Fantasies was published by Erotic Shades on the 1st April. A lot of writers via their blogs will list where their work has been published, but never say much about the publication or website that is promoting their work.
I’ve always felt that was wrong. Any Publisher / Editor who is publishing a writer is promoting that writer’s work. The very least the writer can do is return the favour.
We probably need to get one thing straight right away. Erotic Shades publishes literary erotica, and not porn. There’s a difference.
I was made aware of Erotic Shades by a fellow writer, Gary Clifton. I checked their website. I liked what I read. Fantasies had been written about a year ago. I liked the story but I didn’t know of a suitable market. The conversation with Gary seemed fortuitous so I decided to send Fantasies to Erotic Shades. It proved to be a good decision.
I found the editorial team at Erotic Shades easy to get on with and very friendly. I also like what they’re trying to do. Here’s what they have to say themselves:
Erotic Shades was a tiny idea that came up after a (very) long afternoon sat in meetings, listening to other people worry and stress about the publishing industry. Oh there was much to worry about we were told – the publishing industry was being ‘thrown open to every Tom Dick and Bob – why, anyone would be able to circulate their work with ease!’
Now, this was being pitched as the end of the world, but to a certain (silent) few sat round the table, this sounded like the start of a revolution – a chance for the vast amounts of quality work out there to rise to the surface. Writing can be a solitary business, filled with rejection and uncertainty – but as an onlooker, watching the way the publishing industry is having to recreate itself, there are huge opportunities for writers to get their work out there and get positive feedback – from the readers - you know; the people you actually want to buy your book.
And this is where we come in – erotic fiction is on the rise, but we feel that so much of what is coming on the market, is merely a repeat performance; publishing companies trying to recreate the popularity (not to mention the profit) of Mr Christian…Well, you know his name.
We want to offer folks a little sizzle in their day, and we want your help. We will be calling for submissions of erotic short fiction, sometimes based around a theme, sometimes not. We are aiming to publish straight to the site for all to enjoy. But – it will only be available to enjoy for one week, before coming-down to go in our quarterly anthology.
We think this is the best way to get your work out there, and show the reading audience the great quality – and variety – this genre of fiction has to offer.
We three; Jo-Anne, Liza and Anna, rack up twenty years in the publishing industry between us, and we’ve been hands on to witness the almost complete alteration of the publishing field in the last five years or so. And we think these are exciting times…
I’ve been impressed with the work that I’ve read on Erotic Shades so far, and I’d recommend any reader or writer to check them out.
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