March 2011

“The story…must be a conflict, and specifically, a conflict between the forces of good and evil within a single person. “
– Maxwell Anderson

  Carina Press is looking for Steampunk stories with winter or holiday themes for an anthology to be released in December 2011. The stories will be released individually, then in the anthology as ebooks. Carina Press is Harlequin Books’ e-publishing venture. The stories for this anthology don’t have to be romance. They may have romantic elements, but they could also have elements of horror, science fiction or mystery. They don’t have to be sexy but could be. Stories should be between 18,000 and 35,000 words. Though there are no plans at this time to also release the stories as print books, each author will receive several print copies for his or her own use. Deadline for submission is May 15, 2011. For all the details, visit the Carina Press blog.


Last week I reported on Harlequin’s ebook novella program, Nocturne Bites. The name is officially being changed to Nocturne Cravings.


Buzzy Magazine accepts submissions of science fiction, fantasy and horror short stories up to 10,000 words. They’re also interested in thrillers, suspense and paranormal tales.Payment is 5 cents a word. You must submit your story via snail mail and include a synopsis, brief biography and full contact information along with your manuscript submission. Find all the details here. 


You still have time to enter Aurora Regency Historical’s contest to win free books. Post a comment on my blog to win a copy of one of my titles.  Post at the Aurora blog and you could win 5 free books.  The contest runs through March 31.


Are you a writer or photographer living, working, or on an extended visit outside of the United States? If so, you may be eligible for Glimpse and National Geographic’s Correspondents Program. The program awards a $600 grant to writers and photographers and one-on-one editorial help to place your work in national publications. For all the details, go here.


Feel free to pass along information from this blog and share with other writers, your writing group’s newsletter or your own blog. All I ask is that you give me credit and include a link back to this blog. Thank you! Cindi Myers


Every author in some way portrays himself in his works, even if it be against his will.  ~Goethe


You could win up to five free books from Aurora Regency Historical — including one of my historical titles, in a contest Aurora is holding to introduce more readers to the great historical and regency romances in the line. You can enter multiple times at different blog locations (including this blog). For all the details go to the Aurora Blog.


Nocturne Bites is part of Harlequin’s online novella publishing program. Editors Tara Gavin and Ann Leslie-Tuttle are looking for erotic paranormal stories between 15,000 and 25,000 words. If you have a highly sensual, contemporary story featuring vampire, werewolves, shape-shifters, psychic powers or other paranormal elements, this may be the line for you. For more details, see the guidelines here.  (And notice that the guidelines are for Nocturne Cravings  — but the stories are published as Bites. Not sure what’s up with that.)


As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. All I ask is that you give me credit and include a link back to the blog.  Thanks.   Cindi

Avon has jumped into the e-publishing game with the introduction of  Avon Impulse. This venture to publish e-book first editions from new and established writers will offer a new title each week. Titles will also be available in print through on-demand publishing. Authors receive  no advance, and 25 percent royalties on the first 10,000 copies sold, after which royalties rise to 50 percent. Titles will be available in all e-formats and from all e-book retailers. Editors are open to all sub-genres of romance, including contemporary, historical, suspense, time travel, westerns, steam-punk, paranormal and more. Unagented authors are welcome to submit through the form on the website.

With the introduction of Avon Impulse, Avon is changing the way it handles all unagented submissions. Now all unagented writers must submit through the form on the Impulse website. You’ll need to register, then fill out the form and attach your manuscript. The editors will evaluate manuscripts for both the traditional Avon publishing program and for Avon Impulse. So an author who submits gets looked at for both programs. For more information, visit the Avon Impulse website.


The Editor Shuffle:

At Ballantine Bantam Dell  Shauna Summers has been promoted to executive editor; and Jennifer Smith is now a senior editor.

At Harlequin, Kelli Martin is now senior editor, Kimani Press. Glenda Howard, Tessa Shapcott, and Birgit Davis-Todd have been promoted to senior executive editors for New York, London, and Toronto.


Class Act Books is an e-publisher that also releases trade editions of some of their titles. They publish all types of romance, including inspirational and young adult.  I was unable to find writer’s guidelines on their site, but to submit, send your material to


For news of my upcoming books, visit my website.


Feel free to share information from this blog. All I ask is that you give me credit and include a link to the blog. Thank you. Cindi Myers