Posts Tagged ‘publishing’

“Spanking is the New Black” by Madlyn March

August 15, 2008

A guest post by Madlyn March, author of “Reunion” in Spanked: Red-Cheeked Erotica.

This article, published a few days ago in the European paper Wales on Sunday, looks at the increase in the popularity of erotic books, especially those that feature spanking. Hazel Cushion, who publishes erotic books via her company Accent Press, thinks the rise in popularity is due to the whole Sex and the City effect. I’m not so sure about that, considering Carrie wasn’t an erotic fiction writer, but rather a writer of sexy non-fiction, which, in general, is more accepted than erotica. Still, there’s no denying the show made everyone a little more comfortable with sex in general.

Cushion says women like erotica books that have that “Sex and the City vibe rather than being all black and whiplash.”

This worries me, because I’d hate to think there’s only going to be one accepted kind of erotica out there–the safe, chick-lit type. If erotica gets a push into mainstream, all types of erotica–not just those appealing to straight SATC fans–should get that push.

Something else that’s interesting about this article is the fact that Accent Press gets great distribution. There was a time when erotic books were relegated to dirty bookstores in Times Square. These days they can be found in such upscale, general-interest bookstores as Borders. Erotic books can even be found in libraries these days, something unthinkable years ago. But buying erotica is still somewhat taboo, so it’s no surprise Cushion’s books are particularly popular on the Internet, hitting number one on

The article also once again opens up the whole “women like dirty words/men like dirty pictures” debate that has been going on forever. Cushion believes it’s true, though as a woman, I have to say, I don’t mind a dirty picture here and there, and I think others would agree with me.

One thing that fascinated me was Cushion’s statement that older women like her books a lot. This flies in the face of our stereotype of the older woman being less sexual than the younger one. I’m glad to see that’s not true, as I never really believed in that stereotype, anyway.

Another stereotype Cushion busts: “Some people confuse spanking with wife beating and domestic abuse but it is not. It is all down to the woman and what she wants.”

Cushion is publishing a spanking non-fiction book called The True Confessions of a London Spank Daddy.

“…Spanking is very popular,” she tells the paper. “In fact, I’d say spanking is the new black. I didn’t know there was so much interest in it.”

Cushion makes an excellent point about spanking being as controversial today as being gay was many years ago. And she links feminism to spanking: “…Women have been so pushed into feminism and this idea they are equal, and some of them – often ladies with high powered, managerial jobs – want to give control to someone else.”

So it’s not so much feminism itself that has given rise to spanking, but feminism’s effects–more women having the kind of high-stress, high-responsibility jobs that men have always had. All day long women tell people what to do, for their jobs, so when nighttime comes, they want to be dominated. I can see that, as it’s probably been true of men in high-powered positions for years.

Cushion also agrees with the judge’s decision in the Max Mosley case, to award him 60,000 pounds.

The Spank Daddy book will be a Channel 4 (UK TV) documentary. Perhaps it will come here via Showtime, or some other outlet? We can hope.

Anyway, a fascinating article overall. Cushion is really quite the powerhouse. What other erotica publisher has met the Queen for her contribution to Britain’s business world?

Reposting the Spanked virtual book tour dates

August 6, 2008

Because you really should check them out – contests, podcasts, spanking musings, and more to come…

Bookmark this post as I’ll be updating it with the links to each stop o the tour!

Spanked virtual book tour logo

August 2008
Spanked Virtual Book Tour

1 – Alison Tyler
2 – The Cherry Red Report
3 – Thomas’s spanking exploits
4 – Zille Defeu’s Fetish Fantasies
5 – The House of Richard Windsor
6 – Funky Brown Chick
7 – Baser Instincts
8 – Life in Motion
9 – All Things Spanking
10 – Viviane’s Sex Carnival
11 – Jamye Waxman
12 – Babeland
13 – NYC Urban Gypsy
14 – Femdom Spanking Blog
15 – Spanking Abby
16 – BadBadGirl
17 – Ellie Lumpesse
18 – Sugarbutch Chronicles
19 – Breathing In and Breathing Out
20 – Essin Em
21 – Pursed Lips
22 – Mixing It Up
23 – Domestic Spanking Blog
24 – Nobilis Erotica
25 – Live Girl Review
26 – All About George
27 – Lolita’s Predictions & Predilections
28 – Sexy Prime
29 – Naughty and Spice
30 – MeiLin Miranda
31 – AlwaysArousedGirl/JanesGuide

Bonus days!


1 – Natty’s Spanking Blog
2 – Kristina Wright
3 – DigiRomp (must be logged in; or you can watch it here

reposting the Spanked book trailer

August 6, 2008

In case you haven’t seen it yet….the Spanked book trailer. Someday I’d love to do a naughtier version, one that would have to go on a PornoTube or some such, but this one I deliberately kept pretty tame – but hopefully still hot (“cute” is the word I’ve heard the most).

The virtual book tour for Spanked is here! Win a copy from Alison Tyler

August 1, 2008

Spanked virtual book tour logo

Today is Day 1 of the Spanked virtual book tour and guess what?

You can win a copy of Spanked from Alison Tyler! Get on over there to tell her your favorite spanking memory and read her thoughts on the joys of spanking. She also shows us these super-cool Spank Me panties you can buy on Etsy, and shares the definition of spanking – how hot is that? In the best, nerdy sort of way!

–verb (used with object)
1. to strike (a person) with the open hand, a slipper, etc., esp. on the buttocks, as in punishment.
2. a blow given in spanking; a smart or resounding slap.

Watch the Spanked book trailer!

July 16, 2008

Behold…the book trailer for Spanked: Red-Cheeked Erotica! You are more than welcome to to post it on your blog, just grab the embed code below. Email me at spankingantho at if you have any questions. My copies just arrived and they are gorgeous! Thanks to everyone who helped with the video. It’s made by What That Noise Productions an we used some paddles from Leather Thorn Paddles. Also, in at least one part of it, I’m the one getting spanked!

Below is the Vimeo version; we’ve also got it up on YouTube, Blip, and MySpace.

Okay, for some reason wordpress HATES any videos I want to embed here. Which is sad cause I am SO PROUD of this video. You can click here and watch it. Audio is NSFW but the video is (sorry, no nudity).

Spanked: Red-Cheeked Erotic Book Trailer from Rachel Kramer Bussel on Vimeo.

From the set of the Spanked book trailer shoot

July 14, 2008

The Spanked book trailer debuts later this week. It was a lot of fun to shoot (and the spankings I gave and got after it!) and I’m very excited about it. Also, Spanked: Red-Cheeked Erotica is officially published! My publisher has copies and it should be shipping from Amazon any day now. If you want one right this minute, order directly from Cleis Press.

Here’s a photo of me on the set, and here’s one of some of the implements we used (many paddles are from Leather Thorn Paddles).

Behind the scenes at the Spanked book trailer shoot