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We are an electronic publisher of
erotic romance and short story
erotica seeking creative
storytelling and original style. Because we at
Cobblestone Press are selective about what we accept, we
are looking for authors to set the standard of writing
for this press; authors that show extraordinary ability
to weave tales of romance through strong, unforgettable
characters, plots that twist and turn with layers of
conflict and emotion, and a style that sets them apart
from other writers in the market.
Cobblestone Press is a full service publisher. There are
NO fees for the author at any point during our
publication process. Your book will be edited, assigned
an ISBN number, and cover art will be provided.
rate is 35%
of the cover price and will be paid on a monthly
basis. We currently request electronic and audio rights.
We publish sensual & erotic romance stories and short
Sensual romance stories
are what “romance” is all about. These love stories
should have strong plots, fully developed characters,
open-door love scenes, and a Happily Ever After ending.
All sexually active characters in the manuscript must be
at least 18 no matter the time period.
Erotic romance stories
are tales of love with an erotic flavor. They have all
of the same elements found in sensual romances, but must
use explicit, adult-oriented language when describing
the sexual elements within the story.
stories are all about arousing the reader. These
vignettes must have open-door sex scenes using explicit,
adult-oriented language. These short stories are not
necessarily romances, so a Happily Ever After ending is
not required, but a “Happy for Now” is preferred.
For all stories, we prefer you
avoid purple prose.
If you are unsure of how to define
check out this informative and hilarious article by Deb
Purple Prose Eater
Accepting the Following Submissions:
currently accepting manuscripts from 5,000-65,000 words in the following genres:
- Action Adventure
- African American
- Gay (m/m only)
- Paranormal (Vampire,
Shifter, Ghosts, etc.)
- Romantic Comedy
- Time Travel
- Urban Fantasy
For more information, see our Line Submissions and Seasonal Submissions.
A complete manuscript is
required at submission from all authors.
We Do Not Accept:
- Manuscripts that
depict any group of people in a
negative, demeaning light will not be
considered. No Exceptions.
- Sex between minors
- Daddy/Mommy fantasies
- Fan Fiction
- Rape &/or forced
seduction. No exceptions.
- Erotic asphyxiation
- Snuff &/or
- Urethral sounding
- Water play (golden
- Brown play
If you aren't sure whether content in your story is acceptable, please feel free to ask before submitting. We try to answer questions regarding our submission guidelines within 48 hours.
*If you are submitting a novel for one of the lines,
please put it in the subject of your email and in the
Blue Line (submission are open to In House Authors only)
Word Count: 3k-5k
This line is for erotica shorts for highly sexual
and explicit content. Let your Freak Flag Fly!
HEA or romantic content not required. First and third
person accepted (male or female POV). All genres
Word Count: 5k-10k
Be wicked for us. We're looking for short story erotica
with a very high level of sexual content. HEA or romantic content not
required. First and third person accepted (male or
female POV). All genres considered.
Word Count: 10k-20k
The Tryst line is our
signature short story line. These short,
quick reads should stimulate the reader and the promise
of a future.
Word Count: 10k-65k
The Shifter line at Cobblestone is dedicated to shape
shifters of both genders. Get in touch with your wild
side and let us take a look! We are interested in shape
shifter romance that crosses over into all genres and
Space is very limited! Mark
your submissions accordingly so they will be routed to
the proper place for consideration.
Word Count: 10k-40k
Genre: Paranormal Sensual & Erotic Romance
Must be submitted by August 1, 2011
Shifters, vampires, ghosts, and everything in between.
Octoberfest is about celebrating all things paranormal.
Word Count: 10k-40k
Genre: Ménage & BDSM
Must be submitted by September 1, 2011
We're especially interested in m/m/f or m/f/m ménage.
Submissions for Naughty November must be “erotic
romance” or “erotica”.
Please submit full
manuscript as an attachment to:
properly format your manuscript can/will result in
an automatic rejection. For help creating an .rtf
file please check out the
- Use either Times New Roman or Courier New, 12pt.
- All paragraphs should be indented .5 (without
- One inch margins
- Attach the manuscript as an RTF file (no other
format will be opened)
- Include a cover letter in the
body of your email. Discuss past publications, if
any, future goals, and at least a paragraph blurb
describing your book.
- On the first page of your manuscript include in
the upper left corner the following: Title of
Manuscript, Word Count- Calculated by your word
processor program, Genre (or Line), Full Name, Pen
Name (if applicable), Mailing Address, Phone Number,
and Email Address
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. To whom do I
submit my work?
submit your full manuscript in RTF format as an
email@example.com. Failure to properly format and attach your manuscript
can/will result in an automatic rejection. For help
creating an .rtf file please check out the
Q. Do you
contract on proposal?
but only from our In-House Authors currently under contract with us on
at least one other manuscript.
Q. Can I
submit a partial manuscript?
No. Only full manuscripts are processed for contract
if my story was previously published? What about
A. We do
not consider currently self-published works for
contract. If your manuscript was previously released by
another publisher but is no longer under contract and,
therefore, considered “out of print”, you may contact us
to discuss the possibility of contract consideration.
Q. Do you accept multiple
A. Yes –
but do let us know if the work is currently being
considered by another publisher.
Q. What should I put in
my cover letter?
A. Tell us about you,
your work, and the material you are submitting.
Q. What is your current
A. This depends greatly
on the number of submissions during a given month; but a
safe estimate would be about 5%.
Q. Do you accept
submissions written in First Person POV?
A. Yes. We will consider
material written in First Person (past tense only).
Q. Do you accept books
from multiple authors?
A. Yes, but the authors
will have to split the 35% royalty.
Q. Do you accept
A. Contact us directly
and we can discuss it.
Q. How long will I have
to wait for an answer on my submission?
A. Our current response
time is roughly 90 days. At the time of submission, our
system will automatically respond to let you know that
the submission was received. If you do not receive the
automatic reply, it means that we did not get your
Q. Do I need an agent to submit to Cobblestone?
A. No, no agent is
required but we are comfortable working with and have
worked with agents in the past.
Q. I write under a pen
name, can you guarantee my privacy?
A. Absolutely. We will
do everything within our power to protect your privacy.
Q. If my story is
contracted, how long will I have to wait for
A. This depends on the
number of manuscripts contracted ahead of you, editing,
and special events that are planned at Cobblestone. We
like to see contracted manuscripts published within six
months of contract.
Q. How many titles do you
publish a month?
A. Our current schedule
allows for 3 titles a week.
Q. How often does
Cobblestone Press pay authors?
Q. What rights does
A. Our standard contract
electronic rights for five years. Our contract is
renewable and can be negotiated if you acquire an agent.
Print rights on full lengths are negotiated separately
at the discretion of the publisher.
Q. Can I supply my own
A. No, we do not allow
authors to provide cover art.
Q. How much say will I
have in cover art design?
A. We have a staff of
dedicated and talented artists that produce cover art
that fits each book by studying closely the information
provided by the authors on the cover art form. We pride
ourselves on the quality of our cover art.
Q. Will my book be
A. Of course! We have a
thorough and professional editing staff that will do all
they can to make your work shine. We will not compromise
on matters of grammar and accuracy.
Q. Do you distribute your
books to vendors?
A. Yes, we currently have contracts for distribution
with Fictionwise, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks,
and Amazon Kindle.
Q. Why should I publish
at Cobblestone Press?
A. We’re dedicated to
producing quality. Everything about Cobblestone is
designed to create a positive, creative, and attractive
experience for both authors and readers. Our contracts
are pro-author and demonstrate our dedication to the
success of our authors while they are with us and