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


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 The contest is open to both published and unpublished writers who have never had a mystery novel published.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.


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 and put GLTG manuscript in the subject line of your email.


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.


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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