This week, I’m reporting on the Spotlight on Tor Books from the Romance Writers of America’s National Convention.
 
The Spotlight on Tor was presented by Heather Osborn, Editor, Tor Paranormal Romance. Also with her was Melissa Frain, Assistant Editor.
 
Tor has been publishing romance for four years. They publish one romance a month, all paranormal romance. They also publish urban fantasy that is not part of the romance line.
 
Because Tor is primarily a science fiction and fantasy imprint, they like their romances to have a strong paranormal element. They publish all sub-genres: vampires, werewolves, psychics, witches,  fallen angels, futuristics – pretty much anything goes. She loves steampunk. She also loves fantasy romance and space opera type romances. She’d like to see more futuristics set on other planets. She likes everything from humorous to dark. Heather previously worked for Ellora’s Cave, so she’d open to erotic content, though that’s not the focus of Tor’s line.
 
She’s not a fan of time travel or ghosts. Doesn’t like historical western or Civil War settings. And she doesn’t like Gothics.
 
Time travel is an iffy genre for paranormal. The paranormal element must be strong in all the time periods – time travel alone is not enough.
 
They’re okay with stand alone books, series or trilogies.
 
Melissa is looking “almost exclusively for young adult.” She likes YA urban fantasy and YA romance for older teens, dark and edgier. 65,000 to 85,000 words.
 
Tor will accept unagented and unsolicited manuscripts. Don’t just query, send the submission. Submission guidelines http://us.macmillan.com/Content.aspx?publisher=torforge&id=255
 
Include a brief cover letter, a synopsis that includes the beginning, middle and end of the book and the first three chapters. Write Tor Paranormal Romance on the envelope.
 
In addition to paranormal romance, she’s interested in urban fantasy. She’s open to YA paranormal romance and YA urban fantasy. You may submit YA to Heather, Melissa or to the Tor YA editor, Susan Chang. If the romance is really strong, send to Heather.
 
Length 75,000 – 100,000 words for romance. Fantasy is much longer.
 
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Check out the covers for my January books:
Baby, It’s Cold Outside, an anthology with Jennifer Greene and Merline Lovelace: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/imageviewer.asp?ean=9780373837397 or http://tinyurl.com/yly4733 
 
 
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Shock Totem publishes dark fantasy and horror short stories. Payment is 5 cents a word. Editors K. Allen Wood, John Boden and Nick Contor are looking for mystery, fantasy, suspense, supernatural and morbid humor with a clear horror element. They’ll accept unpublished stories no longer than 5000 words. Find the guidelines at http://www.shocktotem.com/guidelines.html
 
 
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I was honored to be invited to participate in the anthology Broken Links, Mended Lives, a short story collection produced by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. You can get your copy here http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Broken-Links-Mended-Lives/Carol-Berg/e/9780976022527/?itm=9 or http://tinyurl.com/q5f79h  
 
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