Saturday, December 29, 2007

Seeking Submissions For An Anthology On Single Parenting

This anthology is open to not only single mothers and fathers but also adult children of single parent households. This is an honest, no holds barred account of the joys and pains, the triumphs and difficulties of single family households. This is your opportunity to tell your story and your whole truth beyond the baby mama/daddy clich├ęs.

Submission deadline is April 2008.

For the full call for submission, email Editor Bassey Ikpi at basseyworldpress_at_gmail.com

Editor's Note: I have no idea how open they are to 'adult' pieces; but in my experiences, 'sex' & 'dating', as well as the birds n' bees stuff, are large parts of the single parenting story. However, please check with the editor of the anthology.

Found via Chloe Jo.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Lesbian Writers/Reporters Wanted

Coach Sappho® is looking for writers/reporters.

You must be lesbian or interested in serving the lesbian community.

Right now positions are voluntary. In exchange you'll network with some very interesting folks.

If you are interested in learning more, email Barb Elgin at barb _at_ barbelgin.com.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context

Intersections, an electronic journal dedicated to research and teaching in the area of Gender Studies in the Asian region, has a list of issues for which they are seeking submissions

While the listing is by theme, they are open to interviews with activists and/or feminists, book reviews, and papers outside the issue's main focus (but on the publication's main theme) for each issue.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Naughty Guide

I just had a great review (for my other site) at The Naughty Guide. You can find the details on how to submit here, but basically it's just a link to their site and a form submit.

Lucrezia Magazine

Forthcoming erotic ezine, Lucrezia Magazine, is set for launch in February 2008, to enable reading time for submissions. (Meanwhile, you can keep up at their blog.)

The magazine will focus on erotic fiction, art and other pieces (articles, essays, opinion) exploring established erotic realms as well as those which are uncharted, or have fallen into the cracks. Articles, fiction, reviews, art, photography, essays, opinion, and other enticements (e.g. sex blog of the month, theme issues, themed competitions.), all of which are to be composed with the zeal of a savvy and fresh succubus or satyr. Passion for erotica, art, and creativity is a must.

Details on submissions can be found here.

The editor says, "It will definitely be a paying gig. We'd like to be the place who sets the bar once again, as many online publications (not limited to erotic publications) request submissions and offer no payment, and writing/creating isn't really an easy gig."

These are the preliminary rates, in US dollars:

Full Length Fiction (1000-6000 words): $20.00

Flash Fiction/Quickie (500-1000): $10.00

Essay/Opinion/Confessional (1000-1500 words): $10.00

Reviews (500 words): $10.00

Photography/Art: To be negotiated with the artist/photographer.

Articles (500-1000 words)

At the initial stage, we are looking at receiving unsolicited work. The rate for unsolicited articles will be $10.00.

Writers are welcome to query, as we are looking at commissioning articles. The rate for solicited articles will be $15.00.

The above rates will be paid subsequent to the signed author/artist agreement, on publication.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Men of Color Erotica Book

Burrow Publishing is seeking submissions for the hottest and rawest erotica (gay and bisexual) book compilation to drop in 2008. Stories should prominently feature men of color (e.g. Brothas, Papis, Caribbean men, Middle Eastern, etc.) and the various types of men (e.g. Thugz, Bears, Bourgie, etc.) Stories should be fresh, unique, and sex-filled, but also have an engaging storyline and character development. We are open to various writing styles, content, and sub-genres. Only one requirement. You know what turns you on. Unleash what you got and show us your skills. Non-fiction stories will also be considered. Selected authors will be paid a one time fee of $50.00 per story and receive 10 complimentary copies of the book.


This erotica book compilation is an opportunity for new writers to gain national exposure and for established authors to expand their body of work. Stories must be between 2,500 and 5,000 words. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2007. Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for a response to your submissions. Email submissions will not be accepted. However, email inquiries are okay.

Email: info@burrowpublishing.com

Please note: Stories that have been previously published in any format (including postings on the Internet) will not be accepted. If you are interested in submitting a story, write your best story and submit to:

Burrow Publishing, LLC
P.O. Box 7091
Princeton, New Jersey 08743
United States

REQUIRED: Please include your contact information and a brief biography. Your contact information should include your full name, current mailing address, phone number, and an email address. You must be 18 years or older.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Wicked Winter Escapes

Winter will be here before we know it so let's get things heated up with another contest! I want to know how you keep things heated up in the bedroom (or in any other room of the house or outside or whatever turns you on)! I want something that's going to steam up the windows and make things combust into flames.

The rules are simple:
Make it HOT!
500 words or less.
It should take place in the winter.
You must be 18 years of age to enter this contest.

Absolutely NO bestiality, incest, sex with minors, or extreme violence!

Prizes? Of course there are prizes!

FIRST PRIZE: $25 and a free e-book
SECOND PRIZE: $15 and a free e-book
THIRD PRIZE: $10 and a free e-book
** Honorable mentions may be chosen to receive a free e-book at our discretion.


Submissions to the contest should be sent to contest@inkyblueallusions.net with "contest" in the subject line.

By submitting your story in the contest you must agree to allow Inky Blue Allusions to publish your story on the site and use it for promotional purposes if it is chosen as one of the winner or for an honorable mention.

Contest Deadline: November 30th, 2007

Monday, October 01, 2007

Lusty Library's 3rd Annual Halloween Fiction Contest

The Lusty Library (http://www.lustylibrary.com), one of the premiere online communities for erotic literature, is celebrating the month of October with its third annual Halloween Fiction Contest.

Any story submitted between October 1st and October 29th 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 $200, $100 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 third Halloween contest for the site and remains its most popular yearly outing, though the site has offered other popular contests such as this summer's Pirate-theme one.

"There's something about the magic of Halloween," explains the Lusty Librarian, the site's moderator, who will be acting as judge this year. "It brings out the creativity in a huge number of our writers. It makes for great stories and for a great contest. It'll be a difficult decision for me to make but someone has to do it!"

The results of the contest will be announced October 30th, so that all of the Lusty readers can celebrate the holiday by reading the winning stories.

For more information and the archive's usual requirements for submission, visit Lusty Library (http://www.lustylibrary.com).

About Lusty Library:

LustyLibrary.com features a wide range of erotic fiction that is guaranteed to tantalize any sexual appetite. There is also a section for writers, including writing tips and resources to help budding writers establish their talent. The site is faithfully updated every day with new and unique erotic stories from around the globe offering a splendid variety of storylines and varying temperature levels.

Penthouse Variations

Penthouse Variations is a digest-sized magazine, which is published twelve times a year. Editorial content, which varies per month, consists of erotic feature stories and reader letters in some of the following categories:

Anal Sex, Bisexuality, Bondage, Casual Encounters, Dominant Sexplay, Exhibitionism, Erotic Fantasy, Exotic Vacations, Female Domination, Fetishism, Group Sex, Lesbianism, Masturbation, May/December Affairs, Oral Sex, Outdoor Sex, Role-Playing, Sex Toys, S&M, Spanking, Swinging,
Threesomes, Tickling, Transvestism, Video Sex, Voyeurism, Watching My Wife.

Submissions to Penthouse Variations should be double-spaced and on white paper. If you are making a professional freelance submission to be published as one of our feature stories, be sure to clearly indicate this in a cover letter to the editor.

Penthouse Variations publishes first-person narratives in the 3,000 to 3,500 word range, containing explicit sex scenes set within a specific category and placed within the context of a realistic plot with well-developed characters. Stories should be written in past tense. Submissions written in present tense will not be considered. We do not publish poetry of any kind
or purchase unsolicited illustrations or photographs.

Penthouse Variations does not accept unsolicited electronic story submissions or pay for material sent to the editorial office via e-mail. For your material to be considered for publication as a feature story, you must send a manuscript to the editorial office with your legal name and mailing address printed on the first page. Please include an SASE or a working e-mail address for a reply. This is the address:

Penthouse Variations
Penthouse Media Group
2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1125
New York, NY 10121

Penthouse Variations will not consider unsolicited material that has been previously published in print, online or in any other format. Penthouse Variations purchases all rights to contracted material. Payment for an accepted, fully revised manuscript is up to $400.00. Two contributor's
copies of the magazine are mailed to each author of a feature story upon publication.

Manuscripts usually take six to eight weeks to be read. They may be rejected because of the quality of the writing, a lack of category focus or because the category described is unsuitable or oversold to us. We strongly recommend that writers read several issues of the magazine to become familiar with our categories, style and vocabulary. Adults interested in viewing sample stories and letters may find them at Variations web site.

Penthouse Variations is proud of its reader-generated letter sections and less experienced writers should feel free to make submissions to the editor on this basis. Reader letters may be of any length or subject matter and may be typed or handwritten. Letters may be sent to the editorial office via surface mail or e-mail at: variations@pmgi.com. Letters to Penthouse
Variations magazine are assumed intended for publication and republication in all media, in whole or in part, edited or unedited. All letters become the property of Penthouse Variations. We do not make payments for letter material.

To submit a letter or a professional freelance submission to Penthouse Variations, you must be an adult who is eighteen years of age or older. By submitting material to Penthouse Variations, you confirm that you are eighteen years of age or older.

Penthouse Variations guarantees confidentiality of all material, both letters and stories. In fact, the editors choose pseudonyms in order to avoid writers inadvertently revealing their identities in choosing their own.

Editor's Note: Please note the last paragraph in this call. Doing so avoids any confusion prior to submission.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Mixed-gender and Women-only Erotic Writing Workshops

Declare Your Erotic -
Mixed-gender and Women-only Erotic Writing Workshops
Fall sessions begin October 2 and 3!

A few spaces still available in each group!

Won't you join us?

* Tuesday evenings: Declaring Our Erotic meets October 2-November 27.
Open to folks of all sexualities and all genders!

* Wednesday mornings: Women Declare Our Erotic meets October 3-
November 28. Open to all women.

Get more comfortable exploring and talking about sexual desires, while practicing explicit erotic writing. Designed for anyone who's ever considered writing erotic stories or writing about sex, or who'd like to get more comfortable doing so. In this group, we write in response to exercises that engage or invoke various aspects of our erotic, sexual and sensual selves, in a safe and confidential group
of peers.

Transform your relationship with your writing and with yourself. No previous writing experience necessary -- Open all writing abilities!

Workshops held in downtown San Francisco. Cost for 8-week session is $200. To register, write Jen at jennifer(at)writingourselveswhole(dot)org or visit www.writingourselveswhole.org.
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About your facilitator: Jen Cross is a freelance erotic writer whose work has been published in numerous anthologies, and has facilitated erotic writing workshops for the past 5 years. She received her MA in Transformative Language Arts from Goddard College, and is certified in the the Amherst Writers & Artists workshop method (www.amherstwriters.com/).

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Men In The Sex Industry

Seeking essays around 2,000-5,000 words (flexible) that address experiences of men working in various areas of the sex industry. This includes but is not limited to dancers, escorts, street-based workers, porn industry employees, webcam folks, strip club janitors, and other forms of sex work. There will be a broad rang of sex work represented and I'm open to an expansive definition of male experience, including trans folks of various gender identities. The book is being edited by Kirk Read, a sex worker and sex industry health activist.

Deadline Jan 15 2008.
Email MSWanthology@sbcglobal.net

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Promo Op

Jolie du Pre is looking for erotica authors to write an essay: Are you a TOP, a BOTTOM or a SWITCH? And WHY?

Essays will be published at The Blushing Ladies Journal.

More details here.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Legends of Mernac

The Legends of Mernac's God of Lust is looking for writers of Erotic Fantasy Fiction to write under him.

Request your own folder in our Open Vault where you can publish your writing at will, OR apply to Quont to write in his Age of Erotic Fantasy Fiction.

All stories within the main body of Mernac work comprise a 10-thousand-year interconnected history of our fantasy world, so your writing must adhere to our Lore. Visit the site, read our already published work and ask questions in our forums if you need specific information to make your stories fit - or ask Quont; he'll guide you.

Mernac will pay 2 cents a word for the first North American serial rights up to a maximum of $75.00 for new Legends accepted under the Age of Quont. Legends should be at least 2000 words long and will go through a rigorous editing process before being accepted. But you'll also need to learn how to write a Character Story first in order to join in and become a Scribe in our exciting fantasy world full of gods, magic and more!

For more information please see Write in the Age of Quont.

Email your questions and submissions to quont@mernac.com. But be patient! He's a busy god!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Directory Listings For Erotic Authors and Writers

Eye of Venus is a new adult directory, in which all sites are reviewed to meet criteria. The directory promises to be full of more quality sites focused on originality and writing rather than thumbnail gallery splogs.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Updates

I've not been posting here because, well, there's been no donations and time is money. ;)

But I wanted to let you know of a few things...

For those interested in an adult collectors' community, see here.

Also, I wanted to let you know about this ad special that I'm part of.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Stand Up For Independent Publishers

Join the effort to stop the proposal from media giant Time Warner that would stifle small and independent publishers in America. The plan unfairly burdens smaller publishers with higher postage rates while locking in special privileges for bigger media companies.

Link via Ephemera Bound Publishing Blog.

Character Interviews

Romance Authors, feel free to complete this character interview (below) and email the responses to Madison Chase so that she can post them to her blog & Interviews Loop. madisonchase@madison-chase.com. You're welcome to send one for each of your main characters for as many books as you've published/contracted.

Name:

Occupation:

Zodiac sign:

Tell us about yourself. Where were you raised? What's your family
like? Where do you live?

What are your short and long term goals? What do you want out of life?

What's your most embarrassing moment?

Biggest regret?

Every been convicted of a crime?

If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be
and why?

Are you single? Married? Looking?

What's your ideal mate like?

Tell us a secret. What's something others might not know about you?

Do you have a nickname?

Any pet peeves?

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?

Any pets?

How about allergies?

Do you support any charities?

Is the glass half full or half empty?

(This is also a rather cool way to help develop characters.)

Friday, April 20, 2007

Women of the Sahara: Strength in Sexuality

Coloring the World...

The "Women of the Sahara" line is to showcase the women of the eleven countries surrounding/crossing the Sahara desert. They are strong yet beautiful; shy yet stubborn, kind yet smart. Help us in celebrating these wonderful women by submitting your stories!

There are eleven countries crossing the Sahara. They are Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and we would like a female character from each of them!

Also the "Women of the Sahara" Line has teamed up with Amira Press' "Simply Erotic" line.

Have a story about a sizzling Egyptian woman or women from any of the other countries crossing the Sahara? We want it! The steamier the better!

All stories MUST contain a plot that flows well from beginning to end. Graphic, hot sex is expected are accepted for this line. Please no m/m, f/f, no stories glorifying rape and illegal acts or sex with minors.

Please submit a short synopsis of your story, a brief statement of your previous writing experience and an outline of your promotional plans in the body of an email to kadian@amirapress.com.

Also, please attach your full manuscript as an RTF or DOC file.
(Please note that Partial/unfinished manuscript will not be accepted.)

Submissions should be double-spaced in Times New Roman or other easily read font, 12pt with one inch margins.

Please edit your submission, checking for misspellings, grammar errors, etc. Remember it is not your editor’s job to rewrite your manuscript for you. Excessive errors could result in rejection.

Be sure to include your name, pen name and contact information on the first page.

Accepted lengths are as follows:
Short Story: 5000-15000
Novella: 15000-40000
Full Length: 40000 - 85000

Submit your stories to kadian@amirapress.com with "Submission – Your Title – Women of the Sahara" in the subject heading. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to send and email to kadian@amirapress.com.

Editor Position

The EREC's blog has noted that Samhain Publishing is looking for final line editors.

(I've added EREC (Erotic Romance E-Publisher Comparison Site) and their blog to the sidebar.)

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Marketing Help

Because Gracie Passette, aka The Marketing Whore, wants this "plastered all over the Internet," please read how and why a Naked Conversations author refuses interview with her adult business blog because "marketing isn't his target audience."

I recommend all erotica authors do more than read this, but contact the authors -- we all would benefit from the information (not to mention we all would appreciate being treated as legitimate professionals.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Contributors Wanted

I'm looking for tips, quips and anecdotes for an upcoming book. The topic: Sex. The tone: Humor.

Contributors compensation is a "contributor resource" printed in the book - no cash, but you can use the contributor resource to bring traffic to your site, or promote yourself/your work. You will be required to sign a copyright release form.

If you're interested, and would like more details, guidelines, etc. email tina-at-fictionpromotions.com

The Slash Skinny: News and Market Report on Original Slash, Femslash, Yaoi, and Yuri

The Slash Skinny is a news and market report on four genres of professionally published literature and art featuring same-sex attraction. The report, which is edited by Dusk Peterson, takes the
form of a downloadable HTML file that includes dozens of links.

Regular columns: Publishing industry news, news of individuals, interviews, awards and contests, conventions and other events, new issues, new books, older books, new online works, calls for
submission, staff openings, markets and submission guidelines, dead markets, booksellers, professional organizations, publishing cooperatives and subscription Websites, and self-publishing.

Visit here for ordering information and free online archives.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Share Your Writing or Promotion Tip with Others

From Carolyn Howard-Johnson of How To Do It Frugally:

The All-Tips Edition of Sharing with Writers will soon be issued. It will include writing tips, promotion tips, website and blog tips and more! Please let your fellow authors, critiquers, authors' e-groups, etc. know that this great edition of Sharing with Writers is coming so they can subscribe by sending me an e-mail (to HoJoNews at aol.com) with "subscribe" in the subject line.

If you aren't already subscribed, sign up. This is an interactive newsletter where you have a chance to have your name and link to your site published by doing nothing more than lending a hand to your fellow writers!

The All-Tips Edition of Sharing with Writers is coming and you will want to send me your favorite resource or tip. That's Pass It Forward! C'mon. Don't hoard your brilliant ideas. Share!

The New York Round Table Writers' Conference

The New York Round Table Writers' Conference - Learn about the Busniess of Getting Published, April 13 & 14

Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet with top publishing professionals and get all your publishing questions answered! On April 13th and 14th, the Third Annual Round Table Writers' Conference, which takes place in Manhattan, will continue its tradition of helping writers get published!

With agents and editors from Random House, Vintage, Knopf, Simon and Schuster, Crown, Harvey Klinger and Sterling Lord Literistic, this year's Writers' Conference is bound to be an exciting and eye-opening look into the world of publishing! Meet keynote speakers Richard Ford, Colson Whitehead, and Tom McCormack, panelists Lynne Tillman, Natalie Danford, Ben Greenman, Mark McNay, Evan Mandery and many more!

The New York Round Table Writers' Conference is the only conference that covers all aspects of the publishing industry, from self-publishing to independent and small press publishing to publishing with major houses. This is your opportunity to learn the A to Z's of the publishing industry from seasoned experts!!! Time is drawing near, so register now to reserve your spot. To register, visit writersconferencenyc.org, or call the Small Press Center, The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen at 212.764.7021.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Trimaxx Publishers

Trimaxx is open to 'all genres' and says they are "pushing the limits in erotica."

They are also offering book reviews in their newsletter. See here for more information.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Vibrator.com's First Erotica Contest

Vibrator.com is sponsoring an erotica writing contest:

We are so excited here at Vibrator.com! What makes today more exciting than usual? It's our first time! Our very first EROTICA WRITING CONTEST!!!! In celebration of "firsts" our theme is: MY FIRST TIME.

Here's the idea: you take all the wonderful genius that you posses and write us a short story about YOUR FIRST TIME USING A TOY!!! We want to hear all about it, put it past our panel of sexpert judges and then publish it on our website.

The first prize is 100 smackeroos (our attorneys tell us we must clarify this to mean 100 U.S. Dollars!!) Second prize is $50 gift certificate to Vibrator.com and third prize is a $25 gift certificate to Vibrator.com.

THE RULES:

1. All stories submitted to Vibrator.com must be a MAXIMUM of 1000 Words. These must be your own words, also known as: ORIGINAL WORK!!!

2. All entries must be submitted by April 2, 2007. Any entries submitted after this date will be disqualified for this contest. Winning entries will be announced one month later, on May 1, 2007 on the Vibrator. com website. Winners will be notified via email and shall be responsible for claiming their own prizes.

3. Entries may be submitted via our website as a .doc or .pdf file ( http://blog.vibrator.com/contest) or as a .doc or .pdf attachment in an email (meagan@acmemediallc.com ). The subject line of your email should read: MY FIRST TIME.

You may also submit your entry via regular U.S. mail. Please send TYPED, 11pt FONT, SINGLE SPACED entries on 8 1/2 X 11 white paper to:

Acme Media LLC
Attn: My First Time
28 West 27th Street
Suite 502
New York, NY 10001

You must include a VALID email address with your entry, regardless of how you submit your work. Any entry not containing a VALID email address will be automatically disqualified and any submissions made will become the sole property of Acme Media LLC.

Please submit a short bio with your work. (Do not exceed 250 words.)

Please note our story guidelines:

* No rape (after-the-fact 'consent' is not acceptable)

* No underage characters (no one under 18)

* No bestiality

* No incest

For more information & to submit please visit here.

Thanks!

Meagan Young
Acme Media LLC
212-616-700

Monday, March 26, 2007

Menopause Article Wanted

From Constant Content:

Description: Menopause What is it, symptoms, solutions and when does it happen (include sources). Do men experience something similar?

Price: $40-50

Content length: 1500 Subjects: Health and Wellness Notes: We will need full rights to edit for grammar and punctuation. Thank you

Friday, March 23, 2007

SPICE Briefs (Harlequin)

Spice Books is looking to acquire bold, sexually explicit editorial that pushes the envelope for its new eBook erotica program, Spice Briefs. These are highly erotic short stories; although brief, these novellas should still establish context for the erotic content through an interesting and engaging premise (a great hook), a well-constructed plot and believable characters. Quality editorial is paramount.

Like Spice Books, what will set Spice Briefs apart is its broad spectrum of sexy editorial. We are looking for all kinds of subgenres­contemporary, ethnic, literary, mystery/suspense, historical and paranormal stories told in first- or third-person point of view (female only) or, if it works for the story, multiple points of view. Authors should feel comfortable exploring any and all sexual scenarios, even ones considered "taboo," and should avoid using euphemisms in favor of the frank, graphic language typical of the erotica genre.

Only complete manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered; no partials or queries, please. Submissions should be sent as a Word file attachment, or in a program that can be converted to Word. Submissions should also follow standard formatting guidelines—double-spaced and written in a clear, legible font on numbered pages. Author name and title should appear as a header or footer on each page.

Please submit complete stories electronically only. Be sure to include your name, mailing address and contact information.

Spice Briefs
Format: eBooks
Editor: Susan Pezzack Swinwood
Editorial Office: Toronto

E-mail address: spicebriefs@harlequin.ca

Hot And Delicious: Tasty Tales Of Food And Erotica

Shane Allison, editor of Hot Cops: Gay Erotic Tales, is on a new mission. This time to combine two delicious guilty pleasures. Food and Sex. I am seeking short stories, essays and memoirs about what happens when the two are combined. Take me on a ride further than just whipped cream and chocolate-covered strawberries. Give me late night trysts at a 24 Hour diner, pizza delivery boys getting more than what they bargained for, cooks serving up more in the kitchen than just today's special. I want to read every tasty little erotic moment you have to share.

Please submit all original stories and reprints as a Word document attachments to hotcopsubmissions @hotmail.com, along with name and pseudonym (if applicable), short bio, as well as contact info.

Maximum length preferred: 6,000 words; no minimum.

Deadline: July 30, 2007

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Lesbian Writers Fund of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice: $10,000 Awardee

For emerging lesbian poets and fiction writers within the U.S.

First place awardees and two runners-up in the poetry and fiction categories will receive cash awards ($10,000 for awardee, $1,500 for runners-up).

Thanks to Skip’s Sappho Fund, at least one grant will be awarded to a lesbian writer who is based west of the Mississippi River. F

or more information, or a copy of guidelines and application for the above grants, please contact us at: 212-529-8021, ext. 22 or via email at: grants@astraeafoundation.org.

Guidelines and application forms are also available online (as are other grant opportunities).

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice works for social, racial and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally. Our grant making and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied communities challenge oppression and claim their human rights.

Deadline: Friday, June 29, 2007 (for receipt in Astraea’s office)

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

G-gasm Method for Lesbian Lovers: The Ultimate Guide to the G-spot Orgasm

I'm looking for an experienced writer to transform the sex stories in my book, "G-gasm Method: The Ultimate Guide to the G-spot Orgasm" to a new version "G-gasm Method for Lesbian Lovers: The Ultimate Guide to the G-spot Orgasm"

The original G-gasm Method is a sex technique, interspersed with heterosexual erotic stories using the G-gasm Method. The new edition will be geared towards lesbian lovers. Need approx. 1000 word forward and the stories given a lesbian lover slant.

1) Forward should be written by a published author or sex counselor. About 1000 words will pay $200

2) There are 5 stories that have to be rewritten. The stories now have certain scenarios with a heterosexual slant – stories need to keep the same ideas/scenarios can reuse whatever I have but need to be changed to a lesbian scene. Word counts Approx 2000, 1500, 1000, 1200, 2600 -
pay $500 for the lot.

3) I am buying all rights in that it will be part of a self-improvement book – not an anthology.

4) You basically get the story line and give it a lesbian "feel"

5) Book is self published by bonniesgang.com available as ebook and trade paperback.

6) Please send short bio, references and links to any of your work - I will send you the original G-gasm Method in PDF format if I think we have a fit.

7) Contact email bonnies@optonline.net

Thanks
Jani

G-Gasm Blog

Saturday, March 03, 2007

My First Time

MY FIRST TIME, Volume 5: Gay Men Describe Their First Same-Sex Experience
Editor: Jack Hart
Publisher: Alyson
Deadline: April 15, 2007

After four successful installments, noted editor Jack Hart is thrilled to be putting together a new edition of his legendary, landmark series. It's been years since the first volume appeared, and though the times may have changed, the same trepidation and excitement persists when it
comes to that initial contact between man and man. So, whether you are reliving a memory from yesteryear or jotting down your recent experience, we want to read every juicy, titillating, erotic moment. You can never have that first time back, but you can always relive it.

Please submit all original stories as a Word document attachment to alysonanthology@planetoutinc.com, along with name and pseudonym (if applicable), short bio, as well as contact info.

Length: 2,500 - 4,000 words
Deadline: April 15, 2007

Friday, March 02, 2007

Come-Hither Press

Come-Hither Press, LLC (a Michigan Limited Liability Company) is a digital publishing press committed to providing its readers with well written, titillating, romantic and erotic stories that strive to push the envelope in order to offer fulfilling adventures for our entire audience.

We are currently accepting submissions in the following areas: BDSM, Contemporary, Futuristic, Interracial, Statuesque, Time Travel, Above the Law, Alpha Women, Bloodlust, Chick Lit, Conquered, Enforcers, Fairy Tales/Mythology, Mystery/Suspense, Out of this World, Supernatural.

See their categories, themes and detailed submission requirements at their website.

Come Hither Press officially opens in July.

Thank you,
Nia K. Foxx

That Erotic Pleasure

That Erotic Pleasure, a new ebook publisher launching April 1, 2007, is seeking erotic submissions. Authors will receive the 45% royalty rate of gross sales (that's the cover price) for single author titles. NO ISBN numbers will be assigned to these stories at this time.

General Guidelines: We will be publishing stories in the following lengths: Short Stories (Word Count 2,500 to 15,000). Our stories are released in two lengths; Nuggets; with a word count of no greater than 5,000 words and our Lava; with a word count no greater than to 15,000.

All manuscripts must contain strong sexual content and/or language that is explicit and leaves nothing to the imagination.

Manuscripts that are in any way demeaning to other individuals or groups of people will not be considered.

Story does not need to focus on developing a "romance" between hero and heroine. Hero and heroine do not need to be faithful to each other and does not need to be committed to a HEA. Focus should be on the sexual activities. Stories must be well written with a well developed plot and characterization.

No pedophilia; No characters under the age of 18 (with an adult) may be involved in any sexual situations in the story; No rape scenes. All sex must be consensual; No bodily functions; No necrophilia, please; No knives and/or stabbing weapons stuffed in various parts of the female anatomy; No bestiality. This rule refers to common animals (dogs, cats, cows, sheep, etc.) indigenous to earth. Also, no controversial subject matter. If you are unsure if your manuscript applies to any of these, just email us and ask.

Forward a cover letter, synopsis, and the first three chapters of your completed manuscript or the complete manuscript to with your name (and pseudonym if applicable) to submissions@thateroticpleasure.com; Mailing address; Phone number; E-mail address displayed. While we do accept simultaneous submissions, please indicate if the work is currently under consideration with another publishing company.

The cover letter should describe your work, including the title, word count, and your experience as a writer. The synopsis should include a detailed plot outline, and some information about your main characters.

Standard Manuscript format is to be followed, please see below: 8.5 x 11 page; Font: Book Antiqua 12pt; 1 inch margin all around and double spaced; header must contain title, author name, and page numbers; All submissions should be attached to an e-mail with the cover letter in the body of the e-mail and should include the following: All submissions must be electronic (in .doc or .rtf) format.

Please forward a detailed full-story synopsis, the first three chapters of your manuscript via email to submissions@thateroticpleasure.com as an attached file (in Word or rtf format). We will be publishing all our work electronically. Paper submissions are not accepted at this time.

Please provide your best manuscript. Polish it as best as possible before submitting. While it is will be assigned to an editor, they will help you finalize your work, they will not rewrite it.
Questions? Unsure about whether we'll accept something in your manuscript? Please feel free to email submissions@thateroticpleasure.com

Thanks,
Elisa

Thursday, March 01, 2007

An Interview with Jerry D. Simmons

Reading about Jerry's new project for Independent Authors and Writers, I visited his website, WritersReaders.com. I was pleased with his point of view, but I was even more interested in him when I read about his 25 years in traditional book publishing. So I asked him for an interview -- focused on our genres.

When I first contacted Jerry about the interview, this was his reply: "I'll do my best to answer as honestly as possible based on my 25 years in NY publishing. Your readers may not like some of the answers, but I'll be truthful."

That last line of his had me intrigued... you too, I bet. So let's get started.

As a writer in the areas of 'sex,' I feel, as many of 'us' do, that traditional publishing has shied away from erotica and non-fiction sexuality works. Do you see erotica as a less marketable fiction genre?

Yes, erotica and non-fiction sexuality works are less marketable as a fiction genre. The reason is that major retailers make most of the rules on what they want in their stores, Wal-Mart is a perfect example. Most have decided to try and stay closer to the "family orientation" and away from mainstream America.

Personally I've noticed a shrinking erotica section in most general bookstores -- a wisp of a shelf with mainly Penthouse Letters. Do you think this is an accurate picture of the genre as a whole? If so, is this a reflection of current politics/culture, or has it always been this way and I've been slow to notice it?

The shrinking erotica sections in bookstores is an accurate picture of the market's unwillingness to accept books other than those such as Penthouse Letters in their stores. I'm not convinced that is accurate of the marketplace, or interest in the subject matter, but the retailers call the shots and that is why publishers stay away from publishing other books in the category.

That erotica category has for most of the past 30 years been slow to develop and again, the major book retailers are primarily the reason. On the flip side, if this category had seen better written, titled and packaged products then perhaps sales would have forced these same retailers to rethink their position. As it is, sales are nonexistent, and yes the problem is lack of titles in stores, but also lack of interest from the reading public in what is perceived to be 'hard-core.'

There's been large growth in romance fiction with a emphasis on sex -- often called 'erotic romance' or 'spice' or some such. Do you think this is a way 'around' the stigma of erotica or a legit genre of itself? Is this growth (and it's sales impact) a positive sign for erotica?

Yes, this is a way around the problem and again Yes, this is a positive sign. The problem with erotic is the word. The retailers that I've talked about don't want a section in their "family oriented" stores with the label "erotica." However call it anything but, and stick it under romance, create a sub-genre and there you have it. If it's a duck and you want to call it a basset, most of the time in the world of publishing, you can get away with it.

Often I hear from writers who say that pubs have passed on a fiction ms with comments that if the author removes the sex they'll reconsider it; but then here comes Hollywood putting in gratuitous sex scenes where there originally were none... Any comments?

Hollywood compared to B&N or Borders is apples and oranges. Movies can get away with it, but publishing is still very old school and especially the retailers. Sure, these same retailers will sell "sexually oriented" NC-17 rated movies but try the same with a book in the category "erotica" and you got problems. I'm not saying it makes sense, that is just the way it is.

Is the stigma of self-publishing still a 'bad' one? Has it changed in recent years?

The stigma was imposed by the major NY publishers and it has stuck over the years. It's only bad because too many Independent Authors publish without editing which impacts all self-published books. Consumers don't distinguish a well edited Independent Title from a bad one and in order to get beyond that, you need some designation. That is one of the areas I plan to tackle with my new community of Independent Writers and Authors.

The stigma is changing slowly, but not fast enough to make an impact on sales. It must be done on a massive scale to make a difference, that is why the community is so important.

Barnes & Nobel etc. ask for a marketing plan. This scares many authors as they feel this is a numbers game - and even when what they ask for is a list of competing titles/works, many authors fold under the task of compiling such a list. Can you explain what buyers are looking for with such lists? And are they worth filling out if you are with a small press or self-published -- or does it all come down to sales history and so it's a hoop best not wasting one's energy on?

Buyers want small publishers and authors help them market and sell books. They want the author and publisher to assist them in making sure the books are placed in the category that will give them the best chance of being found and purchased.

They are definitely worth filling out and as an author you should have that research completed before your book is published. How can an author effectively market their book without knowledge of their own category and what sells?

It's still very much a numbers game, however the more you can assist the publisher and retailer with marketing, and merchandising your book, the better chance you have of selling copies, which is the bottom line, no matter what.

What are some things an author in these genres/topics can do to gain respectability with publishers, book sellers etc.

Help the reading public understand the difference between erotica and sex. Movies have ratings that make it easy, books do not. I'm not necessarily suggesting a rating system but better descriptions of content on the jackets and flaps of books. Holding your own book fairs, especially in NYC, you should draw lots of people. Any way to spread the word about the true content of your product.

Taking close examination of titles and covers of books are important, men do not want to be seen in an airport reading what appears to be a woman's book. The consumer in general does not want to be seen reading an erotic title. I'm also not suggesting you mask the true content but soften a bit. Look at most romance titles today, publishers know how to get around the problem of sex in their books.

For authors shopping their works to publishers, are they best off looking for 'sex' niche publishers or a general pub press?

Depends totally on what you hope to achieve as an author, your goals as a writer. The answer to your question depends on what you want with your writing and career.

Along those lines, can you tell us what your plans are for erotica and non-fiction works in the project? I understand you cannot yet give many details, but will there be any differences for authors or works in these categories/genres as opposed to more 'mainstream' works?

My plans in the new community is to offer all Independent writing and all Independently published books to the reading public. The decision as to how many erotica or non-fiction works will be entirely up to the community based on how many erotica writers and authors decide to place their work online. There will be absolutely no differences or distinction between that category and any other.

The community is open to everyone regardless of what they write. There will be no censorship, certainly we want to avoid hard-core material that any reasonable person might regard as objectionable or offensive which I might add includes racist or hate material, but I will not make that decision, the community makes that decision. The site will operate as a community of Independent Writers and Authors and the marketplace will decide how many erotic books they want to buy. The size of the category will depend on the number of writers and authors, limitless and without boundaries.

The opportunity for erotic writers is as good as writers of speculative fiction or non-fiction aviation, the site is wide open to everyone regardless of what they write. The focus is to offer books to the world that cannot be found any other place, my plan is to introduce Independent Writers and Authors through voices never heard and stories never told.

Your community is invited to join my community. This will change the face of traditional publishing as it exists today.

Thank you for the invitation, Jerry, and your participation in the interview.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts, perspectives, and ideas with your readers.

Again, to sign up for Jerry's new project all you need to do is email Jerry at jerry - at_ writersreaders.com and let him know you are interested.

Call for Submissions: Erotic Tales 2

Writers and Poets, I will be accepting submissions for my new anthology "Erotic Tales 2."

For this anthology I am looking for a variety of erotic stories and poems. Any genre, and characters can be bi, straight or gay. I am interested in sizzling hot stories, with great characters, interesting settings and solid storylines. No stories involving incest, bestiality,
necrophilia or anything dealing with children, other than that anything goes.

Word count limit is 10,000 with a minimum of 1200.
Poems have a word count limit of 10,000 with no minimum.

Payment is $25 for stories, and $10 for poems, plus a print copy of the book. I am asking for nonexclusive rights which mean you are free to submit your story elsewhere if you wish. Reprints are okay as long as you have the rights to the story.

You can submit stories now, but I won't begin reading submissions until the beginning of April. The deadline is March 30, 2007, with an estimated release date of May 20, 2007. This book will be an e-book as well as a print book.

I don't care how many writing credits you have it's the story I go by, so I encourage new writers to submit stories.

Send stories as a Word doc. attachment or copy and paste story in the body of the email to storyteller36@msn.com

Please put that you are submitting for the anthology in the subject line. I will send notification that I have received your submission. Please no fancy fonts, New Times Roman is what I prefer, it's easier to format.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Infertility Stories Wanted

We are compiling a book of essays of women and their experiences with fertility treatments and/or infertility. All types of stories, good or bad, that may or may not have resulted in a pregnancy.

If you’d like to be considered, please contact us at the below email address. Please give your name and contact information, along with a short synopsis of your experience.

brigidfitzgerald@yahoo.com

The Use of Pen Names

I asked several erotica and non-fiction sexuality authors about the issue of pen names...

Do you use a pen name?

Gwen Masters: Yes. Always.

Gwen Masters is an erotica author and occasional songwriter, among other things. Her latest novel is Sex & Guitars. Her stories have been featured lately in Best American Erotica 2006, BUST Magazine, and the Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 6. She's a regular at Ruthie's Club (www.ruthiesclub.com) and an editor at Clean Sheets (www.cleansheets.com).

Roxanne Rhoads: Yes.

Roxanne Rhoads is a freelance writer, erotica author, poet and editor. Her poetry has appeared on justusroux.com, sensualvenus.com, barebackmag.com, oystersandchocolate.com, theeroticwoman.com and on tit-elation.com. Her nonfiction work can be read at Sex-Kitten.Net and Associated Content. Her erotic fiction stories have appeared in Playgirl Magazine and Tit-Elation.Com (where she also is an editor). Her story Eternal Passions can be purchased at midnightshowcase.com and her short story Renata and the Vampire Hunter can be purchased at ladyaibell.com.

Carrie White: The name I have chosen for my pen name is also my maiden name, so in effect the answer to your question is yes and no. Yes, I do use a pen name and no, I don't, because my pen name is my 'real' or maiden name.

Carrie White has written a number of erotic short stories, self published a few e-books and has been published both in print and online. Her story 'Casino' features in The Right Words anthology edited by Stevie Burns. Her latest e-book, Inner Sins, is a collection of articles about the different aspects of sex based on the author's own personal experience. More details about Carrie can be found at her website.

What were your reasons for using a pen name? (Please list in order of importance, with the most important at the top, and give the percentage for your number one reason.)

* privacy, fear of stalkers or other dangers
* to shield family or friends
* to keep your 'adult' works separate from your 'mainstream' works
* privacy, just to be more anonymous
* just liked the sound/idea of a new name
* other(s) (please list)

Gwen: Privacy, fear of stalkers or other dangers is 90%, the rest is 10%

Carrie: I've never been concerned about stalkers etc. Call me naive but it's something I've never even thought about. I'm proud of who I am so I'm not interested in hiding away. True family and friends should be supportive of you whatever your chosen career is so to shield them from your work kind of defeats the object. I've not had much experience writing outside of my chosen genre. If anything, I would like to mix my interests up together, so it would be okay to keep my pen name the same. I decided to use my maiden name because not only do I consider my married name unsuitable but I also preferred the sound of my maiden name and it's also the name of a very famous character in a Stephen King novel.

Roxanne: I use a pen name for many of the reasons listed; I want my privacy and I want my family shielded from any back lash that can occur because I am a sex writer. I have three kids and I am involved in a lot of the things they do and who knows how some of the other parents may react to what I write. I also want to keep my sex writing and mainstream writing separate.

If you were advising or mentoring another author, would you advocate "for" or "against" the use of a pen name?

Roxanne: To anyone writing erotica or other sexual works I highly recommend using a pen name. It's better to be safe than sorry.

Gwen: I would absolutely tell them that they need a pen name. Keep in mind: You can have thousands of fans that are absolute joys and treat you with the utmost respect. But it just takes one with the wrong kind of agenda to turn your world into a nightmare. A pseudonym will protect you from that.

Carrie: This is a difficult question for me. I don't have any strong feelings either way. I think it's all just a matter of choice. I would just say that it was up to them.

Would it make a difference if the author was writing works "for all audiences" or "for adults only"? If so, how?

Carrie: I think only if the author wrote children's books alongside adult books then a pen name would be good. But with any other genre, that's tricky. It may be necessary if there was a risk that it would ruin your credibility in the adult market or vice versa, but that would depend on whether you know your subject matter or not.

Roxanne: Under my real name I write everything including mom stuff and stories and articles for kids. Those publishers might not accept my writing if it was linked to the other things I write. It's unfair that things are viewed like that, but I can't change it so it is better to keep things separate.

Gwen: I think a pseudonym should be used in most circumstances. However, it would make a pseudonym even more necessary if a person was writing for adults only. Those of us who write about sexuality tend to seem more accessible in intimate ways, perhaps – there have been people who claimed they "knew" me because they had read so many of my stories, and they thought they knew what I liked in bed. They offered to show me, sometimes to the point of threatening to show me. When I was writing in any other genre, I never had that kind of problem.

What consequences, if any, have there been in using a pen name? (Problems with payments, complexities with credentials, issues with public appearances etc)

Gwen: I haven't had many problems with using the pseudonym. Most editors and publishers are used to that, and so they always ask what my legal name is, and that's what they use on the check. Only twice has it happened that an editor used my pen name instead of my real name on a check, but those situations were taken care of very quickly, and I had no complaints.

Carrie: My only problem I've come across is that all my official documents and accounts are in my married name. Sometimes, with the way that some publishers have their websites set up it means I have to give my official name as well in order to receive payment. That could mean that the credits or byline on my work may include my married name and I don't want that! One day, soon, I will change all my official documents back into my maiden name so that I would no longer have to worry about this.

In your opinion, how prominent is the stalking of authors?

Carrie: Personally, I've never heard of any stories about the stalking of authors. Maybe, I'm out of the loop but I've just not heard anything about it. Perhaps it has occurred with some of the Best Selling authors, but if it has, it's not made many headlines.

Gwen: Most of the authors I know have dealt with stalking on some level. It's the norm rather than the exception, but it isn't something that makes the evening news, so the general public doesn't know about the prominence of it until someone with a big spotlight gets stalked – the Stephen Kings of the world, let's say -- or until someone winds up killed by the person who was obsessed with them.

Roxanne: I also worry about stalking. I don't know how many authors are actually stalked. I've seen it in movies and in books much more than I've heard about it in real life though I'm sure it must happen especially to very popular writers. I had an experience with it early in my career when I wrote for the local newspaper. My photos sometimes appeared along with my work and it caught the attention of some local guys. Some only wrote letters but some looked me up and called my house and even showed up at my house. It was creepy. No one ever got out of hand and once they got the hint I wasn't interested they went away, but it could have been worse. Now being a sex writer I decided it was best to use a pen name to avoid any weirdoes that might get any obsessive tendencies or strange thoughts.

How did you select your name? (Any tips or 'things to avoid' that you'd like to mention?)

Carrie: My only advice in choosing a name (one that I haven't followed myself!) is to choose one as high up in the alphabet as possible. This way when your book is in the bookstores, consumers do not have to crouch down to the lower shelves to find your book.

Gwen: My name is actually the blending of the names of two of my friends. Several of us were sitting at dinner one night, tossing around names that I might use, and we started combining names of the people at the table. As soon as "Gwen Masters" was uttered, that was it. It felt perfect.

Make sure your pseudonym fits you, and make certain that it is something you can live with. If you are a very prolific or popular author, you will wind up answering to your pseudonym just as often – if not more often! – than your real name.

Roxanne: I created my pen name before I ever started writing erotica. Roxanne was the sexy alter ego persona that I created when doing something special for my husband. She is the completely uninhibited sex goddess. When I started writing erotica, naturally she became the sex writer.

If you have a story about why you use a pen name -- and you feel comfortable sharing it -- please tell us about it.

Gwen: I chose to use a pseudonym early on in my career. It wasn't in response to anything other than the vague possibility of something negative happening in the future. When it did happen – when I dealt with stalking from two angry women and one very persistent man within the same few crazy months – I was forever thankful that I had a pseudonym.

I realized early on that giving away my real name was very easy, and when I chose a pseudonym for my erotica writing, I chose a different approach to dealing with the "when do I give them my real name?" situation. Those who write my checks know my real name, and they are also careful not to reveal it, of course. In my personal life, I can count the people who know my real name on two hands. Even those who think they do, don't. I've been extremely careful, and it literally saved my life a few years ago. Never underestimate the value of a pseudonym.

When someone is trying to tell you something, trying to warn you, pay attention. When the stalking I dealt with a few years ago took a very serious turn, it was a reader who alerted me to it. She forwarded emails that contained very specific threats against my life and the safety of those close to me. That gave me the proof to turn over to authorities, and it also gave me a "heads-up" to protect my family. If I had ignored her emails, I might not have known until it was too late. The thought makes me shudder.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Independent Author Project

Jerry D. Simmons is currently gathering names of authors interested in testing a project which hopefully will begin no later than April 1, 2007.

New Marketing Project To Help Independent Authors Sell More Books

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Quill-Pen Press

QPN Press has issued a call for submission for an anthology of erotic short stories. The erotic nature has to involve male dominated domestic discipline and sex in a marriage setting. The tales we are looking for are about women getting comfortable with their BDSM (submissive) fantasies. We are looking for great descriptions of the sexually submissive emotions. The non physical aspects (power exchange) are far more important then the act itself. Stay away from four-letter expletives, use creative euphemisms instead. Since our target readership are ladies who read romance, we prefer HEA (happily ever after) endings. Keep the word count between 4,000 and 8,000.

The following is a must: heterosexual couples only, no bestiality, no blood, and no underage kids.

The anthology is planned for print softcover only at this time. The one time royalty is $40 for which we purchase three-year exclusive publishing rights. The copyright remains with authors.

The deadline is June 30, 2007.

To submit go here and follow directions.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at avl@quill-pen.net.

Andrei V. Lefebvre
Publisher, Quill-Pen.net Press

Assorted Content Requests

Constant Content requests:

Relationships:

Description: Affairs -- The difference of a man's & woman's affair
Price: $10-20
Article amount: 1
Content length: 150 +
Subjects: Why in most cases it's okay for a man to cheat but not a woman.

Beauty related:

Laser Hair Removal Testimonials: I am seeking testimonials from people who have had laser hair removal done. Not made up testimonials, actual testimonials.
Price: $40-50
Article amount: 5
Content length: 750
Subjects: Patient testimonials on laser hair removal
Notes: see http://www.4laserhairremoval.com

For those interested in censorship and other non-fiction writing, there's this request also:

Description:
Library Articles Wanted: Public Library themed articles wanted
Price: $10-20
Article amount: 1-5
Content length: 300-500 words
Subjects: Public Library Themed, Library topics such as reading, Books, Public Information

Must be well written,want to purchase Full-Complete-Rights Rights Only. these Articles will be used for Non-Profit Org.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

E-Publish or Perish?

Jessica Faust of BookEnds LLC talks about her thoughts on e-book publishing.

Reminders, Ad Offer

I must remind you of the House Rules, including a nudge for donations.

If donations do not continue, the blog may need to stop... Posting here takes time away from writing which is my livelihood.

I'm open to a few (no more than 3 per month) ads from publishers and authors too. It's not bad traffic as quite number of search traffic arrives here looking for erotica and erotic stories. If you'd rather buy an ad than donate a few bucks, email me.

Best New Paranormal Romance 3 (2008 Edition)

The anthology, compiling works published in the year 2007, will be published in spring 2008 and be nationally distributed. [Best New Paranormal Romance (2006 edition) is now available. Reading it is your best opportunity to discover what we are looking for.] In order to have the book
out early in 2008, reading must be done before the end of the year.

Submissions should be made as soon as possible and reading will close on December 1, 2007. This is an annual "best of"-type reprint anthology so we want only material published in 2007. (No original stories.) E-published material is acceptable, but please -- no self-published fiction!

We are looking for stories from all branches of sf/f that also include a strong "romance" element or, conversely, romance that is fantastic, supernatural, paranormal, futuristic, etc. Definitions are ambiguous. If in doubt, send it. Erotic romance and alternative sexuality are acceptable but the emphasis must be on well-written stories.

If your work is scheduled for publication in Nov/Dec 2006 please submit it now and indicate where and when it will be published.

We prefer accept only email submissions (attached in .doc, or .rtf), but email us for snail mail address if for some bizarre reason you can not email it.

To avoid confusion, when sending material please put Best New Paranormal Romance 3 or BNPR 3 as subject line of email or on envelope.

As with any "year's best" anthology, the contents will be announced. You will be informed if chosen. No rejections will be sent out. No mss. returned.

Email for submissions or information: Paula Guran, editor@juno-books.com.

(Editors and Publishers: We could use copies of your publication! PDFs
are fine or email for a snail mail address.)

Submission Guidelines

Author Links

Via Marketing Whore I found these two gems:

Deanna Dahlsad of Ephemera Bound Publishing has posted an Author Promotion Checklist.

For non-fiction writers (and readers), participate in Bloggers V. Journalists research.

A Rose of Any Color: BDSM e-Anthology

Freya's Bower is compiling a two-book anthology for readers who love BDSM stories:

A Rose of Any Color
Book One: Femdom

and

A Rose of Any Color
Book Two: Maledom

Each volume will incorporate the work of five authors. We are looking for three established BDSM authors for each volume. Remaining story slots for each book are open to newer writers to submit. Stories must be no less than 10K words and no more than 20K. Any sub-genre of BDSM is welcome with ratings of sweet, tangy, spicy, sizzling and beyond sizzling.

Both volumes are based on a rose theme. Whether the rose (or some form of a rose such as its thorns or petals) is integral to the plot or merely makes an appearance in the story, it is a requirement for all submissions.

Submit entire ms attached as an MS Word document to editorkatherinem@yahoo.com with the words "BDSM Rose" in the subject line. Established authors must include a short bio.

Deadline is March 31st.

Ocean’s Mist Press Calls

TWISTED TAIL - SUBMISSIONS CALL

OMP wants to see your take on traditional fairy/folk tales -- of course with an erotic twist! These tales should be between 5,000 to 15,000 words. Please, nothing less than 5,000 words. Tell us about your favorite fairy or folk tale and how you'd twist it. These books can cross genres. The 'main' genre of course, is the fairy tale take off...but it can contain any other element that fits your story, and take place in any time period. The stories can range from humor, angst, dark, paranormal, historical, updated contemporary tales...the sky is the limit. Whatever works for the story. It's completely up to the author.

Please submit a full manuscript, along with a one or two page synopsis, for the Twisted Tales line. Submit to submissions@ oceansmistpress. com

HEAT OF SUMMER - SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Ocean's Mist Press is looking for submissions taking place during lazy summer days as the theme. So think back to those hot, sultry days and see what your creative juices offers and submit your novella. Send us your stories to submissions@ oceansmistpress. com. Make sure it falls between 10,000 and 15,000 words, and have it to us before the deadline of May 14th, 2007. As part of your email submission, please include a brief synopsis in the body of your email, and send the full manuscript as an attachment.

GENERAL SUBMISSIONS
The submission deadlines: March 1, 2007 - April 31, 2007

This is open to published and unpublished authors. Royalties begin at 45% rate for the contracted book.

Please review Ocean's Mist Press (OMP) submission guidelines so you can get a feel for what we're looking for. (All entries must fit the romance genre. We are accepting stories in all genre. Sensuality level can vary; i.e., review our Mystique guidelines too.) Stories should begin at 10,000 words, max 30,000 words.

OMP is actively accepting submissions for all erotic romance and not so erotic romances (for our Mystique line which is sensual but not as explicit), including the following sub-genres: paranormal, historical, multicultural/ interracial, suspense, BDSM, science fiction and fantasy, Western, and romantic comedy. OMP will accept all variations (M/F, F/F, M/M, threesomes and more) and heat levels.

Send submissions to submissions@ oceansmistpress. com with Springtime Fancy in the header.

For 2007, we are interested in well written, entertaining romance and romantic erotica for the following lines:

Venganza- Deadline March 1, 2007; for publication April, 2007 They say revenge can be so sweet, and we think it can be very hot too! Please send us your take on revenge, stories telling us about women/men scorned, now ready to retaliate, and wanting to get even. Let us see your most feisty heroines (or Alpha heroes) and show us how they make right what went wrong in the hottest, sexiest way possible. Venganza is the Spanish translation of vengeance and in either language it can be so hot!

Send submissions to submissions@ oceansmistpress. com with Venganza in the header. Hot Nights- Submission Deadline May 14, 2006; for publication June 29, 2007 OMP is looking for stories (10,000 to 30,000 words). Tell us your story of that sexy man or woman and their heated summer passions. OMP is looking for the hottest summer love stories that will set our senses on fire! Send submissions to submissions@ oceansmistpress. com with Hot Nights in the subject line.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Sliptongue Magazine

We are looking for literary fiction with erotic content: we are NOT an erotica "genre" magazine. Aside from being erotic, subject matter must occur within the realm of actual human experience and obey the laws of biology and physics (i.e., no SciFi, fantasy, monsters, et al). This is not to say we aren't receptive to horror and mystery stories -- simply that they must remain within the boundaries of the believable. In addition to short stories, we are very receptive to novel excerpts. Preferred length is between 1,200 and 8,000 words.

They also publish poetry and artworks.

Compensation: Exposure

For more information read here.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Best Sex Writing 2008

Call for submissions: Best Sex Writing 2008
To be edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Publication date: November 2007
Deadline for submissions: May 1, 2007

Editor Rachel Kramer Bussel is looking for personal essays and reportage for inclusion in the 2008 edition of Best Sex Writing, which will hit stores in November 2007. Seeking articles from across the sexual spectrum, covering alternative sexuality, reproductive rights and sexuality, sex work, sex and aging, sex and parenting, BDSM, polyamory, gender roles, sex and race, sex and disability, etc. These topics are just starting points; any writings covering the topic of sex will be considered. Personal essays will also be considered.

Previous editions of the annual series have featured authors such as Susannah Breslin, Susie Bright, Stephen Elliott, Tristan Taormino, Virginia Vitzhum, and others. See Best Sex Writing 2005 and 2006 for examples of the types of writing being sought. I'm especially looking for reported pieces that are political, timely, intelligent, surprising, and insightful about sex in American culture (and its many subcultures).

About the editor: Rachel Kramer Bussel (www.rachelkramerbussel.com) is a prolific author and editor. She hosts In The Flesh Reading Series and has edited or co-edited over a dozen erotica books, most recently Naughty Spanking Stories from A to Z 2, Caught Looking, He's on Top and She's on Top.

Requirements: Story must have been published between September 1, 2005 and December 31, 2006, online and/or in print (book, magazine, zine or newspaper) in the United States.

Instructions: Please send your double-spaced submission (up to 6,000 words) as a Word document or RTF attachment to bestsexwriting2008 at gmail.com – you may submit a maximum of TWO pieces for consideration AND include your full contact information and previous publication details as per below.

If for some reason you are unable to send a Word document or RTF, send your submission in the body of an email. Put BSW08 in the subject line. Include your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, and exact publication details (title of publication, date of publication, and any other relevant information). ONLY SEND WORK YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REPRINT.

Editors may submit up to three submissions from their publication, following the guidelines above. Please make it clear that you are the editor submitting work for consideration from your publication, and have the author's contact information available upon request.

Email address (for queries and submissions): bestsexwriting2008 at gmail.com
Payment: $100
Deadline: May 1, 2007
Expect to hear back from me by September 2006 at the latest.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Writer's Digest Contest for Self-Published Authors

Win $3,000 in cash
Gain national exposure for your book
Catch the attention of prospective editors and publishers

Writer's Digest is searching for the best self-published books of the past few years. Whether you're a professional writer, part-time freelancer, or a self-starting student, here's your chance to enter the only competition exclusively for self-published books.

THE CATEGORIES:

* Mainstream/Literary Fiction
* Genre Fiction
* Nonfiction
* Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age)
* Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs)
* Children's Picture books
* Middle-Grade/Young Adult books
* Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books)
* Poetry

ENTRY DEADLINE: Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Enter Here

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Worst Love Poem, Ever

The editors of VOID are proud to present February's poetry contest "Worst Love Poem, Ever." We're sure you all have some pretty great/sobworthy life experience that can translate into even better material.

Deadline is February 13th, so start pouring your heart out now!

Please visit for more information on how to enter.

Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Vol 7

Editor: Maxim Jakubowski
Publisher: Carroll & Graf
Deadline: March 31, 2007

This is a best short stories of the year type book. Seeking submissions of stories previously published, whether in print or online, during calendar year 2006.

Any length up to 8,000 words.

As to what I like, my tastes are idiosyncratic, but best refer to any of the previous volumes of the mammoth Erotica series. I'm broadminded.

Submit by mail (NOT e-mail) to:

Maxim Jakubowski
Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Vol 6
95 Finchley Lane
London NW4 1BY, UK

News & Reading For Authors

The Erotic Authors Association has just started their blog; it's been added to the sidebar.

Ephemera Bound publisher Deanna Dahlsad has written about closing libraries over at New Publisher Journal.

A reminder that the Rauxa Prize for erotic writing, which has an award of $1,000, is open until August 15th.

Stupid Boys: Smart Women Talk About the Dumb Men in Their Life

My friend and I are looking for your stories to be compiled into a book we will entitle "Stupid Boys: Smart Women Talk About the Dumb Men in Their Life."

We envision that we will take the best 50 tales, edit them with your consent, change names if you so desire, and get them published. The next best 50 tales will go into the sequel, etc. etc. etc.

We will send each author 1.5% of the proceeds; the remaining 25% will go into a non-profit foundation we are starting, the Lighten Up Foundation, that will provide grant money to women entrepreneurs (well, heck, really any woman that provides a compelling enough reason) globally - we know you've received pleas for women in the third world; we're talking about supporting women in the US, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia...anywhere in the world.

Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2007.

Email your questions, comments, and submissions to either Susan @ sdentel@comcast.net or Heather @ pashadear@sbcglobal.net for consideration. We will reply as soon as possible.

Multiple entries are welcomed. And please forward to all the smart women in YOUR life.

Writer Looking for Jewish Moms of Sperm Donor Babies

I am in the process of doing research for an article and am interested in speaking with any Jewish women, preferably Orthodox or Conservative, who have chosen to have children without a partner through sperm donors. I would love to hear your story and about available resources and support. Anonymity is OK. Please contact me at singlejewishmoms@fastmail.fm.

Satya Magazine

Satya is a magazine that focuses on environmentalism, social justice, and vegetarianism.

"Satya" means "truth" in Sanskrit, and formed the basis of Mohandas Gandhi's Satyagraha or nonviolent "truth action" movement for Indian self-sufficiency. We are currently looking to expand our pool of contributing writers. As always we appreciate any original work regardless of topic. If you are interested, please contact me at Kymberlie@Satyamag.com.

Satya relies on contributions. Since we're a small operation, we do not have funds to pay our writers. We realize that writers in particular deserve to be paid a living wage for their efforts. We hope things may change some day, but until then, we offer our writers our deepest gratitude for their contributions. We appreciate and welcome the input of our readers and writers. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

See their guidelines for more information.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Desdmona's 2007 Titillating Tattoo Story Contest

Skin. Body adornment. Tattoos. Piercings. Stories. Sex.

Desdmona's 2007 Titillating Tattoo Story Contest wants them.

We are eager to see sexy stories from talented authors that include any kind of permanent body adornment: a tattoo, a piercing, or whatever else your perverted mind can come up with.

Desdmona's 2007 Titillating Tattoo Story Contest is an erotic short story contest. Stories must be 3500 words or less.

There is no entry fee.

Only one story is allowed per author.

Stories must be received by Sunday, April 1, 2007.

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, originality, and adherence to contest theme. Please, be imaginative! The winning stories and honorable mentions will be displayed on desdmona.com on Sunday, April 15, 2007.

Contest guidelines and submission details here.

Don't Ask, Don't Tie Me Up: Military BDSM Fantasies

Military men in uniform fulfill a dream for many, and military men in BDSM scenes fulfill even more erotic fantasies. Is it true what they say about Marines? Is the Army really looking for a few good men or just a few obedient ones? Can anything top the U.S. Air Force? Does the U.S. Navy need more seamen? How does the U.S. Coast Guard defend the homeland from penetration? Boot camp and basic training create men who are disciplined and respect authority. Recruits know the meaning of "Sir, yes, sir." Whether Daddy or boy, dominant or submissive, military men have it
all and are best equipped for BDSM fantasies, Master/slave relationships, role-playing, and muscle worship.

I am seeking well-written, believable and accurate stories that are erotic, not just pornographic. I am interested in military men who are rewarded for their bravery, talents and skills and disciplined when they do not follow orders. They fulfill the needs of their "Sirs" and take care of their "boys."

NOTE: If you are not knowledgeable in the world of BDSM, Master/slave, Daddy/boy, military, uniform, role-playing, or muscle worship scenarios, please do not submit a story. Two experts in Military/BDSM scenes (one is ex-military, and both are BDSM masters and trainers) will be
consulted to determine if stories accurately and believably portray what we want for "Don't Ask, Don't Tie Me Up - Military BDSM Fantasies."

I want well-developed characters and plots, believable and accurate situations, and settings, along with internal consistency. Humor is greatly appreciated. All characters must be over 18 years of age.

We are also open to accepting original art work or comics strips.

Feel free to query me about the thinking you may have about a story for this anthology at eric@starbookspress.com

Guidelines:

Submit your query to eric@starbookspress.com in the body of an email - no attachments please.

Include a short bio, your name, postal and e-mail addresses and a 5 paragraph excerpt of your story. Indicate whether or not your submission has been previously published and, if so, where
and when. You don't need to sell your story in the letter; your work will speak for itself.

If your query is accepted, I will be in contact with you about submitting the complete work.

The end product should be no more than 8 pages of single spaced 12 pt. type. Be sure your query has been proofed and edited. Sloppy submissions and poorly written stories will not be considered.

Editor Eric Summers
Publisher: Starbooks Press
Deadline: September 15, 2007

For more info, see here.

Author Reading

Shon Richards of Erotiterrorist has written a 2007 Manifesto on erotica/sex writing which is a must read.

I've added Author MBA Blog to the sidebar -- how long has it been since you checked out all those resources?

Thursday, February 01, 2007

First Kiss Project

The aim of the first kiss project is to record as many first kiss stories as possible -- to capture those clumsy sweet first attempts to end our innocent and bumbling foolishness.

Email your stories to firstkissproject - at - gmail.com. Please include how you would like to be acknowledged (first name/last/anonymous, age, town, etc.). We encourage you to avoid using the full names of other parties.

Entries should remain under 350 words.

Exposure gig that sounds like fun.

Gay and Lesbian Script Contest

The Semi-annual GLBT Script Contest has begun.

Deadline is June 1, 2007.
$30 entry fee

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

BelleBooks

BelleBooks, the successful small press started by a group of authors including Deborah Smith, Sandra Chastain, Debra Dixon and others, is interested in queries for erotica/romantica with Southern settings and/or themes with a distinct feel for Southern culture. We're interested in
short stories and novellas only. BelleBooks specializes in Southern-themed fiction, and while our current list is G-rated and mainstream, they hope to establish a separate imprint for erotic anthologies.

We're not seeking category romance with extra-hot sex, we're looking for more serious erotica written with a certain elegance. It can be dark, it can be gothic, it can contain paranormal elements. Ultra-sleek urban settings are fine, also suburban, as long as the settings are Southern. Everyone sends us New Orleans but we'd prefer a variety of other Southern cities.

We're also interested in light-hearted and funny erotica, sweetly gentle and more sensual than explicit. I know that's vague but we're open to all ideas as long as they're written in a sophisticated style. What we definitely don't want are Hee Haw Southern stereotypes and romantica
submissions that read like naughty series romance.

Send queries to Deborah Smith at debbsmith@aol.com. For more information about BelleBooks, check out the publisher.

Author News & Industry Notes

Another editor has a rant: Philosophical Rant ~ Wearing the Editor's Hat ~ In Praise of Editors

The Marketing Whore (I suggest subscribing to her newsletter) has several useful pieces posted for erotica authors:

Sugasm for free promotion

Social Networking via MySpace: Part One and Part Two.

Author Scene has an entire issue dedicated to erotica with several good articles for authors.

Today's Question: Have you voted in my polls?

Monday, January 29, 2007

Relationship Loss Articles Needed

From Constant Conent, requests:

How To Cure A Broken Heart Description: Advice and tips on how to mend a broken heart, either from a break-up, divorce or death of a loved one.

Price: $10-20
Article amount: 1000+
Content length: minimum 500
Subjects: Relationship Break Down Divorce Widowed Notes

How to Re-gain Control of Your Emotions Description: Article exploring the verious techniques to control your emotions when you have split from a partner, divorced or lost a loved one.

Price: $10-20
Article amount: 1000+
Content length: Minimum 500

Gay Bear/Leather/Kink Publication Accepting Submissions

Gay Bear/Leather/Kink Publication Accepting Submissions (Castro / Opper market, a thriving gay
and lesbian community in San Francisco.)

Writers and Designers

A new adult lifestyle publication aimed at the gay bear, leather, and kink culture is looking for lively, entertaining articles and fiction. We need short, easily digested pieces that speak to the interests and needs of the well-seasoned gay man who knows what he likes, in a community with exotic tastes.

In particular, we are looking for:

- interviews with noteworthy individuals in the community,
- tips and techniques for safe fun play,
- new bear fiction and comics,
- coverage of nonprofit and charity organizations,
- reviews of nationally available products and services,
- brand comparisons for alcohols, cigars, foods, sex toys, etc.
- media reviews of relevant movies and websites,
- event reports from social gatherings around the world.

We pay five cents a word upon publication for all rights, and will not consider work which has been published elsewhere, including online. Our usual article is between 500 and 750 words long, but we will consider pieces as long as 1,500 words, or as short as 100 words.

We prefer publishing articles that are submitted with proposed photographs or illustrations (300dpi CMYK tiff format). Our contents are adult in nature, but we do not publish explicit hardcore images. If you include appropriate artwork, with paperwork demonstrating that you own the rights, and it is accepted for publication, we will pay an additional $25 per article for all rights to the artwork submitted.

All writers and persons featured in our magazine must be legal adults. Please include consent forms and contact information for identifiable people and organizations. Your name (or chosen pseudonym) will be displayed in a byline with the piece when it is published in print. A
photograph of the author, email address, URL, or other identifying information may be included as well depending on the nature of the piece, and the regularity of your contributions.

Please send any submissions for consideration by email in plain text format, pasted into the body of the message, or attached with minimal formatting as a Word-compatible file. All artwork should be attached as full-resolution digital photographs, 300 dpi TIFF files, or PDF files.

Send to: redfurrybear@gmail.com