The Old Soldier hit the streets of Pittsburgh today looking to promote the magazine as usual. And as I sat on a stool next to the window at the bar in Armand’s on Liberty Avenue in Little Italy, my notebook on the windowsill as I gazed out on the sunny avenue, an old classmate from my undergraduate (1999-2003) days at the University of Pittsburgh walked into the bar and sat a few stools away from me.
He recognized me. And I asked the universal question that always comes up when writing majors meet, “Are you still writing?” He was not. So I gave him my sales pitch and one of my business cards and encouraged him to submit something. Will he? Who knows. But an editor/publisher is never off duty.
The stabbing of 21 people at an area highschool has been in the news for days. It’s national news now. We writers must never forget that we must get our work done in a dangerous world. These repeated tragedies are baffling to me. They are baffling to most of us. The streets can be mean out there.
Pittsburgh Flash Fiction, an online magazine of erotic flash fiction.
My old classmate remembered me from my days singing karaoke at Del’s, on Friday nights, in Little Italy from about ten years ago when he bartended there. And we got into a discussion of karaoke as performance art. He agreed with me that I had taken karaoke to another level just by memorizing the lyrics so that I did not have to look at the monitor, but could keep eye contact with the audience. Karaoke becomes a mini concert.
Do you like the new format? I pretty much have settled on the subtitle of “Tips On Erotica For Money.” Of course, the format and the subtitle could change tomorrow; but I have the feeling that so far so good.
And if you are serious about writing erotica for money, check out the categories “Porn” and “Guest Writers.” I wrote all the gangbang stories in “Porn” for free. I don’t pay myself; but I did pay all the authors in “Guest Writers.” Several who are repeat guests. So, you can make money writing erotica. Study their work. I can’t publish every good piece of erotic flash fiction that I get; but what you learn from their stories can make money for you with other electronic publishers (or if you publish your own erotic eBooks).
Sure, erotica is about sex, but the kind of erotica that will make money for you is about relationships and good writing. Take it from a publisher who pays for erotica.
The is the Old Soldier, editor/publisher of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction, reporting from the streets of Pittsburgh.