“The long-lived books of tomorrow are concealed somewhere amongst the so-far unpublished MSS of today.”- Philip Unwin

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Amazon.com has purchased Avalon Books. Avalon published romance, mystery and westerns, primarily for the library markets. The short (50,000 words) books were sweet, with no sex, violence or cursing. Amazon purchased more than 3,000 backlist titles and as-yet-unreleased books. Amazon plans to release the books under its imprints in the near future.

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Crimson Romance is the new e-book only imprint from F&W Media. F&W is the parent company of publisher Adams Media, Writer’s Digest and Writer’s Market, and many other publishign ventures. Crimson romance will publish contemporary and historical romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance and spicy romance as ebook only releases, available at CrimsonRomance.com and from all major ebook retailers. The line launched June 4 with 25 titles and will release five titles a week beginning July 1. Editor Jennifer Lawler is actively seeking complete manuscripts of around 50,000 words in all subgenres. All manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Find all the writer’s guidelines for Crimson here.

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Author and editor Delilah Devlin is seeking short stories for a new romantic erotica anthology, to be called Smokin’ Hot Firemen, to be released by Cleis Press in the Summer of 2013. Submit your 1,500 to 4,500 erotic romance story featuing a smokin’ hot firemen by June 15, 2012. Payment is $50 and two copies of the anthology. Get all the details here.

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I’m wrapping up my blog tour for Always a Bridesmaid this week. On Friday I’ll have stops at It’s Only a Novel and Stella Ex Libris. Stop by and post a comment and you could win a free copy of the book.

As always, feel free to share the information in this newsletter with others — you can repost, reprint and copy — all I ask is that you give me credit as the source and include a link to this blog. Thanks.  Cindi Myers