I began writing literary erotica over 10 years ago. Where did I get my start? The Erotica Readers & Writers Association, or ERWA, founded by Adrienne Benedicks, is an organization that has been around since 1996. Many new writers will ask me how they can get started in erotica, and I have told them the same thing I have said for years, join the Erotica Readers & Writers Association. It is the only comprehensive erotica site that provides the new writer with all the information they need to know about everything erotica, and is one of Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Sites.
What is erotica? I refer to erotica as sex with story. Whereas porn is just sex, erotica is literary.
Join the ERWA email discussion list
The Erotica Readers & Writers Association is a private group. To join their highly recommended email discussion list is a simple process of requesting to join from the owner of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association, Adrienne Benedicks. Participating in the various sections of the list gives you the opportunity to socialize in an informal way, to get information about how to write a good erotica story, and to get invaluable critiques on your erotica by fellow ERWA members. The ERWA critique process is what helped to make me a better erotica writer and is something that I recommend every erotica writer experience. The best stories critiqued are chosen for the galleries that are updated on the site every month.
Take note of the ERWA calls for submissions
The Erotica Readers & Writers Association calls for submissions is the first place that erotica writers should look to find out what print and e-book publishers are looking for. ERWA features only the most popular calls for print novels, e-book novels, novellas, anthologies, magazines and pod-casts. If you only looked in one place for erotica calls for submissions, ERWA should be it.
Participate in Inside the Erotica Mind
Inside the Erotica Mind gives you a chance to explore your sensuality and erotica opinions. You’ll find questions like Is Nudity Your Thing or Is Cybersex Cheating? Participating in such a question and answer section gives you practice in thinking erotically.
Visit the Smutter’s Lounge
The Smutter’s Lounge of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association includes things like book reviews that help you to become familiar with the erotica that’s out there. It’s hard to be a good erotica writer if you have never read erotica.