Saturday, February 28, 2009

March Madness Cubed at ERWA

Ready for a sexy threesome over at the Erotica Readers and Writers Association? First check out Ashley Lister's informative interview with editor Jolie du Pre, whose soon-to-be-released anthology Swing! includes my saucy swapping story "John Updike Made Me Do It."

That so happens to be part of the title of this month's "Cooking Up a Storey": John Updike Made Me Do It: Taboo-Breaking Fathers, Rebel Daughters, and Porn Writers’ Pizza. And yes, I more or less manage to tie together those rather disparate topics into a hopefully satisfying meal.

"Shameless Self-Promotion" continues on its journey with a more concrete and practical set of topics in "The Irresistible You: Pitches and Bios." Creating tantalizing teasers for your book and yourself is a basic tool of promotion, and I'm so shameless, I even share some from my files over at the ERWA blog.


Anonymous said...

What an awesome Cooking Up a Storey article. I would so love to try your pizza, since "perfect round" or not, I found Amorous Woman to be one of the most beautiful novels I've ever read.

A beautiful, thoughtful, entertaining column as usual, Donna. Thank you for sharing. (That Mediterranean pizza recipe looks fabulous. :))

Anonymous said...

And wow, I just read your book promotion column, and what a plethora of helpful, concrete advice (and I was thinking that before I even got past the file section!). Again I don't need it at this time, but it seems so valuable to know in case I ever do. Thank you!

"What I write reflects more the way I wished I’d done it rather than any description of my actual path."

This again, like the promotional experience descriptions you've shared on this blog, seems so generous to me. Thank you so much for doing that -- it is really truly appreciated.

Alison Tyler said...

Even on the most exalted throne in the world we are only sitting on our own bottom.
Michel de Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

But you've found an excellent way to sell with your luscious leopard-clad one!


Donna said...

Thank you so much, Emerald! Your support has been one of the truly sparkling parts of my experience as an author. And you know, it really isn't too early to start thinking about how you "market" yourself. As a short story writer, you already are in the public eye--I think you're doing a great job at your blog!

And thank you, Alison, for the sage words. The neon does get a little hot sometimes, but I like a warmed-up bottom ;-).

Jeremy Edwards said...

I'm blog-hopping on the fly* this week with limited online time, but I just glanced at your super-insightful Updike essay (love the "Anything-Is-Possible" Pizza, too!) and the latest essay on promoting—what a helpful, thoughtful, practical series! I'll be going back to both pieces later to absorb more insights, advice ... and pizza.

*Yes, the blogs keep hopping onto my fly.