My readers know that I’ve been a fan of Dr. Charley Ferrer ever since she hosted the first BDSM Writers Workshop Weekend in New York City in 2012. I wrote about it here1, here2, here3, and here4 (#4 is by far my most-read of 93 blogs).
I recently returned from my fourth writers’ weekend with Dr. Charley and her assistant, the efficient and effective Rose C. Carole. Last year they inaugurated a full-blown conference as opposed to a dozen aficionados sitting in a circle absorbing Dr. Charley’s wisdom in 2012 and 2013. This year’s conference was even better than 2014’s, and I’ll write more in a later blog.
I’m bustin’ my britches with pride, so, first things first.
My critique partner, Rose C. Carole, won the BDSM Book Contest and received a contract for the publication of her first novel, CATERING TO HIS NEEDS. It's the first of a BDSM-themed series regarding four friends who run a catering business. Totally Bound is the lucky publisher who will release this book on December 1. Read about CATERING TO HIS NEEDS here.
With Dr. Charley’s permission I was able, at the closing ceremonies of the Con, to present Rose with a leather rose crop as a token of my pride in her accomplishment. Here’s a photo of us, taken by Andrew Knowlton. The crop was hand-made by Bo Blaze of DeTails Toys, one of the workshop presenters and a vendor at the Con.
But Rose wasn’t the only winner. The second-place finisher in the Book Contest, ArleeScott, received a contract for ROOM 329 from Riverdale Avenue Books.
And that’s not all. Riverdale also chose to offer contracts to all three finalists in the non-fiction category (these do not have websites yet):
Mistress Lynne, for SERVE YOUR MISTRESS
Summer Sterling, for BEYOND OBEDIENCE
Chloe Youngquist, for MISTER’S DARLING
And now for the Golden Flogger Award winners, who received, in addition to a certificate, an actual Golden Flogger made and donated by DeTails Toys. Mike Makai is holding his flogger in the photo below.
BDSM Light –
Sierra Cartwright, CRAVE (she’ll be our Keynote Speaker in New York City next August!)
|Mike Makai and Mistress Lynne (right) with Dr. Charley Ferrer|
BDSM Advanced – Cherise Sinclair, EDGE OF THE ENFORCER
BDSM Dark Erotica – Drury Jamison, SAFE WORDS
Novella – Elizabeth SaFleur, HOLIDAY TIES
Dominant Women & submissive Men – Lynda Aicher, BONDS OF COURAGE
LGBT – Sean Michael, UNDERGROUND: SPECIAL TEAMS
Menage – Jennifer Kacey, JENNA’S CONSENT
Paranormal – Joey W. Hill, THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD
Non-Fiction – Mike Makai, THE WARRIOR PRINCESS SUBMISSIVE
Anthology – Edited by D.L. King – SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED
Oh. And just to add some color, here’s a photo of me at the Book Fair with our Keynote Speaker, the great Cecilia Tan.
Now. More great news.
For those of you who can’t get to New York City for this terrific conference, Dr. Charley has inaugurated a West Coast Con. Look for the BDSM Writers Con-West in Everett, Washington, over the weekend of March 30-April 2, 2016, with Keynote Speaker Tiffany Reisz. Yes, this is in addition to next year’s Con in New York August 18-21, 2016. Scroll down on this page to find links to both Cons.
I’m so grateful for Dr. Charley and her staff for running such a great conference. I truly believe that knowledge will free each of us to be ourselves. And if you want to write about it, I want to read it *grin*. So mark your calendars now!
And stay tuned for more from me.
~~ Cris Anson