How to Write Hot Sex: Tips from Multi-Published Erotic Romance Authorsby Shoshanna Evers, Jean Johnson, Kate Douglas, Desiree Holt
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How to Write Hot Sex: Tips from Multi-Published Erotic Romance Authors features everything you need to know about adding sizzling sexual tension, scorching sex scenes, and emotional impact to your romance writing in twelve info-packed essays from bestselling and multi-published authors - so you can get published and get paid.
***This bestselling book was originally published in 2011, and has been updated in 2014. Updates include the authors' bios and links, and the essay Getting Published by Shoshanna Evers. If you have previously bought this book, you do not need to purchase it again.
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Meet the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Shoshanna Evers has written dozens of sexy stories including Overheated, The Enslaved Trilogy, and the post-apocalyptic dystopian Pulse Trilogy from Simon & Schuster Pocket Star. Her work has been featured in numerous anthologies including the bestselling Make Me: 12 Tales of Dark Desire, Best Bondage Erotica 2012 and 2013, and Agony/Ecstasy from Penguin/Berkley Heat. Evers got her start in 2010 at Ellora's Cave, with erotic BDSM novellas such as Chastity Belt and Punishing the Art Thief.
The non-fiction anthology Shoshanna Evers edited and contributed to, How To Write Hot Sex: Tips from Multi-Published Erotic Romance Authors, is a #1 Bestseller in the Authorship, Erotica Writing Reference, and Romance Writing categories on Amazon, and the inspiration for her �How to Write Hot Sex� workshop!
Shoshanna Evers has been listed on Amazon as one of the "Most Popular Authors in Romance," as well as on the Contemporary Romance, and Erotica "Most Popular Authors" lists.
Reviewers have called Shoshanna�s writing �fast paced, intense, and sexual�every naughty fantasy come to life for the reader� with stories where �the plot is fresh and the pacing excellent, the emotions�real and poignant.�
Shoshanna used to work as a syndicated advice columnist and a registered nurse, but now she�s a full-time smut writer and a home-schooling mom. She lives with her family and two big dogs in Northern Idaho.
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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.
This book is really worth every penny you spend for this book. Reading this book honestly honed my writing skills for description. The advice causes you to think out of the box when crafting your plots and scenes. Great writing advice!
If you're even thinking about writing a book in the romance genre, you need to read this first. Excellent guide for aspiring authors.
Don't think you write hot sex? Think again! Sure this collection has plenty to offer erotica authors, but it's real value lies in helping writers of all sub-genres who want to open the bedroom door on love scenes--whether they want to crack it or shine a spotlight on it. The articles on pacing, tension, realism, conflict, and emotion are among the best I've read on doing love scenes right. The articles are chock-full of examples and written in a very approachable way--this isn't a dry textbook at all. Rather, this is more like a celebration of all that makes erotica writing great. Now, for those looking for tips on writing kink, BDSM, and for niche erotica markets, there's plenty of great stuff here too. But I wouldn't shy away from this title just because you don't see your own writing ever going *there.* The anthology is laid out very nicely and it is easy to just skip over articles that don't apply as much to you. Evers discussion of different publishing terms and routes is clear and straightforward and goes a long way to helping authors make sense of the changing markets--she doesn't say do this/don't do this/the sky is falling, but rather just lays everything out there. All in all, this is one of the best writing craft books I have read in a long time (and I read a lot of them!).
How to Write Hot Sex is like the Kama Sutra of erotic romance writing, filled with tips and techniques for putting passion and freshness into your sex scenes, whether you write sweet romance or kinky erotica. This how-to book will give you all sorts of "naughty" ideas for turning on your characters and tuning in your readers (and maybe turning them on, too!). Well-known and rising- star erotic romance authors share their personal secrets and tricks of the trade to transform your sex scenes from ho-hum to orgasmic. From vanilla to kink and m/f to m/m or f/f, you'll learn the ins and outs (pun intended) of how to make your sex scenes work with and enhance your plot, develop your characters and become an integral part of the story. How to Write Hot Sex contains both general, overarching tips (a macro view) and then drills down to even sentence structure (a micro view), with a full range of helpful hints in between. This is a must read for new erotic romance writers, but even experienced authors with several published books under their belt will pick up tips to improve their sex scenes.