My call for submissions, for the anthology, “The Women Who Love to Love Gay Romance,” is now up on the Erotica Readers and Writers Association calls for submission page.
You can get there from here.
I will post more in the future as things progress. I’ve had a lot of interest so far and I think this is going to be an exciting project.
Big thanks to ERaWA.
I’m posting this because it’s a public call for submissions over at Erotica Writers and Readers Association. I just submitted a short story and I’ve always liked working this this particular editor at Cleis Press, Shane Allison. I’ve been in his anthologies before and I’ve always been thrilled with the end results. One in particular was titled, “Backdraft.”
These anthologies are good places to build publishing credits for those who are starting out. And unless you’re going the self-publishing route, we all have to start out somewhere. I have over 90 published works out and I’m not too grand to submit to something like this. I still enjoy doing it now as much as I did fifteen years ago.
Here’s a link to the “Hot Pledges” call. And here’s another for an anthology about “Steam Baths.”
For those authors looking to get into fiction, submitting a short story for an anthology is a great place to start. I started writing short stories for lgbt publishers almost twenty years ago and it’s always been a good experience for me.
There’s an interesting call for submission here. If I had the time, I’d be submitting something myself.
It’s also a way to build publishing credits that may lead to a full length novel. I know so many authors who want to be the next Amanda Hocking…but Amanda Hocking put in her time, too. And the query system with agents works okay at best these days. So don’t pass up a good opportunity to write and take charge of your own career. And if this isn’t your genre, look for another that suits your talents and needs better.
I get a lot of e-mails from other writers asking about the publishers I work with and how they should submit their work. One of the things I always tell them is to look for calls for submission on publisher web sites. These calls for submission are usually for anthologies, where writers submit short stories. The pay isn’t great and there isn’t that much glory, but it’s a good way to let a publisher or editor see how you write. And, I happen to love writing short stories. Many times writers who submit to these short story collections move on to writing novels for the same publishers. I did it for years with all the gay presses and a few indie presses.
So here’s a call for submissions for Ravenous Romance. And here’s the link to the original blog post.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Call for Stories – Dangerous Curves Anthology
Deadline: 15 May 2011
Story Length: 2500 5000
Mira Paul is looking for original, unpublished erotic romance stories featuring curvy, voluptuous, full-figured women. Think Cameyn Manheim, America Ferrera, Sara Ramirez, Christina Hendricks, Jennifer Hudson or Wynona Judd. All the stories must have enthralling characters, a strong plot, steaming sex and a happy ever after or happy for now ending. This is not the anthology for your story centering on a woman who loathes the way that she looks. All stories must feature a strong, sexy full-figured heroine who loves they way she looks and feels and who revels in her ample awesomeness. We’d like to see stories about princesses, models, etc., all the glamour occupations that we would see in a “regular” romance anthology. All sexual orientations welcome.
Submission Guidelines: Email submissions to mirapaul.editor at gmail dot com as a double-spaced Word or RTF attachment with “Dangerous Curves Submission” in the subject line. Please include your name (and pseudonym if applicable), bio, mailing address, email, title of the piece and word count as part of your document. The footer of each page should include your name and page number.
Compensation: Ravenous Romance short story advance of $10, a copy of the anthology, plus a pro rata share of any revenue/subsidiary rights.