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Happy New Year: Reasons To Be Cheerful?

It’s taken me till now to recover from the New Year party I went to, OK?

Very few people are immune to the idea of a new year’s new start; self-improvement; change and all the rest of it. I have no fondness for self-denial, so chose, decades ago, never to indulge in resolutions that involve giving stuff up and boring on about my new purity. The sort of good intentions I prefer are ones that are going to be enjoyable, such as writing loads more and getting it all out there. Whether or not I go back and dream up further adventures for my mucky Morris dancers remains to be seen, but the next major project is going be an anthology of stories, mostly by other people, with a folk-music theme.


Naturally, all those of you reading this are more than welcome to check out the submission guidelines and send me something.

I’m also hoping to do bigger and better things with Dirty Sexy Words: the next one will be happening at the end of February (yes, just after That Film comes out.) Whether the film release will boost the erotic fiction market the way the book did remains to be seen. Times are hard all round, in the world of erotica as much as anywhere else, but perhaps another resurgence is on the way.

And let’s not forget that this summer might actually see us collectively getting rid of the dish-faced loon and his gang of public school psychos, which should bring about a few more improvements.

Happy New Year.


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It’s 2014, let’s get stuck in!

With the empties stacked up in the recycling bin and the last of the interesting bits and pieces eaten, it’s time to get back to work. I decided decades ago that the sort of New Year resolutions which involve giving up enjoyable things are not for me, so I intend (and pledge and affirm and all that) to write more this year and get the hang of marketing myself. I’m starting a Special Project very soon, but will update on that when there’s more information to offer.


In the meantime, I thought I’d ask other people what they have planned, and several fellow authors have been kind enough to oblige me here.

Elizabeth Coldwell:

My resolution for the coming year is to try and keep my writing as hot and adventurous as I can. I have a list of projects to complete – Steel City Seductions, the first part of my man-on-man trilogy, Steel City Nights, came out a couple of weeks ago, and now I’m hard at work on Book Two, which will see a footballer hooking up with the Steel City club’s head barman (because I really don’t need any excuse to write about hot football players!) I’ve also got a novel to write, part of which will be set in Amsterdam, which means I’ve resolved to spend more time in that fabulous city – to help with the research, you understand, and not to wander round the zoo and visit all my favourite bars… 
With my editing hat on, I resolve to look for the best erotica and erotic romance novels by new writers as well as established ones. I’d like to hope that in 2014 I could give an author or two their first taste of what it’s like to be published and to have that great feeling when you see your book in print.

Elizabeth is a prolific writer and editor; find out more about her at http://elizabethcoldwell.wordpress.com/


Justine Elyot:

Ah, well, I’m not sure most of them would be printable, but chiefly not to make the same mistakes I made this year And spend less time obsessing about stupid trivial things on Twitter!

To find out more about Justine go to http://justineelyot.com/


Victoria Blisse:

My resolution is to take my writing more seriously, to dedicate 3-4 hours to writing and promotion every day of the week (I might give myself a day off!)and treat it like a business!

Victoria’s latest book is Really Cooking, check it out here. http://victoriablisse.co.uk/books/really-cooking


Lucy Felthouse:

I haven’t got a resolution as such, more a goal. Suppose it’s almost the same thing. I’d like to write at least one novel this year

Lucy’s another very prolific writer – to see what she’s been up to go to http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk


Kay Jaybee:

Kay’s New Year’s Resolution is not to overwork this year!! A maximum of 3 books only will be written!

Kay is one of the UK’s top erotic writers, check her out at  www.kayjaybee.me.uk


Oh, and you’ll probably be glad to know that my other resolution is to work out how to do links properly.

Happy New Year, may it bring you what you wish for and what you deserve.






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