- FANTASY (Highly Interested At This Time)
- PARANORMAL (Highly Interested At This Time)
- SCIENCE FICTION (Highly Interested At This Time)
- SUSPENSE THRILLER
We prefer stories in the 20,000 to 40,000 word range, but we
will look at slightly shorter or slightly longer manuscripts,
WHAT IS SENSUAL AND EROTIC ROMANCE?
Sensual and Erotic Romance is a work that is both romantic and
sexually explicit. Erotic Romance is not pornography. This genre
is romance—love in all its beauty, but without the flowery
words to describe body parts and actions.
Our Novella length fiction is 20,000 - 35,000 words. Novels in
category length of over 35,000 to 75,000 words are preferred.
See the Torrid Special Edition Line Submission Guidelines below
for novels at 75,000 – 90,000 words. We will also consider
• For the sake of sensibilities, we request you NOT send manuscripts
that depict human and earth animals in a bestiality setting.
No necrophilia, pedophilia and bodily functions. We are not
looking for manuscripts that degrade and demean any individual or group
• Erotica without romance will not be accepted, unless it is THE
MAN CAVE Line.
WE HAVE THREE “HEAT” RATINGS
FOR TORRID BOOKS:
• Sensual romance. The reader will find graphic terms for male
and female anatomy. The love scenes are explicit, but overall
the flavor to the story is more sensual.
• Erotic romance. Graphic terms are used and the reader will experience
a heightened erotic experience. These stories may contain material
that some readers find objectionable, such as light bondage,
submission, forced seductions, etc., but the romance is primarily
between one man and one woman.
• Erotica. The reader will find explicit sex scenes. Bi-Sexual/lesbian,
bondage, sex toys, multiple partners, as well as controversial
story elements, may be included in this rating. But romance
is still the underlying motivator.
HOW DO YOU SUBMIT TO TORRID BOOKS?
Please provide us with the following three REQUIRED items as
your submission package:
1) A COVER LETTER outlining your manuscript, any past publications
and experiences as a writer. In the cover letter, include the
word length of your manuscript as well as a brief synopsis,
one to two pages in length. Please summarize the beginning,
and end of the story. Show the conflict and resolution as well
as character description. Also include a one-paragraph synopsis
(thumbnail sketch or “blurb”) of the story line
and tell us what motivated you to write this story. Provide
publishing history in detail, including books under contract
with other publishers and titles out of print.
2) A BUSINESS PLAN, typically one page in length, detailing
how you will promote and market your published manuscript,
any past marketing efforts for your writing career. Do you
have a current author website? If so, include that, along with
other sites like MySpace, Yahoo, Facebook, and so forth that
you use to market your works. An active author website is mandatory
for all WCP authors.
3) THE COMPLETED MANUSCRIPT itself. Do not send a few chapters.
We want the manuscript completed before you submit to us. Do
not mail the manuscript. To preserve the beautiful Cottonwood
trees growing along the beautiful banks of Whiskey Creek, we
ONLY accept submissions electronically.
ADDITIONAL GENERAL SUBMISSION INFORMATION
• WE DO NOT ACCEPT SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS.
• RESPONSE TO SUBMISSIONS IS WITHIN APPROXIMATELY 120 DAYS.
• WE DO NOT ACCEPT SUBMISSIONS IN MICROSOFT WORKS, MAC, OR WORD
PERFECT FORMATS. WE DO NOT ACCEPT MAILED HARD-COPY SUBMISSIONS.
• WE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS IN ALL EROTIC FICTION
Please email your completed submission package to: firstname.lastname@example.org
PROPER MANUSCRIPT FORMATTING FOR SUBMISSION
Cover page must include in the Upper Left Hand Corner:
Author’s Phone Number
Author’s E-mail Address
Cover Page must include Centered vertically and horizontally:
Title of Manuscript
Author Name and/or pseudonym
Genre -- VERY IMPORTANT!
Additionally, there should be no white space at the top of the
first page of each chapter. The word Chapter (not in all caps)
and number (1, 2, 3, etc.) should be centered at the top of the
first page of each chapter. A hard page break should be at the
bottom of the last page of each chapter. For ease of reading
use TIMES NEW ROMAN 12.
Manuscripts should be...
No page numbers
ALL underlined words or phrases changed to ITALICS
Please do not use HTML.
We suggest you use:
Word 97 or above
Rich Text Format
No Mac, Word Perfect, or Microsoft Works Submissions
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTERST, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVING
YOUR SUBMISSION SOON!
Have a non-erotic story you’d like to submit? Check out
our all-genre General Line of books at www.whiskeycreekpress.com and click on the Submissions tab on the Home Page for details