Guidelines

If you plan to submit a manuscript for consideration, please read through our guidelines in their entirety before doing so.

Reticent Desire Publications strives to bring hidden fantasies to life, providing an outlet for our readers to enjoy the genre’s they love best.

Currently, we are accepting submissions from all genres, provided the story contains a romantic or erotic aspect. It need not be the main focus of the novel, and you are welcome to make it as candy sweet or devil dark as you please, so long as its there.

We are accepting novellas and novel length manuscripts. On occasion we may take short stories for themed anthologies, but only when we have announced open call for anthology submissions.

Manuscripts must be complete. We are not currently accepting partial manuscripts.

Manuscripts must be the sole intellectual property of the author/owner who submits them. You must hold all rights to this manuscript, and be legally capable of making business decisions relating to it’s use.

We only accept manuscripts in the .doc format.

We Will NOT Publish

  • Pedophilia
  • Incest
  • Necrophilia
  • Beastiality (this does not apply to mythical creatures such as weres, shifters, alien species, monsters, etc. It only applies to animals indigenous to earth.)

What to Expect

Currently, our response time is 2-6 weeks. Because of this short wait time, we ask that you do not simultaneously submit your manuscript to more than one publisher while waiting for our response. We do not take simultaneous submissions.

After completing the submission survey and submitting your manuscript via email, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know that we have received your manuscript.

Within 2-6 weeks, someone will follow up with you about your manuscript. Whether we are interested in accepting it or have decided to pass, we will always let you know.

If we are interested in accepting your manuscript, we will begin contract discussions with you.

Depending upon individual contract stipulations, authors can expect to receive 40-70% royalty rates on all sales in all formats.

Contract terms will vary, but you can expect the length to average between 1-3 years, depending upon the body of work. Anthology contracts will be far shorter, at an average of 3 months.

Most books will be published in ebook format, though paperbacks may be an option as well. Books will be listed in online retailers like Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.

Once you have signed with Reticent Desire Publications, we will take responsibility for all editing, artwork, and formatting costs relating to the publication of your book, as well as a good portion of the marketing for said book.

Reticent Desire Publications will manage all publication related processes. Authors will be paid within 5 business days of Reticent Desire Publications receiving royalty payments from the retailers with whom their books are listed. On average, this may be every 60-90 days. Authors will receive monthly and year end sales reports for each work published with Reticent Desire Publications.

At this time, we are not able to provide advances on books. Please do not ask.