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


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.


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Magazine publishes new science fiction short stories each week and welcomes contributions from previously published and unpublished writers.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.


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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