The only way to learn to write is to write.- Peggy Teeters

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HarperCollins UK is launching a new line of ebook only erotica and erotic romances. Mischief Books editorial director Adam Nevill and is looking for manuscripts, from collections of short stories to novellas to full-length novels. Mischief publishes all sub-genres of erotic and erotic romance — you can find a list of all the different categories on their site. Mischief pays an advance and royalties, though some short stories for special collections pay a flat fee. Check out the writer’s guidelines here. In addition to book-length manuscript, Mischief is open to submissions of short stories for several planned themed collections. Stories should be approximately 4,000 words and fit the theme of the collection. For a list of upcoming themes and guidelines, scroll to the bottom of the writer’s guidelines.

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The 29th Annual Colorado Gold Writing Contest is now open for submissions. I don’t usually publicize writing contests in this space, but Colorado Gold is sponsored by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, a group of which I’m a member. I’m one of the judges of this contest and I know many people who’ve gone on to sell their work as a result of this contest, so I’m making an exception and letting you know about the contest.  Enter your Romance, Mystery, Mainstream, Action/Thriller, Speculative Fiction, and Young Adult manuscript in the contest. The entry fee is $30 — you can pay an additional $25 for a detailed critique of your work. Find all the entry details here.

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Trendy Traveler is hosting a contest for blog posts on their site about travel. There is no fee to enter and you could win $500 or $250.  Sign up at the Trendy Traveler blog and submit your post in one of the following categories: “Best Travel Blog”, “My Favorite Trip or Vacation” or “My Hometown/Destination Business is a Great Travel Destination Because…” Deadline for submissions is August 31, 2012. Winner of the “Best Travel Blog” category wins $500. Winners in the other two categories get $250. Find all the details here.

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At Harlequin’s Kimani Press, Shannon Criss has been promoted to assistant editor, as has Love Inspired’s Rachel Burkot. And Harlequin’s Elizabeth Mazer is now an Associate Editor. Mazer acquires for a number of Harlequin’s series romance lines.

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The Woman Who Loved Jesse James is getting a lot of nice press lately. The book is in the Spotlight at Fresh Fiction and received a nice write-up over at History and Women.  And I’m interviewed at Fallen Angel Reviews.

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