January 2013

“I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”   —Harper Lee


Harlequin Intrigue is looking for some darker, sexier, edgier stories for Harlequin Intrigue Noir. From the Guidelines: ” we want authors to push the boundaries of the traditional romance with gritty stories of contemporary romantic suspense. Hard-boiled crime and dangerous situations are foreplay for your hot, hot heroes and sophisticated heroines. Here there are no restrictions to their steamy and risky encounters. Revamped, revved up and replete with graphic details—that’s the Harlequin Intrigue Noir crime story that we want.” Details here.


If you write sweet romance, you might want to check out Astraea Press, an ebook publisher that publishes romance, mystery, young adult and middle grade books — both full-length novels and short stories. Manuscripts should be between 15,000 and 100,000 words. No sex, violence or bad language. Check all the guidelines here.


Only Interconnect is seeking submissions for an upcoming anthology, to be released as an ebook and in print, featuring short stories revolving around social media — “fables featuring Flickr? Tales told through texting? Pinterest prose, Reddit reading, LinkedIn lit, irony over Instagram.” Both new and previously published work is welcome. The deadline for submissions is April 13, 2013. (Note: the editors say they already have enough stories featuring Facebook.) Find all the details here.


Dreamspinner Press is an ebook publisher that specializes in Male/Male romance. They publish all types of fiction, as long as it has a strong romance subplot — mystery, romance, paranormal, westerns, science fiction and fantasy, paranormal and holiday stories. They publish stories 15,000 words and up. Novels should be at least 60,000 words. They pay a $500 to $1,000 advance for novels, $200 to $400 for novellas, against 40 percent royalties for digital sales and

Cuddling –  romantic short stories about renewing love within an established relationship. 3,500 to 12,000 words, Deadline April 15, 2013

Steamed Up — romantic steampunk stories, 3,500 to 12,000 words, Deadline July 1, 2013

Heartwarming — romantic stories involving end-of-the-year holidays, 5,000 to 18,000 words, Deadline Aug. 1, 2013

Dr. Feelgood — romantic stories with a medicine/health theme. 3,500 to 12,000 words. Deadline Oct. 1, 2013

Find all the special call guidelines here.




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It is impossible to discourage the real writers – they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write.”  ~Sinclair Lewis


Masque Books is looking for Science Fiction and Fantasy romance for three special releases.
Space Opera/Planetary Romance — 25,000 to 30,000 words, action and romance, well-developed external conflict. Deadline April 15, 2013

Supernatural Spies — 25,000 to 30,000 words, must include a spy and romance must drive the story. Deadline April 15, 2013

Original Crackfic — Masque defines Crackfic as stories so compelling that “total world annihilation couldn’t make readers put it down.” For this collection, they’re seeking “compulsively readable paranormal crackfic romance—high on the smexy.” Books should have steamy sex, over-the-top but believable plots, and traditional romance tropes are a plus. 30,000 to 75,000 words Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance. No deadline.

Masque pays a $100 advance and royalties of 50 percent of net receipts. Check out the guidelines here.


Entangled Books now pays a $250 advance against royalties.



If you’re in the mood for a romantic short story, check out Amy’s World, only 99 cents for Kindle right now. Find it here.

Corey Winslow returns to his home town as a war hero, but he’s haunted by the memory of the Iraqi woman he was unable to save. When he reunites with his childhood friend, Amy Spencer, he remembers how she comforted him during his parents’ divorce. With Amy, he can relax and find hope that he will eventually heal. But when tragedy strikes, Corey learns the connection between the mysterious Iraqi stranger, and the woman he is fated to love.
RipTide Publishing publishes e-book and print editions of a variety of romance genres featuring GLBTQ characters. Though the publishers usually accepts only agented submissions or submissions that have been referred to them by authors already published with RipTide, they currently are accepting manuscripts from any writer for some upcoming special collections. Each story will be released as part of the collection, as an individual ebook, and in a trade paperback anthology. Submit your stories for the following collections:
Remaking the World: 1939-1945: Historical romance set in World War II, 35,000 to 100,000 words, any heat level, set anywhere in the world. Deadline Feb 1, 2013
Training TIme: BDSM Erotic Romance, 15,000 to 100,000 words. Deadline Feb. 15, 2013.
License to Thrill: Think Bond movie turned romance. Glitz, glamour, danger. Contemporary, historical, sci-fi and fantasy romance welcome. 15,000 to 100,000 words. Deadline March 1, 2013.
Regency Romance: Historical romance set between 1790 and 1820. 25,000 to 100,000 words, Deadline April 1, 2013.
Laying Down (with) the Law: Romance featuring law enforcement officers. Contemporary with an element of thriller/mystery. 25,000 to 120,000 words. Deadline May 1, 2013.
College Discovery: College students learning about who they are. Sweet romance aimed at a New Adult audience. 25,000 to 120,000 words. Deadline June 1, 2013.
Fine the complete submission guidelines here.
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Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.” -Christopher Morley


In the wake of the success of their digital-first Loveswept imprint for romance and women’s fiction, Random House is launching three new genre-specific, digital original imprints:

Hydra — Science fiction and fantasy

Alibi — Mystery and Suspense

Flirt— New Adult

Both agented and unagented authors are welcome to submit to these new lines. Editors are looking for novellas (15,000 – 30,000 words) as well as full-length books (40,000 to 60,000 words.) They will consider previously-published works, as long as you own all the publishing rights. Submit your query using the online form; you can expect to hear from editors in two to four weeks. Find all the details here.


Entangled Dead Sexy is now Entangled Suspense. The editors are interested in a wide range of stories, with an emphasis on romance and all tones from dark and sexy to light-hearted. Find out more here.


Carina Press has opened its four annual Special Collections to general submission. Three of these collections are usually by invitation only, but this year all authors, agented and unagented, have a chance for a spot in these collections. All the collections have winter holiday themes and will be released in December 2013.

Contemporary Romance collection: novellas 18,000 to 35,000 words contemporary, M/F romance stories with a winter holiday theme — any winter holiday, not necessarily Christmas. From sweet to sexy, but no erotica. Deadline March 1, 2013.

Erotic Romance collection: novellas 18,000 to 35,000 words. Hot erotic romance — m/f, m/m or any combination, in any romance sub-genre — historical, contemporary, paranormal, etc. Must have a winter holiday theme. Deadline March 1, 2013.

Harleys and Holidays: winter holiday stories that combine romance and motorcycles (does not have to be a Harley.) 18,000 to 35,000 words. Any contemporary romance sub-genre, from sweet to erotic, with any kind of romantic couple. Deadline March 1, 2013.

Home for the Holidays: This collections features military heroes and heroines, 18,000 to 35,000 words with a winter holiday theme. These stories may range from sweet to erotic, feature any mix of romantic couples, and may be any romance sub-genre. Deadline March 1, 2013.

Find out all the submission details here.


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




I’m back with fresh market news after a long holiday hiatus. I hope this blog helps make 2013 your best writing year ever!


Prime Books is launching a new digital imprint, Masque Books, devoted to Science Fiction and Fantasy and Science Fiction and Fantasy Romance. The new imprint will launch in July 2013, with 12 titles. Acquisitions Editor Natalie Luhrs is looking for novellas from 30,000 to 50,000 words and novels of 50,000 to 120,000 words in any SF/F sub-genre — space opera, steam punk, alternative history, contemporary and dark fantasy and more. The story doesn’t have to contain romance, but all manner of romance is welcome, including multiple partners, same-sex partner and heterosexual romance, of all heat levels. Books will be published in digital format at first, and may be issued as print books at a later date. Masque pays a small advance against royalties of 50% net for digital editions. Find all the fiction guidelines here.


Esi Sogah, formerly an associate editor with Avon Books, has moved to Kensington Books, where she will be a senior editor. Tessa Woodward has been promoted to an editor at Avon/Morrow.

At Harlequin Books, Rachel Burkot is now assistant editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and Carly
Silver is editorial assistant for Harlequin Special Edition.


Entangled Publishing has announced two new ventures to expand the company. First up, they’ve signed an agreement with Macmillan Publishing to take over distribution of Entangled’s Digital books, world wide.  Also, Entantled has launched a joint venture with St. Martin’s Press to produce print versions of some of Entangled’s digital titles under the St. Martin’s/Entangled imprint. In 2013, Entangled plans to release 43 titles a month in 11 digital-first and two print-first lines. Read more about the deals here.


In other Macmillan Publishing news, the company is launching Swoon,  a new romance imprint, in which submissions will be judged and rated by readers online. The stories with the highest reader ratings will be published in both print and digital formats. Jean Feiwel, SVP/Publisher at Swoon Reads said in a statement. “More than just an imprint, Swoon Reads will be a community, one whose members are included in every step of the publishing process, from the initial discovery of the manuscript to providing edit notes, designing covers, and marketing the finished books.”


New Year’s Resolutions don’t always turn out like you plan. When sisters Vicki and Josie Santino resolve to find Mr. Right in the new year, they don’t know all the trouble they’re in for. If you enjoy romantic comedy, check out The Santini Sisters Survive Sex and Dating.  santinisisterscovernook



As always, feel free to share the news in this blog with others — repost, reprint and forward — all I ask is that you credit me as the source and include a link to this blog. Thank you! Cindi Myers.