Some of you are familiar with this story because you've been reading my agenting blog (agentinthemiddle.blogspot.com), but it is one of my favorite agent stories, and directly relates to how I work as an editor at Ravenous.
When Cecilia Tan and I were reading and editing the first MILF Anthology for Blue Moon books (we are doing a second one for Ravenous Romance, so get your hot mom next door stories in!), one of the stories was by a well-published erotica writer. DUCHAL SERVICE was about a 39 year-old duchess who had to get pregnant by her 40th birthday or be put to death and so required the services of a young stable boy who turned out to have a thing for her anyway. The last line of the story was something along "if you don't get pregnant, I'll run off with you." I loved it.
So when I met the author at a reading, I asked her what happened to the Duchess and the stable boy, and she said, "I have no idea." I was flabbergasted, and I told her so, and told her I thought it was a novel. She thought about it and agreed, but she had never written a novel before.
We worked on an outline and a chunk of the book (because it was her first novel) and sold it to Harlequin's Spice line where you can buy it as THE DUCHESS, HER MAID, THE GROOM AND THEIR LOVER (a December book, that is smokin' hot). She had been writing (and publishing) erotica short stories for years, many of which were great ideas for novels, but she didn't know which ones to develop.
This just happened with an unsolicted short story we got in over the guidelines transom. It was a very racy tale of Hollywood homosexuality in the 50's. It was a very nice set piece, but just not quite right for our daily short stories, but riveting nonetheless. So we've decided to see if the author can write a fictionalized memoir of old Hollywood for our GLBT line. I think it will be sizzling.
I'm also reading the stories we got in for SEX AND SHOES, and one of them might turn into a novel, as well.