A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
G. K. Chesterton (1874 – 1936)
What we ask from our authors:I
. You are the sole creator of the submission.II
. You are 18 years of age or older and legally able to write, submit and read erotic or pornographic material.III.
Be sure your story has a sexual theme, unless you are submitting to the Non-Erotic categoryIV.
We do not accept submissions under 1500 words.V.
KNOW YOUR SUBJECT - We are looking for writers who love the erotica genre. Not just dabble in or feel they can write a good smut scene.VI.
LEAVE YOUR EGO AT THE DOOR !!!! I do not babysit, my editors do not babysit and the remaining staff will not babysit. We pull no punches but then again nothing is personal. This is a business. We want to conduct it as such. We want the best you have to offer and know how to get it from you. If you want to give it then great if not there are plenty of other companies you can submit to.VII.
If accepted, be prepared to work. We will promote just as hard as you and will support you in all you do.SubmissionsThere is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badly written.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
Erotic fiction is more than just a few sentences of explicit detail and the use of words like cock and pussy. Erotic fiction is a means of escape from a reality that leaves us unsatisfied and yearning for more. Dark Roast Press is not looking for long winded ropes of semen on every page or the mindless chatter that can follow. We want a story that engages and invokes then leaves the reader breathless. The tangible can be just as passionate as the wildest imagination. Real situations and real descriptions can be more erotic and satisfying than the most graphic fantasy. This is a tall order and not taken lightly here at Dark Roast. If this is the kind of author you are then your submission is one we want to see.
Topics that we do not want to see:I.
Snuff or snuff related portrayed in a positive light.III.
Rape or serious physical damage portrayed positively. Use of this topic as a minor plot point, maybe considered depending on its context.IV.
Pedophilia. Use of this topic as a minor plot point maybe considered depending on its context.VI.
Sexual disease or political agenda driven plots.VII.
Use of degrading sexual/racial stereotypes in a positive light. Use of this topic in a minor plot point, maybe considered depending on its context.VIII.
Bestiality in a contemporary sense. Not meaning interspecies in a paranormal or sci-fi setting.
To be very clear on the “minor plot point” statements above. We do understand that you may have a character whose view maybe be positive of these topics. What you do with this character and the overall impact of their actions we will consider very carefully when reading your submissions. We in no way want to receive a submission that glorifies these actions. It will not be considered.
Do not confuse this for what it is. Do not imply what it is not.
Please submit your entire manuscript to [email protected]
with the following :I.
Email subject line should give the type of fiction (GLBT, HET,NON-EROTIC) then a space, a hyphen, another space then the title.II.
The body of the email should have the following :
1. Your pseudonym.
2. Your email address.
3. Descriptive tags (BDSM, THREESOME etc) Note: if your submission features a character whose characteristics is mentioned above please put that notification here.
4. Word count.
5. A short synopsis of the submission.III
. Attach your submission in the following format:
1. doc., docx., rtf., odt.
2. 10 pt sized font
3. Legible font such as Times New Roman, Verdana or Arial.IV.
A second attachment with the following information (follow the above format as well):
1. Short biography of who you are and brought you to this genre of writing.
2. If you have a website please post the link.
3. If you are published elsewhere please list what and with whom.
4. Chapter by chapter outline. No need to be more than a paragraph long but as detailed as possible.
5. Promotional ideas
We will try and send an acknowledgment email within a week of your submission. If you do not receive that email within 8 days please feel free to inquire. Once you have received your acknowledgment, please understand it will take up to 45 days before we respond with our decision.