Traditional Publishing Submission Details and Genres
Send your query to firstname.lastname@example.org
Each department accepts both Romance and Mainstream Fiction. Please follow their content guidelines below.
We only accept manuscripts between 7,500 and 100,000 words, for print eligibility the manuscript must be a minimum of 45,000 words. Our contract terms are for 5 years and renew yearly.
We do NOT accept the following.
Any queries of the following will be automatically rejected:
- Journals of ANY KIND
- Diaries of ANY KIND
- War Memoirs
- Family Histories
- Collections of extremely short stories (ie 500 words)
- Alternative history (i.e. stories featuring historical figures in fictional settings)
- NO WORK MAY CONTAIN… depraved or illegal acts, bestiality, bodily functions, degradation of women (e.g. rape), or pedophilia (sex involving underage characters).
Sweetheart Rose Department – these stories are sweet/clean in nature. If it’s a romance, the couple only has sex behind closed doors. No inappropriate or foul language allowed. For romance, think of a Hallmark movie. If it’s contemporary fiction, sweet/clean with no bad language rule still applies.
Champagne Rose Department – these stories are sensual to spicy. If it’s a romance, the love scenes are fully described and the heat level is not quite erotic but can be very hot. If it is contemporary fiction or women’s fiction this is likely the department for your query.
Crimson Rose Department – this is our murder/mystery/thriller category. It can be romantic suspense (sweet or hot), it can be a cozy mystery, action/adventure, or thriller.
Our Paranormal Department accepts queries for anything supernatural. Supernatural meaning not of this world. Think unicorns, faes, vampires, demons, angels, dragons, shapeshifters, psychics, and witches, but authors are not limited to these few. There are numerous creatures that would fit our division.
We also accept Science Fiction, Steampunk, and Futuristic queries. Please note, we would love to see more romance, either HEA (Happily Ever After) or HEAFN (Happily Ever After For Now) in the books submitted.
Historical Romance must have a Happy Ever After Ending. Love scenes can be sweet to hot, but must not contain explicit words, graphic language, forced seduction, rape or drug use. Historical accuracy is a must.
Historical Fiction can consist of Women’s fiction, Mainstream fiction, and Young Adult fiction. Descriptions of actual historical events/people must be historically accurate. Language may be more explicit than in a romance, but the stories must not contain graphic sexual scenes.
Our Scarlet Rose Department accepts Erotic Romance, Erotica, and Mainstream w/Erotic Elements in all genres, including but not limited to paranormal, historical, contemporary, fantasy, and sci-fi, LGBTQ+.
All stories must be rich in sexual content. Sex scenes should be graphically described and include narrative, action, dialogue, and lots of sensory. We are not looking for sex for the sake of sex. Characters should have a reason to act on their desires, i.e., goals, motivation, and conflict.
Erotic Romance should invest in the emotional relationship and end with a happily ever after (HEA) or the promise of one.
Erotica/Mainstream w/Erotic Elements may or may not end in a HEA.
WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR:
- Porn — Sex for the Sake of Sex
- Biographies/Memoirs of Sexual Exploits
- Numerous Sexual Encounters w/Different Partners
(meaning the main character cannot move from one person to another with abandon throughout the story)
- Underage Sex — We prefer at least 19 or 20 years of age or older on the erotic line.
Scarlet Rose is the only line that will accept stories as short as 5,000 words.