I find it weird that a publisher that's marketing themselves as more racy/taboo than other publishers is for the most part only accepting the same kinks that other publishers do, and excluding a lot they don't.
That struck me as odd too. Also that they found out about a lot of the fetishes from searching online to prepare the site. I didn't see anything very surprising on the list, and I'm not an erotica reader or a fetish expert. So that makes me wonder about how familiar they are with it all.
The point is 'billionaires' is not a kink. A kink is where something not innately bonkable becomes sexualized. Rich guys are widely regarded as innately bonkable.
Their website is rife with questionable assumptions including that the only erotica literature that is not "porn" is erotic romance.
AFAIK, billionaire stories have been a Thing in category romance for a bazillionty years. Secretary falls in love with the CEO type stuff.
The catch is that they're almost entirely written by people who seem to have zero clue what being that wealthy would actually be like. I had a friend who was a deci-billionaire; she flew coach.
She had a couple of hobbies that were stunningly expensive, but her handbag collection consisted of about a half dozen Coach bags and some artisan-made bags, none of which were spectacularly expensive.
Utterly granted. I've often thought that if billionaires spent their money the way they do in category romances, they wouldn't be billionaires for very long.
Harlequin was doing this very profitably long long before 50 Shades although the main line doing it was dialed back a few notches from erotic romance.
I consider wealth stories to be more fantasies than anything else, like "if I won the lottery" daydreams.
I just checked their blog again and the standard contract for new books seems to have changed from 6 years to 3 years. Good, IMHO, and I'd be more inclined to submit. I'm still confused as to some of their kinks, though. E.g., they don't explain what 'forbidden' or 'taboo' means. These are usually incest but they state they don't publish that...Anyhoo, they've also added/changed a few kinks. . Anybody else looked at this publisher yet? I think I might e-mail their 'contacts' and ask a few questions.
This goes without saying, and that's the thing: it goes without saying. A publisher should know their genre/subject matter well enough to tell if the author knows what they're writing about; how else can they tell if it's a good example of the genre? And how can they ask authors to only write what they know about when they're willing to publish subjects they know nothing about?If you do not know that “kink”,,, if you have not read and researched it well ,,, the reader will most likely be disappointed. Please know your subject matter well!
You would think that a publisher would do their best to select quality stories and edit them well to avoid refunds. This explanation really doesn't need to be there and seems like airing the personal problems of their business model as a publisher. A "please only send polished, final draft manuscripts" would probably suffice. If a publisher doesn't want refunds, the onus is on them to select stories that match well with their intended customer base/audience.Also, please make sure that the manuscript you are submitting is of the highest quality possible. We want our readers to be happy with their purchases, and keep our refund/return rate low.
If a reader is not satisfied with your writing, i.e. they find a lot of grammar or spelling mistakes, or if the plot simply does not “flow” correctly, or if the the story is just all sex and no “romance”, then they most likely will reject it and request a refund or return for us. That is not good. Our name, “BannedFiction Press”, is important. We want readers to know that when they purchase a “BannedFiction Press” title, they will be receiving a quality purchase … although that purchase might be of a story a bit “kinky”.
I was kind of bemused by the fact that they specifically won't take some stuff that other publishers don't explicitly disallow--i.e nuns/priests in sexual relationships. If The Thorn Birds could do it in a mainstream publication, I wouldn't expect a publisher calling themselves "Banned Fiction" to ban such a thing.
The Thorn Birds was hardly racy, or even mildly explicit!