June 2013


Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer.”
Ray Bradbury


Prism Book Group’s newest acquiring editor, Paula Mowery, will be accepting “pitches” from aspiring authors
online July 17th-19th. Paula is interest in inspirational romance in all sub-genres. Read her bio here to learn more about her. In preparation for taking pitches, Paula will be blogging June 19th, June 26th, and July 3rd with great information on how to better your chances of receiving a contract. Then, July 17th-19th she will be accepting pitches. Get the details here.


As a follow-up to last year’s successful Hungry For Your Love anthology, Riverdale Avenue Books is accepting submissions for more zombie love stories for Still Hungry For Your Love. Whether your story features a romance between zombie hunters, zombies, or even zombies and humans, send it in by August 31. Submit either a short story between 1500 and 5000 words, or a novella of 20,000 to 30,000 words. Get the details here.


I was very honored this past week to receive a Colorado Book Award for The View From Here. Colorado Book Awards are presented by the Colorado Center for the Humanities and Colorado Center For the Book to “recognize the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding writers, illustrators, editors and photographers for books published during the previous year.”



Port Cities Review is an ezine that publishes fiction and nonfiction about the great port cities of the world.  Submit your story 1000 to 3600 words. Pays $50 to $150. Get the details here.


Highland Press Publishing welcomes a wide variety of romance manuscripts, from historical to contemporary, adult, young adult and new  adult. Editors are particularly interested in submissions for their Sweet/Inspirational imprint, Grace. Submit full manuscripts only. They’re also looking for novellas for a number of themed anthologies, including

Bling — kick-butt heroines 12,000 to 15,000 words

Into the Sunset — cowboy heroes, both contemporary and historical 12,000 to 15,000 words

Danger In His Arms — romantic suspense 12,000 to 15,000 words

Regency Royale — Regency romance 15,000 to 20,000 words

Love and Glory — World War II 15,000 to 20,000 words

Find all the submission details here.


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



We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.”  Ernest Hemingway
Running Press is producing a new line of male/male historical romances. Set during popular historical periods such as Regency and Victorian England, these books add a new twist to historical romances. You can see some of their titles here. Running Press accepts snail mail submissions. The address is: Running Press Book Publishers
Attn: Assistant to the Editorial Director
2300 Chestnut St.
Suite 200
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Sekhmet Press is looking for Vampire stories for an anthology to be released later this year. Stories should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words and must not have been previously published. The deadline for submissions is July 5. Payment is $25. Find the details here.
Novelicious Books , a newer publisher of “brilliant women’s fiction” is seeking romantic comedy, dark and sexy drama or glamorous blockbusters for their Novelicious Originals line. Manuscripts should be between 80,000 and 100,000 words and should have a contemporary setting, an engaging voice, an exciting hook, a strong romance and are “escapist stories that will make us feel something.”  The editors are also looking for romantic comedy novellas (15,000 to 30,000 words) for Novelicious Smalls. Novelicious publishes digital editions and pays a royalty of 50 percent of net. Read their guidelines here.
I’m excited about my upcoming romantic comedy, The Wedding Gamble — on sale July 8, but you can preorder now. Check out the great cover: TheWeddingGamble1600
Burning Book Press is compiling an anthology of erotic stories, “Written on Skin: An Anthology of Etched Desire” in which body modification such as tatooing, piercing and branding play a part in the story. Stories should be between 2,000 and 10,000 words. The deadline for submissions is July 7 and payment is $25. See the details here.
Author Shawna Kennedy and Seal Press are compiling a collection of erotic stories that “connect literature to libido” for an upcoming anthology, “Book Lovers.”  Send your “steamy story with a bookish bent” of 1,000 to 5,000 words by July 1. Payment is $50. Get the details here.
As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others — reprint, repost and forward. All I ask is that you give me credit as the source and include a link to this blog. Thanks!  Cindi

The reason 99% of all stories written are not bought by editors is very simple. Editors never buy manuscripts that are left on the closet shelf at home.”- John Campbell


Prism Book Group publishes both clean secular romance, and inspirational/Christian
romance. They also recently added a Christian fiction line, Illuminate. Prism Book Group’s Inspired line is now a recognized publisher of ACFW. Prism has recently added two new acquiring editors to their staff. Both are eager to receive submissions.
Paula Mowery, Acquistions Editor :Paula Mowery has always been an avid reader of Christian fiction, especially romances of all sub-genres. While growing up, she had a book she was reading in one hand and a journal or notebook for writing in the other. She taught English/Language Arts in public school and then came home to educate her own daughter. Paula is a published author in Christian fiction. One reviewer stated that her writing “thunders with emotion.” She likes contemporary, historical, mystery, and suspense romances with emotion and Christian elements at its core. “Make me think about your story even after turning that last page.”
Send your submissions to: pmowery@prismbookgroup.com.

Susan Baganz, Acquisitions Editor: Susan began writing years ago when she heard God tell her to enter
NaNoWriMo (that’s a story in itself!). She’s been a writing machine ever since,  thrilled with the unveiling of each new story. She’s an avid reader as well and looks forward to romance, romance, romance: contemporary, historical (especially Regency), Western, Comedy or Romantic Suspense. No Amish, please. She likes
romances that fit our Diamond or Inspired lines. Give her a creative happy ending and she’ll be tickled raspberry. Send your submissions to: sbaganz@prismbookgroup.com.

Prism is especially eager to Amish romance (submit to Paula), as well as historical romance and novellas of all genres.


Slice Magazine is open to submissions from now through August 1 for short stories of up to 5,000 words that explore the theme “Escape.”  “We’re looking for anyone with a fresh voice and a compelling story to share—basically any work that really knocks our socks off. We’re not drawn to experimental or heavy-handed genre fiction. The best way to get a sense of Slice‘s content is to read the magazine.” Slice pays $100 for published stories. Find out more details here.


Salt is a UK publisher that produces a wide variety of books for the UK and international market. The editors are particularly interested in Crime Fiction — from dark thrillers to police procedurals and mainstream detective fiction — as well as literary fiction and “Norfolk Gothic” — dark fiction set in the English county of Norfolk. Manuscripts should be around 80,000 words. Salt publishes approximately 8 titles a year, and the company’s books have won several major awards. Find all the submission details here.


If you’re in the Denver area, I’ll be reading and signing at the Lighthouse Writers’ 8th Annual Lit Fest and Book Fair on Thursday, June 20th with fellow authors Warren Hammond and Mark Stephens, from 2:30 to 3:15. Copies of The View From Here will be on sale and part of the proceeds benefit the Lighthouse Writers. The event is at 1515 Race St. in Denver and it’s free to attend.


Entangled Publishing is looking for submissions for a winter holiday themed historical romance collection. Send in any winter themed holiday historical romance  taking place from 900-1949 between 10,000-20,000 words. Deadline for submissions is July 15 and authors will be notified of acceptance by July 31. The Holiday Magic anthology will be released in late 2013 and will contain three to five authors. Find out more here.


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

As long as mixed grills and combination salads are popular, anthologies will undoubtedly continue in favor.” Elizabeth Janeway


Samhain Publishing is seeking contributions for a fall 2014 gothic horror anthology. Editor Don D’Auria “wants to feel that claustrophobic, shadowy, oppressive gothic atmosphere” Stories may be supernatural or non-supernatural, historical or contemporary, and may feature ghosts, vampires, werewolves, homicidal maniacs, or almost anything your imagination can create. 25,000 to 30,000 words. Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2013. Stories will be published individually as ebooks in Spring 2014, then compiled into the anthology for the fall. Find all the details here.


Cheyenne Publishing is a small press devoted to LGBT historical fiction. Founded in 2007, Cheyenne Publishing produces young adult, romance, mystery and maintstream fiction featuring LGBT characters and historical settings and events. Books are released in trade paper format. They prefer manuscripts between 50,000 and 80,000 words and at this time are particularly interested in lesbian historical fiction and LGBT young adult novels. View their submission guidelines here.


I follow a number of writing blogs and lately have come across some interesting articles I thought might be of interest to readers of this blog. First up, Jane Johnson’s take on “What Editors Are Looking For In Historical Fiction.”  Agent Andrew Lownie’s “What U.S. Editors Want 2013.”  From January Magazine: “Fiction Trends for 2013.” And finally, Author Tobias Buckell’s post on Survivorship Bias.


Redeeming Tree is a new Christian publisher open to submissions. They accept novles 40,000 words and up. They’re also interested in short stories, 2,000 to 8,000 words about overcoming temptation, for an anthology to be called “Fireproof Heart” . Find their submissions guidelines here.


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