Editor: Barbara Cardy
Publisher: Constable and Robinson (UK) Running Press (USA)
Deadline: None – On-going series released each month
Payment: Advance of between £25 and £50 plus Royalties
I have 14 more mini-anthology eBooks to put together for publisher Constable & Robinson. The straight category is now complete, but I do still need more lesbian and gay stories.
Each mini-anthology of 10,000 words will include 2, 3 or 4 stories: That could be 4 stories of 2,500 words, 3 stories of 3,300 words or 2 stories of 5,000 words. Please keep as close to those word counts as you possibly can.
The story should very preferably be written in the 3rd person and should grab the reader’s attention in the first few sentences to hit the ground running with a jolly good plot! Unusual scenarios and settings will attract my attention too. It needs to be spicy from the outset so erotic content must begin within the first two or three paragraphs although not necessarily full blown sex. There must be at least two sex scenes in the 5,000 word stories. Twosomes, threesomes, groups, spanking, BDSM etc are all welcome subjects. Unpublished stories only please.
Please send me a maximum of two stories per category – i.e. 2 Lesbian and 2 Gay would be fine, and each story must be attached to a separate email so I can divide them between email folders. Always send as a Word attachment and not pasted into the email.
Use a plain text such as Arial, Calibri or Times and no text boxes/headers/footers/page numbers or other special formatting etc. as it’s a bugger to get rid of! You don’t need to worry about double-spacing between lines as I will only have to put it back into single spacing before I print it out. All speech needs to be in double quotation marks. I don’t need your bio for these eBooks. © 2011 will be put against the story.
Right at the top of the first page of your story, please insert the following information:
Category: (i.e. Straight, Lesbian, Gay)
Address (including postcode and country):
Blurb (see below for example):
Name or Pseudonym:
Then, your story should begin here…
I need a short paragraph of two or three sentences about your story. This will be used to tempt the readers to download an eBook. Here are a couple to give you an idea of the sort of thing I’m after:
INSTRUCTION by Courtney James
Natalie wants to get away from male temptations and a job teaching exercise in a health hydro seems the perfect way to do it. Until she meets fellow instructor Jade, who introduces her to some delicious extra-curricular activity…
THE AROMA OF WORKED WOOD by Geoff Chaucer
Alec Conyers sat by his lathe every day gently stroking his wood… Some days stroking your wood ends with a bang, but when he looked up through his dirty window to see beneath the skirt of Betty Parsons, the bang turned to a whimper of desire.
The Advance: £25 for each 2,500 word story, £33 for a 3,300 words story and £50 for a 5,000 word story. Again, please keep as close to these word counts as possible.
On sales of the Mini-Anthology in eBook, audio or combined eBook/audio format: a pro rata share of 30% of net receipts.
On sales of the Individual Story in eBook, audio or combined eBook/audio format: 40% of net receipts.
I will be happy to email you the full contract which includes an expanded royalty payment schedule, plus conventional printing and other opportunities.
I look forward to receiving and reading your stories. Please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.