The only way to learn to write is to write.- Peggy Teeters


HarperCollins UK is launching a new line of ebook only erotica and erotic romances. Mischief Books editorial director Adam Nevill and is looking for manuscripts, from collections of short stories to novellas to full-length novels. Mischief publishes all sub-genres of erotic and erotic romance — you can find a list of all the different categories on their site. Mischief pays an advance and royalties, though some short stories for special collections pay a flat fee. Check out the writer’s guidelines here. In addition to book-length manuscript, Mischief is open to submissions of short stories for several planned themed collections. Stories should be approximately 4,000 words and fit the theme of the collection. For a list of upcoming themes and guidelines, scroll to the bottom of the writer’s guidelines.


The 29th Annual Colorado Gold Writing Contest is now open for submissions. I don’t usually publicize writing contests in this space, but Colorado Gold is sponsored by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, a group of which I’m a member. I’m one of the judges of this contest and I know many people who’ve gone on to sell their work as a result of this contest, so I’m making an exception and letting you know about the contest.  Enter your Romance, Mystery, Mainstream, Action/Thriller, Speculative Fiction, and Young Adult manuscript in the contest. The entry fee is $30 — you can pay an additional $25 for a detailed critique of your work. Find all the entry details here.


Trendy Traveler is hosting a contest for blog posts on their site about travel. There is no fee to enter and you could win $500 or $250.  Sign up at the Trendy Traveler blog and submit your post in one of the following categories: “Best Travel Blog”, “My Favorite Trip or Vacation” or “My Hometown/Destination Business is a Great Travel Destination Because…” Deadline for submissions is August 31, 2012. Winner of the “Best Travel Blog” category wins $500. Winners in the other two categories get $250. Find all the details here.


At Harlequin’s Kimani Press, Shannon Criss has been promoted to assistant editor, as has Love Inspired’s Rachel Burkot. And Harlequin’s Elizabeth Mazer is now an Associate Editor. Mazer acquires for a number of Harlequin’s series romance lines.


The Woman Who Loved Jesse James is getting a lot of nice press lately. The book is in the Spotlight at Fresh Fiction and received a nice write-up over at History and Women.  And I’m interviewed at Fallen Angel Reviews.


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