I’ve finally finished the read-throughs of my new manuscript and have sent it off for consideration to a publisher. Normally I’d ask at least two other people to proof read it, as you’ll never pick up all the mistakes and plot flaws on your own. This time, however, I wimped out because I was too embarrassed! It’s an erotic short story, you see, and I didn’t want to offend anyone / make them think I was a total perv by asking them to cast their eyes over it.
Goodness knows how I’ll cope if it ever does see the light of day then. But I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it – that would be a good problem to have!
I’ve only sent it to one publisher at the moment but intend to send it to more. I could be wrong, but I always think it’s wise to hedge your bets in this business! So, I’ve been researching worldwide publishers who accept unagented manuscripts, and I thought I’d share my findings in case anyone else out there is writing erotic short stories and is looking to find a publisher.
Just a word before I start – I don’t have firsthand experience of working with the majority of these publishers, so although I’m very happy to share, I can’t in any way endorse or recommend anyone.
It goes without saying you need to carefully check the submission details as each publisher requires different formats and information. Ignoring or being careless about these is a sure fire way to not get published.
Also, some accept content that others wouldn’t. For example, some publishers aren’t even interested in a male/female scenario, however racy – it would need to include menage or same sex couplings. I’d suggest always reading through their guidelines carefully to avoid wasting your or their time.
Part of the international giant, Harlequin, Carina is actively calling for erotic short stories of 10 – 17k words.
Their ‘Scorched’ line is for both short and full length erotic manuscripts.
Accepting erotic (and sweet) romances of all types, from 10,000 – 100,000 words
The Wild Rose Press
TWRP accepts erotic stories in their ‘Scarlet’ line and will look at manuscripts from 5,000 words long.
Accepts manuscripts with a heat rating of ‘sensual or higher’. Word count between 15,000 and 75,000 words.
Good luck with your submissions!