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 EroticVacation Romance, contemporary erotic stories taking place while characters are on vacation.
Can one vacation change your life? HarlequinEroticVacation is all about exploring what can happen when you go on holiday and leave your inhibitions behind. Whether the hero or the heroine is traveling 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 very hot 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.
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Who are some good publishers looking for fantasy, sci fi and speculative fiction right now?
Why do I have reason to believe Baen might be a good place to submit? Mainly because of some of the high quality authors that have books with Baen such as
Preferred length: 100,000 – 130,000 words Generally they are uncomfortable with manuscripts under 100,000 words, but if your novel is really wonderful send it along regardless of length.
Due to receiving too much spam Baen now has an online submission form.
Tor—- Tor has a huge name. The problem with TOR is they will only let you submit novel submissions via snail mail which is not something I can see myself doing from New Zealand. However there is no doubt it would be amazing to have a book accepted by TOR and they do accept unagented submissions as long as you send by snail mail.
TOR I suggest including an online submission form for your novels like so many other publishers are doing now, or you risk possibly missing out on some great manuscripts from places like Australia and New Zealand because the postage costs are prohibitive for people in these countries and others.
TOR is also interested in short fiction! And they DO allow you to submit short stories under 12,000 words via email. Don’t query, just send your story. http://www.tor.com/page/submissions-guidelines
I can’t say I know much about this publisher but it does at least make explicit in it’s terms that it is not a subsidy or vanity publisher and puts no costs on the authors and it has a nice professional looking site.
I must say I’m a little more wary since the recent contract drama hit the internet regarding a certain press. With all the competition for good manuscripts out there I suggest to publishers that they put royalty rates and terms up front on their submission guidelines to attract savvy authors.
JournalStone Publishing is looking for fantasy, science fiction and horror
Do you write fantasy romance or fantasy erotic romance? You might consider http://www.resplendencepublishing.com/7.html
They are looking for all kinds of romance including fantasy romance and fantasy erotic romance but word on the street is very erotic titles such as menage sell best here. They have hit the best seller list at All Romance Ebooks with some of their titles.
Omnific publishing will consider fantasy with romantic elements althought they would prefer fantasy romance with a strong romance plot. Omnific has had at least one book hit the NYT best seller list.
Link to my erotic paranormal menage romance novel about half-fae Wicked Wonderland
The Magic of Animated Christmas Movies
If you were a child of the ‘70s, you’ll remember a time when there were no DVDs to watch at home, so if there was something special on TV, it was more exciting than it would ever be in this day and age.
How excited my little sister and I were by all those animated Christmas movies full of magic and wonder, that only came on TV on Christmas Eve.
I guess those stories are really ingrained in my psyche, because my first ever published story was one of those Christmas tales, and it appeared in the children’s pages in our city newspaper when I was 10 years old.
When I conceived of my eroticnovel Wicked Wonderland, I also wanted to capture that magic. I wanted to capture it in an eroticromance. The three goals I had for Wicked Wonderland were to write a magical paranormal Christmas story, an emotional romance between 3 people in a ménage, and an erotic story hot enough to jingle sleigh bells and curl your mistletoe!
For those of you wanting only market news info from my blogs (shut up about your new release and your childhood, Lisa and give us the market goss!) I introduce to you Riptide Publishing.
Riptide Publishing is a boutique purveyor of some of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, genderqueer) fiction, romance . Created by experienced M/M authors who were hungry for more favorable contracts, editing, marketing support, and royalty rates, Riptide Publishing seeks to fill a critical niche in the LGBTQ market: quality books, pristinely packaged, that will satisfy readers’ desires for rich, plotty, well-edited stories for which the author is fairly paid.
Although Riptide is an invitation only publisher for general submissions they give authors the opportunity to submit to Open Calls so you can get your foot in the door. Once you have a story accepted to one of their open calls you become an in house author. Their royalty rates are very good and they have some very fine authors so Lisa Whitefern recommends this press.
Click if you wish to buy Wicked Wonderland my erotic menage novel about bisexual half-fae who fly around the world in Santa’s sleigh delivering sex toys while being pursued by an evil force bent on their destruction. 🙂
Today I’m posting some agents and editors wish lists that I’ve hunted up, but please realize, just because your idea isn’t on an agent or editor’s wish list certainly doesn’t mean the agent or editor might not LOVE to have it. Agents say they are constantly surprised by what they fall in love with. That being said, reading editors and agents wish lists is pure fun.
They are fun because they give us an idea of the kind of topics that people in the publishing industry think might sell. They also might give any of us ideas for a future book!
Alicia Condon ekensington‘s Editorial Director is looking for 60,000-word contemporary romance with Alpha heroes or small town settings and high concept single title contemporary romance. She will also look at paranormal and fantasy romance, romantic suspense, historical romance, young adult paranormal romance of 80,000 – 100,000 words).(Click on her name for guidelines and contact email.) Do not send full manuscript.
Lucia Macro is crying out for contemporary romances of approximately 50-60,000 words. for Avon Impulse both funny novels and intense and dramatic ones. She’d love military men, cowboys, billionaires and other tropes.
Submissions for the Dead Sexy editors can be sent directly to deadsexy-submissions (at) entangledpublishing (dot) com ATTN: Rochelle. Check out the Dead Sexy submission guidelines for specific instructions!
Today I’ll give you a little market news and then share a workshop I gave on Emotional Punch. Next week my blog will be on agents and editors wish lists so stay tuned.
Submissions for Ruth can be sent directly to ruth (at) entangledpublishing (dot) com. Check out Indulgence submission guidelines for specific instructions!
Fast-paced, sigh-worthy books for Dead Sexy. Anything that starts with a bang (literal or figurative) and keeps her up at night until the end qualifies! She’s also wishing for:
Submissions for the Dead Sexy editors can be sent directly to deadsexy-submissions (at) entangledpublishing (dot) com ATTN: Tracy. Check out Dead Sexy submission guidelines for specific instructions!
Why does Lisa Whitefern think Entangled might be a good market? They have best sellers in the Romance category on Amazon.com They are getting a good name for themselves out there. I have heard the odd complaint about editors quitting suddenly, but other authors there report being very happy.
Emotional Punch and why you need it in your Romance Novel
One of the most common comments from editors rejecting romance manuscripts is “this story needs more emotional punch.” But what does this really mean?
Emotional Punch in a story is created by the emotional involvement, empathy and absorption the reader feels when caught up with the in your story. It is emotional rapport she feels with the characters and the steadily growing pace of the story and the emotional development that gives the story its page turning quality.
Romance author Barbara Hannay comments that sufficient emotional punch gives your story the “wham” that sets it apart from other stories.
In order to achieve emotional punch a writer must first give us characters we care about. Characters need to grab at the readers emotions and make her care. To do this you need characters who come alive on the page.
Easier said then done right?
How do we create characters like that? Characters who stir a reader’s emotions?
Award winning Australian romance writer Valerie Parv suggests that at every separate stage of your story you ask yourself what the viewpoint character feels about what is happening. Both Valerie Prav in her book Heart and Craft and Stephen King in his book On Writing advise writers not to back off or skim the surface when writing but to dig deep.
Dig deep inside yourself for the deeper emotional truths that might be involved in any situation you are writing about.
Dig inside yourself for the emotions you would feel in the same situation then drag them out onto the page trough bodily sensations.
In order to make readers care about your characters you must know them as people.
Four ways to make a reader care more about you characters include having each of your characters have a “backstory wound” , a personal yearning, strengths and weaknesses and having clarity of theme.
A major back-story event that that bears directly upon the psychological story of your protagonist is referred to by professional book editor Elizabeth Lyon as “a back-story wound”
A back-story wound is a traumatic event in the character’s past that leaves its mark on the character.
In my novel Captured by Fae the heroine was found as a newborn baby in New York City dumpster so she has a bit of a chip on her shoulder about that.
She also has a relentless anonymous stalker who leaves her a lot of insulting messages referring to the circumstances of her birth.
In traditional fairytales Red Riding Hood is stalked by the ultimate predatory male while Cinderella grows up in the ultimate dysfunctional family. These characters go through hard times before they reach their goals and that tugs on our heart strings.
We can compare Cinderella’s miserable home situation with Harry Potter’s. Harry’s miserable downtrodden role in his own muggle family certainly attracted my attention and pulled on my emotions. Like many people I like to root for the underdog and Cinderella and Harry Potter are both timeless stories because their underdog status coupled with their quiet strength and ultimate determination to make something of themselves attracts our attention and involves our emotions.
My story Captured by Fae is in part a retelling of the fairy tale Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. My heroine’s mother is a gambling addict at risk of losing her home and at the beginning of Captured by Fae, my heroine Lillian Rudolph has taken a job as a stripper to help her mother pay the mortgage and keep her home.
However she’s really a classical musician so like Rudolph in the song she stands out like a sore thumb among the other strippers as someone very different. They decide because she is different she must be the unknown thief who has been stealing tips from their locker rooms and beat her up.
She is saved by two fae males who take her for a magical eroticride in Santa’s sleigh.
So Captured by Fae is also an underdog story that pulls at our emotions by keying in to those universal emotions felt by anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, or been bullied and dreamed of being suddenly rescued through the approval of someone powerful. In Harry Potter that someone powerful is Dumbledore, in Cinderella it’s her Fairy God mother, in Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer it’s Santa Claus himself and in my story Captured by Fae it’s two extremely sexy half fae/half human men who fall in love with my heroine.
In all these stories the protagonist is an underdog going through very hard times before triumphing and finding their happy endings and this packs a powerful emotional punch.
Many beginning writers choose conflicts that are too light. But to get emotional depth you need to crank up the emotional difficulties your hero and heroine have.
If when the two half fae whisked my heroine away in the sleigh there were no emotional difficulties between them and they lived happily ever after that would not be enough story and would not provide enough emotional punch.
But in fact my heroine knows both of these men from her past when they were posing as full mortals getting an education at the same university she went to. So this is a reunion story with many layered issues between the three protagonists as well as some very dark magical villains who have strong motivations for destroying their happiness.
To intensify emotional punch you must steadily increase the emotional problems of your protagonists in a story.
Think about your current heroine and hero. Are they troubled by internal doubts? Do they face self image problems? Do they have reasons for feeling they don’t deserve unconditional love?
My story is a ménage so we have two heroes. The back-story wound for the more Alpha of my heroes is that when he was a tiny boy his mother often left him to go on adventure holidays. She was an adrenaline junkie who died in a sky diving accident when he was seven. So he has some bitterness and abandonment issues. My other hero has a scar on his thigh and the reasons for this are left a mystery that I hope has some emotional punch on reveal.
In order to achieve emotional punch you need to drop you guard when writing about your character’s backstory wounds or any other emotional event in your novel. Before you can share the characters emotions you really need to be in touch with your own most intense emotions and feelings. Analyze your own most painful memories.
Australian romance writer Valerie Prav even suggests that if you are a writer who has never visited a professional counselor, that you do so now in order to have a deeper understanding of your own emotions so that you can understand your hero, heroines and even your villain’s emotions in more depth.
New York agent Donald Maass gives similar advice when he comments that “Novels that change lives do so because their authors are willing to draw upon their deepest selves without flinching. These authors hold nothing back making their novels the deepest possible expression of their own experience and beliefs.”
To ensure your story is emotion based you need to look at the role each scene or chapter is playing in the development of the romance.
The emotional structure of a romance might go through the following steps
Step 1—The heroine and hero either have a first meeting in which they feel strong attraction for each other coupled with the warning signs of conflict or the hero and heroine are reunited and back-story revealing emotional conflict from their past is carefully woven in.
Step 2—-The hero and heroine begin to feel admiration for each other but this is complicated by conflict. Or in the case of a reunion story – memories of the past rear their heads which increases emotional tension. In a mainstream romance sexual tension will be on the page, but they will not be making love yet because of the conflict. In contrast, in a very sexy romance the hero and heroine may move quickly to sexual intimacy, but they will both probably be trying to keep their emotions under wraps. The heroine may tell herself that she is capable of having casual sex like a man without emotion as she shies away from what is really true love.
Hero and heroine meet several more times and one or both of them fight their desires and/or their feelings for each other because of both internal and external conflicts.
They are thrown together repeatedly by the plot, but conflict grows between them. In a sweeter romance they may fight their sexual desire for each other, in a sexy romance they fight their emotions and feelings.
In a sweeter romance this may be the stage where the couple finally make love and lovemaking is later regretted when the conflict seems stronger than before. In a sensual, spicey or eroticromance this maybe a point when the conflict grows and becomes so great that they do not make love for awhile, as all focus is now on the conflict. The Grey moment may occur. This is the moment when the couple confront some important issue that seems like the main crisis but they pass through this crisis and it is not as black and devastating as The Black Moment coming up.
Step 6 The hero may declare his love but the heroine suspects his motives.
Step 7 The Black Moment. Your story should have a heart wrenching black moment. How do you go about creating that?
A few tips on creating a heart wrenching black moment from Donald Maas include making one of your protagonists face his or her greatest fear. Working out what your protagonist would never sacrifice and forcing him or her to sacrifice it, and making your protagonist do something the reader would think they would never do. Using one of these moments can lend tremendous emotional power to your black moment.
Step 8 Because of the black moment a future together seems impossible. Decisions are made in an attempt to solve the conflict.
Step 9 The decisions made prove to be the right one. All loose ends are tied up and the couple are free at last to make a commitment to each other.
Throughout your novel you may want to concentrate on one consistent emotional theme. Make sure the emotions your character feels are consistent. They may go on a roller coaster ride of emotions but you still need a dominant theme for you book to be a coherent read. You need to decide on the main emotion you want your readers to feel in each scene and also the main emotion you want your reader to feel reading your book. There should be an emotional theme to your story overall.
Readers read romance for the emotional journey. The more complicated your plot is the more you run the risk of losing the emotional theme running through the book so you must always remember to come back to that theme. Your heroine and hero relationship must be central to everything and more important than other details.
Kate Walker comments that in a romance you have to concentrate on a central relationship and because of this of you need to make sure that what you are describing is a very special, deep, and heartfelt sort of emotion. My own novel Captured by Fae is a ménage but it is an eroticromance and so I took care to make sure that I portrayed a once in a lifetime love of the sort every romance should be. In the fantasy world I created the fae live in ménage relationships with their fated mates. The three protagonists in my novel are half human and half fae and so they are unsure if a fated threesome even exists for them.
The romance relationship in your novel should have real depth and real value. The romance should be so much more than a crush. They need to be someone of real value to one another, someone you would want to spend your life with. Someone without whom the other protagonist or in the case of a ménage protagonists would feel hollow and empty if they didn’t have them in their lives. The relationship needs to be the ultimate in true love.
Kate Walker suggests asking yourself 12 questions about emotional punch
Think back over books you’ve read in the past –the ones you’ve enjoyed most and the ones that made your heart beat faster or made your eyes sting with tears. What emotions did they awaken in you? What is it about the story that appealed to you the most? What did you remember the most? It was probably an emotional moment.
For example in Wuthering Heights Heathcliffe’s outrage at the way he’d been treated as an outcast. The passion and desperation between him and Cathy when Cathy is torn apart by misery because she didn’t follow her heart.
Personally I also feel emotional punch listening to the lyrics of Eminem’s songs. And considering how well they sell I think a lot of other people must feel that emotional punch too. Eminem’s fury at having been abandoned by his deadbeat Dad, and his angst about being brought up by a poor drug addicted mother. His anger about being bullied as a child and very poor as a young adult. His passionate love for his daughter and his fury at his exwife.
Nora Robert’s stories often pack a powerful emotional punch. For example in Nora Robert’s book Birthright thirty year old Callie Dunbrook finds out that she she was kidnapped from her stroller when she was only three months old.
In Public Secrets Emma McAvoy gets whisked out of poverty and into the glamour of rock-music at the age of 3, But when her baby half brother is tragically kidnapped, Emma’s new world changes again, and she must live with the guilt and the uneasy sense that she knows more than she remembers.
Think about novels, songs, and movies that really made you feel. This should help you concentrate on putting emotional punch into your own stories.
Then give your characters’ wounds, make your black moments really big ones, and be utterly ruthless to your characters then pull them out of that black hole with a happy ending that arises realistically from the choices your characters made. That is what emotional punch is all about.
A strange fact of the current publishing market is that teenagers on the whole are considered reluctant to embrace ebooks. Much more reluctant than adults. A number of digital first publishers that tried having a line for teenagers have closed that line and no longer accept young adult fiction. Samhain stopped accepting Young Adult Fiction. The Wild Rose Press closed their “Climbing Rose” young adult line. Harlequin’s Digital first imprint Carina takes almost every kind of romance BUT Young Adult Romance.
(These bookcovers are for illustrative purposes only and do not indicate that the authors are clients of the aforementioned agents.)
So I’ll start with a couple of agents and then look at which digital first lines ARE still open to Young Adult Fiction.
Francis Collin accepts queries for YA. This agency prefers Young Adult Fiction, literary fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, and travel narratives. They accept email queries as long as there are no attachments. http://www.francescollin.com/
Why would Lisa Whitefern recommend Book Ends Literary Agency? This is another agency with a solid reputation and I met one of their agents (Jessica Faust) at a Romance Writers of New Zealand conference and she was extremely professional in every way.
Kim Lionetti has extensive experience in editing as she was formerly Senior Editor at Berkley Publishing for eight years before joining bookends
In Digital First Publishing the up and coming digital first publisher Entangled is looking for Young Adult Fiction.
Entangled appears to have a growing reputation among authors interested in digital first publishing. Some of their adult contemporary novels are best sellers on Amazon. While I must be honest and say I have heard some complaints from authors about Entangled (editors quitting suddenly and leaving them in the lurch) many other authors are happy and Entangled seems to have developed a surprisingly good reputation in a small amount of time
Entangled Teen is described as a high-concept, engaging line of books geared to the Young Adult audience. Thanks to a more traditional editorial calendar of twelve to eighteen months between acquisition and publication, Entangled Teen will be distributed by Publisher’s Group West, one of the largest print distributors in the world. Emphasis is placed on shelving Entangled Teen titles in brick and mortar stores in an effort to maximize visibility and availability to the target audience.
Royalty rates for Entangled Teen are 20% of cover for digital, and 9% of cover for print.
Entangled Teen is seeking
I’ve said before that I am quite unsure how these new Digital First lines created by the BIG publishers will do in terms of sales but one hopes the Harlequin name might sell ebook Teen Romance to teenage girls.
As far as Young Adult Fiction goes Harlequin is most interested in your Teen Romance but may also take on other good quality fiction geared at Young Adults.
For Harlequin Teen print imprint most people still need an agent.
Harlequin Escape —– Harlequin’s really getting into that Digital First Market
If you’re an Australian or a New Zealander or perhaps even in a country nearby us you might be interested in Harlequin Escape especially if you have a teen romance set in Australia or another country around this part of the globe.
They don’t appear to have a strong focus on YA, but I believe if you sent them a great YA New Zealand or Australian romance they’d be keen since they take all heat levels of romance including sweet, and are really really keen to acquire Australian set romances in particular.
The fact remains that the majority of the top digital first publishers are still rejecting YA however a February Publishers’ Weekly article denies teens are still reluctant to embrace YA so perhaps we will see a change in this soon.
I also found this nice site for writers who love YA.YAtopia
To read the blurb and an excerpt from my sexy paranormal menage Samhain Publishing click here http://store.samhainpublishing.com/wicked-wonderland-p-7081.html
What’s hot right now according to agents and editors?
The following are some of the genres that Nelson Literary Agency are actively acquiring.
Why would Lisa Whitefern recommend the Nelson Literary Agency?
This agency appears to have a solid reputation. To quote a little from their about page “Nelson Literary Agency was founded in 2002. In such a short time, the Nelson Agency has sold more than 150 books, landed several film deals, and has contracted foreign rights on behalf of our clients in all the major territories, including Germany, France, Holland, Japan, and even Russia and Indonesia. Nelson Agency authors have become national bestsellers, RITA-award winners, and have appeared on bestseller lists.”
Nelson Literary Agency are also looking for currently HOT genre New Adult Romance.
What else is HOT right now? — New Adult Romance
(Sexting the Limits is an Erotic New Adult Romance available at Ellora’s Cave.)
The publishing industry seems to be all a buzz about New Adult Fiction and New Adult Romance. What is New Adult Romance? It’s romance with characters in their college years. The target audience is women age 18 to 25 who are looking for books with heroines they can relate to. Dialogue should be very current and casual, often sarcastic.
Carina Press is actively acquiring New Adult Romance novels 50,000 words and up. They are most interested in contemporary but will consider paranormal, post apocalyptic, dystopian, etc . These stories must have a strong plot and “very definable protagonists”, 18 and above (or at an age eligible to enter college), in their early to mid-20s. While at least one protagonist should fall in this age range, it is possible the other protagonist may fall in their upper 20s.
Story elements should be targeted to an adult, not teen audience, and should contain adult contemporary themes, frank, modern language, high relationship drama and intense conflict. Characters actions, dress and dialogue should all be age-appropriate. Think of the relationship drama of the college years and run with that!
Other elements that work in this genre (but are not required to be considered for publication) include increased sensuality, love triangles, protagonists with traumatic events in their background.
What is HOT right now? Multicultural Romance for the Digital First Market
Ellora’s Cave has been actively looking to expand their range of Multicultural Erotic Romances.
This line is called FUSION
Fusion is about multicultural and interracial relationships. Their readers love African American/Caucasian, but in addition to more of these they want variety. Ellora’s Cave are actively acquiring stories that not only explore the trials and tribulations caused by cultural differences, but that celebrate those differences! They would especially like to see Latin and Arabian lovers in erotic romances with story lengths from 7K to 120K.
For some reason plain contemporary romance without suspense or paranormal elements is topping all the best seller lists at places like Amazon, and Digital First Publisher’s websites right now.
What is HOT right now? Gay Werewolf Romance for the Digital First Market
Can you write a super explicit X rated male/male werewolf romance between 18,000 and 39,999 words before December 1st? Ambure Allure is actively acquiring these stories although I’m sure this genre would be just as hot at Loose ID Ellora’s Cave,, Dreamspinner, Carina, Liquid Silver, Resplendence, Samhain Siren or any other of the best digital first publishers.
All the agents, editors and digital first publishers I have mentioned in this blog currently have good reputations and/or a solid history in the industry.
To read the blurb and an excerpt from my sexy paranormal menage Samhain Publishing click here http://store.samhainpublishing.com/wicked-wonderland-p-7081.html
Manic Readers review of Wicked Wonderland
Please note—-A publisher or agency who has to use Google ads to solicit your novel probably isn’t anyone you’d want to write for.
Please read this for more information on protecting yourself as an author. You should never pay anyone anything to produce your book for you. http://www.thepassivevoice.com/05/2013/the-author-exploitation-business/
Manic Readers review of Wicked Wonderland
What’s different about my blog? While there are a few other blogs publishing market news for writers of fiction, I only post markets I believe have something of a decent reputation behind them. Of course I can’t guarantee that if you sign a contract with an e-pub or agent I recommend that you will have decent sales or a good experience. However I promise I won’t be publishing any news from markets that have no reputation at all.
Three Actively Acquiring Markets Discussed and Recommended this week
If you’re interested in publishing romance with a digital first publisher an incredibly useful place to do research is the blog of Emily Veinglory.
Emily Veinglory’s blog’s main serious purpose is to provide information about sales figures in digital first publishing. Just coincidentally I believe Emily is a New Zealander like me. Less coincidentally she is also published with Samhain. Emily’s research led me to choosing Samahin as the best publisher for my novel.
So Fresh Market News from a publisher recommended by Lisa Whitefern? Samhain is REALLY interested in having a look at you horror novel!
Samhain is actively seeking talented writers who can tell an exciting, dramatic and frightening story, and who are eager to promote their work and build their community of readers.
Samhain is looking for novels—either supernatural or non-supernatural, contemporary or historical—that are original and compelling. Authors can be previously unpublished or established, agented or un-agented. Content can range from subtle and unsettling to gory and shocking. The writing is what counts.
Interestingly fact about Samhain- Samhain was the first publisher ever to have a book that was still only available as an ebook hit the NYT Best Seller List. A western erotic romance by Maya Banks.
More market news. Black Lace the famed UK publisher of erotic books who has been around since 1993 closed its doors to submissions in 2010. Now thanks to the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomena they reopened in 2012.
Black Lace although reprinting a lot of classic Black Lace novels are also finally open again to general submissions. http://www.blacklace.co.uk/index.php/Contact%20Us
Why does Lisa Whitefern recommend Black Lace? They’ve been established since 1993. Their novels tend to be almost literary erotica. Very beautifully written (don’t let that put you off they have plenty of story too!) Black Lace is a cut above.
Originally Black Lace novels were all about the woman’s sexual journey. They were erotica as opposed to erotic romance the equivalent of sexual women’s fiction as opposed to a story of one man/one woman. This changed as erotic romance gained in popularity and Black Lace even started printing the words “erotic romance” on the spines of their novels as part of their marketing.
Currently though Black Lace editors say “There is room for both erotic romance and erotica on the list and while every book should have a satisfying ending we don’t insist on a conventionally happy one.”
Hachette Book Group (including Grand Central Publishing) is one of the Big Six traditional publishers. Mostly you need an agent to submit your romance to Grand Central Publishing. However they have recently opened a Digital First Romance Imprint. Books over 50,000 will have a POD print option.
This imprint is called Forever Yours
Why does Lisa Whitefern recommend Forever Yours? In all honesty I am not sure how these digital first imprints the Big Six are all starting up are going to pan out in terms of sales for individual authors. These lines are too new for there to be any sales data available to the general public. I have a fear that sales could end up being pitiful for SOME authors. Although this can happen with any digital first epub, and depends on many factors.
However the fact is that Forever Yours is linked to a traditional publisher. Here are the reasons Forever Yours recommends you submit your romance novel to them.
Forever Yours offers a complete publishing package: editing by Forever editors, top-notch cover design from the Forever art team, a dedicated publicist, Netgalley review copies for bloggers/reviewers, social media tools and training, targeted marketing and advertising budget, and an experienced digital sales team with long-standing relationships in the e-marketplace.
What are they looking for?
Genres: Forever Yours is currently accepting romance submissions from all subgenres, including but not limited to: contemporary, romantic comedy, romantic suspense, western, historical, inspirational, paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy, futuristic, urban fantasy, steam-punk, time-travel, and erotica. We are not accepting YA, mystery, general fiction, non-fiction, or poetry.
Word count: FY are accepting novella length works (8,000-35,000 words), as well as longer works from 35,000-100,000 words.
Forever Yours offer advances on projects over 35,000 words, 25% net digital royalties, and quarterly royalty accounting.