October 2012


Spencer Hill Press publishes urban fantasy, science fiction and paranormal romance for young adults. Beginning December 1 they will open to submissions from unagented authors, so if you have a manuscript you feel is right for them, get ready. They’re interested in young adult, new adult and middle grade stories. Beginning December 1, you may submit the first 10 pages of your manuscript, in the body of an email, to editor Patricia Riley at submissions@spencerhillpress.com. Get the details here.

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Artes Publico Press publishes contemporary fiction based around U.S. Hispanic cultural issues and themes. Based at the University of Houston, Artes Publico Press accepts unagented submissions. The books they publish are primarily literary fiction, and deal with issues such as political struggles, the search for identity and women’s issues.

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Tu Books, the fantasy, science fiction and mystery imprint of Lee and Low Publishers, is sponsoring the first annual New Visions Award for a young adult or middle grade fantasy, science fiction or mystery novel by a writer of color. First prize is $1,000 cash and publication with an advance and royalties. Submit your synopsis and first three chapters by October 30, 2012. Find all the details here.

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Parenting Magazine is sponsoring a Build Your Own Story Contest. You and your child can build a children’s story, using the template on the website, for a chance to win a trip to Legoland and other prizes Enter by November 15. Get the details here.

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The View From Here received 4 1/2 stars from Romantic Times Magazine. The review says, in part, “This novel packs in everything from quirky humor to page-turning plot twists. Myers imparts depth and complexity to her main character, while weaving in the fascinating stories of other intriguing individuals, from the town drunk to an uptight librarian. Don’t be fooled by the small-town façade; this novel is definitely one to add to your keeper shelf.” The View From Here goes on sale November 29. You can pre-order a copy now from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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As always, feel free to share the information in this newsletter with others. All I ask is that you credit me as the source, and include a link to this blog. Thank you.

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Being an author is having angels whisper in your ear – and devils, too.”  ~Terri Guillemets

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The Wild Rose Press publishes romances in twelve different sub-genres in ebook and print (65K+). Check out what some of the senior editors are looking for and how to submit to their specific lines.

Callie Lynn Wolfen, Senior Editor for Black Rose, is looking for fresh new takes on vamp and were/shifter heroes and heroines, as well, new creatures. How about demons, gargoyles, incubus, succubus or anything else your darkest imagination can conjure up? We would love to see more quick hit shorts (8-15K) and we are always looking for novellas and fulls. Please review the standard guidelines for Black Rose before you submit and send your submission to our standard “Query Us” email. We look forward to reading your stories!

Lori Graham, Senior Editor for Crimson Rose, has two active submission calls. Also, Crimson Rose readers have been asking for more of the shorter manuscripts. So we welcome any topic or any holiday in these 7,500 to 60,000 manuscripts.

One is “Summer Heat” spice level is sweet to hot, 7,500 to 55,000 words (computer count).Crime and emotions seem to spike on hot summer nights. Bring them together and the results are explosive. Let your late night imaginations run rampant. It can be any kind of mystery or action suspense. The hero and heroine can be the investigators, or the victims. The only requirement is that the heat of a summer night must be a key role. Stories set in foreign locales welcomed. Get a jump on summer and start thinking hot now. We look forward to seeing just how far and how clever your imagination can be.

The second is “Red Christmas…someone is ready to kill for the holiday.” Manuscripts should be spice level is sweet to hot, 7,500 to 60,000 words (computer count). Each story must contain Santa Claus – either the hero or the villain needs to be using a costume as a part of the story. Maybe an undercover cop, or a hitman masquerading as Santa to slip in places, or …

Submit your query with synopsis embedded in email to lori@thewildrosepress.com after checking out the Crimson guidelines on our website. In the subject line include: Summer Heat Series and the Title of your manuscript OR Santa and title of manuscript (deadline March 1, 2013). For questions or clarification, please feel free to contact Lori Graham.

Nicole D’Arienzo, Managing Editor for Historical lines, states they are always on the lookout for American-set romance for the American Rose line; Regency or Highlander romances for the English Tea Rose line; Westerns for our Cactus Rose line, especially anything that might fit our new Lawmen & Outlaws series. We’d love to see some early 20th century (think Titanic, Prohibition, Golden Age of Hollywood eras) for our Vintage Rose line. Any word count length 7,500-100K welcomed. Queries including synopsis should be addressed to queryus@thewildrosepress.com with a mention in the email that the query is in response to Cindy Myers’ blog.

Diana Carlile, senior editor for Scarlet Rose, is the naughty corner of the garden (erotic romance) and we’re looking for anything with cowboys, military men, men in uniform, and of course, strong heroines to match them. We like m/f/m ménages, BDSM, and anything kinky (told you we were naughty!). We’d love to see a few more historicals and paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy stories, too. 5-100k words

Coming up for next year: We’re already seeking m/m stories for our Boys of Summer 2013 series. We like hot, manly men falling in love underneath a hot summer sun. Think waves, sun, beach, and any sort of outdoor fun just at long as there are hot, sweaty, golden bodies. The length requirement is 5-20 K words. Submit query with synopsis embedded in email to wildrosediana@aol.com.

Leanne Morgena, Senior Editor for Sweetheart Rose, is looking for clean romance (7,500-80,000K) that chronicles the excitement of a new attraction, the flirtation that becomes real, or a whacky first-meet that turns into something more. Leanne loves reunion stories where the protagonists have a history (either good or bad) that must be overcome.  Also, stories where the action takes place in a short period of time—charity events, singles field trip to special site near where the author lives, a two-day chili cook-off or baking contest, community performances.

Kinan loves humorous stories–from slapstick (ice skaters who fall down while kissing) or corny (I pine fir yew), to quirky or subtle, humor is part of many love stories. I’d love to see submissions with mistaken identities, role-playing that becomes real, or just a sustained playful attitude. Another favorite type is blue collar stories–Plumbers and electricians, hairdressers and retail clerks–anyone can fall in love. Truck drivers cope with the loneliness of time and distance from their loved ones. Auto mechanics, computer doctors, factory line workers, miners and electrical lineworkers–all of them have love lives as rich as those of any CEO or rock star. Submit query including 1-2 page synopsis to Leanne@thewildrosepress.com.

Stacy Holmes, Senior Editor: Yellow Rose is looking for submissions for our contemporary cowboy line. From humorous to emotional reads, I would love to see more short stories cross our desks (15,000 to 40,000 words) incorporating plots that revolve around the business world of cattle and ranching, cattle drives, start ups and the specifics of the rodeo world. Cowboys are strong, determined, hard-working, and protective over everything in their circle of life. They could be a businessman during the week and a cowboy on the weekend, they could be fully involved in the ranch or just helping out family or friends. The setting could be a Wyoming Ranch, an outback station in Australia or even settings in Alaska and Canada. Submit query including 1-2 page synopsis to stacy@thewildrosepress.com.

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Musa Publishing is looking to combine humor and erotica (or erotic satire) in a new imprint, Saterotica.
“Saterotica stories will satirize the erotic romance genre, by either taking a shot at some of our favorite (direly awful) stories from the past, the kind that was hidden in brown paper bags at the back of Mom’s closet in 1975, or by taking a standard erotic situation and making it…well, not quite so standard and very funny. Sometimes,
the greatest romances are intensified by a strong dose of laughter.” Editor Celina Summers is  looking for fully developed stories between 7,000 and 20,000 words. “We are looking for both het and gay, menages, BDSM, and any combination thereof. Humorous elements must satirize the erotica genre, using cliches, tropes, and/or incidents that change the intent of the story from titillation to comedy. Please send submissions (query letter, first twenty pages, and one paragraph synopsis) to editor@musapublishing.com and include ” Saterotica” in the subject line.

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Publisher’s Weekly reviewed my upcoming release, The View From Here: In romance author Myers’s mainstream fiction debut, the first in a planned series, Maggie Stevens, recovering from a long, fruitless marriage to a selfish man who stole her youth, receives word that her estranged father has died and left her a gold mine in Colorado. Maggie heads to the very small town of Eureka to see what she can learn about the man she’s never known (he left when she was three). There, she falls in love with the town, with its “four hundred or so permanent residents,” including the enigmatic Jameso Clark. Through her time in rural Colorado, she discovers strength she didn’t know she had, and a community that she never thought she’d find. Myers (The Birdman’s Daughter, as Cindi Myers) has found an ideal setting in this gold-mining backwater…”

As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. I only ask that you give me credit as the source, and include a link to this blog. Thank you. Cindi Myers

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“One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.”
—Lawrence Block

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The Printer’s Ink blog is hosting a short story competition. Submit your story of no more than 3,000 words on the theme of “Fall” by December 1, 2012. There is no fee to enter and first prize is publication and 10 bound copies of your story. The runner-up wins an Amazon gift certificate. Find all the details here.

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Prism Romance is looking for romance novellas, 10,000 to 30,000 words, for two new imprints. Diamond Facet stories feature all-subgenres of romance in deeply emotional stories with a happily-ever-after ending, while Inspired Cameosfeature uplifting, sweet Christian romance stories. Prism Books publishes digital romance, inspirational romance and inspirational fiction under its Diamond, Inspired and Illuminate imprints. For submission details go here.

As the company expands, they’ve added two new editors:

Marcy Dyerwill accept submissions in any genre but prefers those that fit within Prism’s Christian fiction Illuminate imprint: Amish, Angels, Apocalyptic/Futuristic, Comedy, Contemporary, Historical, Holiday, Suspense, Western and Women’s Fiction. If you would like to submit to Marcy, please email her at mdyer@prismbookgroup.com.

Kerri Nelson enjoys anything in the romance and/or mystery genres and is seriously drawn to stories containing a surprise ending.  She enjoys humorous heroines, heart-of-gold heroes, and books with the potential for a continuing series of interwoven storylines and characters.  Preferred sub-genres include:  Contemporary and Historical (Regency and Victorian England era or Civil War American era) Romance; coming of age Young Adult Christian fiction (where teens learn lessons in fun and unexpected ways); and Romantic Suspense or Cozy Mysteries (with a nail biting dose of danger included). In addition to full-length novels, Kerri is the self-proclaimed “Queen of Novellas” so if you have a short story between 15K and 30K, please send it her way. To submit a manuscript to Kerri, please email her at: knelson@prismbookgroup.com.

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And We Were Hungry is sponsoring the Flying Elephants Short Story Prize, open to writers who are previously unpublished in novel form or in a short story collection. The preferred length for stories is between 2,000 and 8,000 words, though shorter or longer stories that are “exceptional” will be considered. There is no fee to enter and prize money of $5,000 will be split among the top four winners. Write on the theme of “And We Were Hungry For Nature.” The deadline for entries is November 30, 2012. Find all the details here.

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Speaking of short stories, I have a new one out this week from Musa Books. Amy’s World kicks off Musa’s new “Finally Ever After” series of stories about lovers who reunite after an abscence. You can get your copy here.

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In other cool Musa Publishing news, if you have an iPhone or iPad, download the free Musa Publishing ap at the iTunes store. Download the ap and set up a new account at Musa published and you’ll get a $5.99 credit to buy a Musa Book of your choice. Free ap and a free book. Check it out here.

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The Poisoned Pencil is a new imprint from Poisoned Pen Press, focused on mysteries for young adult readers. They looking for manuscripts, 45,000 to 90,000 words, featuring a protagonist between 12 and 18. They’re open to traditional and cross-genre mysteries, but avoid serial killers, vampires or an over-emphasis on paranormal elements, excessive gore or horror.  Get all the details here.

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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog post and pass it alone to others. Please give me credit as the source and include a link to the blog. Thank you.

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The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.” Tom Clancy

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Ladies Home Journal is sponsoring at Personal Essay Contest.  Submit your essay of no more than 2,000 words on the topic of the day that changed your life by December 7, 2012 for a chance at the $3,000 first prize, plus publication in an issue of LHJ. No fee to enter. Find all the details here.

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The First Line is a quarterly magazine that publishes stories that all begin with the same first line — the line changes from issue to issue. Currently, the editors are accepting stories that begin with the line “Sometimes, when it’s quiet, I can remember what my life was like before moving to Cedar Springs.” Send your stories, 300 to 3,000 words, by November 1, 2012. For more information click here.

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Columbus Creative Cooperative is accepting submissions for its upcoming anthology, 13. All stories must deal in some way with the number thirteen. The editors are open to fiction in any genre, between 1 and 10,000 words, though their preferred word count is 3,500 to 7,000 words. Stories should be rated PG-13. The deadline for submissions is November 2. Find all the details here.

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Still Moments Publishing is looking for stories for an upcoming anthology, Operation Classified. Send your romances with a Navy, Air Force, Army, Police or Firefighter Hero or Heroine. Stories may be 5,000 to 15,000 words, from sweet to sensual. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2012. Get the details here.

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I have some Advanced Review Copies of my December women’s fiction, The View From Here and I’m looking for bloggers/reviewers who’d be willing to read the book and review it and help spread the word by posting on Amazon, Goodreads, etc. If you’re interested, drop me a line at CMyersTex@aol.com with your contact info, link to your blog or other reviews you’ve done and why you’d like to have a copy of the book. Thanks!