I must admit that the whole thing got more than a bit out of hand -- although in a good way.
Back in 1991, I had a realization that many of my lovers had "some little special thing" that they did which made our sex life just a little bit better. (I did a few such things as well.) The basic idea was that we already had a pretty good sex life, and these things would make our sex life just a little bit better -- more pleasurable, less awkward, just generally easier, and so forth. I named such things "Tricks." I started asking my friends if they would be willing to share some of their tricks, which they were,, and very shortly thereafter a book called "Tricks! More Than 125 Ways To Make Good Sex Better" was born. It was a fun book to work on, it sold well, and I figured it would bring a little more pleasure and happiness into the world.
What I didn't foresee was that people would then starting sending me even more tricks. I started receiving unsolicited Tricks in the mail (and later by email). People would come up to me and say, "I've got a Trick for you!" The whole thing had taken on a life and momentum of it's own. I felt a bit like the main character in the story "The Sorcerer's Apprentice." Just like that apprentice, I couldn't seem to stop what I had set in motion.
In fairly short order, Greenery Press, my publisher, published "Tricks 2: Another 125 Ways To Make Good Sex Better," "Sex Toy Tricks: More Than 125 Ways To Accessorize Good Sex," and "Supermarket Tricks: More Than 125 Ways To Improvise Good Sex." They proved highly popular (and just possibly spawned an imitator or two).
After several years, we pulled them in off the market, had our "panel of experts" evaluate which ones were the best, re-sorted the Tricks by gender of the receiver, added dozens of new Tricks, and soon thereafter was published "Tricks...To Please A Woman." This was followed about a year later by "Tricks...To Please A Man." Again, these books have proven very popular.
For example, in "Tricks...to Please A Man" we describe more than 125 ways to make his sex life just a bit more pleasurable. This includes more than 20 ways of using your hands on him, more than 25 ways of using your mouth on him (many of the hand and mouth tricks are "professional secrets" taught to me by sex workers), bedroom communications skills, tips on how men's bodies work, over a dozen ways to make anal play more pleasurable, useful measures for coping with problems, ways to both set and maintain the mood, and resources for further exploration. No wonder this book sells so well in erotic boutiques, bookstores, and other locations.
Many people have bought this book (and my other books) as gift items -- for example, both of the "Tricks" books are popular gift items for bachelor/bachelorette parties.