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Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance Anthology

I wanted to update the information on Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance Anthology in a post of its own instead of linking it with other posts today. If you haven’t read about this, you can check it out here. This was the actual call for submissions page.

Submissions are now closed, and I have received some excellent stories from some very talented writers. I will be finishing up a project I’m working on for German Publisher Bruno Gmunder this week, and I’ll be getting back to everyone who did submit within the next two or three weeks.

I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to submit to this anthology. There’s some great stuff here, for lack of a better phrase. I think it’s going to be a great book, and I’m still focused on a summer release date. More to follow soon.

And, just so it’s clear. This is fiction. This is pure fiction written by, and about, women who love to love gay romance. Someone mentioned to me there’s another book out with a similar title and I checked that out. That other book is non-fiction, and it deals with why women love gay romance. My anthology is fiction written by the women who love gay romance…who actually fantasize about gay romance. So the two are completely different books. And as far as I know, no one has ever written or focused on a collection of short stories written by women who love to love gay romance. They’ve written gay romance stories with gay characters in anthologies, but I don’t think they’ve actually added women into the romantic stories as viable characters interacting with the gay characters. If I’m wrong about that, someone please let me know and I’ll retract it.

Update: The Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance Anthology

Back in January when I first made the announcement about the upcoming anthology I’m planning to release this summer titled, The Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance, I set up a digital file and I’ve been receiving stories from some excellent authors ever since.

The deadline for this was set as May 1, 2013. And I couldn’t be more thrilled about the unbelievable responses I’ve had.

I just wanted to update right now with a quick post to mention two things. One, if you have submitted something and you haven’t heard back from me please contact me again. I am replying to all submissions, but sometimes things get lost or go to spam and I would hate to have that happen to anyone who has submitted a story.

Second, I will get back to each and every person who has submitted something, one way or the other. I never liked no reply rejections from agents or editors when it happened to me, and I’m not going to do that to other authors with this anthology. I think those days are over, and authors deserve more respect than that. And if it means I have to click a few extra times in this digital age where it doesn’t cost anything but time, I’m more than happy to do so.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me. rfieldj@aol.com.

I haven’t set a publication date yet, but I will do that soon, and it will be sometime this summer. I think the women who love to read gay romance are going to enjoy these stories, from so many different POVs.

Call For Submissions: The Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance

This is a call for submissions for an anthology I’m going to be putting together myself, with Ryan Field Press, that is focused on the women who love to love gay romance, with women in the storyline. As far as I know, no one’s done anything like this before. There was a good non-fiction book released, I think, last year about it. But I haven’t seen any fiction at all. And if there is one out there floating around, this one will be different.

In any event, I’ve wanted to do this anthology for a long time and I hesitated about pitching it to publishers because I wasn’t sure how they’d react. And I also wanted full control over what goes into this book. There were several things that led me to do this, one of which was when a reader sent me one of her gay romance fantasy stories she’d had published on Amazon. I loved it. And then my best friend of twenty years, a woman who also loves to read gay romance, actually mentioned she wished there was a book out like that and I’d never even discussed this with her. I had that proverbial “Ah-Ha” moment.

So I decided to see what would happen if the women who love to love gay romance were allowed to forget about everything, with abandon, and just write what they want with absolute freedom. And I’m taking the route of old publishing in the sense that I’m in no rush to get this book released. As you’ll see from the deadline below, I’m offering plenty of time for anyone that is interested in submitting. I’ve edited anthologies for publishers before, and I’ve been in more than I can count over the years, so I have enough experience to know that no one should ever rush a writer.

And, I’m only going to be editing and publishing this book. I’m not actually going to be in it. I want to read other voices for a change.

Call for Submissions; Ryan Field Press: “The Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance”

It’s no secret there are more than a few straight women who love to read gay romances, and the audience seems to be growing. I’m looking for the most heartfelt stories about the women who love to love gay romance on the planet. The call is open to everyone, men and women, straight and gay. New writers are encouraged to submit, and readers who always wanted to write fiction are even more encouraged to submit. Established authors are also welcome. But new writers don’t get hung up on grammar and writing because all that can be edited. I’m looking more for great stories about fantasies the women who love to love gay romance have always dreamed about telling. Pen names are fine, and absolute discretion is also something I will respect and take very seriously.

The focus of each story should be at least about one woman (could be more than one) who finds herself involved in a situation either related to gay romance or connected to gay men…or the woman could find herself in a situation where she’s actually part of a gay romance. Think fantasy; think about what you’ve always wanted to do while reading a gay romance and write your own story about it. And don’t hold back. There are no rules this time. It’s fiction, it’s fantasy, it’s escapism in the truest form. It could be a short story based on a favorite fanfic novel. Or it could be fanfic based on something you’ve read and loved. It could be steamy and sexy or emotional and tender. The erotic part is up to you. Or it could be a short story based on a private fantasy you’ve always had about gay men but never had the chance to talk about openly. The only request is that it should be original and never published before.

This is a chance for everyone who has ever read gay romance to do what they’ve always wanted to do with a gay romance. The storylines are infinite and because it’s pure fantasy there’s no wrong way to do it. Don’t worry about what you think I want. Worry more about what you have always wanted to do. If you’ve always wondered what it would be like to seduce a gay man, then write about it and submit it. Contributors will be paid a one time flat fee of $25.00. Word count could range from 3,000 words to 7,000 words, but don’t hold me to that. If a story is 2,500 words and I love it, I’m including it.

If you’ve never been published it’s a good chance to start building publishing credits. If you’ve always dreamed about getting published at least once, and you’re not interested in a writing career, this might be perfect for you to see your name in print just once.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at: rfieldj@aol.com. And put “The Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance” in the subject line of the e-mail. If you don’t hear back from me within a week, e-mail me again in case the first one went to spam or I missed it.

Deadline date for this is May 1, 2013. And I’m looking at a summer 2013 digital release date.

Publisher: Ryan Field Press

Additional Guidelines:

All stories should be submitted as Word Docs, with all contact information, including pen names if they are applicable. Also include a 50 word bio.  

Please double space, indent paragraphs, use New Roman, and 12 pt font. No double spacing between paragraphs. Quotation marks for dialogue and ***** for scene breaks.

Standards apply: No Incest, rape, underage characters, or bestiality.
You may include more than one story.

Editor Information:
Ryan Field is the author of over 100 published works of LGBT fiction, the best selling Virgin Billionaire series, a pg rated hetero romance that was featured on The Home Shopping Network titled, “Loving Daylight,” and a few more works of full length fiction with a pen name. He’s worked in publishing for twenty years as a writer, editor, and associate editor. His work has been in Lambda Award winning anthologies and you can reach him at rfieldj@aol.com

Gay Excerpt from LASTING LUST Anthology…

I promised an excerpt from one of the stories in the LASTING LUST: KINKY COUPLES IN LOVE anthology. So here it is. This one was written by a writer who goes by the pen name Christian Graziedella. In his biography at the end of the anothology, he mentions that he works as an actor and most people would probably know his name. I’m not saying.

In Provincetown, the bars closed at one in the morning. So they showered fast and got dressed to go out. Justin spiked his short blond hair and put on his jeans with the rip up the back thigh. Bill wore low-rise jeans and stuffed his feet into heavy black boots. They both wore tight T-shirts; Bill’s was white and Justin’s red. They were out the door by ten thirty, carrying black leather jackets over their arms.

First they went to a small bar across the street from the guest house. A basement bar, beneath another less desirable guest house, called “The Student Gathering”. The place clearly worked hard to attract a college crowd, but it seemed like all they got were the alumni. It was a slow night. The dark cavern was stippled with twenty or so men who were all over sixty. They stared down at Justin’s ripped jeans and licked their lips. He didn’t make eye contact with anyone, but it was nice to feel like chicken again. When they crossed by the bar, an older guy put his hand through the ripped jeans and grabbed his ass. Justin smiled and backed into the guy’s hand so he could slide it across his naked ass; he didn’t mind being felt up in public for a few minutes.

After a couple of martinis there, they left and walked down to Commercial Street to make the rounds. The Atlantic House, better known as the A-House, was all lit, with beefy bouncers at the door taking twenty bucks a head. But inside, twenty bucks later, they only found about a handful of younger townies all discussing drag shows and Brad and Angelina’s new adoption. The music was excellent, but they’d never been into dancing. So they ordered two more martinis and hung out at the bar for a half hour. Justin was hoping someone decent would walk through the door and slide his hand down his pants again.