Archive for the ‘Submission Guidelines’ Category


This morning Samhain Publishing sent out a tweet asking for general cyberpunk and steampunk romance submissions, hinting that there would be an open call for anthology submissions in the future. Rather than one anthology, I’ve just learned that there will be two, one each for steampunk and cyberpunk.

Sasha Knight, Senior Editor at Samhain, hopes to have the new guidelines up soon, those for the steampunk anthology posted first, with cyberpunk to follow.

In the meantime, check out the publisher’s submission guidelines page for the skinny on their Angels and Demons, and Red Hot Fairy Tale anthologies.


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If you’re looking for a home for your science fiction romance manuscripts, you might want to click on over to “Where to Submit Science Fiction Romance,” at The Galaxy Express. Heather Massey has put together a two-part series on SFR publishers, Part I dealing with New York print houses, Part II with digital and small presses.

While she names many of the usual suspects in the post on digital publishers, (Samhain, Cerridwen, Liquid Silver, and Lyrical, etc.), there are a few on the list that may be unfamiliar to romance writers. Among them:

  • Crescent Moon Press
  • Desert Breeze Publishing
  • Drollerie Press
  • Eirelander Publishing (new publisher opening in October)
  • Mundania Press
  • Whiskey Creek Press

Remember to check out submission guidelines first before submitting your manuscripts to any publisher, not only to make certain you’re submitting material appropriate for that house, but to protect your own interests regarding rights, royalties, and payments. Your goal as a writer is not simply to sell your work, but be sure it sells well, sells safely, and that you get paid.

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As One (200x300)Though it isn’t a paying anthology—all proceeds go to ONE, the campaign to end global poverty—here’s an opportunity to help a good cause while earning a publishing credit, both in eBook and print book formats, for your erotic poetry and short stories of less than 10K words.

Coming Together: As One is a ménage theme antho with a release scheduled for April 2010 from Phaze Books. It will be edited by Alessia Brio, who also helmed the Romantic Times top pick Coming Together: For the Cure. Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2009. Exclusivity is not required, though simultaneous submissions are discouraged. You’ll find more information at the Coming Together website.

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allromanceblogIt’s not your usual call for submissions, but rather a request to help a worthy cause. All Romance eBooks, retailer of indie pubbed romance and erotica, has announced it will publish a series of short stories in February 2010, all proceeds of which will be donated.

During the month of love, when everyone’s attention is focused on matters of the heart, we at All Romance (www.allromance.com) want to help fight the number one killer of women, heart disease, and we need your help and your submissions.

Beginning February 1, 2010, we will release one new short story per day for the entire month. All proceeds from the sale of these shorts, which will be offered exclusively on AllRomance.com as individual eBooks and also bundled into 4 eBook anthologies, will be donated to the American Heart Association (www.americanheart.org).

The 28 stories will be chosen from submissions received between July 1 and October 31, 2009. The preferred heat rating is 4 or 5 flames, though stories rated a hard 3 flames will also be considered. An explanation of the flame rating system can be found on our site. We are looking for a wide variety of themes and sub-genres, as long as the story is a romance.

There is a catch. In order to be eligible for consideration, you must be an author with an eBook currently sold through All Romance. Required word length is 10K to 20K words. Those chosen to participate will be announced in November. Submissions are accepted online through a special upload page. Though the page asks for quite a bit of work on the part of the author (supplying a tagline, back cover blurb, physical description of hero and heroine, synopsis, and more), the nice thing is that participants are able to offer suggestions for cover art.

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As I hunt up new things to blog about, occasionally I’ll come across something noteworthy or fun that doesn’t always end up in a post of its own. Here are a few sites and tidbits I’ve come across this week that are well-deserving of a mention.

The Season

Hands down one of the most elegant and visually sumptuous romance sites I’ve seen, The Season is a place where historical romance fans can get their fix. It’s also worth a look by non-historical romance types for its sheer originality.

When visiting the site, viewers are asked to play along with the idea that they have joined the London Regency Era “Season” of parties and balls in full swing, while simultaneously viewing the latest historical romance titles. Run by romance author, Beverley Kendall, The Season exists in three-month doses with an archive page for past seasons. Visitors will find plenty of excerpts, book recommendations, and contests.

Sexy Wallpaper from Gena Showalter

If you’re into sexy guys—rhetorical question?—get this free wallpaper from Gena Showalter for Deep Kiss of Winter. Two versions are available for download.


The Passionate Pen

Looking for an extensive list of eBook romance publishers and their websites? Check out this no-frills, but extremely helpful directory by Jenna Peterson. Though not intended expressly for eBook authors, there’s still plenty of good coverage of the format, including articles on marketing your manuscripts to editors.

Free Reads from Celia Kyle

Not content to offer just one free read, this Liquid Silver Books author offers 7 short stories on her website. They’re not downloadable and must be read on screen, but hey! 7 free stories.

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SamhainJust Posted at Samhain…

Submission guidelines for a new anthology to be released as individual eBooks in August 2010, and together in print in Spring of 2011. Word length is 20K-25K. Here are the basics from Publisher Christina M. Brashear:

How did Belle tame the wild Beast? Did the carriage turn into a pumpkin….or did Cinderella? And just what was going on with Snow White and those Dwarves?

I’m very pleased to announce an open call for submissions for a new, yet-to-be titled Summer 2010 anthology. I’m open to any genre, M/F, M/M, or multiples thereof. I’m looking for your super-hot take on the fairy tales we grew up with and… there must be a Happily Ever After.

Submissions are open to all authors, published with Samhain or aspiring to be published with Samhain. All submissions must be new material, previously published submissions will not be considered. Additionally, manuscripts previously submitted, whether individually or for past anthologies, will not be considered either. Please be aware that manuscripts submitted to this anthology cannot be resubmitted at a later date unless by invitation from an editor.

Submissions are open until February 1st, 2010 and final decision will be made by February 15th, 2010.

Visit Samhain’s website for the full guidelines.

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It’s synchronicity.

Not an hour ago, I finished another novella and sent it on its brave little way to the first slush pile at the top of my list. Minutes later, I came across this brilliant article about slush pile submissions at edittorrent. If you’re still waiting with crossed fingers for that first acceptance call from an editor or agent, Tales from the Slush Pile will give you reason for optimism.

According to this editor-blogger, 88% of submissions are rejected without even really being read. Hold on, before you think this is a depressing rather than a happy fact, listen to edittorrent’s reasons for rejection.

  • 3% sent the manuscript to the wrong person.
  • 10% submitted a manuscript in a category the editor doesn’t publish.
  • 20% submitted fiction, but not a genre the editor publishes.

Of those left:

  • A third have serious grammar and spelling issues beyond the occasional, inevitable typo.
  • Half don’t understand the basics of telling a story.

Let’s presume that you: a) aren’t sending out manuscripts blindly to anyone with an email address, b) have read the submission guidelines and know romance is accepted, c) religiously use spellchecker, and d) know stories require a beginning, middle, and end. Maybe I exaggerate, but the point is, if you’ve made it past the beginner stages, you’re already nearly nine-tenths of the way there!

Check out editorrent’s blog to find out what happens to the other 12% of manuscript submissions in the pile.

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