I’m Writing an Erotic Fiction Novel, “Coming” — And I’m Crowdfunding!

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Hi, all! I’m writing an erotic fiction novel, and I’m crowdfunding for it! I’m giving all sorts of perks for people who kick in (details below, and at Indiegogo of course) — but mostly, I hope you just want to read the book.

My novel is currently titled Coming. It tells the story of one woman’s sex life, starting in 1970 when she’s 18, and ending in roughly the present day. Each chapter describes a different sexual encounter, at a different point in her life: essentially, the book is a series of intense sex scenes, with several years between them. I’m looking at this woman’s life — her name is Sheila — through the lens of sex. I’m exploring Sheila’s sex life, the rest of her life, and how they intertwine. In particular, I’m looking at how she makes choices about sex: Sheila is often adventurous, even reckless, and she makes decisions impulsively, but she’s also cautious, a careful planner, and likes to be in control. I’m interested in how being both impulsive and a control freak plays out out in her sex life.

Yes, I’m writing the novel with lots of fun, hot, sexy sex. Women with women, women with men, probably some men with men, probably some gender fluidity, some of it kinky and SM-y, some of it not. It is an erotic novel, and I’m making it erotic. It’s also a novel — a story about people’s lives. As you know if you’ve read my erotic fiction, I hate erotica that’s, “plot, sex scene, plot, sex scene.” I don’t see these as separate. Erotica is much hotter when you feel what the sex feels like — not just what’s happening physically, but the emotions, the sensations, how this sex is going to change the characters’ lives.

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I’m not going to be falsely modest — as an erotic fiction writer, I am very good at this, it’s one of the things I do best. People who have read my short erotic fiction collection, Bending, can attest to this. Don’t take my word for it — the reviews, both professional and from customers, are glowing.

So. Hopefully you’re intrigued, and want to read this novel. Why am I doing an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign?

There are expenses with writing and publishing a book. I generally self-publish my ebooks, which means paying a formatter. I’m a control freak about cover design, which means I get wonderful covers — but also means I have to pay a designer.

But the Number One expense of writing a book is time. Books do not spring fully formed from an author. It takes time — and I’ll need to pay the bills and the mortgage while I’m writing it. I’ll keep doing my other paid writing — blogging, magazine articles, etc. — but I won’t able to do as much of it. Writing a book is immensely fun, deeply rewarding — erotic fiction especially — and it produces something of substance that people want to read. But it takes time. Whenever you buy a book, or support an author’s crowdfunding campaign, that’s most of what you’re paying for. The more money I raise, the more time I’ll be able to put into this book, and the better it will be.

I’m offering a number of perks for donators. They’re listed on the Indiegogo page. Perks include: advance ebook copies; signed print copies; exclusive progress reports; invitation to a private launch party; a PDF copy of my “Kill Your Darlings” file for the book (a rare glimpse into the creative process!); a one-on-one Skype conversation discussing the book (no, it will not be Skype sex!); or copies in all formats of every book I’ve ever published, and every book I ever publish from now on, with all print copies signed with a personalized Thank you. But mostly, I hope you want to read this novel. Please kick in what you can, and please help spread the word. Thanks!

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Greta Christina is author of four books: Comforting Thoughts About Death That Have Nothing to Do with God, Coming Out Atheist: How to Do It, How to Help Each Other, and Why, Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless, and Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More.

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7 thoughts on “I’m Writing an Erotic Fiction Novel, “Coming” — And I’m Crowdfunding!

  1. 3

    Did you call this “Coming” so you could call the sequel “Second Coming”?

    dhasenan: 🙂 That’s clever. But no: the structure of this novel pretty much precludes the possibility of a sequel or prequel.

  2. 4

    That is great news! I can’t wait to get a copy! I own a copy of your book “Bending”, and it is my favorite erotica book of all time. I loved the way that you explored kink and the boundaries of consent in “Bending” and I hope to see more of that in “Coming”. Reading “Bending” had a profound effect on my sex life, and acting out some of those fantasies in real life really enhanced my relationships. I really want to back your gofundme, but unfortunately much of my income is currently tired up with some legal issues. Hopefully I will be cleared soon and can become a $500 backer. Keep up the great work, Greta!

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    Jian Ghomeshi @ #4: Totally understand about funds being tied. If things free up and you can back this project at that level, it would of course be awesome! The crowdfunder is doing well, but so far nobody has claimed that particular perk (the one-on-one Skype conversation about the book) — you’d be the first.

  4. 6

    You DO realize that Jian Ghomeshi is a Canadian radio personality who was fired late last year for sexual assault and battery. His trial is currently ongoing.

  5. 7

    peedeevee @ #6: That’s embarrassing. I wasn’t even tracking on the name. Never mind. Disregard, obviously: no, even if this weren’t a troll, I’m not taking money from him.

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