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Cleis Press Launches New Romance Imprint

cleispressIndie publisher Cleis Press has launched a new romance imprint called Tempted Romance. The imprint will publish, “ intelligent romance that stays one step ahead of the curve and pushes the boundaries of the genre,” according to a press release.
The new imprint will begin publishing erotic romance titles this fall. The catalog will include works by a number of authors including: Delilah Devlin, Kristina Wright, Janine Ashbless, Mitzi Szereto and Rachel Kramer Bussel.”As a high schooler, I constantly read romance novels from my mother and older sister. I couldn’t get enough!,” stated Brenda Knight founder of the new imprint.
Earlier this month, Cleis ran a Twitter campaign encouraging readers and writers to share why queer writers are important to them with the hashtag #OutWriters.
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How To Submit To Macmillan’s Swoon Reads

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Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group has opened Swoon Reads, a crowdsourced romance imprint where readers help pick what gets published.

Follow this link to submit your work.  They accept both teen romance and new adult novels, but the work must be “original, completed novels that are not, and have never been under contract with another publisher.” The publisher shared a few author submission tips:

Teen novels ideally feature protagonists between the ages of 14 and 19. We also accept New Adult novels which feature protagonists ages 19-23. Novels can be set anytime, anywhere – and can be realistic, supernatural, dystopic, historical, comedy, inspirational, suspense or a mash-up of any sort. Stories can be happily ever after…or just happily for now. Girl/boy, girl/girl, boy/boy – just wow us with the intense romance of your story.

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How To Write Sexual Tension Between Your Characters

Does your novel lack a spark between your leading characters? Maybe your book needs a little sexual tension.

Over at Savvy Authors, romance and erotica novelist Alice Gaines shared some simple techniques for adding sexual tension in your prose. You don’t even need to add sex, just sample some of these spicy writing tricks. Check it out:

Beginning writers often make the mistake of having their characters drooling all over each other from the first time they meet. Even in erotic romance, a character seldom goes from neutral to sexual excitement when an intriguing new person enters the room. What they emphatically will do is have a heightened sense of awareness of the other person. In general, your [characters] will always be aware of each other’s presence unless one of them is hiding or comes into the room while the other isn’t looking. In that case, your character may still have some kind of spidey sense that the other is around.

Share Your Book with Avon Romance Readers

Avon Romance has launched a new site called Share Your Book, a chance for all kinds of writers to get feedback from romance readers and find new fans by posting excerpts. Here’s how it works:

Share Your Book is a unique experience: contributors can receive comments and critiques from their peers, as well as Avon editors, who will pop into the forum with occasional advice on individual submissions.  Romance enthusiasts are thrilled that their excerpts live alongside those published by Avon’s authors, who also use the site to promote their own books.  Visitors to the site “favorite” the submissions so readers and editors can easily see which are the most popular.

Submit your book to the free site at this link. If you are trying to get a manuscript published, you can also submit your book for consideration by the Avon Impulse imprint editors.

Authors Sue Harlequin Enterprises for eBook Royalties

A few authors have filed a class action suit against the romance publisher Harlequin Enterprises and two European corporations it created. We’ve embedded a copy of the complaint below.

UPDATE: Harlequin publisher Donna Hayes responded: “Our authors have been recompensed fairly and properly for their work, and we will be defending ourselves vigorously.” The company added that “this is the first it has heard of the proceedings and that a complaint has not yet been served.”

The suit alleges that the publisher owes some authors eBook royalties from contracts signed between 1990 and 2004. During those years, these authors “entered agreements” with a Swiss corporation created by the romance publisher.

The lawsuit outlined the problem: “However, Harlequin, before and after the signing of these agreements, performed all the publishing functions related to the agreements, including exercising, selling, licensing, or sublicensing the e-book rights granted by the authors. Instead of paying the authors a royalty of 50% of its net receipts as required by the agreements, an intercompany license was created by Harlequin with its Swiss entity resulting in authors receiving 3% to 4% of the e-books’ cover price as their 50% share instead of 50% of Harlequin Enterprises’ receipts.”

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Harper Collins UK To Launch Erotica eBook Imprint

In response to the growing number of readers that are buying erotica eBooks, HarperCollins UK is launching Mischief Books, a digitally exclusive erotica imprint. The imprint launches in April.

The Wall Street Journal has more details: “Erotica on the Mischief Books site is tagged with icons. Handcuffs denote ‘kinky’; an upraised palm means ‘discipline.’ The HarperCollins imprint says it plans to publish at least 60 e-titles a year. ‘It used to be a long walk to the counter with an erotica selection, but now that’s a thing of the past,’ says Adam Nevill, Mischief Books’ editorial director.”

The imprint comes just as erotica eBooks are making headlines. The Twilight-inspired 50 Shades of Grey earned a seven figure deal this week and PayPal attempted to censor erotica content from digital publishers Smashwords, but did not succeed.

Romance Writers Ink Chapter Cancels Contest

Romance Writers Ink (RWI), an Oklahoma chapter of the national Romance Writers of America, has cancelled its “Where the Magic Begins” writing contest after their refusal to accept  same-sex entries created a controversy.

The RWI Magic Contest blog explains: “We have heard and understood the issues raised, and will take those concerns into consideration should the chapter elect to hold contests in the future … We recognize the decision to disallow same-sex entries is highly charged. We also opted not to accept YA entries. We do not condone discrimination against individuals of any sort.” Read more