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on 16 April 2014
This is a wonderful reference book for erotica writers of all heats. Even if you aren't a romance writer, you can benefit from this reference.

Cara McKenna's "Real Ugly" expands on descriptions. Don't just describe coffee as "coffee." Instead, wouldn't you want a sip of that triple-shot espresso with vanilla whip cream and shaved dark chocolate bits sprinkled on top?

Desiree Holt's "Five Sexy Senses to Rev Up Scenes" pounds into us to engage our readers with all their senses--draw them into the story by elaborating on these details.

Christine d'Abo's "Boys Will Be Boys" tells us terms that boys use with boys. I learned what a twink was, for example, and resolved to read some M/M romances to research more guy terminologies. If you're not a guy, do your research so that you can write a convincing guy's POV.

L.K. Below's "Law of Attraction" details the connection that builds between two characters. This is crucial for any kind of relationship you are writing about--romance, friendship, etc.

Kate Douglas's "Writing the Fine Line Between Erotica and Porn" points out the differences between emotionless, plotless sex (porn) and a sex scene that actually moves the story forward. If you want your readers to remember your characters, then definitely write those steamy scenes with the plot in mind.

Giselle Renarde's "How to Write Convincing Fetish and Niche Market Sex" beseeches the reader-writer to really do the research required to convince our audiences of the authenticity of our characters. What could be worse than a reader picking up one of our books and crossing us off their list for inauthentic characterization?

Charlotte Stein's "Sexy Sentences" illustrates different ways to edit our own work to quicken the pace, deepen the connection, and up the heat level. I literally crossed out two of the three times the word "shoulder" appeared in one of my three-sentence paragraphs when I went back to read my first draft.

Isabo Kelly's "Fighting Sex" is a prime example of what's possible in succinct writing, when you're successful in weaving emotion, choreography, and character in a scene.

Delphine Dryden's "So You Think You Can Kink?" elaborates about the BDSM world and how to have believable characters, scenes, etc.

Jean Johnson's "Biology: The Good, The Bad, & the Sex Scene" explains the differences in arousal peaks in both sexes--important when writing believable sex scenes.

Cari Quinn's "Rx for a Saggy Love Scene" emphasizes the small stuff, the dirty talk, the internal thoughts and emotions. Quite useful for deep POV writing.

Finally, Shoshanna Evers' "Getting Published" gives newbie authors seeking traditional publishing the comprehensive basics of that industry and more. The more refers to tips that indie authors may also find helpful.

Overall, I highly recommend this book, which is a great resource for any writer but most specifically those who strive to write erotic fiction.
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on 9 November 2012
I think this is a valuable read for anyone in the early stages of writing erotica or wanting to make the sex better in other genres. There's a lot of practical info about the physiology and psychology of sex and terms used in different subgenres of erotica such as m/m and fetish. It gives useful advice on how erotic encounters can drive a plot forward and be the means to characters' development. There are writing tips from the use of commas to the avoidance of characters who are so perfect they become dull. The book made me think about the nature and appeal of erotica and how you go about writing in what can be a risque field without your inner censor getting in the way. I didn't always agree with the authors' arguments but I welcomed the debate. As you would expect, I found some of the chapters more relevant to me than others. But it has certainly helped me to improve my own writing.
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on 28 September 2014
An excellent book to enhance your erotic romance writing, I have read this book at least four times and each time I learned something new. I am new to writing erotic romance; this book has proved to be inspirational.
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on 24 August 2014
Amazing book and a must for those trying to write a book
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on 16 April 2012
I can't really claim to have read this one. I flicked through large sections wondering why I'd bought the book. Oh yes, it was because I've been writing more sex into my books and wanted some advice from people who did that kind of writing more often than I. Apparently I don't need the advice since I considered the essays in this book incredibly obvious.

The only article I found useful was Jean Johnson's one on the biology involved in sex and how you can use that to improve your writing. Sadly, the information on female anatomy and arousal mechanics is a little out of date, but it was still a good read and useful. Unfortunately, it's not so easy to go back and dip in for those nuggets of glorious data because...

The formatting on the Kindle version is deplorable. Sections are bulk italic or underlined. There is no table of contents at all. Random access reading or finding references requires you to guess page numbers.

Other irritating features:
- The authors are all women. It might have been nice to see one man in there.
- The authors have a tendency to blow their own horns a lot. And a little oddly; writing for Literotica while a fine and noble thing, does not a good erotica writer make. I got a reader's choice prize for a Literotica story!
- There seemed to be an enormous desire to justify the genre. "We don't right porn, we write erotica. Well, it's romance really. Yes, there's a difference. Look this is it... What, you can't see it?" I think this comes down to editing. The editor should have picked the best self-justification exercise and told the others to drop it. It just comes over as insecure.

my overall impression of this book is that I now realise why there's so much over-priced, dreadful erotic fiction in the market. People read books like this, think they're going to make a mint, and away they go.
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on 9 May 2015
Bought this book as a joke, gave me a good laugh.
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