Submissions

Erotic Writing Submissions

Chained Hearts specializes in edgy erotica, often with dominance and submission and other extreme topics. If you have work that discusses children, animals, death, or extreme injury, stop reading now and go somewhere else, we are not interested. If your work is on topic, hot, and well written, we would love to read it!

Terms and Conditions

We want to change the way erotica is published. Because the genre is mostly sold through e-readers like the Kindle and Nook, the game has changed. With tremendous sales numbers over the last five years, it is now possible to make a living writing erotica. As with any type of writing, your work must be good, but it’s much easier to make a living writing erotica than any other genre.

We write erotica ourselves, and we started Chained Hearts Publishing to join forces with other writers so that we can all help each other. By working together we can become a force in the erotic publishing industry, exposing our authors to a much larger audience. We ask all of our authors to keep this in mind when reading our terms and conditions.

Chained Hearts offers two types of publishing deals, depending on what will be done with your story.

Stories that are part of one of our collections are usually purchased outright. Tracking sales and percentages for multiple anthologies would undoubtedly become overwhelming, and we are trying to keep this thing simple to keep costs down. Authors in anthologies get an immediate cash payment and a link in the anthology to their website, Amazon.com author page, or other stories for sale in other venues.

Novels, novellas, and short story compilations from a single author, are typically sold on a percentage basis. We convert the work into ebook form, create a cover, research and write keywords and descriptions, promote the work, and handle the sales. Then we give our authors 50% of the profits. The other 50% goes to handle payment processing, conversion costs, promotion costs, and the costs of running the website and other expenses.

The agreements below are tentative and may be changed before we begin to bring authors on to the team.

Direct Purchase Agreement

Works of less than 8,000 words may be purchased directly for inclusion in our anthologies. Authors who agree to a direct purchase agreement will be paid immediately. By entering into this agreement, the author will transfer exclusive electronic publishing rights to us. We ask only for electronic rights and authors may sell these stories to print publishers as they see fit.

Authors must certify that they own the rights to the work they are providing to us, agree to resolve any disputes through arbitration or mediation online, and certify that their work does not defame or libel any real person or group.

Revenue Share Agreement

Authors who enter into a revenue share agreement with us will transfer exclusive electronic publishing rights to us to the term of two years. After the two year period expires the author may choose to continue or notify us that they wish to take the work back. We will share 50% of our gross revenue from these works with the author as long as this agreement is in force. Payment will be made quarterly as long as the author’s share exceeds $100 via Paypal.

Authors must certify that they own the rights to the work they are providing to us, agree to resolve any disputes through arbitration or mediation online, and certify that their work does not defame or libel any real person or group.

Full details will be provided on the acceptance of your work. Our contracts are simple and easy to read, with no hidden language. We aren’t New York publishers, we are writers ourselves, and we aren’t trying to screw you (at least not in that way).

Submissions should be sent as a double spaced and indented .doc or .docx file to chainedheartspublishing@gmail.com with the subject line: Submission. Good punctuation and grammar will help your chances significantly. We highly recommend Grammarly, which is available for free at grammarly.com or as a browser plugin. Running your submission through Grammarly, and paying close attention to the suggestions, will give you a much better chance of having your story accepted. Most, but not all, suggestions from Grammarly will be correct. This will also save us a ton of time in the editing process.

All authors who earn more than $10 in a tax year will be issued a form 1099.