Men for Hire!
I’m delighted to pass the blog over to Jennifer Denys today , she’s after some men for hire. ;)
This is the title of an anthology I am coordinating for Luminosity Publishing – the concept being a woman called Jennifer Archer runs a firm in London that hires men out for whatever reason (not sex since it isn’t about running a brothel!) – but in the course of the work they have passionate sex and may even fall in love! So that leaves it wide open for authors to come up with ideas of what these men might be hired to do….
I am very excited about doing this and hoping for lots of interesting scenarios – are the men hired for some DIY, to escort to an event, as a pretend fiancé or other? The scope is deliberately wide. I want to see unique and erotic situations in this anthology. The plot should be strong, even though it is short, the characters notable, the romance powerful, and the sex PASSIONATE!
Authors have been asking various technical questions, eg, royalties, length of contract, etc, and here are some of the answers
- Royalties: 40% from the Luminosity website. (Split equally between all authors) 50% net from distributors. (Split equally between all authors)
- 5 stories per anthology maximum to allow the successful authors a decent royalty on book sales
- 8-12,000 words
- 2 years contract
- We will split into different anthologies if we get a lot of different types of submission: one MF, one MM and one ménage.
- Must be HEA or HFN.
Lately I’ve been getting plot type queries, particularly from American authors who are unfamiliar with the UK or English people, so –
- There is no reason why their characters cannot be Americans living in or visiting the UK. But I would also suggest using plain speech for English characters if you are not familiar with English slang.
- Whether the owner of the firm needs to be included as a character – it depends on the story. I can certainly envisage stories where the ‘man hired’ turns up at his workplace without having to go through an interview at the firm….
- Lastly, I was asked if the ‘men for hire’ firm was international! I’ve said I would certainly read any submission where they had the owner of the firm visiting the USA (or other countries) and was asked for her expertise whilst there. Or she opened another branch in another country. Try me! If it’s a good enough story and it works with the other ones it could be successful.
If you are interested the deadline for submissions is 1 April and the link for more information is here: http://luminositypublishing.com/submission-calls/