Rough Draft Confessions: Not A Guide To Writing And Selling Erotica And Romance But Full Of Inside Insight Anyway

Rough Draft Confessions: Not A Guide To Writing And Selling Erotica And Romance But Full Of Inside Insight Anyway

by M. Jane Colette


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780995810242
Publisher: GENRES were made to be BROKEN
Publication date: 04/03/2017
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents


Managing Expectations: I'm writing for YOU but I’m a liar

So I write this dirty, dirty book...

You tell me the title really sucks

And then, I get hit by a truck (it’s a metaphor)

Six days crafting a five sentence bio

Irving Layton on poetry, orgasms and academics

The first pitch

A bad synopsis can be a decent pitch

Mail it out, throw up—repeat

OMFG she knows a publisher?

I don't get an agent

Rejection blows goats

The writer’s “FU” impulse by Erica Jong

“If at first you don’t succeed, you shouldn’t try sky diving”

I fall in love by the river and stop being crazy

Susan Sontag and Ernest Hemingway in a conversation about sex (and writing)

The results of five (actually, two) hours of research

Was Sigmund Freud a Gemini?

How NOT to write a synopsis

Breaking rules works

“So… may I see some more?”

Indulge me: I really want you to read his entire “I Want You” email, ok?

Social realist erotica: a collaborative definition from Julia Cameron and me

My excessive attachment to the c-word

A really bad contract

I can't find any typos

He likes it, he still really, really likes ME!

I almost forgot to tell you about her (my) name...

I’m not real

I’m not real... but I can create myself—and also, let me whine, Dad!

Wait. What happened to that woman...

Rantings of a Mad Girl turned into a business plan (sort of)

I try to create a vision

On second thought: Maybe Sylvia Plath shouldn’t be my role model

OMFG not another creative visualization

Art, sex, imagination

Periods are over-rated; also, most people sext with one hand, not two

Hyphenating “g-spot” and other ways to make a grown man cry

My parents still love, although they’d love me more if I had written something they could show to their friends

I need a blurb but divorce is a buzz kill

Leslie McIntyre on having it all

A picture is worth a 1000 words

The way to hell is paved with the best intentions

Isn’t it their job to sell it?

Instead of really preparing myself for the launch, I wrap myself in Persian Poetry

How do you criticize someone’s sexual fantasies, exactly?

Squirming with embarrassment, and not at what you might think...

And then, everything falls apart


But surely there’s a purpose to all this

Wait, I lied

He was teenie weenie, and that’s why you should read Anne Lamott

I’d really like someone to blame, but...

He loves me! He loves me again!

I go to Cuba and write another book

Do you think this is true?

I come back from Cuba and have an identity crisis

Let us make one thing easier for you

Reading Sylvia Plath when you’re existentially angsting is a TERRIBLE idea

I decide to do nothing

When all else fails, consult Cheryl Strayed

I don’t have a clue how to do that

Steve Jobs gives me some advice on being naked... and dead

I hate writers

Why we like having sex with artists

What do you mean you want instructions?

You know what I just realized? This is also my coming out monologue

So then I go to this conference and everything changes...

Gloria Steinem told me...

BONUS: Why writing and reading erotica and romance is important


Priorities, baby, priorities—or, ‘I don’t’ as an answer to ‘How do you do it all?’

Meditation for writers, ‘Mom! I need you!’ and struggling to stay on that tightrope


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