How often do you publish?
Our current editorial calendar has us coming out with at least two new books per month: one in each of our flagship series, Siren Interludes and Sapphic Siren Interludes.
How do you decide what to charge per book?
We considered charging by the orgasm, but there are laws against that. And really, how can one know? Let’s face it, a sexy tome is a gift that keeps on giving. So we came up with the following pricing schedule based on the current market for erotica by word count:
$0.99 for Flash Fiction under 5K
$1.99 for Short Stories 5-15K
$2.99 for Novelettes 15-25K
$3.99 for Novellas 25-35K
$4.99 for Novellas 35-50K
$5.99 for Novels 50-70K
$6.99 for Novels 70-90K
$7.99 for Novels 90-110K
$8.99 for Novels 110-130K
$9.99 for Novels 130-150K
We strive to be fair to both our readers and our writers in setting these prices. For marketing purposes, we will occasionally offer books for free or at a reduced price.
The erotica genre also sets the price in a second way: by size (no pun intended). Erotica readers like to have some story with their sex, but not too much story. Therefore, most of our publications will fall in the novelette to novella range.
Why do you sell only on Amazon?
We recognize that Amazon.com isn’t the only electronic publishing venue, but it’s currently one of the easiest ways for our writers to make a name for themselves and generate a bevy of loyal readers. We also like that Kindle reading software is available for free on all platforms. At some future point, we may expand to other venues, perhaps also those for print books and audio books. It helps us to know whether we have readers interested in other formats, so please contact us.
Is there safe sex in your publications?
We take the attitude that reading erotica is the safest sex there is. Beyond that, our authors decide whether a given story requires any mention of things like male condoms, female condoms, dental dams, gloves, finger cots, plastic wrap, lubricants, latex, and non-latex. We fully endorse the practice of safe sex IRL (in real life). In fiction, however, it can get in the way of the story being told, which is why it’s the author’s call. We remind our readers, however, that they are mortal and should take the necessary precautions when reading our books with their significant others.
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Will you be bombarding my email account with your newsletters?
The initial sign-up requires email confirmations for the email address and to prove you’re a person and not a spam-bot. After that, you’ll get no more than two emails a month and more likely one per month.
Our goal with the email newsletter is to alert you when there’s a new release or a promotion. We will also occasionally ask for reviewers (who’ll be sent review-copies of ebooks) and for feedback. Given our publication schedule, we expect to send new-release alerts once a month and can alert you to the rest in the same email or in a second one in a given month.
We really aren’t kidding when we say we don’t like spam.
For series, do the books have to be read in order?
Strictly speaking, no, the books don’t have to be read in order. They are stand-alones. However, the lead characters appear in all the books, and minor characters introduced in one book may make a reappearance in subsequent stories. To avoid too much repetition for fans following a series from the start, the authors will make minimal references to their backstories. Only key points (like the fact that sirens can fly again only after having mind-blowing sex with a partner) will be repeated (ad nauseum) because new readers would get lost without that important tidbit of information.
How do your writers come up with story ideas?
They’ll be answering that in separate blogs. We’ll link them here when those are available.
How did you come up with the name for the press?
We actually answer that in our About page.
Who are you really and why don’t you use your real names?
That’s another good question. The real truth is that we really are women writing and publishing erotica for other women. That’s the detail that matters. Beyond that, actual names with sticky biographical details like age, race, ethnicity, religion, class, body shapes, able-bodiness, education, and a variety of other social markers could interfere with us telling the stories we want to tell and with you enjoying them.
As an example, imagine that you discover that your favorite erotic story has been written by the elderly neighbor lady across the way. Next time you re-read it for a quick lift (if you catch my meaning), are you going to be thinking about the characters or about your neighbor lady?
On the flip side of that, we want to be able to provide you with stories that have explicit sex scenes. If our authors used their real names, they wouldn’t be able to write as freely about their fantasies and yours. Imagine being at a cocktail party your significant other’s boss has thrown, and his attractive wife approaches and asks probing questions about how you conduct your research. Aaawk-ward!
Are there any topics you won’t deal with in your publications?
Yes, and we don’t even want to mention them here. Let’s just say that all of our content is for adults about consenting adults engaging in adult activities. Let’s just also say that anything intended to degrade is out of bounds for us.
How do you decide what’s degrading?
Good question. The quick answer is that we aren’t the ones who decide. Society decides. But the social cues for things like mutual respect and compassion are pretty clear and easily distinguished from behavior that shows disrespect, denigration, ill will, and hatred. Of course, when all else fails, a useful yardstick is to ask whether you would feel good being treated that way. If the answer is no, then the treatment is probably degrading.