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Spring Inspiration

April 30, 2011 by in category Blogs tagged as , with 0 and 0
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Got your steampunk going? At the recent RT Conference one of the hot-ticket items editors requested continued to be steampunk, and Carina Press has put out a call for holiday submissions. But, you better get your move on because this deadline is May 15!
These listings only include the latest highlights. Over the next few months, many publishers will start looking for holiday submissions. While we’ve highlighted one from Silver Publishing, they actually have a handful out. For those who want more information, make sure to check out each publisher’s submission guidelines, and stay tuned for more listings.
Carina Press is pleased to announce a call for submissions for its 2011 holiday collections. This will be the only open collection call for 2011 and is an excellent opportunity for authors interested in participating in the normally by-invitation-only Carina Press collections.
Carina is looking for steampunk novellas with a winter or winter holiday theme, to be published digitally both individually and as a collection in December 2011. The novellas should be from 18,000 to 35,000 words and feature steampunk elements as integral to the novella. The stories do not need to be romance, or even have romance elements, but can be straight steampunk, or steampunk with romantic elements, and can also feature elements of mystery, thriller, horror or other sub-genres. Additionally, there is no set heat level for these stories, so they can have no sex, or be ultra-sexy, or anything in between.
Essentially, we’re looking for interesting, creative, well-written stories within the steampunk niche that will appeal to readers’ imaginations and add to our growing catalog of steampunk stories.
To submit, please send your completed manuscript and synopsis, along with query letter to submissions@carinapress.com by May 15, 2011. In the subject line, please put Steampunk Holiday: Manuscript Title and Author
All submissions will be reviewed and final decision made by June 15, 2011.
For questions about this call for submissions, please email Angela James at submissions@carinapress.com
For more information about Carina Press, and to read the submission guidelines, please visit www.carinapress.com
HOT FLASH ~ New Line Open For Submissions
Taking submissions for new line of quick reads called Hot Flashes. Word count can be 10,000 to 20,000.
This line is built around Cougar-type story lines with the woman being from late 30s on up and hooking up with a young man. The hero needs to be at least seven years younger. Contemporary timetable. Genre is open. (Make us want to publish your genre.)
Each story will be sold separately, but under the Hot Flash Line and with similar covers. Publication on this line will begin by July 1. Heat levels need to be HOT. The hotter the better
For more information, check out Secret Cravings Publishing, and the guidelines at www.secretcravingspublishing.com/SubmissionGuidelines.html
SWEET TREATS AND SENSUAL TRICKS
Do you have characters whose Halloween tricks lead to sensual treats? Paranormal characters looking for lust … and finding something a little more along the way? How about a thriller where your protagonist just might be falling in love with a killer?
Silver Publishing is looking for high-quality erotic romance stories for a Halloween anthology.
Details:
Word count should be 5,000 to 18,000.
 All genres of erotic romance are welcome.
Deadline is July 16, 2011, and the release date is October 29, 2011.


For submission guidelines, please visit the submission page. When submitting your manuscript, please clearly state that you’re submitting for the “Halloween Anthology” Submission Call.
Editor Delilah Devlin is looking for lesbian shapeshifter stories for a romantic erotica anthology titled Beastly Babes.
The concept of shapeshifters—beings both human and animal—ignites our imaginations with visions of primal passions and insatiable hungers. Most commonly seen as dark, masculine demons, shapeshifters are in need of a metaphysical overhaul—a new feminine/Sapphic blending of physical power and inescapable desires.
Beastly Babes will re-envision common and not-so-common myths and deliver a fresh perspective from the storytellers. Traditional lycanthropes and feline familiars are welcome, if told with a fresh twist, but writers are encouraged to imagine greater, and perhaps explore more obscure, lesser-known mythologies from around the world to create inventive tales celebrating feminine power, lust and erotic love. Concentration primarily focuses on the lesbian relationship, although ménage and secondary m/f depictions will be permitted. Published authors with an established shapeshifter world may use that setting for their original short story.
The stories may be as kinky or vanilla as the writer wants—but a deep sensuality should linger in every word. Exotic locations and scenarios are welcome. Keep in mind there must be a romantic element with a happy-for-now or happy-ever-after ending. Strong plots, engaging characters and unique twists are the ultimate goal. Please no reprints. We are seeking original stories.
Prepare your 1,500 to 4,500 words story in a double-spaced, Arial, 12 point, black font Word document with pages numbered (.doc, NOT. docx) OR rich text format. Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch and double space (regular double spacing, do not add extra lines between paragraphs or do any other irregular spacing). Include your legal name (and pseudonym if applicable), mailing address, and 50 word or less bio in the third person to cleisbeastlybabe@gmail.com. If you are using a pseudonym, please provide your real name and pseudonym and make it clear which one you’d like to be credited as. Authors may submit up to two stories.
Payment will be $50 USD and two copies of the published book upon publication. Deadline is July 29, 2011, and response date is October 2011.
The “XoXo The Seriesâ„¢
XoXo Romances â„¢
Romances novellas and novels: sweet, comedy, fairies, dragon, medieval, western, steampunk, cowpunk, historical, fantasy, woman fiction, angelic realm, family, mystery, time travel and erotic.
XoXo Alternative Lifestyle â„¢
Same-sex romances in any genres. Including beyond the extreme*, sexual fantasy, LGBT, Cougars and Mistresses(series) , BDSM, ménage, bisexual, historical, male sexual fantasies and women sexual fantasies aka Hustler Letters. 18 yrs+
XoXo Non Fictionâ„¢
Open all categories: cookbooks, how to, self-help, business, spiritual, inspiring, academics, memoirs, family history, and new categories are welcome. Also open Young Adult and Children.
Submissions Guidelines: Submissions must fully edited. Minimum, manuscript must be 25,000 words and no more than 120,000 words in length; 12 pts Time Roman and double spaced. Be ready to sign a legal and binding publishing contract for three years.
XoXo pays standard royalty per ebook and paperback sold. Worldwide distribution, live radio promotional interview and much more. Please submit your complete manuscript for consideration, ad include your full name, penname, correct email address, word count, genre and promotional plan.  Submission Director: penny@xoxopublishing.com
Compiled by Louisa Bacio
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