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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

In the Subject line, type:
SUBMISSION: Title of Book (total computer word count)
Submission without the proper Subject line may
be placed by the filter into our Spam folder!
Please see below (highlighted box) near bottom of
web page for complete instructions on how to submit.

     


We publish only romance with a happily ever after.
  

Note: We publish only books that fit into one of the imprints specified below.
Please check the imprint you are interested in prior to each submission.
Our guidelines may change without notice to adapt to the current market and reader expectations.
     

IMPRINTS

(1) SIREN CLASSIC

  • M/F or M/M romance.
  • H/h are sexually involved only with each other during the course of the story.
  • No dubious consent or rape of the heroine or the hero allowed during the course of the story.

(2) SIREN EVERLASTING CLASSIC

  • SIREN CLASSIC written by a Siren-exclusive author

(3) SIREN ALLURE

  • M/F, M/M, or F/F romance.
  • H/h may be involved sexually with secondary characters.
  • H/h must have at least a happy for now with each other.

(4) SIREN MENAGE AMOUR

  • One woman with two or more men M/M/F or M/F/M+ or one beta male with two or more males M/M/M+.
  • Consensual menage relationship.
  • No sexual liaisons with secondary characters outside the menage relationship.
  • No dubious consent or rape of the heroine or the hero allowed during the course of the story.
  • Must be a permanent menage with a happily ever after for all the characters together.

(5) SIREN MENAGE EVERLASTING

  • SIREN MENAGE AMOUR written by a Siren-exclusive author.

 (6) SIREN MENAGE AND MORE

  • One woman with two or more men M/F/M+ or M/M/F, or one beta male with two or more males M/M/M+, or two women with one or more men F/F/M+, or three or more women F/F/F+.
  • At a minimum, must have a happy for now for the heroine (or the beta male) and two of the heroes.

 (7) SIREN POLYAMOUR

  • One woman with two or more men F/M/M+ or one beta male with two or more males M/M/M+.
  • Consensually sharing relationship.
  • H/h cannot have sexual liaisons with secondary characters outside the mutual polyamorous relationship.
  • Sex scenes are generally "taking turns" with no menage sex scenes (no double or triple penetration).
  • No dubious consent or rape of the heroine or the hero allowed during the course of the story.
  • Must have a happily ever after for the heroine with at least two men.

(8) SIREN EVERLASTING POLYROMANCE

  • SIREN POLYAMOUR written by a Siren-exclusive author.

(9) SIREN LOVEXTREME Forever Series

  • One woman with five or more men M/F/M/M/M/M+ (cannot have a second woman) or one beta male with five or more men M/M/M/M/M/M+.
  • Consensual menage sharing relationship.
  • No sexual liaisons with secondary characters outside the menage relationship.
  • No dubious consent or rape of the heroine or the hero allowed during the course of the story.
  • Each book must be a permanent menage and complete with a happily ever after for all the characters together.
  • In a series, if the same characters are developed across different books to focus on different heroes in each book, with only a happy-for-now ending in any of the books, the complete series must be submitted at the same time to be considered for the Forever imprint.

(10) SIREN LOVEXTREME Special Edition

  • One woman with five or more men M/F/M/M/M/M+, or one beta male with five or more men M/M/M/M/M/M+, or two women with four or more men F/M/M/M/M/F or F/F/M/M/M/M+ where the women are involved with each other.
  • At a minimum, there must be a happy for now for at least three of the characters together.
  • If the same characters are developed across different books to focus on different heroes in each books, and the complete the series has not been submitted, the preceding books may be assigned to Special Edition or Menage & More.

(11) BOOKSTRAND MAINSTREAM ROMANCE

  • Mainstream M/F romance with sex scenes suitable for the general audience.

    

Word count requirements The minimum word count requirement for each story is at least 20,000 words. We do not want collaborative works or anthologies.
Requirements for all imprints 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.
Cliffhangers We do not accept any story that ends with a cliffhanger where the H/h are separated or one or both are facing a life-or-death moment.  The H/h must at least have an HFN with unresolved threads while the author is writing a sequel.
     We may consider a life-or-death cliffhanger if the sequel with the HEA is submitted at the same time.
Character age requirements
  • All characters must be at least 21 years old to be involved in a ménage or polyamorous relationship.
  • All characters must be at least 21 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. 
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 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. Will specify in offer letter.
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.

REJECTION WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Without a complete manuscript attached, we will delete the email. Please don't send just a synopsis, some sample chapters, or a nearly finished/incomplete manuscript. Do not send us a link to somewhere else to download the manuscript.

 
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) the imprint from above your book will fit under (required - if you are not sure, make your best guess)

(4) 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)

(5) the genre (required)

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

(7) your legal name (required) (no collaboration with another author on the same book will be considered)

(8) your pen name (if you use one; otherwise, put "None") (no collaboration with another author on the same book will be considered)

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

(10) your current physical mailing address (required from all authors with each submission)

(11) your current phone number where we can reach you (specify day or evening, required from all authors with every submission - we don't keep phone numbers on file)

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

(13) 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.

(14) 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. (We will not look at any manuscript without a synopsis.)

(15) 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 ménage, OR (c) A happy for now where the relationship will lose or gain more characters in future books.

(16) 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.

 

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

LAST NAME - Story Title - Total Manuscript Computer Word Count - Targeted Imprint

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.

Please note: For us to consider your submission quickly, you must provide the 15 items above with every submission. Failure to provide the required items will delay your wait time considerably: 2 to 3 weeks for us to get to the manuscript, plus another 1 or 2 weeks for us to request the missing items, plus another 2 to 3 weeks after the manuscript is re-submitted with the required information.

 

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

SUBMISSIONS @
SIRENBOOKSTRAND . COM

Do not send your submission to our admin or support staff
because your submission may not get forwarded.
 

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.

However, we do not accept simultaneous submissions. We respond quickly to all submissions. If your manuscript is being considered by another publisher, please do not submit the same manuscript to us for consideration.

 

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:
  • 3 to 4 weeks for current and exclusive authors
  • 4 to 5 weeks for new authors

If you have not heard from us in 5 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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