Release Date: February 14, 2023
ISBN: 9781627783194
eISBN: 9781627785327

How to Write Erotica

by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Have you had intimate fantasies or simmering plotlines you’ve wanted to write but weren’t sure how or where to start? Let renowned erotica author and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel show you how to turn those fragments into fully fleshed out erotic stories, novellas and novels. In this indispensable nonfiction craft guide, Bussel takes her 20+ years of experience in the genre and walks writers through the ins and outs of erotic writing. Whether you want to see your work on the shelves of bookstores, pen sexy stories or letters for a partner or simply explore your creativity, How to Write Erotica will put you on the path to becoming the next Anaïs Nin!

Having taught erotic writing workshops at universities, conferences and sex toy stores across the world and online, Bussel knows how to make even those who blush at the word “sex” feel comfortable putting pen to paper. Her easy-to-follow method to penning erotica is broken down utilizing helpful tactics that include:

- Practical examples from her own writing process
- Erotica excerpts
- Interviews with over a dozen successful erotica authors
- Numerous writing tips and prompts

Aspiring erotic authors of all genders will learn everything they need to know about gaining inspiration from their everyday surroundings, breaking into publishing, promoting their work and making a name for themselves. From pseudonyms to BDSM, overcoming writer’s block and crafting sultry, believable characters, Bussel’s advice will have you seeing erotic possibilities everywhere. You don’t need an advanced degree, previous writing experience or sexual experience to write good erotica. All you need is a keen imagination and a willingness to follow your lusty mind wherever it takes you.

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About the author Rachel Kramer Bussel

If you want to start boning up (har) on quality erotica, you’ll want to start with the work of some stellar modern female authors. Perhaps best known is Rachel Kramer Bussel, who edits and contributes to a slew of top-notch anthologies. —BUST   Rachel Kramer Bussel is arguably one of the most influential names in erotica and has been for some time. —   Rachel Kramer Bussel is the most knowledgeable and prolific book editor and spoken word producer...

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Books by Rachel Kramer Bussel

A seminal, unique, and expertly written writer's guide to a specific genre that has always been a lucrative market, How To Write Erotica is particularly recommended for aspiring writers working in both erotic and romantic fiction. . . 


—Midwest Book Review


How to Write Erotica is without a doubt one vital and excellent book. The ideas, suggestions, and prompts that Rachel Kramer Bussel offers in her book are invaluable, and her book is a resource I know I will put into practice.

Christian Pan


If you’ve ever read erotica and thought, ‘I could write better smut than this!,’ How to Write Erotica is the book that will actually help you do it. It treats erotic writing like the craft and business that it is — focusing on a level of professionalism and care that’s required in any other genre of writing. If a writer completed only half of the exercises listed throughout the book and took only half the advice given, they’d be further along than many other writers publishing their smut right now. You can take the craft of writing about sex seriously and write steamy stories that turn yourself and your readers on. 


—Kayla Lords, Sex Writer


Rachel Kramer Bussel explains the intricate craft of erotica writing perfectly. Every erotica writer should have this book in their toolkit. I thoroughly recommend it to new and established authors alike. 


—Kay Jaybee, author of Making Him Wait, The Voyeur and The Fifth Floor


Whatever is standing between you and good erotic writing can be found and overcome by looking inside this clear and comprehensive how-to guide. Terrific advice from one of the foremost writers and editors of the genre.

—Justine Elyot, author of On DemandKinky and Fallen

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