Sunday, December 2, 2012

Teaching schedule 2013

We decided to help out our authors and readers by posting information from Sascha Illyvich, famed Male Romance Author and Editor Extraordinaire!  

In addition to writing, I also teach. Listed below are the workshops I’ve developed to help romance writers get a better grasp of key tools for their stories.  Workshops are geared towards writers of all levels though the BDSM for Romance Authors I really suggest you have an understanding of the craft of writing.  It’s not required but for all the material covered, it helps speed things up.

I have taught for Coffee Time Romance, Hearts Through History RWA, Orange County Chapter RWA, Passionate Ink RWA, and most recently Lowcounty RWA,  I taught the Male POV workshop to Cal Writers – Berkeley group in early February 2012.  In addition to teaching at Savvy Authors, I teach these courses on my private loop.

Male POV – Creating Better Heroes- This course focuses exclusively on learning how to write from the Male POV. The romance genre is filled with a plethora of writers who write straight erotic romances as well as an increasing number of writers who write male/male romances. Obviously, bringing our characters to life is key to keeping and gaining new readers, but what if you’re a woman who has never really been able to grasp the male mindset?  Do you want to enhance, understand and craft heroes that readers will talk about?
The importance of understanding the male mind in conjunction with the Heroine and her journey are imperativeto any well written romance.  The syllabus can be found here

BDSM for Romance Authors - This workshop is for authors in the romance genre who dabble BDSM in any form, be it writing spanking stories, light bondage, or like myself, heavier darker things. What authors often fail to recognize about Kink and BDSM is that the term BDSM is a BLANKET TERM encompassing many different things that if utilized properly and marketed appropriately can expand an author’s audience. If you’ve ever role played, held your lover down, worn a corset, used food during sex, guess what? You’re KINKY!
Click HERE to see the syllabus

WriteSEX – A primer on writing erotica, covering the basics of writing erotica for a profit.  This is an extension of the WriteSEX blog and is usually taught by a few of us from WriteSEX .

Why Kink? - This class will focus on the basics of kinky sex, including why people indulge in non basic sexual practices, a little BDSM knowledge, define kink, cover role play and how all of this can be used in your stories to add variety and spice to your sex scenes so the reader remains engrossed on more levels.  Adding kink to a story and the plot helps expand the author’s potential reader base by including a wider range of interests.  We’ll cover some of the marketing basics for kinky writers.  

2013 Upcoming Class Schedule:

January 6-12 – Male POV for Savvy Authors
June 10-16 Male POV for FF&P RWA chapterJuly 22nd -28 2013 Why Kink for FF&P RWA Chapter
September 16th-22nd WriteSEX Workshop (Probably Savvy Authors, I forgot!)
December 2nd-9th BDSM in Romance for Savvy Authors
December 14th Male POV LIVE for Orange County RWA

What others have said about Sascha’s classes
“Just wanted to say thank you. I really enjoyed the lessons in this class – I
took your BDSM course, last spring (I think that’s when it was), through the PI
RWA chapter, and it was fantastic. It really made a difference with some things
I wasn’t sure about.” – Gianna Simone, Author

“This has been a very interesting class and I want to thank you before we get to the end. The archetype discussions have been most illuminating. I took your template and revamped my character template in Scrivener and rewrote a lot of my heroes’ info. Lots of useful stuff. I have lots of heroes in my series and making them work is  important.”  – Claire Hoffman, Author and RWA member

Thank you Sascha for a most informative class”   -Joan Maze, Erotic Romance Author

"Thank you so much to our workshop presenter, Sascha Illyvich, for the
wonderful insight into writing male characters! We have lots of great
information to consider for our heroes now :-) – Karla from Hearts through History RWA Chapter

“This has been a very informative, excellently crafted and helpful class” – Barbara Karmazin, Erotic Romance Author

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Savvy Authors - Authors and Serious Platforms Building by Deborah Riley-Magnus

A post worth checking out, as well as information about the class Deborah's teaching.

MY authors need this.

Savvy Authors - Authors and Serious Platforms Building by Deborah Riley-Magnus

The rest of you ignore it so my authors get ahead ;)

Seriously, her post covers a lot of great information and the class structure will leave you feeling like you've spent money well. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Upcoming Workshop presented by Passionate Ink - BDSM in Romance

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: This workshop is for authors particularly in the romance genre who dabble BDSM in any form, be it writing spanking stories, light bondage, or like myself, heavier darker things.  Many folks think that once a book is written the author’s job is done.  Not so.  As any seasoned author knows, once we finish writing, we have edits, cover art choices, more edits, and of course the hype.  Marketing, promotions.  PR Hell as it is known in some circles.  That’s the toughest part of any author’s job IMO and will make or break any author dumb enough to rely solely on the publisher.  Our job as authors is a business and needs to be treated like such, even if we DO get to have a little more fun than any corporate schmo.  So, in order of author responsibilities:  
1. Establish the Brand (I’m Sascha Illyvich, paranormal erotica/BDSM romance author)
2. Maintain the Brand (Primarily through PR, I write about wolves, fae, vampires, but you’ll never see me write a western!)
3. Grow the Brand (I write paranormal romances, which puts me in with the anime crowd who likes dark fantasy!)  
This workshop will focus on Number 3:  Grow the Brand.  What authors often fail to realize is that in including different elements like spanking or light bondage that they are writing for their normal audiences but with a little more effort could target not just the fringe readers; those who are closeted about their darker desires, but those who are a little open with their darker desires.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER: As the Acknowledged Bad Boy of Romance, I have been writing and published in this genre for the last twelve years, worked two large BDSM events in Houston with HPEP, been actively involved on mailing list discussions, read a few books, met and spent time with Jay Wiseman (Author of SM 101: A Realistic Introduction)   I occasionally write for, a BBW BDSM site.  I’ve been on numerous BDSM panels am an active Lifestyle Dominant and have been vetted.  Oh, and as I mentioned before, my Mom is a Lifestyle Domme – meaning when she realized that she enjoyed kinky sex, she sought out knowledge and became who she is today, teaching her son proper play.  My previous workshop, Writing from the Male POV and creating better heroes was a success both at Coffee Time Romance and at Collette Thomas’s Erotic Workshop yahoo group.  I have taught this workshop for HHRW RWA chapter and Savvy Authors.
$15 for Members
$20 for Non-Members
To pay via PayPal, please send payment to and make the subject line WORKSHOP: BDSM. Please be sure the information field includes the name and email address you will be using for the workshop.
To pay via check, please include WORKSHOP: BDSM in the memo area. Also, please include a note containing the name and email address you will be using for the workshop.
Mail checks to: Robin L Rotham, Treasurer
P.O. Box 2412
Norfolk, NE 68702
***Permission to forward granted and encouraged.***
Shay MacLean
Passionate Ink Workshop Coordinator

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Frolicon 2012 Appearance Schedule

I'll fly into Atlanta Wednesday around 10 PM and have a day to recoup from flying before we start the fun that is Frolicon!

Friday April 6th 2012

-WriteSEX Panel at 11:45 - 1:15 with Shakir Rashaan and Nikita in BOARDROOM

We're going to break down the importance of having an author platform, understanding the market and how successful erotica writers actually think and function and how they become successful. This has been an awesome platform for me and the few truly old guard people on the WriteSEX team and while I'll be the only one there I will mention the site and those involved in the project and how it helps them out as well as serving for a central focal point for both me and writers, new and old.

4:00 - 6:00 PM Unofficial Frolicon Cigar Herf - Location TBD

That's right, a bunch of us are going to get together and have a good old fashioned Cigar Herf. Yeah I'll be out anyway smoking only the finest in cigars, but I wanted some friends, so we're organizing it outside. Come by with premium cigars, pipes, alcohol and enjoy the company of fellow brothers and sisters of the leaf!

Saturday April 7th

10:00 AM - 111:30 AM Erotica/Erotic Romance Editors Panel in CANCUN with Cecilia Tan, Trinity and Me

Some editors at some of the top erotica and erotic romance publishers are right here at Frolicon, because we're a bunch of kinky folks. Take one look at us in the dungeon and you'll probably suss out what we like. But have you ever wondered what we like IN A MANUSCRIPT? In this panel we'll tell you the ins and outs of how to submit an erotic manuscript and answer all your questions about erotic writing, breaking into the business, and the author/editor relationship. (Is the editor the dom and the writer the sub? Or is it the other way around? Hmm...)

11:45-1:15 Writing from the Male POV in CYPRUS 1 - I'm teaching!

This class focuses exclusively on learning how to write from the male point of view. Obviously, bringing our characters to life is key to keeping and gaining new readers, but what if you’re a woman who has never really been able to grasp the male mindset? Do you want to enhance, understand and craft heroes that readers will talk about? The importance of understanding the male mind in conjunction with the Heroine and her journey are imperative to any well written romance.

1:30-300 - Dom/Domme Fantasy Archetypes in BOARDROAM with Ceclia Tan Lord Cailleach, Angelina Sparrow, Shakir Rashaan and Sascha Illyvich

The Whip-wielding "she-wolf", the medieval inquisitor, the pirate captain, Catwoman, so many of our fantasies of dominants who make us weak in the knees come from genre fiction, fantasy, and science fiction. Why are so many of these figures villains in the stories they come from, but heroes in our dungeon daydreams? Or are they? Our panelists discuss the fantasy fuel that drives these archetypes and how fantasy inspires their own dominant side. Where's the line between fantasy and reality? Between dominance and sadism?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

So proud of the new slew of Book Releases!

My authors are doing a fantastic job. A little erotica followed by a solid comedy filled erotic romance by one of e-publishing's veteran writers!


Her nights were filled with ghostly presences and unforgettable lovemaking. Sanya couldn't sleep after the tragic death of her fiance. Then she met Xander. Xander had the hots for her big time. To him it was true love. But all Sanya wanted from him was sex, in the hope of curing her insomnia and the disturbing dreams sleep brought. Yet once the deed was done and she returned to bed, Sanya's mind begin to play tricks on her again, and she begin to have intoxicating, disturbing dreams about her boyfriend. Dreams that seemed to be taking her away from this reality - perhaps into madness or death. When Xander comes to rescue her, Sanya is unsure of what to make of him until he confesses his secret crush on her. But can his love prevent her from being swept away by her fiance into the world of dreams, will she be end up in a mental ward - or worse dead. His only hope is to help her free herself from the spell woven by Sanya's Nights!
Buy Sanya's Nights


After a series of sexual encounters women ranging from a pert young college girl to his dominating boss, Eddie’s world is opened up to possibility. The only problem is all he thinks about lately is his coworker Jason, a handsome Australian. After one too many beers, Eddie sends rather suggestive photos to both his boss and Jason, thinking he’s found his own sexual confidence. What follows next is a series of events that lead him and Jason together in a tangled mess of bodies and passion. Can Eddie allow himself to explore the depths of his sexual prowess with Jason? Will Jason help him live in THIS MOMENT?

Buy IN THIS MOMENT by Clarice Clique

Marianne LaCroix

“The traditional fairy-tale theme [with] loads of unexpected passion and riveting sex. The ending is the perfect culmination of dreams fulfilled.” ~ RT Book Reviews. In the realm of Faylin, Wolfman Jack Horner was on trial for the attempted murder of Grandma Redford. Defended by his former lover, Jill, Jack has to sit through a fiasco courtroom trial, all because dear Grandma wanted a demonstration of his talented tongue. While awaiting sentencing, Jack breaks free from his cell with a little help from the Bacon Brothers and their magic beans. Sure, Jack gets out of prison, but did he really want to get swept away by an out-of-control beanstalk? From there, Jack meets Peg, the winged horse, mighty King Titus, and the enslaved Sugar Plum Fairy Princess, Shaylee. When the beautiful Shaylee escapes her chains and goes to Jack for help, how can he resist? During their journey, passion takes control and the couple must depend on their growing love to help them through the trials ahead. Can Jack and Shaylee escape King Titus and his obsession? Will Titus discover that a forced love is not as satisfying as love freely given?

“5 ROSES!…Marianne LaCroix creates a charming, whimsical, and titillating tale…” ~ Kitty, Love Romances

“5 STARS!…Take fairy tale land, sprinkle in sex, laughter, adventure, and a lot of tongue-in-cheek items…” —Vikky, Just Erotic Romance Reviews

"A Road to Romance Recommended Read!…A great adult fairy tale…” ~ Pat McGrew, Road to Romance


Saturday, January 21, 2012

I'm getting around doing a book tour!

One of the biggest tools authors need to utilize is the blog. Not just their own as I've advised many of my authors to do but to make guest appearances on other authors blogs.  The more traffic, the better.

But balancing that act with writing can be tough, no doubt.  Not only should you come up with new content for each blog but you should weigh your options of doing a giveaway or not.  One blog I visited this past week had very little in the way of comments, but I don't know about the traffic  To see the posts, head on over to Tonya Kinzer's blog to see what I did.  Granted, these posts are almost all recycled content from 2009, that doesn't mean that Tonya's readers have seen them.  Click here for the last link.

Having a pool of authors who write for me makes a big difference in not just their marketing but mine too.  Some of my authors, like Margie Church are dialed into a different group of readers that I'd like to be connected with.  So popping over to her site once in a blue moon (can't give her too much of an ego boost...) helps her and me since our audiences are similiar.

The SEO on that sort of stuff is great too but ultimately a writer should be looking to step outside their normal reader group and constantly expand their brand name and readership base. 

Higher traffic blogs for well known publishing houses that allow guest spots also make a HUGE difference but remember, you're opening yourself up to new readers so first impressions count.  This I kept in mind when I talked to the folks at Romance at Random about being the bad boy of romance.  I didn't talk much from an editor's standpoint but more from an author's.  But I did share my passion about this genre though.

Remember, In romance, readers want an escape with the characters they can relate to..

In Erotica, readers want a sexual escape that stimulates the mind and doesn't screw too badly with their emotions. In Erotic Romance I want to be taken on a longer, harder, deeper ride outside of myself.

Publishers that capture the true hears and bodies and minds of their audiences stay in business and do well. Their authors have potential to do very well also.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New Call for Submissions



Sizzler Editions/Intoxication, our premium imprint for erotic romance, is seeking romantic BDSM stories for our upcoming anthology, Bound for Love.

Throughout history love and sex as submission and love and sex as pain have been linked. For example, this link is revealed in commonly used phrases like "the bonds of love," "the chains of love," "the ties that bind," "prisoner of love," "captive heart," "love hurts," "love is pain,"

Stories should reflect this connection be between B&D and romance. What after all could be sweeter than a bottom's submission to a top? In some ways love between leather folks, slaves and master/mistresses, is the most honest straightforward love there is. In short, we want stories that capture the romance in bondage and the bondage in romance made explicit.

Stories for Bound for Love should be 4-9k in length with a focus on the relationship development. Each needs to have a strong focus on both BDSM with a classic romance type of plot and a HEA ending. If either can be removed, the story is not for this anthology.

We seek unpublished submissions though we will consider reprints.

Deadline: December 15th 2011

The advance payment against a prorated share of the royalties will be $25 for stories under 5000 words and $35 for stories over 5000.

Publisher acquires World English language rights only for the use of story in the above anthology for a term of seven years; however one year after the story first appears as an ebook, author may publish said story in other anthologies. Author retain all other rights including the right to reprint said story in collections of the author's own work beginning six months after the appearance of said story in the above title anthology.

Submit to in MS WORD format, 14 point, single spaced, Times New Roman. .3 indentation on each paragraph. Make sure to put Bound for Love Anthology submission in the subject line of your email.

Sizzler Editions ( is a pioneer ebook publisher, issuing its first titles in 1998 and becoming known from the start for releasing quality erotic fiction by many of the hottest authors in the world.

Sascha Illyvich is an established erotica/erotic romance author with over twenty titles published. Successful anthologies he has edited include "Riding the Rocket," "My Sexy Valentine" and "Bound for Romance" He teaches workshops on writing from the Male POV and BDSM for Romance writers and believes strongly in helping the new author as well as the experienced one wade through the publishing industry to attain success.