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 For November, the competition is for previously unpublished authors.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 The story should be previously unpublished and each author may submit only one story.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

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