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Just collecting some links for further research -- I'm hunting up markets that pay by methods that are practical from the perspective of someone whose payment options are UK sterling cheque or electronic transfer to a UK sterling bank account, Paypal, usefully-spendable-in-UK gift vouchers, or actual bank notes. In other words, someone for whom US$ payment by banknote or Paypal or even Amazon UK gift certificate is fine, US$ check has value only as fire lighting material. I do not endorse any of these in any way, I'm just collecting stuff here for later consideration under the usual sanity checks.

Xcite Books themed anthologies with some interesting themes coming up, 2-4k, £50, no reprints

?? http://erotica-readers.com/ERA/AR/Cream_of_the_Crop.htm
Paid in US$, but Xcite and Audible UK, so may be UK-friendly. Deadline end April, but interesting short story premise.

2.5 3.3 or 5k, sterling payment

Circlet's looking for fiction, micro-fiction, blog posts, podcast etc - payment by Paypal or in kind (in kind by ebooks only for non-US authors edited for clarification -- if you're outside the US and want payment in kind rather than by Paypal, it's only ebooks, not print books, owing to cost of postage).

Total-e-bound - UK based, 10-100k

Flash fiction, columns, payment by electronic transfer

Fiction, poetry, articles, payment by electronic transfer

Fiction, poetry, articles, reviews, payment by electronic transfer

Fiction, pay by electronic transfer, but note that it's effectively invite-only, and expects heavy marketing efforts from the authors

fiction 2.5k, Paypal or in kind

I'm informed that Musa and Changeling also have feasible options.
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This was posted to the Loose Id admin mailing list today, with permission to forward. Since it was the internal call, it's short on detail, but Treva added that they're looking for novella length and up (i.e. 20 kwords and up). Given my ongoing health problems, I'm not expecting to get something written for this, but I think it would interest some of you lot. General LI submission guidelines are at http://www.loose-id.com/submissions.aspx

Coming out refers to the expression “coming out of the closet” meaning to tell others about your sexual orientation.


Loose Id wants Coming Out stories --  Thoughtful, authentic erotic romances featuring men and
women who come out.  The coming out theme must be integral to the story. All stories must follow Loose Id submission guidelines. Final deadline for full submissions will be June 15, 2012 but the earlier, the better. Those accepted may be included for release in conjunction with Coming Out Day.

Note: Coming Out Day is observed in many countries, usually on October 11.
In the UK it is celebrated on October 12.

Coming Out Day celebrations:

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These showed up on my feed this morning -- I have not done any checking, so writer beware, but they might be of interest to some of you.

Bisexual Women themed erotic anthology (title TK)
Editor: Rachel Kramer Bussel
Publisher: Cleis Press
Deadline: September 1, 2011 (earlier submissions preferred)
Payment: $50/story and 2 copies of the anthology
More details: http://erotica-readers.blogspot.com/2011/07/call-for-submissions_06.html

Avon Impulse
Avon is introducing a digital imprint, Avon Impulse. This format will allow Avon to publish more quickly, with an eye to what's new in fiction and romance, delivering fresh, exciting content directly each month to the digital devices of today's savviest readers.
The Avon one is offering no advance and 25% royalties (rising to 50% after 10K copies sold). Whether net or gross isn't specified. Even 25% of gross is low by epub standards, and presumably they'll want to pay six-monthly as is standard in print rather than monthly as is standard in epub, but it's Avon and their marketing power. All lengths. No indication of whether this is a het-only market, which probably means that it is.
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It's not often I swear in public on the intarwebs, but Dorchester's behaviour deserves it. Don't buy books from Dorchester/Leisure, because you can be certain that most of the authors won't see a penny in royalties, and you can't be certain that Dorchester actually has any right to sell the books. Yes, that's right, Dorchester have apparently decided that the way to ease their financial woes is to sell pirated books.

This has been running for nigh on a year now. Dorchester was selling ebooks where the rights had reverted to the authors, and then claiming that oops, they'd tried to take the books down, it was those mean evil distribution companies like Amazon that kept putting them back up. That story really doesn't wash any more. Here's the latest installment of writer Brian Keene's battle to stop Dorchester's piracy of his books.

Do not submit work to this publisher. They used to be respectable, but alas that's in the past.
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I've been so snowed under by real life for the past few months that I've not bothered to look at markets at all. But I've got a bit of spare time this weekend, so I've been poking around. Some items of potential interest to self and/or friends:

Bywater Books writing contest -- $20 entry fee, first prize $1000 and publication, novels about lesbians (*not* a romance-only or erotica publisher, although they'll consider both). Deadline 31 October every year.

From ERA's collection of submission guidelines:
Better Sex erotic fiction contest -- no entry fee but you grant them non-exclusive publication rights, prizes from $100 up, 3000 words.

Sex in the City -- Maxim Jakubowski's new anthology series, each volume themed around a specific city, payment 75 pounds for 5-6000 words, deadline 1 November, snailmail submissions only. Primarily het, will consider bi, gay/lesbian will be a very hard sell. (I would *really* like to write something for this, but doubt I will manage to do so in time.)

Fishnet -- still going, but has recently changed length requirements. Currently paying 5c/word for short stories, any orientation.

Surprise anthology -- short stories, 100 word flash fiction and poetry. I could dig out that drabble I wrote years ago, and try it on them. Deadline 1 December 2009. Note that this is a brand-new publisher -- writer beware, as they ask for information that would be useful to identity thieves.
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I'm doing very little blog-hopping these days, so I didn't see the latest piece of erotic romance industry news until a couple of days after the faecal matter impacted the air circulatory device. New epublisher Quartet Press has closed, before it even opened.

This is significant news, because this wasn't your typical "it would be fun and easy and profitable to be an epublisher" epub start-up. Quartet Press was set up by people who had some relevant experience, and who had the nous to headhunt a highly respected chief editor from an established epublisher. I wasn't paying much attention to it, because I haven't been paying much attention to the market at all for the last year other than what my own publisher is up to, but I did sit up and pay attention when I heard about them recruiting Angela James.

My own uninformed reaction to their progress was that they appeared to have the background that indicated a fairly low likelihood of the management going batshit insane (an unhappily common occurrence in this publishing sector), that it appeared to be a serious business venture by people who understood what they were getting into, and thus I thought they had a better chance than most start-ups of making it through the first year, that nevertheless I didn't understand why all the love for them from some of the blogs before they'd even opened, particularly as their background was skewed print rather than ebook, and that I really didn't like what I eventually heard about their royalty payment structure and their rationale for it.

I wouldn't have submitted a novel to them, even if I'd had something available at the time. Established publishers crash and burn, yes, and established publishers screw over their authors, sometimes in very bad ways. But the odds of something bad happening are a lot worse at a start-up, and I would not risk a novel at a start-up if I had a chance of selling it somewhere else. Yes, I sold several manuscripts to Loose Id before they opened for business, but I understood the risk I was taking, and back at the start of 2004 publishers willing to look at m/m romance were nearly as rare as hen's teeth.

What I might have been willing to risk at Quartet was a short story, or even a novella that wasn't suitable for Loose Id. And one of the reasons I might have been prepared to gamble at least that much of my material is what I referred to above -- that the people involved appeared to be treating it as a serious business venture. I thought that there was a high risk that the publisher wouldn't make it -- but that there was a fairly low risk that the management would simply disappear, or hold books hostage, or publicly post the real names of any authors who dared to criticise them during the final tailspin, or any of the other idiocies authors and readers in this genre can tell you about.

And indeed, it appears that they have closed the operation down cleanly, accepting responsibility for their actions, and reverting rights to authors immediately so that they can get on with trying to sell the manuscripts to another publishers. It's not a good situation for an author to be in, but it's a *much* better situation than simply being left in limbo, or being stalked and smeared and even physically threatened. It's early days yet, but for now this is looking a lot less messy for the authors than some past failed publishers.

This is why it's important to think hard about submitting to a start-up. It's not just the high probability of the publisher closing down within the year -- it's how well they'll handle it if it happens. Even if you're willing to take the risk with a new publisher, you need to be choosy as to which ones.
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My publisher is moving webhost and having a major revamp of the website. Amongst other things this means that the site is up and down at the moment and will be for another day or two (which I am sulking about because with perfect timing it went offline just as I got a rave review of Lord and Master from AztecLady that should have sold a few copies).

Along with this, there are new guidelines up, which may interest some of you. *If* the change has propagated to your corner of the intertubes, you'll find them here:

Of note: "Stories of 55,000 - 75,000 words will receive an advance and be automatically considered for print." It's not a very big advance (my novels would typically earn out in the first month), but it's there.

"we're reopening submissions to contemporaries and historicals that are sufficiently erotic to meet our desire to have readers squirming in their seats." Yes, that does mean straight contemporaries, both senses of straight. If you've got a pure contemporary that's het and hot, they'll look at it.

ETA: just to clarify -- they've always welcomed LGBT and various other flavours of contemporary and historical not well catered for by mainstream publishers (such as multi-cultural and BBW). But it was very hard to place a heterosexual contemporary or historical with no other sub-genre appeal with LI over the last couple of years, and now they're re-opening submissions for those.
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15th May

Bought and paid for
fiction about sex for money
5-15k, or collections within that range
all orientations
split of 40% of net
reprints considered
email subs

Plane sex: Mile high erotica
all orientations
$50 plus 2 copies
reprints considered
email subs

May 20

Best Gay Romance
to 6k
reprints considered
email subs
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Just doing a quick run through the market listings at Erotica Readers & Writers, checking for the ones with close deadlines that I might want to submit to. There are a couple with deadlines of April 30 or May 1st and email submissions, so if you want to submit to them, do it *today*.

Best Women's Erotica
female authors only, must include female characters, 2500-4500 words

Best sex writing
reprints only
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Samhain has re-opened the slushpile. Note new guidelines. More info at Angela's blog:

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Tidying up my email, and found something I meant to post a while back -- LJ community for lesbian-centric writing discussion, both profic and fanfic. Only women are allowed to join as members, but the markets postings are unlocked and open to all to view. I know a couple of the f/f writers on my flist already have it friended, but there are more of you who might be interested.

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Anna Genoese, formerly of Tor, has just announced on her blog that she is opening a non-profit small press (by which she means that the authors will be paid royalties, and they will be applying for grants from relevant bodies).

Blog post with more details

Por Vida Press website

Guidelines in pdf format
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If you want to self-publish your ebook, don't jump on the first offer that comes along. Do your research into self-publishing, just as you would with conventional publishing, because the packages on offer vary widely in quality and cost, and you could find yourself with a self-publishing outfit that is poor value for money, or an outright scam. If you're paying an upfront fee and/or more than 20% of an ebook's cover price to a storefront site, you could do better.

Several erotic romance epublishers have gone under in the last few months, and you can expect a flurry of new publishers setting up to provide a home for the authors who've suddenly found themselves without a publisher. There have also been the usual suggestions that authors will be much better off if they self-publish, and at least one new self-publishing outfit set up in the wake of the recent bankruptcies and closures. Self-publishing does look tempting for some, but take your time and look into what self-publishing entails and what a reasonable fee is.

I haven't got time this morning to do a full-on article about this, but there's one url you should look at as an absolute bare minimum of research before signing up with a self-publishing outfit, and that's Lulu's terms and conditions for digital media:

Lulu have a track record of five years, so there's a good chance they're going to stay in business. There is no set-up fee. They charge 20% of the cover price for ebooks downloaded from their website, giving you 80% (with a minimum fee of 19c, although they'll waive that if you give away the books for free). If you wish you can also make the book available in print or as an ebook on CD, although those options will cost more because of the physical production costs. There is no set-up charge for the print and CD options. That price includes a storefront hosted on their website, and they handle all the details of collecting payment. They don't take any rights to your material, and there is no minimum contract length.

If the self-publishing outfit you're considering isn't offering you a pricing deal as good as Lulu's, ask yourself what else they're offering to make up for it. If the answer is "making me feel warm and fuzzy and part of a family" -- how much money are you willing to pay for that feeling?
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The latest issue of Speculations has just arrived in my email, and among the market listings is one that might be of interest to several people on my flist:

NEW G/L/B antho UNSPEAKABLE HORROR: From the Shadows of the Closet seeks
H (1k-7.5k words) that reflects its theme; pays 5 cents/word for FNASR.
Subs MUST follow GLs at http://unspeakablehorror.com/submissions/. Query
deadline, 10/07. Deadline, 6/08.

(If you want the full market listings, you''l just have to get your own subscription. :-)
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Brava (part of Kensington) is running a novella contest:


750 word excerpt from a 25-30 kword romance novella, one man one woman but any heat level goes. Entries accepted via the online entry system from 1 August to 30 September. No entry, fee, entries will be judged by Brava-published authors, top twenty get looked at by Ye Editor for potential publication. More details in their forum, linked to from that page.

If you write het romance novellas, this looks like a good one.


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