However great a man’s natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once.
Jean Jacques Rousseau

This week I’m covering the Spotlights on Bell Bridge Books and Samhain Publishing from the Romance Writers of America convention in New York City.  

Editor Deb Dixon and Editorial Director Deborah Smith presented the spotlight on Bell Bridge Books. As Belle Books, this boutique publisher opened 12 years ago, specializing in Southern fiction. More recently, they’ve changed the name to Bell Bridge books and they publish a wide variety of fiction and some nonfiction. Their list includes cozy mysteries, suspense, thrillers, inspirational, young adult, urban fantasy, romance, historical fiction and fantasy. They release as both print and e-books. The book debuts in print, then releases in digital format. They also do many subright sales. They’ve sold audio, large print and foreign language rights to many of their titles. They also reprint previously published titles. They pay 40 percent of net on ebooks. They do pay advances plus royalties. 

Deb Dixon handles YA, fantasy, urban fantasy and paranormal fiction. Deborah Smith does womens and literary fiction and cozy mysteries. Pat Van Wie edits suspense, thrillers and romantic suspense. 

They accept both agented and unagented submissions. For more information, visit Belle Books and Bell Bridge Books. Submit via email. Deb Smith prefers to see the first three chapters and a synopsis, while Deb Dixon likes to see the complete manuscripts.  Published authors with a track record may send a proposal only, but new authors should have a complete manuscript.


Managing Editor Lindsey Faber and Editorial Director Heather Osborne presented the Spotlight on Samhain. They are a digital-first program that also has an extensive print program. They publish romance and horror. The horror line will launch in October 2011. 

Their motto is “It’s all about the story.” They publish all sub-genres of romance, such as historical westerns and many alternate setting historicals. All stories that are 50,000 or more go to print nine to 12 months after digital release. 

They have had two titles on the New York Times e-book list as novella. They accept about 8 percent of submissions. They publish 4 to 6 books a week.

 They pay 40 percent royalties on all books sold on the Samhain website, 30 percent royalties on sales from all third-part sales such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc, and 8 percent royalties on print copies. All royalties are based on the cover price.

They would love to see more science fiction romance, steampunk romance, sweet romance and more multi-cultural romance. They regularly issue calls for submissions for themed anthologies. Watch for information about a new anthology of stories about men and women in uniform.


Long and Short Reviews reviewed Great Caesar’s Ghost this week. Check out the review here.


The Runaway, the third title in my Titled Texans trilogy is on sale now. Available from the publisher, Aspen Mountain Press, it will soon be available on Kindle and from other ebook sellers.

Two strangers joined in a shotgun marriage find salvation in each other.

Cam Worthington was only trying to get out of the rain when he found himself on the wrong end of a shotgun, compelled to wed a lovely–and very pregnant–young woman he’s never seen before.

Caroline Allen only wants to escape her father’s wrath, and the handsome young minister seems the best way out of her troubles. As soon as they’re away from her father, she can make things right. She already made one grave mistake– getting involved with the wrong man–and she won’t do that again.

But what starts as the marriage of two strangers turns into an alliance of two people searching for a place to belong. Could it that fate has brought them together with a love that no man can put asunder?


Next week I’ll continue my look at publisher spotlights from the RWA convention. Feel free to share the information in this blog, repost it and reprint it. All I ask is that you give me credit and include a link to the blog. Cindi