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Xcite Books Author Guidelines

Xcite Books is the UK’s largest erotic publisher and produces erotic fiction in paperback, ebook and audio formats. We want our readers to trust our brand and know that when they invest their time and money in an Xcite product it has been written to specific guidelines and professionally edited. We have very high standards but welcome work from all authors, new or published. Our professional editorial team work closely with writers to help hone and develop accepted stories until they meet the correct standard for publication.

Author friendly: We know our company’s success is built on the talent of our authors and editors. We have a strong pool of writers who come from every corner of the globe – their diversity adds enormous breadth to the Xcite range and we hope that every one of them is proud to ‘write for Xcite’. 

Please note: We require worldwide print, ebook and audio rights for five years on all work. Please do not submit if these are not available.

The company has three specific imprints:

Xcite Range:

Aimed at women and couples, Xcite offers a comprehensive range of mainstream short-story anthologies and erotic novels with mixed and varied themes. These may include some mild bdsm elements, multiple partners, and gay and lesbian themes.

Xtrm Range:

The Xtrm range offers explicit BDSM and fetish themes where the endurance of pain or humiliation leads to sexual gratification. Other themes may include submission and domination, bondage and personal punishment. All content is consensual but characters may be pushed beyond their natural comfort zone.

The Secret Library: 

With discreet covers and novella length stories this range offers fiction for those readers who like strong characterisation and a more developed relationship together with explicit, passionate sex.

Writers Guidelines:

The Secret Library

Novella length erotic romances with strong emphasis on a developing hetrosexual relationship with passionate sex but no bdsm. Ideally including a conflict that can be overcome to achieve a climactic ending. All time periods accepted.

Xcite Books general list

Content: We are looking for variety in the themes with a high standard of writing. All sexual acts must be consensual and legal. Variety is the spice of life so giving your story an unusual setting, time period or style will help your chances of being accepted. We do accept stories from male writers and they can have a male POV but PLEASE remember they must celebrate female sexuality and be empowering to women.

Manuscript length:  Please note: we are currently not accepting short story submissions.

Novella       15-20,000 words 
Novel          50 - 80,000 words 

XTRM Range - The Xtrm range offers explicit BDSM and fetish themes where the endurance of pain or humiliation leads to sexual gratification.

Themes within this range can include explicit and intense BDSM but it must be clearly consensual. Some edgier scenes can include golden showers and breast suckling but no scat, bestiality, incest or non-consensual activity. No extreme violence (i.e. no insertion of weapons such as guns/knives).

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If you have any questions or queries about submissions please email our Editorial Team at but do not use this for submissions - they must be sent via this link CLICK HERE

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