At 6:45am on Saturday, Alice, Gemma and I were bleary eyed and loading ourselves and several cases into a car for a trip to Bristol. We’re not usually awake at that hour or working at the weekend but we made a special exception for Eroticon 2012, the first erotic conference aimed at writers, reviewers and sex bloggers.
Held in central Bristol, Eroticon 2012 was jam-packed with speakers and delegates from all walks of life, each with their own take on erotica and ideas about how to transform their passion into a career. Photographers, sex toy reviewers, erotic authors, performers, publishers and bloggers convened on both sides of the stage to impart knowledge and share experiences to help delegates hone their skills and spark their imagination in a series of thoughtful seminars.
As sponsors and dedicated sex toy enthusiasts, we brought along a selection of toys and treats to share with delegates and spent our time chatting to attendees, allowing them to get hands-on with some of our favourite products. Unfortunately this meant that we missed almost all of the talks and demonstrations but we had a great time mingling with delegates and speakers and we definitely enjoyed electrocuting them all with the Neon Wand. Bzzt!
Zoe Margolis, author of Girl With A One Track Mind
We brought along two tables filled with fun including Rock Box, the Bedroom Kandi Music-Activated Vibrator, Minna Ola, Sqweel and of course... Baconlube. Our table was rarely quiet and by the end of the day the batteries were running low, the Sliquid lubes were half consumed and our contact book was bulging full with email addresses of future reviewers. We really loved the friendly, vibrant atmosphere and the open attitude everyone had with us and one another. Thank you to everyone who took the time to chat with us...
Monday mornings aren’t often seen as the most exciting week but, for me, today was the last Monday before Eroticon 2012, which makes it very exciting!
I came up with the idea for Eroticon in May 2011 and ten months later I’ll see all my hard work come alive on Saturday as I open the doors to the UK’s first conference for sex bloggers and erotica writers and I couldn’t be more excited.
I’m excited to meet the speakers, some that I’ve never met before or only conversed with over email and many of whom I admire or inspire me in some way and some I’m just plain intrigued by. I’m excited to meet bloggers and writers that I’ve read and only met on social media as well as those delegates who I have never met and know nothing off.
I’m curious to find out just who comes to a sex blogger and erotica writers’ conference!
I’m excited to meet our sponsors, not just the friendly and generous Lovehoney and Coco de Mer staff but also the publishers and to discuss with them some of the big issues facing erotica and publishing at the moment; censorship, self-publishing, content and of course the big question “Where next for erotica?”
I’m excited to meet old friends, some of whom are coming from overseas, that have supported me over the last couple of years, friendships that pre-date Eroticon but will be strengthened there. I’m excited to see what happens, for all the planning and work that I’ve done, and that’s a lot, it isn’t down to me anymore, it is down to you, the people that are as excited as me about it to take it forward and bring it to life.
I’m excited to see you learning, making networks and moving forward your writing. And if all the things that excite me don’t excite you, well that’s what Lovehoney are there for, because I know they’ll have plenty of things designed to excite you!
Ruby Kiddell is an author of erotic fiction and organiser of Eroticon 2012. Ruby blogs at The Erotic Notebook.
Personally, I love erotica. What could be better than a well-written story that gets you in the mood? It doesn’t always have to be fiction, and it definitely doesn’t have to be long. Sometimes a short and subtle erotic poem is much better than a prolonged novel with extensively graphic sex scenes.
It's International Literacy Day today and in celebration I’ve created a short history of erotica with everything from ancient scripts to semi-autobiographical diaries. They might not all push your buttons, but they have ignited centuries' worth of love, lust and pleasure and are still exciting to read and appreciate today.
Whether you’re into dominance and submission, seeking tales of debauchery and prostitution or looking for a classic love story there’s something in the genre for you... after all, we have the whole history of the written word to explore.
Earlier this year we announced that Lovehoney were sponsoring the first ever Filament Magazine fiction competition. The competition has now closed, all entries have been read and raised pulses as the winners were selected.
Filament’s fiction editor Megan Lewis had the difficult job of reading over 100 entries from around the world to select the finalists. The crème de la crème of amateur erotic fiction was then sent to one of favourite sex experts and educators - Violet Blue - who selected the winner of a cash prize and coveted publication in Filament Magazine.
K D Grace was born with a writing obsession. It got worse once she actually learned how to write. There's no treatment for it. It's progressive and chronic and quite often interferes with normal, everyday functioning. She might actually be concerned if it wasn't so damned much fun most of the time.
Her erotica has been published with Xcite Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Black Lace, Erotic Review, Ravenous Romance, and Scarlet Magazine.
K D's critically-acclaimed erotic romance novel, The Initiation of Ms Holly, published by Xcite Books, is Lovehoney's Erotic Book of the Month for June. Buy the 5 star-rated book by K D Grace and get a Lovehoney Powerful Pocket Vibrator absolutely free - a super-charged erotic evening is practically guaranteed.
1. K D, tell us about how you got started writing erotica.
I’ve always enjoyed writing the sex scenes in whatever fiction I was writing. They were actually my favourite parts, and I was good at writing them. Unlike a lot of my writer friends, I didn’t find it hard to write the naughty bits. When I first saw Scarlet Magazine’s section for erotica called ‘Cliterature', I thought to myself, ‘I can write that.’ I sent off a story called ‘The Night Bus’ and Scarlet bought it. That was the beginning...
Everyone is a fan of a naughty bedtime read and here at Lovehoney we have been revelling in the fine selection of erotic literature on offer, taking us into the autumnal months when staying at home with tales of fantasy and sexual adventure with a nice cup of tea is extremely tempting.
October's Book of the Month is The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 9, an unputdownable collection of erotica, featuring 42 new stories of naughty encounters, selected from every corner of the world.
If the October Erotic Book of the Month tickles your fancy, we have only gone and added to its appeal with the offer of a 10 Function Stimulating G-Spot Wand Vibrator worth £21.99 when you purchase the book. The combination of a fine selection of literature with an extremely fine pleasure toy is certainly one with winning potential you could say!
We also have lots of new erotic novels including Subduing Jacqueline, an erotic tale of one man's mysterious power over his female staff and Girl Trade, a tale of a captive jewel dedicated to the pleasures of flesh in all its shapes and sizes.
Have a great October and may it be filled with a great selection of erotic literature to keep you entertained and satisfied!
I picked up on this article in The Daily Mail advising that a bedtime story is the perfect aphrodisiac!
“Seven in ten men regularly read to their wives and girfriends to help them relax before going to sleep, a study found.” Where are these men? I'm jealous! Ah, apparently only 64% of men in the South West of England do this, hmph!
Well, even if your partner doesn't get Jackanory with you every night, you can still take advantage of the new, steamy erotic fiction we've added to our library.
The season of love isn’t just for new lovers and secret admirers; it’s perfect for long term couples who want to add that spark back into their relationship.
Buying lots of sensual sex toys and gorgeous lingerie is a good way to kick starting your love life but more lasting help is available in Tracey Cox’s latest book, Supersex for Life.
Sex expert and relationship coach Tracey, has put together all her knowledge and advice into this one brilliant book, allowing those couples who have already explored the Kama Sutra and the tired 'ice cube blowjob' technique to find something new and exciting to try together.
Beautifully presented in a gorgeous hardback cover, the full-colour photographs and witty text is sure to make Supersex for Life a great gift for Valentine’s Day.
Check out our free extract below for some great tips from Tracey for long term lovers:
As well as the free extract of the Book of the Month we’re also offering a free festive extract from Liasions, a book filled with erotic encounters from the team at Black Lace!
This sensual short story collection is the perfect antidote to the mood-killing Queen’s speech and boring brussel sprouts! So grab your copy now, curl up on the sofa and get ready to become hot under the collar...