The Seven Secrets of the Fastest Selling Paperback of all time. And a little more market news.
Breaking News for me! lol My novel Wicked Wonderland is up for Best Paranormal Romance in the Passionate Plume awards this year. http://www.passionateink.org/contests
Available for sale here! http://store.samhainpublishing.com/wicked-wonderland-p-7081.html
Maybe you’ve already read too many blogs about why 50 shades is so popular, but here is my perspective
There are several reasons for FSOG’s massive market appeal.
1. Billionaire/ Glamor ( long history of appeal in romance)
which combines with
2. Twilight connection after huge success of Twilight. (Readers get to see Bella and Edward have detailed sex and even better it’s light BD/SM sex!)
3. YA (young adult/ chick lit type) writing style that is easy and fun to read.
4.Sweet virgin gets corrupted and loves it. (long history of appeal as a romance trope)
5. Pretty Woman updated — Ana gets a LOT of cool shit, but it’s not just fashion and cars, there’s modern techno gadgets in there!
6 Dark, dangerous, tormented man meets Cinderella (huge history as a best selling theme in romance.)
7. A mystery….why is Christian 50 shades of fucked up?
And some market news…..
Harlequin Digital First is looking for Dystopian, and Alternate History novels of 70 thousand words or more and these could potentially go to print.
Stories should be inspired by the phrase “What If?”
What if the course of history had turned out differently? What if the world as we know it came to an end? What if humanity faced an apocalypse—and lived? This line is not intended for young adults. Romance or romantic elements are welcome, but not necessary. Books and films fitting this category might include: 1984, Brave New World, The Day of the Triffids, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Road, I Am Legend, V for Vendetta, The Book of Eli, The Walking Dead, Fringe.
As these stories should be rich with detail and these worlds highly developed, submissions should be a minimum of 70,000 words.
How to Submit:
Please submit only completed, fully polished manuscripts along with a query/cover letter and synopsis. In the subject line of your query, please type the manuscript title, your name and the genre of the manuscript. Queries must include the following and will not be reviewed if any piece is missing:
In the body of the email: a brief, introductory query letter including genre, word count and a short description of the book, as well as pertinent information about the author, including both legal name and pen name, full mailing address, and any writing credits.
As an attachment: the full manuscript saved as an RTF, DOC or DOCX file, with file name TITLE_MANUSCRIPT where you substitute your book’s title in place of TITLE.
As a second attachment: A 2–5 page synopsis of the book, detailing character development, plot and conflict/story resolution. Attach as an RTF, DOC or DOCX file with file name TITLE_SYNOPSIS where you substitute your book’s title in place of TITLE.
Please be sure to put the following information on the first page of all files: manuscript name, author pen name/legal name, email address, full mailing address, phone number, genre and word count.
Submissions should be sent to Submit_HDigital@Harlequin.com.
Harlequin Digital First are also looking for Erotic Vacation Romance, contemporary erotic stories taking place while characters are on vacation.
Harlequin Erotic Vacation
Can one vacation change your life? Harlequin Erotic Vacation is all about exploring what can happen when you go on holiday and leave your inhibitions behind. Whether the hero or the heroine is travelling to an exotic resort for singles or going on an exciting adventure trek or completing a dream trip to Europe, the possibilities for romance are boundless. We’d love to see erotic romances where the hero and/or heroine are reaching outside of their comfort zone, and encountering love in exotic or faraway locations in the process. Characters can be tourists or ex-pats, guides or tour operators or resort staff. Stories can be novella length but must end happily—not necessarily with a proposal, but definitely with a promise that the relationship will continue beyond the holiday.
Word count: 15,000-50,000 words.
Sensuality level: Very high—these are definitely erotic romances. Sexual chemistry should play a large part in the development of the romance.
Films: Romancing the Stone, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Under the Tuscan Sun, Before Sunrise.
Do you like menage romance with a very high heat level? My paranormal MMF BD/SM menage is full of magic and published by the great publisher Samhain. You can buy it here http://store.samhainpublishing.com/wicked-wonderland-p-7081.html Or on Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/Wicked-Wonderland-ebook/dp/B009H6WAXI/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1370743507&sr=1-3 http://store.samhainpublishing.com/wicked-wonderland-p-7081.html
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