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Submission Guidelines

JMS Books LLC is a small electronic press specializing in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender fiction, including erotic romance, romance, and young adult.

Our ideal word count between 10,000 and 70,000 words. We accept shorter/longer works, but we prefer erotic OR sweet romance involving LGBT characters within this range.

We do not pay advances. Authors earn 50% of net royalties on all electronic and print sales from our website and distributors. Royalties are paid quarterly no later than 60 days after the end of the quarter.

Publishing With Us:

    We are a non-subsidiary, non-vanity press. Our contracts are for exclusive electronic and print rights.

    ALL stories are published in e-book format. Any story over 30,000 words is eligible to be published in paperback if sales goals are met within six months of release. Print publication is not guaranteed. All print books are published and distributed through CreateSpace.

    Authors may combine multiple short stories published with us into print anthologies.

    We will consider previously published stories on a case-by-case basis. If your submission has been published previously, please state the previous publisher and release date, as well as the date rights reverted back to you, in your submission cover letter.

    Young adult submissions over 30,000 words in length will be published in paperback the same month as the e-book is published. No sales goals must be met first for this genre.

    All books, electronic and print, are assigned an ISBN. A cover image is provided at no cost to the author. Before you submit a story, make sure it is well-written, free of errors, and checked for grammar. Submissions with extensive problems, including those of plot and character, will not be accepted. An editor is assigned to work with you before your story is published. Authors may not provide their own cover art.

What We Accept:

    JMS Books LLC accepts gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender fiction, including erotic romance, romance, and young adult. Stories must be between 7,000 and 90,000 words in length. We do not accept stories outside this range. Young adult stories must be longer than 10,000 words in length.

    All submissions must contain a romantic element. Explicit erotic content is preferred.

    We are looking for GAY / LESBIAN / BISEXUAL / TRANSGENDER stories in the following genres:
      • BDSM
      • CONTEMPORARY
      • EROTIC ROMANCE
      • FANTASY
      • HISTORICAL
      • INTERRACIAL
      • MENAGE A TROIS (OR MORE)
      • MILITARY/WAR
      • MYSTERY/THRILLER
      • PARANORMAL
      • SCIENCE FICTION
      • SWEET ROMANCE (NO SEX)
      • WESTERN
      • YOUNG ADULT

    What We Don't Accept:

      Our tastes are broad, but we don't accept the following:
        • Anthologies
        • Erotica without a romantic subplot ("stroke stories" or "PWP")
        • General Fiction
        • Heterosexual erotic romance
        • FFM menage (this just doesn't sell for us)
        • Literary Fiction
        • Memoirs (real or fictionalized)
        • Nonfiction
        • Poetry
        • Stories without a romantic element

      Content-wise, your story will be rejected if it:
        • Portrays GLBT characters or non-traditional sexualities negatively
        • Contains pedophilia, necrophilia, bestiality, or incest
        • Glorifies Rape or nonconsensual sex
        • Depicts explicit sexual scenes involving minors under the age of 18
        • Contains extreme fetishes, degradation, snuff, watersports, or scat

      We also do not publish books that contain:
        • Interior graphics, custom fonts, special formatting, or imbedded media
        • Extensive quotes from outside sources (including books, movies, and TV shows)
        • Quoted song lyrics

      Do not send your submission to us if:
        • It is an excerpt from a novel that you want to publish as a short story
        • it is shorter than 7,000 words in length
        • It is longer than 90,000 words in length

      Any third-party quotes must be approved by JMS Books LLC and may be removed prior to publication if copyright infringement is suspected.

      For young adult submissions, visit our YA imprint at Queerteen Press for detailed guidelines.

    Special Submission Calls:

      In addition to our general submission guidelines, we are looking for stories with the following themes:
        ADULT STORIES
        • Christmas/Yule/Hanukkah/winter holiday -- Deadline October 31, 2014
        • Valentine's Day -- Deadline December 31, 2014
        • Single LGBT parents finding romance -- Deadline January 31, 2015

        YOUNG ADULT STORIES
        • Spring Break -- Deadline December 31, 2014
        • Summer Vacation -- Deadline February 28, 2015
        • Back to School -- Deadline April 30, 2015

    Submission Policy:

      Electronic unsolicited submissions are accepted at any time.

      All submissions must be spell-checked and self-edited. If the story is set in the United Kingdom or Commonwealth countries, UK English is acceptable. Stories set elsewhere must use US English. Regional words, slang, and dialect are acceptable. Stories must be well-written and free of grammatical errors. Do not send your first draft; send us your best.

      We don't accept multiple submissions (more than one story by the same author at the same time) or simultaneous submissions (the same story sent to several publishers at the same time). Such submissions will be immediately rejected.

      If we discover your submission was sent to other publishers in addition to us, we will rescind any extended offers and no longer consider it for publication.

      Submissions over 20,000 words need to include: QUERY LETTER, SYNOPSIS, and EXCERPT. The Query Letter should be in the body of your e-mail. The Synopsis and Excerpt must be sent as attachments in RTF format.

      The QUERY LETTER must contain the following information:
        • Your legal name and pen name, if applicable
        • The title of your story (include series information, if applicable)
        • Your writing credentials, if any
        • Word Count of total book or story (NOT page count)
        • Genre(s)
        • Blurb

      The SYNOPSIS must provide an overall narrative summary of your story, including major characters, all plot points, climax, and conclusion. If your story is segregated into chapters or parts, provide a brief summary of each in the synopsis. DO NOT rehash the blurb and expect that to suffice.

      The ending of the story MUST be disclosed in the synopsis, along with any plot or character twists. If there is any content in your story that may be offensive (excessive violence or sex, BDSM, etc.), it must be mentioned.

      A blurb is NOT a synopsis. If you don't include a true, chapter-by-chapter synopsis, your submission may take up to two weeks longer to review, depending upon the length of your story.

      The EXCERPT must be the first 2,000 words OR the first two chapters of your manuscript, whichever is longer. DO NOT choose an excerpt from the middle or end. DO NOT send the entire manuscript.

      For submissions under 20,000 words, send a QUERY LETTER with a BLURB and the FULL MANUSCRIPT. No synopsis is required for stories under 20,000 words in length.

    Formatting Your Submission:

      All attachments must be in RTF format only. If you use Word, choose "Save As ..." from the FILE menu and select "Rich Text Format" from the list. Any attachments in DOC, DOCX, HTML, PDF, TXT, WPD, or any other format will be rejected.

      Format your submission as follows:
        • 12 pt Arial font
        • First line of each paragraph indented
        • No extra lines between paragraphs
        • Scene breaks should be four asterisks centered on its own line
        • Title centered on first line
        • Author centered byline on the second line
        • Start chapters with the word "Chapter" followed by the number (NOT WRITTEN OUT)
        • If chapters have headings, use a colon to separate them from the number
        • NEVER, EVER USE ALL CAPS! Title, author name, and chapter headings must be in Title-Case
        • Use italics to indicate emphasis, thoughts, or foreign words
        • No underlining
        • No extra formatting, special or colored fonts, or special characters
        • Use smart quotes, ellipses, and em dashes where needed

      FORMATTING EXAMPLE:

      My Story Title
      By My Name

      Chapter 1: My First Chapter

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      * * * *

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      Any submissions not formatted to our specifications will be rejected.

    To Submit Your Story:

      E-mail your submission to submissions@jms-books.com with the subject line: "SUBMISSION: Title of Story by Author's Name."

      We respond to all submissions within 2 business days.

      If we like it, we will request the full manuscript. This is NOT a guarantee of acceptance. Depending on story length, the review time after receiving the full manuscript is between 1-2 weeks.

      We DO NOT comment on rejected manuscripts.

      All stories accepted for publication will require a contract which will be sent and signed electronically. Our contracts are for an initial period of 2 years, after which they auto-renew. A sample contract is available upon request, and will be sent to you with the acceptance letter.

      All U.S. citizens MUST provide us with a completed W-9 upon contract execution.

      Our submissions policy and guidelines are subject to change without notice.

      J.M. Snyder, Owner
      JMS Books LLC
      Updated August 31, 2014