KD: I’m very excited for the chance to interview the brains, and I reckon the majority of the energy behind the much anticipated Eroticon happening on March 3rd in Bristol, the amazing Ruby Kiddell. Welcome, Ruby!
As I look down through the Eroticon website, and the exciting list of guest speakers who are on the yummy menu, I can’t help but get butterflies in my stomach when I think of what putting such an exciting event together must entail, Ruby. Let me just say that you are AMAZING!
What exactly inspired Eroticon? And could you give us a brief history of that spark of inspiration until now.
The inspiration for Eroticon came out of the blogging conference Cybermummy which was aimed squarely at the parent, primarily mum, blogger market.
Although I have blogs and businesses that are family orientated I got sponsorship to attend Cybermummy via my Erotic Notebook blog from Sex Toys UK.
This sparked a lot of interest from the other delegates and I found out just how many of my Erotic Notebook readers also had dual Twitter identities.
Just before Cybermummy I thought “hey there should be a sex bloggers version of the conference” and on the day, when I met Molly from Molly’s Daily Kiss and other sex bloggers and writers I was more convinced that we needed an event where as writers we could discuss our craft and the content openly and without fear of judgement.
KD: I’ve already mentioned being in awe of the time and energy it must have taken to organize an event like Eroticon, what has been the most difficult part of putting together such an event?
RK: Time! I’m a lone parent to a very energetic three year old and I also run my own craft business and that’s before we get to my writing and blogging interests. This means time is at a premium and it has been hard to find the time to develop all the aspects of the conference I would have liked. This means there are some things I would have liked to include that aren’t happening.
KD: As you look forward to the event, what excites you most?
RK: In terms of the schedule, though I think they all look fantastic, you’ll definitely find me in the sessions with Zoe Margolis, because I remember her Girl With a One Track Mind blog when she began it, John Tisbury because as an ex-dancer I love his ballet shoe shots, Maxim Jakubowski’s writing session and London Faerie’s “It’s kink Jim…” session.
I’m also looking forward to meeting everyone I speak to on Twitter, those I’ve met before and those I’ve not and the wine and readings at the end of the day.
KD: Eroticon is billed as the UK’s first sex bloggers and erotic authors conference. As someone who came into blogging to promote my fiction and stayed on for the fun, I’m curious as to how important you see blogging for erotic authors, and what you think is the most important thing an erotic author should know as a blogger?
RK: Finding the time to write our work should come first, but for new and aspiring authors, blogging can be incredibly useful as it is a great way to build an audience, test drive new writing, promote your work, find inspiration and share ideas.
For an erotic author, probably the most important thing to know is how to make a link to your Amazon page! I’m only half joking, I think the most important thing is finding your blogging voice, just as it takes time to find your author’s voice it can take some time to work out what you want to say on your blog and how you want to say it.
KD: Ruby, I’ve seen your blog and heard you read some of your fantastic fiction when were in Las Vegas together for the EAA conference, could you tell us a bit about your journey to sex blogger and erotic author.
RK: I started writing sexy fantasy scenes for a man I was dating, the fiction lasted, he didn’t. So I put my writing on a blog and got on Twitter, fast forward a few months and the very talented Raziel Moore, who tweets as @_monocle_ introduced me to his editor at Republica Press who signed me up.. My first book, Anthology One, is an anthology of pieces from my blog. That all happened very fast, but it took me another year to get my second book, Normal, finished and released.
Needless to say my current work in progress is taking a back seat at the moment.
KD: Your top advice to sex bloggers?
RK: My top advice to sex bloggers is much the same as for authors, take time to find your voice. I had a confessional sex blog for a few months. It went from being public to password protected and eventually I took it down, simply because I wasn’t comfortable with that level of intimate exposure online. What is right for one person isn’t right for another, we all have different ways to express ourselves and finding what we are comfortable with should come before what we think will be popular.
I would also caution people to never post anything on the web that they aren’t completely willing to own up to or willing to lose control of, with sites like tumblr it is increasingly easy for images and content to take on a life of their own outside of the publisher’s control.
KD: Your top advice to erotic authors?
RK: Write first, blog second and don’t let social media eat your time!
KD: What’s been the most rewarding experience so far in the journey to making Eroticon an exciting reality?
RK: Other people’s enthusiasm for it, it is all very well me thinking it is a good idea, but until speakers started saying yes and I sold the first ticket and got the first sponsor then it was all a little intangible.
KD: What do people who are interested in being a part of this ground-breaking event need to do, and what can they expect?
RK: They need to buy a ticket and get to Bristol for 3rd March 2012
Delegates can expect a day packed full of great workshops and inspirational speakers. A chance to meet other writers and blogger, to exchange ideas, inspiration and blog addresses.
Writers will get a chance to meet publishers, ask them questions and to sell themselves and their writing to them.
Everyone will get bags of sexy swag from our sponsors, as well as a £50 voucher to spend on sex toys at Lovehoney.
An amazing demonstration of kink by London Faerie, readings from the hottest purveyors of smut and perhaps some burlesque too
There’s food – breakfast, lunch and hopefully rude chocolate brownies. And there’s wine, because all that sexiness is bound to make you thirsty!
KD: Anything else you’d like to add.
Follow us on twitter http://www.twitter.com/eroticon2012
Find us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Sexbloggerconference
Follow the blog http://conference.eroticnotebook.co.uk
It would appear that our Ruby just can’t get enough of a good thing. Not content with the big pile of Oh My! that is Eroticon on March 3rd, she’s spreading her wings and organising an evening or reading and chat in London.
Graciously hosted bySh! Women Erotic Emporium, Portobello this will be a fun and friendly evening of erotic readings and sexual confessions as well as a chance to meet other delegates, speakers and Ruby, herself.
It’s the pre-party! Definitely a must attend.
When: Friday 27th January 6:30
Tickets are £3. Fizz and cupcakes will be served.