There are 35 places and tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Full details will be sent with a confirmation letter. The winning entry will be published by Black Lace Books as part of a forthcoming e Book collection.
For example, Gwendolynne in Portia Da Costa’s recent top-ten bestseller In Too Deep, is a self-conscious and slightly overweight librarian whose sexual potential is unlocked by a hero who finds her curves irresistible.You have to be genuinely excited about erotic romance.So how do you go about writing that spicy bestseller?We sought expert guidance from Gillian Green, Eden Bradley and Rachel Blowes.In a curious moral twist, infidelity by the main characters is a line that should not be crossed.
You’re not writing a biology essay: clinical terms for body parts are decidedly unerotic, but don’t use self-consciously poetic descriptions either. As for the word count, a publisher such as Black Lace is after around 80,000.The basic guidelines are as valid for erotic romance as they are for Mills & Boon: a man and a woman, or a love triangle, an up-and-down relationship (in more ways than one) leading to a happy-ever-after.Almost literally, since the sexual menu of many of these books is based on BDSM (that’s bondage and discipline, sadism and masochism), requiring a range of equipment not readily available at your local Homebase.Having a go because it sounds like a bit of fun, or you’d like to be the next E L James, isn’t enough; an editor will quickly see through it.Similarly, if you’re more M&S than S&M and find that you’re uncomfortable writing sex scenes, admit it’s not for you and write something that you do feel passionate about.What lifts an erotic romance above its sexual content are the characters.