Why subscribe to Susie’s Journal?

Subscribe to get enjoy conversations and writing with me, access to my considerable archive, and special experiments I do just with subscribers.

But really? Subscribe, because you know this is how I make a living. And you realize it’s little more than taking me out for a small coffee. ;-)

I know it was easier in the old days, when you could read my writing by picking up any newspaper or a magazine in the doctor’s office, and there it was. American writers used to support their families, hundreds of thousands of us, by working at a broad number of periodicals and book companies.

But publishing has changed, and writers now sing for their supper directly to their readers, instead of media titans.

I’ve been blogging and writing newsletters since 1986. This is my latest, and favorite, incarnation.

Uncensored, naturally. I publish things here that get me thrown off of social media and banned from the Murdoch dynasties.

Troll-free. You can view a full spectrum of art, frank talk, and thoughtful criticism. I moderate every single comment here and will not let any BS stand. None.

There are a few sections to SBJournal:

Susie Bright’s Journal — breaking news, fiction, memoir, and current events from Susie

The Leisure Hours — Devoted to eating, drinking, imbibing, crafting, throwing parties and making your own fun

Unreliable Narrators— fiction and tall tales

The Occasional Sex Question — Matters of the human sex organism.

Publishing Chops — I’ve published/edited a few thousand authors in my editing career, at all the major book houses and dozens of the smaller ones. I know this world and I like to pull back the curtain!

Note: Some of the Sex Question posts are for “paid” subscribers only, and I’ll tell you why. Not because they’re beyond the pale — not at all. It’s because I’m protective of material that gets seized by trolls for their own purposes. I’ve noticed, trolls will only disrupt things when it’s “free” — they are too cheap to carry their moral crusade any further than that. Thanks for supporting the space to be progressive and uncensored!


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My Bio, if you’re looking…

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Susie Bright, born March 25, 1958 * Memoir: Big Sex Little Death *Local Color: Editor, Santa Cruz Noir * In Bed With Susie Bright podcast and archive * National best-sellers, including The Sexual State of the Union, Full Exposure, and The Best American Erotica…
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Contact Info — And Susie’s Rules of Engagement!

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CONTACT Susie Bright, POB 8377, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 office@susiebright.com THE CRAZY PLACES LinkedIn Flickr Facebook Twitter COMMENTS I love your feedback. And I’d love to have it here, where it doesn’t get lost or subsumed in social media noise. Let’s talk…
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"I have a very scary feeling Susie Bright is not making any of this up. "Guns, drugs, threesomes, socialist factionalism, a stabbing . . . all before she got her G.E.D.?" — Alison Bechdel


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Following 25 years writing and editing adult publications, including Leg Show, JUGGS and Outlaw Biker, Hanson accepted the position of Sexy Book Editor at TASCHEN Publishing in 2001, where she remains to this day. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Editor, writer, reader, opinionated home cook. I like stuff.

Ariel Gore

Ariel Gore is the author of a dozen books of fiction and nonfiction including the experimental memoir We Were Witches (The Feminist Press) and the lit star guide The Wayward Writer (Microcosm Publishing)

Andy Griffin

plant enthusiast, farmer