There are so many different kinds of writing and so many ways to work that the only rule is this: do what works. Almost everything has been tried and found to succeed for somebody. The methods, even the ideas of successful writers contradict each other in a most heartening way, and the only element I find common to all successful writers is persistence-an overwhelming determination to succeed.
Sophy Burnham

Lia Brown is a new editor with Avalon Books. Formerly with Oxford University Press, Ms. Brown has also worked for Marvel Comics, St. Martin’s Press, HarperCollins and Random House. At Avalon, she’s looking for “wholesome family-friendly romances, historical romances, mysteries, and westerns.” She likes character-driven stories and good dialogue. You can read more about Ms. Brown at the Avalon books blog.


Orbit Books, the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Hachette, has announced they’ll begin publishing short fiction electronically this fall. Though right now they’ll publish only stories by authors already published in book length fiction by Orbit, if the line is successful it could launch a new outlet for short fiction. The stories will sell for $1.99 and the authors will receive royalties on their sales.


The 25th annual anthology of Sword and Sorceress is now accepting submissions. Send your sword and sorcery story with a strong female protagonist. No explicit sex, gratuitous violence or profanity. Stories may be up to 9000 words, but shorter stories are preferred. The deadline for entries is May 14. Find the guidelines here.


Ellora’s Cave is launching two new lines of erotic romance. GenEdge, aimed at 18-25 year old female readers, should feature 18-25 year old female protagonists. The heros in these stories may be the same age as the women or older. These stories should have a young voice. These are erotica, so the sex is explicit and steamy. The length can range from 10,000 words to 125,000 words.

Branded is a line of erotica aimed at women who enjoy reading about explicit sex but who believe sex should only take place only within marriage. These stories may be set in any time and place, but the couples involved must have made a commitment the equivalent of our understanding of marriage. These aren’t religious or inspirational stories and the sex is as explicit as any other Ellora’s Cave story, but the commitment to monogamy within marriage is part of the story. These stories also range from 10,000 to 125,000 words. For more information, check out their Call For Submissions.


Check out my website at I have a new list of ALL my books on the site, plus information about upcoming titles, including my June release, Her Mountain Man.


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