For this week’s Pen to Pen, author ’Nathan Burgoine offers six tips on approaching your local bookstores to carry your book. Having managed bookstores for twenty years before turning to writing full-time, he knows this topic well from both sides. … Read more
Pride Publishing, an imprint of the Totally Entwined publishing group, seeks books about characters who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex. Manuscripts should be 10,000 to 100,000 words and may be standalone stories or part of a series. The standard contract is for four years and includes subsidiary and worldwide rights. … Read more
This week for Rainbow Snippets, I’m sharing again from “Darling Proktiphallus,” which appears in the new Lethe Press anthology His Seed: An Arboretum of Gay Erotica. In “Darling Proktiphallus” we follow JD, a horticulturalist who works at a public garden in the Midwest, as he develops a more-than-professional interest in a unique garden plant.
This scene occurs toward the beginning of the story. It’s winter, and JD has been working outside. His co-worker and occasional lover, Robert, just buzzed JD on the walkie-talkie and asked him to visit one of the greenhouses.
Mofo Pubs wants previously unpublished erotic stories of hauntings—literal or figurative. Pieces should tell a story, not simply be an excuse for a sex scene. Multiple and simultaneous submissions are fine. 1,000 to 5,000 words. Pays 1¢/word. … Read more
Independent Legions Publishing wants original horror stories in English for the October 2017 anthology The Beauty of Death 2 – Death by Water. Stories should be 4,000 to 5,000 words. Payment is $100 for exclusive English-language rights 3 years. … Read more
For this week’s Pen to Pen Column, Liv Rancourt has stopped by to talk about the ins and outs of researching historical romances. The process is fresh in her mind, as she’s just released Aqua Follies, a gay romance set in the water ballet scene of 1950s Seattle. You didn’t know there was a Seattle water ballet scene? That’s not all her book covers, and keeping track of the historical trivia was quite the task. She has some great advice for digging up the details that movies and history books might not tell you. … Read more
On the 19th of every month, the Erotica Readers and Writers Association hosts Sexy Snippet Day, inviting any author to post 200 words or less of published erotica as a comment to the association’s Sexy Snippets blog post. Today, I’m sharing a snippet from Far From Home, my erotic science-fiction short about husbands on different planets staying emotionally and sexually close through virtual technology—with a bonus 100 words to sate the appetites of the technologically curious. … Read more
Rattle Magazine poses a monthly challenge to poets to write a poem based on a specific piece of visual art. The piece of art for June is “No Name #1” by Ryan Schaufler. … Read more
Enjoy this NSFW excerpt from “Pacific Rimming,” a romance about a married gay couple who unexpectedly fall in love with a younger man. The story is available for free through Monday.
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Today is the last day that proceeds from The Guy With the Suitcase by Chris Ethan are going to the Russian LGBT Network to save lives of gay Chechens and others persecuted for their perceived sexual orientation. I finished the book last night, and it was refreshingly unlike most romances I’ve read recently. … Read more