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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.
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+)
New Hope: Welcome to New Hope, Rhode Island. A town built in the 1700's, and re-built in 2010. It's rumoured some of the original founders still live there. Join us in this exciting new multi-author series. 20-70k novels preferred with a must of HEA or HFN.
Reflections: No sex is necessary for these non-fiction reflections. We're looking for memoirs, how-to manuals, and recounts of real life events.
*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*.
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 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: email@example.com and put the name of the anthology in the subject line.
Serviced Anthology (m/m & m/f & f/f): Must be military/army/navy/airforce/police/paramedic/fireman AND m/m orientated, 10k words or less, heat rating of at least 3 (Explicit love scenes with graphic or strong language). Closes Oct 31, 2013
Crimson Anthology: Must be Vampire orientated, 10k words or less, heat rating of at least 3 (Explicit love scenes with graphic or strong language). Closes Nov 30, 2013
There are currently no themes months. We will be opening up themed calls again in the new year for October 2014 and December 2014 so start plotting!
How to Send Us Your Gem:
Electronic submissions only in a .doc (or .rtf) file. Attach full manuscript to email.
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
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
If you are not sure - please feel free to ask at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.