A member of OCC/RWA sent me the Adams Media guidelines. They may not sound instantly familiar, but I'm sure you've heard of the Cup of Comfort series.
Adams Media Romance Guidelines
Our new direct-to-ebook romance imprint is launching soon! We’re open to romance submissions in five popular subgenres: romantic suspense, contemporary, paranormal, historical, and erotic romance.
Within those subgenres, we are flexible about what happens. It’s romance, so there must be a happily-ever-after, but we’re open to how your characters get there. You won’t come up against preconceived ideas about what can or can’t happen in romance or what kind of characters you can or can’t have. Our only rule is everyone has to be a consenting adult. Other than that, we’re looking for smart, savvy heroines, fresh voices, and new takes on old favorite themes.
We’re looking for full-length novels, and while we prefer to work on the shorter end of the spectrum (50,000 words, give or take), we’re not going to rule you out because you go shorter or longer.
If you have a finished novel you’d like for us to consider, please just drop editor Jennifer Lawler a line at email@example.com with a brief description of your work–please, no attachments until I know you’re not a spambot. That’s it! I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can–within a few days for queries and within a few weeks if I request a full.
COVET Submission Guidelines
We’re seeking paranormal stories with fresh voices, between 60 and 70K words in length. Stories need a romantic trope and an alpha hero at their core, with paranormal elements woven into the storyline. For example, a story could have the best friends to lovers trope and the best friend happens to be a vampire. The paranormal element is secondary to the trope and shouldn’t eclipse their growing relationship.
Covet will cater to everything from Greek gods, to witches, to vampires, open door and closed door sex scenes, funny and dark. Voices like Erin McCarthy, Shelly Laurenston, Gena Showalter, and Nalini Singh are good examples of the kind of exciting, fast-paced voices, which will appeal most to Covet readers.
Specifically, we want:
· Quality storytelling that engages the reader and transports them to another world or time
· Dynamic, engaging dialogue
· Lush worlds and environments
· Fast-paced stories
· Active story lines. A minimum of narrative sequel.
· Stories focused on the heroine and hero falling in love; their trope is the main focus. The paranormal/fantasy element is the secondary focus.
· Bold authors who aren’t afraid to push creative boundaries
· Prolific authors who can write three to four books a year are a plus
· Manuscripts must be 60-70k words in length
We accept both agented and unagented submissions, though agented submissions receive first priority.
This new line of romance will feature the hero or heroine with a disability. They can be military hurt in combat and now need a wheelchair, someone with a spinal cord injury, someone with hearing loss, blind, etc.
Secret Cravings Publishing is taking submissions of short stories of up to 5k - 10k words for a onetime payment of $50-$100 depending on the length of the manuscript. Any genre; steamy to Burn the page erotic stories wanted. These stories will be released individually with their own cover. One each Saturday of the week. Submissions will be ongoing—no deadline. Check our general submission guidelines for things we do not take. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Breathless Press Crimson anthology is an ongoing submission call. Stories must be under 10k, have a heat rating of at least 3, and be original stories. There is no other theme besides having something to do with vampires. The anthology will consist of 10 stories each with a royalty of 4% of net sales. No single author shall have more than 2 stories in this anthology. We reserve the rights for digital for 1 year with the option of renewing after that. Some anthologies will go to print, if this is the case for this volume, royalties are 1.5% of net sales and we reserve the rights for 2 years with the option of renewal for another 2 years. Deadline: Feb. 4, 2012 - July 31, 2012. Published: Feb. 1, 2013. http://www.breathlesspress.com/Page/submissions#Themes
Warriors of Rome
Help Riptide Publishing launch their Historical Warriors line with gay and trans stories about warriors during the time of the Roman Empire. Stories can focus on Rome (from the Eternal City to its provinces), or on Rome’s enemies. Explore barracks life with Roman Legionnaires and their officers, or follow Germanic tribes and Gauls as they rise up against the invaders. Let us fight alongside the Persians and Carthaginians, or join forces as auxiliaries and allies with the glory of Rome.
Of course, soldiers weren’t the only ones to take up arms. Gladiators fought and often died for the entertainment of the masses. So too did slaves to earn their freedom, and simple farmers to protect their land against the Roman invaders. We’d love to hear their stories, as well.
We’re seeking historicals for this call, which means research is crucial. Our editors will only select stories that are faithful to the period in which they are set. If you use paranormal elements or magical realism, be sure they fit into the time period; conquerors and conquerees alike have their superstitions, of course, and we welcome those elements as secondary—but not primary—foci in your submissions. All levels of eroticism are welcome and erotic content is encouraged, but sex is no substitute for the plot, character, and worldbuilding we’re seeking for this call.
Length: 25,000 to 35,000 words, or 50,000+ words; Genres: Historical (some supernatural elements allowed); Heat Levels: Any; Ending: Any; Orientation: Gay or trans; Submissions Due: May 15, 2012; Acceptance Letters Sent By: July 1, 2012 for novellas, July 15, 2012 for novels; Anticipated Release Date: December 2012. Submit to: email@example.com. For more information, visit http://www.riptidepublishing.com
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