Why Should YOU be a Blushing Books' Author?
Blushing Books is not a new company. We are, in fact, the oldest web-based romance and romance erotica publisher. We have been in business since 1991, and sold erotica through mail-order from '91 through '98, at which point we moved to web-based publishing via a membership site model.
We opened our first e-book store in 2001. We currently represent around 350 professional romance authors who have met the RWA minimum guidelines.
We pay our authors some of the highest rates in the industry (50% royalty rate rising to 60% for authors who write for us exclusively), and unlike some publishers who scale rates based on copies sold, we pay our full rate from the first copy out the door.
We pay an advance on all titles we accept (anthologies and re-released books excluded.)
Books released to all major distributors, including Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple, All Romance Ebooks and Smashwords.
We publish the majority of our titles to print and audio. (Length restrictions apply.)
Top publicity for our releases, including inclusion in a newsletter of 15,000 readers, inclusion in our in-house Advance Reader Copy program, and a full time publicist on staff.
Monthly payments for our active and established authors.
Weekly sales reports for active authors.
We consistently rank in the Amazon top 100 of all erotica categories. Don't believe us? Here's a recent screen shot of our ranking in erotic Westerns, showing us as holding the #1 through #6 positions. Still unconvinced? Here's a screen shot of us recently occuping 7 of the top 9 positions in Victorian Erotica.
Important Note about re-releases and self-published titles:
We have recently begun to receive a large number of submissions of books which have been self-published very recently. We are no longer accepting or interested in looking at books that have been self-published or released with another publisher in the last 12 months unless you are offering us additional titles, or it's part of a series, and you are offering us additional books in the series.
Unless your book is the first volume in a series and you wish to offer the remaining volumes to us, please do not submit a previously published title to us unless it has been unpublished for at least six months.
We strongly encourage authors to look at the benefits of traditional publishing prior to self-publishing.
Books that are published, then removed from publication, and then republished don't sell well. Amazon (our largest vendor) screens all books and tags "re-releases" as such, and typically fails to recommend them through their search engines. Therefore "trying" self publishing with the back up plan of going to a publisher if your sales are not good is rarely going to work well.
Submitting to Blushing Books Publications
We pride ourselves on our quick response times to writers. Your submission will be acknowledged (and assigned to a reader) within one week, and you will receive a decision on your manuscript within 1-2 weeks. If you are accepted, it is reasonable for you to expect publication within 3 months of the time we first receive contact from you.
We’re ALWAYS looking for new authors and new titles.
What do we accept?
We are a romance publisher. Most of our publications will fall into the "power exchange" genre, but that genre is a broad one. Blushing Books publishes many books with a good deal of erotic content, but we also publish non-sexual stories containing discipline and/or spanking scenes. Books submitted to us should typically follow the basic guidelines of the romance genre. In general, there will be an identifiable hero and heroine who fall in love (usually after an initial period of disliking each other), the conflicts in the book will be centered around someting that keeps the hero and heroine apart, and the ending will be either an HEA (happily-ever-after) or at least an HFN (happily-for-now.)
Borrowing from the MPAA rating system, Blushing Books will primarily publish books that fall in the PG-13, R, and X rated categories.
We are far more interested in erotic romance than we are in erotica. Books in which the primary conflict centers around the development of the protagonists' sexual relationship are unlikely to be published. We want strong action, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, adventure plots, and the development of the relationship occurs within the context of that plot.
We are also NOT interested in books told primarilly from a male point of view. The point of view can shift in the book, but the main character - and the main POV - should be that of the heroine.
We accept stories from any conceivable setting: we publish works with a contemporary setting, historical novels, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal romances, and everything and anything in-between. We do ask that your stories come to us well-edited, and that they be complete with original and good dialogue, clear descriptions, a dynamic plot structure, and original and interesting characters.
Well-written manuscripts submitted by writers who have been careful to use proper grammar and punctuation will be given preference over manuscripts that seem to have been hastily submitted with no obvious effort to proofread.
We DO NOT accept partial manuscripts, so your manuscript should come to us complete with original and good dialogue, clear descriptions, a dynamic plot and well-defined characters. However, published authors with a concept for a series may approach us with a proposal. Contact us at the email address below.
We DO NOT accept simultaneous submissions (submissions sent to more than one publisher at the same time). We respond quickly, and if you have submitted to another publisher, please withdraw from the other publisher before you send to us. (We will accept more than one submission from you, however. Feel free to send us everything you would like us to consider.)
We will accept books written in first person, but do not want submissions written in first person - present tense.
Minimum word length is 30,000 words, although we will accept related novellas of 15,000 words each provided that both novellas are submitted together. In addition, we are no longer interested in series unless each book in the series has a definititve ending and can work as a stand-alone books. Any submission in which the customer is not provided at least a "happily for now" ending does not meet our requirements.
Manuscripts should be submitted in .doc or .docx format using the form at the end of this page. Times 12 pt. black font is preferred. Please do not put fancy headings on your book. Do not embed photographs or illustrations in the text, unless an illustration is something like a treasure map that is critical to the plot.Please do include your email address and full real name somewhere in the manuscript itself.
We offer a an advance on well-written novels of longer than 40K with a strong romantic storyline. In general we do not pay advances on novellas, anthologies, memoirs or books where sex or spankings is the focus independent of any romantic storyline, or any book that has been published to ebook elswhere within the last year. We may still publish these titles selectively, but we primarily cater to a readership that prefers romance with sexy elements, not erotica.
DO NOT email your manuscript. We only accept manuscripts submitted via the form at the end of this page. Emailed manuscripts will not be acknowledged or considered.
**Currently, we are most interested in stories featuring contemporary adventures with a "domestic discipline," relationship underlying the action, time travel, romantic ageplay, and historicals. Again, a romantic storyline with a strong D/s element and spanking will be most likely to appeal to our readers. **
We are unlikely to publish:
- Any story told from a male point of view. The main character must be female and the story told primarily from her point of view.
- Books containing angels, demons, shifters, werewolves, or vampires as main characters.
- Books set in ancient times (ancient Egypt, etc.)
- Any books that contain gods or goddeses or are based primarily on mythology.
- Transgender, M/M or F/F titles.
- Any historical title set after 1930 (This means we are not looking at Depression, World War II or more recent at this time.)
- Any book which uses first person present tense in the primary action. Short diary or journal entries or letters which use first person present are acceptable.
We do NOT publish:
- Any story that is in any way demeaning to an individual or group of people.
- Sexual incest ‐ though big brother/father may spank sister/daughter, and we will consider a story in which step-siblings (not half-siblings) have relationships.
- NO aggravated rape for purposes of sexual excitement. Rape may be used as part of the plot action, especially supporting character development, but should always be portrayed negatively and should not be described explicitly. Stories that involve a heroine being forced to accept sexual advances in order to advance the storyline may be acceptable, even if they are described for the purposes of sexual excitement. The difference between overt rape and semi- non-consensual sexual activity is a difficult one to explain. What we don’t want are stories about rape for the sake of rape.
- NO bodily functions as sexual activity (e.g., “golden showers”).
- NO necrophilia.
- NO guns, knives or other weapons stuffed in various parts of the female anatomy.
- NO extreme brutality presented for purposes of sexual excitement (e.g., it can be mentioned that an evil character tortures people or that a character has been tortured in the past or fears it in the future, but this cannot be described in a graphic way.) We are not interested in bloody whippings, branding, needle play, asphyxiation, etc.
- NO bestiality. This rule refers to common animals indigenous to earth; this does not apply to shapeshifting protagonists and sentient “otherworldly” humanoid animals in sci‐fi or fantasy.
A note about "non-consensual" content:
Stories in which the heroine is abducted by the hero have been romance classics for years, and hero's ability to "overcome" the reluctant heroine is an essential romance plot component. Although it at times can be a fuzzy line, the relationship between the hero and the heroine can be "non-consensual" (i.e., he can abduct her), but individual sexual acts and/or discipline scenes should always be either ultimately consensual on the part of the heroine, or, in the case of spanking/discipline, applied to the heroine "for her own good."
Our primary market is Amazon.com, and their policies are changing towards non-consensual erotic material. As of now, no books with the words "abduct," "kidnap," "rape," "breed" or "non-consensual" in the description may be published.
Has your story been previously published?
We are actively looking for any published authors who wish to republish books whose rights have returned to them. We are particularly interested in romances from the 1980s and before that did contain spankings, and any author who has a novel in which spankings were cut out is encouraged to submit to us with the content restored. For previously published work, we would need some sort of proof that the rights have been returned to you.
Recently, we have received a large number of submissions from authors who previously self-published their titles and who, unhappy with their sales, believe that publishing with a publisher will increase their sales. As of early 2015, Amazon, which is our largest market, seems to be actively "downgrading" re-releases. In spite of marketing efforts, re-releases are never picked up by the algorithm and sales are poor. Please consider the benefits of working with an established publisher prior to self-publishing.
If you have already published your book and/or you were published but had the rights returned to you, we are interested in seeing your book, (particularly if it is part one in a series) but please be aware that we will probably be unable to pay an advance on a re-release.
How to Submit
Are you a new author or one who has had fewer than three books accepted / published by Blushing Books?
Use this form:
Are you an established Blushing Books author, one who has had three or more books accepted / published?
Use this form:
If you do not get a response within 1 week, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep in mind that we...
... no longer accept Chapter One only submissions. You must submit a full document.
... accept only writing in .doc, .txt or .docx format. If you have a story in any other format, and you don’t know how to get it into one of the formats we accept, contact us and we can help.
... will require your to submit a 2-3 paragraph sales blurb with your document. Also include total chapter and word count, and please make it clear whether you intend this book to part of an ongoing series.
... do not accept simultaneous submissions (submissions sent to more than one publisher); however, we respond to submissions quickly. You can expect to have your submission acknowledged within 72 hours and receive an answer with 2-4 weeks.
... We pride ourselves on our quick publication time. Most submissions are published within 2-3 months of acceptance.