Monday, January 29, 2007

[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 For more information about BelleBooks, check out the publisher at

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