November 2011


“Character gives us qualities, but it is in actions – what we do – that we are happy or the reverse….All human happiness and misery take the form of action.”- Aristotle

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Attica Books Ltd. is a new digital first (Ebook) publisher that is looking for new authors. They set me the following Call for Submissions to share with my readers:

Dumped by your publisher? Looking for a home for your backlist? Or just not tempted by the Big Six’s one-sided contracts?

Attica Books is an independent ebook-first publisher founded by industry professionals who’ve both worked in the trade and published with several of the Big Six. We know how important proper editing, proof-reading and format checking are, and what a difference it can make to have your book in the hands of a publishing house which properly supports it. We’ve also, as authors, experienced orphaned books, constant changes of editor, miserable royalties and too many other tricks. We aim to offer you the first part without the second.

 Our trial phase is done and we’re looking in the first instance for submissions from previously published authors for lists in mystery, fantasy, and wit & whimsy – think for that last anything from Jane Austen to Terry Pratchett. If you’ve got underappreciated backlist in these genres, we’d like to see that too. Full details, and submission guidelines, on our website

Our royalties are 35% of net receipts to 5000 copies and 50% thereafter, paid quarterly, and based entirely on what we receive from retailers. No returns, no joint accounting: what comes in we split with authors. We want to make money from your books, yes, but we want *you* to make money from them, too.

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The wonderful Deni Dietz also has news to share this week:

Denise (Deni) Dietz is pleased to announce that she’s accepted the position of Senior Editor, working directly with Five Star Publishing, a division of Gale/Cengage/ Thorndike.
 
Acquiring: All Mystery sub-genres, including but not limited to Cozy, Hard-boiled, P.I., Traditional, Historical and Paranormal. 

Deni is looking for non-clichéd, well-written, character-driven novel. She says she wants to BE THERE, in the scene. For example, she doesn’t want to know that General Santa Anna was captured in 1836. She prefers to know that he was naked except for his underpants. 

Address:
Wordscan@shaw.ca
Five Star@Cengage.com

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As a special Christmas gift, Musa Publishing is giving away a number of free reads for the next couple of weeks. You can snag my free historical novella, The Christmas Quilt here. Look around the Musa site for other free stories and bonus deals. For instance, if your purchase all three books in my Titled Texans trilogy, you get my historical romantic comedy, Great Caesar’s Ghost, for free.

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Elise Howard, the former senior vice president and associate publisher for HarperCollins Children’s Books has been picked to head up Algonquin Books’ new YA ad middle grade fiction  line.  The new line, as yet unnamed, will launch late 2012, with as many as six titles. Algonquin currently publishes about 20 to 25 adult titles annually. Howard said that, at least initially, the focus will be more on YA, but that depends on the manuscripts she sees. She would love to find “a great memoir.”

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As always, feel free to copy this link and pass it along to others. You may reprint information from this newsletter — all I ask is that you give me credit and include a link to this blog. Thank you! Cindi Myers

“I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” ~ Elmore Leonard

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Fender Stitch is an online magazine interested in all genres of short fiction. They pay five cents a word for stories up to 4,000 words, though they prefer stories between 1,500 and 2,500 words.  They also pay $100 for artwork to illustrate their stories. Find all the details here.

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I received a real treat this week. Bell Bridge Books sent some Advance Reading Copies of my upcoming release, The Woman Who Loved Jesse James. Watch for it in late January. 

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I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving. I have much to be thankful for, including the readers of this blog. Best to you all. Cindi Myers

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Substitution Cipher is a new anthology from Candlemark and Gleam. The editors are looking for all kinds of alternate history stories, from 6,000 to 20,000 words — any genre and any time period or setting. Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2012, and the anthology will be published in July 2012. Payment is $75, with royalties if the anthology sells at least 1,000 copies. Find all the details here.

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Fans of noir fiction and horror will want to check out the Twisted Americana Short Story contest from PJM Publishing. Send in your story of 1,500 or more by January 28, 2012. No entry fee is required.  See the details here.

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Carina Press is looking for holiday-themed science fiction stories for an anthology to be released in 2012. Deadline for submissions in March 15, 2012. This is the only open-call for submissions for Carina for the year. Normally, their anthologies are by invitation only, so this is a good opportunity to catch the eye of Carina editors.  Editor Angela James is looking for 18,000 to 35,000 word stories. The stories may or may not have a romantic element and may incorporate mystery, horror and any other sub-genre that works within the science fiction umbrella. Find the details here.

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My newest sexy romantic comedy is now available. If you enjoyed my Blazes, Flipsides or Temptations, I think you’ll like The Handsomest Prince. (For Kindle, find it here.)


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As always, feel free to pass along information from this blog and reprint it at will. All I ask is that you give me credit and include a link back to the blog. Thank you!

Sometimes I can better describe a person by another person’s reaction. In a story in my first book, I couldn’t think of a way to sufficiently describe the charisma of a certain boy, so the narrator says, “I knew girls who saved his gum.” — Amy Hempel

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The self-publishing platform, Lulu, is holding a short story contest. Publish your 600 word story for free on Lulu between November 1 and December 1 and you could win $500, a Barnes and Noble Nook, gift cards and more. Find all the details here.

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I have a new release this Friday, November 11. If you enjoy sexy romantic comedy, check out The Handsomest PrinceSusan Murphree’s mother always told her she’d have to kiss a log of frogs to find her handsome prince  — until her sexy new neighbor turns out to be real royalty.

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I removed the information about MoonGypsy Press. Thanks to the alert reader who pointed me to news released yesterday that they are closing and returning rights to authors.

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All this week Harlequin is holding online workshops in conjuction with its second So You Think You Can Write competition. From November 11 to December 15 you can submit your completed manuscript to the contest.  First prize is publication with Harlequin. The winner will be announced March 1, 2012. Even if you don’t plan to enter the contest, the online workshops and bulletin boards have lots of great advice about writing for Harlequin from editors and authors with the line. Check it all out at So You Think You Can Write.

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The Editors at Carina Press recently revealed what they’d especially like to see in their submission in-box:

Rhonda Helms: Steampunk, urban fantasy, gladiators, historicals featuring real historical people

Gina Bernal: military heroes and heroines, romantic adventure — especially pirates, shapeshifters

Melissa Johnson: “deep and difficult conflict” and big stories with series potential

Alison Janssen: space opera, steampunk, redemption stories

Denise Nielsen: gothic suspense, dark characters with secrets

Lynne Anderson: cross-genre, multi-cultural, LGBT

Deb Nemeth: high-stakes thrillers, steampunk, Arthurian fantasy

Elizabeth Bass: historical mysteries, westerns, 20th century historicals

Mallory Braus: a zombie hunter romance, psychics, historical mysteries

Check out all the details here.

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

Betsy Mitchell, long-time Editor-in-Chief at Del Ray books, will retire in December. Tricia Pasternak takes over the position, overseeing the esteemed science fiction and fantasy imprint. Anne Croell moves up to managing editor of Del Ray Spectra and Frank Parisi will oversee licensed tie-ins, such as the popular Star Wars books.

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Thomas Nelson Books, a force in Christian publishing for more than 200 years, has been purchased by HarperCollins. HarperCollins alaredy owns Zondervan, another prominent Christian publisher. The sale makes HarperCollins the  largest Christian publisher in the world.

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Glimmer Train publishes a variety of short fiction every month and is very open to submissions from new writers. In addition, the magazine hosts regular contests for fiction writers, with cash prizes. For November, the competition is for previously unpublished authors. The contest will accept short stories up to 12,000 words, though the preferred length is 1,500 to 6,000 words. There is a $15 entry fee for each story, but you could win a substantial cash prize: $1,200 for first place, $500 for second place and $300 for the third place story. Find all the details here.

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The Woman Who Loved Jessie James, my novel based on the love story of Zee and Jesse James, has been moved up on the publishing calendar at Bell Bridge Books. The book will be published in January 2012.

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The 2012 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest is accepting entries now through February 1, 2012. Send your short story of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration. The story should be previously unpublished and each author may submit only one story. No entry fee. “WHAT WE DO WANT TO SEE: Moon bases, Mars colonies, orbital habitats, space elevators, asteroidmining, artificial intelligence, nano-technology, realistic spacecraft, heroics, sacrifice, adventure. WHAT WE DON’T WANT TO SEE: Stories that show technology or space travel as evil or bad, Star Wars type galactic empires, paranormal elements, UFO abductions.” The Grand Prize is publication as a feature story on the Baen Books website and standard payment for a feature story, as well as other prizes. Find all the details here.

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Sunday, November 14, I’ll be participating at the Barnes and Noble Bookfair. From 1-3 I’ll be signing at the Barnes and Noble at the Shoppes at the Meadows, 8374 S. Willow St. Lonetree, CO. This is a benefit for Pikes Peak Writers.

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As always, feel free to pass along information from this newsletter. All I ask is that you give me credit as the source and include a link to this blog. Thank you.  Cindi