Research the Market

There are many publishers of erotica out there, and they all have different submission requirements. Before you send anything out, determine what the publisher's guidelines are (for example, restrictions on word length) and make sure your story fits their criteria.

Writing Tips

Crafting a good erotic story involves more than just putting your sexual fantasies down on paper; use detail to get the reader involved. Avoid clichés and crude writing. Remember that variety is the spice of life. There are any number of ways to make love, as well as settings and environments. Use your imagination! Go beyond the action and delve into the feelings and emotions of your characters.

What to Send and How to Send It

It is customary to send a synopsis and three chapters to the publisher, rather than the complete manuscript. It is not reasonable to expect that busy editors are going to have time to read hundreds of pages, so whatever you do send, make sure it is the very best material you have. Don't forget to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for their reply.

Grammar and Spelling Count

This may sound like basic common sense, but if you are applying for a job as a writer or editor, your writing samples should not be riddled with typos, misspellings, or grammatical errors. Take the time required to make your writing samples as error-free as possible. You may even want to have a friend proofread your samples before you send them out.


The Erotica Readers and Writers Association provides articles about authorship, author resources, calls for submissions, and publishing opportunities. The ASSTR Proofreaders and Editors Center connects erotica writers with proofreaders and editors who are willing to look at their work. You can also volunteer to help others improve their writing. Katy Terrega's Resources for Sex Writers site provides many good informational links.