I met Anna Sky at Eroticon in 2014 and before and after that I read several of her lovely stories. When she stopped blogging – more or less – I had no idea what she was up to, until recently I discovered that she has set up her own erotica publishing company. I offered her space for a guest post on my blog and am delighted that she accepted. If you are an erotic author and you need a publisher, this is the place to be!
~ Marie Rebelle
Sexy Little Pages has been nearly a year in the making, from initial ideas through to logo and website development and content, finding insurance, planning our first few calls for submissions and setting up social media accounts. It started when I sat with a friend, over wine and complained that after Fifty Shades of Grey came out, the market was flooded with imitators and whilst great erotica was still being produced, it was that much harder to find. I also saw that most erotica tends to be white, cis-gendered heteronormative work with relatively little mention of other protagonists and situations, including disability.
For those that don’t know me, I have chronic fatigue syndrome (also known as ME) and whilst I have the same desires as pre-diagnosis, the physical reality can be very different. I wanted to be able to read more stories with “me” in them.
I’d been a participator in erotica writing memes such as Marie’s Wicked Wednesday and from these, knew that erotic writing is so much more diverse than the bestseller lists reflect – people come in all shapes, sizes, genders, abilities, colours, desires and beliefs.
Over the course of that bottle of wine, my friend suggested I start publishing and produce the kind of erotica I felt we needed more of and after some persuasion and talking it out, I realised it was a great idea. I already had the ebook and print formatting skills needed and the experience of KDP, CreateSpace and more, so publishing really didn’t seem a huge step.
Although it started as a zero-budget project, one thing that I was very clear on was wanting to be as fair as possible to authors with royalty payments and contracts. I’ve been on the author side of the fence and have signed some great contracts and some crappy ones and didn’t want to make any author feel they were giving too much away.
So after nearly a year of planning, more wine consumption and about five different brand ideas and website designs later, Sexy Little Pages has its first anthology Inked: Sexy Tales of Tattoo Erotica published in paperback and available online. There are two further calls currently open, one from Zak Jane Keir and the other in-house and Ralph Greco, Jr has published two story collections. There’s also talks with several other authors and editors in place for projects later in the year.
To be honest, I’m overwhelmed by the support Sexy Little Pages has received. When I held the print copy of Inked in my hand for the first time, I nearly cried! I am so grateful to the authors for trusting me with their words and relieved that all the planning and hard work has paid off.
About Sexy Little Pages
Sexy Little Pages is a sex-positive publishing venture that supports and promotes independent erotica authors and editors. As a society we’re ashamed of sex and sexuality but we should celebrate it. Sex is an integral part of life, whether it’s fun, filthy, flirtatious, unfulfilling, an escape from reality or something else entirely. Our needs, expectations and fantasies are all different so we aim to publish for everybody and every body, across the whole delicious spectrum of genders, abilities, and desires.
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About the Editor, Anna Sky
This is Anna’s first venture into editing and she’s loved every second! As an erotica writer, she’s been published by multiple presses and has selfpublished several of her own anthologies, one of which has even been quoted in a PhD thesis for short-story form! Apart from that she’s (in no particular order) a geek, red wine drinker, poi hurler, Firefly fan, has a very dirty laugh and loves to perform research for her stories!
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