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Amore Moon is a royalty-paying electronic publisher of short stories and novels in the Erotic Romance genre for sale worldwide on the Internet. 

Amore Moon's content and acquisitions editor, Bobette Ames Wright, is currently accepting Erotic Romance short story and novel submissions, as well as women's erotica. Word count should be between 7,000 and 20,000 words for short stories. (**see note on word counts below) A novel should be 50,000 to 90,000 words.  She is not looking for literary epics.

Your story may contain elements of mystery, thriller, or suspense, and it may be set in a fantasy world. Keep in mind that readers of erotic romance look for steamy sex scenes and emotionally charged characters. If your story contains any hateful or derogatory attacks on any one race of people, any one religion, or any sexual orientation, you can bet it'll be rejected. Bottom line, we want to have fun with your story. We want to be entertained as well as titillated. We're not looking for the next Pulitzer Prize winner but authors who will work with us in an effort to produce the best quality story possible.

Be aware that we like to see story structure in Erotic Romance. Introduce your characters in their normal world. Bring in the inciting incident that changes or threatens to change that world and puts your characters into conflict. I look for action that drives your characters toward their goals with rising stakes, turning points, maybe an unexpected twist, all leading to a climax, followed by a resolution with a satisfying ending. Along the character's journey, you need to be clear about what your character wants, (GOAL) why your character wants it, (MOTIVATION) why your character can't have it, (OBSTACLE) what your character must do to get it, (PLOT) and what could happen if your character fails, (HIGH STAKES). Remember, in order for a story to be memorable, it must have an emotional impact on the reader.

Some points to keep in mind. Erotic Romance should be a story about a woman's quest for love with a beginning, a middle, and an end. This quest involves graphic but not gross descriptions of sexual contact and emotional responses. Her hero cannot be a violent abuser or rapist, but a man to whom women readers would be attracted. Both the woman and the man cannot be perfect in body and morals and personality (no one is). And there's no place for child molestation or bestiality. The story has to be clearly written with the reader in mind. It must evoke a pleasant emotional and titillating response. Readers (who are mostly women) want to feel like anonymous voyeurs into another woman's sexual world with a man they'd trade their husbands and boyfriends for in a heartbeat. 

GETTING STARTED: Send a query letter in the body of an email to . Type "Erotica Query" in the subject line. DO NOT ATTACH ANYTHING TO THIS EMAIL. We need to know: #1 How you heard about Amore Moon. #2 The title of your story. #3 The genre/subgenre and word count. #4 The log line for your story (one sentence). #5 A one paragraph blurb to hook me (like the teaser on the back cover might read). #6 Your publishing credits or writing achievements. #7 your contact information: address, hometown, state or country, website URL if you have one, and/or your blog address and social media links. 

If Bobette is interested in what you have to offer, she'll ask you submit your manuscript in standard manuscript format as a Word .doc or .docx file attached to an email to 

Best to all,


Terry Wright and Bobette Ames Wright



**Short stories under 4,000 words are, in my opinion, more suited for E-zine publishing. It's hard to justify selling a story that short (that quickly read) for 99 cents or $1.99. So we'd like to see works that start at 7K words.

Ideally, longer short stories are a better value to the reader. Though I realize 7K words plus stories are considered novelettes, and 15,000 words novellas, we'd rather sell long short stories than short novelettes or novellas.

The main thing to consider is: how many words does it take to tell the story?