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.


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