Submitting to Blushing Books Publications
Thank you for your interest in publishing with Blushing Books. You may be interested in learning the following about Blushing Books:
*Blushing Books is not a new company. We are, in fact, the oldest web-based romance and romance erotica publisher. We have been in business since 1991, and sold erotica through mail-order from '91 through '98, at which point we moved to web-based publishing via a membership site model. We opened our first e-book store in 2001. We currently represent around 200 authors.
*We pay our authors some of the highest rates in the industry (50% royalty rate), and unlike some publishers who scale rates based on copies sold, we pay our full rate from the first copy out the door. Rates rise to 55% to authors who sign a penname exclusive contract with us.
*We pay advances on all titles we accept (anthologies excluded.)
*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 a romance publisher. Most of our publications will fall into the "power exchange" genre, but 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. 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.)
Borrowing from the MPAA rating system, Blushing Books will primarily publish books that fall in the PG-13, R, and X rated categories. We have an affiliated publisher, Lazy Day Publications, where we publish Christian, inspirational, and young adult content (think G and PG), and another affiliated publisher, Pride Press, where we publish gay and lesbian material.
We are far more interested in erotic romance than we are in erotica. Books in which the primary conflict centers around the development of the protagonists' sexual relationship are unlikely to be published. We want strong action, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, adventure plots, and the development of the relationship occurs within the context of that plot.
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.
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.
We DO NOT accept simultaneous submissions. We respond quickly, and if you have submitted to another publisher, please withdraw from the other publisher before you send to us. (We will accept more than one submission from you, however. Feel free to send us everything you would like us to consider.)
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."
Our primary market is Amazon.com, and, as of Summer 2014, their policies are changing towards non-consensual erotic material. As of now, no books with the words "abduct," "kidnap," "rape," "breed" or "non-consensual" in the description may be published.
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.