Sometimes, when it’s going badly, she wonders if what she believes to be a love of the written word is really just a fetish for stationary. The true writer, the born writer, will scribble words on scraps of litter, the back of a bus ticket, on the wall of a cell.”   David Nicholls


HarperCollins publishing will launch a new digital only imprint for suspense and mystery this October. Witness, will feature a variety of mystery, suspense and thriller titles by new and established authors. Editor Dan Mallory is looking for police procedurals, atmospheric thrillers, mystery series, psychological suspense, historicals and “murder, mayhem, and the macabre.” Both agented and unagented authors are welcome. Authors receive 25 percent royalties on the first 10,000 copies sold, and 50 percent royalties thereafter. Royalties are paid monthly. Find our more here.


Bridgestone Publishing is putting together an anthology of short, erotic stories for women, particularly moms. From their guidelines: “we’re looking for erotic short stories that would appeal to the average mom. Generally, this means that the characters are not eighteen-year-old Penthouse models with no children. Romantic? Good! Spicy? Great! Super steamy? Even better! Considerably off-color? Fine! Bloodshed? Um, no. ” Stories should be no more than 5,000 word. Payment is $50. Find more details here.


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Story/Houston, an online literary magazine, is seeking short genre fiction for its Fall 2013 issue. Stories should be no longer than 5,000 words. The editors particulary enjoy humor. Payment is $200. Find the details here.


Are you a member of a book club? If your club reads The View From Here, or my upcoming book. The Mountain Between Us, I’d be happy to Skype into your meeting and visit with you. Contact me at CMyersTex at aol dot com.

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