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June 1st, 2012

First, thanks to Simon for last week’s blog. If you’ve written your first novel (or have nearly completed it) stop dithering and send it out into the big, wide world. You’ve got to be enthusiastic, committed – and thick skinned – if you hope to succeed in today’s publishing world.

Erotica Revisited

A few weeks ago, I mentioned Fifty Shades of Grey. I must admit that I didn’t make it through to the end – and I won’t be reading the other parts of the trilogy. Though, they do appear to be selling just as well as the first and there also seems to be a roaring trade in items connected to the book on e-bay and elsewhere. I was rather amused to see one, ‘Ana’s large floral Inner Goddess necklace’ for sale – a snip at only $45 – plus other sundry, more risqué items. Amazing what good marketing can do.

But the point that I’m getting to – if rather slowly – is that I think erotica is difficult to sustain successfully for both the writer and the reader if the book is too long. I always think that novellas lend themselves to the erotic genre – long enough to titillate but short enough to avoid repetition. Plus the word itself – novella – has hints of Victorian naughtiness. So, if you’re thinking of having a go, after seeing the success of Fifty Shades, you could do worse than check out Smut in the City. They’re looking for ‘tales of urban passion’ from 4000 to 6000 words in length for an anthology they’re putting together.

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Another market I spotted this week was Chicken Soup for the Soul – Inspiration for Writers. I’m not a great fan of the whole Chicken Soup thing – it’s all too touchy-feely and American for me. But it is a paying market – and this particular book that they are putting together seems a good target for writers and would-be writers. If you’re thinking of looking into it, here’s what they say:

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, books or articles, paranormal or romance, the process is equally challenging. Thus, it’s important to learn from others who have made the transition from dreaming about writing to being a writer. If this describes you, we want to hear about your setbacks, breakthroughs and successes. How did you overcome writer’s block? Who or what encouraged you when you were about to give up? When did you realize that your story was ready to be shared with the world? This is your opportunity to help other writers – published and unpublished – draw inspiration and learn from your journey to publication (including self-publishing and blogging). The deadline date for story and poem submissions is June 30, 2012.

My guest blogger next week is Kate Musgrove, who will soon be the new editor of Chapter and Verse. If you’re already a student you can read this in the student area. In the meantime, though, the latest edition of The Write Place is also available if you want to know what’s going on at Writers Bureau. And all that remains is for me to wish you a very enjoyable long weekend. Whatever you plan to do – keep the flag flying!

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