“The reason 99% of all stories written are not bought by editors is very simple. Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home.”  John W. Campbell


As a special Christmas gift, Musa Publishing is giving away a number of free reads until Friday, December 9.  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.  You can also purchase gift certificates — great if you know someone who’s getting an e-reader for Christmas.


Move Books is a new middle grade publisher, Founded by Eileen Robinson, former executive editor at Scholastic’s Children’s Press. Move editors are eager to see stories that will appeal to 8 to 12-year old boys. They will accept manuscripts from both agented and unagented authors. The first titles in the line will be published in Fall 2012. Please mail a query, plus synopsis and the first 25 pages of your completed novel to:
Move Books

P.O. Box 183
Beacon Falls, CT 06403

Find all the publishing details Here.

The Book Wish Foundation is holding an essay contest in conjunction with the release of a book of stories by prominent young adult authors that benefits refugess from Darfur. The contest is free to enter, but you must write an essay about one of the stories in the book, What You Wish For.  The prize is a critique by a literary agent, or by one of the authors. For details go here.


And speaking of essays, Driscoll’s Berries is holding a Celebrate the Sweeter Moments contest. Write about “a special occasion when berries made the moment sweet” and you could win a $1,600 Viking cookware set or $100 worth of berries. Get the details here.


Do you love geeks? Entangled Publishing is looking for stories featuring geeks for a 2012 anthology. The stories should be 20,000 to 40,000 words and contain strong romantic elements, but may be any sub-genre of romance, including science fiction or fantasy romance.  A geek must be the primary character, whether professor or starship engineer. Find the submissions guidelines here.


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