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Champagne Book Group (CBG) has been open and publishing electronic fiction since 2004. Its origins began as a Canadian publisher.

Now under a new owner, CBG is a United States publisher with the goal and vision to deliver to readers quality books crafted with care and infused with passion that transport readers into imagination.

CBG authors write stories that transport readers to other worlds, to the past, to the future, lets them enjoy romance, find love, discover what it’s like to be a Bond or Bourne and ride in a spaceship as it zips through the stars.

We are primarily a digital publisher; however, books over 70,000 go into print within three (3) months after the digital release. We are a royalty-paying publisher. You can see a draft of the contract by clicking on this line: Sample Contract

Interested in the staff behind CBG? Visit this page for information, including editors’ wish lists.

At this time, we are not looking at manuscripts under 20,000 words unless we are doing a special call or looking for stories for an anthology.

Romance

For 2017, we have shifted our focus and wishes. While we will continue to publish fabulous books in other genres, we primarily seek romance across the sub-genres (except for inspiration which is better served by other publishers).

To celebrate the pairing of champagne with romance, the following lines were developed. Each one speaks to the nature of the champagne its named after.

Vintage

This is the historical romance line for romances from medieval to Georgian, Regency, Victorian and early American and the Old West. We are looking for strong conflict, well-developed characters and clear motivations and goals. Love scenes can range from none to hot but be true to characters era, speech and the expectations and morals of the time period.

We especially love Old West romances.  Bring on the cowboys, Native Americans, lawmen, gun-slingers, outlaws and US marshals. Bring us the brave men and women who won the West.

And don’t forget romance in the time of the Roman Empire, Caribbean pirates, indomitable Vikings and Scottish Highlanders. 

Rose

This genre is new to Champagne Book Group. This is our category romances similar in style to Harlequin. These focus on the building relationship of the hero and the heroine with all the excitement and sensory details of the initial attraction, first date, first touch, and first kiss. We want our readers to close the book on a sigh of satisfaction. Evoking emotion is a must.

We accept a wide variety of settings from small towns to the fast-pace and bustle of a big city. While setting is important, it should not overwhelm the characters. Provide enough detail to create a picture for the reader. Spend your word count developing the romance and characters—complete with attributes and flaws. Start from the moment they see each other initially or for the first time after a long separation.

In this line, because the focus is on sexual tension, love scenes are behind closed bedroom doors.

Brut

This is our dangerous but exciting Romantic Suspense/Thriller line. Romance under tense or near-death situations brings extra conflict to falling in love. 

Suspense stories must be fast-paced and driven by dark motives (greed, revenge, anger, desire, betrayal and more). There is a wealth of situations to explore (murder, kidnappings, political intrigue, blackmail to name a few). Bring us three-dimensional villains with black hearts or those molded by a bad past into evil. Dark, thrilling and good conquers evil is the theme. And if you redeem a bad guy, we love those too.

Mysteries tend to be cerebral, but are every bit as intriguing. Craft clues that lead characters through a mystery and pulls readers in to join the characters in solving the mystery. Bring the mystery in mysterious.

We’ll take spooky paranormal and ghost-hunting mysteries here too. In fact, we love these!

Sec

This is our contemporary romance line. Settings can be in the United States or explore relationships in other countries. Don’t forget less used places like Peru, India, Thailand even the Middle East for your inspiration.

These stories range from sweet to hot and must be filled with sexual tension and passionate chemistry. The relationship and characters are key here even if the setting is exotic.

Doux

Oo la la! Doux is our erotic line where naughty rules. If the sex between the couple burns up the pages, this is where we want you. Doesn’t matter if it’s a historical or paranormal or set in the Old West or in the jungles of the Amazon.

We are not here to judge but we are looking for hetero relationships only. We are interested in BDSM (see Cherise Sinclair for the types we want) and ménage (but not two brothers or two sisters—non-familial relationships and threesomes only).

While the hotter the better is the mantra here, we still want to give readers a story whether it’s light-hearted or darkly erotic. No sex for the purpose of having sex. The same as all our lines, we are seeking strong conflict, clear motivations, and goals. Whether you write a plot-driven or character-driven story, all must be emotionally compelling. Thank you, but no porn or erotica.

Sex scenes should be specifically described, including narrative, action, and dialogue. No flowery euphemisms.

The main characters must stay monogamous and a happily ever after or a happy for now ending is a must. This is the only line we’ll accept those happily for now endings.

Blanc de Blanc

Let your imagination be your guide here. We want your vampires, shifters, dragons, gargoyles, angels, demons, and other supernaturals.

As with the other lines, romance is a central theme as the story unfolds. All heat levels accepted (erotic belongs in Doux), but sex should not be used as the main story thread. Fated mates is a hard trope to craft, so if you have one, we want to see it but the characters need to work for each other, not just accept.

In this line, we want powerful females whether they start out powerful or find their own strength.

Got an urban fantasy? We especially want to see those.

Blanc de Noir

In this line, we want science fiction where romance is integral to the story. There can be a 50-50 split between the science fiction and the romance that interweave to drive the plot forward. Our wish lists here include space opera, alien romance, futuristic and other similar subgenres.

Cuvee

This is our dreamy fantasy line with characters like elves, sprites, gods/goddesses, superheroes, fairies, warlock, wizards, witches, mermaids, selkies and psychics. The stories are also guided by the imagination and has characters who may be in conflict with dangerous elements or beings.

Demi-Sec

Here we are seeking clean stories with characters that range in age from 13 to 18 with issues that would be relatable to young adults. Settings can be fantasy, contemporary, science fiction, fantasy, historical, mystery/suspense—even thrillers. The themes deal with issues real young adults face, such as loss, facing a challenge, learning who you are and where you belong in the world.

We are looking for YA that is PG/PG-13. We’ll review language, mentions of drugs and alcohol, violence and sexual content. Yes, we know that our current young adults partake in a wide range of societal experiences. However, because we want our romance to take readers away and give them a fabulous reading experience, we want characters who swear lightly, drink lightly and lightly explore sex.

This doesn’t mean our YA isn’t true to teens. We also want story-telling to be solid and characters feel true to life.

Important General Guidelines for Romance Lines:

For all romance lines, there must be a happily-ever-after.

Any explicit sex must occur between consenting adults.

New adult work falls under the specific lines based on setting, etc.

In all lines but Young Adult and Erotic, heat level is sweet to hot. For YA, sweet to sensual and for Erotic, melting sheets is good.

Other Genres We Love

Historical Fiction (think Roman, Egypt, India, Australian)

Suspense/Mysteries/Thrillers

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Horror

General Guidelines for Other Genres:

Descriptions of historical events must be historically accurate and characters must stay true to their era in actions and speech.

Language may be more explicit but the stories may not contain graphic sexual scenes.

We are not looking for war memoirs, diaries, family histories, journals, or children’s fiction or poetry.

Previous Release/Self-Published

CBG will consider these books under the following conditions:

Author must have a letter of reversion from the original publisher or currently hold the rights.

Author submits with the expectation they will be expected to work with a CBG editor and agrees to complete requested revisions.

Author understands title will likely change as well as cover (if self-published and author holds cover art rights).

Additional Information

We don’t take simultaneous submissions on full requests so please do not send to us if you have sent a full elsewhere. However, if we request to see work through Savvy Authors, #PitMad, #SFFPit or any other pitching event, we waive the simultaneous submission guideline and welcome your submission. Please note this is only for pitch events.

We do not accept snail mail submissions.

While we will accept manuscripts from non-US authors, please be advised that you will be required to provide us with an ITIN.  This number can be received after contract but must be on file before any royalties are paid out.  For information on non-US ITIN numbers please visit www.irs.gov.

We will NOT review or publish stories containing: depraved or illegal acts such as bestiality, rape and degradation of women, pedophilia

We employ a full staff of editors and copyeditors.  Authors should expect revisions to their contracted work even if it’s been released by another publisher or self-published.

We have a marketing department, but authors are encouraged to actively promote their work.

We will look at outside artwork for cover art. However, the final artwork decision remains with CBG, and we reserve the right to decline and use our talented artists’ work.

If you receive an offer to publish/contract with another publisher, please let us know ASAP.

Submission Guidelines

Minimum Criteria:

  • Finished and polished manuscripts only. Please note we are not encouraging you to hire an editor—we will provide that. Just make sure your manuscript is as clean and as well-written as you can make it.

  • Word Count:   20,000 to 130,000

How to Submit

Effective this year, we are using Query Manager, an online submission service by Query Tracker. Please use this online submission form to send your submission package.

Since this is new to us, if you have any questions or problems using the system, email submissions@champagnebooks.com. Please use this email address only for questions or problems with system—do not use to submit material.

All submissions will receive an auto-response acknowledging receipt of submission and reminder of response time.

Response Times

Query, synopsis & first three chapters:           4-6 weeks

Full manuscript (20-95k):                               6-8 weeks

Full manuscript (over 95k):                            8-12 weeks


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