Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Gothic Vampire Erotica Contest

From Gracie Passette of Tit-Elation.com:

"How Stimulating Is Your Bite?"

Guest judge Madame Librarian is looking for stories with vampires with good bites that'll turn her on.

Madame Librarian says:

What I'd be looking for within my vampire genre is something along the lines of real vampires (not humans dressed as them who like to drink blood, etc.) that achieve sexual pleasure [orgasm optional] from the act of stalking their victim, all the way through the bite and transformation.

I also want my vampires to obtain pleasure in the more traditional sense, but I'm thinking along the lines of in the act of oral sex a bite to the thigh... things like that. Race, religion, etc. is not a factor.

Length: no more than 4000 words.

Deadline: December 31, 2006 (Midnight, Central Time)

Prize: First Place, $30 Second Place, $15

How to submit: All stories must be submitted via the Tit-Elation Author Area and are subject to the usual site Tit-Elation Submission Guidelines & compensation. Submitted works are eligible for the print anthologies, and are compensated accordingly. (If you are not already a registered author, simply read the guidelines and register here ~ it's free to register as an author.)

Winning stories will also be published by Madame Librarian at &/or linked to on her blog etc. with proper author credits.

Who is Madame Librarian? An opinionated woman who reads erotica and has the education to back up her personal preferences. She's studied Philosophy and Art History as an undergraduate focusing on the ancient cultures (Greek, Roman, Egyptian). She's received her Master of Library and Information Science degree in 1998, where she focused on Humanities and did my independent work on Erotica in Libraries. The paper she wrote for her independent work was presented at the American Library Association Conference in 2000.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Creatures of Darkness Contest

These are the creatures of mystery, characters that fascinate us with that element of the unknown and the supernatural, be it vampires, werewolves and shifters, ghosts, djinns, demons, etc. Spin us a tale of romance, or mystery. Immerse us in the lore of their ancients, weave us a saga of their exploits/adventures, tell us their story!

This contest is open to both erotic and non-erotic stories, in any one of the categories listed in the submissions guidelines page. Submissions will be judged according to the following

Criteria:

Creatures of Darkness theme: 30%
Characters: 20%
Story Structure: 20%
Plot: 20%
Syntax, Grammar: 10%
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Total 100%

Minimum Word Count: 30,000 words.

At least one of the main characters must be a creature of darkness.

Only full manuscripts are eligible to enter the contest.

Exciting prizes await the winners!

Top Prize: $200 + Publishing Contract
2nd Prize: $100 + Publishing Contract
3rd Prize: $50 + Publishing Contract

Contest Deadline: December 31, 2006

To submit:

1. Place in the subject line: Creatures of Darkness Contest: Title Author
2. Attach your synopsis and full manuscript.
3. Send to submissions@stardustpress.com

Submission details are here.

For queries, send an email to vivienne.long@stardustpress.com

Feverish Interludes

Triskelion Publishing's call for their new line, Feverish Interludes:

These books are explicit and erotic. Word Count 10K minimum - 25K maximum. Shorter Length will be considered if the story works well and creates a flame...

LUST AT FIRST SIGHT ­ CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE EXTRA PERSONAL KIND **WINK**

INTERESTED?
Read On

These stories must be filled with tension ­ sexual tension... the characters unable to resist... although fight it maybe. These stories must be well written, with strong dialogue and filled with atmosphere of the moment. I'd like to see a good hook ­ grab me from the first sentence and keep me there until the last.

Trapped: What if your heroine is trapped with a guy she doesn't know or indeed one she does know ­ maybe a life death situation­ a moment of spontaneous combustion.

Rendezvous: With a stranger­a chance meeting­or lovers from years past­or indeed a guy that the heroine has lusted after for years ­ an opportune moment brings them together.

Fantasies: Fantasy got those then put it down on paper and create a story around it… I dare you!!!!

Dangerous Liaisons: of the Paranormal kind...

Futuristic dalliances: let your imagination run wild...

Some example ideas to tempt you with. However, these stories don’t have to be around these ideas.

These stories can be ménage, BSDM, fetish etc... We'll also look at M/M and F/F and of course monogamous. What we won't accept is totally weird stuff­ no gratuitous violence or rape ­please. If in doubt ask.

Submission details: Email gnorthman@triskelionpublishing.net with a synopsis and first 3 chapters.

Compensation: E-books Royalties 39% for now.

Editors' Top 5 Tips for Adult Anthologies

If you were teaching a class to wanna-be writers in the adult markets, what would your Top 5 teaching points be?

Rachel:

1. Read the entire call for submissions, and pay very careful attention to every detail.

2. Consider whether you have the time/inclination to write for this particular publication; you don’t need to send your work to every single call for submission out there. It’s better to focus in on what you want to achieve rather than spread yourself too thin.

3. Read widely within your given genre and note the level of explicitness and what the genre’s aim is.

4. Don’t write what you think an editor will want to read; write what you want to write and then see where it might fit. Often, when I’ve tried to write something that wasn’t truly uppermost on my mind, I’ve been distracted and it showed in the writing.

5. Proofread very, very thoroughly.

Jewel:

1. Write the story just like any other.
2. Use active voice.
3. Develop characters
4. Set the scene
5. Let the sex flow from the characters, conflict, scene, etc.

Hanne:

1. Learn how to read a call for submissions and follow it.

2. Learn how to read a contract and know what you're signing.

3. Learn how to do research and apply it in your writing.

4. Learn the basic mechanics of storytelling: the difference between plot and action, how to control pacing, how to control your tone and voice, how to use point of view effectively, etc.

5. Learn how to spot a cliche at 100 paces, even in your own writing, and shoot to kill.

Susie:

I don't mean to duck your question, but I wrote a book to be as frank about this as possible. It's called: How To Write a Dirty Story


Please go here for bios on all the editors.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Gay Porn Reviewers Wanted

Another request from Constant Content:

Description: Gay porn related articles. I am looking for people to review gay porn websites, gay porn DVDs including some reviews of gay porn stars.

Price per article: $20-30
Length of article: 200+

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Online Matchmaking Services

Constant Content request:

Need a third person narrative article about the online matchmaking services. Include a mentioning of the traditional matchmaking where a matchmaker matches singles together and how it has now moved online where it is now available to anyone, anywhere. Discuss how it has changed from a person’s
intuitive insight to pairing to a more scientific process based on statistics, sociology and relationship experts. Talk about how this is geared towards singles that are seeking a soulmate. Discuss the advantages of this type of service and how it may change a person’s life for the better or even forever.

Amount of articles:1
Price per article:$10-20
Length of article:300

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Asian Spice

Call for Submissions for Asian Spice.

Zane is seeking submissions for Asian Spice: The Eroticanoir.com Anthology to be published by ATRIA/Simon and Schuster. Stories must prominently feature Asians in one or more of the key roles and contain some sort of Asian theme. Stories should be between 2,500-3,500 in length (no
longer). Stories must not just be strictly sex-filled but must actually have a storyline and character development.

The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2007. Please allow 4-5 months for a response to your submissions as the submissions process will be very competitive.

Contributors will be paid a one-time fee of $300 and receive 5 complimentary copies of the finished book.

Emailed submissions will not be accepted. All submissions must be double-spaced with 1" margins and in 12-pt. Times New Roman font or will not be considered.

Please send your submissions to:

Strebor Books/Simon and Schuster,
ATTN: Asian Spice
PO Box 6505
Largo, MD 20792

Coming Together: For the Cure

Phaze is now accepting submissions for an anthology of erotic romance to benefit breast cancer research.

Title: Coming Together: For the Cure
Editor: Alessia Brio
Publisher: Phaze
Tentative Release Date: August 14, 2007 (eBook), October 2007 (print)
Submissions Due: June 1, 2007

At some point, virtually everyone's life is touched in some way by breast cancer. Whether it's a friend or family member, or even yourself, the journey is one of courage and compassion. Phaze continues its tradition of fundraising for this cause with Coming Together: For the Cure, an
anthology of erotic romance edited by Alessia Brio.

We invite you to participate in this philanthropic project by contributing a short story. Accepted authors will receive a one-time payment for inclusion and author copies in print (when available) and eBook formats. ALL net proceeds from this book will benefit the Susan G. Komen
Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.

Coming Together has never felt this good!

Story Length: We're looking for stories up to 15K words. All pairings and sub-genres will be considered. Stories need not deal with breast cancer or have a breast-related plot. Please visit the Phaze website for formatting guidelines and send your submissions to submissions@phaze.com with FOR THE CURE STORY
SUBMISSION in the subject header.

NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS FOR THIS ANTHOLOGY PLEASE! Reprints will be considered only if you have complete control of the rights.

Faith Based Dating Article

Constant Content article request:

Need a third person narrative article about the online faith based dating services. Discuss how these services are geared towards singles that are seeking someone of a specific faith. In general terms, not specific to any faith, discuss how these niche-dating services has helped singles to narrow down the dating pool with a database of like minded singles. Talk about the advantages of finding, meeting and building relationships based on faith and how easy it is to do so through a religious dating service.

Amount of articles:1
Price per article:$10-20
Length of article:300

Monday, October 16, 2006

Erotic Travel Adventures

Pack your bags for a second vacation with Alyson’s exciting new "travelrotica" series.

Tales Of Travelrotica For Gay Men, Volume 2

The response has been overwhelming to our first collection of erotic stories in exotic lands, and so we are pleased to open a call for our next volume. Whether by plane, by boat, by car or by train, we are looking for the best stories your imagination can fuel of men who love men. So,
take us far, far away, for a sizzling tale of erotic exploits.

Please submit all original stories to erotica@alyson.com, along with name and pseudonym, as well as contact info and a short bio. In the subject line, add the name of the anthology for which your story is intended.

Length: 2,500 – 4,000 words
Deadline: December 1, 2006
Tentative Publication: Summer 2007

Tales Of Travelrotica For Lesbians, Volume 2

The response has been overwhelming to our first collection of erotic stories in exotic lands, and so we are pleased to open a call for our next volume. Whether by plane, by boat, by car or by train, we are looking for the best stories your imagination can fuel of women who love women.
So, take us far, far away, for a sizzling tale of erotic exploits.

Length: 2,500 – 4,000 words
Deadline: December 1, 2006
Tentative Publication: Summer 2007

Please submit all original stories to erotica@alyson.com, along with name and pseudonym, as well as contact info and a short bio. In the subject line, add the name of the anthology for which your story is intended.

Note: Please, only one entry per author, so send us your best one! Due to the number of submissions we receive, only the authors whose stories are chosen will be contacted.

For more information on both calls, see the submission guidelines.

American Sexuality

American Sexuality call for articles.

They are particularly interested in strengthening coverage of two areas:

* Policy analysis in the areas of reproductive and sexual health
* The relationship between sexual literacy and individuals in their communities

Researchers and writers, graduate students, and community-based advocates and practitioners are encouraged to submit proposals for articles in these areas.

See link for more information.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Extras for Sex Ed Films Sought

Tristan Taormino is looking for 4 male/female couples, 21-39 years old, to appear as extras in two sex ed movies she's shooting for Vivid.

Here are the details:

I am looking for male/female couples; you don't have to be a real couple, but I would like to cast people in pairs, so if you're a single person who's interested, find a friend of another gender and apply together. I need people who look as vanilla/middle America as possible, which means few or no tattoos, no piercings, no punk rock hair, etc. (Sorry, this is not my aesthetic, but it's the one I have to shoot). You will be playing a member of the audience of 2 sex workshops -- one on anal sex and one on cunnilingus. You'll be watching the workshop and a demonstration of techniques, and you may be given a question to ask the teacher. You should be comfortable having your face shown in the video. You must have at least one form of photo identification issued by the U.S. Government (driver's license or passport) and provide your own transportation to and from the location. The shoot is Sunday, October 21, at a location in Woodland Hills, CA (in the Valley) and it will probably be an 8 hour day. You'll get food, $50, copies of the two DVDs when they come out, and bragging rights to tell your friends, "I was in a porn movie."

If you are interested, please email colten@puckerup.com with the following info:

- your names and ages
- please attach a photo of you and your partner to the email

Thanks in advance, Tristan Taormino

Complete Woman Magazine

Complete Woman Magazine (by Associated Publications, Inc.) is 90% Freelance written.

A bimonthly magazine "for today's busy women" they are open to queries for articles about sex, love, and relationships (among the usual mag fare).

Length: 800 - 2,000 Words
Compensation: $160-400 (approx .30/word)

Submission: Query with published clips via snail mail (be sure to include your email address):

For All The Women You Are
Associated Publications, Inc.
875 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 3434
Chicago, IL 60611

(312)266-8680

Contacts: Lora Wintz, Executive Editor, or Tasha Downing

Editing Anthologies

Continuing the talk with editors about editing anthologies:

Given time restraints, number or submissions received etc, what sort of actual editing are you willing (and able) to do with submissions?

Rachel: I do very light line editing, but I won't accept a story that would require a lot of work because I simply do not have time to do any major revisions, so I accept the stories that I think are the best ones. I'll correct for grammar or ask authors to revise if something doesn't make sense, but for the most part I let the stories speak for themselves.

Hanne: It depends entirely upon the piece. I have, in a few cases, worked with
authors on ground-up rewrites, but that's rare. I'd prefer to take on a
piece which requires relatively little structural editing.

Susie: For BAE, little to none, because it's reprints. For original anthologies and periodicals, I would give my full professional attention as an editor, from soup to nuts.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Aphrodite's Apples Call for Submissions

Romance! Sensuality! And all the delicious fruits that Aphrodite bears!

Aphrodite's Apples is looking for fresh, well-written stories to add to our eBook and print lines. We are currently seeking manuscripts in the areas of fantasy, science fiction, contemporary, dark romance, romantic comedy, historical, time travel, paranormal, romantic suspense, horror, and western. Stories should have romance as a key element in the plot,
whether they are a traditional romance, or erotica.

Book Length/Word Count

Short & Sweet: 10,000-30,000
Novella: 30,001-45,000
Novel: 45,001-70,000
Lengthy Novel: 70,001-100,000
Opus: 100,000+

We are also accepting short stories of 5K and up for anthologies, and right now we are accepting submissions for our Masquerade and Regency Romp series. However, we welcome all well-written short stories, so send us a pitch if you have something else in mind.

Author royalties are generally set at 40% of retail price, as determined by the publisher, and at 10% for POD and print runs. However, contracts are negotiable and will be available for review if your submission is accepted.

For more information, read the http://www.aphroditesapples.com/submissions.htm target=_blank>guidelines and submission details.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Flesh to Flesh

Strebor Books/Atria, a division of Simon & Schuster, is accepting submissions for Flesh to Flesh (tentative title), a gay erotic anthology that will be edited by Lee Hayes and published in fall 2007 or early 2008. This anthology is an opportunity for up-and-coming writers to gain national exposure as the anthology will be available in all major bookstores.

Stories must be erotic and if you have no idea what my idea of erotica is, I suggest reading Chocolate Flava, edited by Zane. We are not looking for stories with weak, sugar-coated sex. Nor am I looking for stories that are nothing but fluff. There must be a storyline and characters
readers can get into. Stories cannot be degrading to either sex. In fact, they should empower the reader to discover sexual liberation.

Selected authors will be paid a one time fee of $100 and receive 5 complimentary copies of the anthology. Stories must be between 3,000 and 5,000 words. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2006.

All submissions must be sent to:

Strebor Books International
ATTN: LEE HAYES
PO Box 6505
Largo, MD 20792

Relationship Advice Articles

A request at Constant Content:

Amount of articles:1000+

Price per article:$10-20

Length of article:800+

Subjects: Relaxation techniques; how to deal with getting dumped; ways to improve concentration, memory; self-improvement.

Other notes: All articles are to be based on a theme of relationship break down.

Not 'sexual' but in the scope of many sex columnists ;)

Visit our site Been-Dumped.com for a feel for members and what were looking for.

To submit articles, login at constant-content.com

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Hot Chocolate

Do you like a little sex with your chocolate candy? Does a decadent piece of dark chocolate get you in the mood? Then submit an erotic short story to the Hot Chocolate anthology.

I am putting together a proposal for Cleis Press of erotica that involves chocolate. Chocolate must figure into the piece prominently, but it can be pre-coital, post-coital, or while the, er, action is taking place. Be creative! Be kinky!

If the project is accepted, it should pay $50.00 each.

1. Stories should be in first person POV, 2,000-5,000 words in length and unpublished anywhere (including the web). No poetry or art work will be accepted.

2. Stories should be in 12 pt Times New Roman, paginated, and should be sent in RTF format. Contact information should appear on the first page, along with the actual word count.

3. Stories can be either heterosexual, bisexual, or lesbian/gay in content.

4. Be creative! Only 10-12 stories will be selected.

5. Please include a bio of 100 words in your email cover letter.

6. Stories sould be sent to hotchocolateanthology@yahoo.com . Please write "submission" in the subject line.

7. Deadline is November 15, 2006 for submissions. Expect a reply no earlier than January 10, 2007.

Purple Panties

Zane is seeking submissions for Purple Panties. Stories must prominently feature lesbian activities with African-Americans in one or more of the key roles. Stories should be between 2,500-3,500 in length (no longer). Stories must not just be strictly sex-filled but must actually have a storyline and character development.

The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2007. Please allow 4-5 months for a response to your submissions as the submissions process will be very competitive. Contributors will be paid a one-time fee of $200 and receive 5 complimentary copies of the finished book.

Emailed submissions will not be accepted.

All submissions must be double-spaced with 1" margins and in 12-pt. Times New Roman font or will not be considered. Please send your submissions to:
Strebor Books/Simon and Schuster
ATTN: PP
PO Box 6505
Largo, MD 20792

Monday, October 09, 2006

Gender Crash Open Call

Seeking submissions for Gender Crash's monthly column Oneshot.

Looking for pieces that are non-fiction, about queerness, class, race, gender, transgender, gender queer, queer politics, anti-violence work, and/or community building.

Submissions should no more than 2000 words, no graphic sex, sent via email in body or word attachment to gendercrash at gmail.com.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Kink Anthology

We are creating an anthology of autobiographical stories about when you first discovered your interest in kink – D/s, S/m, fetish, voyeurism, etc. – and how it affected you. Tell us about pulling that girl’s hair on the playground and how you later discovered your love for doing rope bondage...or about your first cross dressing fantasy, and what it felt like to acknowledge your interest in lingerie! Stories do not have to contain erotic imagery, but if a sexual act or fantasy is part of your story, feel free to include that content.

Stories should be original works of 1,000-3,000 words, written in English, and submitted electronically to kinkanthologies@gmail.com in .doc or .rtf format (NOT .pdf) by November 15, 2006. No payment is available at this time, but accepted stories will be published in the anthology and all accepted authors will be asked for a short bio with website or contact information. Please include ALL of the following information: Name, Pseudonym/Pen name, Email address, Telephone number; story title, copyright date (if any) and word count. All information submitted is confidential and will not be publicly released without permission from the author.

We welcome stories from authors of all ages, genders and sexual orientations, all races and ethnicities and national origins. We would like this anthology to represent the scope of kink – the age at which it starts, the feeling it evokes, and the meaning it creates in one’s life. As we would like this volume to be useful to academics as well as readers, please include some chronological reference about the year or era in which the narrative takes place. Stories may be previously published or unpublished.

We regret that we cannot publish poetry or any story that depicts an act which would be considered illegal in the author’s state or country of residence at the time it occurred; please refrain from sending work that would be unacceptable for publication, according to the above guidelines.

Talking with Anthology Editors, Part Five

Continuing the talk with editors Hanne Blank, Susie Bright, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Jewel Scott, we discuss some of the myths about anthologies and editors:

Editors are only looking for established authors in the genre.

Susie: Editors may need a few famous names for the publicity, but most of their chapters are going to be "unknowns" or reliable, if unheralded, working authors.

Jewel: If an editor is only interested in established authors, s/he should be issuing only invitations to an anthology. A general call is for all writers; if the editor does not consider all writers, s/he is narrowing the pool of potentially excellent stories.

Hanne: I personally don't care, being that I'd rather publish good writing, and have published many new writers. However, there is always publisher pressure to make sure you have some names in there that will sell books through name recognition, so that's a factor for a lot of editors.

Rachel: I like to have a mix of writers and am always happy to discover writers whose work is new to me, though I do often approach authors I've worked with previously because I know that when I see their submission, more than likely, it's going to be a great one. So I'll have my wish list of writers I'd like to include and then many others; and you have to send your call to many more people than you could accept for a given book because not all will be able to submit a story. Sometimes I like a story but there's no room or a repeat theme, so if I do a sequel down the road, I might want to include it later.

Editors receive huge advances; editors get larger royalties than single author works (i.e. "Editors get rich.")

Hanne: Um, no. No, no, no, and no. And I'd love to know where these "huge advances" are for anthology editors, so I can apply to do a book for them.

Writers need to realize that most anthologies capitalize on the desire people have to see their names in print and/or their commitment to producing a particular collection of work; anthology authors are not paid particularly well, and neither are the editors. Smaller and midsize presses offer somewhere between $1000 and $4000 advance for an anthology. Usually editors end up using at least 50% and sometimes considerably more of an advance to pay the authors. So let's say you have a $2000 advance (not unusual for erotica collections) and you have 18 contributors and you're paying each of them $100. That's $1800, which leaves the editor with $200 of that advance to his or her name after s/he writes the checks to the contributors. Divide that $200 by the number of hours that editor spends working on the book and you get something far, far less than minimum wage. They call these things "a labor of love" for a reason.

Seriously, if you're trying to make money, anthologies are the completely wrong place to be trying to do that. Try journalism for the national magazines instead -- their per-word rates aren't bad at all.

As for royalties, I have not gotten better royalty rates for edited volumes than for my own single-author titles. In fact it has been the opposite.

Rachel: Unless you're working for a major publisher, this is absolutely not true. With the smaller publishers, usually the editor pays the authors out of their advances and you might walk away with a little bit extra, and then wait to see if the book sells out and you get royalties. One of the publishers I've worked with, Alyson, handles the contracts and payments to authors instead of the editor having to do it.

Susie: If the book sells over 100,000 copies, then you might imagine the editor receives a healthy advance. Otherwise, they are toiling in privation, along with everyone else.

Editors typically get royalties on a book, whereas authors get a rights fee. Some authors are involved in royalty deals, but it is such a management hassle for editors, on books that remain in print for years, that it's not common.

The reason most authors agree to reprints or anthology deals is that they want the exposure. The money is not terrific, although it can add up if you're popular.

Editors get rich... hmmm. Well I guess Anna Wintour does. That's really an uninformed point of view.

Editors pay author compensation out of their own pockets

Rachel: It depends; I've done both, usually paying them out of my advance and then hopefully getting royalties down the road (I've yet to receive royalties from any of the books I've edited).

Jewel: No, editors do no pay out of their own pockets. Nor do they get the lion share. Compensation is generally stated up front. If the author is not willing to accept the compensation offered, don't submit to the anthology. The editor's work is only beginning with the editing. Publishers and distribution have to be secured.

Hanne: Smart editors don't. I suppose stupid editors might, though. Editors should be paying author compensation out of the advance for the book, which is not a salary to the editor. It is an advance on the book's sales -- the best way to think of it is as operating capital, money that the publisher
gives you so that you can get the book done, and in the case of anthologies, getting the book done partly means paying the authors. The editor's "salary," insofar as s/he gets one at all, comes in the form of royalties, down the line.

Susie: Sometimes they do, but that would typically be because the publisher is paying the editor a sum to package the book, and the editor pays for everything out of that sum. More typically the author payments are a separate line item from the advance. There's a budget. But it's harder and harder to say "typical." A contract is anything you can get two people to agree to.

Editors no longer need to query or pitch works -- 'everyone' comes to them.

Susie: Uh, no.

Rachel: I send out queries and get rejections (or non-answers) all the time, especially with nonfiction, but with erotica as well. It's the same process even if you've edited books. Sometimes I'll get invited to submit to anthologies via a private call for submissions or other solicitation from an editor, but for the most part I still review calls for submissions and write my own stories and submit them the same way I've been doing since I started in 2000. I consider my writing and editing separate; they access different parts of my brain and personality; editing is a little more businesslike for me while the writing is more creative.

Hanne: Untrue. It took me three years to sell the book that's coming out in March 2007, ya know?

Editing is easier than writing.

Susie: Again, uniformed.

Rachel: It's just a different kind of work; writing is a lot more solitary while editors need to be able to deal with people patiently and tactfully and also have ongoing relationships with authors. The actual editing, in my experience, is mostly about compiling and gathering the best stories I can find, and often that means asking several times and tracking down favorite authors and stories that fit a given theme. Editing is more time-consuming than writing because to some extent it's out of your control; you're relying on authors to send in fabulous stories, and if you don't receive the stories you were hoping for, you have to dig for them, but it's also incredibly satisfying to get to pay writers and compile the stories together and see them in their final form.

Hanne: Editing is different than writing. It uses a different set of skills. Personally I find writing, generally speaking, to be far easier than editing, and I would much rather write than edit.

Being an editor is 'better than' or a 'step up' from being an author.

Rachel: I disagree. I think many, if not most, editors of anthologies are also authors so there's an understanding of what authors are dealing with. It's not an either/or proposition.

Susie: Really? Every author is an editor, on some level, and vice versa. You have to know both hats pretty well to work in the trade for any length of time. Magazine editors are certainly in roles where they supervise groups of authors, so in some hierarchies, yes, an editor might be above an author on the corporate ladder. But freelance editors are not "above" anyone, in that sense.

Hanne: They're symbiotic relatives to one another. Without writers editors have nothing to edit, without editors writers have a hard time getting their writing out in front of the public. I don't see it as a hierarchical arrangement but a codependent one.

Jewel: Being an editor is not better, easier or a step up from writing. It is different. The skills I use as an editor are different from those as a writer.

Editors of anthologies do not need to promote themselves or their books like authors of individual works do.

Susie: My God, where do you get these imaginary notions? They're all so funny, or sad. Anyone who believed in any of them would never get anywhere.

Rachel: Since your royalties are based on how much the book sells, I think it's up to an editor to do their best to promote their work, and it also benefits you because if your books do well, other publishers will want to work with you in the future. I do my best to track any reviews or blog mentions about my books and also send authors any reviews that favorably single out their work. The more you do to promote your books the better it is for your reputation as an author and for your sales, and it helps build for whatever you're going to do next. I think it'd be a fallacy to say that anthology editors don't need to work hard to promote their books. I try to target specific blogs, publications or communities that might like a particular book I've edited. For instance, I just sent Naughty Spanking Stories from A to Z to Katie Spades of the blog http://spankingkatiespades.com and she, predictably, really enjoyed the book. You have to be creative, especially with erotica, about how you spread the word but it can be done. That book's been mentioned in my college newspaper as a gift guide recommendation as well as on erotic sites. You can also use blogs, MySpace, etc., to reach out to potential readers.

Hanne: In some ways this is true, since the editor of an anthology should by rights be less of a persona within the work than the writer of a single-author work should be within that work. But any book benefits from promotion, and it also won't kill you, as an editor, to have more people know your name.
People do buy books (both on the publisher level and the reader level) to some extent based on name recognition, so you might as well.

Jewel said to say she was "too busy laughing" at the question to reply. ;)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

39 and Holding...Him - Stories of Sex Over 40

Phaze, the erotic romance arm of Mundania Press, is accepting submissions for "39 and Holding...Him - Stories of Sex Over 40".

Editor: Robin Slick

Tentative Release Date: August 14, 2007 (eBook), October, 2007 (print)

No simultaneous submissions for this anthology please!

Calling all heroines over 40! We want to read your most vivid fantasies, live vicariously through your smoldering passions, and delight in your continued defiance against gravity. Authors don't necessarily have to be over 40 to submit, the only requisites for this anthology are that:

1) all stories must be primarily heterosexual (M/F, but if a gal can get two hunks for the price of one orgasm or do more than flirt with the lady next door, we'll take a look at that, too!)

2) all heroines must be portrayed as 40 and over (and everybody involved must be of legal age, of course), and

3) all stories must burn longer than the hottest flash.

You know the poem that goes "When I'm an old woman I will wear purple?" How about turning HIM purple? How about taking Demi and Ashton to the next level? How about stories of reunited passion with a high school sweetheart after spending decades apart? How about rekindling the fire
with hubby on your 30th anniversary? The kids are gone, the pets have run away, it's just you and him. Make the most of it, then tell us about it!

All sub-genres will be considered for this anthology: interracial, BBW, contemporary, romantic comedy, historical, etc. Show us that love and passion are timeless.

STORY LENGTH: We're looking anywhere from 5K-15K. Please visit the Phaze website for formatting guidelines, and when you're ready send your submissions to: submissions@phaze.com with OVER 40 STORY SUBMISSION in the subject header. Reprints will be considered if you have complete control of the rights.

Compensation: Accepted stories will receive the standard Phaze contract for multi-author anthologies.

Submissions Due: June 1, 2007

ABOUT THE EDITOR: Robin Slick is the author of Three Days in New York City, Another Bite of the Apple, and Buenos Noches, Justine, light-hearted erotic comedies published by Mundania/Phaze Press. Robin's short stories have appeared in print and on the web—everywhere from heady places
like In Posse Review and Slow Trains Literary Journal to give-heady places like Clean Sheets. She lives vicariously through her rock star offspring Julie and Eric Slick, who were featured in the Picturehouse Films documentary, Rock School, and are now members of the Adrian Belew Power Trio.

Breath & Shadow: A Journal of Literature and Disability Culture

Breath & Shadow is a new, monthly online journal of poetry, fiction, drama, essays, and other writing BY people with disabilities (mental, physical, emotional, sensory, etc.) on ANY topic. (Does not have to be about disability.)

Not specifically erotic, but will consider all well-written submissions by people of all genders/orientations with disabilities.

Compensation: $5-25

This is an on-going, open call.

For more information, see their guidelines &/or contact Sharon Wachsler, Editor at breathandshadow (at) aol.com.

Queer and Catholic Anthology

This anthology seeks to explore positively or negatively how being raised Catholic informs our queerness and how our queerness affects our Catholicism. We are not interested in essays exploring whether or not queers and the Catholic church can co-exist together or how and why the church should change, but instead would like to explore the impact growing up Catholic and queer has on us as individuals, writers, and political agents. We are really more interested in the culture of Catholicism rather than the dogma or letter of it. Tell us about it from your heart, not your head.

Personal essays, narrative prose, and creative nonfiction preferred.

Previously unpublished work only.

Length: 1,500 - 5,000 words

Deadline: November 1, 2006

To be published by the Haworth Press, for a publication date in mid 2007.

Please email for full guidelines: pussywhippedproductions (at) hotmail.com

Halloween Contest at Lusty Library

The Lusty Library, an online erotic fiction archive, is celebrating the month of October with its second annual Halloween Fiction Contest. Any story submitted between now and October 30th that centers on Halloween - be it a hot Halloween night or a sexy story featuring real ghosts and goblins - is eligible, with the first, second and third place stories winning cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50 respectively.

Along with a Halloween theme, the entries must be either Straight or Lesbian erotic stories, at least 1000 words long as well as grammatically and structurally correct. This is the second year that Lusty Library has held the Halloween Contest and it marks a milestone for the popular site: last year’s contest was the site's first and inaugurated the tradition. Past contests include a summer contest centered on Superheroes and another that partnered the fiction archive with sex toy company, Adam & Eve.

The results of the contest will be announced on Halloween so that all of the Lusty readers can heat up their night by reading the winning entries.

For more information and the archive's usual requirements for submission, visit Lusty Library.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Chroma

Chroma is a queer literary journal which welcomes submissions from all writers who identify as queer, regardless of sex and sexuality.

Stories should be between 2,500 and 4,000 words, and must not have been published elsewhere.

For more information, see their submission guidelines at the website.

Compensation: Contact editor for rates.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Naked on the Internet (Interviews Wanted)

Audacia Ray is looking for women to interview for her book, Naked on the Internet:

"I'm in the process of writing a book about female sexuality and the internet, including chapters on dating/hooking up; sex blogging; sex worker advertising and networking; wives and girlfriends of partners who indulge in sexual activities online; sexual health and online support communities; and technology that enables physical sexual encounters. If you participate in any of these activities and would like to be interviewed, please email me!"

Her email is dacia@wakingvixen.com.

(Please remember The House Rules!)

Monday, October 02, 2006

Hanne Blank News

Hanne has announced her 'retirement' from erotica. I knew this prior to publishing the series, but since she had sounded as if it wasn't public knowledge, I didn't mention it. And, like Hanne, I believe editing is editing, be it non-fiction anthologies or works that are not sexual. In fact, Jewel Scott doesn't only edit adult works. So I didn't find Hanne's retirement appropriate to mention or overly important to the interview series at that time.

However, now Hanne's made her announcement, so I thought I would share.

Aside from 'news' there is insight for other authors about moving on to other writings.

One personal note I wanted to mention is that I am quoted in her post and it sounds as if I was 'demanding' a reason from Hanne regarding her decision. For the record, my comment was not demanding, but one of blurted surprise. I hope Hanne knows that ;)

Nineteenth Annual Independent and Small Press Book Fair

To be held on December 2nd and 3rd, at the Small Press Center, in midtown Manhattan.

For more information, visit here.

Talking with Anthology Editors, Part Four

Continuing our talk with editors, I now ask a question we all want to know: How do we avoid that dreaded "No" pile?

What are you looking for when you read submissions? What makes a submission land in the 'automatic "no" pile'?

Jewel: The single item that will land a submission in the "No" pile is bad spelling and grammar. I simply do not have the time, energy or inclination to play 10th grade English teacher. Of course we all make errors from time to time. Those are easily and quickly fixed. However, a manuscript that requires corrections in almost every line is simply unacceptable. This is the biggest mistake most authors make, in my opinion. In a day when almost all of us have a computer, there is no reason for this. It doesn't matter what platform or program, they all have grammar and spell check.

Rachel: I'm looking for stories that are laid out correctly (double spaced, professional looking) and then ones that are sexy, creative, and memorable. It's hard to say precisely, and I hesitate to be too specific in calls for submissions because if I say I want stories about, say, rope bondage, I'm afraid they'll all turn out the same. Largely what I'm looking for is something I'd never in a million years have thought of myself, something wildly creative and exciting that makes me want to reread it over and over again. Two of my favorite authors that I'd love to publish in all my books are Stan Kent and Donna George Storey. Both approach their given topics with such a flair for the actual writing, it's almost poetic and incredibly passionate and often subtle, but undeniably sexy.

Automatic nos are anything formatted improperly or full of typos that distract from the writing. Also stale, cliched writing, and any stories that repeat themes I've seen in other submissions. You may think your idea is original, and of course you can't know what other people will write, but making it as unique as possible will ensure there won't be another story like it in the slush pile.

Susie: Poor writing. I can forgive anything else. Even people who neglect to include a phone number, email, address - who single space, handwrite in pencil, and smear jam on the page - are all redeemable if their writing takes my breath away.

Hanne: Top 9 Things That Put A Submission Into The "OH HELL NO" Pile:

1. Submission is inappropriate for the venue: someone has clearly mistaken your call for submissions for essays about toothpaste for a call for submissions for poetry about station wagons.

2. Submission is egregiously incorrectly formatted. If I ask for "double spaced, one inch margins, 12-point Times Roman or Courier, plain white paper, no staples, title of work at the top right of each page, no author name on manuscript" and someone sends me a stapled single-spaced ms. on ivory resume paper printed in Copperplate Gothic with their name at the top of every page, it goes into the round file. Period. If you can't follow directions on something that simple, I don't want to work with you.

3. Awful spelling. Seriously, people, they invented spellcheckers and dictionaries for a reason.

4. Awful grammar. I don't trust most word processor grammar checkers any further than I could throw them, and neither should you, but unless you are the very model of a modern-day grammarian and reasonably sure that you've not committed any noticeable sins, you certainly should have at least one or
two other people read your work before you send it out. Reading aloud to others is another good way to help catch your errors.

5. Awful punctuation. Punctuation is not, in point of fact, primarily intended to serve as rhythmic notation. If you find yourself using ellipses, em-dashes, or commas as a means of trying to denote how one would speak if one were saying your text aloud in conversation, chances are excellent that you are misusing the punctuation. The unfortunate Internet usage of stringing together paragraph - or even page-length swamps of verbiage with the use of ellipses, rather than simply breaking it up into individual sentences and clauses, grates upon my nerves with particular severity.

6. Just Plain Wrong Things. Just Plain Wrong Things are evidence that the writer has not done his or her homework. They are things that are just plain wrong, from a factual perspective, or so incredibly unlikely as to be (unless their unlikeliness is explained in the story itself) tantamount to being Just Plain Wrong. For an extremely egregious example, the submission I once received in which the writer had his male protagonist fucking the female protagonist in her clitoris. All I could do was wince when I read it and toss it into the "no thank you" pile. For another, a story submitted to me, set in Alaska, which had "natives" speaking a language called "Eskimo." If you have to ask me why that's wrong, then you too need to go do your homework.

I should add that the presence of Just Plain Wrong Things does not necessarily mean that a story is awful, but it does tend to telegraph the fact that the author is gleefully pulling things out of his or her rear end and does not really care about the details. Also, JPWTs are apparently a lot like potato chips in that a story with obvious JPWTs usually doesn't just have one, but many. I suppose that if an author can't be bothered to JFGI (Just Fucking Google It) for one fact, s/he probably hasn't been bothered to do it at all.

Every once in a blue moon I'll accept a story that includes some small brainfart-caliber JPWT, but only if it's the only thing that's really wrong with the piece.

7. Mary Sueism. Mary Sues, and their male compatriots the Gary Stus, are characters who are idealized to the breaking point, either flawless or with unreasonably romanticized flaws. Minus several million additional points for each way in which the Mary Sue resembles the author of the piece. Also, I will laugh at you, and perhaps even tell my friends about it, if you give your Mary Sue your own name.

8. Preaching. Any story that exists primarily to preach some viewpoint or another is out pretty much automatically. You want to write a sermon, fine, but don't do it by putting it in the mouth of your fictional character and then expect me to buy it as a story.

9. Things That Are Too Damn Easy. This is a trickier category to define, but basically it boils down to verisimilitude. Is what you're writing, and the way you write about it, believable? This is a matter of forethought and research, in part, but it's also a matter of skill and willingness to do the work: good writers can take the incredible and make it completely credible, and in fact they do so all the time. Lazy and/or bad writers, on the other hand, just make editors cross because they waste our time with dreck.

For more information on the editors, see Part One.