Monday, April 24, 2006

Torquere Press

Torquere Press is a full service e-book publisher featuring gay and lesbian literary fiction, erotica, and erotic romance. We publish twelve or more paperbacks per year, and anywhere between three and ten e-books per month. We're reading for 2007 for our main line of full length novels, called Top Shelf books, but there's a lot more to us than that.

We have a serial fiction line titled Turn of the Screw that pays a percentage of all subscriptions during the run of the serial, and then reverts to a standard e-book at our usual royalty rates. These serials are very popular with readers who like cliffhangers.

Several other royalty lines, such as the shorter 20,000-30,000 word High Balls and Everyday Spectre lines (for speculative and modern paranormal fiction), give readers and writers alike a chance at varying lengths and prices. In 2007 we're adding two more lines in this range, Games
People Play, featuring the light side of BDSM, and Spurs and Saddles, which features cowboys.

For the writer or reader who prefers shorter tales, we produce Single Shots, Birthstones (stone themed stories), Arcana (tarot themed stories) and Taste Tests (collections of 3-4 short stories on a single theme.) These books are between 10,000 and 20,000 words in length and pay flat
fees based on sales averages.

Our full length anthologies run the gamut from several short stories to 2-3 novellas and pay flat fees based on projected sales.

We will not accept stories with underage (below the age of 18) characters or stories that contain rape or other gratuitous violence. We will also reject stories that are clearly cases of copyright infringement, including any that have obviously been converted from fanfiction or that
are based on TV shows, movies or literary characters.

Please read the writer's guidelines for details, general formatting and submission guidelines, located here.

Please note they also have calls for the following:

Eternal Darkness
Edited by Rob Knight, scheduled release: October 15, 2006
Deadline: June 1, 2006

Vampires are an icon in our society. Powerful, erotic, they call to us for reasons we can't really begin to understand. We love them, and we love them even more if they're somehow a little vulnerable, if the playing field is leveled just a bit.

In Eternal Darkness, editor Rob Knight wants to explore the world of the vampire with a twist, the world of the blind vampire. How would sightlessness affect a creature of the night? What sort of lover would be attracted to this very special creature? Surprise us and thrill us with
imaginative, erotic tales.

All stories must be gay or lesbian in content, erotic, and fall between 10,000 and 15,000 words. We're only looking for a few good yarns for this one, maybe five to seven stories, depending on length. Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2006. Please be aware, however, that while we
will acknowledge your submission on receipt, we hold all acceptances until after the submission deadline. Payment is $45.00 upon publication, and copies of the book. Eternal Darkness will publish October 15, 2006. We ask exclusive electronic rights for two years. Reprints are not
encouraged, but will be considered at a rate of $10.00 per story. Please see our general submission guidelines for formatting and content restrictions.

Shifting Again
Edited by Rob Knight, scheduled release: October 15, 2006
Deadline: June 1, 2006

Love animal attraction? Can't get enough of werewolves and cat people and shape shifters of all sorts? Then submit a story for the new Torquere Press anthology Shifting Again!

A third installment in the series edited by Rob Knight that includes Shifting and Shifting Too, Shifting Again will feature stories about the beast in all of us. Featuring shape shifters of all kinds, Shifting Again stories must be gay in content, erotic, and fall between 10,000 and
15,000 words. We're only looking for a few good tales (or tails?) for this one, maybe five to seven stories, depending on length.

Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2006. Please be aware, however, that while we will acknowledge your submission on receipt, we hold all acceptances until after the submission deadline. Payment is $45.00 upon publication, and copies of the ebook. Shifting Again will publish October 15, 2006. We ask exclusive electronic rights for two years. Reprints are not encouraged, but will be considered at a rate of $10.00 per story. Please see our general submission guidelines for formatting and content restrictions.

Homoerotic stories only, please.

Email queries and submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com

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