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We are an electronic publisher of sensual & 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.
Royalty 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 story erotica.
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 purple
prose, check out this informative and hilarious article
by Deb Stover: The
Purple Prose Eater
We Are Accepting the Following Submissions:
We are currently accepting
manuscripts from 5,000-65,000 words in the following
Gay (m/m only)
Paranormal (Vampire, Shifter, Ghosts, etc.)
For more information, see our
Line Submissions and Seasonal Submissions.
complete manuscript is required at submission from all
We Do Not Accept:
Racism, sexism or discrimination presented in a
Sex with characters under the age 18.
Autobiographical or stories based on true events
Rape, dubious consent, and/or forced seduction.
Snuff &/or necrophilia
or cock torture
Water play (golden showers)
Some publishers accept rape or non-con if it's not done for
titillation, we are not one of those publishers. We will not accept
in any form, in any genre for any reason.
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 cover
Blue Line (submissions 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 considered.
these works should be adult and explicit.
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.
in these works should be adult and explicit.
Word Count: 10k-20k
The Tryst line is our signature short story line. These
short, erotic, and quick reads should stimulate the
reader and the promise of a future.
Language in these
works should be adult and explicit.
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 July 1
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 August 1
We're especially interested in m/m/f or m/f/m ménage.
Submissions for Naughty November must be “erotic
romance” or “erotica”.
Use either Times New Roman or Courier New, 12pt. font
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
Please submit full manuscript
as an attachment to: email@example.com.
Failure to properly format your manuscript can/will
result in an automatic rejection.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. To whom do I submit my work?
A. Please submit your full
manuscript in RTF format as an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Failure to properly format and
attach your manuscript can/will result in an automatic
Q. Do you contract on proposal?
A. Yes, 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?
A. No. Only full manuscripts are
processed for contract consideration.
Q. What if my story was previously published? What
about self-published works?
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
Q. Do you accept multiple submissions?
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
Q. What is your current acceptance rate?
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. Though our preference is Third Person Limited past tense, exceptional First Person works written in past tense will be considered.
Q. Do you accept books from multiple authors?
A. Yes, but the authors will have to split the 35%
Q. Do you accept anthologies?
A. Contact us directly and we can discuss it.
Q. How long will I have to wait for an answer on my
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
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
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 publication?
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 up to 5 to 8 titles a
Q. How often does Cobblestone Press pay authors?
Q. What rights does Cobblestone acquire?
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 cover art?
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
Q. Will my book be edited?
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. Our editing staff utilizes Track Changes in our
digital editing process. It is recommended that you have
software, such as Microsoft Word, installed that can handle
that process easily.
Q. Do you distribute your books to vendors?
A. Yes, we currently have contracts for distribution with
Nook, All Romance eBooks, and Amazon.
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 beyond.