Forever the writer is plagued by marketing problems that get in the way of writing. For example, for the longest time I wrote lesbian or f/f erotica. Then more recently I got into phallogyne (i.e. futa, shemale, etc) fiction. So, having carved out a niche in one area, is it a mistake to spread into others? My inspiration these days tends to be towards the phallogyne end (or phallogyne and lesbian couplings) and not so much the purely lesbian fiction. I often wonder if my audience for the latter dwindles away while I cater more to my audience for the former, even as that audience perhaps has not has as much time to grow in number. What do you think?
Hell, I’ve even thought of doing what might be called conversion stories. No, I don’t mean stories about someone transitioning from phallogyne to female or vice versa, but taking one of my phallogyne stories and just reprinting a new version which is basically the same, but with exclusively lesbian characters. Again, what do you think?
In the mean time, if you are unfamiliar with my work in either genre, check out my Amazon author page:
Some of my more recent work:
I’ve already posted about this book winning Silver in the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
But now this same book has won the Gold Medal in the Golden Crown Literary Society Annual Awards (in the erotica category). I’m simply chuffed about this! Editor D.L. King has done it again.
The anthology contains some of the best writers in the lesbian erotica world and a deliciously wicked lesbian story by yours truly called “A Cooking Egg.” Check it out!
Morag the futa equestrienne has her haughty and commanding eye on a man or two down at the stables. Could it possibly matter that a seemingly insignificant little maid, in turn, might have her eye on Morag? Only one of these characters is wearing the super tight jodhpurs, but will she be the one worthy to mount the saddle? It’s time to find out. But be warned, “pride goeth before a fall.” So put on your riding boots and take this story for a canter, won’t you?
Just as an aside, those of you who follow my work know that I am not the most prolific erotica writer on the net, but I do keep producing new works and adding to my “stable” of lesbian and phallogyne tales. This most recent tale makes about two dozen so far. I may not be the most clever or industrious marketer, but gradually, quality seems to have been speaking for itself and the number of my fans steadily increases.
Passion Undiminished, by Shaun Putaine, is a well written story of a man and woman tentatively moving in the direction of a dominant/submissive relationship. The strength of this work is an emphasis on the psycho-sexual tension and difficulties in negotiating this not always smooth connection. This is a romantic as well as a sexy story, with a goodly mix of vanilla as well as BDSM activity. The book is well narrated by William Sullivent, whose attractive voice, I thought, well matched how I imagined that of Tom the protagonist and narrator.
A phallogyne is basically a woman with a penis. This is a catch-all category that includes (but is not limited to) futanari, “shemales,” and transwomen who have had genital reassignment surgery. “Phallogyne” can refer to any person who has basically a woman’s body but also has a penis. How she got the penis (naturally, surgically, by magical transformation, etc.) does not affect her status as a phallogyne. Whether there are testicles or not does not change the fact the person is a phallogyne, and whether she has a vagina or not in addition to the penis does not change her status as a phallogyne. Defining the term as widely as possible, “phallogyne” might also include male to female transvestites.
“Phallogyne” is not as specific a word as some of those used above, but that in many contexts makes it more useful. Also, some words like “shemale” have offensive overtones. “Futa” is also problematic because the futa in a sense seems by now almost to be by definition a kind of sex object. “Futa” connotes someone who has virtually no humanity beyond the purely sexual dimension. “Phallogyne,” on the other hand, does not imply that if one is a phallogyne one is nothing but a phallogyne and has no real self or identity beyond that.
Personally, I prefer to use the word “phallogyne” in reference to my own work, because it tends to be more accurate and because it is bereft of the negative connotations of some of the other words used. For an erotica writer, however, this creates a marketing problem. “Phallogyne” is gradually becoming known as a term, but is not yet known widely enough that one can market fiction effectively with it.
Well, I told you I wasn’t just another dirty story writer.
The 21st annual, 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards contest results are out, and the Silver Medal for Erotica goes to the anthology you see to your left (and which features my “A Cooking Egg,” a kinky little encounter between two women, one of whom is a leather clad chauffeuse)
According to the Independent Publisher website,
“This year’s contest drew almost exactly 5,000 entries from 49 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, 7 Canadian provinces, 7 Australian territories, and 29 other countries around the world. Winning books represent 43 U.S. states and D.C., all 7 of the Canadian provinces, 6 of the Australian territories, and 15 other countries. The IPPYs truly are a world-wide phenomenon!”
Thanks to the illustrious D.L. King, the finest erotica anthology editor anywhere!