For years, I've talked about the need for an erotica writers conference. This year, the stars aligned, and my mind took a temporary leave of absence, and I took the plunge. This September 9th and 10th, I'm hosting an erotica writers convention in Las Vegas through EAA - the Erotic Writers Association. http://eroticauthorsassociation.com/EAA/conference/
I've been shunned at writer's conferences when I mentioned that I wrote erotica. I've been admonished by an instructor to "stop writing trash and write something that matters." Erotic Romance writers are personally attacked because of what they write. That's why I think an erotica writer's conference is so important. Why waste your time defending your genre and yourself when you can relax and talk about writing the dreaded synopsis or how to properly bind your love slave? Maybe you're on writer's loops with other erotica writers, but that's not the same as sitting in a room full of "your kind." It's an experience not to be missed, which is why I wanted to make this conference happen.
It's typical for me to circle a problem for a long time before I commit to action. I circled this one for years. Now that I've made the plunge, there are times I look at all the work and wonder if I lost my mind. Maybe I have.
But maybe I haven't. I'm looking forward to seeing people I've only talked to via FaceBook or emails, or know by reputation, and those friends I rarely get to see. One thing is for sure - the conversation will be lively!
While I debate my level of insanity with myself, I have to mention a few people who make it bearable. Thank goodness D.L. King, James Buchanan, Jolie du Pre, and Beth Wylde are on my advisory committee. If you're going to go nuts, surround yourself with good people.