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Little Raven – Publishers of Erotic Fiction

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Little Raven Publishing was born in 2011 during an Editing 1 class at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia. One by one, budding editors introduced themselves until it was Van Roberts‘s turn. A lifelong erotica fan, she mentioned her vague dream of one day running a publishing house.

Encouraged by the response, an open-mic reading was organised to test the waters. A small group of writers gathered in the band room of the John Curtin Hotel. It was dark and many read their erotic stories by the light of their phones. All that was needed was a name, the answer ─ again ─ came from the classroom.

A classmate presented a seminar and passed around a brochure: Bird life of Victoria. Van flicked through the pages and a name jumped out, Corvus Mellori, otherwise known as Little Raven.

Van is driven by a love for original, strong, quality erotica. This desire has led to events such as Saucy (erotica and Va Va Boombah Fat Burlesque), The Good Bits (erotic readings), The Fitzroy Frolic (erotic walking tour) and Velvet Tongue Australia (feature performers and open-mic erotica); the Ravening writing workshops; the anthologies Little Raven One, Little Raven Two, Little Raven Three, A Storytelling of Ravens: The Best of Little Raven Publishing 2011 – 2014, Exchanges; zines and smaller collections; podcasts, videos and guest bloggers. With the help of generous supporters, collaborators, staff, mentors and volunteers ─ Little Raven continues to expand.

Managing Editor Talia Eilon will be representing Little Raven at our Meet the Publishers Afternoon Tea. She is also hosting our Hot and Spicy Queer Erotica panel.

Afternoon Tea: Meet the Publishers

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When: 4:00 PM Sunday 19th of April
Where: The Mercure on Therry Street
Tickets: $25/$20
Bookings: Click Here
*Please Note that due to catering we must close off bookings on the 13th of April and there will be no tickets at the door.

Publishers, as the world knows, have long lunches, lazily spend time with their feet up reading through amazing books which people send them for free and jealously guard the gates of publishing from amazing aspiring writing talent who have at least one amazing book in them.

Publishers, as anyone in the industry knows, have found that the days of long lunches are over, that it’s harder to get talent noticed in an increasingly crowded marketplace, and wading through the ever growing slush pile in the hope of finding the next gem is both a draining and exhausting prospect. And please don’t mention delicate writer egos.

Following the success of last year’s Meet the Publishers Panel, we’re bringing along more publishers and giving you all a chance to meet, mingle chat and maybe even pitch a story or two over tea, coffee and nibbles on a casual Sunday afternoon. Book your ticket now for this limited entry event or grab a festival pass and come and meet publishers and editors from Clan Destine Press, MidnightSun Publishing, eXtasy Books, Little Raven, Fireborn Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, Wayward Ink Press, Stein & Wilde Publishing, Dark Matter Zine and Writing from Below Journal.

Hot Spicy and Queer Erotica

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When: Saturday 18th April, 12:00 PM
Where: The Mercure on Therry Street
Tickets: $20/$15
Bookings: Click Here

One of our most popular discussion topics returns for more talk about Tab A and Slot B and the various sexy and non-sexy things that get written into the pages of books and stories for your arousal or amusement. Leave awkward arm, third arm, bouncing balls and levitating asses behind and come along to chat with Talia Eilon, Managing Editor of Little Raven, international special guest Max Vos, and authors Nicholas G Frank, Tamsin Baker and C.S Pacat as they talk about the ins, outs, arounds, titillation, suggestion, and downright smutty.

Talia Eilon: Editor

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Talia Eilon (BA Fr, BA Hons Eng) has been editing since 1998 and joined Little Raven in 2012. She’s worked as a translator and English teacher, and edited for the technical and marketing sectors. Her first love is fiction. She has a soft spot for speculative genres – fantasy, weird, gothic – and, of course, erotica. She finds working with writers deeply rewarding, and sees it as a lesson not just for the author, but also herself. Talia edited Little Raven OneLittle Raven Two,Little Raven Three and A Storytelling of Ravens: The Best of Little Raven Publishing 2011 – 2014.

Talia will be hosting our Hot and Spicy Erotica panel on Saturday.

Feb 27

Panel: The IKEA of Intercourse – Writing Sex and Erotica

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11:45AM Sunday 23rd of March 2014
Mercure on Therry Street

Featuring authors Nicolas G. Frank (Wet Pants and Intermittent Relief from Monkey Mind), NM Harris (Walking Shadows, Talbott and Burns)  and Talia Eilon (Managing Editor at Little Raven). Hosted by Karina Quinn (Joint Managing Editor, Writing from Below, La Trobe University).

Writing sex isn’t hard–which is sometimes the problem. Writing good sex guaranteed to get you going hard (literally or metaphorically speaking) is a bit more tricky.

Whether it’s third arm syndrome, body positions requiring three years of training as a contortionist just to get into, or men who somehow manage to cum bucketloads three times a day for five days straight–or not so straight, there are a lot of things that can throw a reader of their stroke.

Whether you’re writing erotica, romantica, queermantica, or just planning on fading to black, there’s a lot to learn from erotic fiction, which demands its writers hold the attention of their audience. After all, when it comes to reading, there’s not much worse than boring sex.