Spreading Smutty Love for #SOSS: Volume 2

Back for another week of spreading smutty love – all in the hopes of helping you as a smutlancer. This week, some of what I’ve found speaks to the why and how of what we do. And the rest? Well, that focuses on the problems we face trying to create sexual content. Censorship by Default…Continue Readi...

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Photo courtesy of Wriggly Kitty Welcome to Elust 100– The only place where the smartest and hottest sex bloggers are featured under one roof every month. Whether you’re looking for sex journalism, erotic writing, relationship advice or kinky discussions it’ll be here at Elust. Want to be included in...
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As of the date I'm writing this, we're five months away from Eroticon - a UK-based conference for anyone who writes about sex or smutty things in general. If you've spent anytime around Smutlancer, you can tell I'm a fan of the event. It wasn't my first business conference to attend, but it was the first time one as a sex blogger, and I can still feel it's impact on my life and career as a sex blogger/writer/podcaster. [ 920 more words ]

If you have the chance to go to a sex writing conference, go! My first was Eroticon and it changed my writing and my personal life.

Pick a writer's resource, any resource. Someone (or several someones) will tell you to write every single day. Set a time. Never miss it. If you do, you might as well quit now. Fuck. That. Shit. In the time I've spent with and around sex bloggers and writers, I know how easily we beat ourselves up over every single thing. Did we use the correct pronouns? [ 1,016 more word ]

Instead of beating yourself up because you can't write every single day, write when you can as often as you can. All those words add up eventually.

In the world of writing or creating any content about sex, a few things are true... We won't all agree on what's sexy or good. It's a small community so it pays to be kind to each other. The big platforms love our ability to create connection and activity but hate admitting sex and smut exist on their platforms. It's because of this last one that… [ 716 more words ]

As part of Share Our Shit Saturday, I'm spreading smutty love and letting you know all the ways you can join in on some fun blogging projects.

I spend a lot of time on Twitter, probably too much, indulging in my love of people-watching. Basically, I'm a lurker. And lately. I'm watching people who I know have platforms criticizing things they don't like over and over again. Sometimes we can't change a situation until enough of us talk about why it's a problem. (Fuck, sometimes even then we're stuck with it - I'm looking at you Twitter. [ 753 more words ]

Complaining and criticizing your way through life changes nothing. Don't complain, create something instead - something sex positive.

If you're going to write about sex, sexuality, gender, relationships, and/or the issues associated with any of it, I believe it's necessary to learn as much as you can. One way I love to educate myself is through reading. Every so often, I'll share a book I've read and why you might want to read it, too. Affiliate links are included in this post. [ 910 more words ]

Before you give advice on sex and relationships (or if you already are), you need to read Enjoy Sex by Dr. Meg-John Barker and Justin Hancock.

Can you write smut and sex education pieces? I'll give away the answer to the question...yes, you can. Okay, we're done here, right? Problem solved! Well, not quite. Choosing to write only erotic fiction or some form of non-fiction is one thing. Believing you can't (or shouldn't) is quite another. As someone who routinely does both, I promise it's possible. The outside vanilla world already has enough misconceptions about sex writing. [ 861 more words ]

Writing smut and sex education requires different writing muscles and ways of thinking, but with practice, it's more than possible.

Relying on a single source of income comes in a variety of forms - affiliate sales for a single company, offering sponsored posts, working with a single client. The danger, when you only have one way to make money is that when (rarely if) that income dries up, you're stuck. You have no other money coming in. Diversifying your revenue streams takes work, and it definitely doesn't happen overnight. [ 756 more words ]…/

Multiple streams of income offer a financial freedom in your sex writing/smutlancing life that a single client or revenue stream just can't.

In the early days of your blog, a new reader might be curious enough (or fall in love quickly enough) that they're willing to comb through your archives. The longer you publish content, though, the less likely that is to happen. So today, after a year or two, or like some of us five plus years, most people who find your website now probably won't go back and re-read everything. [ 1,128 more word ]

Old blog posts can help you connect with more people. You might look at them and cringe but with a few tricks, they can help your audience and income grow.

My plan had been to add Patreon to the ongoing "How to Make Money" series as a viable option for most sex writers and creators to build an income from your work. I've used and loved Patreon for a long time, and although I disliked their stance on not allowing NSFW creators to show up on search, at least they gave us a space to earn money doing what we love. [ 1,032 more word ]

Patreon has quietly changed the terms of service to effectively ban many long-time NSFW creators. Don't think that they'll stop with porn, though.

I'm not going to tell you or anyone else how to write fiction. As a some-time erotic writer, I know we all have our own methods and styles. A lot of people can write, but not a lot of people can make money at it. In our ongoing series on how to make money, let's talk about fiction writing in all its forms. [ 647 more words ]

Like all sex writing, fiction writing takes patience, creativity, and persistence. You've already got that - now it's time to make it work for you.

In part one, we talked about some of the higher level issues to consider when you calculate your rates. If you haven't read that one yet, click here and get yourself up to speed. That information will be useful for the second part. That being said, if you're really impatient to have a firm number, read to the end of this, and use the online calculator i found to make it go a little quicker. [ 754 more words ]

I started writing this piece and realized I had 1500 words written with more to say. While I'm probably gaining a reputation around here for being a bit...wordy (pardon the bad pun), I don't want to overwhelm you either. Calculating your rates is a big job. It's not set in stone, and you can (and should) adjust over time. But if you've never given your rates much thought beyond accepting whatever is offered, it's time to think a bit bigger. [ 808 more words ]

To be honest, being paid as a social media influencer isn't something I seek out. I've done it once, and only because it fell into my lap. I developed a good working relationship with a sex toy company who recommended me to an ecommerce company who was promoting a sex toy I'd reviewed. Confused yet? They needed someone with a known affinity for the product to post a few things on social media. [ 710 more words ]

In the ongoing series of "How to Make Money" it's time to talk about potentially getting paid as a social media influencer.

It might not happen all the time. Hell, it might be a rare thing, but when it happens, it can be both exhilarating and overwhelming. What is "it?" That moment when you realize you have too many ideas. You want to write All The Things, and you can because you have All The Ideas! Of course, the reality is that you might have All The Ideas, but you don't have All The Time. [ 631 more words ]

Organizing all those random thoughts and ideas into a list you use over and over again helps turn down the noise in your head and allows you to focus.