Seductive sizzle in tantalizing tales.
Ardent Books is proud to publish the finest in erotica novels. We are accepting submissions from aspiring and established authors in a wide range of erotic subgenres. Stories must have a clearly recognizable hook from the start, appeal to a wide female audience, and capture the male mind as well. Manuscripts should be character driven and steamy. Do not be afraid to push boundaries as long as your work adheres to our general submission guidelines.
Accepted erotica subgenres include contemporary, paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, cyberpunk, historical, romance, ménage, and BDSM. If you write in an erotic subgenre not listed, feel free to query!
About ménage and romance
We won't shy away from tales of Lifestyle love or poly themes but we do have some additional guidelines. For BDSM, no hardcore BDSM acts may be portrayed, the Lifestyle itself contains plenty of mental aspects along with physical things and we'd like to see that reflected in your stories. This does not mean put the whips away; it just means no brutality or kink for kink sake. We're less concerned with the number of partners and more concerned with story dynamics, plot, and great characterization. If your triad has a fourth, fine as long as it makes sense and adheres to our guidelines.
Of course, don't forget the sizzling sensuality. Capture the passion between the characters for all levels of the novel, not just the sex.
We accept completed manuscripts of 50,000 words up to 120,000 words.
What we will under no circumstances publish:
- NO BESTIALITY (shifters in paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy don't count)
- NO PEDOPHILIA
- NO RAPE (Consensual Non Consent had better be very well written and clear.)
- NO NECROPHILIA (Undead doesn't count)
- NO HARDCORE BDSM
- NO UNDERAGE SEX
Sending in your manuscript
If your manuscript is complete and as polished as you can make it, and you think it’s a good match for Ardent Books, we’d like to hear from you. We accept queries for completed manuscripts only. Please do not submit a work in progress. Due to the large number of submissions we receive, your best opportunity for acceptance is to carefully read and follow all submission guidelines. We use this criteria as evidence of your professionalism and will delete unread any submission that does not follow these guidelines.
All initial submissions should be electronic. Please do not send us original materials or artwork as we will not return any materials to you.
It is not necessary to copyright your work prior to submission. You are protected by law as long as it has not been published. Should we accept your book for publication, we will register it with the copyright office at the Library of Congress.
If you have followed the submission guidelines, you will receive a confirmation email reply within two weeks. It may take up to thirty days to receive a decision in the form of either a request for more information along with the complete manuscript, or a letter stating that we have not found a match with your work at this time.
Your query email must include:
- A standard professional query letter that includes your 25 - 30 word book pitch and the word count of your manuscript
- A 250 word synopsis of the work
- Your marketing plan - we would like to see that you understand who your target reader is and how you would reach them
- Links to your platform: website, blog, and social networking presence
- The first 50 pages of the work, with your name and the title of the book in the header, and page numbers in the footer; attached as a Word (.doc) document
Manuscripts should be double spaced, saved in 8-1/2” x 11” format with 1” margins. Use 12 pt. Times New Roman font. The body of your submission email will be considered the cover letter. The above four separate appropriately named Word (.doc, .docx or .rtf) documents are required to be attached to your submission email. Please type your name, the title of your book, and the genre in the subject line of your email. We do not accept submissions from literary agents.
Your Query Letter should contain the following:
- Pen name
- Contact phone number
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