Monday, October 3, 2011
Erotica: Meeting the Old Guard as TNG
Less than a month ago I was in Las Vegas, at the Erotic Authors Association convention attending seminars and hanging out with people I've known online and offline for years, finally putting faces to names, sharing drinks with some of the best in erotica, and the newest also. Oh yeah, and I was smoking huge cigars INSIDE THE CASINOS! Take THAT anti smoking laws targeting cigar and pipe smokers...
Anyway, one of the comments made to me was that the established Old Guard, those of us with at least ten years of experience in erotica, numerous credits under our belts (or skirts) who had paved the way for e-publishing, were fairly unapproachable. I felt right at home. Part of it was that the people I spent most of my time with were the Old Guard. Cecilia Tan, Laura Antoniou, Rachel Kramer Bussel and M. Christian, just to name a few. Those people were idols, now comrades and friends I feel excited by as they embrace new publishing technology while still bringing the noise and power of the written erotic word.
Then there was The Next Generation, or The New Guard. Younger authors, publishers, many of whom had less than five years of business under their skirts. People like Margie Church, Lori Perkins (new to e-publishing but NOT to publishing/agenting etc) Mahalia Levey. As anyone could predict, the event was split into the two camps and when I talked to some of my authors, they had expressed this concern.
I told them that frankly I was the youngest of the Old Guard but if they wanted an in, wanted to talk to us, one simple rule applies. Just do it.
We're not monsters. We're not gods. (Well, Laura Antoniou kinda is!) In fact, we're (mostly) quite delightful. Eager to talk to our peers. Eager to share our wisdom and in many cases, eager to learn what's hip, what's new, what's cool that can be beneficial to all of us.
Every group has it's cliques. The lessons the Old Guard can teach us usually revolve around the business end of things, because those people make a living out of writing. The New Guard wants to be where we are and in time will hopefully replace us once we die. The New Guard wants to write stories that are as timeless as Black Feathers or The Marketplace Series. And with our help, they hopefully will. The lessons the New Guard teaches us usually involve technology but the funny thing is most writers are geeks so it's not so much about the new tech, but how to apply the new tech. Take Twitter for example. When I started writing, Twitter wasn't around. I already had five years as a published author when it came out in 06. The same thing happened with Facebook once it was opened to the public and not just the college crowd.
So here are the lessons.
1. Don't cozy up to us. We smell BS. Just be yourself. Genuine goes a LONG way.
2. Hang out with us. For Goddess sake, the more the merrier! Besides, opportunities happen at the weirdest times.
3. See Rule Number One.
4. Remember that a LOT of us have a LOT going on. It'll always be this way. So make the best impression you can, but follow up is very important in any industry and that's true in writing, be it erotica, erotic romance, mystery and any other genre. That being said, keep in touch. If you feel you're interrupting, we'll tell you. Chances are, you probably are BUT so what? It's usually pretty cool.
We WANT to impart our wisdom to you. We WANT to share. We WANT to be respected but that's the easiest part of all.
Oh, anyone following my career will realize that I posted my second release ever, a tribute to erotica, in short story form. And the second cover is my BDSM Erotic Romance, one of my latest releases from Sizzler Editions.
Buy Mistress Anna from Sizzler Editions
Forced Pleasure, two novellas of romantic bondage and love - from Sizzler Editions