Loose Id is actively acquiring stories from both aspiring and established authors. Before submitting a query or proposal, please read the guidelines below. Please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any information you don't see here.
What is Loose Id?
Loose \'lüs\, adjective - 1. not rigidly fastened or securely attached; having relative freedom of movement. 2. free from a state of confinement, restraint, or obligation. 3. lacking in restraint or power of restraint; lacking in moral restraint. Synonyms: unleashed, unfettered, unbound, free.
Id \'id\, noun - the one of the three divisions of the psyche in psychoanalytic theory that is completely unconscious and is the source of psychic energy derived from instinctual needs and drives — compare ego, superego. Synonyms: subconscious mind, lizard brain.
Loose Id \'lüs id\, noun - 1. an unfettered unconscious mind; 2. a publisher of electronic and print romances that unleash your fantasies by striding to the edge of the abyss and taking the plunge. Synonyms: There are no known equivalents, only imitations.
About Our Books
Loose Id takes romance to the edge: the edge of the genre, the edge of convention, the edge of the abyss. And then we throw it right on in. A Loose Id romance is deliberately, specifically, and insistently erotic. It ought to make you blush and squirm in your seat, while keeping you turning pages because you have to find out what happens next.
We're looking for stories that unleash the power of fantasy and the id. New twists on old favorites, both erotic and romantic. Whether it's that hotass cop and the speeder he pulled over, a threesome with your two best gay friends, anonymous sex with the guy you saw pumping gas, capture fantasy, sex slavery, cowboy and city slicker, secret babies, secretary and sheikh, we want stories that tap specific reader fantasies and capitalize on the chemistry between the characters.
Your story should have a clear romance hook, even though we encourage plots that have a broader external conflict. Readers love sprawling stories, but they want to know from the outset who is going to fall in love, what's going to get in their way, and why it's important that they resolve it. Remember, the idea is to indulge the id by fulfilling familiar reader fantasies in a new and unique way, so those fantasies need to be recognizable and powerful.
Authors Wanted -- Current Submission Calls
Secrets, Lies and Double Lives!
From superheroes to secret submissives, closeted lesbians to corporate spies, we’re fascinated with false faces and the people who wear them. What are they hiding and why? What lengths will they go to to protect their secrets? What happens when they’re discovered or their two worlds collide?
Is he a shy and unassuming Clark Kent by day, hunky Superman by night? A Senator who enjoys an evening out in drag? A tough as nails female detective undercover as submissive? A pacifist dodging a draft by pretending to be a woman? A vampire working as a nurse for access to blood supplies? Contemporary, science fiction, paranormal, fantasy, historical, steampunk—you decide.
Loose Id wants your steamy sexily ever afters about characters leading double lives for a special collection to be published in 2015. Deadline for submission for new authors is July 20; earlier submissions will be given priority.
Stories should be 20,001 words and up (shorter than 85,000 words preferred but not mandatory). New to Loose Id authors send a cover letter, synopsis and first three chapters to our submissions editor (email@example.com), marked attn Treva Harte, and make sure to put “Double Lives” in the subject header. Loose Id authors, submit directly to your editor. /p>
Current Trends and Interests--What are we looking for?
In addition to these special calls, Loose Id is always accepting quality erotic romance in all sub genres. Neither kink nor excessive sex scenes are required; what is required is chemistry between the characters, heat generated from the connection, open bedroom doors, explicitness in included sex scenes, and sex that is integral (even critical) to the story line. We've got nothing against "vanilla"; we just want vanilla that makes you wish you were the one having that sex.
We're especially but not exclusively looking for multicultural/interracial, het, trans, gay, lesbian, new adult (but not young adult), BDSM, romantic suspense, urban fantasy. High concept, strong hooks, great voices. Current themes of interest: second chances, reunions, sexy billionaires, secret romances, cowboys, Alpha males, and especially for new adult and younger protagonists, first love, friends to lovers, love triangles.
All that said, don't write to spec. Find the story of your heart, love your characters, and write with passion. What we and the readers really want is to fall in love, and if you haven't, we won't.
General Submissions Guidelines
Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural & Urban Fantasy
Science Fiction & Space Opera
Mystery & Suspense
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer
Menage & Polyamory
BDSM & Fetish
About the contemporaries and historicals
Because we're sharpening our focus on reader fantasy, we're reopening submissions to contemporaries and historicals. No inspirationals, no sweet romances, no category romance. But, feel free to take those standard romance tropes and plotlines and make them as erotic as the story will support. We'd prefer historicals and contemporaries to include multicultural elements, interracial elements, full-figured heroines, menage, bdsm, alternate lifestyle, lgbt themes or polyamory, but we will happily look at your hot heterosexual Alpha heroes in single-partner relationships, so long as they're hunky and HOT.
About fantasy, paranormal, urban fantasy, science fiction, space opera, mystery & suspense
While we encourage broad, inventive plots, please remember that we publish ROMANCE. No cozy mysteries, no urban fantasy with sex for titillation, no sprawling space epics with the occasional love story. We expect every story to have a fully realized romance with conflict and resolution, even if you're not taking them all the way to happily ever after. Stories with a large external conflict must have a romance hook - one that is specifically sexy. As with contemporaries and historicals, we'd prefer these to include multicultural elements, interracial elements, full-figured heroines, menage, bdsm, alternate lifestyle, lgbt themes or polyamory,but we're perfectly happy to look at your sky pirates and outlaw heroes who find the girl of their dreams, so long as they're sexy.
About LGBTTQ, menage & poly, bdsm & fetish
Everything we've said about romances, hooks, and fantasies still applies when dealing with LGBTTQ, menage & poly, bdsm & fetish themes. While some of our books in these categories cater specifically to the relevant community, we still expect them to be accessible to and enjoyable for the bulk of our readers. Romance is the key. At Loose Id, we believe love is love is love is love. The heart wants who it wants and the id wants what it wants. Tell us a story about someone or someones getting their heart and id's desire. It's not enough that it's two guys, two girls, a drag queen and a pre-op transexual, three or more lovers, or there are whips, chains, clamps, pony play. Turn it inside out and show us the hearts that make it work. Show us the rainbow and make us fall in love.
20,000-120,000 words. Flings of less than 20,000 words and shorter stories are by invitation only to authors currently publishing with us. Stories of 55,000 - 70,000 words will receive an advance and be automatically considered for print.
In some circumstances we will accept previously published manuscripts that meet our guidelines, however they will only be considered in conjunction with a complete, unpublished manuscript meeting our guidelines by the same author.
Series and Serials
We're not generally interested in serials or series beyond three books at this time. While we'll still look at manuscripts intended to be part of a much longer series, each story must stand alone and subsequent books will be judged on their own merit as well as the sales for previous books in the series.
Loose Id no longer accepts anthology or group project proposals from authors. Loose Id authors may inquire of their editor but should be advised that even if the proposal is approved, individual books in series will be judged on their own merit and author invitations will be made by Loose Id.
- Short stories, see above.
- Sex between minors. New Adult (20+)? OK.
- Pedophilia. That is, sex between adults and underage characters.
- Necrophilia. Undead doesn't count.
- Bestiality. Sentient shifters, aliens and paranormal creatures are OK.
- Scat or golden showers. Territorial marking may be acceptable in extraordinary cases. Inquire before submitting.
- Rape or incest (as defined by the culture in which the story occurs) calculated to arouse the reader. Villains may commit rape or incest to demonstrate malicious intent, but it should occur in a manner that is not arousing, or offstage. Rape or incest can have occurred in a character's past, but the hero or heroine should never perpetrate rape or incest during the scope of the story. Forced seduction, capture, dubious consent, and pseudo-incest are acceptable.
Also, while sex between minors may occur offstage or in flashbacks, it should not be described for the purpose of arousing the reader.
Sending a Proposal
Please submit exactly and only the following:
A Query Letter with:
- Your name and contact e-mail.
- The name of the manuscript you are submitting and the name of the series it is a part of, if any. Or any specific call for submissions you're answering.
- The completion status and expected length of your manuscript.
- The genre, the premise, and the degree of sensuality present in your manuscript.
Send the email to the main submissions address but we'll see that the editor you've addressed (if any) takes the first look at your manuscript.
A short but complete Synopsis focusing on the characters' goals and motivations, the major story events, climax and ending.
A Partial which includes the first three chapters of your manuscript. A short prologue should not be counted. If all of the major characters are not represented in the first three chapters or the love story has not yet begun, please send through those points to the nearest chapter break.
Authors with multiple previous publications may submit a proposal which includes a Query Letter and an expanded Synopsis. Please note that acceptance on proposal, while it does occur, is not the norm.
Please note: we're not going to accept or reject based on your synopsis or query letter. Do: take the time to get our name right (Loose Id, not Loose ID, LooseID, Loose-id; we're Id like id, ego, superego, not ID like identification. And our website's hyphenated, but we aren't. You're still a Loose Id virgin until you lose your hyphen!) and make sure your story meets our guidelines. Don't: stress yourself out and lose sleep over the perfect phrasing.
Formatting Your Submission
Please follow these simple formatting guidelines precisely.
- RTF files preferred; DOC or DOCX accepted. Submissions in the body of the e-mail will not be accepted.
- Double-spaced. Standard 12 pt serif font. Times New Roman or Courier preferred.
- Emphasis and foreign words may be underlined or italicized.
- Place the Query Letter only in the body of the e-mail. You may address it to the Editor-in-Chief, Treva Harte, or to a specific editor of your acquaintance. Attach the Synopsis and Partial to the e-mail.
- Include your name, pen-name if any and contact e-mail in the Query Letter, Synopsis and Partial.
Send the submissions package to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You will receive confirmation of receipt within one week. If you have not received confirmation at the end of one week, please e-mail Editor-in-Chief Treva Harte at email@example.com.
- Our current submissions' read time is three to four weeks. If you have not heard from an editor at the end of one month, inquire by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org as to the status of your submission.
Frequently Asked Questions
The following questions are the ones we hear most often from prospective authors. Don't see the answer to your question below? Feel free to contact our Editorial department at email@example.com.
What's your turnaround time on proposals?
Our current response time to a query or proposal is less than one month.
If my book is contracted, when will it be published?
Barring delays in editing on your end, your book will be published within a year of first submitting a completed manuscript to your editor.
WILL MY BOOK GO TO PRINT?
We do publish selected titles in print. But print is expensive and doesn't provide a good return on investment. Every book is evaluated for print based on criteria including e-book sales, buzz, reviews, author sales history, author history with the company, and print market viability. Those that provide a best fit with our criteria and present the highest likelihood of return on investment are put into print.
How often are royalties paid?
Royalties on e-books are paid monthly. Royalties on print books are paid quarterly.
Do I need an agent to submit to Loose Id?
Not at all. We welcome submissions from aspiring and previously published authors, agented or not.
Can I use my own art for the cover?
No. We have a professional marketing team that understands the vision of the company and the types of art that appeals to our customers. A cover from Loose Id's staff of professional artists will sell more copies of your book.
Are there any subjects or plots that you won't accept?
Good authors can make a difficult subject work, so we hesitate to discourage you from writing any story that's yearning to be written. However, we will not accept a story that includes pedophilia, necrophilia, or the use of certain bodily functions for sexual arousal. If you have a question about a particular element of your story, feel free to ask our Editor-in-Chief, Treva Harte, via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loose Id is a royalty-paying publisher holding to the highest standards of contract fairness.
We ask for electronic rights for a term of three years, have a full audit clause, and pay 40% of gross sales for standalone stories sold on site. We have a series first look clause, but it applies only while the contract is in force, and only if we are not in breach of our obligations under the contract; all ownership in characters, worlds, and 'themes' remains with the author. We currently pay royalties on a monthly basis.
We do reserve an option to publish contracted books in print, but we cannot guarantee that a specific title will be published in print.