Friday, March 5, 2010

Call for F/F (lesbian) fiction

As you all know, RR has had tremendous success with our M/M titles. We've been nominated for a Lambda and one of our short stories in the Manthology anthology edited by Jo hn Jo ckel was chosen as the best M/M short story of the year by Book Utopia. And we’ve sold print rights to many of our M/M titles.

We'd like to do the same for F/F.

And we think we can. I KISSED A GIRL edited by Regina Perry was just chosen as one of the top 10 ebook titles of 2009 by a reviewer at Rainbow Reviews. Many of the romance reviewers who read it started their review off by saying " I don't usually read (or like) lesbian fiction but..."

So what we're looking for are novels that bring the romance sensibility to the lesbian experience in a fun and hot way. With our M//M fiction, we took well-loved romance themes and classic stories and set them in new and/or contemporary settings with two men.

We want to try that with women.

We are looking for contemporaries, historicals (even fiction featuring famous women), paranormals, and kinky stories.

So we are looking for someone to take a chance on writing THE PRINCESS' BRIDE.

or MUST LOVE CATS.

We'd like a female version of THE THORNBIRDS (if you are interested, email me - I have the basic plot).

Could someone try a lesbian GONE WITH THE WIND (loosely based on Scarlet and Melanie - they loved the same man, and now they love each other?)

How ' bout a F/F Bridges of Madison County? The main character can be divorced or widowed or abandoned by her husband. Maybe THE WIDOWS OF MADISON COUNTY and bill it as a lesbian DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES meets BRIDGES.

I wanted to do The Graduate as THE GRADUATE STUDENT. The main character is seduced by a professor, but falls in love with the professor's daughter.

We will also be doing two in-house F/F anthologies shortly - GIRL CRUSH and WHERE THE BOYS AREN'T. We’d also like to do a kinky lesbian anthology.

But please email me your ideas, suggestions and outlines. Please tell anyone you know who is interested in lesbian fiction that RR is looking for new voices.

RR novels run between 50,000 and 60,000 words. Short stories run 1500 to 5000 words.

Please send queries to lori@ravenousromance.com.

11 comments:

AN OFFICER AND HIS GENTLEMAN said...

I re-posted and retweeted a few times. I'm sure you're going to be swamped with submissions, though.

Stiletto said...

Hi, is there any end date for this? Thanks.
Cheers,
S.

Ravenous Romance said...

No deadline, but email me if you nt to write one of these, because writers are writing in for them.

Vanessa Vaughn said...

FYI: You might want to change the title of your GIRL CRUSH anthology. Cleis Press has an erotic anthology with the same title coming out in April (take a look on Amazon.com).
How exciting, though! I'm so glad Ravenous is planning to publish more F/F books!

Jen Bluekissed said...

Are you looking for stand alone short stories for Ravenous Rendezvous or just short stories for the two anthologies in this call for submissions?

Ravenous Romance said...

We will post a call for these anthologies soon - that will be for stories. However, we are looking for outlines for F/F novels right now.

Erika Gilbert said...

This is a bit late so I don't know if you'll see it but I was just had a question about copyright. How does this work? Can we basically use the characters names and attributes. Could we call a character Susan Myers and have her running around being ditsy in Wisteria lane, for example?

Ravenous Romance said...

The copyright is in your name, but if the book does well, we'll want first look at the next title in that world with those characters (it's the option clause). You can certainly write a short story with yur characters, but, again, you should give us first look.

Erika Gilbert said...

Sorry, I didn't make myself clear. I'll use Desperate Housewives as an example. Are we allowed to use the original character's names, say Bri Van DeCamp? Or would we have to come up with different names to avoid being sued by the shows producers?

Ravenous Romance said...

Erika:

You have to make up your own names and similar, but not duplicate, characters.

See An Officer and His Gentleman.

Sacchi Green said...

Sort of "Pride and Prejudice and Pussies"?

I was going to say what Vanessa just said. Cleis has GIRL CRUSH coming out, edited by R. Gay.