of perspective, I realized that this is true for all perception.  When we go somewhere new, on vacation

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Fact versus Truth – Do You Know the Difference?

April 15, 2015 by Carrie De Simas

Fifty Shades of Grey made headlines all over the fiction-reading world as a book, then trilogy, then as a movie. But what’s interesting from a marketing perspective is that depending on who promoted the books, the series was either a sensual fantasy, an erotic romance, or erotica. Same book, different

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