Naked boy with eyeglasses; gay gym rats story complete and submitted …

Hi, friends and readers:

Does everyone like the photo I posted here today? Some guys look great in eyeglasses, don’t they? He looks at bit peeved about something; I wonder what? Did his boyfriend turn him down for sex? Or did his date no-show on him? In any case, he’s not happy.

I gave the final draft of my gay gym rats story a final going-over this morning, then I submitted it via e-mail to my editor. At 8,500 words, it’s a little longer than the publisher wanted, but they are usually flexible if they otherwise like the story.

A reader who follows this blog recently asked me, “What is the difference between ‘erotica’ and ‘porno?'”

Good question. Here’s the answer:

Pornographic fiction doesn’t really have a plot, it doesn’t delve into the characters’ personalities and the characters don’t normally undergo change during the course of the story. Sex is all the story’s about. Some porno is well-written, but most is not.

Erotic fiction, on the other hand, when it’s published by a quality house, is well-crafted fiction that contains one or more explicit sex scenes. My publishers: Torquere Press, Cleis Press, Arsenal Pulp Press, STARbooks Press and Noble Romance, will not consider poorly-written pieces, and even if they accept a story, it must go through a rigorous editing process. These firms expect fully-developed characters, an interesting story arc, and vivid descriptive passages. Grammatical errors are unacceptable, so are clunky dialogue and illogical endings.

How’s that for an explanation?

Have a nice Wednesday, all.

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