The Beautiful Woman Has Come

The Beautiful Woman Has Come
A Historical Novel by Debra Giuffrida

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Dollar A Page

When you are broke and a "real" job is out of the question what do writers do to pay the bills? Anaïs Nin wrote pornography for a "patron" and he paid her $1 per page.

"Faced with a desperate need for money, Nin and [Henry] Miller began in the 1940s to write erotic and pornographic narratives for an anonymous "collector" for a dollar a page, somewhat as a joke. Nin considered the characters in her erotica to be extreme caricatures and never intended the work to be published, but changed her mind in the early 1970s and allowed them to be published as Delta of Venus and Little Birds." Wikipedia

So I am faced with just such a dilemma, bills and no cash. I enjoy writing erotica, almost as much as I enjoy reading it. It's exciting, come on admit it, it's exciting to you too. Forbidden fruit is always exciting.

I googled erotic anthologies and wow, what a list! On Amazon alone I didn't go past the first page of 15 books and it went on and on. So, this tells me that readers of erotica are as voracious as readers of romance novels. I am writing a romance novel but it's far easier to write erotica. Faster too! So, do I drag on and finish the romance novel or do I whip up an anthology of erotica? The mind boggles. Unlike Nin, I do not have a "collector" who is willing to pay me for the writing.

In fact, if I remember correctly, the "collector" would tell Nin and her partner Arthur Miller "less prose more sex!" So remember, if you are called to write for your daily bread get to the juicy parts fast!

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