“It circulated for five years, through the halls of fifteen publishers, and finally ended up with Vanguard Press, which, as you can see, is rather deep into the alphabet.”  Patrick Dennis, commenting on Auntie Mame

Lots of editor shuffling to report this week.

Alicia Condon, formerly with Leisure, has left that house to take over the late Kate Duffy’s position at Kensington Books, as editorial director of Brava.

At Simon and Schuster Children’s Jim Gifford has been promoted to Executive Editor and Annette Pollert has been promoted to associate editor at the YA imprint, Simon Pulse.

Tracy Martin and Latoya Smith have been promoted to assistant editors at Grand Central Publishing.


Realms of Fantasy has scheduled a special “Women in Fantasy” issue for August 2011 and the editors are looking for contributions now. If you are a woman who writes short fantasy fiction, this issue is for you. Stories should be no longer than 10,000 words. Payment is 6 cents a word for the first 7500 words and 4 cents a words thereafter. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2010. Check our their writer’s guidelines.


I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by British Radio Station Demon FM. You can listen to a podcast of the interview here. The DJ who interviewed me, Matt Horn, is such a fan of my book, Rock My World, that he started this facebook group: Rock My World — Help Turn This Book Into a Movie. So help him out and join up!


Juno Books editor Paula Guran says: “I’m still looking primarily for completed or near-completed novels.  I’d like to see more novels that could stand alone. This doesn’t  rule out that there might not be more books for a series, but I’d like  to see some novels that you must read in one-two-three-etc. order and  that don’t need at least two sequels for the reader to “get” the
story arc.  The heroine doesn’t always need to have a destiny to fulfill or
 even have supernatural powers herself.  Fantasy is reality viewed through a prism.”   (Reported in Cynthia Ward’s Market Maven.) Find Juno Books complete guidelines here.


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