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OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

Amanda Hilton, Publisher
Katie Farrow, Acquisition Editor

All publishing services offered at no cost to the authors.

All current Siren-BookStrand authors, including exclusive authors,
as well as all new authors, please send your newest submissions to:
submissions@sirenbookstrand.com

Electronic submissions only. Paper submissions will not be read.

In the Subject line, type:
SUBMISSION: Title of Book (total computer word count)
Submission without the proper Subject line may
be end up filtered and automatically placed in the Spam folder!
Please see highlighted box below for complete instructions on how to submit.

     


We publish only romance with a happily ever after.
  

Word count requirements The minimum word count requirement for each story is at least 20,000 words. No collaborative works or anthologies.
Main romance requirements Story must be well written and have an interesting story line, strong conflicts, and well-developed characters.

For stories under 30,000 words, romance for the main characters must be 90% of the story.

For stories over 30,000 words, romance for the main characters must be 70% of the story. Romance with or between secondary characters cannot take more than 30% of the story from the main characters.
 

Specific erotic romance requirements Sex scenes must be red-hot using explicit, adult sexual language and leaving little or nothing to the imagination.
Sex scenes We do not publish sweet romance. Sex must be fully consummated and described.
  • Siren erotic romance must contain at least two consummated sex scenes using explicit adult language. Because this is an erotic romance, there must be penetrative intercourse involving the genitals. Do not write these scenes using purple prose or flowery language. 
  • BookStrand mainstream must contain at least one consummated sex scene using language suitable for the general audience (euphemisms allowed). There must be sexual intercourse.
Character age requirements
  • All characters must be at least 20 years old to be involved in a menage or polyamorous relationship.
  • All characters must be at least 20 years old to be involved in heavy BDSM scenes or the BDSM lifestyle.
  • All characters must be over 18 years old to be involved in any sexual scene, with NO emphasis at any time on how "barely legal" they are for the purposes of titillation.
  • No flashback or detailed description depicting sex acts or rape involving a character when they were still a minor. 
  • No high school setting in any scene.
Incest and "pseudo" incest cannot be the premise or main focus of story mainly for sexual titillation
  • If "steps" become sexually involved with each other, the premise of the book cannot emphasize on how exciting it is that "daddy," "mommy," or "brother" finally got to do it with their "son," "daughter," or "sister" for the purposes of sexual titillation. It must be a secondary issue that is no longer the focus once they become involved sexually. 
Automatic rejection Erotica or porn (sex scenes with no romantic development involving the main characters with each other). Absolutely "NO!" to descriptions of bodily functions; any form of pedophilia; necrophilia unless it's the undead, such as vampires; or bestiality unless it's a sentient being, such as a shape-shifter.
Not accepting We don't publish short stories or collection of short stories, general fiction, poetry, or non-fiction, or any kind of collaborated works.
Print Print-on-demand only if over 35,000 words after having sold at least 500 electronic copies.
Royalty percentage 40% of download price for e-book sold at BookStrand.com website
50% of publisher's royalties received from distributors
6% of cover price for print books
Royalty payments Quarterly. Paid 30 days after the end of each quarter (January 1 to March 31 paid on April 30th, April 1 to June 30 paid on July 30th, etc.).
Submission requirements Manuscript must be polished and free of grammatical and spelling errors.
What to submit Please attach your COMPLETE manuscript as ONE document either in WORD or RTF format.

 
HOW TO SUBMIT
(FOR ALL AUTHORS: new authors, current authors, and Siren-exclusive authors)

Include the following in the body of your email (please do not send the information below as an attachment):

(1) your book's title (required)

(2) series name (only if it's a part of a series; otherwise, put "None")

(3) main character sexual partnering (required - for example: MF for male/female, MM for male/male, MFM for male-female-male where the men are not sexually involved with each other, MMF for male-male-female where the men are sexually involved with each other, MFMM where there is an alpha hero, FMMMM where all the heroes are equal, and so on)

(4) the genre (required - for example: BDSM, sci-fi, vampires, contemporary small town, and so on)

(5) total computer word count of the finished manuscript (required)

(6) your writing name or pseudonym (required - no collaboration with another author on the same book will be considered)

(7) other names you have written under in the same genres (required)

(8) your current email address (required from all authors with each submission)

(9) your country (required - for example: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, etc.)

(10) optionally, your current phone number where we can reach you (specify day or evening)

(11) optionally, include your writing credit or a short bio and the URL of your writing website

(12) Indicate (a) This manuscript is original new work that has never been published OR (b) This manuscript was previously published either in whole or in part, for sale or for free. Must disclose manuscript history for us to consider your manuscript. (required)

(13) In no more than 300 words, give a detailed but concise synopsis starting with a hook, an overview of the plot, information on your major characters, the major conflict and resolution, and the ending. (required)

(14) Indicate whether your ending is (a) A permanent happily ever after for all the main romantic characters, (b) A happy for now for all or some of the main romantic characters or happily ever after for only some characters in a menage, OR (c) A happy for now where the relationship will lose or gain more characters in future books. (required)

(15) Attachment of complete manuscript in a .DOC or .RTF format. It must be an attachment. It cannot be a link to somewhere else that we have to go to download. Without an attachment, your email will likely be directed into the spam folder by our email filter system. (required)

 

ATTACHMENT OF MANUSCRIPT: Please label the attached file as follows:

LAST NAME - Story Title - Total Manuscript Computer Word Count

EMAIL SUBJECT LINE: Include in your Subject field: Submission: Story Title (total computer word count). To bypass the Spam filter, remember to start off the Subject field with the word Submission.

 

Where to submit (for all new authors, current authors, and Siren-exclusive authors)

SUBMISSIONS@SIRENBOOKSTRAND.COM

All inquiries and submissions must be via email.
Corporate offices are for administrative staff only and are not accessible to authors or to the public.
 

Previously published
works
New authors: No previously published works will be considered. 

Current Siren authors: Send an inquiry before submitting a previously published work. 
 

Multiple submissions and
simultaneous submissions
You do not have to wait for your book to be published before you submit other manuscripts. We will consider multiple submissions at the same time from the same author if the books are in a series.

We accept simultaneous submissions, but let us know in your submission email that your manuscript is being considered by other publishers.

 

Response time We do our best to respond quickly. If the manuscript has all the information we requested, we try to reply to submissions in:
  • 1 to 2 weeks for current and exclusive authors
  • 2 to 3 weeks for new authors

If you have not heard from us in 4 weeks, follow up by sending an email to submissions@sirenbookstrand.com with Submission Follow Up: Story Title in the Subject line.

 

Current authors Please attach only your manuscript in your submission email according to guidelines above. 

Current authors, please do not send the cover questionnaire or attach your own cover in the same manuscript submission email because acquisition does not handle or forward covers. Wait until the appropriate staff member requests a cover questionnaire from you.

 

      

   

 

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