If you’ve been following my fortnightly posts over at Oh Get a Grip!, you’ve no doubt heard me mention a few times that I was in the process of helping to start up a small publishing house for erotica and erotic romance.
Well… the day is finally here!
Deep Desires Press, which was co-founded by myself and a small team of authors and editors who are dedicated to bringing readers the very best in erotic fiction, is now open for submissions!
I’ve had many people ask me why I would start up a publishing house in the age of self-publishing, especially since most of my platform is self-published. Well, the simple truth is that self-publishing is not for everyone. Nor do I believe that authors are necessarily better off with a 100% self-published catalogue.
Many authors nowadays invest their time and energy in building a hybrid platform, one that features both self-published titles and traditionally-published titles. Self-publishing requires that the author hire an editor and cover artist, as well as do all the formatting and marketing themselves. However, self-published authors keep all the royalties. Traditionally-published authors give up a certain percentage of their royalties, but in return get editing, cover art, and marketing support. Books published through a publisher are likely to reach a different market than books that are self-published, just by the simple fact that a publisher would have a different collection of followers on social media than the author, which helps open up sales opportunities. A self-published author may, in fact, increase the sales of their self-published books by releasing a few titles through a publisher and attracting new readers. (Of course, there are never any guarantee of sales in the book industry.)
However, the main reason that I’ve pushed to start up this company is that I love the process of publishing and marketing books as much as I love the process of writing them — and I’ve come across several authors who either don’t have the skills and knowledge to self-publish, or simply don’t have the time. While self-publishing is flourishing, it is obviously not for everyone.
We’d also love if you connected with us on social media! We’re currently on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Our feeds are a little slow right now because we’re in the initial stages of opening up for business — so they’ll get busier as the business progresses!
If you’re a reader, we’d love for you to join our newsletter — the sign up form is found at the bottom of every page on our website.
And if you’re an author, we’d love to take a look at some of your dirty stories! Read on for our current Call for Submissions!
Call for Submissions
Deep Desires Press
Deep Desires Press is a new publisher of erotica and high-heat-level erotic romance. We focus on quality rather than quantity – we would much rather have a handful of top-notch stories than a full catalogue of mediocre books. Our main goal is to excite the reader, to take their imagination into the most erotic of scenarios. We expect to launch in the winter of 2016/2017 and are currently seeking submissions in the categories listed below.
Authors will earn 50% royalties (after the vendor takes its cut) and will receive full editing, cover art, and marketing support from Deep Desires Press. Submissions are expected to be well-written, well-edited, and reasonably error-free.
First, a few general details:
Genres: We are seeking all genres and subgenres of erotica and erotic romance. This includes contemporary, paranormal, LGBTQ+, BDSM, historical, sci-fi, fantasy, etc.
Pairings: We are seeking stories featuring any pairing – MF, MM, FF, group/ménage/multiple partner, and we are inclusive of trans*-identified characters.
Wish List: While we are open to any and all submissions that meet the criteria of this Call For Submissions, we are particularly keen on submissions that reflect real life, including, but not limited to, multi-racial casts of characters, accurate depictions of LGBTQ+ relationships and sex, and settings outside of Canada and USA.
Banned Content: We will not accept submissions containing underage characters in sexual situations, bestiality, necrophilia, yellow play, brown play, incest, pseudo-incest, non-con, dub-con, or rel-con.
Social Media and Self-Promotion: Authors are expected to have at least two mediums for self-promotion, such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, newsletter, Pinterest, blog, website, Google+, etc. When submitting, please include relevant links in your query letter. In the case of a newsletter, please include the current number of subscribers.
Rights: Deep Desires Press will seek ebook, print, and audio rights from the author. However, at present, we are expecting to publish in ebook-format only. Contracts are for three years from publication, renewed on an annual basis thereafter.
New Content: We are primarily looking for new works only. However, if your work has been previously published and you currently hold full rights, we will consider these works on a case-by-case basis.
What we’re looking for:
Length: Short Stories (5,000 – 10,000 words)
Details: We are seeking erotica short stories that feature at least one intense sex scene, as well as an engaging framing story. In particular, we are looking for stories that contain series potential from authors who can maintain a fairly regular output. If your story has series potential and you know where subsequent stories will venture, please include this in your query letter.
Length: Novellas (10,001 – 25,000 words)
Genre: Erotica, Erotic Romance
Details: We are seeking novellas that feature multiple sex scenes with an engaging storyline. Erotic romance novellas must have a “happily ever after” or “happy for now” ending. While we would prefer stories with series potential, this is not necessary.
Length: Novels (25,001 words and up)
Genre: Erotica, Erotic Romance
Details: We are primarily focusing on short stories and novellas, but we are always open to a novel-length manuscript that catches our attention. Erotic romance novels must have a “happily ever after” or “happy for now” ending.
How to submit:
Please query via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, following the guidelines below:
In the body of your email, please include a brief query letter outlining who you are, what your book is about, the length of your book, your plans for sequels (if any), and relevant social media links. For novellas and novels, please also include a synopsis of your work in the body of your email, below your letter.
Please attach your story, novella, or novel to the email as a Word file (doc or docx). Documents should be double-spaced with one-inch margins and in Times New Roman 12-point font.
At present, response time is within one to two weeks.
For more information:
Thank you for your interest.