How to Write Erotica (Paperback)

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Learn the ropes of erotic writing from the renowned erotica maven herself, Rachel Kramer Bussel!

Have you had intimate fantasies or simmering plotlines you’ve wanted to write but weren’t sure how or where to start? Let renowned erotica author and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel show you how to turn those fragments into fully fleshed out erotic stories, novellas and novels. In this indispensable nonfiction craft guide, Bussel takes her 20+ years of experience in the genre and walks writers through the ins and outs of erotic writing. Whether you want to see your work on the shelves of bookstores, pen sexy stories or letters for a partner or simply explore your creativity, How to Write Erotica will put you on the path to becoming the next Anaïs Nin!

Having taught erotic writing workshops at universities, conferences and sex toy stores across the world and online, Bussel knows how to make even those who blush at the word “sex” feel comfortable putting pen to paper. Her easy-to-follow method to penning erotica is broken down utilizing helpful tactics that include:
  • Practical examples from her own writing process
  • Erotica excerpts
  • Interviews with over a dozen successful erotica authors
  • Numerous writing tips and prompts

Aspiring erotic authors of all genders will learn everything they need to know about gaining inspiration from their everyday surroundings, breaking into publishing, promoting their work and making a name for themselves. From pseudonyms to BDSM, overcoming writer’s block and crafting sultry, believable characters, Bussel’s advice will have you seeing erotic possibilities everywhere. You don’t need an advanced degree, previous writing experience or sexual experience to write good erotica. All you need is a keen imagination and a willingness to follow your lusty mind wherever it takes you.




About the Author

Rachel Kramer Bussel is the editor of over 70 anthologies featuring over 700 authors, including The Big Book of Orgasms and the Best Women’s Erotica of the Year series. She writes widely about sex, dating, books and pop culture, and has contributed to over 100 erotica anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006. She teaches erotica writing workshops online and in person and consults with authors via Follow Rachel @raquelita on Twitter. Her books have won the IPPY (Independent Publisher) Award for Erotica and the Samois Anthology Award from the National Leather Association-International and she is the winner of the Living in Leather John Preston Award

Praise For…

Rachel Kramer Bussel explains the intricate craft of erotica writing perfectly. Every erotica writer should have this book in their toolkit. I thoroughly recommend it to new and established authors alike.
Kay Jaybee, author of Making Him Wait, The Voyeur and The Fifth Floor

If you’ve ever read erotica and thought, ‘I could write better smut than this!,’ How to Write Erotica is the book that will actually help you do it. It treats erotic writing like the craft and business that it is — focusing on a level of professionalism and care that’s required in any other genre of writing. If a writer completed only half of the exercises listed throughout the book and took only half the advice given, they’d be further along than many other writers publishing their smut right now. You can take the craft of writing about sex seriously and write steamy stories that turn yourself and your readers on. 
Kayla Lords, Sex Writer

Product Details
ISBN: 9781627783194
ISBN-10: 1627783199
Publisher: Cleis Press
Publication Date: February 14th, 2023
Pages: 222
Language: English