The Road Here
When I first envisioned this project, I had another title in mind. The V Word. I wanted something edgy and dark. I approached Cleis Press with the idea. I’d written shorts for other Cleis anthologies, appearing in Lesbian Cowboys, Girl Crush, Fairy Tale Lust, Passion, Lesbian Lust, Lesbian Cops, Carnal Machines, and Dream Lovers. I thought I had a pretty good feel for what they were looking for and what might sell. I shipped the proposal. This is what I pitched.
The V Word performs double duty for the concept of this collection. While volumes of erotic vampire collections flood the market, a book of lesbian vampire erotica will provide a different twist. Vampire—Vagina. A more perfect sensual pairing couldn’t be imagined.
Dark hungers, shocking thirsts… For blood, for connection… A sharing of nourishment and comfort… Infliction and acceptance of pain…
Whether the story depicts a traditional blood-drinker seducing a meal, a psychic vampire stealing life-force from an unknowing host, or a real-life sanguinarian seeking a partner to share a ritual bloodletting to cement a bond, the stories will be varied and unexpected. Writers will be encouraged to investigate vampire myths from around the world, looking for something fresh to add to the pantheon.
I have a pretty good ego, but I still thought it was a long shot. Cleis isn’t a romance publisher. Other than a few appearances in their collections, they didn’t really know me. Imagine my surprise when I got an email. Let’s talk! Apparently, they did know me. And they weren’t looking for another erotica collection. They wanted erotic romance. Vampire erotic romance. I had some experience there—it was a match made, well not in heaven, but still a damn good fit.
But the title had to go. I put out a call to my friends and readers. I’m pretty sure my sister came up with Girls Who Bite. A contract came very quickly, and then I had that “uh oh” moment. I had never done anything like this before. I would have to read the submissions, choose those I thought best worked within my vision, and let the rest of them go.
It was harder than I thought it would be. Sure, I received some poorly written stories, but I also had many wonderfully written and imaginative stories I still had to cut. It was a painful process. So many of my friends and colleagues had answered the call. I forced myself to be ruthless.
In the end, I had a stories that were unique, varied, brimming with energy and distinctive voices. I can’t wait to share the stories with you. September 13th can’t come soon enough!
Be watching this blog. I’m working on putting together a contest with some fantastic prizes. In the meantime, any comment on today’s blog counts as an entry for a grab bag of prizes I’m giving away on my personal blog. Check out my website for a list of the contents of that bag!
60 thoughts on “The Road Here”
Morning, I just commented on the other blog whoot!
Hales! I’m glad you’re having a good time!
Thanks for pointing us to this blog. Definitely a new “genre” for me to check out. Love the title!
Thank my sister for the title. It’s clever and sexy and simple. Easy to remember, I think!
My sister rocks when it comes to great erotica. She writes it, she reads it and she knows it when she sees it!
I am learning!
Great blog. Can’t wait for the book to come out.
Thanks, I’ll be blogging a lot here. Got any topics you want covered?
In the spirit of the book have about some topics on some our favorite bad ass female heroines?
And best female sex scenes?
It was fun trying to come up with something for submission. Though I didn’t make the cut it was still a really good experience.
Brandy! I’m sorry about that! But really, a short story is never a waste of time. I get rejected still. I just hold onto the story. I sometimes fluff it up into something longer and sometimes give it away as a free read.
Hello! I just LOVE your books!!!! Please enter me into your AWESOME contest, and please keep the books coming!!
Andrew! How very cool!! Thanks for letting me know. And good luck in the contest! I love seeing a guy get excited about a book like this. One of my readers gave a lesbian collection I appeared in to her husband. A little girl-on-girl was much appreciated!
Wow, Delilah–SO awesome that you got such a terrific response! Definitely shows what a market exists AND what a writer/mover and shaker you are!! YAY!
Ha! Mover and shaker? I’m just hard-headed and persistent.
Hey, that counts for a lot, DD! Persistence can be more than half the battle 🙂 So happy this is coming to fruition!
This sounds like an awesome book Delilah! Congrats!
Gigi! Thanks and good luck!
I commented on the other blog, and I think it’s so cool you and your sister both write =)
Riddles! We started out together. And we’ve been each other’s sounding boards, sometimes crit partners. It’s much more rewarding to share the ride with someone you love!
I had so much fun writing for this anthology. The title and description were just too exciting to pass up; I was swimming with ideas from the get go.
I can’t tell you how proud I am to be a part of it. I even had a dream about GWB last night, imagining that I woke up and found a copy sitting on my bookshelf, lol! Just shows how stoked I am to get hold of it.
Can’t wait to read the other ladies’ stories!
Ashleigh! I am soooo glad you submitted. 🙂 It won’t be long until that dream comes true!
Hi DD, I commented on the other one too and despite the fact that I have not been in touch for a while I am greedy enough to want to win this 🙂
Rasha! Greed is a sin! But I do love to tempt…
Just commented on your website and this site looks yummy as well going to have to get this book
Crystal! I hope you do!
Just commented over at the other blog. Nice giveaway.
Pat! I’m glad it inspired you to check us out here!
Hi Delilah 🙂
The cover for Girls Who Bite is awesome, I can’t wait to get my hands on it on Sept 13 (can it be preordered??)
Mina! I know for sure you can pre-order it at Amazon.com, and that it is currently being offered for a lower price to encourage early sales! Click on the Order link at the top!
Congrats! Hope it’s very successful for you!!!
Directed here from your website – thanks for the giveaway.
Karen! Thanks for the good wishes!
Just commented on your site and am glad I checked out GirlsWhoBite. I’ll look for it on Amazon.
Andrea! If you look two posts down, you’ll see short descriptions of every story in the antho! I know you won’t be disappointed!
I hadn’t read about the process of putting together an anthology before, thanks for sharing.
I’ve been reading f/f for a little while now,and its been hard finding these books,I’m glad to see it becoming more popular.I can’t wait to read this anthology
elaing8! It is quite hard to find f/f romance, but that’s changing. Cleis has been publishing lesbian erotica for a while, but they are introducing more and more f/f romance titles too. Another of my publishers, Ellora’s Cave, is actively seeking lesbian stories. If you read yesterday’s post by Paisley Smith, you will see that she and I have something fun coming out very soon.
I am thrilled to be a part of this anthology! And I’m so excited about the connection we made that evolved into the Femme Noir series!! Can’t wait for both GWB and Bitten in the Big Easy to release.
Me too, Paisley! The first set of stories are awesome. Even if I do say so myself! 🙂
I love this contest and I would love to win…..
Yesterday was my birthday, so think of me….. LOL
I hope you have a great day!!!! Pick me…..
I am excited to read this book!
Ella! Happy Birthday, and good luck!
I’ve never read any strictly f/f but I’m not bothered by m/m of f/f action. In my opinion and long as there is love and it’s HOT it is okay by me 😉
I just pre-ordered through B&N and you know I’ll review it!
Nicole! I hope you love it!
Oh and I love the trailer by the way!
this isn’t usually the kind of story that i read but i am looking forward to this book as it sounds like it will have stories from alot of great authors. i can’t wait.
Tammy! I really don’t think the fact that they are f/f stories will put readers off. The story lines themselves will grab you.
This sounds like a fantastic book! Can’t wait to read it 🙂 Thanks for an awesome giveaway too, please enter me!
Carlyn! You’re entered! Good luck!
intrigued by the book, the cover is amazing!
kris! I know, right? My initial reaction was—oh! They look like Lady Gaga. My daughter’s was–god, is that Ke$ha?
Thanks for the link Delilah!
Comment! Yippee, now I am counted in.
Jen! Smarty pants!
I liked hearing about the process behind the book.
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This is great. I cannot wait to read!
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I love the title and the picture on the cover. I can hardly wait to read it.
I like the sound of this. Well done on your original pitch! 🙂
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