Hello, all!My name is Elizabeth Schechter, and I write steampunk erotica (among other things). I have two steampunk short stories out in the wild (well, almost. One won't be out until May), and am…Continue
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"thanks for all the tips. this is great advise. I started earnestly a couple of years ago. The first MS got to about the 6th rewrite, several agent rejections with a few requests to see the whole thing. Overall, it was a much too complicated novel to…"
"Currently, I'm working on House of the Sable Locks, a steampunk erotica novel set in a brothel where all of the staff are clockwork. This is a spin-off of my published short story The Succubus, mostly because the titular character of the story…"
Preparing fiction for the wild -- first, FINISH the things! (Seems like a funny thing to say, but I know a lot of aspiring writers who never have actually finished a story or a novel.)
Once they're done, have someone…"
Elizabeth Schechter was born in New York at some point in the past. She is officially old enough to know better, but refuses to grow up. She has been, at various points in her life, a jeweler, an artist, a counselor, a minister, a fitness instructor, a singer, counter-person in a coffee-shop, a lab tech, a research assistant, quarter-staff master, a daycare worker, a high school English teacher, a kindergarten teacher, a stay-at-home-mom, an editor and a writer. She firmly believes in the Heinlein adage that specialization is for insects, and is still working on the tinker, tailor, soldier and spy parts of the list.
Elizabeth started writing in grade school, mostly for her own amusement. Her first novel was written while a student at the Bronx High School of Science, where she was regularly accosted before class by her friends, who were looking for the next chapter. She still has that manuscript somewhere, and readily admits that it is absolute and complete crap, but one must start somewhere.
Writing got pushed to the sidelines for a good number of years, until Elizabeth got involved in a play-by-email role-playing game that was completely story driven. That game rekindled her love of writing, and she teamed up with another player to further explore the lives of their characters. That exploration turned into a planned series of novels, of which the first two are complete.
Once Elizabeth started writing again, she found that she couldn't stop. A friend pointed out an open call for submissions for a Circlet anthology themed on the Tarot. She came up with an idea about a most interesting tarot reading that turned into "The Hand You're Dealt," her first short story sale.
Elizabeth lives in Central Florida with her husband and son, and a most accepting circle of friends who are both very amused and very proud of the pervy, fetish writer in their midst.
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