Read a lot, finding out what kind of writing turns you on, in order to develop a criterion for your own writing. And then trust it—and yourself.”
Rosemary Daniell

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Santa Fe’s Wordharvest and St. Martin’s Press are co-sponsoring the Tony Hillerman prize for the best first mystery set in the Southwest. The contest is open to both published and unpublished writers who have never had a mystery novel published. First prize is a $10,000 advance and a publishing contract with St. Martin’s Press. Submit your book-length manuscript of at least 60,000 words, set in the Southwest and centered around a murder or other serious crime, by the deadline of June 1, 2012. The winner will be announced by October 1. Find out all the submission details here.

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Editor Jeanne DeVita at Musa Publishing’s Calliope romance line has put out a plea for GLTG (gay, lesbeian, transgender) manuscripts. While she’s interested in any romances with GLTG characters, she’d especially like to see some YA manuscripts. Send your query and/or first three chapters to submissions@musapublishing.com and put GLTG manuscript in the subject line of your email.

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Pocket Books has announced it’s giving the Pocket Star name to its ebook only line of releases. Pocket Star was formally a mass market imprint of Simon and Schuster. The new ebook only line will feature romance, women’s fiction, mystery, thrillers and urban fantasy, with a mix of re-releases and new titles, with the emphasis on new fiction. In an article in Publisher’s Weekly, Pocket’s executive vice president and publisher, Louise Burke, said Pocket sees Pocket Star as a venue for discovering new authors, as well as a way to showcase established names. Authors that launch in Pocket Star could transition to hardcover releases. Pocket Executive Editor Lauren McKenna will oversea Pocket Star. Pocket has long had a policy of reviewing agented submissions only; no word yet if this will change for the Pocket Star line.

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Get a taste of my newest release, Always a Bridesmaid, by reading the first chapter free here. And check my previous post for my blog tour running all this month, where you’ll have several chances to win a free copy of Always a Bridesmaid.  

 

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credit for the information and include a link to this blog. Thank you!  Cindi Myers

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