To celebrate the Second Anniversary of the release of Pillow Talk: The Comprehensive Guide to Erotic Hypnosis and Relyfe Programming, Blue Deck Press spoke with author Michael Scott about the book’s sales success, the feedback it has received and future projects. Excerpts from the surprisingly candid conversation, plus updates on new publications, appear below:
BDP: It’s been two years since Pillow Talk was released, and now, 24 months later, it remains the best selling book for lovers that we have ever handled. Were you surprised by its success?
Mike Scott: Boy was I! Blue Deck’s Bestseller! To be honest, I started writing the book so that folks could have answers about Relyfe Programming and its erotic applications to free me up to work on other things. I never expected that it would be in so much demand. I just wanted to be able to save a little time in the long run.
BDP: Has it worked?
Mike Scott: Not really, I mean it hasn’t saved me any work. I now spend a lot more of my time answering emails from my readers and developing new erotic scripts for publication than I ever have. You could say that it’s become a full time job, instead of a much loved hobby. Still, I am enjoying myself.
BDP: You’ve gotten enormous feedback on Pillow Talk. What’s been most surprising?
Mike Scott: All of it! No, to tell the truth, the biggest surprise has been the number of requests for scripts dedicated to lesbian lovers. After learning the techniques in Pillow Talk, a reader can develop their own erotic hypnosis scripts. I am guilty of being short sited here. I have several lesbian and gay only scripts, but I didn’t think to include any in Pillow Talk. Teaching was my focus in writing it, but I should have included a more diverse selection of scripts for the gay/lesbian community. My next project should correct that oversight and readers are always welcome to write for some of my shorter scripts along those lines. I am happy to email those to folks.
BDP: Readers have blogged that the book has strong bondage overtones. Did you write it with the BDSM Community mind?
Mike Scott: Pillow Talk is written for anyone who has an interest in erotic hypnosis, erotic mind control or Relyfe Programming. I think a lot of the people who have focused on the BDSM aspects of the book are looking at many of the hypnotic scripts provided in the book. They may be missing the point of the book. Pillow Talk isn’t just a compilation of erotic hypnosis scripts, it is a step-by-step manual for the absolute beginner to learn and perfect their own erotic mind control techniques. There are several scripts provided for the neophyte, but the book’s ultimate intent is for the reader to have the tools to develop their own.
BDP: On the subject of scripts; you mentioned your next project, is it true you’re working on an anthology of erotic hypnosis scripts?
Mike Scott: I am collaborating on one with another accomplished and prolific hypnotist, who just happens to maintain one of the oldest, and certainly the most diverse, website on the subject of erotic hypnosis. The scripts are all written, can just be read to your lover – they will put her or him in a deep trance, and the book itself is in what you guys call “post-development production”. I am not exactly sure what that means, but I am told it will be released in the early fall.
BDP: What’s the title?
Mike Scott: The Big Book of Erotic Hypnosis Scripts.
BDP: Appropriate. Can you give us a taste of the kinds of scripts you are including?
Mike Scott: Sure! The we’ve tried to runt he gamut of sexual interests in the Big Book. There are scripts on instant arousal, instant trances, orgasms on demand (for women), oral arousal, nipple arousal and orgasming, situational arousal, role playing, oral orgasming – allowing the person performing oral sex to orgasm intensely from the act or performing oral sex, mind wipe scripts, scripts to permit orgasming, orgasm control – denying or permitting orgasming, uncontrolled arousal, several dominance and submission / Master and sex slave scripts, erotic dreams, paddle me (for spanking lovers), hypnotic Viagra – which works very well – and several others. Hundreds of pages, and a total of 50 new scripts, never published in book form before, and several of my older scripts as well.
BDP: Which older ones?
Mike Scott: Well, I brought back the oral addiction script. That’s one that heterosexual, lesbian and gay readers alike seem to really enjoy, God knows I do. The scripts for instant arousal and situational arousal have been revised to apply to a broader set of subjects. Those seem to be favorites, I certainly get a lot of positive feedback on them.
BDP: On the subject of feedback, one of your reviewers on Amazon.com complains that Pillow Talk is dangerous, she called it a “date rape manual”. How do you feel about that?
Mike Scott: Erotic hypnosis and Relyfe Programming are tools, and only tools. I cannot control how they are used by the public. I intend that they be used, that my work and scripts be used, by consenting adults to improve their love lives. Erotic hypnosis promotes open sexuality and expression and it allows people a level of pleasure that is often unattainable otherwise. The vast majority of the email and letters I have received indicate that my work is being used to achieve these things. I will concede that I have received some requests to help undo things that have been “inflicted” on “victims”, particularly the oral addiction, but even in those situations there was no coercion. Not one person went into a trance without knowing that the person intended to put them there. Some nefarious minded individual may eventually induce hypnosis without the subject’s knowledge and then program them in ways that they hadn’t wanted, but as of today, with countless editions of Pillow Talk, I have received not one report of anything like that happening. Again, I am providing powerful tools for consenting lovers.
BDP: Has the book ever actually been abused?
Mike Scott: I did receive a letter from a high school teacher who reported that several of the kids in her school had formed a “Relyfe Club” where one teenaged boy was would use a script with a subject to induce sexual performance. She asked that I provide a script for the school’s psychologist to remove any lasting or unwanted effects of scripts, particularly the Master/slave scripts and the oral addiction. She also asked if there were some way to prevent Pillow Talk’s scripts from being effective with underage or minor girls. I crafted a script for the school and sent it off with a letter explaining that the only way to prevent erotic hypnosis from being used on kids is to make them wear ear plugs and to keep them away from internet chats. It’s better, I explained, to teach them about the possible pitfalls of hypnosis at an early age to prevent unwitting abuse and to keep from being a victim at any age.
BDP: Did she take your advice?
Mike Scott: I received a letter back expressing her thanks. I can’t tell you if she took it, but I do hope so. She did later purchase a couple of the MP3′s of my work from ReadReadBooks.com, so something must have impressed her.
BDP: The download site, ReadRead, has been offline for a little while, do you know when it’s expected to be back up?
Mike Scott: ReadReadBooks.com was formed by Stanford Acquisitions and operated under their auspices. The original owners had more than a few problems keeping up with non-digital orders for things, Pillow Talk in particular. I got together with BDP and obtained control of the site. Since last fall we have been making subtle revisions to be certain that there are no more delivery problems. We considered going to an all digital format, but elected to maintain a few limited physical items for sale. The Big Book will be available for advance order there in August, I believe, and the site should be up long before then.
BDP: There are other applications for Relyfe Programming. What are some of them? How do they help?
Mike Scott: The Relyfe techniques were originally designed to address anorexia and certain other life threatening mental health issues. Not as a treatment for the underlying problem so much as a way to address the symptoms, keeping the sufferer safe, until such a time as the psychological issue putting them at risk could be successfully treated by a professional. Relyfe techniques are used all over the world today to relieve suffering of anorexics, severe migraine suffers, people suffering from sex dysfunction and gambling addictions and intense obsessive/compulsive and weight disorders. I understand that they are also being touted a a cure for certain underlying issues, but I can’t comment on the accuracy of that. I can tell you that there have been studies done around the world addressing the individual techniques we bound into our program and the success rate has been very high. I am very proud of this work.
BDP: What’s next, now that you have completed the Big Book?
Mike Scott: We are going to have the Big Book scripts developed into MP3′s for publication on the ReadReadBook site. This time someone other than I will do the reading. My voice is on the early scripts and while I am accomplished as a hypnotist, I don’t think I should be the voice of Relyfe. While that’s going on, I expect to get the http://www.relyfe-online.org public forum up and running. There needs to be a public forum for the expansion and development of Relyfe techniques for things other than sex play and general treatment techniques. I have been asked to put together a certification process for Relyfe practitioners, but haven’t made a decision on that yet. I truly believe that others may be more qualified to develop such accreditation.
BDP: Thanks for your time. We look forward to the release of the Big Book and to your further work with Relyfe Programming.
The Big Book of Erotic Hypnosis Scripts will be available in both print form and as an e-book through Amazon.com (print and Kindle), BN.com (print and Nook), ReadReadBooks.com (print and PDF) in Barnes & Noble stores and through quality booksellers worldwide on September 1, 2013.
Audio downloads of Mr. Scott’s erotic and other Relyfe scripts will be available through http://www.ReadReadBooks.com again beginning on June 1, 2013.