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NOTE: UPDATED AS OF JUNE 21, 2009. Cleaning house a bit.

As promised, here is a list of small press/large press/ebook publishers for your terrific manuscript. Where noted, the publishers are only accepting agented submissions. I'll try to keep this updated, so please let me know if any of the links don't function. Good luck with your next sale!

Atlantic Bridge Publishing
Liquid Silver Books & Molten Silver (erotica) Imprints
Small Press/Ebooks & Trade Paperback
Standard Royalty: 40% of list-ebooks; 30% of net/print
Guidelines: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/guidelines.htm

Avalon
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 10% of list
Guidelines: www.avalonbooks.com/wrtgdl.html

Avon/HarperCollins
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 8% of list
Guidelines: http://www.harpercollins.com/imprints/avon/SubmissionGuidelines.aspx

Awe-Struck Books/Heat Wave Romance
(Includes Inspirational and Regency lines)
Small Press/Ebook
Standard Royalty: 35% of list (after discounts) except on sales from own site, which is 40% of list
Guidelines: http://www.awe-struck.net/asubmit/authsub.html

Baker/Bethany House/Revell
Christian/Inspirational Imprint
Small Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 8% of net
Guidelines: "http://www.bakerbooks.com/ME2/Audiences/dirmod.asp?sid=9FC2E1F4E2464E5EADE1430BB2DF94E0&type=gen&mod=Core+Pages&gid=7F623735BC6548ADA400EDEBF235C8E4"http://www.bakerbooks.com/ME2/Audiences/dirmod.asp?sid=9FC2E1F4E2464E5EADE1430BB2DF94E0&type=gen&mod=Core+Pages&gid=7F623735BC6548ADA400EDEBF235C8E4

Ballantine/Ivy/Knopf/Fawcett
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 6% - 8% o flist
Guidelines: http://www.randomhouse.com/BB/bpgmail.html#submit

Bantam/Dell/Spectra
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 8% of net
Guidelines: Agented only

Barbour & Co.
Inspirational Imprint: Heartsong Presents
Small Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 8% of list
Guidelines: http://www.barbourbooks.com/pages/writersguide.aspx

Barbour & Co.
Romance Novellas
Small Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 2.5% of list
Guidelines: http://www.barbourbooks.com/pages/writersguide.aspx

Bella Books
Lesbian Romance
Small press/Print
Standard Royalty: Searching
Guidelines: Unable to find on site. Found "contact page" that will probably require you to email them. http://www.bellabooks.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=ADS_CF&Store_Code=bella

Berkley/Jove
Category Imprints
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 4% - 8% of list
Guidelines: Agented only

Berkley/Jove
Single Title Imprints
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 6% - 8% of list
Guidelines: Agented Only

BET Books/Arabesque/Kimani/Sepia (now imprints of Harlequin)
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 4% - 6% of list
Guidelines: http://www.eharlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=538&chapter=0

Black Lace Romance
UK/Small Press/Print
Standard Royalty: Unknown
Guidelines: http://www.virginbooks.com/contact.php

Black Velvet Seductions
Small Press/Ebook & Trade Paperback (coming)
Standard Royalty: 50% of list-ebooks sold on site; 50% of net-ebooks sold elsewhere; 10% of list-print (after discount)
Guidelines: http://www.blackvelvetseductions.com/Submit Material.html

Brown Skin Books
Multi-Cultural Erotica
UK/Small Press/Print
Standard Royalty: £1500 fee/novels; £150-200/stories; doesn't appear to pay subsequent royalties except on subsidiary right sales
Guidelines: http://www.brownskinbooks.co.uk/guidelines.htm

Cerridwen Press (Mainstream imprint of Ellora's Cave)
Small Press/Ebook & Trade Paperback
Standard Royalty: 40% of net/ebook; 7.5% print
Guidelines: http://www.jasminejade.com/t-writerscircle.aspx

Champagne Books
Small Press/Ebook & Trade Paperback (mass market coming soon)
Standard Royalty: Searching
Guidelines: http://www.champagnebooks.com/submissions.htm

Cobblestone Press
Small Press/Ebook
Standard Royalty: Searching
Guidelines: http://www.cobblestone-press.com/submissions.htm

Crescent Moon Press
Small Press/Ebook
Standard Royalty: Unknown
Guidelines: http://www.crescentmoonpress.com/submissions.html

D C Thomson
My Weekly Story Magazine
UK/Scotland/Magazine
Stories/Novellas of sweet, contempory and/or historical romance with mystery (think Mills and Boon, but shorter)
30K-35K in length
Payment terms: £200 on acceptance
Direct queries, which include synopsis and 3 chapters (3,000 words/approx.) to: Dorothy Hunter, DC Thomson and Co., Ltd., Albert Square, Dundee Scotland DD19QJ

Delacorte/Random House
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalties: 8% of list
Guidelines: Agented only

Dial Press
Large Press/ Print (Trade Paperback)
Standard Royalties: Searching
Guidelines: Agented only

DiskUs
Small Press/Ebook
Standard Royalty: 40% of list
Guidelines: http://www.diskuspublishing.com/submission.htm

Dorchester/Leisure
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 4% - 6% of list
Guidelines: http://www.dorchesterpub.com/Dorch/SubmissionGuidlines.cfm

Draumr Publishing
Dangerous Curves Imprint (BBW--including lesbian--romances)
Small Press/POD Print
Standard Royalty: Searching
Guidelines: https://www.draumrpublishing.com/submissions.php

Eirelander Publishing NEW! Opening 10/09
Small Press/ebook
Standard Royalty: Unknown
Guidelines: http://eirelanderpublishing.com/ContestsandOpenCalls.aspx

Ellora’s Cave
Single Title
Small Press/Ebook & Trade Print
Standard Royalty: 40% of net/ebook; 7.5% print
Guidelines: http://www.ellorascave.com/writing.asp

Ellora’s Cave
Anthologies/Novellas
Small Press/Ebook & Trade Print
Standard Royalty: varies by number of authors
Guidelines: http://www.ellorascave.com/writing.asp

Fiction Works
Small Press/Ebook
Standard Royalty: 30% of list
Guidelines: http://www.fictionworks.com

Five Star/Thorndike
Small Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 10% of list
Guidelines: http://www.gale.cengage.com/pdf/imprints/fivestar/08SubmissionsGuidelines.doc

Genesis Press
Indigo/Tango Two/Black Coral racial-interracial Imprints
Small Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 6% of "invoice"
Guidelines: [URL="http://www.genesis-press.com/owInfoPage.asp?idPage=6[/URL][/COLOR]%20%3Cbr%20/%3E%0A%3Cbr%20/%3E%0A[B]Grand%20Central%20Publishing[/B]%3Cbr%20/%3E%0ALarge%20Press/Print%3Cbr%20/%3E%0AStandard%20Royalty:%208%%3Cbr%20/%3E%0AGuidelines:%20[URL=%22http://www.genesis-press.com/owInfoPage.asp?idPage=6"]http://www.genesis-press.com/owInfoPage.asp?idPage=6


HardShell Word Factory
Small Press/Ebook
Standard Royalty: 30% of list
Guidelines: http://www.hardshell.com/custom.aspx?id=8

Harlequin
Category Imprints
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 4% - 6%
Guidelines: http://www.eharlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=538&chapter=0

Harlequin/HQN/Luna/Mira/Red Dress Ink
Single Title Imprints
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 7% - 8%
Guidelines: Note: HQN/Luna/Mira agented only. Red Dress Ink accepting only queries. http://www.eharlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=538&chapter=0

Harper-Collins/Morrow
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 8%
Guidelines: Agented Only (except Avon, above)

Hatchette Book Group
Faithwords Inspirational Imprint
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 8%
Guidelines: Agented Only

Headline Book Publishing
Little Black Dress Imprint
UK/Medium Press/Print
Standard Royalty: Unknown (but looking)
Guidelines: We are looking for well-written, contemporary, romantic fiction with structured plots and great characters. The word count should not exceed 80,000 words.
If you would like to submit your novel to us, please send us the first three chapters together with a synopsis, printed on single sided A4 paper, double spaced and in Times New Roman 12 point. Please also include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you would like us to return your material after consideration, to: Catherine Cobain, Editor, Little Black Dress, Headline Book Publishing, 338 Euston Road, London NW1 3BH.

Highland Press
Small Press/Ebooks (Trade Paperback-coming soon)
Standard Royalty: 30% of list
Guidelines: http://highlandpress.org/submissionguidelines.htm

Howard Publishing
Inspirational Imprint
UK/Small Press/Print
Standard Royalty:
Guidelines: Now a division of Simon & Schuster- Agented only

Imajinn
Small Press/Ebook
Standard Royalty: 8% of list
Guidelines: http://www.imajinnbooks.com/guidelines.htm

Juno Books
Small Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 8% of List
Guidelines: http://www.juno-books.com/guidelines.html
(Note: While this publisher accepts fantasy romance, their books are SHELVED in fantasy, like Luna.)

Keene Publishing/Moo Press
Small Press/Print
Standard Royalty: Searching
Guidelines: http://www.keenebooks.com/subs.php

Kensington/Zebra/Dafina
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 6% - 8.5%
Guidelines: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/finditem.cfm?itemid=14298

L & L Dreamspell New!
Small Press
Standard Royalty: Unknown
Guidelines: http://www.lldreamspell.com/Guidelines.htm

Linden Bay Romance
Small Press/Ebook & Trade Paperback
Standard Royalty: Searching
Guidelines: Presently closed for submissions, but watch for reopening soon http://www.lindenbayromance.com/submissions.html

Little, Brown
YA Romance Imprint
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 8%
Guidelines: Agented Only

Loose ID
Small Press/Ebook & Trade Paperback
Standard Royalty: 35% of cover price on ebooks sold through their own website, 50% of net on ebooks sold through distributors. One year option on print rights
Guidelines: http://www.loose-id.com/submissions.aspx

Loveland Press
Small Press/Print
Standard Royalty: Unknown
Guidelines: Agented only

Medallion Press
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 6% - 8.5%
Guidelines:

Moody Publishers
Inspirational Romance
Medium Press/Print
Standard Royalty:
Guidelines: http://www.moodypublishers.com/Publishers/default.asp?SectionID=7DBC91EEDCDB487DBBD484EFB3F40D86


Mundania Press
Small Press/Ebook & Trade Print
Standard Royalty: 50% of net/ebook; 15% of net/print
Guidelines: http://www.mundania.com/submissions.php

New American Library (NAL)/Dutton/Signet/Onyx/Accent
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 6%
Guidelines: Agented only

New Concepts Publishing
Novels & Novellas/Small Press/Ebooks & Trade Paperback
Standard Royalty: 9.5% - 40% ebook; 4% - 11% print
Guidelines: http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/submissionguidelines.htm

Pocket
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 8%
Guidelines: Now Agented Only

Razorbill
YA Romance Imprint of Penguin
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: Searching
Guidelines: Agented Only--except for open submissions, which are announced from time to time here

Red Rose Publishing NEW!
Small press/ebook
Standard Royalty: Unknown
Guidelines: http://redrosepublishing.com/bookstore/submissions.php

Red Sage Publishing
Small Press/Print
Standard Royalty: Still searching
Guidelines: http://www.eredsage.com/Submissions-sp8.html

Samhain Publishing
Small Press/Ebook (Trade Paperback coming soon)
Standard Royalty: 40% of list
Guidelines: http://www.samhainpublishing.com/submissions

Secrets
Romantic erotica novellas
Small Press/Print
Standard Royalty: Searching
Guidelines: http://www.eredsage.com/Submissions-sp8.html

Severn House
UK/Small Press/Print
Standard Royalty: Unknown
Guidelines: Agented only

St. Martin’s Press
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 8%
Guidelines: Agented only

Silhouette
Category Imprints
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 6%
Guidelines: http://www.eharlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=538&chapter=0

Simon & Schuster
Touchstone Books & Downtown Press imprints
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 8% mass market; 10% hardback
Guidelines: Agented Only

Sourcebooks
Casablanca imprint
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: (searching for)
Guidelines: http://www.sourcebooks.com/our-authors/romance-fiction-submission-guidelines-2.html

STARbooks Press
Gay/Lesbian/Transgender romance
Small Press/Trade Print
No Advance
Standard Royalty: Varies
Guidelines: http://www.starbookspress.com/submission.php

Thomas Nelson
Love Inspired Christian Imprint
Medium Press/Print
Standard Royalty: Searching
Guidelines: Agented Only


Steeple Hill
Love Inspired Christian Imprint
Medium Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 6%
Guidelines: http://www.eharlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=538&chapter=0

Tor/Forge
Tor Romance Imprint - paranormal & suspense
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: 8%
Guidelines: http://us.macmillan.com/Content.aspx?publisher=torforge&id=255

Torquere Press
Hard Liquor Pulp Fiction - NEW imprint for 2008
Gay/Lesbian erotic romance
Small press/ebook
Standard Royalty: 35% on ebook sales on the Torquere site, 25% on distributor sales, and 8% on print books
Guidelines: http://www.torquerepress.com/submissions/guidelines.html

Treble Heart Books
Small Press/Ebook & Trade Print
Standard Royalty: 40% of list, ebook; 15% - 35% of net, print
Guidelines: http://www.trebleheartbooks.com/files/Submissions_Guidelines.pdf


Tyndale Books
Christian/Inspirational Romance
Medium Press/Print
Standard Royalty: Searching
Guidelines: http://www.tyndale.com/faq.asp?id=2

Urban Christian
Christian/Inspirational Romance
Medium Press/Print
Standard Royalty: Searching
Guidelines: Now agented only

WaterBrook Press/Shaw Books
Inspirational Imprint of Random House
Large Press/Print
Standard Royalty: Searching
Guidelines: Agented Only

Whiskey Creek Press
Standard Royalty:
Guidelines: http://whiskeycreekpress.com/submissions.shtml

The Wild Rose Press Not new, but new to this list for some reason. Oops. My bad...
Small press/ebook
Standard Royalty: Searching
Guidelines: http://thewildrosepress.com/publisher/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33&Itemid=44

Woman's World
Short Stories (800 words)
Standard Royalties: $1,000 flat for story
Guidelines: Fiction editor is Johnene Granger - They pay $500 for the Solve It Mysteries and $1000 for the 800 word romances. Woman's World will consider unsolicited queries, articles, photos, etc. that are sent to: Woman's World, Editorial Department, 270 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632. Material not accompanied by a self addressed stamped envelope will not be returned. Woman's World accepts no obligation to return material.

Zondervan Books
Inspirational Romances
Medium Press/Print
Standard Royalty: Searching
Guidelines: http://www.zondervan.com/Cultures/en-US/Company/Policy/Submission.htm?QueryStringSite=Zondervan

Zumaya Publications
Small Press/Ebooks
Standard Royalty: Searching
Guidelines: http://www.zumayapublications.com/guidelines.php



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That should keep you all busy for awhile! :D Feel free to add any to this that you've discovered on your own. Good luck!
 
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Thanks, Cathy.
 

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Thanks, Cathy! Since my agent went poof on me, I have to go back to the drawing board and this will REALLY help! :)
 

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cathy on romance writing

hi cathy, i really appreciate your lessons and list of romance publishers. had trouble getting guidelines from treble and wonder if there is a new address, guidelines on another website. I may make it yet into this fun and challenging arena. thanks again. chicagogal.
 

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Cathy,

I was just browsing and noticed that the link to Treble Heart Books doesn't work. I figured out what it is. The link has Submissions_Guidelines when it should be Submission_Guidelines. Lose that "s" before the underscore and it should work.

Great job you're doing here. You're tempting me to try writing romances. :)
 

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Thanks for spotting that, Penelope. Got it fixed now! :)


Feel free to try your hand --- it's just a really, REALLY long greeting card... ;)
 

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Ah! They seem to have reworked the site and have gone to a "frame" setup. But there's a clear link for Submissions on the top bar, so I'll just redo the link to the main page. Thanks for noticing, reph! :kiss:


Also removing LTDBooks from the list, since they've now gone under.
 

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Hi, jbayley! Thanks for bringing this market to my attention! :Hug2: DC Thomson publishes a weekly magazine called "My Weekly Stories" which contains romance/drama/mystery novellas for the UK/Scottish market. It has a good circulation and selected stories from the collection are published in hardbound annually. Payment is 200 pounds for 30-35K sweet, contemporary or historical romances. I've posted the guidelines above! I was also able to find the on-line guidelines for Black Lace, a UK erotica publisher.


Anytime anyone hears of a new market, please let me know here and we'll keep updating the list! :)
 

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DC Thomson actually publish several magazines and newspapers. The four of interest to romance writers are 'The People's Friend' and 'My Weekly' and their Story Collections.

The P's F and My Weekly are weekly women's magazines and have around 5-7 short stories per issue. You can get excellent guidelines for these strictly sweet markets.

DC Thomson also produce 4 every month of a small paperback novel the 'My Weekly Story Collection' and 2 a month of 'The People's Friend Story Collection'. You need to read them as there are subtle difference between the two and you will need a Scottish/British connection in your story. Length around 35,000 words - 128 pages.

If you write with an s.a.e they will send you very helpful guidelines but do read what they publish as these editors know exactly what they want. If you can approach them sounding very professional and non-precious about your work they will often ask you for rewrites. I had to rewrite a recent short story submission four times before it was exactly what they wanted!

Also once they know you you will be able to submit by e-mail to a specific editor and that is very quick and helpful.
 

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Thanks Cathy and pdr for your input on D.C. Thomson in the U.K.

I'm having some trouble getting the actual publications, but hope the problem will improve in the near future.

Here I am again with my usual question: pdr: does People's Friend and My Weekly accept their longer stories in first person or third person or both?

Thanks for your help :)
 

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Has anyone heard of Headline? I think they are UK - part of Hodder & Stoughton. The recently bought to eHQ chums...but I have no clue this side of the pond. The imprint is Little Black Dress -- any clues on submissions?
 

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Jenna said;
Has anyone heard of Headline? I think they are UK - part of Hodder & Stoughton. The recently bought to eHQ chums...but I have no clue this side of the pond. The imprint is Little Black Dress -- any clues on submissions?

Yes, I've heard of Hodder & Stoughton, and also Headline. Up here in Canada I see their books in our bookstores. I'm planning to submit to several U.K. markets, when I have something suitable to submit.

My knowledge of the markets there is probably not much than yours?

Where did you hear about this, as I'm interested...and please explain your statement "The recently bought to eHQ chums..." ??
Sorry I don't understand.

It sounds exciting to me .:D
 
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THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS - new !!

Hey Jenna and everyone::D

In reply to a new imprint called "The Little Black Dress", I wrote to someone at Header and here's the email I received today....that's all I got...

Hope that helps though it's not much in the way of guidelines. I think I'll write to this editor again and ask for some more details....

here it is:
Thank you very much for your enquiry into Little Black Dress - an exciting new imprint publishing enjoyable romances written with the modern girl in mind. We are looking for well-written, contemporary, romantic fiction with structured plots and great characters. The word count should not exceed 80,000 words.
If you would like to submit your novel to us, please send us the first three chapters together with a synopsis, printed on single sided A4 paper, double spaced and in Times New Roman 12 point. Please also include a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you would like us to return your material after consideration.
Many thanks,
Cat Cobain
____________________
Catherine Cobain
Editor, Little Black Dress

Headline Book Publishing
338 Euston Road
London NW1 3BH

Tel: 020 7873 6091
Fax: 020 7873 6124


One of the things I wonder about is the word "girl"....hmmm...the age of the heroine could be very young

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Most of the major publishers have a paranormal line (suspense is often implied...) In this month's Romantic Times, the following publishers have books in the paranormal romance review section:

Berkley Sensation
Jove (a Berkley imprint)
Ballantine (which reminds me--I don't have a spot for them on the list. I'll look around)
Zebra
Love Spell (a Dorchester imprint)
Leisure (a Dorchester imprint)
Brava (a Kensington imprint)
Avon
Pocket
Tor
Triskelion
Ace
 

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Cathy:

While searching through sites for publishers, with respect to romance publishers--I know Mills & Boon is part of Harlequin which you have on the list I found

http://www.millsandboon.co.uk/

The site is one I completely forgot. Is it one you can put on your list? It is really Harlequin Romance etc. but those manuscipts go to the UK now...and the international venues look so different.

:) Josie

oops, plus I have a few pages of guidelines which they emailed me as an attachment, I can look for them and email them to you if you like.
 
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