Thursday, July 31, 2014

Chris and Ralph on E Books

So, Christian and I recorded our second installment last night...this one about E Books.

It felt like we could have jabbered on for another hour, really there is so much to cover when it comes to publishing and E Books these days. Whether one is writing/publishing erotica, non fiction engineering books or poetry, e-publishing is certainly part of the equation presently.

Yes, Chris and I will tend towards talking about erotica mostly (I'd say about 83.3 % of the time) but with lots of the ground we cover-publishing in the current market place, writing and whatever parts of the creative process we can opine on/over/about without getting too boring-we assume (as was proved last night) that a good amount of what we know is not genre specific.

Which I am tickled about really as we never want to exclude anybody from the equation (and from a purely selfish business stand point for Chris and I we can reach more people) of what we are about here.

We covered what Chris calls the 5 deadly sins of self E Book publishing, what are basically no no's as far as Amazon is concerned. This concerns erotica writers mostly but as Amazon is the E Book self publishing seemingly only game in town, it is good for writers of smut to heed Chris's good advice. We also covered the advantages of going with an E Book publisher-like Renaissance E Books who Chris and I write for (he works for them too) and what to expect when publishing in this manner and not in print (or along with print.)

There's lots to learn here, this is basically a brand new field and certainly Chris and I don't have all the answers, but we can at least trickle down some of our knowledge and maybe even prompt more questions...which we also welcome you to ask.

Yes, there will be more installments, we will keep you abreast of them and we certainly will get back to E Bookwriting and publishing I am sure.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Leather, Lace & Lust: An Evening Of Erotic Storytelling and Sexual Merriment

This is going to be a blast-and-a-half!  I'm helping to organize a fabulous reading at the Center For Sex And Culture on August 30th.  I'll be performing with all kinds of great erotica readers - it should be an amazing time!

http://www.sexandculture.org/


Leather, Lace & Lust: An Evening Of Erotic Storytelling and Sexual Merriment

Come one, come all* to an evening of lusty literature by many of the best erotica writers in the Bay Area!

From the tempting tease of delicate lace to the steamy heat of hardcore leather, these authors and performers will amuse, delight, and most of all excite you in all kinds of new and provocative ways; This is an evening of witty, carnal, and provocative literary endeavors that will tickle just about every kind of fancy, a festival of playful sensual fiction that will make you laugh, cry, and get that oh-so-special tingly feeling in your nether-regions.

In other words, a night of kick-ass erotica performed by ass-kicking writers!

Our featured performers include:


  • Suz deMello, a.k.a Sue Swift, is a best-selling, award-winning author of seventeen romance novels in several subgenres, including erotica, comedy, historical, paranormal, mystery and suspense, plus a number of short stories and non-fiction articles on writing.
  • Molly Weatherfield: "Twenty years ago, a mild-mannered computer programmer decided to spend some quality time with her erotic fantasy life, and Carrie's Story - BDSM for smart girls - was born."
  • Mistress Lorelei Powers is a well-known bi poly sadist and Domme. She is the author of several BDSM classics, including On Display, The Mistress Manual, and Charm School for Sissy Maids.
  • Blake C. Aarens is an author, poet, screenwriter, playwright, and a Black Girl Nerd.
  • Jean Marie Stine is the author of a number of pioneering works of erotica published in the late 1960 and early 1970s, beginning with Season of the Witch in 1968, which was filmed as the motion picture Synapse. Her erotic short stories and novelettes have been collected as "Trans-sexual: Fiction for Gender Queers."
  • A.M. Davis is a poet, artist and novelist who lives in Oakland, California. Her first novel, You Were Always Waiting For This Moment to Arise, as well as her first poetry collection, Six Lifetimes of Love, will be published in late 2014.
  • M.Christian is a recognized master of erotica with more than 400 stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica and many others.

Saturday, August 30th, 2014
The Center For Sex And Culture
1349 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Doors at 6PM, Event starts at 7PM
Admission: $10

*no guarantees

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Next Polyamory Discussion/Support Group At The Citadel

Just wanted to share the cool news that the next Polyamory Support/Discussion Group is coming up on Monday, July 28th

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Polyamory Discussion/Support Group

Polyamory is – not to state the obvious – complex. But what is even more challenging is that it is still not wildly accepted, with those in non-monogamous relationships often finding it difficult to find understanding and support. In this discussion/support group, polyamorous individuals and couples will have a nonjudgmental and supportive environment to share their concerns and experiences.

All Discussion/Support Groups are from 7:30PM to 9:30PM and cost $10

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M.Christian has been an active participant in the San Francisco BDSM scene since 1988, and has been a featured presenter at the Northwest Leather Celebration, smOdyssey, the Center For Sex and Culture, The National Sexuality Symposium, San Francisco Sex Information, The Citadel, The Looking Glass, The Society of Janus, The Floating World, Winter Solstice, and lots of other venues. He has taught classes on everything from impact play, tit torture, bondage, how to write and sell erotica, polyamory, cupping, caning, and basic SM safety.

M.Christian is also a recognized master of BDSM erotica with more than 400 stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica, and many other anthologies, magazines, and other sites; editor of 2t anthologies such as the Best S/M Erotica series, Pirate Booty, My Love For All That Is Bizarre: Sherlock Holmes Erotica, and more; the collections Dirty Words, The Bachelor Machine, Love Without Gun Control, Rude Mechanicals, and more; and the novels Running Dry, The Very Bloody Marys, Me2, Finger's Breadth, Brushes, and Painted Doll. His site is www.mchristian.com

How To Create An Effective Online Profile Class For Good Vibrations

This is very, very cool: I'm gonna be teaching my  class, How To Create An Effective OnlineProfile & Write Messages That Will Get Good Responses for Good Vibrations on Polk Street, in San Francisco in August!

Here are the details - see you there!





Thursday, August 14, 6:30-8:30pm
$20 in advance, $25 at the door

The world is the now the Internet ... and if you don't know how to use it then you are at a serious disadvantage in making any kind of connection: employment, social, artistic and – most of all – erotic. In this class, M. Christian will not just explore how to use the Internet and various sites as a resource to explore your own sexuality in any form, but also how to create an effective and alluring online profile. But creating a digital 'self' is only part of it: participants will also get tips on how to reach out in imaginative ways that will get a positive response, the important things that are too often forgotten and other social niceties that can be the difference between frustration and disappointment and having a wonderful and sexy time online!

The New Venture…and Why


I guess I could easily say it is because Chris and I love to hear ourselves talk (and that is part of it for sure) but this idea for a lecture series, theatre performance, master class, downloadable writing instruction, sharing of conversations, whatever the hell you want to call what we are on about here has been bubbling in our brains for a good long time now. Seeing as M. Christian (I call him Chris) lives on the west coast and me, Ralph Greco, Jr. (in Golum-like solidarity I call him Ralph) on the east, making time to present the full gewy live Bukkake of our duo pontificating is at times, hard to make happen. So we decided, ‘hey, let’s not define this thing, pigeon hole it in a has-to-happen this way and only here situation’ and have at the net to drop a few of our bon mots, let folks know we are ‘out here’ presenting our unique viewpoint on writing, selling erotica, revealing the intricacies of Shibari rope play or whatever else we can convince you that we are experts at.
Without the mutual respect we have for one another (some would say deep ‘man love’) and the assured knowledge (or delusion) that we might just have something to say about the subjects we’re saying something about, Chris and I are hoping to tickle interest for people to download our installments, come see us either solo or together when we give our talks or for those with the power to do so, reach out to hire us (yes, this is all about shameless promotion, doncha know?)
Do a search for our names in the ubiquitous Google search engine and cult (we are all over Amazon and the like and both write for the wonderful Jean Marie Stine and Renaissance E Books (see one of their lines here where Chris and I published often: https://sizzlereditions.com/). I think you will find that not just in erotic but in mainstream writing Chris and I present a combined ‘interesting’ resume (or again, I am just delusional.)
In this day and age where everybody not only has something to say about everything, but damn well do, believe me Christian and I will work hard not to simply talk for talk sake, but to present entertaining moments of our time no matter how long they be or in what format we produce them.
So here it starts, buckle-up friends. It’s either gonna be a high flying ride or the stuttering kiddie ride bump-and-jump of a five foot high rollercoaster at the still suffering Jersey Shore.
Love to all,
Ralph

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

M.Christian Presents Tit-Torture For Boobs: A Breast Play Intensive at the SF Citadel

This is gonna be a kick-and-a-half: I'm teaching my fun Breast Play class for the great Citadel on Tuesday, July 22nd

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 · 8:00 PM –10:00 PM 
SF Citadel, 181 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA
Cost: $20 at the door, $15 in advance
Dress code: Casual

Description:    

Breast play offers wonderful opportunities for intensely powerful play - but also comes with serious, even dangerous, risks. In this breasts-on seminar, participants will learn how to treat tits, both male and female, with exactly the right measure of sensuality and intensity to play well but also safely. Clothespins, nipple clamps, pinching, suction devices, gentle impact, bondage, and more will be demonstrated - as well as how to deliver effective aftercare. Additionally, participants will be given instruction in first aid, the dangers of breast play, and the limits of what boobs can take.

Class from 8-10pm, doors open at 7:30pm
Cost: $20 at the door, $15 in advance via PurplePass

About the presenter:
M.Christian has been an active participant in the San Francisco BDSM scene since 1988, and has been a featured presenter at the Northwest Leather Celebration, smOdyssey, the Center For Sex and Culture, The National Sexuality Symposium, QSM, San Francisco Sex Information, The Citadel, The Looking Glass, The Society of Janus, The Floating World, Winter Solstice, and lots of other venues. He has taught classes on everything from impact play, tit torture, bondage, how to write and sell erotica, polyamory, cupping, caning, and basic SM safety.

M.Christian is also a recognized master of BDSM erotica with more than 400 stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica, and many other anthologies, magazines, and other sites; editor of 2t anthologies such as the Best S/M Erotica series, Pirate Booty, My Love For All That Is Bizarre: Sherlock Holmes Erotica, and more; the collections Dirty Words, The Bachelor Machine, Love Without Gun Control, Rude Mechanicals, and more; and the novels Running Dry, The Very Bloody Marys, Me2, Finger's Breadth, Brushes, and Painted Doll. His site is www.mchristian.com