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

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This week I’m reporting on the Spotlight on Grand Central Publishing from the Romance Writers of America convention in New York City.  Amy Pierpont, editorial director; Karen Kosztolnyik, senior editor and Selina McLemore, editor presented the spotlight.

Forever is the romance imprint of Grand Central Publishing. The editors there are open to all sub-genres of romance. They take only agented submissions, unless you have met with an editor at a conference and she has requested you send your material. They discussed more details about what they’re looking for:

In historical romance, they want sensual stories with strong emotion and well-developed characters. These stories should have real conflict, not a mere misunderstanding. Popular time periods include Regency, Victorian, Georgian. Settings should be English or Scottish. Series potential is a plus.

 For contemporaries, they like both sweet and sexy stories. The stories should have strong emotional conflict. They like small town settings with a community of characters. The secondary cast of these stories is important. And cowboys sell well and are always a plus.

Romantic suspense stories should be sensual and have a strong romantic conflict. The editors like well-developed characters – alpha heroes and savvy heroines. These stories should have fast-paced action and spine-tingling suspense.

 Paranormal romance should be dark and sensual – “the hotter the better.” These are hero-driven stories, preferably with series potential. They want “new twists on old favorites.” Vampire, werewolves and shape-shifters still sell, but psychic powers are good too. They’re also interested in historical paranormals and steampunk.

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Lightspeed Magazine publishes new science fiction short stories each week and welcomes contributions from previously published and unpublished writers. Lightspeed pays 5 cents a word for stories between 1500 and 7500 words. They prefer stories of 5000 words and less.  The magazine publishes all types of science fiction. Get all the submissions details here.

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The Runaway, third in my Titled Texans trilogy, is now available on Kindle. Originally published by Kensington Books, this trilogy is being re-released in e-book form by Apsen Mountain Press.

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