Mitzi Szereto has some tips for you. American-born Szereto, now living in London, England, has written and edited more than a dozen books of erotica. Among the titles: Erotic Fairy Tales: A Romp Through the Classics; The World's Best Sex Writing 2005; Wicked: Sexy Tales of Legendary Lovers; the Erotic Travel Tales anthology series, and the M.S. Valentine erotic novels.
She'll be conducting a residential weekend erotic writing workshop on the Isle of Wight next month and in June, and a week-long erotic writing course on the Greek island of Skiathos in September. Szereto is inviting submissions for two new anthologies.
For Getting Even: Women's Tales of Revenge, stories should be by women, less than 9,000 words and may be of any sexual orientation. For Sleeping With the Gods: An Erotic Odyssey, she is accepting stories 1,500 to 9,000 words long with an erotic/sexy edge in the myths of the Greco-Roman tradition. For more information about these anthologies and for details about how to submit material (no email submissions will be considered), write to Szereto at email@example.com.
For information about writing for Harlequin's Spice series, go online to http://www.eharlequin.com, click on "Writing Guidelines" at the bottom of the screen, then click on Spice.
Below are some dos and don'ts of erotic writing according to Szereto.