Submitting to Blushing Books Publications
Thank you for your interest in publishing with Blushing Books. You may be interested to learn that Blushing (formerly ABCD Graphics and Design) is the oldest erotic eBook publisher on the web. We have been publishing erotic fiction on the web since 1998 and publishing eBooks since 2002.
We pay our authors some of the highest rates in the industry, and unlike some publishers who scale rates based on copies sold, we pay our full rate from the first copy out the door. Unlike virtually all other smaller publishers, we pay advances on all titles we accept (anthologies excluded.) We are not a subsidy or vanity publisher. Our authors pay no fees for editing or cover art, or any document preparation.
We pride ourselves on our quick response times to writers. Your submission will be acknowledged (and assigned to a reader) within three business days, and you will receive a decision on your manuscript within 1-2 weeks. In general we publish within 1-2 months of acceptance. If you send us a workable manuscript, it is reasonable for you to expect publication within 2-3 months of the time we first receive contact from you.
We’re ALWAYS looking for new authors and new titles.
What do we accept?
We are primarily a publisher of "power exchange" novels, and that genre is a broad one. Blushing Books publishes many books with a good deal of erotic content, but we also publish non-sexual stories containing discipline and/or spanking scenes. We are primarily a publisher of romances, and as such, books submitted to us should typically follow the basic guidelines of the romance genre. In general, there will be an identifiable hero and heroine who fall in love (usually after an initial period of disliking each other), the conflicts in the book will be centered around someting that keeps the hero and heroine apart, and the ending will be either an HEA (happily-ever-after) or at least an HFN (happily-for-now.)
We publish all sorts of material: everything from Christian/Inspirational stories, to advice books, and all the way to hot and spicy BDSM stories containing elements of ageplay, bondage, master/slave, and bottom-play and enemas. We’re also looking for gay and lesbian stories.
We are currently NOT looking for supernatural titles containing heros or heroines who are vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters or angels, though a story in which a human hero and heroine interact with supernatural elements might be accepted. While we will look at anthologies of short stories, in general we have not seen good sales on these titles and will not pay advances on short story anthologies.
The content of our stories could be rated ‘PG’ all the way to books that are so hot they wouldn’t HAVE a rating, but they are ALL geared for adult readers (18+) only.
We accept stories from any conceivable setting: we publish works with a contemporary setting, historical novels, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal romances, and everything and anything in-between. We do ask that your stories come to us well-edited, and that they be complete with original and good dialogue, clear descriptions, a dynamic plot structure, and original and interesting characters.
Well-written manuscripts submitted by writers who have been careful to use proper grammar and punctuation will be given preference over manuscripts that seem to have been hastily submitted with no obvious effort to proofread. We DO NOT accept partial manuscripts, so your manuscript should come to us complete with original and good dialogue, clear descriptions, a dynamic plot and well-defined characters.
A note about the spanking of children:
A note about "non-consensual" content:
Stories in which the heroine is abducted by the hero have been romance classics for years, and hero's ability to "overcome" the reluctant heroine is an essential romance plot component. Although it at times can be a fuzzy line, the relationship between the hero and the heroine can be "non-consensual" (i.e., he can abduct her), but individual sexual acts and/or discipline scenes should always be either ultimately consensual on the part of the heroine, or, in the case of spanking/discipline, applied to the heroine "for her own good."
Has your story been previously published?
We are actively looking for any published authors who wish to republish books whose rights have returned to them. We are particularly interested in romances from the 1980s and before that did contain spankings, and any author who has a novel in which spankings were cut out is encouraged to submit to us with the content restored. For previously published work, we would need some sort of proof that the rights have been returned to you.
For previously published work, we will pay rates higher than those quoted above. Please contact us for specifics about these arrangements.
How to Submit
If you do not get a response within 1-2 weeks, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep in mind that we...
... no longer accept Chapter One only submissions. You must submit a full document.