Thursday, October 30, 2008

TwittErotica Contest

Enter the TwittErotica Contest!

Are u the Twitter Queen? Can u get ur message out in 140 characters or less? If so, then prove it. We challenge u to put ur fingers on ur twit & send us ur hot, erotic short , but remember, short is the key... it has 2 fit in2 140 chrctrs...or less! Check back on Dec 1 to read all entries + the winning Tweet!

Winner receives a $15 gift certificate to Ravenous Romance = 3 novels or 15 shorts!

Ready, set...tweet!

Our Short Story Rights and Contracts

There seems to be some confusion about what rights we are buying, so I recently wrote this description to one of our anthology editor, and thought I'd post it here too.

We are buying exclusive ebook and audio rights for three
years. We are buying non-exclusive print and
translation rights because we are submitting these books to 14
print publishers immediately and 11 foreign agents in 14 countries.

We already have an offer on one of our first 10 books from a
print publisher, so this is not pie in the sky. We also expect
to sell the print and foreign rights to our anthologies.

Should we sell the print (or other sub-rights), the individual author gets a pro rata share of that sale, which in an anthology is also split with the editor of the anthology, unless it's an in-house anthology - then the authors get the pro rata share without the anthology editor taking a share.

This is what a print publisher does, except reversed. They
buy exclusive world rights and license the ebook and audio rights, as well as translation.

We have a film agent who will be submitting the book once reviews are in, so unless a writer had her own film agent, s/he should be part of the package.

We are not buying these stories for the small advance. Each book is going up as both an ebook and audio book (which is why we need the audio rights)and the book gets a 38% royalty on ebook sale and 15% royalty on audio, so each author will get a pro rata share of this revenue within three months of
publication. This should be more than most short story authors receive for any print anthology. All our writers will get royalties.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Short Stories

We've bought individual short stories for the month of December (10 so far for Christmas, so if you were waiting for the last minute to submit your Xmas story, this is it!).

We still need some stories of our Chanukah Erotica anthology ( 8 stories for the 8 days), but we are really looking for general erotic short stories for January and February (if you've got one for Valentine's Day, President's Day, now's the time). Also, this would be a good time to send in those winter sex stories too!

Rachel Kramer Bussel's a little light on her Music and Sex stories, which surprises me. I thought every woman had a rock star/boy band story in her? If so, send us an email, so we can save you a spot.

And, if you've got ideas for anthologies, be sure to send them our way.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Isn't This Romantic?

Did you see the video of the weatherman who proposed to his newscaster girlfriend on air?

It made me cry.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Call for Serialized Novels

As you know, in addition to publishing a book a day and a short story a day, we're also doing 52 serialized novels.

We have 5 signed up - one that takes place in a hospital (think Grey's Anatomy, with all the sex included), an erotic supernatural soap opera, an American Idol-like competition, and the goings on in an exclusive cul de sac - sort of DESPERATE HUSBANDS meets MELROSE PLACE.

We’re looking for novels of 50,000-60,000 words that can be published in serialized form (7 daily installments, with breaks at cliffhanger points—kind of like mini-soap-operas). Erotic romance in all categories.

Below is a list of topics we'd like to sign up. If something inspires you, please email one of us, so we can help you develop the idea and take it off the list.

And if you have an idea for something that you don't see here, drop us an email.

LAWYERS IN LOVE - lawyers at a big law firm, a la Ally McBeal or LA Law.

Erotic LAW & ORDER, or just a cop one.

STAR POWER - A Hollywood setting with movie stars, producers, etc. .

GIRLS GONE SMART - College coeds might be good, too. A Sex in the City before they graduate.

WORKING GIRLS - Office romance in a big media company

BEST FRIENDS- Four multi-culti girls and their dating exploits - The TV show Girlfriends for a wider audience

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' -Three girls who go to CA to make their fame and fortune and their fate

NY BOUND - Acting,acting, acting

NASHVILLE - country music dreams

RUNWAY - four models in Paris

BLING - not sure about this one, but I love the title

An erotic STAR TREK/BATTLESTAR GALACTICA/SERENTIY - everyone on the ship actually having the sex that's implied

Please check out the write up on RR in this months’ Romantic Times!

Have a great weekend everybody

Thursday, October 9, 2008

My Own Facebook Account!

My RR colleagues have decreed that I should have a Facebook account too, so find me on Facebook and add me as a friend. Make sure to also join the Ravenous Romance group for access to the latest updates.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Cinderella the Dom and a shortage of Men in Shorts

I spent the weekend reading THE GLASS STILETTO, a kinky re-telling of the Cinderella story that was just wonderful. Though very different than Anne Rice's Beauty books, it did make me remember how awed and inspired I was when I read BEAUTY'S RELEASE and realized that those "classic" princess tales could be re-told in any way a clever author desired.

I think you'll find THE GLASS STILETTO a future classic in that vein.

I also read the Men in Shorts stories that had come in for my anthology. Though all very good - a mailman, bike messenger, the hot gardener, the pool boy - I'm afraid I'm a little short on Men in Shorts.

I received a two week extension on my deadline, so if you were meaning to send me something, there's a little more time.

Friday, October 3, 2008

A Ravenous Intern

I usually post internships through NYU, where I went to school and where I teach in the Center for Publishing program, but I'm really looking for a romance intern, and I'm not having the kind of connection I usually have (I have hired many of my interns and/or trained them to become successful agents).

So, I am looking for a Ravenous Romance intern - no literary agency work - all romance, all the time. I am looking for someone who has a passion for a hot romance and just can't get enough of the genre. You'll read manuscripts, but we'll also have you contact published authors (and a perk of the job is that I can usually get you your favorite authors latest books for free). You are welcome to come to my lovely NY office overlooking the Hudson River or work from your home electronically (I had one intern who lived in Washington State, another in Washington DC and one in Cambridge). I have worked with university programs for credit, or I can just give you a really good letter of recommendation at the end of the 6 month internship.

Age, race, gender, is totally meaningless (actually you have to be over 18 because we're dealing with erotica here). All I'm looking for is someone with a passion for romantic fiction - the hotter, the better.

So email me at if you are interested.

P.S. Read my post about how we just bought a novel from someone I met three years ago at the Florida Writers Conference. It's a good example of why writers should go to conferences.