Samhain Submissions Update

We’ve hired a new content editor and are catching up on submissions, so if you’re thinking to submit, now is a great time.

People have been asking about particular genres we’re looking for. One thing I know, we’ve gotten inundated with romantic suspense. If you write romantic suspense, it will need to be pretty great for us to consider it at this point, and something different than the cop catching a serial killer storyline unless you’ve got a unique twist on it. We’re kind of feeling played out there.

Paranormal is still hot, and we’ll still consider vampires, shifters (personally, I’m a fan of shifters), demons and otherwise. We like different, but we also know there are readers out there who still love vampires.

We like contemporary but it’s the genre we see most of (along with romantic suspense) so it needs to be special for us to want to sign it. That doesn’t mean don’t submit it, it just means make sure your writing is tight, the pacing is good and your manuscript clean (actually, that really can be said of every submission!)

Erotic romance of any genre is still something most of our editors love. But the kicker here is that there must be story and plot to your erotic romance, not just some sex scenes strung together. And the sex scenes should be hot, not clinical. There’s a difference!

We have several editors who love a great historical romance, so if you’re writing historicals: western, regency, ancient Egypt, whatever, they’d love to see it!

Some genres that we want to publish more of but get few excellent submissions in include: inspirational, interracial romance, GBLT (especially m/m but we do sign a great f/f when it comes along), urban fantasy and fantasy romance.

Remember, we’re no longer accepting non-romance submissions (except in the fantasy/science fiction categories, and they have to have romantic elements). That means no YA, no horror, women’s fiction, non-fiction, etc.

A couple key things to remember when you’re submitting: Please make sure you include a thorough synopsis–at least two pages but however many it takes to tell the story, including the end! Proofread and spell check. I know spell check seems useless, but it really does catch spelling errors. Having a book that’s fairly clean is going to work in your favor at all times, but even more so if it’s a genre we see a lot of. There’s no reason for us to take on a book that needs a lot of work when there are other submissions that come through in great shape. And last, please read our submissions guidelines before you send your submission.

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Samhain Submissions Re-open

As of today I’ve re-opened submissions at Samhain. Please keep in mind that we have refocused our efforts and the accepted genres have changed.

Additionally, we’ve clarified and/or changed some of our submissions guidelines.

Questions can be sent to

Call for Submissions: Fall 2008 Menage and More anthology

Call for submissions: Samhain Publishing 2008 Fall Ménage and More anthology.

Two men focused on her pleasure. One night of indulgence with her best friend and her man. Three men…one love. What’s your fantasy? More than any other, we hear from our readers that the ménage and more is the fantasy they most love reading in erotic romance. In Fall 2008, Samhain Publishing will present three red hot ménage and more stories to our readers…your book could be one of them.
This anthology will consist of three novellas to be released individually as eBooks in September 2008 and combined into one print title for 2009 release.

I am open to any romance genre (historical, paranormal, contemporary, etc.) but the stories must involve a ménage (or more). Though the ménage does not need to be the central relationship in the story or end in a HEA for all three, I am looking for romances so there must be a happily ever after for at least two of the characters.

Submissions are open to all authors previously published with Samhain as well as authors aspiring to publish with Samhain. Submissions must be new material—previously published material will not be considered.

Additionally, we will not consider manuscripts previously submitted whether individually or for past anthologies. Please be aware that manuscripts submitted to this anthology cannot be resubmitted at a later date unless by invitation from an editor.

To submit, please include the full manuscript of 24,000–30,000 words with a 2–5 page synopsis. Also include a letter of introduction/query letter if you are an author not previously contracted with Samhain.

Submissions are open until May 15, 2008, and the final decision will be made by June 1, 2008. Submissions should be sent to . Please put *Ménage Anthology Submission* in the subject line. If you receive an auto response, your submission has been received. Anthologies are special projects exempt to the general closing of submissions.

I’m happy to answer questions about this anthology either on the Samhain Author loop, Samhain Café , on the Romance Divas forum or by private email.

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This and that…

I’m blogging today at Magical Musings, about what we’re looking for…in an author.

Also, I found out yesterday that a workshop proposed by Melissa Schroeder, along with Shelley Bradley and me, for RWA 2008 has been accepted. So I’ll be in San Francisco (I’d have been there anyway!) talking about Myths, Legends and Realities of Epublishing.

Sometime this weekend I’m going to be putting up a call for a new anthology for Fall 2008.

Changing directions…

Last week in a post I mentioned that there were some changes in the works that I couldn’t discuss. It was announced today on our Samhain business loop and also on Dear Author. You can read the full text there, but in short, when Samhain re-opens to submissions next month, we will be refocusing our efforts on romance and books with romantic elements. We will no longer be accepting a number of genre submissions including non-fiction, horror, mystery, mainstream fiction and young adult. This was a much-discussed decision and one not made easily at all, but I think it’s going to be an excellent thing for us, so we can concentrate on building the company further, before branching out again.

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