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Submissions Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

Etopia Press is currently looking for the best, most unique, most well-crafted romance and erotic romance in the business. Are you our next best-seling author?

We’re a royalty-paying publisher. We are not a vanity press or a self-publishing service. We provide complete, professional editing and cover design by some of the best editors and artists in the business, as well as wide distribution through all major retailers, review coordination, advertising, and marketing support. We pay 40% royalties on e-books, and all books over 45,000 words in all genres are considered for print release in POD. Shorter works may be considered for inclusion in e-book and print anthologies. 

 

What We Don’t Publish

  1. Genres other than romance or erotic romance
  2. Porn (erotica and erotic romance are not “porn”)
  3. Rape for titillation (exploring it for literary reasons is OK. This isn’t the same as capture fantasy or dubious consent in romance. If you’re not sure what the difference is, please query us)
  4. Erotica or erotic romance involving sex with characters under the age of 18, pedophilia, necrophilia, bestiality, incest, or “bodily functions for sport.” All characters in romance and erotic romance must be sentient beings (even if they’re shape-shifters, vampires, aliens, etc.)
  5. Racial or gender intolerance, hatred, bigotry, etc. (where it’s presented as a good thing or your social ideal). Stories “about” racism or other social issues, or featuring evil, well-written antagonists, are welcome and encouraged. If you’re not sure what the difference is, please query us

For more information on the specific requirements of our various romance lines, please see our Romance Lines pages.

For the kinds of books we’re most interested in at any given time, please see our Submission Calls page.

A Note on Fan Fiction

Please don’t send us stories based on your favorite TV shows, movies, books, anime, manga, video games, etc. Fan fiction can be a great way to connect with other fans and keep your favorite worlds alive, but we can’t publish and sell it. That’s called copyright infringement. Changing the names of characters isn’t enough to qualify the story as an “original work.”

Previously Published vs. Self-published Work

We prefer to publish new, unpublished works; however, we’re happy to consider reprint submissions of works which have been previously published by professional, royalty-paying publishers. If you’re looking for a new home for work that was previously published by another publisher, please note this in your cover letter and give us a brief description of the book’s publishing history. If we accept it, we’ll ask you to provide your reversion of rights letter from the previous publisher. Due to the high volume of poor quality self-published submissions we have received, we cannot consider any previously or currently self-published work.

Simultaneous Submissions

Simultaneous submissions are perfectly acceptable. If you accept a contract elsewhere, congratulations! After you celebrate, please remember to be courteous and jot a quick note to the other publishers considering your book and withdraw your submission.

How to Format Your Submission and Where to Send It

*** A Note on Our Submission Guidelines***

Please follow these guidelines carefully when submitting to us. We work completely electronically and have different requirements than “traditional” publishers. We have specific requests that make it easier for us to log and process submissions before we read them. A submission with everything we need right where we need it is a thing of beauty and a joy to behold—and it says all kinds of nice things about the author. So when we see one, it moves right up to the top of the reading queue.

Your submission should include three things: a cover letter, short synopsis (for 10,000 words and over), and the complete manuscript, formatted like this:

1. A standard submission cover letter in the body of your email.

Start the email by writing your contact information in the top left corner. Include:

Real Name

Address (City, State, Zip)

Phone

Email Address

Title of the Work

Pen Name (If Any)

Genre or Category, Plus All Pertinent Subgenres

The exact word count of your manuscript according to MS Word.

Then, in the body of  the message, be sure to include:

  • Your web or blog URL and any social media accounts you use so we can look you up. Even if you’re a new author, you should have your presence underway.
  • Any publication credits you may have. If you’re a new author and don’t have any yet, that’s OK too. We all start somewhere.
  • And don’t forget the most important part-that short blurb that will pique our interest and make us eager to read more. Or at least give us your best attempt. We’ll still read your manuscript even if the blurb isn’t perfect.

2. Complete manuscript, attached as an .RTF, .DOC, or .DOCX  file only.

  • No PDF files, inserted graphics, illustrations, fancy cover art, title pages, etc.
  • PLEASE USE ONLY Times New Roman, 12-point font, normal black font color, 1.5 or double spacing. Please do not use elaborate document styles, different fonts, different colors, fancy typesetting, inserted graphics, master document outline formats, etc.  You’re not laying out your book for print; this is just a manuscript. Adding all that stuff is like showing up for a job interview in a Halloween costume.
  • No headers or footers. We don’t want your name, title, and page number at the top. This is a digital document—no one’s going to drop the pile of paper and not know where the pages go.
  • No page breaks anywhere. Just drop three lines between the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next.
  • Please no “block business letter” style. That is, no blank lines between one paragraph and the next. Some later versions of Word insert them as default. They can be removed in the paragraph menu. Please see your help files for more information.
  • In the top left-hand corner of the first page only–not every page–please include the following (and note it’s less than what we need on the cover letter email):

Title

Pen Name

Email address

Genre/Subgenres (if there are several subgenres, list them all)

Exact Word Count According to MS Word (not an estimate)

  • Please DO NOT include your personal information such as real name, address, or phone number here. We only want that on the cover letter.
  • Below these five lines of contact information, drop down three blank lines and start Chapter One (or Prologue, or the text of a short story with no chapters).

3. Short synopsis (2 to 5 pages for novel length works, 1 to 2 pages or so for works over about 10,000 words through novella length.). No synopsis is required for short stories. Please format the synopsis the same as the manuscript, with the  same contact information as the manuscript at the top , and attach it as an .RTF file.

Where to Send your Submission

We accept email submissions only. Email them to submissions AT etopia-press DOT net

Response Time

Due to the unfortunate number of spammers out there looking to verify email addresses by receiving replies, we regret we can no longer send an autoresponder message to confirm the receipt of your manuscript.  However, our standard response time is about two weeks, depending on certain variables–and whether you followed our submission guidelines :-). If you haven’t received a reply in three weeks, feel free to query us for an update.

Questions?

Email us at help AT etopia-press DOT net and ask. We’re happy to help. And we can’t wait to read your work!

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