Friday, July 15, 2005

So Long As We're Crowning Ourselves, I Wanna Be Princess Pudenda...

Have I ever mentioned how much I love PBWriter, aka author Lynn Viehl, aka a host of other aliases? I don't always agree with every word out of her fingers, but my affection and respect for her only grows as I watch her lay it on the line, day after day. (And her latest release, IF ANGELS BURN? Got me through one of the most difficult weeks in recent memory. Buy it. Read it, slowly. Savor every twisted little image.)

Yesterday, she linked to
SquawkRadio, the which is ostensibly the home of a group of romance authors, but really...they come off as a tribe of Ladies Who Lunch and maybe write a little on the side. The post PBW linked to was...incendiary. And on my FAVORITE TOPIC, too--whether erotic romance IS romance, and whether, as authors of erotic romance, we have a right to belong to RWA.

After I stopped wanting to claw someone's eyes out...because, really...messy, and there's that whole "orange jumpsuit, side-seam pocket" thing to consider again...I crafted a response. But the post is old, and they probably wouldn't read it or respond to it, as the ladies in question are most assuredly off vacationing in the Hamptons or wherever women who think Blaze is pretty much as hot as RWA publishers and authors should be allowed to get go in the summertime. So I'm posting my response here, because only about six people read it anyway.

So... let me see if I've got this straight. Because ONE Ellora's Cave author says she writes porn, that paints the entire company with that label? I've heard more than one romance author say she writes "trash"--shall I call my sisters in romance purveyors of garbage based on that? How many EC books have you read, yourself? Have you picked up Sarah McCarty's PROMISES series? I dare you to read it and call it anything other than profound romance.

I wish I could say I'm surprised at the hypocrisy I've found here. Even so, it saddens me. You're happy to have my dues, I suppose, as they fund your PAN retreats, even as you wonder how I dare write what I do and call it romance...because I use words YOU find offensive? Because I have six sex scenes per 100K words instead of the three YOU find adequate? Because some of us dabble in same-sex fictional relationships, or allow our characters to experience sexuality outside what YOU consider safe, clean and reasonable?

Who died and left YOU Queen of the Book-Nookie, hmmm?

This week, the Passionate Ink Chapter of the RWA was officially recognized. Although it doesn't state so explicitly in the title--because it might scorch someone's retinas I suppose--it was formed as the erotic romance special interest chapter. It boasts a hundred and fifty souls who were already members of RWA at the time of its formation--a record, or something close to one, I believe. So I'm guessing neither Ellora's Cave, nor eroticism in romance, is going anywhere any time soon.

We're here. Some of us are even queer.

Get used it.


Anonymous Becca Furrow said...

I'm not a member of RWA, but I've been checking it out. I just don't feel it is the right place for me at this time, since I write erotic romance.(Hey--I just got a contract from Whiskey Creek Torrid for a short for an anthology!!!) Plus I live in Wyoming--there is no RWA chapter closer than Denver, and there's the whole e pubbed thing going on there, I hear. I joined the rebel organization that is just now forming--The Erotic Romance Writer's Guild.

7/15/2005 4:40 PM  
Blogger Selah March said...

Congratulations on your sale, Becca!

I'm of two minds on RWA these days. I love the new erotic romance chapter, Passionate Ink. It's an online chapter, which makes everything so easy--I'm not a member of a "real-time" chapter either--but the politics are making me NUTS.

I don't blame you for holding back. In your position, I'd wait and see how things shake down after the new administration comes in at the end of October.

7/15/2005 7:03 PM  
Blogger Karen Scott said...

That Lizzie chick sounded like she really needed to get laid.

She'a an NYT best seller author with zero class, and no idea that she not only insulted the publisher, but the authors and their readers too..

The fact that she confused erotica with erotic romance told me all that I needed to know about her.
She made sweeping generalisations without having done any research whatsoever, DUMBASS!

7/18/2005 3:15 AM  

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