January 2012

‘I am never indifferent, and never pretend to be, to what people say or think of my books. They are my children, and I like to have them liked.’

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Only one more week until The Woman Who Loved Jesse James Goes on sale!


Lyrical Press is holding its first annual How Lyrical Is Your Romance? Contest.  First and second place receive $200 and $100 respectively, plus a contract for Lyrical Press to publish your book. Third place receives a critique of their work from one of Lyrical’s editors. Both previously unpublished and published writers may enter the contest. Submit your full manuscript (15,000 to 100,000 words) plus 2 to 3 page synopsis by February 5, 2012. Lyrical accepts manuscripts of any heat level, in any romance subgenre: contemporary, historical, paranormal, romantic suspense, urban fantasy and steampunk romance. Get all the details here.


January 22, 2012, the editors at Entangled Publishing will be taking online pitches at The Rockville 8 blog. Senior Editor Adrien Luc-Sanders, Associate Editor Libby Murphy, Associate Editor Kerry Vail, Associate Editor Kerri-Leigh Grady, Associate Editor Josh Vogt and Associate Editor Lewis Pollack will be taking pitches for Entangled’s Flirt, Ever After and Indulgence romance lines. You’ll need to post your pitch in the comments section of the website. All the details are here. Be sure to read through this not only for directions on how to pitch, but for details about the lines and what each editor is specifically looking for.


I got a great review for West With the Wind from Night Owl Reviews. The reviewer said the book was “one of the best historical westerns that I’ve read in a long time.” Read the complete review here*******************************

Editors  David Conyers, David Kernot and Jeff Harris are accepting submissions for Extreme Planets, a science fiction anthology that explores alien worlds. Stories should be 4,000 to 10,000 words. From the guidelines: “These could be planets with gravities many times that of the Earth or orbiting neutron stars so their oceans are elongated into egg shapes. Carbon worlds or diamond worlds, iron worlds, or planets with extremely elliptical orbits. Worlds made of exotic elements or with bizarre atmospheres. Planets were time and space behaves strangely or against the laws of physics. Even artificially created worlds can find a home in this anthology, either transformed by bizarre technology or the creation of alien civilisations. Mostly, we hope you dazzle us with worlds we haven’t even thought about.” Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2012. Payment is 3 cents a word plus 3 copies of the anthology. Find all the guidelines here.  And be sure to read D.L. Snell’s interview with the editors to find out more.


As always, feel free to pass along the information in this blog to others. You may reprint the info in your newsletters, repost and share. All I ask is that you give me credit for the information, and include a link to this blog. Thanks, Cindi

Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil – but there is no way around them.”- Isaac Asimov


Black Lyon Publishing is celebrating its fifth anniversary as a publisher of trade paper and digital books. Black Lyon publishes contemporary, historical and paranormal romance. They publish both full-length novels and novellas. Novels are published simultaneously in e-book and paperback; novellas are e-book only. Contemporary romance may be sweet or sensual, but no erotica, 45,000 to 60,000 words. Paranormal romance should have a dark, Gothic feel and should be sensual, but not erotica, 60,000 to 80,000 words. In historical romance, the editors are open to any time period, but are especially interested in stories set in Ancient times. 65,000 to 85,000 words. Novellas, 20,000 to 40,000 words, fall into the same categories as novels, with the same guidelines. For these, the editors are especially interested in holiday themed stories. You can find all the submissions guidelines here.


Black Rose Writing is an independent publisher that publishes approximately 75 titles a year in paperback and digital format. Editor/Publisher Regan Rothe is interested in all genre fiction: romance, fantasy, horror, suspense, action-adventure, as well as non-fiction. They pay 10 percent royalties on the first 5,000 print copies sold, with escalating royalties after that. Check out their guidelines here.


Nice review of The Handsomest Prince at the Bibliophilic Book Blog.  Check it out!


Highland Press Publishing is a small, independent publisher that publishes about 30 titles a year. Though they started out specializing in historical romance, they’ve expanded to publish contemporary romance and romantic suspense titles as well. They publish full-length novels, but they’ve also had success with themed anthologies. The editors are actively seeking novella submissions for a number of upcoming anthologies:

Bling! Kick butt women who know what they want and don’t let anything get in the way of them going after it – whether it be jobs, their lives, or the men they love. 12,000-15,000 words.

Into the Sunset. Everyone loves the Old West, but cowboys abound nowadays, too. Whatever time period your hero lives in, create your magic and let us know how love thrives under the western sky. 12,000-15,000 words.

Danger In His Arms. Suspense and intrigue abound as women fall for men who are not only dangerous to the current situation they find themselves embroiled in, but also to their vulnerable hearts. 12,000-15,000 words.

Regency Royale — Traditional Regency stories, 15,000 – 20,000 words.


As always, feel free to share the information on this blog with others. You may reprint it in your writing group newsletters, forward it, etc. All I ask is that you give me credit and include a link to the blog. Thank you!  Cindi