Guidelines for Xodtica.com Magazine
Welcome to the wonderful new world of Xodtica. We plan to provide you with the best in erotic romance (both short stories and novellas) that the web has to offer. We are moving into new territory with this magazine as it will only be available in what the market refers to as an ebook form in popular downloading formats. Bimonthly, the magazine will be available for download or if you are a subscriber, delivered directly to your online mailbox.
We are a new bimonthly magazine (January, March, May, July, September and November) which focuses on erotic romance fiction. We pay on acceptance. Our manuscript regular reading period will be between the first and fifteenth of each month. However, until we have a sufficient manuscript back log we will have open reading. When we do have a reading period, should you send us a manuscript outside of the indicated time frame, it will be returned to you immediately unopened. We only accept email submissions. We will report back on any query within 15 days, a manuscript within 30 days. Sample copies are available for $4.00. We plan to have not one but two premier issues in September 2004 and November 2004. This will allow us to build our subscriber base as well scrape out a niche in the market place. Again, the magazine will be offered as an e-zine in popular download formats.
While our fee structure is not high, we want the magazine to succeed we are offering something that no other magazine offers. [At least none that we know of at this time.] We are offering a royalty per each issue sold. Each issue will have a royalty pool created from the number of issues sold per that quarter. Then depending upon what you are writing (fiction, nonfiction, filler or column) we will offer you a percentage in your contract. The percentage may be small but you will continue to receive that percentage throughout the lifetime of the magazine. Issues will be archived so that people wanting to purchase past issues may do so. The same goes for us if you are an artist. We want everyone to succeed. As the subscriber base and the per-issue sales gets larger the initial payment will increase as will the royalty percentage. We plan to reevaluate the payment structure every six months. Royalties will be paid quarterly for the number of issues sold within that quarter, be it the very first issue or the very latest. All payments will be made via Paystone or PayPal at this time. No exceptions.
Fiction: SF, Fantasy, Paranormal, anything with a twist, anything odd, different and exotic. Basically, we will look at just about anything. We like sex and want lots of it but it must be accompanied by a solid relationship. If you aren’t sure if your story is right for us, try us anyway. We WILL NOT accept any manuscripts that depict human and earth animals in bestiality setting. No necrophilia, pedophilia, or bodily functions accepted. Sexual preference is hetero but try us anyway if your story is exceptional. We will accept stories from 500 to 12,000 words. Manuscripts must be sent to us in Microsoft Word RTF format and be certified virus free. They will be checked before they are opened. Payment is $20 plus a royalty percentage.
Nonfiction: One feature article relating to erotic romantic fiction, writing or a break-through in science or any other interesting event will be published in each issue. We will accept articles of 500 words to a maximum of 5,000 words. Payment is $17.50 plus a royalty percentage.
Art: You need to send some of your work. We will contact artists on an individual basis because we will want to use their art for the entire issue. All art submitted must be Internet ready and we must be able to use it in any desktop publishing venue. Anything submitted MUST BE IN JPG OR A FORMAT SUITABLE FOR WEBSITE VIEWING AND DESKTOP PUBLISHING. JPG is our preferred format. A payment of $20 per cover will be paid upon acceptance plus a royalty percentage. Inside art will be negotiated on a case by case basis.
Columns/Departments: We are looking for reports on conventions or other related events. Any updated information on events as well as reviews (1-4 an issue) on current books and movies. Query with any ideas you may have. We will accept pieces up to 1500 words. Payment is $10 per piece and a royalty percentage.
Fillers: Anecdotes, facts and trivia, news breaks and short humor. We will accept pieces up to 1000 words but prefer then in the 250 to 500 word range. Payment is $5.00 and a royalty percentage.
Reprints: At this time, we won’t accept reprints. There are too many good writers out there that are being overlooked.
Tips: We definitely want to work with new and unpublished authors as well as those established in the genre. Be professional; submit articles or short stories in standard format only. Include a cover letter with something about yourself and your writing career. Show us your best work. We will read everything and give comments on any rejected piece for as long as we can.
Send queries and submissions to: [email protected]
Editor and Publisher
The Magazine of Erotic Romance