Allow me to introduce myself...

February 29, 2008

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end; then stop."

Lest the Queen of Hearts should threaten a decapitation, let's begin at the beginning... I'd like to say that I need no introduction, but that would be just a little bit cocky of me, wouldn't it? Well, as you can see, I'm Allison Wonderland. Allison is my given name, and I chose a pseudonym from which I wouldn't be completely disassociated. (I guess that makes it a pseudo-pseudonym.) The Wonderland moniker comes courtesy of a friend. The first time she called me Allison Wonderland, I immediately thought that it would make a consummate pen name. It's simple, it's familiar, it's easy to remember.

I've been writing since I learned to write, but I only started writing erotica in the summer of last year, shortly after graduating from college. While perusing the Net under the nebulous search words of "call for submissions," I came across Queer Writers. I noticed past postings inviting writers to submit erotica for anthologies, as well as news about forthcoming erotica collections, and the genre piqued my interest. So, I continued exploring, and that's when I discovered the Erotica Readers & Writers Assocation (ERWA).

After browsing through their Call for Submissions page, I decided to enter a contest hosted by For the Girls. So, I wrote a story in accordance with the competition theme of discovery, sent it off, and waited patiently for the results. Okay, that's a lie. I waited impatiently, nervously, anxiously, and all the other adverbs used to convey the heebie-jeebies. While I am confident in my writing ability, I don't like to be arrogant about it, because you just never know until you get the yes (or the no). The next month, I received word from the webmistress that my story, "Quite Contrary," earned an Honorable Mention in the competition. I was tickled hot pink.

Shortly after that, I wrote and submitted "Bowl Me Over" to Wetter, an anthology edited by Nicole Foster and forthcoming from Alyson Books. Two weeks later, I was notified of the editor's decision: I am pleased to announce that Nicole Foster has chosen your story for inclusion in WETTER. You know how the song goes: "Darling, it's better down where it's wetter, take it from me." :)

Then came The Longest Kiss, a collection in e-book format edited by Chrissie Bentley and tentatively scheduled for a summer release from Mojocastle Press. The anthology will feature two works of flash fiction, the 100-word "Guiltless Pleasure," and a longer work called "The Cliterary Elite."

I've decided that in addition to acceptances, I will (read: might possibly) document rejections in my blog, at least some of them. It might be - forgive the truism - therapeutic. I'll start with a rejection I received from writer and editor Alison Tyler. Regarding a piece I submitted back in August, a story entitled "Exquisite," she said that the work "read like poetry" and that she was "sure [I'll] be able to [place the piece elsewhere] without a problem." I thought about that and realized that while it was, of course, a rejection, it was a rejection of the best kind: the piece was rejected not because the writing was dreadful, but because it just wasn't a good fit for that particular collection of stories. Actually, the story is no longer a story. It's now a poem. I figured, if it reads like poetry, it might as well be poetry. The next piece I submitted to Alison, a longer work entitled "Flick Chicks," received the green light (or the yellow light, I should say, as it's not a good idea to count my ducklings before they've hatched). She told me that she'd "love to use this story in [her] Spanking anthology! It's just perfect." Now that's the kind of response that writers live for.

All right, well, I think I've come to the end, so I'm going to heed the King's advice and stop.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland


  1. Even though you know I'm not an erotica fan, I def. love how you write. It's so "you." hehe.

  2. I only have 2 erotic books and as I think I told you, while they're good, they left in some errors. If you notice errors as you're reading erotica, that's not a good sign.

  3. Well, I'm a very thorough proofreader, as you very well know. Not that I always catch everything, but I do the best I can and hope that the editor will correct any errors that I happened to overlook.

  4. This is great, now you can blog it up! I love it!

    Me :-*

  5. It's been a long time since I've read anything that you've written that's not part of just conversation. I love your style of writing. I think it's fun and creative. Keep it up!


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