Well I did have my first foursome, in a way (you pervs, like I was going to blog about my personal sexploits! For shame!). This week, I completed a 15,000-word short erotic romance entitled Just Gotta Say. The story features long-time best friends and roommates Callie Davis, Noah Ryder, Jack Fenton, and Lucas Branson. I am totally in love with these four and feel really good that the heart level is as high as the heat level in this little story. This was my first sex scene featuring multiples, and I have to say the most interesting part of it from a craft point of view was simply managing the choreography of four people being together. There are just a lot of tab As and Slot Bs lol!
Now, the big question is: where to submit these bad boys, and girl? I solicited opinions on the best erotic romance epublishers on some of the listservs I belong to. And I seem with the help of a lot of generous writing friends to have narrowed it down to three possibilites: 1) Harlequin Spice Briefs, 2) Samhain, 3) Ellora's Cave.
Harlequin appeals to me because I'd very much like to become a Harlequin author. I've got a Nocturne Bite (a paranormal short) under consideration right now, so I am actively pursuing that as a goal. I don't know much about their sales history with erotic romance though, particularly with the Briefs, which is a new-ish endeavor (began 2005 or 2006, I think). Samhain appeals to me because, according to some data an erotic romance blog has compiled, Samhain erotic romance authors have the most sales and make the most money over the course of 1-2 years compared to about 8 other publishers. Finally, fans and authors of Ellora's Cave are diehard loyal, and Ellora's Cave has a great reputation as an erotic romance publisher, plus ranks right behind Samhain in sales/income.
In the end, I think they're all great choices, but that isn't keeping me from stressing over which is the best one to make. Anyone have personal experience, thoughts, recommendations they'd like to make?
Thanks for reading,