Xcite Books has rapidly become the UK's leading erotic publisher. We publish in both print and ebook formats and like to work closely with our international team of authors. Please read the guidelines below for information about submitting work to Xcite.

Writers Guidelines for Xcite eBooks 

Due to the ongoing success of the Xcite range we are developing our e-xcite ebook range to be sold via our own site, iTunes, Kindle and other third party retailers. This will enable us to expand our list to meet online demand and to explore new sub-genres of erotica other than those we can through print publishing. It will also enable us to pay you royalties linked directly to sales. Submitting your work for our ebook range doesn’t mean that it won’t be considered for print publication. We require both ebook and print rights. Print rights will be returned if there are no plans to put the work into print.

Content: We are looking for a variety of themes with a high standard of writing. All sexual acts must be consensual and legal. These stories are chiefly aimed at female readers so they must celebrate female sexuality in all its forms and never denigrate women. The erotic content must be pacy, arousing and exciting. We are open to edgy and risqué subject matter, but there are a number of ‘no go’ areas which are set out below.

What we're looking for: ·

  • Original, well-thought-out storylines with strong sexual content and no glaring plot-holes
  • Story should include plentiful sex which drives the plot forward
  • Sex scenes should be explicit and avoid euphemism · Avoid ‘cardboard cut-out’ characters and unrealistic relationships (i.e. we want characters with lives outside of the bedroom too)
  • Sexual tension from the outset to be maintained throughout. Steer clear of over-long introductions and aim for a satisfying and believable conclusion
  • Themes can range in tone from light and flirty to more dark and sensual What we are NOT looking for: · Underage sex · Paedophilia · Rape · Necrophilia · Incest · Bestiality · Scat (i.e. bodily functions such as ‘golden showers’) · No extreme violence (i.e. no insertion of weapons such as guns/knives)

Genres covered include: Futuristic/SciFi Thriller/Crime Multicultural/ Interracial Cowboys/Western Historical Contemporary settings Older Woman, Younger Man Multiple partners Comedy/Humour Gay/Lesbian BDSM/Fetish Paranormal / Time Travel Fantasy Vampire/werewolf/shapeshifters

Manuscript length:
Short story  3-5000 words
Novella       15-20,000 words
Novel          50 - 80,000 words

What to include:
A brief professional cover email which includes genre and and sub-themes (eg: Genre: Historical, Sub-themes: Regency, Female submission, Female/Female) length of story; blurb (approx 100 words); any previous publication credits.

For novels and novellas, a detailed synopsis (describing setting and main characters, conflict, full plot and resolution), plus the first three and final chapters.
For short stories, send the full manuscript.

Please be sure your manuscript is fully edited and is ready for submission – ideally get someone else to help you proofread it as it is very hard to spot your own mistakes!
Rights: please make sure all digital, print, audio, translation, and secondary/subsidiary rights are available before submitting.  

Author payments:
50% of net profit received by Xcite Books, paid monthly

Please email all submissions to submissions@xcitebooks.com