Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Cobblestone Press

Cobblestone Press, a new e-publisher on the block, has this call:

Cobblestone Press is a digital publisher. We currently have no plans to explore print or print-on-demand.

Trysts: 10,000-20,000
Novella: 20,001-40,000
Novel: 40,001-65,000
Full Novel: 65,001-100,000

We accept all levels of sensual to erotic romance (please see our content ratings below). While we want our authors to feel free to be creative as possible we do insist on strong plots, fully developed characters, and a Happily Ever After ending. All sexually active characters in the
manuscript must be at least 18 no matter the time period.

Our content guide:

Wild: Fully realized sexual relationships
Wanton: Fully realized sexual relationships with explicit language
Wicked: Fully realized sexual relationships with explicit language and themes that some readers might find disturbing or objectionable (violence, multiple partners, & BDSM).

Submissions for the Tryst Line should be Wanton to Wicked in our rating system.

Manuscripts that depict any group of people in a negative, demeaning way or rape in a positive light will not be considered. No Exceptions.

A big no to the following: purple prose, closed door sexual relationships between the main characters, pedophilia, incest, bodily functions, snuff, bestiality (aliens and shape shifters okay), and necrophilia. If you aren t sure, just ask!

If you are unsure of how to define purple prose. Check out this informative and hilarious article by Deb Stover: The Purple Prose Eater

We are currently accepting manuscripts from 10-100k in the following genres: Action Adventure, African American, Contemporary, Fantasy, Futuristic / Science Fiction, Gay & Lesbian (Yaoi/Shonen), Historical, Interracial/Multicultural, Paranormal (Werewolf, Vampire, Ghosts, Magic, etc), Time Travel, and Thriller/Suspense.

In addition to regular genre submissions we are also currently accepting manuscripts for 3 lines.

- Brazen Submissions Word Count: 20k-40k

The Brazen line is a special line of books dedicated to the feisty and aggressive heroine we have in all of us. She s not just any ordinary bad girl! She is a strong, determined, kick ass woman who is in control of her life. She is larger than life and so is her take on the world. The man in her life is just as strong and worldly as she is, and he knows he's privileged to be there.

- Outlaw! Submissions Word Count: 20k-40k

The Outlaw! hero is a walk on the wild side and the heroine likes him that way. He s a bold alpha male with the world as his playground. Whether he's a pirate, knight, or a corporate devil, he s the hero that steals your heart.

-Shifter Submissions Word Count: 10k-100k

The Shifter series at Cobblestone is dedicated to shape shifters of both genders. Get in touch with your wild side and let us take a look! We are interested in shape shifter romance that crosses over into all genres.

***If you are submitting a novel for one of the lines, please put it in the subject of your email and in the cover letter.***

Full manuscript is required at submission. NO Synopsis required or expected. We will not contract based on proposal or partial submissions.

Formatting Guidelines

1) Use an easily readable font, 12pt.

2) Double Spaced

3) One inch margins

4) Attach the manuscript as an RTF file

5) Include a cover letter in the body of your email. Discuss past publications, if any, future goals, and at least a paragraph describing your book.

6) On the first page of your manuscript include in the upper left corner the following: Title of Manuscript, Word Count- Calculated by your word processor program, Genre (or Line), Full Name, Pen Name (if applicable), Mailing Address, Phone Number, and Email Address

Please submit full manuscript as an attachment to: submissions@cobblestone-press.com

Our contract is for electronic rights for 1 year.

For more information and updates, see their website guidelines.

Compensation: Royalty rate is 35% of the cover price and will be paid on a monthly basis.

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