Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Torquere Press Call for Submissions

Originally posted at de Hart's Throne Room
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My darling writers! Yes, another post for you, and one I myself am quite excited about.

Torquere Press has recently opened up some new Submission Calls, and their ongoing calls are still open, and still tantalizing, if I do say so myself.

And I do.

MASKS OFF!: Shifters, everyone! Huzzah! As Torquere is 100% male/male, they're looking for male/male stories where at least one (possibly both), shall we say, participants are shifters. What do they shift to? That, my dears, is for you to decide, but be imaginative. It's pretty wide open, with amazing pay: $50.00 and a print copy. The length is 5,000 to 12,000, so hop to! Submit by April 1st, 2012

WEIRD SCIENCE: Think Rocky Horror Picture Show, behind Frank's inconveniently placed curtain. Think Love Potion #9's sexier, hunkier cousin. Anything scientific that leads to, aids, or enhances the nookie is fair game for this. A word of advice--unless it's glaringly original, avoid the 'I'm making asexy monster for sex' situation. It's been done, and to great effect. Same word count specs as Masks Off! and the same pay. Submit by June 1st 2012

And, as always, Torquere has it's longer, ongoing subs (10,000 words and up) open: BIRTHSTONES, SPICE IT UP, and COLOR BOX. If you have a long story you can pull from a birthstone, an herb, a spice, or a color (any color--even heliotrope and chartreuse), whip it out and send it in. And, you lucky you, these are not just M/M--they're LGBT all the way around!

Now, off with you! Write, write!
Raven


Monday, September 5, 2011

What's in a Name?

Originally posted at de Hart's List
“That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. And so Romeo would, were he not Romeo called.”
Noble advice, yet I feel it necessary to point out something—Romeo Montague was a prince, and a prince can have whatever name he likes and have beautiful, sensual people throw thrown at him in spite of his name.
Your average man, however, and particularly your heroes in erotica, cannot get away with those sorts of liberties. As much as it pains me to say it, none of your readers will want Throckmorton to lay with Inglebert., at least not in detail. Erotica is all about the details of two or more going to bed together, so that does present a problem.
Fear not, fear not, I plan to save you the trouble of scolding--it does no good and I have no fun with it whatsoever. I find it much more effective to simply provide for my people in these direst of situations.
My best advice, of course, would be to find yourself a book of baby names and a pen to mark them, or a highlighter to highlight them. You may be surprised which names strike that chord with you. There are, of course, fallbacks such as Lance and other such phallic names, but so long as your name is not so negatively connotative as Throckmorton, it can often work. As an example, and a tease, I plan to work with a character named Silas. A name that, according to linguistics, should be reserved for evil characters, yet it carries, at least for me, a certain silky flair, like that of a mysterious, ravenous bedfellow. Or chairfellow. Or kitchencounterfellow. Perhaps even a doorjambfellow.
I will also reveal to you my greatest guarded secret for names, one which I have never shared--not that it's hard to find, but I have never given the information directly to anyone before, so prepare yourselves:
I cannot tell you all how often I have visited this resource in desperation, and come away with more than I needed, or expected. Every time.
So, in answer to my own rhetorical question, there is quite a lot in a name.
Raven de Hart

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Erotica for Dinosaurs



So I have decided to write erotica for dinosaurs. This is my first story. Please tell me what you think.





Rawer
By: Jayde Sully

Rawer rawer rawer rawer rawer. rawer rawer rawer rawer rawer rawer rawer rawer roar roar rawer rawer rawer. rawer rawer rawer rawer rawer rawer rawer rawer rawer. rawer rawer rawer.
Roar roar rawer rawer rawer. Roar rawer roar.
“Roar roar?”
“Rawer.”
Rawer rawer rawer rawer rawer rawer. Rawer rawer. Roar roar rawer rawer. Roar roar roar roar.
Rawer rawer rawer roar roar roar roar roar roar.
“Roar… Roar?”
“Grunt, grunt rawer.”
“Grr RAAAAAWER!”
Roar Roar Roar Roar Roar Roar Roar. Roar Roar Roar.

The End.





Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Kitten Knights First Annual Christmas Anthology

Information Coming soon.

Submission Guidelines.

1. NO bestiality. This rule refers to common animals indigenous to Earth; this does not apply to shape-shifting protagonists and sentient "otherworldly" humanoid animals in sci-fi or fantasy.

2. No rape for titillation.

3. Watch the graphic gore and torture.

4. Sub one story at a time, simultaneous are okay if we are notified that they are being considered elsewhere.

5. Send sub as email attachment cc to all three founder Knights at the same time. Please put SUMBISSION: name of anthology: name of story in your email subject line.

6. Follow specific anthology guidelines for theme and length.

7. We ask for non-exclusive rights and it will remain in print, but you are free to sell it elsewhere after a year from contract date.

8. Reprints are fine if you inform us at time of submission and if all appropriate rights have returned fully to you.

9. NO incest, minors, or illegal acts.

Rules of Conduct

Rules of conduct:
Should you break the rules, you will receive one warning, and then you’re out.

1. Allow a minimum of four hours between posts on member’s blog try not to knock someone off right after they posted, there are ways to schedule your post so if you see someone has just posted or has something scheduled for something right after that be respectful and schedule for later.

2. No Flaming, no name calling, no picking on other members for any reason. If there is a problem ask for mediation.

3. Moderators have the right to remove posts that defame others, or aren’t appropriate for the Kitten Knight image.

4. If you wouldn’t want it said about you don’t say it.

5. Be respectful at all times.

6. Some of our members choose to maintain anonymity through the use of a pseudonym. Should you know or learn of any of their real identities or other pseudonym’s we ask that you absolutely respect their right to keep that identity secret. We don’t require secrecy but we respect it when it is requested.

7. Kitten Knights is an erotic house that publishes multiple genre erotica. Publishing under the KK label is optional, but we ask that any works you choose to publish with us display the appropriate Kitten Knights genre banners, and a statement somewhere in the blurb to the fact that they are a Kitten Knights title.

8. It is strongly encouraged for our authors to promote the Kitten Knights brand and support other Kitten Knights authors in their networking and promotion efforts. We are here to share skills and assist one another along the publishing path, so if you have any questions or need help with your own process, please feel free to contact the Kitten Knights for assistance.

9. The member’s blog is for the use and benefit of our Knight members. As such, it is up to you and your joint efforts to promote the blog and to keep content posted. The founders will assist with this as much as possible, but the member’s blog is primarily for the greater membership and its success will depend on the efforts put forth by you all. Help one another with comments and promotions and you all will enjoy the rewards.

Welcome

Welcome to the Kitten Knights. Below you will find our blog schedule. You will receive an invite to the member’s blog, as well as the code of conduct and submission guidelines. All members can sign up to be a guest blogger on the main kitten blog on Saturdays. Also, if you have a story that you think might fit under the Kitten Knight label, please send it to the founders in submission format for review before you publish it.

Also, attached are our banners and template for Kitten Knight Publications. Should you choose to publish under that label, there is a template for free stories, and a banner for each genre of erotica for your use. We ask that if your story has elements that might be offensive or over a line, you simply talk with us about it before using the Kitten Knight label.

We encourage our Knight members to post links to the http://kittenknights.com/ site or blog on their profiles and groups or signatures. If you self publish using our banners/template, feel free to add "A Kitten Knights (genre) Erotic Tale" to your blurb or excerpts.
As a new member we need you to provide us with an author picture or icon, a bio, and answers to the kitten profile questions.

We would also like you to provide a banner for your button. If you cannot provide a banner, your button will be a simple text link where people will be able to access your bio and website information. We still have @kitten knight.com email addresses available if you’re interested please send Blyth an email and she will send you the name and a password for you to use the first time you log into your account.

Blyth is also a cover artist. She will make covers for other members in exchange for edits and beta reads. If you have a specific request for how your cover should look, or an image you want to use, as long as you know where it came from and have the rights of use she will incorporate it into the cover. Or use it as the sole cover image.

Kitten Knights is an erotic house that publishes multiple genre erotica. Publishing under the KK label is optional, but we ask that any works you choose to publish with us display the appropriate Kitten Knights genre banners, and a statement somewhere in the blurb to the fact that they are a Kitten Knights title.

It is strongly encouraged for our authors to promote the Kitten Knights brand and support other Kitten Knights authors in their networking and promotion efforts. We are here to share skills and assist one another along the publishing path, so if you have any questions or need help with your own process, please feel free to contact the Kitten Knights for assistance.
Your banners, templates and blog rules will be sent once your application has been approved.

Kitten Profile Questions

Favorite Color:
Favorite Chocolate:
Favorite position:
Favorite toy:

Thanks so much and we look forward to reading your work and content!

Nova, Blyth and Ann

MAIN BLOG SCHEDULE:

Mon: Blyth Nyx
Tues: Tuesday Tease
Wed: Nova Chalmers
Thurs: Ann Gem
Friday: Fantasy Fodder
Sat guest day & Sunday Fun day