Interview: Sally Bend, author and reviewer of TG erotica

Sally Bend is one of the most influential and important reviewers of transgender literature. She’s the assistant editor of Frock Magazine, an award-winning crossgender lifestyle magazine where she reviews transgender literature. Her reviews of erotica can also be found in Transformation, North America’s number one transgender magazine. Her tireless reviewing also appears on Amazon, Goodreads, and her Bending the Bookshelf blog too.

All this makes her something of an authority in the trans-universe, so it’s a great honor to have her sharing her insights here today. Read on after the jump for this extensive and fascinating interview.

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Interview: Erotica Author Reed James

If you’ve been reading futa, lesbian, and other erotica on Amazon, you’ve likely encountered the name of Reed James. One of the more prolific authors on the market, he’s also one of the best, never failing to disappoint or deliver.

He agreed to do a Q+A style interview with my blog, so here goes! We talk about marketing, writing, and the Aphrodite Sisterhood universe where his stories take place.

Q: You’re one of the most prolific and successful authors of transgender erotica out there. What’s the secret to your amazing output?

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An Interview With Kella

Hello to all of you out there in Cloud Cuckoo-Land!

I just finished a short interview over on Angel Rose’s blog, which along with promoting her own excellent steamy romance, also features the occasional interview with authors of erotica, romance, and other spicy genres. It was a nice chance to share some of my recent work as well as answer a few questions about how we take care of business here at the great, Kella Z. Driel, smut factory in the sky.

Here’s a little preview.

What makes erotica different from other genres?

It’s surprisingly forgiving, commercially viable, and quite open to self-publishing, which isn’t true of a lot of genres. True, you have the occasional blockbuster hit like Fifty Shades of Grey, but most erotica is self-published on Amazon.com by professional and semi-professional authors. Another thing is the plotting tends to be a lot easier, at least for me. The person wants to have sex. The person has sex. The end!

Thanks again for the opportunity, Angel! Heaven is missing one of its own. Everyone, you can read the complete interview here.

The Reviews Are In!

It’s rare for erotica to receive a formal, professional review, let alone one in a print magazine. For the most part, the feedback we do receive comes straight from readers via Amazon, Goodreads, and social media. That’s why it’s so exciting for me to announce that the current issue of Transformation Magazine includes a one page review of Sissy Pack!

If you’re not familiar with the magazine, its tagline is The Future of Gender and it’s the number one-selling print magazine in the US.

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Foreplay, Not Backstory

It is autumn, and coming up to dusk. She is dressed as she always is: high heels, a suit with a pleated skirt, a silk blouse, and no hat. But long gloves which come up over the sleeves of her jacket…

“Unfasten your garter belt,” he says, “and take off your panties.”

 

Art is hard. Writing is hard. Writing art that makes someone hard–or wet, as the case may be–can get particularly hard.

Selling erotica is like a first date or a job interview: you need to wash your hair, put on clean clothes, polish your repartee, and then get out there and mingle. You also–unless you are a heartless exhibitionist indifferent to the shame and suffering bearing down upon the house of your progenitors and the suffering spirits of your ancestors–need a persona, a pseudonym, a carefully crafted image with which to bedazzle and beguile the millions and millions of customers lining up at your virtual door.

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