“Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say.” ~Sharon O’Brien

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This week I’m looking at the Spotlight on Bantam, Doubleday, Dell from the Romance Writers of America convention in New York City. 

Executive Editor Shauna Summers and many others from the publishing team at Bantam, Doubleday, Dell, presented this spotlight. Among those sharing the dais with Shauna were new Editor at Large Sue Grimshaw, editorial director Linda Marrow and associate editor Junessa Viloria. Bantam, Doubleday, Dell is an “all purpose, all format publisher of all kinds of fiction and nonfiction.” They are part of the Random House publishing group. They publish suspense and thrillers, literary fiction, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, contemporary and historical romance and women’s fiction. 

They like Regency and Scottish-set historicals, contemporaries with small-town settings, and cowboys. They also publish some romantic suspense and YA.

The big news from BDD is that they are relaunching Loveswept as a digital-first imprint. They launched in July with the re-release of eight Loveswept titles. They plan to release a combination of reprints and new, original content as ebooks first. Some of the titles may also go to print. This is an opportunity for unagented authors to break into BDD. The Loveswept program is open to all sub-genres of romance of various lenghts, from 30,000 word novellas to 100,000 word novels. The primary requirement is a “romantic, emotional story.”  The books should be sexy but not erotica. The books will be priced from $2.99 to $4.99, with most full-length books at $3.99. They pay an advance plus royalties of 25 percent of net. The same team will produce the digital titles as the print titles. Contact them through the email address at RomanceatRandom.com.

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Penumbra is a speculative fiction ezine launching in October. Produced by the editorial team at Musa Publishing, Penumbra pays five cents a word for short stories to 3500 words. Each issue will be built around a theme, but editors are open to a wide variety of stories, from dark fantasy to horror and science fiction. Humor is welcome, and a variety of themes. Right now, they’re particularly looking for stories with the following themes:

The arts — speculative fiction under 3000 words dealing with music, visual arts, performing arts — any kind of speculative fiction dealing with the arts. Call ends August 20, 2011.

Sports: have a football story with a spec fic twist? If it’s 3k or under, they’d like to see it! Call ends September 15, 2011.

Shakespeare: Penumbra has a particular and undying interest in the Bard–and any speculative fiction versions of his work OR spec fic stories that feature him as a character are welcome for this issue. Call ends October 31, 2011.

Please list the particular theme your story applies to in the subject line of your submission email. You can find all the submission guidelines here.

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