December 2012

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
―    Philip Pullman


Harlequin is partnering with Cosmopolitain Magazine to launch a line of digital-first stories “for the Cosmo woman” — Cosmo Red Hot Reads. These fun, sexy stories will be 25,000 to 30,000 words, and will be contemporary, set in international, urban locales, with independent, adventurous heroines in their 20s. . The stories will be romances, but very sexy, with love scenes that “are fantasy-oriented and push the envelope.” Stories should be fast-paced, with strong conflicts and lots of witty dialogue. Though the stories may feature multiple points of view, the heroine drives the story. They’ll publish two stories a month, beginning in Spring/Summer of 2013. Editors are interested in complete manuscripts only. You’ll find detailed writer’s guidelines and submission instructions here.


Entangled Publishing announced this week that it’s launching a digital first line of stories for teens, Entangled DigiTeen. They’ll continue their single-title print program, Entangled Teen as well, with Stacy Cantor Abrams heading up both lines. Former Simon & Schuster editor Danielle Poiesz joins Entangled to head up the print program, Entangled Select, as well as a new digital first line, Entangled Edge. No details yet on what Entangled Edge will be — watch this blog for details as they become available.


coverfront_0001If you loved the show Northern Exposure, if you like stories set in distinctive settings with an ongoing, interesting cast of characters, or if you want to sample my writing but romance novels aren’t really your thing, my newest release, The View From Here, just might be for you. It’s available in trade paperback and ebook formats pretty much everywhere. Give it a try and let me know what you think.


****************************** has updated their writer’s guidelines and they’re worth reading. publishes short (under 12,000 words) speculative fiction stories — fantasy, science fiction, horror, alternate history, etc — and pays 25 cents a word for the stories they publish. The editors also work for Tor Books, but the online short story project is a separate venture. Find all the details on submitting your story here. Once you send it in, expect to wait 9 months for a reply.


As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Repost it, reprint it and spread the word. All I ask is that you include a link to the blog, and list me as the source of the information. Thank you. Cindi


A big thank you to my friend, Carol Berg, for inviting me to participate in this blog round-robin. This is a chance for y’all to find out a little more about me and my work. (If you’re looking for this week’s market news, simply scroll down.)

1) What is the working title of your next book?
                                   Which book will be my “next” book is still up in the air, so I’m going to talk about the one that came out last week — The View From Here.
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
I wanted to write a series set in my favorite place in the world — Ouray County, Colorado. I was also thinking about transitions and transformations in our lives — what would happen if a woman who was at a real crossroads came to this place that was so different from everything she’d ever known, and really explored her past and her future? I also really wanted to spend some time in a town full of interesting people I’d created — I sort of envisioned this as “Northern Exposure comes to the Colorado Rockies.”
3) What genre does your book fall under?
The spine says “fiction.” It’s women’s fiction with some romance. Contemporary
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
This is a really tough one. I think Maggie Glyllenhaal would make a great Maggie. As for Jameso, maybe Henry Cavill.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
It takes a small town to heal a broken heart.
Before I answer the rest of the questions, I wanted to take a little bit to make a shout-out to the other autors who’ve agreed to blog next week for The Next Big Thing. They are, in no particular order:
Katriena Knights is an amazinginly prolific and talented author who is also a good friend. She and I sing in church choir together, and she edited by last romantic comedy, The Santini Sisters Survive Sex and Dating. Katriena writes contemporary romance, urban fantasy, erotic romance and all kinds of other things. Her most recent release is Necromancing Nim, a funny, sexy urban fantasy.
Pamela Nowak has been a WILLA and Holt Medallion and a Booklist finalist and was the 2010 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Writer of the Year. She writes compelling romantic fiction set in the American West, particularly Colorado. Seriously, if you love westery romance, you must read her books,  including Chances.
Mary Gilgannon is another author who blows me away with the variety and depth of her writing. She writes historical romance and romantic fantasy full of emotion and compelling conflict. If you love sexy vikings or witty Regencies, you must try Mary’s books. She’s making her backlist and new material available in ebook form, so there are many great books to discover, including one of my favorites, Earl of Scandal.
Colleen Collins writes romance, mystery, nonfiction and has a wicked sense of humor and a talent for telling engaging stories. Colleen has worked as a stand-up comedienne, Hollywood script girl and private investigator, and is both smart and witty. I was lucky enough to read a draft of The Zen Man and I can’t wait to read more from this detective couple.
 Okay, on to the rest of the questions.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I sold it on my own to Kensington Books.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
It took me about six months.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Maybe Robin Carr’s Virgin River series.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Ouray County, Colorado.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
This is the first in a series. The second book comes out next October. The book has humor, romance, a little bit of mystery, a beautiful setting and characters I hope readers will want to know better.
Thank you all for reading this, and be sure to check out my fellow author’s blogs and books!  Cindi

A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” Richard Bach


Adventure Publications  is a Minnesota-based small press that has been in business for over 24 years as a publisher of nonfiction outdoor books. In 2013 they’re going to launch of series of outdoor/wilderness mysteries and they’re actively seeking manuscripts. They’re looking for series similar to those by authors Nevada Barr, C.J. Box and Beth Groundwater. Submit a query, first chapter and synopsis, as well as information about series potential. Books will be produced in both print and ebook formats. They accept both agented and unagented authors. Find all the details here.


Spencer Hill Press, a publisher of young adult, new adult and middle adult science fiction, urban fantasy and paranormal fiction, is open to unagented submissions for the month of December. Send your query and the first ten pages of your manuscript in the body of an email. All books are published in print and digital format. Find all the details here.


Workers Write is an anthology seeking fiction, 500 to 5,000 words, told from a driver’s POV — stories of anyone who works behind the wheel — tax drivers, construction workers, even racecar drivers. Payment is $5 to $50. Get the scoop here.


Oh, Sandy! is an anthology of humorous fiction, the proceeds of which will go to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. If you have a humorous story of 3,000 words or less about surviving a disaster, living through a hurricane, or living in New Jersey, your work could help those who are still recovering from the storm. Submissions will be accepted until December 31, 2012. Find the details here.


Book News: The Woman Who Loved Jesse James is a December Deal all month long at Amazon. Download a copy for your Kindle or the Kindle ap on your phone or computer, for only $1.99. TheWomanWhoLovedJesseJames-screen

The View From Here, the first in my new series set in Colorado (think Northern Exposure comes to the Colorado Rockies.” It’s available in print and as an ebook for Kindle and Nook.

Finally, if you’re looking for a Christmas read, I have a romantic western novella available. The Christmas Quilt is only 99 cents at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


As always, feel free to share this information with others, reprint it, repost it and pass it along. All I ask is that you give me credit as the source. Thank you. Cindi Myers