Friday, March 31, 2006

Black Velvet Seductions Call for Submissions

At Black Velvet Seductions we are always searching for talented new authors. We are eager to look at the work of both new and established authors.The majority of the work currently under contract with us is authored by authors who were previously unpublished in book length fiction.

We are currently acquiring in all of our lines and in all genres and all sub-genres. We publish some very traditional romance novels but we also publish books that push boundaries and explore love and sex in unique ways.

We look at material in three forms, queries, partials and completed manuscripts. We would by far prefer to see complete manuscripts with a cover letter and synopsis. We only offer contracts on complete manuscripts. However if an author wonders whether we would be interested in a project of a given type we can usually respond to a query within a couple weeks. Manuscripts take several weeks to several months depending on the other tasks our staff is required to do at any given time.

Most stories rejected by us are rejected because they are not romance novels but are instead mainstream works or are erotic works without the necessary romantic elements. The next most common reason we reject material is because the piece lacks the emotional impact to make it memorable. We are looking for better than average romances, or at the very least romances which have the potential to be better than average with some revision.

We accept both electronic and paper-based submissions.

For more information, see their guidelines.

If you are writing to ask a question or to check on the arrival of your manuscript please send your e-mail to lauriesanders@blackvelvetseductions.com.

Black Velvet Seductions publishes in print and ebook formats.

Compensation: Appears to be royalties.

They also offer a Free Writer's Newsletter.

Experts Needed

Below is a posting from Mike regarding an opportunity for those who are credentialed experts -- those with books, articles, TV appearances, radio interviews etc -- who would be interested in hosting shows. As a show host, you have the opportunity to promote your books, articles, websites, &/or other projects as well as receive a commission on every video of the show they host that the production company sells. Here's the call:

ARE YOU AN EXPERT?

Ever thought about hosting our own TV show? Would you like to be a part of an innovative concept in content production and delivery?

If your answers are "yes" or even "maybe" we want to talk to you.

We are a professionally staffed, start-up business. We are currently looking for experts in a wide range of subjects to develop television shows with.

Simply put, our Emmy-winning staff does all the work (production, editing, mastering, distribution) you have fun hosting your own TV show -- and make a few bucks at the same time. In addition, our programming gives you a great forum to plug your website, book, articles, business... or whatever.

Who are we looking for?

We want to talk to anyone who is a credentialed expert in any field, particularly fields or subjects that are of general interest to 18 -- 49 year olds. (travel, foreign language, cooking, home repair, business,finance, nutrition, exercise, writing, sports, computers, photography... there are countless others).

Please be a credentialed expert -- meaning you need to have some verifiable credits (articles, TV appearances, books, lectures etc.) in your field of expertise.

Please send general information about yourself, website links and a picture (headshot) to:

tvexperts@nyc.com

Swince the webiste for this project, intwenty.com, is not live yet, and I am rather ignorant of the way TV production works (and so I worry that I might, however unintentionally, mislead folks with my lack of experience), I asked Mike some questions about this project:

Naughty Words: What are you up to?

Mike: Essentially we're a rough bunch of Emmy winning TV producers, directors and writers who during the day produce TV shows for major networks adn we're starting up this venture. We are looking to find experts on various subjects (esp subjects of interest to 25-49 year olds) who we can develop TV programming with.

Naughty Words: Where are shows to be filmed? How long would a host need to commit to taping/creating an actual show? In other words, would a person need to be local, or is this something they can do with a 2 day visit in town, or anything in between ;)

Mike: We are hoping to find our experts in either NYC or LA because we are based in those two cities. But for the right person we would go anywhere. So to answer your question there is no traveling involved for our hosts - we go to them. We would work with the host to find a suitable location that is local to the host. We would pay any costs involved in shooting at that location.

That's our initial vision. There may come a time in the future when we REALLY want a host who is say in Kentucky and we REALLY WANT to shoot in NYC. In that rare case, we would, of course, pay for the hosts travel and hotel -- however that would be an EXTRELEMY RARE instance. Perhaps in the future it may happen, but, in all honesty it's not going to happen for our first group of programs. Our inital group will all be shot in a convenientonvienent for the host.

Time committment? Good question. We estimate that we would need our hosts for 2-3 days TOPS. One day to get together face to face and plan/outline the program (this is of course assuming that we'vespokendy sopken by phone several times and are on the same page as to the shows basic concept), then 1-2 days of shooting. The days need not be consecutive if scheduling is a problem.

So there you have it -- as much general information as you need to consider this opportunity.

Any interested parties should contact Mike at tvexperts@nyc.com

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Real Women's Stories

From Erin:

I'm currently putting together a book of stories from real women who have triumphed over their insecurities. The book is based on women who have learned to love everything about themselves, even the flaws that once seemed monumental. I am interested in finding real stories from real women. The book is called "Beautiful," and here’s a bit of information and what I'm looking for:

"Beautiful" is a unique coffee table book geared towards woman of all ages. It is a compilation of personal stories and photographs of woman who have spent their whole lives learning to accept that they are beautiful even if they feel they are flawed. The book contains individual stories from over 50 women of all ages and ethnicities, and how they each learned to overcome their anxieties about their appearance. The book celebrates strong, successful, beautiful women, ready to teach others on how to let go of society’s expectations and learn how to love themselves.

I'm currently looking for personal stories from real women, so if you or anyone you know has ever had problems excepting the shell they were given, please feel free to email me. I am looking for stories that are 1-5 pages about your personal struggle and how you built up your self-confidence and persevered in life. Your story will be published with your name, and I’m hoping for this book to reach women of all ages especially young girls who think they have to look like the magazine cutouts in order to be accepted.

Although I would prefer woman from the Los Angeles area, I'm open to receiving stories from all over. Please feel free to forward on this information.

Contact Erin at chichishindigs@yahoo.com

Male Interviewees in Santa Monica Area

Mark Israel is writing a book "Ten Things Your Man Won't Talk to You About," a book for women about the things men are not talking to them about.

If you have one hour to be interviewed and are a male between the ages of 21-70 please email Mark at misrael98@yahoo.com to schedule an in person interview in the Santa Monica area.

Compensation: $20.00 per hour

Tell A Tale

TellTalePress wants you to tell them a story... About a night on the town at the Risque Broadway, a stylish vacation aboard the Designer Liner, mingling with the stars at the Hollywood Bungalows...

Select any of the whimsical (naughty, not pronographic) tales at the site as the starting point for your original short story (2,000 words max).

Deadline is July 10, 2006.

See all the stories including previous winners, flash mini-videos and lots more on the site. Questions should be directed to astory@telltalepress.net.

Compensation: Grand prize package of $500, including a $200 U.S. Savings Bond.

Babeland® Sex Toy Design Contest

Babeland® Presents: Project Sex Toy

Welcome to Project Sex Toy, the first Babeland® sex toy design contest. If you've ever dreamed of the perfect sex toy, now's the time to dust off your drawing board and show us what you've got! The mission of this contest is to encourage our customers to share their creative excellence in the design of sex toys, and to recognize such creativity.

Deadline: May 26, 2006

For more details and how to enter, visit here.

Compensation:

First prize: $250 cash; $250 Babeland® gift certificate; package of assorted toys
Second prize: $150 cash; $150 Babeland® gift certificate; package of assorted toys
Third prize: $75 cash; $75 Babeland® gift certificate; package of assorted toys

Monday, March 27, 2006

Leather Journey Open Call

Leather Journey Magazine, a print magazine for leather & BDSM folks is accepting submissions:

We are interested in well-crafted, entertaining, and informative non-fiction and fiction exploring all aspects of Leather. All viewpoints and perspectives are welcome, as we feel the community is made stronger by embracing diversity and understanding that all have something to offer, no matter what their gender, kink, sexual orientation, or chosen position happens to be.

We are interested in the basic and the advanced, the mild and the extreme. If it’s kinky and involves consensual activities between adults, we want to explore it.

Features are insightful, intelligent articles (2000-6000 words) on Leather culture and events, including how-to items, personal narratives, and other subjects of interest to the community

Front-of-the-book articles are shorter pieces (500 -1500 words) featuring columns on Leather in the media, current events, reviews, profiles, and more.

Query letters and finished drafts are both welcome and encouraged.

For more information, read their submissions information page.

Quick Note

Just found this contest -- it's a bit late (ends March 31, 2006) but it's worth pointing out...

iTalkNews Writing Contest

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Utterpants

Utterpants is a satirical webzine which also publishes fiction, literary parody and serious articles, including adult writings. For a better idea of what they are looking for, check out this site overview for category descriptions, tone, etc.

Utterpants asks that you read this first, and then read their Contributor Guidelines.

Compensation: Mainly exposure, but they do consider small commissions.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Female Focused Erotic Webzine Submission Call

Request made at Constant Content:

I'm getting ready to relaunch a women-focused erotic webzine. We will feature such things as travel, relationship tips, erotic stories, celebrity column (all male focused), humor, etc. The site is high quality, tasteful, and truly professional. I'm looking for content suitable for this publication.

Think "Playboy" for women.

That said, I am looking for all kinds of content that is in the spirit of the zine. So, travel writers, columnists, story writers, etc., are all welcome. For example, if you write travel pieces, I need pieces with a sexy/romantic spin. Intelligent, sly humor is indeed welcome! We are open to suggestions, ideas, and creativity is encouraged.


Men, Sexy, Erotic, Humor - so long as it caters to women and lets women get a chance to have some "fun" with men being the focus of our attentions.

That includes:

Travel
Reviews
Politics
Celebrity Gossip (male)
Stories

If you think of something I haven't considered, don't hesitate to suggest it.

So long as the piece fits in with our zine's philosophy, it's welcome!

Extra notes:

Article length is open because we are a web-based publication. Therefore, we don't need anything overly lengthy (no more than four web pages). We are, of course, open to multi-part pieces.

Story authors please note: stories don't have to be all about "the act" Sexy stories can be funny, creative, and genuinely interesting. Sometimes, it's just as fun to have them get close and wait, have something go wrong (i.e., kids keep bugging Mom and Dad when they're trying to have grownup time). Be inventive, and not just the usual romance novel writing. Also, if you want story ideas, I can provide these.

While we do not have any pre-set definition of erotica (much like the Supreme Court cannot define pornography, just that you'll "know it when you see it), we can say that we are not looking for anything overly graphic. In other words, the "he put his thing into her thing" is not really necessary.

Rather, we like the unexpected, the imaginative, and even the downright funny. One example that jumps to mind is a story we acquired where (told in first person by the main character), a couple's rather naughty tape of themselves in the act was mistaken for a family movie and taken to their in-laws' house. Let's just say, everyone got an eyeful. This story was told in such a way that real adults "got it" without the language coming anywhere near overly graphic. Truly hilarious, and judging from reader reactions destined to be a classic.

THIS is what we like - something that ties in the whole sexy theme in an intelligent, witty and truly entertaining way. The typical romance novel writing frankly doesn't interest us much.

Don't be afraid to ask questions. We're really quite nice. :-) Above all, have FUN with it!

Compensation: $30-40 per article

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Calling all female fiction writers, poets, and visual artists!

"I am a creative, enterprising young woman who is starting a progressive new literary magazine, produced and edited entirely by women and based in New York City. I am now accepting submissions for its first issue, set to be launched online in the coming months. I hope to bring the magazine to print when it catches on.

This is not your father's literary journal! The magazine will feature work by up-and-coming female writers from around the country; each piece will be accompanied by a 1950s-style pinup photo of the author. In the future, the magazine will also include interviews with beautiful, successful, intelligent women in various creative industries.

All submissions must include a cover letter, brief bio, résumé, and a glamourous photograph of the author. Longer works will be serialized at my discretion. Please send materials via email to broadmag [at] gmail [dot] com."

Politerotica Contest

ThePout.Blogspot places this call:

Welcum, welcum, welcum to the first annual politerotica contest! Take any political figure, past or present, and use your vast imagination to give me your take on sex with them from any angle or point of view. Stretch the boundaries here...I dare you.

Rules:

1. Story must be based around a person in politics, present or past.
2. Can be no longer than 1000 words
3. Any form of sex play allowed
4. Make it juicy...
5. No underage participants please!
6. Contest open from now until April 15, 2006.
7. Prize: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners: $50, $30, and $20.
8. Send entry in the body of an email to: pouterotica@yahoo.com

Winning stories will be posted to www.thepout.blogspot.com website and will remain for 3 months.

Winners announced May 1, 2006.

Hard-Boiled Sex Contest

Desdmona's 2006 Hard-Boiled Sex Contest:

The gun. The innocent victim who isn't really all that innocent. The tough, callous detective. The femme fatale with the dirty little secret.

You've read the stories and secretly loved them. Hard-boiled stories are everywhere: pulp magazines, noir movies, true crime books, and detective novels are just a few sources. Whether they're from Edgar Allen Poe, Raymond Chandler, Dennis Lehane, or Frank Miller, they've been
popular for as long as fiction has been published.

Now we want to see hard-boiled sex stories. We'll grant you broad leeway on the theme -- dead bodies aren't a requirement, nor are alcoholic private dicks. But we want tough, and we want edgy, and we want the story to be as hot as Hades.

Desdmona's 2006 Hard-Boiled Sex Contest is an erotic short story contest. There is no entry fee. Stories must be received by Monday, May 15, 2006. Prizes will be awarded to the judges' three favorite stories:

First prize: $500
Second prize: $250
Third prize: $125

Honorable mention prizes of $40 will be awarded at the discretion of desdmona.com and the judges. Winners will be picked by our judges and will be based on quality of writing, erotic appeal, and originality. Please, be imaginative! The winning stories and honorable mentions will be
displayed on desdmona.com on Thursday, June 1, 2006.

Visit here for complete contest rules and submission requirements.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

The Business of Writing

Writing Tips

Phil Phantom's Golden Rules of Writing Erotiporn

Hot Tips for Hot Writers

Promotional Op

A Novel Way announces a way for self-published authors to get attention. No word on limitations regarding adult materials/themes, use info@anovelway.com to ask questions.

Inspirational Quote

"And so now you will begin to work at your writing. Remember these things. Work with intelligence and love. Work freely and rollickingly as though they were talking to a friend who loves you. Mentally (at least three or four times a day) thumb your nose at all know-it-alls, jeerers, critics, doubters."
by Brenda Ueland

Sensorotika Press

Sensorotika is now accepting submissions from established and aspiring authors. Currently, we are looking for short stories and manuscripts, primarily for publication in e-Book form.

We are primarily looking for quality erotic fiction - meaning story driven, focused on strong writing and description. While a story must be sexy - and explicitness is fine - the story must also be well crafted.

While there is no specific formula for publication, a title that will most likely be considered for publication will be described as:

* A story well told - dialogue and story constructs must be believable, even in fantasy settings. Authors are expected to have a grasp on good storytelling, grammar, punctuation and spelling.

* A story which pulls the reader in quickly.

* While the story does contain a high degree of sexuality, it does not contain purple prose. However, explicit descriptions and erotic actions are acceptable - and expected - in the context of a story.

Additional guidelines which must be met before submitting a manuscript:

* All authors must be 18 years of age or older.

* Authors or submitters must be the sole owner of the work or a legal representative ( i.e., literary agent) of the work.

Sensorotika does NOT, under any conditions, accept any of the following types of material:

* Pedophelia, which is sex or sexual acts between adults and underage characters in any form.

* Necrophelia, bestiality, zoophilia, scat, golden showers, rape, incest or snuff.

For more information, see their guideline and submission details.

Compensation: Royalty payments are 35% of net sales, except in cases where usage is purchased outright.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Loose ID Call

Loose Id, an ebook publisher, wants to 'unleash' the power of love and sex to transform good stories into great ones. In order to do that, we're bringing down the walls between genres. Erasing the dividing lines between subgenres to give readers what they want.

At Loose Id, we want books that:

* Unleash love stories from traditional romance, fantasy, science fiction and genre formulas by crossing traditional genre lines. While we want a love story, the primary conflict need not be between hero(es) and heroine(s) (though a strong relationship conflict creates terrific story potential).

* Unchain love stories from 'happily ever after' endings by allowing the 'happy for now' ending. In the real world, relationships don't always proceed quickly and conflicts don't always resolve themselves neatly. Not everyone survives big, climactic battles. An ending can show the hero(es) and heroine(s) taking the next step toward 'forever'; or show the primary romantic characters getting what they want, but at great personal cost. Or, an ending can be the traditional, wonderful, always beloved 'happily ever after'.

* Unfetter love stories from traditional run-of-the-mill romance hero(es) and heroine(s). Though we love those Alpha-dominant heroes, we also love kick-ass Alpha heroines, gutsy gammas, and sexy subs. While straight heterosexual Caucasian romances are fine with us, everyone needs love in their lives. Bring us multi-culturalism, alternative lifestyles and sexualities, big, beautiful heroines—make your characters real. No bland characters or Mary Sues need apply.

With that said, there's no one formula for a Loose Id book, no magic sales key. What worked for Mary may not work for Sue. On the other hand, there is an evolving Loose Id look and feel.

For complete information, see their guidelines.

Compensation: Royalties

Altar Magazine

Altar Magazine, a social justice publication, is accepting written submissions for Issue # 7.

The vitality of this magazine is as dependent on our contributors as we are on our readers. Your work is important, and we want to publish it. We welcome people from all over the world with or without experience to be a part of this publication. Please read our full submission guidelines in the "Submit" section of our website. Also, check out what we've published in the past to get a feel for the magazine and to be sure you're not duplicating something we've already published. Email submissions_AT_altarmagazine if you have any questions. We hope you will be a part of Altar Magazine.

Deadline: April 1, 2006

Compensation: Payment is on a sliding scale and can be anywhere from a free issue and much love to a couple bucks... oh yeah, and a shout out.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Citizen Culture

CITIZEN CULTURE is seeking reviews for its web site. These can be reviews of CDs, books, films, theater productions, art exhibitions--or other cultural events of significance.

CITIZEN CULTURE is the first magazine in the country targeting Young Professionals specifically. After publishing five print issues, we relaunched on December 1, 2005, as the first all-digitally delivered print magazine in the world.

Our web site, www.citizenculture.com, is crucial to our success, and works closely in tandem with the magazine. Our site has been recently re-designed, and our goal is to make citizenculture.com THE place for Young Professionals to turn to for information and entertainment. Over the next weeks and months, our site will see a great increase in traffic.

Please understand that this call for REVIEWS is for our WEB SITE, NOT the magazine. These reviews are unpaid, but they are a great way to gain exposure and establish a relationship with our publication. Email submissions to Tiffany@citizenculture.com.

Naughty Words Note: They do have a Love & Sex area, so likely a solid reviewer could work their way towards more feature or column work.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Coming Out

JVibe needs a Jewish homosexual writer (preferably in their 20's or 30's) who came out to their sports team in high school. If you had an experience of this sort and would like to write about it for a teen magazine (www.jvibe.com), please contact Lindsey at lsilken@jflmedia.com.

Compensation: $200

Sex-Kitten.Net

This call comes from Gracie Passette, editor at Sex-Kitten.Net

So You Want to Write...

...The word is “sex.” You really have to be able to say it to be able to write about it. If you can say it out loud, Sex-Kittens.net has a place for you. We have a place for opinions, reviews and good stories.

Here’s a few things you need to keep in mind:

· Sex-Kittens.net is about women. You don’t have to be a woman to write for us, but we are female-friendly. Your audience is mainly about women and sex.

· New writers to the site are invited to appear in the Guest Room. If you wish to become a regular contributor, let us know. It is our policy that you appear in the Guest Room for a few issues, and then we talk about a room of your own.

· The male of the species is always welcome, but we do ask that you contribute to the Parlor. You are welcome as often as you wish to stop by.

· Most of our issues do have a theme, though you are not required to write on that theme all the time.

· We honor and encourage writing about all kinds of sex and romance. We have a place for straight couples, polyamorous relationships, singles, romantic sex, bdsm, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgendered confusion, tantric awareness, straight missionary sex, wild kinky sex, interracial, interfaith, conservative, wiccan, traditional, historical perspectives or settings, fantasy sex, and combinations thereof. The only things we will not tolerate are rape, bestiality, underage, and abusive sex, or pieces that propose or perpetuate hate.

· At present, we are not a paying site, but we do offer you writing credentials that can be used in other locations. We even write letters of recommendation.

What are we looking for?

· First of all, good writing. Most articles are between 200 and 1,000 words. If you have more to say, we can and do go longer. We ask that you at least run the article through a spell checker before it is submitted. At this time we are posting your materials as you write them. The basic function of our editorial staff is to organize and present. We do not do too much in the way of editing for grammar and all that stuff. So, you should check that out for yourself. If it requires a lot of editing to be web-presentable, we probably won’t be able to use it.

· We want passion. If you are interested in a topic, so will our readers. Let your voice be heard in the article. Talk to us.

· If you voice an opinion, give us reasons. Back to persuasion 101: state your ideas and give reasons for them. The reasons can be personal or factual, but we would really like to have some reasons for what you’re saying.

· If you write a story, be sure it’s really hot, but don’t forget the basics of writing like plot, character, scene, etc. One difference when writing for women, we want to be told a story. Of course, we want the sex. But there has to be a reason for that sex. Make the sex a part of the story that grows out of the characters and their situation. You know the basics.

We do accept erotic story submissions at Sex-Kitten.net, however, we do recommend that if you are serious about writing high quality erotica which will appeal to women, that you also consider our sister story site, Tit-Elation.com.

· We have reviews of books, web sites and toys. We are always on the lookout for new and exciting items. When you tell us about these, we want to know whether or not you liked it and why. We are asking for a little insight into your rationale.

How do you get in touch with us? and submit?

· Your basic contacts are Gracie@sex-kittens.net, BettiMustang@sex-kitten.net, and Jewel@sex-kittens.net. We are the editors; We are the ones you want to impress.

· If you have an idea, please contact us first and put "SK Idea" in the subject line of your e-mail.

· Unless asked to, NEVER attach a story or article. Paste it into the body of an e-mail and send it that way. We don’t open attachments.

· We ask that you give us a day or two to respond. Most of the time we answer within 2 days to an inquiry, but there are just some days when we have to do the normal, every day female things, like shop, dishes, laundry, sex, toy shop, date….

We look forward to hearing from you. You have something worthwhile to say and we want you to share it with us.

Ruthie's Club

Ruthie's Club offers to its participating writers a range of services apart from payment. We have first class editors, we offer archives for authors, we illustrate all new stories through our own artists, and we publish on an attractive, appealing, award-winning website.

Below are what they are looking for in erotic stories, as well as their compensation:

Flash – $10.00 US Our Flashers are stories of 300 words or less that fulfill the requirements for plot, character development, and resolution. We normally group five flashers from different authors to fill a feature slot in our Story Schedule.

Story Groups – $45.00 US Stories shorter than 3,000 words are grouped as a duo, trio, or even a quartet, depending on length. For example, three short stories of about 1,200 words each can fill one feature slot.

Standalone Short – $45.00 US Stories long enough to fill a feature slot in our schedule are called standalones. These stories are typically 3,500 to 7,000 words.

Two Installment Stories – $60.00 US Stories 7,000–14,000 words are broken into two parts. Each part must be long enough to fill a feature slot (3,500–7,000 words). These installments will run in separate weeks.

Longer Installment Stories – $75.00–$350.00 US We have limited openings for stories more than 14,000 words run as serials. Exact pricing depends on the length of the serial.

For more information, please see their site submission guidelines, and you may contact the editor at me@desdmona.com or contact the Fiction Editor, Neil Anthony, at Neil@ruthiesclub.com.

Sex Website Reviewer

SugarClick.com, a new sex website review blog, is seeking a website reviewer. Since launching last week, the site has received 10,000 unique visitors, and positive write-ups on Fleshbot.com, AVNOnline.com and Wired.com.

We are seeking a writer who is capable of writing 3 or 4 reviews a week that run 100-500 words. We will provide passwords and anything else you need to do your job, you just have to have a computer and an internet connection - there is no physical office. Familiarity with WordPress and the ability to do screen captures and resize images is helpful, but I can walk the right person through the steps if need be.

To apply, please email a short bio, and let me know what writing/blogging/reviewing experience you have. Also let me know a bit about your tastes in porn: are there particular kinds of sites you prefer to review and others you prefer not to review? Generally writers will be required to review a variety of sites that they may/may not be into, but I like to know likes/dislikes anyway. Please also be prepared to write a sample review if I'm interested in talking with you further.

Contact editor@sugarclick.com

Compensation: We'll be earning revenue from sign-ups through the paysites we review, as well as through advertising. We believe that it will take us about 3 months to really get rolling and build up the traffic and interest to earn cash money. Once we start earning, writers will make 4% of the total revenue. This is a gamble, of course, but it means that our individual success will grow as the site grows - many paying blogs dole out $2-5 a post, and our earnings will be much better than this.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Feminist Anthology

Doing it in Strange Places... And Making Change: Young Women Fighting for Social Justice

A commonly asked question at social justice events is, "What can I do to get more involved?" This question is usually answered, according to third wave feminist writers Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, in one of three ways: send money, call politicians, and volunteer. Unfortunately,
none of these foster a sense of investment in an issue or offer solutions for how to solve the injustices in the world. It also doesn't account for the lack of time, money and resources that these three answers require. What if we could just incorporate our politics into our every day lives? In fact, that is just what most activists do.

In this anthology, we want to hear from young women from all walks of life who have found creative ways to use their passion (from writing to banking to being a homemaker) as an outlet for social justice activism. We seek to make activism accessible and inspire others to use the resources that they have to contribute to social justice. Changing the world won't happen over
night, so let's share our daily successes and strategies for making all of our visions of a better world possible. Tell us what worked and what didn't because all experiences are valuable. We want to be sure multiple voices and perspectives are represented in the anthology. Writers of all experience levels are encouraged to submit work. All work must be original and should not be published elsewhere.

Editor:
Mandy Van Deven is the editor and publisher of Altar Magazine, a social justice publication focusing on art, music, culture, politics, and activism. She also works as the Director of Community Organizing at Girls for Gender Equity, a grassroots organization in Brooklyn, NY working to create opportunities for girls and women to live self-determined lives. Mandy believes that all opinions are valuable and because her voice is loud, she works to help others raise their own voices.

Submission Guidelines

* We prefer to have submissions sent via email in a Word or Rich Text Format document to mandy_vandeven@yahoo.com with "Doing it in Strange Places" in the subject line. Otherwise, submissions can be mailed to:

Mandy Van Deven
955 Metropolitan Ave, #4R
Brooklyn, NY 11211

* If you would like your submission returned to you, please include a SASE. * Word count: 2,500 - 5,000
* All submissions require your name, address, phone number, email address, and a short bio.

Submissions should be received (not postmarked) by May 1, 2006.

Please direct any questions you may have to mandy_vandeven@yahoo.com

Reviewers & Promotions

I've posted about places looking for book reviewers before, and I think now is a good time to discuss why they are so important.

First of all, if you write erotica, you want to know who is willing to publish reviews of erotica. It's a slim area, so build a list. If you can, support these publications & reviewers, so that they continue to support erotica as a genre. Also, as a writer, reading reviews can tell you much about the quality of your own writing, what themes are popular etc. Spend some time looking at the market, and then market yourself.

Second, if you are a non-fiction writer looking for a way 'in' with publications, reviews are a great way to make contact. Reviewers may not be paid or compensated in any way other than review copies, but reviewers have access to editors and publishers -- do well, and can that regular column of your own be far off?

Third, and perhaps more importantly, support publishers of erotic works. Help review books, as you can, and ensure the survival of the genre. If the books don't get enough review support, sales may suffer... too many soft sales, and will the publisher continue to publish erotica? Heck, will the publishers even survive?

Some of you might wish to start a site or blog to support the genre -- with links to your own works, professional biography, etc! (If you're looking for hosting for your blog, NaughtyBlog.Net is a safe place for naughty bloggers. Currently open to friends or friends-of-friends only, you can contact them and say you are a friend of Naughty Words, if you'd like.)

So, support erotica, and check out these opportunities:

Romance Junkies is looking for reviewers, editors, interviewers, and a few other folks.

eBook Reviews is open to new reviewers of ebooks.

Pink Flamingo accepts one-time or infrequent reviewers as well as regular book reviewers.

Don't overlook my older posts! Just because they are 'older' doesn't mean they aren't still valid. Here are a few examples in the area of book review opportunities:

Morphizm.com

Alternative Read

Fallen Angel

May Reviews

Cthulhu Sex

Monsters & Critics and Kirkus

All Readers

Short List of Publishers & Publications looking for reviewers

Market Watch

Erotica's been getting some heavy press lately -- at least in the UK...

In the Independent: Highbrow erotica: How porn got posh

The Guardian looks at the increase of erotica in Bedtime stories.

Something Different...

K-Y® brand TOUCH MASSAGE™ brings you True Romance stories -- where you can watch & vote on the best stories, get product coupons etc. And they are looking for stories:

"Tell us your story of the perfect date that maybe went a little bit wrong...or a lot right. And we might make a movie about it!"

Here's where you submit your story.

Compensation appears to be the "cool factor" of having your story selected for a movie.

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.

Updates & Whatnot

Closed Calls

"The Collector's Edition of Paranormal Erotica" is now closed to submissions (it was open until May, 2006).

Calls Update

Error in closing date for Lingerie Themed Anthology, now corrected.

Writing Resources

A new group at MySpace for Professional Erotica Writers.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Erotica with Bite

Tit-elation.com is seeking submissions for an upcoming vampire erotica anthology.

From Carmilla and Dracula to Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, vampires and dark sexuality have been intertwined. Tit-elation is looking for vampire erotica that embodies the sensuality and attraction of blood and flesh, fear and excitement. Seduce us with your erotic tales of vampire lust, seduction and surrender. Make us long for a sexy bloodsucking immortal. Tempt us, tease us, even terrify us a little just remember to focus on the eroticism of the vampire. Leave out the horror and gore - some blood is OK, we are looking for vampire stories after all, just don't go overboard. Arouse us and make us want to become creatures of the night.

Guidelines:

Open to stories that are original, unpublished and hetero, lesbian, and bisexual in content. Stories may be set in the past, present &/or future.

Stories should be over 2,000 words, likely between 4,000 and 6,000 words -- however, we are looking for stories which arouse and captivate the reader, and if you do that well, we'll be too excited to count words!

All stories are to be submitted via the site authors area.

All story submissions should add "Also for consideration for the Erotica with Bite Anthology" in the teaser section of the site submission form.

All stories submitted for this anthology will also be considered for site publication as well as the quarterly 'Best Of' print book, and if accepted, compensated accordingly. As such, all submissions are subject to all the usual publication guidelines and, please, no simultaneous submissions. Multiple submissions are welcome.

Deadline: 07/15/06

Compensation: One copy of the anthology per story accepted, payable upon publication. Along with your name/pen name, authors will be allowed to include a two line bio, which may include website, other publications, etc.

Questions? Contact editor@tit-elation.com

Friday, March 03, 2006

News, Tips & Updates

Closed Calls

Eros and Thanatos closed until further notice.

Writing Tips

A Sexy Writing Exercise by Susie Bright.

Phil Phantom's Guide to Writing Good Trash.

Market Watch

From USA Today: "More companies are growing smitten with new gay media ventures on the Internet, in music and print. They want to lasso a share of the expanding market of gays and lesbians spending big on everything from travel to entertainment — and the ad dollars that follow.

Marketers have chased this niche for years. But the trend has gained juice lately..."


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Book Puppy Competition

Book Puppy Competition

First prize: £100 (sterling)
Second prize: £50 (sterling)
Three runners up will also win free access to www.bookpuppy.co.uk member's area for six months

What we are looking for:

- All stories must be erotic & gay in nature - no heterosexual content please - bi-sex stories are ok

- We are looking for literary value as well as well written erotic or sex descriptions

- Consider plot, character and setting as well as the erotic content.

- We like originality and we don't like words like 'boy-cunt', 'throbbing member' and 'love-pole'

Length, style, presentation etc.

- Stories must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words in length

- Presented in Word (.doc) format - if this is not possible please contact us to discuss other formats

- Indent paragraphs and the first line of speech

- Double space twice between paragraphs - it makes on-line presentation easier to read

- Only one submission per author/pen name

- email submissions to: luke@bookpuppy.co.uk

Include on the first page:

Story title
Author Name - pen names are ok
Word Count
Your e-mail address

E-mail your submissions as attachments and copy and paste the following text into the body of your e-mail. Submissions without this text will not be considered.

I have read and understood the conditions of the bookpuppy.co.uk competition:

The judges decision is final

The work I am submitting is mine and I have copyright. I understand that if I submit another's work I am committing plagiarism and theft and not only will my story be declined but I may be reported to the appropriate authorities.

My story does not contain any nonconsensual, underage, incestuous, bestial or heterosexual content.

I will always retain copyright of my story.

For more information, see their guidelines.

Deadline for submissions: May 31st 2006.

Winners will be announced on the bookpuppy.co.uk website in June.

Wicked Words

Virgin Books Wicked Words Themed Collections Call:

Our themed erotica collections have proved to be immensely popular and we will be continuing to publish themed anthologies throughout 2006 and 2007. The themes for the continuing books are as follows:

* Sex and Shopping (deadline for stories end of April 2006)
* Sex in Public (deadline for stories end of July 2006)
* Sex with Strangers (deadline for stories end of October 2006)
* Sex with Celebrities (fictional characters only) (deadline for stories end of January 2007)

All stories need to be between 4000 and 6000 words and laid out to house style: double-spaced, printed on one side of A4 and in a point size no smaller than 12. We do not, under any circumstances, accept submissions by email. We cannot reply to all short story submissions as we
receive too many to make this possible. Competition-style rules apply: you will hear back from us only if your story has been successful.

Do you want to submit a short story to Wicked Words? See their general guidelines.