By Cara Sutra: So I just found out this morning that I've been short-listed for the Best Erotic Journalist Award in the ETO Awards 2016 and I am so very grateful and excited! Thanks to everyone who has voted for me so far - I would be ecstatic if you would consider just pushing my button one more time and voting me as your Best Erotic Journalist 2016.
It's over a week since I returned from the annual ETO Show at Birmingham's NEC and I don't think I've come back to earth just yet. As usual, the ETO Magazine team put on a spectacular adult industry trade show, with a gala dinner and awards presentation in the middle of the two days to celebrate the best in the biz.
By Jon Pressick Movember is again on us and you're going to start seeing the scraggly, the bushy, the unkempt and the styled. I'm not talking about the resurgence in bush, I'm referring to the mo's that will soon crawl across faces to mark this now annual tradition of awareness on prostate (and other) health concerns.
The Erotic World Book Day Competitions Win a £170 bundle of sex toys from Vibrator Kingdom Win the entire Lakeland Witches trilogy by KD Grace Win the Vibease vibrator worth £65 Win a signed copy of Spring in My Step (Morris Dancing erotica) by Sallyann Rogers Win 1 of 4 £30+ erotic book bundles from Black Lace Books Win a Pulse II Duo from Pleasure Pulse worth £89 Win a LELO Ora 2 in Deep Rose from Nice n Naughty worth £118.99 Win 1 of 10 erotic e-books by Lily Harlem Win a signed copy of APPETITES: Tales of Lesbian Lust, and a copy of Flappers, Jazz and Valentino by Jill Boyd Win 1 of 5 Tiffany Reisz Original Sinners novels courtesy of Mills & Boon Win 2 Smut Scarborough tickets
The past year has disappeared in a haze of sex & sex toys, and it’s almost time for one of the biggest events of the adult industry year – the ETO Show & Awards. This year is the 11th year of the ETO Show, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham UK. You can find the exact location on the Google map at the end of this post. The ETO Show is happening on the 28th and 29th June. The doors open at 10.30am each day and close 5pm Sunday, 4.30pm Monday. if you'd like to attend, you'll need to be a part of the adult industry in some way and you can register for an entry pass here. Even with an entry badge you will need to bring proof of trade status with you, such as your business card. Follow ETO Magazine & ETO Show on Twitter, and like Erotic Trade Only on Facebook to stay up to date with all the news.
Something big is happening this October and I’m going to be there! It’s time for Erofame in Hanover Germany, and it’s one of the biggest adult industry trade shows in Europe.
By Cara Sutra: Report of the Eroticon 2014 Write Sex Right Erotic Writing Conference by Cara Sutra. It was with some trepidation that I opened my eyes far too early on Friday morning. 4am, to be precise. I was afraid of missing my alarm. My deranged mind decided to wake me approximately every twenty minutes until my chosen waking time actually rolled around.
Entry is just £5 and remember, all proceeds go to charity - so dig deep! There are some big names supporting this event on the night, such as The Body Shop, Clarins, L’Oreal, Molton Brown, Francesca DeRosa Jewellery, Forever Living, Yankee Candles, Fairy Godmother Lighting, Glitter Box, It Works Ultimate Body Wraps and more.
Erotic World Book Day was 5 March and as part of the celebrations there was an unashamedly spectacular party on Facebook. From 7pm UK time until well past midnight, every hour saw a new host share a wealth of tasty entertainment for the party attendees to enjoy. Were you in attendance? Were you one of the 325 people who came to our party? You really should have been there. With shared excerpts from some of the top names in the world of erotic fiction, cyber cocktails, sexy chat, best-dressed competitions and over £1,500 of prizes to win, this really was an unmissable adult event. Erotic World Book Day originator Emily Dubberley declared the party officially open at 7pm with an overview of the night’s festivities and the charity fundraising reasons behind the celebrations. We hoped to raise a substantial amount for sexual health and well-being charity Brook. As well as regular calls through the night for party folk to donate generously, either through the website link or text, there would be the official launch of our Erotic World Book Day charity anthology, An Intimate Education. 100% of the profit from sales of this erotic e-book would be (and still is being) donated to Brook.
Bringing together erotica, fetish, catwalk shows, and five star gourmet dining with a seductive burlesque twist, Sexhibition will be a daring and sexy day out for those wanting to take a walk on the wild side.. We've also got a sneak peak at the Sexhibition cinema trailer, which is being screened before the showing of Fifty Shades Of Grey this coming weekend. Event organiser, Cheryl Smith explains, "The event of the Fifty Shades phenomenon is doing great things for British attitudes towards sex and sexuality. Whatever your opinion of the FSOG books and film, it's got us all - especially women - talking about our fantasies and that's got to be a good thing!"
I woke surprisingly early on Sunday morning, the first day of the ETO Show 2014. The doors didn’t open to the public until 10.30am, but Julian was going to be at the stand at 8am in order to make sure everything was perfect. I arrived about 8.45am, leaving my partner Sable in bed and minnie getting ready. Walking around the corner from the hotel to the NEC expo hall I mentally prepared for the day ahead. I felt excited but not nervous - this was the ETO Show after all and it feels like family being with all the familiar faces and great contacts in the industry that I talk to regularly.
Our driver drove my partner Sable and I down to the hotel early Thursday evening. Our hotel, The Mercure, is a beautiful Victorian property overlooking the sea. We had an upgraded, seaview room and once we arrived we settled in immediately. It was late after the long drive from Lincolnshire to the south coast so after a much-needed shared bottle of wine from room service we slept soundly.
Fellow industry writer & consultant Mel MacFarlane (of Voluptasse) and I are running BlogSpot – the new version of Blogger’s Corner. Come and meet us and pick up some tasty goodies! We’re on stand A36 and here’s a smattering of what you can expect.
Sexhibition 2015 was a memorable experience, for various reasons. The erotic event of the year took place at Event City Manchester, which is right by the Trafford Centre, and promised to bring together adult industry exhibitors, porn stars and other adult entertainers in one glamorous, spectacular event.
Sexpo isn't a completely new venture, having enjoyed several successful shows around the world such as the US and Australia. November 2015 was the turn of the UK’s capital, and London welcomed Sexpo wholeheartedly and hoped we had a worthy predecessor to the much-missed Erotica show.
If you haven't heard who won what in the ETO Awards 2014, here's a handy list for you. You can read the mini release on the ETO Magazine website here, and a full report will be going out to subscribers in the July 2014 edition of this popular adult industry magazine.
By Cara Sutra: Will I be meeting you this weekend? I am talking about, of course, the wonderful Erotica Show London UK event held in Tobacco Dock London, from 25-27 October 2013.
...you book the centre of the hall and turn it into a mini club, along with banging tunes, a large visual display with video, free bar with food and alcohol, soft drinks, coffee and more, as well as freebie t-shirts, fluffy topped pens, goodie bags, freshly laid on pretzels and a friendly team. I was amused that at lunch time the Pipedream team obviously didn't care for the German laid on catering and instead decided to go out and rob a McDonalds for their hard working crew members. Doing it right.
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