How to Be Happy in Love: Best-Selling Romance Writers Weigh in on Real-Life Relationships in Cleis Press Editor's Piece

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Cleis Press writer and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel curates top tips from romance writers on relationships off the page.

Rachel Kramer Bussel

Veteran editor Bussel assembles stories exploring every aspect of erotic submission. —Publishers Weekly on The Big Book of Submission

Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of Cleis Press erotica like The Big Book of Submission, penned a Cosmopolitan article asking "five best-selling romance novelists what they've learned about love, on and off the page." The happily coupled authors share everything from "how to spot a keeper to how to keep a relationship spicy."

For most of these authors, it all comes down to good communication. Maya Banks, author of Giving In, said "Talking is a very good way to get in the mood because when you're speaking with your partner, that builds intimacy." Similarly, Jaci Burton, author of Hope Ignites, feels that "communication is key with any relationship."

Meet Rachel in person at these upcoming events:

7/23, 6:30pm: Erotica writing workshop at Sugar the Shop, Baltimore MD
7/24, 7pm: Reading at Lotus Blooms, Alexandria VA
7/26, 7pm: Erotica writing workshop at Secret Pleasures, Washington DC
9/6, 3pm: Reading at the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture, Seattle WA
9/9, 7pm: Erotica writing workshop at the Foundation for Sex Positive Culture, Seattle WA
9/10, 7pm: Reading at She Bop the Shop, Portland, OR
9/15, 7:30pm: Reading at the Booksmith, San Francisco, CA
9/18, 6pm: Workshop at the Q Center, Portland OR
9/28: Erotica writing workshop at Early to Bed, Chicago IL
9/30, 8:30pm: Erotica writing workshop at Tool Shed Toys, Milwaukee WI

Rachel Kramer Bussel regularly writes for and appears in Salon, Jezebel, Bust, Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, and more. Based in New York City, she is a prolific erotica author and editor, and her titles include Only You, Irresistible, and Hungry for More. She is also the editor of the top-selling audiobook Gotta Have It. Visit her at and

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