I’m so worried for our friends in publishing.
I mean, yikers. Last year – despite romance still selling well -- thousands of jobs were 86d in the biz. Today, everybody from CEO to the guy who mails advance-reading copies is on razor’s edge and overworked. To top it off, industry folks are scrambling to figure how e-pub’ll affect their prospects for continued employment – as well as the future of what some 20/20 hindsighters seem now to consider Gutenberg’s Folly.
Who can possibly continue to function healthily in the long term under these kinds of stressors and hope to establish any meaningful quality of life?
Nobody’s gonna’ give me an award for this. But sometime in the future – long after folks have ceased to be embarrassed by the fact that they even cared what Apple was going to call their e-reader – the name Michelle Buonfiglio will be uttered with hushed reverence. For I will be remembered as the woman who single-handedly, as it were, saved the sex lives of overly frazzled and underappreciated publishing-industry members everywhere.
Oh, don’t thank me yet. Wait until after you’ve read and lived large w/in your relationship, “Great Sex for Hard Times ,” by sex educator and coach, Kim Switnicki. This refreshingly playful, how-to-have-sexy-fun book is a light, kind of sweet -- yet, wowza, absolutely thorough – read full of totally not intimidating ways to increase sexual/emotional intimacy within your committed relationship. This, says Switnicki, leads to better and even great sex that reduces all kinds of stress, which causes one to feel more confident in one’s self, one’s life and, eventually, perhaps even the state of e-pub.
Well, Switnicki doesn’t predict the latter, but considering this is the best, most fun-‘n-easy-to-ingest book of its ilk I’ve read, I’m gonna’ admit I’m feeling a lot more clearheaded about pretty much all things digital these days. And Switnicki’s easy-on-the-eye-and-any-body position illustrations, literal and figurative recipes for pleasure – and cost effective solutions for sexy toys and at-home getaways – make this a book just right in a climate that’s got us all tied up in knots.
Switnicki considers freeing the body and mind for more joyful sex not only makes for more productive work time, it also helps one feel more open to emotional intimacy w/family members and in other relationships. And in addition to health benefits of more and better sex which include lowered anxiety levels are other sexually induced physiological occurrences such as release of the relaxants oxytocin and endorphins, the lowering of blood pressure, increased blood flow to the brain and more. And in a glorious, victorious cycle, improved health generally begets increased libido.
You don’t have to go any farther than Unabashedly Bookish or Heart to Heart to score anecdotal evidence of what romance readers long have known: The right book can help one embrace sexuality, and allow sexual intimacy to blossom in a committed relationship. It’s only fair that we share that secret with our friends in the industry that makes that possible for us in spades.
Why would you buy or pass by this book? Do you agree/disagree with Switnicki’s assertions? How is the current economy affecting your level of stress? What are you doing to combat it?
Michelle Buonfiglio is an advocate for romance authors, readers and the industry. She writes daily about romance fiction at BN.com's Heart to Heart and RomanceBuyTheBook.com. Catch all her weekly Unabashedly Bookish posts here.