Do You Have the Appetite?

Unlike the Sunsetother editors at Assent Publishing, I get to run shop differently.  My day starts in the early afternoon over rooibos tea and breakfast while I look at manuscripts and answer email.  I’m in bed around three A.M. after a long day of handling editor/author responsibilities.  What keeps me coming back to the madness of publishing erotica?  A ravenous appetite for the sensual, the sexy, and the uniquely erotic continues to inspire me to wake up each afternoon and delve into the exciting minds of the authors who follow our submission guidelines.  I get a thrill watching my authors go through the Academy and realize the power of the erotic word lies not just in the sexy bits, but in everything else—which is why I acquired their manuscripts in the first place.

Erotica is no different than any other genre.  We can explore our carnal hunger.  We’re allowed to go deeper into our own psyche, dig down into what turns us on and gets our cranks moving.  It’s something that stirs our inner beasts, making them hungry and putting them on the prowl to seek out that connection.  Sure, sweaty bodies are a part of that equation, but the chase is why so many of us write erotica. Sex is an experience dealing with more than just the ins and outs of two parts from different humans.  It’s about moving together, the synergy when a character realizes that special connection with their partner(s) and takes the leap of faith to put trust into the universe.

Erotica is ultimately about trust.  Creating that trust in your stories becomes important for the editor to see believability that your characters would in fact hook up.  I love it when the author puts their characters through the paces to make them earn that trust because it often inspires me to think differently about situations I’ve encountered.

handcuffsA key component is that the author is aroused by their stories.  That arousal shows in enthusiasm when they complete the marketing plan we require.  It shows in their synopsis and pitch.  Because writing is subjective on so many levels, and erotica more so, we understand that coming up with the elements to sell the book aren’t an exact science but there is a unique formula to arousal for every author and every story.  We’re merely asking authors to jump in with both feet, get their hands and fingers dirty, and revel in the pleasures of the flesh.

In short, we want to know if you have the same appetite we do for erotica!

51xBm7vKMGL._SY445_I’d throw down the gauntlet (er, sexy gloves)  for a challenge but I have a better idea.  Ardent Books is proud to present our very first SCORCHING STORIES contest.  We’re looking for authors of erotica to mix it up, tempt us, tease us and bring about a satisfying climax with their novels.

Assent Publishing’s Ardent Books is accepting submissions.  Show us your ravenous appetite. We are accepting submissions for our SCORCHING STORIES contest until July 15th so let the juices flow on paper along with other places.

CONTEST RULES

  • SCORCHING STORIES contest submissions accepted from June 1, 2014 through midnight (U.S. Eastern Time), July  15, 2014
  • All subgenres of erotica accepted including cyberpunk, steam punk, historical, romantic, bdsm, ménage, contemporary, and anything in between.
  • Manuscript must be complete
  • Word counts accepted: full length (50,000 to 100,000 words)
  • You must note “2014 SCORCHING STORIES Contest” and book title in subject line of your submission email
  • One SCORCHING STORIES contest submission per author
  • Follow ALL Ardent  Books submission guidelines http://ArdentBooks.com
  • All submissions will be judged by Ardent Books imprint editors and acquisitions editors

SCORCHING STORIES Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • Assent Publishing contract including all benefits offered through Assent Publishing: professional editing, professional cover design, print and ebook formatting, distribution, intense marketing training through the Assent Academy, and the unparalleled Assent Publishing commitment to author success
  • A SCORCHING STORIES GRAND PRIZE WINNER promotional announcement blitz ($500 value)
  • 50 FREE print copies of their book
  • 10 two hour sessions of one-on-one author marketing coaching with Author Success Coach and dean of the Assent Academy, Deborah Riley-Magnus ($2,000 value)
  • $100 toward membership in a writers organization or guild of the winner’s choice
  • A Kindle Fire

SCORCHING STORIES Top 2 Finalists will receive:

  • Assent Publishing contract including all benefits offered through Assent Publishing: professional editing, professional cover design, print and ebook formatting, distribution, intense marketing training through the Assent Academy, and the unparalleled Assent Publishing commitment to author success
  • SCORCHING STORIES WINNER promotional announcements for the author and their book ($100 value)

Contest submissions can be cyberpunk, steam punk, historical, romantic, bdsm, ménage, contemporary, and anything in between. Ardent Books is currently accepting erotica submissions in addition to contest entries. Send your submissions and “SCORCHING STORIES” contest entries to editor@ardentbooks.com. Good luck! Scorch us with your story! Please visit us at www.ardentbooks.com.

 

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6 Responses to Do You Have the Appetite?

  1. kimmiewrites says:

    Reblogged this on kimmiewrites and commented:
    Do you have the appetite? Scorching Stories contest by Ardent Books! Details here!

  2. Wow! Man, wish I wrote erotica. I’m fast, and I can, but I haven’t and I’m not that fast a writer, lol. Good luck with your contest!!!

  3. Pingback: How do You Show Us the Seductive Sizzle? | Ardent Books

  4. aw. only just seen this. but not quite finished anyway!

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