Ravenous--veinglory

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

For those of you who have been waiting (and waiting) for the submission guidelines they now seem to be posted online. I quote them here in full:

"Email queries and submissions should be one page. Each should include the author's name, mailing address, phone number and email address, as well as a brief description of the work, followed by the author's estimation of where the work fits into our publishing program. The author should also include a brief summation of his or her writing credentials, if applicable. Please submit one query for each piece of work you wish us to review."

They also have FAQs listed including:

"What rights will you buy?
World rights in all formats. We will work to sell your subsidiary rights to a traditional print publisher on your behalf, as well as in translation throughout the world. We will pay you a percentage of any subsidiary-rights sale."


Also note:

"Every book must be a "dirty" romance..."

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7 comments:

kirsten saell 3:29 PM  

...followed by the author's estimation of where the work fits into our publishing program.

Right in between "Book Category I Don't Know About A" and "Smutty Romance Subgenre Line I Don't Know About B". Um, how are we supposed to tell them where our book fits into their publishing program if they don't give us any more guidelines?

Or do they just want a reassurance that it's dirty (a word which doesn't offend me, but might others)?

kirsten saell 3:30 PM  

Oh, BTW, that weiner pic is freaking awesome.

Anonymous,  4:16 PM  

Don't forget that they require: "All our stories must have a beginning, middle and end..."

Seriously. o_O

Angie 5:12 PM  

The "dirty" bugs me, and I don't mind saying so. But then, some of us sort of got into it with one of their writers over at Dear Author after she claimed that romance is all porn anyway -- and she should know because she writes it. [facepalm] It looks to me like Ravenous just has some major blind spots about the genre they're planning to publish. Or maybe it's just a marketing attitude and they think it's "sassy" or something...?

Also, this bit:

Celebrity Romance

This category addresses every woman's fantasy of a night with a famous celebrity, rock star or athlete. The identities of the celebrities must be thinly veiled and fictionalized, but with recognizable tip-offs.


had me boggling. I mean, seriously? This isn't just a line devoted to a particular lifestyle, but rather of actual, recognizable realspace celebrities? O_O With a female character to represent "every woman" living out her fantasies?

So... what they're asking for here is Mary Sue RPF (Real Person Fiction, for folks not into fanfic) with the recognizable names very lightly filed down, just a little. Wow, classy. :/ You know, it's tough to get even fanfic readers to read (free) stories about Mary Sue and her wonderful weekend with Armando Flower and Biggo Martinson. I'm amazed they think people will pay for this stuff.

The more I see of Ravenous, the less I buy into their knowledge of or imminent dominance of the romantic e-book market.

Angie

Anonymous,  9:26 PM  

Hey, I'd read a story about Biggo Mortinson, LOL!!!

I see they're taking a page out of EC's play book re: rights
World rights in all formats. We will work to sell your subsidiary rights to a traditional print publisher on your behalf, as well as in translation throughout the world. We will pay you a percentage of any subsidiary-rights sale."

Uh huh... and you're going to pay me exactly how much to glom onto my rights? With what kind of an advance? Um, yeah.... no thanks!

And I do agree the weiner pic is great! :)

Anonymous,  1:34 AM  

Yes, well, Angie, that particular author seems to believe she is the only published author on the internet, and the rest of us are a bunch of wannabe rubes who know nothing about writing or erotic romance or publishing or anything, and not in fact writers with years more experience and much better credits than her own. :rolleyes

Angie 3:34 AM  

Anon @ 11:34 -- yes, I got that impression too. Heck, my own writing credits aren't exactly stellar and I wouldn't trust that woman's judgement over my own, either.

I know it's not fair to judge a publisher just because one of their writers is behaving badly, but I'm having a hard time separating the two in my mind. :/ I'm hoping that someone has spoken to her about that, or at the very least, that they're sitting there facepalming and muttering, "OMG stop being on our side!" or something. [wry smile] But then again, the publishers/owners/editors might've been reading along, nodding and saying, "You tell 'em, honey!" LOL!

At any rate, I'm willing to see what they actually do, as opposed to just what they (and their loose associates) say, but it's getting harder and harder. These guidelines certainly don't make me want to jump up and write something for them, either.

Angie

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