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Submissions

Breathless Press is an eBook and print publisher actively looking for submissions.


*New*: View our Sample Contract.


Market: We prefer manuscripts that target adults.


For our Young Adult titles: please visit Lycaon Press

Genre: We are looking for romance, erotic romance, or erotica. For a full listing of our lines, please see below under Our Lines.


Lengths:

Length: Classified as follows:

Novelette: 10,000 - 20,000 words

Novella: 20,000 - 50/60,000 words

Novel: 50/60,000-100,000 words

What we are not accepting:

Flirts: under 1,000 words*

Temptations: 1,500 - 10,000 words*


* Please note that we are only taking under 10k for our Anthologies or Themed Submissions. If you have a story that is under 10k, please submit it for one of our Anthologies or Themed Submissions lines.


Our Lines:

Timeless: Where Historical Romances Come to Life.
Adonis: (M/M) Hot, Sexy Men Who Love Men.
Aphrodite: (F/F) Where Female Passion and Sexuality Tantalize the Senses
Branded: Putting the Sizzle in the Wild Wild West.
Mocha: A Hot and Rich Blending of Desires
Cyber (Sci-fi): Satisfying All Your Future Desires.
Covert: More than just Romance on the edge.
Paranormal: The Things That Like to Bump in the Night.
Romance: Suspense / Comedy / Chick-lit/ Sweet Romance (Heat rating: Sweet Confections)
Erotika: Adding a Kick to Sex. (Heat rating of 3 or greater)
Embers: Smoldering Romances (Heat ratings of 1 - 2)
Naughty Nursery Rhymes: We all grew up with nursery rhymes, so why not continue to love them (Heat rating: 2+ - Also includes Fairy Tales)
Realms: Cross into fantasy realms of romance. (Heat rating: 2+)
Special Note:
*Please keep in mind, if your manuscript is a M/M or F/F whether they are in space, in a western, vampires, or interracial, your story is classified as Adonis or Aphrodite*.



Heat Ratings:

0 - No love scenes.


1 - Sweet Confections: Unconsummated sensual scenes, or love scenes that contain no description of actions.


2 - Monogamous couples. Infrequent loves scenes with no graphic language.


3 - Explicit love scenes with graphic or strong language.


4 - Frequent and explicit loves scenes/graphic depictions of sexual situations. May include BDSM, D/s, homoerotic sex acts.


5 - Diablo Delights: No holds barred high frequency of sexual interactions with strong erotic content. Extreme BDSM, group sex, menage, menage a trois. No HEA required.



Anthologies

Anthologies currently open:

Anthologies will consist of 10 stories each with a royalty of 4% of net sales. No single author shall have more than 2 stories in a single anthology. We reserve the rights for digital for 3 years after which you will receive your rights back. If you wish to renew the contract, we would enjoy discussing other possibilities.


When submitting, please send to: acquisitions@breathlesspress.com and put the name of the anthology in the subject line.



Themed Months


Holiday Month (December) Word Count: 10,000+.
Theme: Angels (doesn't have to be paranormal).
Extended Deadline: August 31st, 2014.
We will also be collecting Flirts for this month as well. The theme for the Flirts will be Christmas/Holidays. Word count for these will be between 5k and 10k. Deadline is August 30th, 2014. Please submit both to your editor, if you do not have a current editor, email them to acquisitions@breathlesspress.com.


Romantic Comedies
Word Count: 10,000+.
Theme: Romance, Comedy.
Deadline: Ongoing.
Is your hero or heroine a clutz? Maybe they just can't seem to do something right or have an odd way of doing something. Heat rating can be any, but we prefer 3 and under. Please submit to your editor, if you do not have a current editor, email them to acquisitions@breathlesspress.com.


Historicals
Word Count: 10,000+.
Theme: Historical.
Deadline: Ongoing.
We are looking for historical novels set in any time period that is not considered modern or close to modern (ie 1920 and earlier). Please submit to your editor, if you do not have a current editor, email them to acquisitions@breathlesspress.com.


My Sweetheart Word Count: 10,000+.
Theme: Stories that make you go "awww" (aka, love/romance).
Deadline: October 31st, 2014.
This coming Valentines Day, we will be releasing stories about sweethearts. Maybe your hero's fell in love in college and settled down shortly after, or maybe they just met and felt that instant click. Stories should be under a heat rating of 3 (or including 3). Please submit to your editor, if you do not have a current editor, email them to acquisitions@breathlesspress.com.


Superhero's
Word Count: 10,000+.
Theme: Superhero's.
Deadline: Ongoing.
We are looking for full length stories that revolve around superheros. Whether it's an evil villain thwarted by the superhero, or a superhero who maybe wants to hang up his cape and his significant other pushes him out a window; we want to see it! Please submit both to your editor, if you do not have a current editor, email them to acquisitions@breathlesspress.com.



How to Send Us Your Gem:

Electronic submissions only in a .doc (or .rtf) file. Attach full manuscript to email.

Send query to: acquisitions@breathlesspress.com See above for definition of Lines. The body of your email should contain your query, followed by a short synopsis (no more than five pages).



How do you prefer manuscripts to be formatted before sending?

All manuscripts should be double-spaced with one space after a period. We prefer italics to underlines, minimal formatting (no single character ellipses or spaces between periods in ellipses, no curly or smart quotes (straight quotes only), and no fancy characters as section breaks). Courier New or Times New Roman 12pt. font only. The title page should include the title, your name, contact information, and word count, as well as the heat rating of your story. (see below for details)


What do you consider a big NO when it comes to story content?

    01. closed door sex

    02. fan fiction

    03. forced seduction, non-con, rape

    04. incest

    05. pedophilia, sexual activities with or between minors, daddy/mommy fantasies

    06. water play

    07. brown play

    08. knife play, or blood play

    09. urethral sounding (i.e.- cock stuffing)

    10. erotic asphyxiation, snuff

    11. bestiality

    12. felching

    13. necrophilia


If you are not sure - please feel free to ask at acquisitions@breathlesspress.com We try to answer questions regarding our submission guidelines within 48 hours



NOTE: If these guidelines are not followed, your manuscript will automatically be rejected.



Do you accept multiple or simultaneous submissions?

We do not accept multiple submissions, meaning more than one submission at the same time. We do accept simultaneous submissions, but we ask that if you are submitting somewhere else, please let us know at time of submissions as well as inform us of the status of the manuscripts availability.


How long will it take before I have a response?

Approximately 6 - 8 weeks, depending on the length of your submission. If you are ever curious about the status of your manuscript, you are welcome to contact us. But we ask that you please allow a minimum of two weeks before following up.



Breathless Press FAQ

What percent royalties can I expect?

Breathless Press currently pays 40% net sales quarterly for ebooks and 15% net sales for all print books. We pay 15-20 days after quarter end and send payment via PayPal, Check, or Direct Deposit.


How often are royalties paid?

Royalties are paid 15 days after quarter end. They are for sales from the home website as well as any third party eBookstores that have paid us during that month.


What do you want to see in my query?

Please include your name, email address, and website url, if applicable. Your letter should include your title, genre, word count, with a short blurb highlighting your story, followed by any relevant credits you may have. End with a brief synopsis ( no more than five pages ) to close your query.


Will my book be edited?

We do expect your submission to be self-edited for grammar and spelling errors. Your book will be assigned to an editor who will work with you to polish it for publication. We do not change your story or your voice, but help it shine through.


How long will it take for my book to be published if accepted?

Four to five months from contract to release is a good guideline, but it could easily be faster or slower.


Can I use my own cover art?

We are hesitant on allowing authors to provide their own cover art. Our process is one that allows author input right up to the approval of the artwork from the Art Director. We allow authors to give feedback and request changes; after all, it is you the author who know your story best.


Will my book be in Print?

At this time we are only offering a select few eBooks in Print. Should we feel your book would do well in Print, we will be sure to contact you to let you know we are going to print with it. We do ask for all print rights up front to avoid delays.


If I get a rejection, can I resubmit?

Yes, we do look at resubmissions. Stories that we feel have potential but are just not there yet, we will send a Revise and Resubmit. Please resubmit according to the first submission guidelines, unless directed otherwise. If we did not offer revision suggestions, then you might want to check our guidelines again to be sure your submission fits our criteria.


Do you accept previously published books?

We limit acceptance of previously published books to current Breathless Press authors who have more than one title with us.