Lucy Felthouse is a writer and editor of erotica and erotic romance. She likes variety, so is usually working on several projects at once. Published anthologies include: Uniform Behaviour, Seducing the Myth, Smut by the Sea and Smut in the City. The latter two are co-edited with Victoria Blisse.
1) Read as many books as you can get your hands on—especially in your chosen genre.
2) Learn to edit your own work—don’t risk editors being put off by poor spelling and grammar, repetition and so on.
3) Don’t use crazy fonts. Something plain and easy to read like Times New Roman or Arial is fine.
4) Research what editors/publishers actually want. If they give instructions for submitting to them, follow them to the letter.
5) Be professional and polite in your covering letter. You don’t have to write much (unless it’s specified) but let the editor know what you’re sending, what it’s for (bear in mind they’re probably working on several projects at once) and the word count. You can include a bio and story blurb if you wish, but if it’s needed straight away, an editor will usually ask for it.