“Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t.”

                                                                                      Mark Twain

Avon Books is giving away $1000 to the person who comes up with the best idea for a collection of Regency-set historical novellas. The novella collection will be titled It Happened One Season and the novellas will be written by best-selling authors Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Jacquie D’Alessandro and Candice Hern. You job is to come up with the theme of the stories and three major plot points.

The deadline to enter is February 14. Find all the details here.


At Dorchester Books Leah Hultenschmidt has been named Editorial Director. She takes over for Alicia Condon, who has moved to Kensington Books.

At Bantam Dell, Jessica Sebor is a new Assistant Editor. Ms. Sebor has been an Editorial Assistant with Bantam Dell for the past two years. To learn more about her, read author Winnie Griggs’ interview with her.

If you’re submitting to Avalon Books, send your submissions to  Assistant Editor Julia Weis,  Avalon Books, 160 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016.  Want to know more about Ms. Weis? Read Laurie Alice Eakes interview with her.


Beckoning Books is the romance imprint of e-publisher Second Wind Books.
The editors are interested in completed novels, 40,000 to 100,000 words. In addition to romance, Second Wind publishes mainstream, crime and mystery and action adventure fiction. Send a query letter and first chapter to mike@secondwindpublishing.com. See their writer’s guidelines for more information.


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