Desdmona’s 2007 Titillating Tattoo Story Contest

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Skin. Body adornment. Tattoos. Piercings. Stories. Sex. Desdmona’s 2007 Titillating Tattoo Story Contest wants them. We are eager to see sexy stories from talented authors that include any kind of permanent body adornment: a tattoo, a piercing, or whatever else your perverted mind can come up with.

Desdmona’s 2007 Titillating Tattoo Story Contest is an erotic short story contest. Stories must be 3500 words or less. There is no entry fee. Only one story is allowed per author.

Stories must be received by Sunday, April 1, 2007. Prizes will be awarded to the judges’ three favorite stories:
First prize: $500
Second prize: $250
Third prize: $125
Honorable mention prizes of $40 will be awarded at the discretion of desdmona.com and the judges.

Winners will be picked by our judges and will be based on quality of writing, erotic appeal, originality, and adherence to contest theme. Please, be imaginative! The winning stories and honorable mentions will be displayed on desdmona.com on Sunday, April 15, 2007.
Contest guidelines and submission details at: http://www.desdmona.com/contest.php

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Collection of anonymous sales figures continues. Currently I have data relating to 39 books. Mean data suggest that the average ebook sells 81 copies in the first month, and 320 in the first year. But I could really use a better sample so that I can break these figures down more. I continue to hear reports of ebooks selling in the single figures. So please look in yout databases and royalty reports and let me know any of the following information for each book you have published: 1) the publisher, 2) copies sold in the first month, 3) copies sold in the first year, 4) total copies sold to date or 5) total copies sold (to end of contract). Please note: the data need not be complete and all information submitted will be treated with strict confidentially and seen only by myself (Emily Veinglory, veinglory AT gmail.com).

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[NEWS] Walmart Drops Yaoi Press Titles

Monday, January 29, 2007

After it was brought to Walmart's attention that they sell yaoi comics they apologized and pulled the Yaoi titles from their website (although apparently not other explicit titles).

Edited to add: similar news re: Target

I guess these companies never intended to sell any explicit material, and haven't been paying much attention to what Diamond's catalog contains....

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[MARKET] Belle Books

BelleBooks, the successful small press started by a group of authors including Deborah Smith, Sandra Chastain, Debra Dixon and others, is interested in queries for erotica/romantica with Southern settings and/or themes with a distinct feel for Southern culture.

BelleBooks specializes in Southern-themed fiction, and while our current list is G-rated and mainstream, they hope to establish a separate imprint for erotic anthologies. Short stories or novella length only.

They're not seeking category romance with extra-hot sex, they're looking for more serious erotica written with a certain elegance. It can be dark, it can be gothic, it can contain paranormal elements. Ultra-sleek urban settings are fine, also suburban, as long as the settings are Southern. Everyone sends New Orleans but they'd prefer a variety of other Southern cities. They're also interested in light-hearted and funny erotica, sweetly gentle and more sensual than explicit. What they don't want are Hee Haw Southern stereotypes and romantica submissions that read like naughty series romance.

Send queries to Deborah Smith at debbsmith@aol.com. For more information about BelleBooks, check out the publisher at http://www.bellebooks.com

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PROMO: Grave Heart

Thursday, January 25, 2007


My installment in the Collector Series has been receiving some great reviews. Grave Heart [M/M] is a stand alone novella--but part of a line of books inspired by the mysterious figure of 'The Collector' who is on a quest to track down a number of mysterious magical items.

Tammy at Fallen Angel Reviews gives Grave Heart 5/5 and writes: "Author Emily Veinglory has done a great job in creating this homoerotic love story with fascinating characters that tug on the heart strings of readers".

Forst at Two lips Reviews writes: "Grave Heart is a marvelous approach to the paranormal romance, weaving sufficient mystery and plot twists into the story to keep every reader interested."

Annie Deb from JERR writes: "Ms. Veinglory is a very talented writer and she brings us a story with a sizzling plot."

Water Nymph from Literary Nymphs writes: "Ms. Veinglory tells a well detailed and emotionally intense tale of sexual lust, passion and love that will keep the reader fascinated by the possible outcome."

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Wicked Castle

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Things are certainly bubbling in the e-publishing world at the moment. With regards to our listing for Wicked Castle and related sites. Piers Anthony lists an author report that ...in the past year payments have slowed and even stopped and the Preditors and Editors site states ...P&E is not hearing good things about this publisher. Similar reports are recieved by EREC. So, be aware.

[Jan 27th, 2007] Edited to add: see also a writer's report.

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Ocean's Mist Press

It has yet to be officially announced but it does seem that Ocean's Mist Press will soon be closing. As such, they will be listed as 'Not Recommended' until closure has occured and then moved to a 'Dead Markets' list.

Edited to add: The closing date is official as January 31st.

Eited again to add: The closing is apparently cancelled. The site now states "OMP will be continuing its operations under new management effective February 1, 2007."

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Alas, poor Venus Press.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007


There have been signs of trouble for some time now. And Piers Anthony reports them as unresponsive and non-paying. For the time being Venus Press will be the first entry on our "not recommended" list.

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We Need a Logo!

Monday, January 22, 2007

I would like to get EREC a simple logo. It should include the four letters (EREC) and either a font or simple graphic element suggestive of our interests (erotic romance, e-publishing). It should be able to be displayed at sized down to 100px wide. I will be happy to pay $20 by paypal to the designer. Please make suggestions about what you think the logo should look like here. If you would like to give it a try contact us at ERECmail @ gmail.com!

Edited to add: a suggested design




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[Market] Call for Customized Erotica Writers

Saturday, January 20, 2007

(This call comes to you courtesy of the ERWA)

Sage Vivant and M.Christian are looking for erotica writers to create tailor-made, client-specific stories for Sage Vivant’s celebrated Custom Erotica Source (www.customeroticasource.com) as well as to become part of a ‘pool’ of writers providing content for a wide variety of erotica websites and projects. This is an excellent opportunity for selected writers to work on their craft and earn excellent pay.

However, as you will be writing customized stories, the requirements will be very specific and deadlines sometimes demanding. It is also important that writers be flexible about subject matter. Custom Erotica Source does not accept story requests that feature bestiality, excessive violence, underage sexuality or incest, but writers may be asked to write client stories featuring a VERY wide range of sexual activities, orientations, etc.
If you are unable or unwilling to write pretty much anything for anyone, please do not read further. Interested writers should contact M.Christian at zobop@aol.com. There is no need to submit a bio -- your publishing credits will count very little toward your qualifications to write customized erotica. What *will* count are your writing skills.

You will be given a sample ‘order’ for a 1,000-word story. After you write that story, you will then submit it to M.Christian within one week -- and no later. This sample story will then be checked over by Sage Vivant and M.Christian to ensure the following:- Story is 1,000 words (a few words over is okay, but no less)- Story has met ALL the stated needs of the client (character interactions, descriptions, sexual activities, etc)- Story is clean with no spelling errors or typos- Story features well-crafted descriptions, realistic and natural dialogue, a plot, and features a fresh and interesting take on the client’s request without ever deviating from their specific needs- Story is of high quality; it adheres to the basic rules of good fiction.

If the story is first-rate work, meets the client's requirements, and is delivered by the deadline, you will be sent an agreement to be a Custom Erotica Source staff writer and you will also be added to a pool of writers for other projects. In addition to being good writers, applicants should have a healthy respect for deadlines, check their messages at least once a day, and reply in a timely fashion. Please note that if you are chosen to be a staff writer, stories you write may be sold to other markets ONLY if they are altered sufficiently to obscure the client’s original request (to protect the client’s privacy). Story titles, character names, and in some cases descriptions, must be changed if a writer hired by CES sells CES story elsewhere. This stipulation will be noted in the agreement -- no exceptions are allowed.

Custom Erotica Source Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Who owns the rights to the stories I would be writing for CES?Technically, CES owns the rights, but the copyright information appears on the finished story primarily to prevent/dissuade clients from trying to sell the story elsewhere! If a CES writer wants to sell stories they write for CES to other markets, they may do so but they *must* change character names, and in some cases where the client's identity would be compromised or revealed, the locale and physical descriptions.

2. How quickly would I have to get a story written that was assigned to me?It varies. Typically, it's anywhere from 3 to 5 weeks, but once a while, it may be 2 weeks. For this audition, however, you must turn in your assignment in 1 week.

3. How much money would I make? Pay rates vary with word length and writer reliability. Because Sage is a writer, she does not believe in abusing writers and squeezing out the maximum amount of words for the least amount of compensation. You are paid more than standard erotica market rates for anything you write for CES.

4. What if I don't want to write a story assignment that's offered to me?You don't have to write anything you don't want to write and may always refuse an assignment. If you do this several times in a row, however, you'll probably find CES won't be asking you to write very often, if at all.

5. What happens if I'm late with an assignment?You won't be asked to write for CES again. Clients frequently ask for stories by a certain date to give as gifts. If CES promises to deliver the story by that date, and then breaks that promise, it loses that client and all goodwill associated with that transaction. And that's not good. In fact, it's unacceptable.

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Blog Prompt: If I knew then...

Wednesday, January 17, 2007


We here at EREC would love to hear a bit more from you! With that in mind I thought I would post a few questions for erotic romance writers (and aspiring writers). The first is: is there anything you now know about writing for e-publishers, that you really wish you'd known earlier? Any tips and trick that worked really well--or hideous mistakes you wish you could have avoided? Anything that helped you in your writing, editing, working with publishers or promoting--or any other part of the process.


Please share your top tip with the rest of us. Any length is fine, one line or an essay ;) If you have blog access please just post away--otherwise email your tip to us at ERECmail at gmail.com along with a short bio (including up to one picture and one link). If you would to become an EREC blogger just email the same address with your email and a link to your home page so we can see you are involved in erotic romance writing or publishing :)
(p.s. there's no particular reason for the picture, I just think it's cute)

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[Market] Alyson Books

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Here are two different calls for submissions for you all from Alyson Books: Best Lesbian Love Stories and Best Gay Love Stories.


Best Lesbian Love Stories:
Summer Flings
Editor: Simone Thorne
Publisher: Alyson Books

Best Gay Love Stories
Summer Flings
Editor: Brad Nichols
Publisher: Alyson Books

http://www.alyson.com/html/99_submissions/Submissions.htm

Everyone loves to fall in love, and summertime is the perfect time of year. The days are long, the living is easy, and your heart is just that much more happy, that much more receptive to the notion of love. In this year's edition of our annual "love stories" series, Alyson Books is looking for entries about that hot time of the year when the heat of the sun and breeze off the ocean encourage us to link our arms, our hearts, and our lives. Whether it's the start of a long-term relationship or just a fun fling for the summer months, we want to celebrate the season with a sprinkling of romance.

Please submit all original stories as a Word document attachment to lovestories@alyson.com, along with name and pseudonym (if applicable), short bio, as well as contact info.

Length: 2,500 – 4,000 words
Deadline: March 15, 2007
Tentative Publication: Fall 2007

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A Couple of plugs for Me!

Monday, January 08, 2007

I have TWO new releases this month, from Whiskey Creek Press-Torrid!

First is my novel, Prince of Death. It's available both in ebook and print...and is very graphic, so be warned! Here's the blurb:

They called him the Prince of Death…

War is coming, and Prince Cynwrig's enemies the Cliothens will do anything to have victory. So when he finds Ayani Suntwister, a Cliothen warrior woman, lying beaten and near death in the road, he knows she's dangerous. When he allows her to seduce him, suspecting there is more to her sudden appearance in his lands than meets the eye, he knows he’s risking his life.

What he doesn't know is that the danger isn't just to his body, but to his heart as well. Will the Prince of Death find a reason to live in the arms of a woman he cannot trust-but cannot resist?


Next, I have a short story, The Ice House, in The Best of Torrid Teasers, Volume One. My Teaser (two erotic shorts in one book) was the debut book for the Teaser line--released in January 2006--so it's really exciting to have another Teaser release to start this year with! They're already up to Volume 20 with the Teasers--40 short stories--so being picked as one of the "Best of" is quite exciting. Not to mention my fellow Indulge Authors Anna J. Evans, Sherrill Quinn, and Kate Lang have stories in there as well! The Best of... is also available in ebook and print.

So go get those, and if you haven't already, go download your copy of The Black Dragon as well! It's not an erotic romance (although there are a few sex scenes)--it's a medieval romance of which I'm very proud, though, and I figure, why not read a bunch of stuff by me all at once? :-)

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[Market] Yarotica Press

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Yarotica Press is open to submissions from all genres, including: Capture/Bondage, Contemporary, Fantasy, Futuristic/Sci-Fi, Historical, Paranormal, Romantic Suspense, Time Travel, Vampire/Werewolf, Westerns, and Crime/Mafia.

Yarotica Press will review novels with the following word counts:
Quickie - 30,000-50,000 words -
Novel - 50,000-100,000 words -
SuperNovel - 100,000-200,000 words -
Epic - 200,000+ words

This site deals exclusively with yaoi, or male/male fiction. If you have het fiction or romantica, please submit your manuscript and add in the Subject Header: For Aphrodite's Quill.

Please contact submissions@yaroticapress.com with any questions or concerns. www.yaroticapress.com

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Getting the cover you want

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Back when I was involved with a local chapter of Romance Writers of America, one of the NY-pubbed authors shared her horror stories about getting a decent cover--or at least one that reflected the nature of her characters and plots. Luckily most of us e-published writers are allowed some input into the process of creating a cover. As in most things, clear communication goes a long way in making this a successful dialogue. For my first post here, I'd like to share some things I've found helpful:

Don't assume anything. You've written at length about your character's hairless bronze chest, so make sure the artist knows your guy's torso needs to be as smooth as baby's bottom. Even descriptions like "long hair" need to be specific so everyone's on the same page. Pictures of actors and models are great to send along with you cover art proposal form.

Scope out the competition. It's always a good idea to hit all the e-pubs (print houses too) and study their covers for the same sub-genres you write in. You don't want your cover artist to be too derivative of what you find, but sharing these gives him or her the mood I'm hoping my new cover will convey.

Know what's in stock. Cheap stock photography has made life easier for many cover artists, and it's partly responsible for the break with Poser art that so many cover snarksters have reamed. Unfortunately, this also makes for a lot of repeat covers. The sexy, shirtless fire fighter seen on at least three covers so far... The young gay couple artists keep flipping and cropping to make the image seem original... You can find a lot of familiar faces at istockphoto.com, so if you're worried about repeats, take a peek there. Type in "sexy man" or "gay" or whatever your subject matter is and look for ideas of what you want and don't want. I often right-click and save the watermarked images I like and share them with the artist. This can be time-intensive, but you might end up with more control over the final product this way. You can also mention that you'd prefer they not use a certain over-used image (for example, that hunky fire fighter) if you know it's showing up on a lot of similarly themed e-books.

Less is more. Yes, she's wearing an elaborate gown and there's a bed. Oh, and don't forget the chalice and the shapeshifter panther... The more you want crammed into the scene, the less intimacy you end up with. Maybe it's just me, but these days the trend tends to be close-ups, with lots of touching. Heads are cropped off to give the characters anonymity. Let your story tell the story, not the cover.

Provide a sketch. If you're artistic, a rough idea of what you want can really nail down the iffy stuff. I've heard of a few e-pubs that even allow authors to design their covers.

Even if you give great details and lots of examples, you may still get a clunker. It happens. Most e-pubs send a draft of the cover and give you a shot at making changes. Unfortunately some don't, and you end up having to live with what you're given. The best advice here is to see where a break-down in communication occurred to hopefully prevent it from happening next time. If you like the publisher, consider it a learning process and move on.

If you have any tips to share, feel free to comment, and may your 2007 be filled with lots of sales and great covers!

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