Thursday, November 30, 2006

[Market] Cleis Press

This call for submissions comes to you straight from the ERWA list. There isn't much of anything said about payment, so if you're interested in submitting something to them for this one, I would email asking for more details first.

City Boys
Editor: Richard Labonte
Publisher: Cleis Press
Deadline: April 30, 2007

Not many gay boys are born in the Castro, West Hollywood, or Chelsea - or in Dallas's Oak Lawn, San Diego's Hillcrest, Atlanta's Midtown, St. Louis's Central West End, Seattle's Capitol Hill, or any of America (and the world's) urban gay centers. These queer and queer-friendly neighborhoods are magnets that attract boys just coming out or men who come out late, oases of fag-friendly faces that seduce country boys into city life, suburban kids into the inner city, cyber kids into the real queer world.

Cleis Press is looking for stories - erotic fiction, or erotic autobiography with a strong narrative tone - for an anthology about discovering sex and a sexual community, about the "click" of understanding that there are others like us, about reading (or misreading) the codes that (for better or worse) define queer life. We want sex-charged stories that chart the geographic, the emotional, even the spiritual transition to a centered erotic self.

Original submissions under 7,000 words are preferred, though work that has appeared online will be considered. Queries and stories as .doc files to: Richard Labonte at Deadline: April 30, 2007, for Fall 2007 publication.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

[Market] Slash & Burn Anthology

Sybaritic Press invites Slash authors of all Fandoms to submit for:

Slash and Burn
An Erotic Anthology
Deadline: January 15th 2007
Release Date: April 2007

Sybaritic Press is committed to finding the best in undiscovered talent. We have had good luck in publishing talented slash fiction authors. Their books sell well online through and they are sold in prominent gay bookstores. We seek to discover more talent.

We will take short stories (10 to 20 pages as per our submission guidelines). Longer works will be considered if they are exceptional. Any fandom will be considered as long as it does not conflict with submission guidelines. For submission details, click on:

Sybaritic Press is offering our standard publishing contract and royalties which could be as much as tens of dollars in your pocket and free copies to impress your friends. We also hope it leads to publication of novels by the participants.

Please, send us your Fraser/RayK, or Mulder/whomever or Jack Sparrow/Aragorn, if that's possible. We will then help you convert the fan based prose into original prose. We will NOT be publishing the anthology with anyone else's copyrighted characters. We want your most sensual, scintillating prose by January 15th 2007.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

What is an e-publisher?

It might seem like an obvious sort of thing but I really need some input. EREC is meant to cover erotic romance epublishers. Is an epublisher....

a) A publisher that produces only ebooks
b) A publisher that started out producing only ebooks but may have expanded into print editions
c) A publisher that focusses on ebooks but may also produce print books
d) Any publisher that produces each of their books in ebook form, even if they focus on print
e) Any publisher that produces at least some their books in ebook form, including major print presses.
f) I'm really confused or prefer an option other than one you list.

Please let me know!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Winter Fantasies

Winter Fantasies Romance Writing Contest
for unpublished writers

Thinking about writing romance? Here's your chance to give it a try. Snuggle up on your couch this winter with your notepad and give your imagination a workout. Send us your best, polished piece for a chance to win ebooks, gift certificates and other goodies from your favourite authors.
This is just for fun. There will be no critiques of work. Send us what you’ve got and have fun with it. Works will be judged on enjoyment level, uniqueness, voice and character development. Each entry will receive their score sheet by email.

Deadline for entries is February 1st. See the website for the ever growing prize list, including ebooks from Ann Cory, Crystal Jordan, Jennah Sharpe and Anisa Damien. Send your entries to·Have fun with this!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

"Bruised" and "Back in the Saddle" live on Amazon Shorts!

Amazon Shorts has released “Bruised” and “Back in the Saddle”, two highly-anticipated stories by gay romance author Vincent Diamond.

“Bruised” and “Back in the Saddle” are part of a series of stories Diamond has written about David Livingston, a veterinary student, and Marcus Denton, the owner of the thoroughbred farm in Ocala.

“Bruised” is David’s story and his realization that he’s falling for Marcus in a big way. After Marcus takes a tumble off a horse, David helps to patch him up and faces his own strong—and--confusing feelings.

“Back in the Saddle” focuses on Marcus’s inner conflict about letting himself feel again, after his previous lover’s death. When he gives in to David, the men share an emotional night, with consequences for both of them.

The two stories are included for the 49 cent download price.

Amazon Shorts is a new program that allows readers to purchase short works from authors with low risk. They’re available in various e-formats and can be printed by the customer.

Other stories in Diamond’s David and Marcus series are planned. Some that are currently available are:

“Still in the Gate” in the Play Ball anthology from Torquere Press.

“Horsing Around” online at Ruthie’s Club.

Gobble, gobble

That's what I plan to do today -- gobble down all sorts of tasty stuff.

First, though, I want to send good wishes to everyone who reads or writes this blog, with the hope that you all have lots to be thankful for.

As for me, I'm thankful for the best of friends, an editor who makes me laugh instead of cringe at changes, a publisher (Liquid Silver Books) who buys my stories and hires amazing artists for the covers, and the readers who make it possible for me to keep doing the work I love.

Now, get off your computer, everyone, and go gobble up whatever it is you crave.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

[Market] Iris Print

Iris Print is seeking short stories for a "fairy tale and fantasy" anthology to be published in Summer 2007.

We're looking for stories for our next short fiction anthology! This anthology (currently unnamed) will have a theme of folklore, fairy tales, and fantasy. Stories should be between 3,000 and 12,000 words, and should have a clear element of myth and mysticism. Of course, this is a boys' love anthology, so stories must include an element of male/male romance or eroticism. Some examples of what we'd like to see:

Fairy tales with a twist -- telling the story from another perspective, or perhaps mixing two tales together (ever wonder what would happen if the Beast met the Frog Prince?).

Original stories told in a fairy tale style, or made-up myths using original or existing pantheons and heroes.

Fantasy with grand heroics and mystical, magical backdrops. Less gritty realism and more ethereal otherworldliness.

Modern retellings of fairy tales or myths. Or modern fantasy, showing us the hidden side of the world we know so well.

The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2007. To submit your story, please follow our submissions guidelines for short stories (follow URL below), and mention that the story is for consideration for the "fairy tale and fantasy anthology". You will receive a confirmation email within 1 week, but final selections will not be made until after the January 15 deadline. The anthology is scheduled for publication in Summer 2007.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

[NEWS] Romantic Times and M/M

As an occassional reader of Romantic Times Magazine I totally, if grudgingly, accept that they set their own agenda. They will review mainstream fiction, but not gay or lesbian romance. I, and many others in their target demographic, have urged them to reconsider--so far to no avail.

Which is why I was surprised that membership of the Faery Court (a special writer's group at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention) was open to gay romance writers, this package explicitly includes a book review in RT Magazine. But no, apparently they took the money under that agreement and will now not follow through.

All the buzz

Our ear to the wall, we here at EREC have been hearing some great things about Technorati and its online community of blogs. For those of you who use this service, you can now find us amid your other favorites on their site. Make sure to add us to your favorites list and check back often for new scoops on the erotic romance business. Technorati Profile 1 Technorati Profile 2

Monday, November 20, 2006


Bl00bs, that's like a combo of blog and n00b (newbie, new guys, y'know?)--with some genre-appropriate undertones of 'blue' and, um, 'boobs'.

Oh well. I would like to welcome some new bloggers to the team. Please introduce yourself and commence with posting anything to do with erotic romance. What about this Stuart/Snark/anti-Snarks blood match over dissing your publisher online? Read anything good recently? Feel free to post self-promotion for every second blog post and to mark the subject line [PROMO].

If you are an erotic romance writer (editor, artists, dedicated reader, reviewer etc) you can join the blog by emailing ERECmail @

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Sales Figures?

Erotic Romance Ebook writers, EREC wants to hear from you!

I am interested in developing anonymous information about sales figures for erotic romance books. With this in mind I am inviting authors to let me know how many copies they sell per book in the first month, year and in total--and the publisher that books is with. If you only have first month sales please send that along, you can update the data later.

Results would be posted on the EREC site as publisher averages, starting when I have figure for that publisher based on at least 5 books written by at least 3 different authors. Each contributor would be given a random letter code to identify themself if they want to update the data. But in my records no names would ever be listed, or stored in any place -- even my email inbox.

I know some author's prefer to keep this info totally private but a similar scheme seemed to work here: (see the 'Show me the Money' section). It seemed to me that with the many new and old epublishers in this genre it would be very useful to have estimated sales figures. This is a key piece of information for any writer when they are choosing which presses to submit to.

You can email me directly with questions or sales data -- veinglory AT with the subject line 'sales'.

Wicked Escapes Writing Contest

2nd Annual Wicked Escapes Writing Contest
Deadline: December 15, 2006

Alyssa Brooks and Larissa Lyons would like to invite interested authors, both published and aspiring, to enter their annual Wicked Escapes writing contest.This year we are accepting up to two erotic romance short story entries. These stories must be between 2000-5000 words and extremely sexy. Please pay strong attention to editing as we will only award these short story spots to worthy pieces of fiction. The winners of the short story spots will each receive promotion within Wicked Escapes for the month their story is published, as well as a $15 dollar gift certificate to

For more details please visit the website at:

Friday, November 17, 2006

Sex and the Planets

So Mercury finally leaves Retrograde today. I'm thrilled, because, while writing anything or accomplishing anything is difficult during a Mercury retrograde, it seems writing sex scenes is basically impossible.

From Astrology on the Web:

In general, Mercury rules thinking and perception, processing and disseminating information and all means of communication, commerce, education and transportation. By extension, Mercury rules people who work in these areas, especially people who work with their minds or their wits: writers and orators, commentators and critics, gossips and spin doctors, teachers, travellers, tricksters and thieves.

Mercury retrograde gives rise to personal misunderstandings; flawed, disrupted, or delayed communications, negotiations and trade; glitches and breakdowns with phones, computers, cars, buses, and trains. And all of these problems usually arise because some crucial piece of information, or component, has gone astray, or awry.

It is therefore not wise to make important decisions while Mercury is retrograde, since it is very likely that these decisions will be clouded by misinformation, poor communication and careless thinking. Mercury is all about mental clarity and the power of the mind, so when Mercury is retrograde, these intellectual characteristics tend to be less acute than usual, as the critical faculties are dimmed. Make sure you pay attention to the small print!

So I guess because I tend to view, rightly or wrongly, my big sex scene as one of the focal points of the book, and because this one has some pretty major consequences to the climax of the book, that might help explain why two characters who a few weeks ago were furious with me because I wouldn't let them fall into bed together right away are now being oddly coy and refusing to play. They keep bantering back and forth--all very amusing stuff, but it's like they're doing things where I can't see and only showing me the rest.

Have my characters had sex without my knowledge? Sneaky buggers.

Seriously, though. I'm of the belief that a sex scene should be wirtten, as much as possible, in one smooth hit. You plant your butt in front of that computer (or notebook, however you do your first drafts) at the first kiss, and you don't get up until everyone is satisfied. Hopefully in the case of the woman more than once.

But I'm constantly interrupted these days. I can't seem to get the scene flowing. I'm stuck in odd little tangents that do nothing for the scene but slow it down, when the last thing you want is slowdowns in a sex scene. A sex scene should, of course, build and build...not make a detour into "his apartment was decorated like..." territory. She can look around in the morning, dammit! Why am I getting stuck?

Because of those damn planets, that's why.

How about all of you? Has the retrograde affected your work? How? How do you write a sex scene--can you piece it out bit by bit, or do you need to do it in one go?

I'm also wondering if anyone here works out their characters' astrological signs and uses that to help determine character. It's not something I've ever consciously done, but I've heard it can be quite helpful.

Or do you think astrology is all a bunch of silly garbage?

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

New E-publisher

I ran up on yet another new e-publisher on myspace this evening. Thought I would share. Below is a bit of info for you.

Twilight Fantasies Publications is a full service, royalty paying epublisher. We are excited to announce our upcoming opening-- scheduled for May 2, 2007. Visit our website for more details!

Anyone heard anything about this company?

Monday, November 13, 2006

E-publishing vs. Mainstream

With all the new erotic imprints popping up everywhere, now seems like a great time for those of us who write erotic romance to take the plunge into mainstream, if we so desire it. What are your thoughts on submitting to a mainstream publisher, is it worth the added headache, or too much of a pain in the backside?

Thursday, November 09, 2006

[MARKET] Samhain Publishing

With permission from my super duper editor over at Samhain publishing, Sasha Knight, I'm forwarding this open call for submissions to you guys and gals. All the details are below and good luck to those of you who submit!

Coming in Summer 2007, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S STEAM, Samhain's RED HOT summer-themed short stories.

What are the rules of these summer-themed short stories? They must be RED HOT erotic romances. Steamy. Sexy. HOT! I'm looking for M/F, M/M, M/F/M and any other multiple combinations thereof. They MUST be a romance--they have to have a happily ever after. And, they must take place in the summer. I want sun, sand, sex. (Well, not necessarily the sand--use your imagination!)

Any genre will do. If you want to write a futuristic space opera that takes place on a planet with five suns, go for it! Historical? That'll work, too!

We're not limiting the number of submissions we publish. Each book will be judged on its own merits, quality of story and originality.

Our current plan is to publish the stories separately in digital, over the course of several weeks, and then group them accordingly for print. If you are interested in participating in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S STEAM, this is what you'll need to send:

* A completed story, 12-15k in length, following the above-listed theme requirements.

* A one-page synopsis.

* Only original, never-before-been published stories will be consideredfor A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S STEAM.

Submissions are due by January 31, 2007. Because this is a special project, Sasha Knight will be editing all the stories. Submissions should be sent to Sasha @ Samhainpublishing .com or sashaknightandday @ PLEASE put SUMMER SHORT STORY SUBMISSION in the subject line.

For further details on submission formatting and whatnot please visit:

Monday, November 06, 2006

[MARKET] STARbooks Press

Superheroes Anthology
Edited by Eric Summers

What did Batman and Robin do in that cave? Was Superman really faster than a speeding bullet? Was Aquaman into water sports? Why did Captain Marvel say Shazaam? Sex-starved Superheroes are alive and horny at STARbooks Press.

Did you ever wonder why superheroes wear tights? Is it to make them more aerodynamic? Do they want you to know how excited they are to come to the rescue? Or is a one-piece garment easier to remove? For whatever reason, there is hardly anyone alive who has not fantasized about a superhero coming to the rescue and fulfilling his desires.

Starbooks press is seeking well-written stories that are erotic, not pornographic. They are interested in superheroes who are rewarded for their bravery, talents and skills. Some of them have extraordinary powers such as the ability to fly, run or swim at the speed of light, turn into fire, take on another form, be invisible, shrink or expand. Some have sidekicks, and some have fun with their comrades. Whatever makes them super finds its way into the bedroom.

Well-developed characters, plots, situations, settings, and internal consistency are what they're looking for. Humor is greatly appreciated as these characters are meant to have fun and enjoy themselves. They ask that you do not write about popular, known, or copyrighted comic book or television characters. Your superheroes must be your own, original creation. They also are open to accepting original art work or comics featuring gay superheroes. Feel free to query with questions to

Guidelines: Submit your query to in the body of an email - no attachments please. Include a short bio, your name, postal and e-mail addresses and a 5 paragraph excerpt of your story. Indicate whether or not your submission has been previously published and, if so, where and when.

Deadline: December 31 2006

Saturday, November 04, 2006

[MARKET] Love Notes Press

This bit of market news come to you from the Cynthia Sterling newsletter.

Love Notes Press is seeking short stories of up to 25,000 words for its upcoming A Deserted Island anthology. Stories may be historical or contemporary romance, romantic suspense, or fantasy, sci-fi or paranormal romance, but the story must contain a deserted island. A one-time fee of $75 will be paid for each story. Authors must submit a synopsis for consideration prior to submitting their completed story. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2006. For all the details, visit

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Promoting your work

So you wrote a book. You polished it to within an inch of its life and sent it on its way to the publisher of your choice. It’s accepted and you jump for joy. You’re a published author. Yay!

You then go through all the behind the scenes drama and begin to wait, probably impatiently, for the day you get to see your name on the front of that book (be it online or in your hands).

Now what?

Now, between acceptance and release, is when you should start thinking about how you’re going to promote your baby. What, you ask, doesn’t the publisher do that for you? Well, yes and no. Most publishers will do their part, they’ll secure reviews and/or some advertising, depending on where you’ve chosen to send your book. But if you want to get your name out there more, and hopefully boost your sales, you’re going to have to do your part as well.

As I’m just learning myself, there is a world of options out there for promotion, even if you’re on a shoestring budget. Some of the things you can do are:

Build a website.
This is almost a must have, especially if you’re going with an e-publisher. People will want to visit you’re site and see what you’re up to now. Learn more about you and find out whether or not you have any more books on the way.

Who doesn’t like a good contest? Figuring out and implementing a good giveaway of your book, or something related, can be a great way to win over readers who are iffy about whether or not to give a new author a try.

Author interviews:
A lot of the same companies who do book reviews do author interviews as well. They’re free and who doesn’t like free stuff, right?

Attending any of the varied conferences held every year (RT and RWA just to name a couple) is a great way to mingle with fellow authors and attract new readers.

Odds and ends:
Planning to attend a conference? You’ll need things to give away. Random little trinkets for people to take home and remember you by. Bookmarks, pens and pencils, magnets and notepads, pretty much anything you can think up, can have whatever slogan or URL you want imprinted upon it.

I’m sure I’m forgetting a million other things, but this should be enough to get you thinking about all the different tools available to authors for promotion.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

[MARKET] Siren -- Rapture 2

SIREN is looking for four novellas (25K-35K) for our anthology, Rapture 2. Must be erotic romance with a strong story line and well-developed characters. Open to all genres and themes.Rapture is our signature imprint with print runs for wider distribution. Release date will be January 2008. Rapture 2 will be advertised in a full-page ad of Romantic Times the months of December 2007 and January through March 2008. We will pay an advance to each author in this collection, and royalty percentage is competitive. For more information, please visit are also accepting submissions for erotic romance between 25K-100K in various genres for electronic publications.Diana DeBalko, PublisherSiren Publishing, Inc.