something different for a change

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

Calling All Self-Published Authors

Although I’ve never self-published anything…yet…I’ve been following all the exciting things that have been happening with self-publishing, especially with e-books, and I’d like to do something different here on this blog. I’ve been writing blog posts about self-published authors and their books for a while. But I’d like to see something a little different for a change.

So I’m opening up this blog once a week to any self-published author who wants to talk about his or her new self-published book. Just e-mail me everything I need in the body of the e-mail (no attachments, please), including book cover photo, a description of the book, and anything else you’d like to mention that you think might help promote your book. This is about information: who, what, when, where, and why. And please include all product information like word count, author contact info, and links to where the book can be purchased.

This isn’t going to be a review or a rating on the book. It’s strictly about getting information out there. I have a lot of respect for self-published authors for taking the chance and empowering themselves. And when I see literary agents now jumping onto the band wagon with their clients self-published books, I’d like to try to build a network that’s just for self-published authors who don’t have that kind of inside support.

There are no rules; just that the work has to be self-published. It can be a .99 amazon e-book or iuniverse. I couldn’t care less. It can be digital or print or on a stone tablet. It doesn’t matter. But I’m standing firmly on one thing: I’d like to stick with self-published authors who don’t have agents, and authors who don’t work with agents who are now offering self-publishing/e-publishing services. Literary agents have web presence, they promote their authors all the time and they get a lot of attention. These agents know how to take advantage of all the opportunities on the web. So the authors who work with them can let their agents promote them. They don’t need me. I’ve been in publishing for twenty years, but I’ve never been one of the good old boys and never will be.

I’m not focusing on one particular genre. This blog has always been pg rated and publishing oriented in a general sense, and it always will be. If you write YA, I’ll post about it. If you write middle grade, I’ll post about that, too. Your book can be erotica; it can be religious or spiritual. Fiction or non-fiction. This is open to everyone across the board. But I want authors who are going it alone.

I don’t want anything for this. I don’t want free books or gift certificates. This blog is non-profit and it will always be non-profit. I only get about 10,000 hits a day, which isn’t much compared to other blogs. But if 10,000 people see your self-published book that’s 10,000 more that wouldn’t have seen it if you hadn’t posted about it.

My e-mail address is located on the sidebar with my profile. Like I said, post everything in the body of the e-mail, no attachments. In the subject line of the e-mail, please write “Self-Publishing Blog Post,” so I know it’s for the blog. And if I don’t reply, resend. It could have gone into spam. I haven’t chosen a specific day yet, but I’m thinking I’ll leave that open until I see how many requests I get to promote these books. If I don’t get any, I’ll just do it myself.

The only one thing I ask is that you pay this forward. In other words, be proud you’ve self-published your work and help other self-published authors promote their books. I’ve seen a lot of good self-published books out there but the authors are stuck in a difficult place when it comes to getting the information out there.