Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Yippy for IPPY! "Under Her Thumb" takes the Silver in Erotica

The results of the 18th Annual Independent Publisher Book Awards ("Recognizing Excellence in Independent Publishing") have been announced and it turns out the silver medalist in Erotica is a Cleis anthology called "Under Her Thumb." If you've read it, you might recall my story, Suffer.

To say I'm humble about this sort of thing is a drastic understatement. My self-esteem is so low that I always think, "Oh, they must have overlooked my terrible terrible story and awarded this honour on the strength of everybody else's work."  I had the same reaction when "Take Me There" won a Lambda Literary Award. Actually, I've had stories in a lot of award-winning anthologies and I always dismiss my contribution.

It's so much fun living in my brain, guys. It's just a blast.

At least I can laugh at myself. Kind of.

Anyway, here's a bookish selfie of "Under Her Thumb" and me in the "spank me hard" outfit I happen to be wearing for my girlfriend. (Mission accomplished, by the way.  She's realized that its hurt the most when she spanks my outer thighs, so now she zeroes in on them until I'm screaming, "No! No! Nooo!"  And she also somehow got me upside-down enough to slap my asshole, which I think was an accident, but holy guacamole--that smarts!)

Huge congrats to my pal Alison who took the gold in Erotica, and to my pal Jeremy who took the Bronze. Gee, I've got a lot of pals in this industry!

Here are the results:


Gold: Dark Secret Love: A Story of Submission, by Alison Tyler (Cleis Press)
Silver: Under Her Thumb: Erotic Stories of Female Domination, Edited by D.L. King (Cleis Press)
Bronze: The Pleasure Dial, by Jeremy Edwards (1001 Nights Press)

And, just so's ya know, you can now purchase my story "Suffer" (the one that was featured in Under Her Thumb) as a cute little ebook. Ain't she tweet?

You can SUFFER at Amazon:
...and plenty of other retailers.
Look Ma, there's award-winning fiction in here!


  1. Thanks for the shout-out, pal! Big congratulations to all of you!! I feel incredibly honored to be IPPYed with an AT and a DLK!

  2. Thanks Giselle. You know, I'm very particular about my erotica and who I include in my books. You're in an awful lot of them. Just sayin'...