Friday, August 15, 2014

Riverdale Avenue Books Co-Sponsors BDSM Writers Con & Publishes First Annual BDSM Writers Con Anthology



Riverdale Avenue Books has signed on as a sponsor of the BDSM Writers Conference where erotic romance and erotica authors will come to New York City to explore the real life world of 50 Shades of Grey. Authors and readers will learn to navigate the nuances of power exchange relationships as well as how to flog and whip and write about it from August 21-24th.

In addition, Riverdale Avenue Books has teamed up with conference founder Dr. Charley Ferrer, a BDSM educator and clinical sexologist, to publish the first annual BDSM Writers Con Anthology which features 21 stories and essays by the conference’s featured authors which include erotica legend Laura Antoniou, Lambda Award-wining author Debra Hyde, as well as three new writers and established erotica authors such as Cris Anson, Gray Dixon and Roz Lee. The First Annual BDSM Writers Con Anthology is now available for pre-orders at the conference website and will make its debut at the conference where readers can  purchase it during the BDSM Book Fair & Between The Covers Erotica Reading Series on Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.   

The con is divided into two tracks: "writers" and "everyone." The writers track focuses on craft and includes a panel presentation facilitated by Riverdale Avenue Books Publisher, Lori Perkins. Editors from Samhain and Loose Id, as well as established literary agents and anthology editors are also attending. The track for readers and fans, in addition to the opportunity to meet favorite writers, includes live demos and lifestyle workshops.

The weekend is capped off with a night out at an actual BDSM club on Saturday, followed by a book fair and reading on Sunday, which is being presented by Riverdale Avenue Books’ Between the Covers reading series. Thirty-eight featured authors, from conference keynote speaker and NY Times best selling author Joey Hill to Laura Antoniou will read and sign books. The Between the Covers reading features a unique dirty word raffle where participants are encouraged to write a favorite dirty word on a piece of paper (with initials because dirty minds think alike). Prizes include a corset from hipsandcurves.com (a $150 value), samples of Dude Wipes, Simply Slick Oil Based Lubricant and Uberlube Silicone Lubricant from MySecretLuxury.com, and signed books by the readers.

“I am thrilled to be working with Dr. Charley Ferrer on this innovative, educational writers and readers conference and hope that the next 50 Shades of Grey will come out of the BDSM community,” said Lori Perkins, Publisher of Riverdale Avenue Books and author of 50 Writers on 50 Shades of Grey.

Dr. Charley Ferrer said of this alliance, “BDSM Writers Con is dedicated to bringing education and a greater understanding to authors and readers of Dominance and submission; a highly erotic and often misrepresented lifestyle. It’s my pleasure and honor to work with Riverdale Avenue Books to bring together over twenty of our Featured Authors in our FIRST Annual BDSM Writers Con Anthology.”

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