So You Want To Write Erotica?

Rated 4.67/5 based on 21 reviews
A short author's guide for those wishing to write erotica and also for the enjoyment of those who like to read it.
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Language: American English
ISBN: 9781301794966
About Brianna Summers

I write stories from my own experiences mostly, my parents were a couple of hippies that believed wholeheartedly in 'free love' and all that stuff so there was no chance in me growing up normal lol. I'd like to save some money and travel all over, have a whole bunch of new hot experiences abroad so this is the goal for my writing at the moment. Hope you enjoy the stories, lots of love xoxoxoxo Brianna.

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Review by: Vanessa Rausa on June 07, 2017 :
Good advice and the fact is that anyone can say advice is 'contradictory' but I think it comes from a good place, someone wanting to help others and really how critical can you be of good advice given for free? Eh Darcy and Aussiescribbler? If people like you keep trashing people's hard work then who's going to want to write anything on Smashwords free or not? P.S. in case you haven't guessed... I. HATE. TROLLS.
(review of free book)

Review by: Aussiescribbler on Feb. 03, 2015 :
This cheerfully empassioned rallying cry for the independent erotica author appears to have been written in a fit of manic enthusiasm, hence some sentences which run on and on and the author's "he he" giggling at herself. It is an easy and enjoyable read, and pleasant to spend time with someone who believes so strongly in the empowerment of the individual writer.

On the other hand, if you've ever read anything about how to be a writer you will be familiar with all the key points here and have encountered them in a more articulate presentation.

There is also a mixed message here. On the one hand she says :

"...1000 authors are clamoring to write the next piece of 'Billionaire Erotica' trash and we have titles like 'Owned by the Billionaire' or 'The Billionaire's Bargain' and such crap like that. It's crap make no mistake and while some may think that these authors are on a gravy train the fact is the more of them that dilute the pool and take attention away from better authors the more they're just shooting themselves in the foot."

But later she says :

"Know your audience, know what their expectations are and do your best to fulfil them. What's the reason for the popularity of 50 shades of grey? Well, girls like to fall for a prince or someone powerful, someone other than the ordinary Tom, Dick or Harry."

So how are those who write 50 Shades of Grey knock-offs not following Summers' advice? If there is an audience for billionaire erotica and they know this and are trying to cater to it, how are they any different from Summers' herself when she writes teen erotica because there is a market for that or puts the word "Sluts" in a title because, like the word "billionaire", it attracts sales.

My own advice would be a little different. Write what you would like to read. Use yourself as an indicator of your audience. True, you may be untypical, and your market may thus be more of a niche one, but better to create something original and remain true to yourself than to run the risk of becoming just one more obsequious pandering hack chasing the latest trend.

Summers' writes some hot stories and is an enthusiastic supporter of other writers. Her heart is in the right place.
(review of free book)

Review by: Francis Haley on Jan. 28, 2015 :
These writing tips are great, albeit basic, for budding writers. However, I must agree with reviewer Darcy Midnight that Ms. Summers could have benefited from reading her own work.
(review of free book)

Review by: Darcy Midnight on July 21, 2014 :
Hmm.. mixed review here.

Plus: Ms. Summers has some basic writing tips that are appropriate for any written work, whether erotica or technical. Nothing earth-shattering though.

Con: Ms. Summers should read aloud her own work or have better proofreaders/editors. "Using social media
such as facebook and other programs is just one way of doing this and for this reason I have created the group on facebook called "Smashwords Authors Global Network" and by the way
feel free to join if you're a writer or just a reader of ebooks." Ugh.

She uses the casual (you) in this eBook - not appropriate.

Ms. Summers offers a link to another free story: "This is a link to my free story, Hypnosister..." It is not free.

Reviews are wonderful to get, truly. If constructive, reviews help a writer refine his or her craft. I cannot in good conscience give this eBook more than a couple stars.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Emily Patterson on Aug. 05, 2013 :
great constructive advice for writers! Thanks Brianna.
(review of free book)

Review by: Ivy Archer on July 29, 2013 :
This was great, very helpful for new writers or people who are just now starting to try and write like me! Positive input in the field of writing, great tips and makes the reader want to go out and write something.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jennifer Hampton on July 22, 2013 :
Easy to follow and brings up the most crucial and important points with writing in general, not just any one genre. Great stuff indeed.
(review of free book)

Review by: D. Spencer on July 16, 2013 :
Great guide! I've written several ebooks under another userid, and I completely agree with the points she covers.
(review of free book)

Review by: Ernest Winchester on July 05, 2013 :
An excellent collection of solid advice for writers of any genre. Counsel I would love to pass along to any number of writers (and I use that term loosely) on Smashwords. But that might revive feuds better left alone.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jess Barclay on June 27, 2013 :
Yes the Internet, Youtube in particular has brought about that phrase "Someday everyone will have their 15 minutes of fame." But gee there's a lot of crap out there that gets famous or known isn't there Mr. Warhol? Having gotten used to and appreciating Brianna's sense of humor after reading "Cherry Popper and the Pimpmaster's Stone" this was an easy and enjoyable read for me. Authors need to work on cover design (I've seen some terrible ones out there lol) and their use of language / grammar. This is a good guide for authors of all stripes not just those wishing to branch out into the lucrative field of writing erotica.
(review of free book)

Review by: Jeremy Ronaldson on June 08, 2013 :
I think Brianna brings up some good points, the best authors have a combination of book smarts and street smarts, imagination and life experience. Helpful and insights a plenty for all us new would be authors out there :)
(review of free book)

Review by: Cassandra Moore on June 04, 2013 :
educational and entertaining... also it's about time an author stuck it to all these 50 shades bullshit ripoffs by these cheap tacky mainstream whorish authors. Definitely a fan of Miss Summers's writing style.
(review of free book)

Review by: Caitlin Shawbury on June 03, 2013 :
Enjoyed what Bree had to say about established authors, knowing your target market and writing to your already established set of skills. Great tips, I hope to publish on Smashwords soon!
(review of free book)

Review by: Virginia Islington on May 28, 2013 :
Some good, interesting and funny points about writing and language. Really liked it!
(review of free book)

Review by: Carla McMahon on May 28, 2013 :
this is great help for people like me who want to write ebooks but don't know where to start sometimes. The best chapter I thought was the one that dealt with writing from experience and about imagination as well. Thanks Brianna.
(review of free book)

Review by: Alicia Graves on May 28, 2013 :
The kind of positive advice that could help any author I think with their craft. Will definitely be keeping an eye out for Brianna's other stories.
(review of free book)

Review by: Brian Way on May 28, 2013 :
Admittedly it was the cover that grabbed my attention before I read the title and then the piece itself but the writing style Brianna has is very easy to read and appreciate. Good, constructive tips about the field of writing.
(review of free book)

Review by: Michael McQuaid on May 21, 2013 :
Good book, clear, informative and easy to read and follow. In short it just makes sense. Because of this book I have read almost all of the rest from the author. No clangers yet.
(review of free book)

Review by: Alex Davison on May 17, 2013 :
Good advice, I want to write a few stories one day if I can.
(review of free book)

Review by: Charden Wood on May 03, 2013 :
Great little help aid. Brianna offers lots of good points to not take for granted. Just as she brings out, as sex ebook authors, "we set the rules rather than wait for someone to come along and dictate terms to us." But that doesn't mean we throw away certain beneficial writing standards and guidelines.

I write short adult stories so I especially appreciate Brianna's section about "collaborations". I agree that it is important to network with fellow authors. I personally welcome all reviews and link exchanges from Smashwords erotica authors. Thanks for these useful tips Brianna.
(review of free book)

Review by: Lee Bell on May 01, 2013 :
An interesting take on the "Brave New World" as Brianna calls it of e-publishing and some fresh ideas about writing and marketing within this world. Recognized the name on the title as I'd just added Hypnosister to my library by the same author.
(review of free book)

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