‘My books aren’t trying to fathom the mysteries of human existence. I’m an entertainer.’

Bernard Cornwall

In this last week of 2010, I want to take a moment and wish all my readers a very Happy New Year. I hope 2011 brings you successful publication, writing breakthroughs and many other blessings.

Anthologies are a good place to sell shorter fiction, to experiement  with different genres and styles, and to get your foot in the door with a new publisher.

Bridge House Publishing is a small press in the UK that focuses on “fiction that is a little bit different.” They’re searching for short stories for some upcoming anthologies, both print and paper:

Crime Stories 3000 to 6000 words, stories about “murder and all that surrounds it.” Deadline for entries is January 31, 2011, for publication in 2012.

Science Fiction: Stories up to 8000 words that will appeal to both young adults and adults. Deadline for entries is March 31, 2011 for publication in March 2012.

Find more submissions details here.


Lee and Low Books in New York publishes  multicultural children’s stories under is Tu Books imprint. Editorial Director Stacy Whitman is interested in acquiring middle grade and young adult mysteries and science fiction. She’s interested in both contemporary and historical mysteries. The mysteries should feature children of color or various ethnic backgrounds. In an interview with Children’s Writer, she said she’s interested in finding “This generation’s Encyclopedia Brown for a younger middle-grade audience” as well as “a contemporary mystery featuring a main character of color that captures that feeling of modern independent girl with good friends who solves mysteries/problems around her”, similar to a previous generation’s Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden mysteries. You don’t need an agent to submit to her. Send complete manuscripts geared to ages 8-12 or 12 and up with a cover letter and a brief biography. Find more submission details here.


Aurora Regency is releasing yet another of my western historicals in ebook. San Antonio Rogue (originally published as A Husband By Law is a sexy story or an arranged marriage, set during the Mexican War. This is the third in a series of titles Aurora is releasing. Collect them all!


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