“There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.”
- Terry Pratchett


Harper Voyager Impulse is a new digital-first imprint from science fiction and fantasy publisher Harper Voyager. Executive Editor Jennifer Brehl hopes the imprint will offer more “fan-based, fast-paced, action driven ebooks.” The imprint will launch with 31 titles with a variety of types and styles of books, most acquired through an open call the publisher had last fall. Read the details in the official press release here. 


Bloomsbury Children’s Books is launching If Only, a new imprint to showcase young adult romance novels. Publishing Director Cindy Loh hopes to offer readers “clean, spirited and down-to-earth,  ‘new love’” stories.  Each novel in the line features a ‘what if’ scenario, includes humor, and is suitable for readers as young as 12, but should appeal to older teens as well. At this time, Bloomsbury accepts submissions only from agented authors.


In November, Barbour Publishing will debut a new line of Christian fiction for readers ages 3-12. Shiloh Kidz will include a variety of types and styles of fiction. See their writing guidelines here.


Lee and Low Books is sponsoring a New Voices award for children’s picture book authors of color. Submit your children’s picture book manuscript of up to 1,500 words. The winner receives $1000 and a standard publishing contract with an additional advance and royalties. An honorable mention winner receives $500. There is no fee to enter and you may enter up to two manuscripts. The deadline for entries is September 30, 2014. Find all the details here. 


Minotaur Books and Malice Domestic are once again sponsoring a Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition.  Submit your mystery novel manuscript of over 65,000 words for a chance to win $10,000 and a standard publishing contract from Minotaur Books. The story should center around a murder/mystery/ or crime. The deadline for entries is October 15, 2014. Find all the details here. (Scroll down to the contest info.)


There will be no market news update next Wednesday. I’ll be in San Antonio, attending the Romance Writers of America convention. If you’re there,  I hope you’ll look me up and say hello. I’m giving a workshop Thursday morning at 8:30 on “Writing Faster, Writing Better” and I’ll be participating in the Kensington authors’ signing on Friday.



I want to write books that unlock the traffic jam in everybody’s head.” ~John Updike


Crimson Romance a division of Adams Media, publishes digital-first historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance and spicy romance. The editors are particularly interested in acquiring stories with the following elements: 

  • Gender role reversals or defiance of gender role stereotypes ( i.e. biker heroine, preschool teacher hero)
  • Smart humor (especially great romantic banter)
  • Friends-to-lovers romances
  • Asian heroes and heroines
  • Bad girl – Good boy couples
  • Superhero or comic book-related romances
  • Light paranormals or magical realism
  • 30-something or 40-something heroes and heroines
  • Characters who craft (knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, etc.)
  • Performing arts settings (Hollywood, Broadway, ballet, opera, orchestra, etc.)
  • Futuristic or post-apocalyptic romances grounded in realism (think Battlestar Galactica)
  • High heat/super sensual romances
  • Characters who don’t want children
  • Feminist heroines or heroes
  • Series romances (trilogies or more with a different couple at the center of each book — usually connected by family, coworkers, community)

Completed manuscripts should be between 55,000 and 90,000 words. Send a query and a jj3 to 5 page synopsis, along with your completed manuscript. Get all the details here.


Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly is seeking stories of cy-borg romances for its next issue. Stories should be between 1,000 and 7,500 words. Payment is $30 a story. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2014.  Guidelines are here. 


If you haven’t yet had a chance to get a copy of my newest release, A Change in Altitude, it’s still widely available in bookstores and online, in both print and ebook format. An audio book will be coming soon. This third volume in my series about a quirky town in the Colorado mountains can be read as a stand-alone book, though if you want to read the whole series, the first two books, The View From Here and The Mountain Between Us are still available. 



Intrigue Publishing, a boutique publisher based in Maryland, established in 2012, specializes in mysteries and thrillers, but wants to expand its offereings to include crime fiction, young adult, urban drama and sensual romance. Manuscripts should be between 60,000 and 100,000 words. Intrigue pays royalties and an advance. The editors are also looking for short stories, between 3,000 and 10,000 words, in these same categories. They’ll pay $50 for one-time electronic rights. Get all the details here. 


As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Reprint, repost, retweet. All I ask is that you give me credit as the source of the information and include a link to this blog. If you’d like to find out more about me, visit my web pages at http://www.CindiMyers.com and http://www.CindyMyersbooks.com. Thanks!


“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” ~Arthur Polotnik


I’m back after a couple of weeks off  to move to a new home. Lots of news this week…

My newest release, A Change of Altitude, is in stores now in trade paperback format, and available for download in all ebook formats. The third volume in my Eureka, Colorado series can be read as a stand-alone volume or, if you want to follow the whole series, the first two volumes, The View From Here and The Mountain Between Us are available for a discounted price. Check out the series I call “Northern Exposure in the Rocky Mountains.”



The Labletter literary journal is accepting submissions for its 2015 issue. Fiction editor Sarah Marrs is interested in short stories up to 7,500 words, on any subject, in any style. Payment is $150 a story and writers retain all rights to their work. The deadline for submissions is July 18. Find all the details here.


The First Line seeks short stories from 300 to 5,000 words with the first line “Fifty miles west of Bloomington likes Hillboro, a monument to middle-class malaise.” All genres of fiction are welcome. Payment is $25 to $50. The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2014. For more info, go here.


David LaBounty, editor with Blue Cubicle Press, seeks short stories between 500 and 5,000 words on the theme of people who work in the sports world — announcers, agents, umpires and referees, groundskeepers and trainers, etc. Athletes may be featured in these stories, but the focus is on the “work” side of sports. Selected stories will be published in the 11th Workers Write anthology “Tales From the Coliseum” Payment is $5 to $50 and the deadline is December 31, 2014. Get all the details here. 


Cicada Magazine, for young people ages 14 and older, seeks stories for a “Monsters and Maps” issue. Submit your stories about mythical or real monsters, along with maps of their territory, to editor-in-chief Mariane Carus by July 31, 2014. Stories may be up to 9,000 words and payment is 25 cents a word. Get all the details here. 


Entangled Publishing is seeking novellas and novels featuring heroes and heroines who meet on new Year’s Eve for its Lovestruck line of category romances. Stories should be 15,000 to 60,000 words and feature chance meetings that lead to sparks between the hero and heroine. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2014, for publication in December 2014. Get all the details here.


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“You can’t think yourself out of a writing block, you have to write yourself out of a thinking block.”   —John Rogers


You still have time to enter the Harlequin Heartwarming writing contest. Harlequin Heartwarming is a line of sweet, emotional romances of 65,000 to 70,000 words. The line publishes four books each month. Until June 15, you can submit the first page of your sweet romance novel to  WriteFromTheHeart@harlequin.ca.The editors will choose authors whose works piques their interest to go on to the next round, when you’ll submit the first three chapters of the book, along with a five to 10 page synopsis. If the editors love what they see, they’ll ask you to submit your complete manuscript, which could lead to a contract as a Heartwarming author. Get all the details here. 

And if you want to see what Heartwarming stories are like, I have a brand new one that just came out. Pick up your copy of What She’d Do For Love here or here.  whatsheddocover











Hearts Desire Press is an independent digital publisher of all kinds of romance novels — from erotica to historical, romantic suspense, steampunk, contemporary romance and almost every sub-genre in-between. Completed manuscripts should be between 7,000 and 125,000 words. The editors are also interested in receiving manuscripts for special collections with the following themes:

One Hot Night — hot to erotic romance about one night stands.

The Best Bad Boy — bad boys in any time period or sub-genre

Doing Good — sweet romance centered around the characters doing a good deed

Without Fangs — paranormal romance without vampires or werewolves

Billionaire Dreams — lonely billionaires who find their dream women

Find all the details and submissions guidelines here.


Tor.com is launching a new print imprint for science fiction and fantasy books. Until August 31, the editors will accept unsolicited submissions from authors. Stories should be 17,500 words and above and be science fiction or fantasy stories with mainstream appeal. Though both are owned by MacMillan, Tor.com books will be a separate imprint from Tor books. Get the details here.  


Jupiter Gardens Press began publishing romance in 2008, under the imprint Pink Petal Books. Now know as Jupiter Gardens, the editors seek manuscripts for a variety of imprints. Manuscripts should be between 10,000 and 100,000 words. Target one of these imprints:

Flare — erotica in all genres

Ignite — erotic romance

Quest — fantasy

Romance — all subgenres of romance, from sweet to hot

Teen — young adult and new adult

Xenon– science fiction.

Jupiter Garden asks for electronic rights only and pays 40 percent royalties. Find all the details here. 


Feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Reprint, repost or retweet — all I ask is that you give me credit as the source for the information, and include a link to the blog. To find out more about me and my books, visit my website or find me on Facebook. Thanks!  Cindi

“I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.” —Ray Bradbury


Only three weeks until the release of A Change in Altitude. Book Three of my Eureka, Colordo series continues the stories of the quirky characters in the Colorado mountains, but can also be read as a stand-alone novel.  altitude


Silkwords is a newer romance publisher (established 2013) that combines romance novels with gaming. Silkwords novels are interactive — readers can choose different paths in the story that lead to different endings. Readers pay a monthly subscription fee to the service. The editors are actively seeking submissions. Stories should be 15,000 to 20,000 words and at several points in the stories, readers should have the opportunity to make a significant choice — between two partners, two locations, two jobs, etc. Stories may be romance or erotica. Romances should have a happily ever after or happy for now ending. Payment is $500 plus $3 per subscription the story generates. Find all the details here.


Want to win a house, free and clear? The Write a House program awards emerging writers with a 900-square foot house completed with basement, one or two bedrooms, bathroom and front and back yard. The house is completely renovated. And it’s in Detroit. Write a House is now accepting applications from writers from across the country. You must agree to live in the house at least 75% of the time and interact with the Detroit literary community. You must pay yearly taxes of approximately $2000. You must be a part-time or full-time writer with a low to moderate income and you must submit a sample of your writing. Find all the details here.


Entangled Bliss is on the hunt for new authors. The editors would love to see your small-town set romantic comedy — either sexy or sweet. They love contemporary, everyday heroes and modern heroines. Manuscripts should be 50,000 to 65,000 words. Get all the details here. 


As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Please give me credit as the source and include a link to the blog. Thanks!  Cindi. Find out more about me at http://www.cindimyers.com or http://www.cindymyersbooks.com



“Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don’t get it you will none the less get something that looks remarkably like it.” ~Jack London


June 1 is the release date for What She’d Do For Lovemy newest sweet romance from Harlequin Heartwarming.

Christa Montgomery has faced many changes recently, but she draws the line at an overhaul of her hometown, Cedar Grove, Texas. When the community’s livelihood is threatened by a new highway, she’s determined to stop the project and its chief engineer, Ryder Oakes.

Ryder almost swept Christa off her feet before she recognized who he was, and now she must struggle to resist his warmth and compassion. Torn between two loyalties, she can’t support the new highway, even if his career is at stake. As his project runs into trouble, though, she’s determined to come up with a way to have her town…and Ryder, too.



Greeting card publisher Blue Mountain Arts is seeking poetry for Christmas and other holiday-themed greeting cards. Blue Mountain cards use contemporary poetry that reflects genuine emotion. They pay $300 for exclusive rights to a poem for use in greeting cards and other products, and $50 for one-time use in a book. Submissions need to be in by July 15, 2014. For more information and submissions guidelines, go here.


The Book Smugglers blog is looking for speculative fiction stories based on classic and modern fairy tales. Stories may be for any audience from middle-grade to adults. Book Smugglers pays five cents a word for stories from1,500 to 17,500 words. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2014. Find all the details here. 


Harlequin Shivers is eager to see manuscripts for sexy, gothic romances. The editors want “dark, sexy heroes and anti-heroes and sensible heroines beguiled by male magnetism and allure against all better judgment.” Stories should be atmospheric and sensual. Shivers is an e-book only line new to the Harlequin fold. Length 30,000 to 50,000 words, contemporary or historical. Find the guidelines here.


Entangled is looking for sexy romances with dirty-talking heroes for its Brazen line of category-length romance. Brazen books focus on the hero and heroine’s physical relationship and contain five or more sexual scenes. Editors are specifically looking for stories with verbally-talented heroes. 20,000 to 60,000 words. Find all the details here.


Riptide Publishing, a boutique publisher of LGBTQ fiction, has a number of open calls for submissions. Since Riptide is usually an invitation-only publisher, these special calls are a great way to get your work in front of the editors. Right now, they’re looking for the following types of stories:

BDSM erotica, 8,000 to 15,000 words. Deadline July 1, 2014.

Sports Romance, 30,000 to 85,000 words. Deadline September 1, 2014

Rainbow Families, 45,000 to 85,000 words. Deadline November 1, 2014

Shifters and Weres, 50,000 to 110,000 words. Deadline January 1, 2015

Lesbian novels, 50,000 to 110,000 words. Deadline March 1, 2015

Shades of the Rainbow, 25,000 to 110,000 words, Deadline March 1, 2015

Sweet Romance, 25,000 to 110,000 words. Deadline March 1, 2015

*punk, 45,000 to 115,000 words, Deadline March 1, 2015

Find all the details here.


As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Please include a link to this blog, and give me credit as the source. For more about me, please visit my websites — http://www.CindiMyers.com or http://www.CindyMyersBooks.com



Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” E. L


Harlequin has announced it will discontinue publication of its Kiss Romance line as of November this year.


Poisoned Pen Press, long known for its mystery and suspense titles for adults, has launched Poisoned Pencil, to publish “the best in young adult mystery.” Publisher Robert Rosenwald is actively seeking submissions from both agented and unagented writers. He’s looking for “off-beat approaches young adults can feel connected to.”  Manuscripts should be between 45,000 and 85,000 words, with a protagonist between the ages of 13 and 18. Poisoned Pencil publishes books in both trade paper and e-formats. Be sure to check out their detailed submission guidelines here.


Recommended Reading, a free online magazine, is seeking short stories for upcoming issues. The editors will review stories from 2,000 to 10,000 words. They pay $300 for stories accepted for publication. Please read back issues of the magazine, available on their site, to get an idea of the types of stories they like. They are open to submissions only until June 1, 2014. For more details, see their guidelines here. 


Penumbra Magazine is seeking submissions for its September issue, on the theme of Alice in Wonderland. Editor Celina Summers is seeking stories that pay tribute to Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Stories may be up to 3,500 words. The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2014. Payment is 5 cents a word. Check out the submission guidelines here.


Samhain Publishing is seeking submissions for a Childhood Fears anthology for Samhain Horror. Were you afraid of clowns? Dolls? Monsters under the bed? Explore these fears in a 25,000 to 30,000 word novella, for publication in 2015. Each novella will be released as a stand-alone ebook, and as part of the anthology collection. Protagonists may be adults or children, but if adults, they should be facing a fear that dates from childhood. Any time period is acceptable, with or without supernatural elements. The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2014. Find all the details here.


As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others — repost, retweet, reprint. Please give me credit as the source, and include a link to this blog. To learn more about me and my books, please visit my websites: http://www.CindiMyers.com and http://www.CindyMyersBooks.com


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