“Be persistent. Editors change; tastes change; editorial markets change. Too many beginning writers give up too easily.”  John Jakes

The big buzz this week is about Harlequin’s new e-publishing venture, Carina Press.  Headed by veteran Malle Valik and edited by Angela James, formerly of Samhain Publishing, the e-book only publisher expects to release its first titles in the Spring of 2010. Though the parent company is Harlequin, Carina Press is structured as a separate entity. They’ll have an e-book store just for Carina Press. Contracts will be similar to other e-publishing contracts: i.e. no advance but higher royalties. Royalties will be 30% of cover price, paid twice a year.

Plans are to publish “a broad range of fiction with an emphasis on romance.”  They will look at almost anything except young adult, poetry or nonfiction, including: romance, women’s fiction, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, adventure,  thrillers, horror, futuristic and erotica. They are interested in complete manuscripts only at this time, but ask that you query first. Send your query to submissions@carinapress.com Fine the complete submission guidelines here.

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Markets for short genre fiction are hard to come by, so it’s always nice to be able to share a new one. The pay is not great, but if you have a short story you’d love to find a home for,  Untied Shoelaces of the Mind might be for you. The editors are looking for genre and literary stories between 100 and 2000 words. Payment is 3 cents a word up to $30.  They’re interested in romance, humor, science fiction and fantasy, thriller, mystery, horror and mixes of the above. Find all the details at the website.

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Her Christmas Wish is available from eHarlequin.com now and will be for sale in stores soon. This is the last of my Crested Butte mini-series for Harlequin American. Think romance in a snowy ski-resort town. Perfect for curling up with in front of the fire or under the Christmas tree — or while you’re digesting that Thanksgiving feast.

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I’m guest blogging today at RomCon. Please stop by and say hello.

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Thank a veteran today. Their service means so much.

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