“Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it’s just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it.” David Sedaris


This week, I’m summarizing the Spotlight onsBelle Books and Bell Bridge Books from the Romance Writers of American conference in Atlanta.

Deb Dixon and Deborah Smith presented this Spotlight. Belle Books and Bell Bridge Books are a publishing house found by authors and are a very author-friendly publisher. They began as a print publisher and have expanded into ebooks. Everything comes out in trade paper and digital editions. Most of their sales today are in ebook. They have done very well, with many best-sellers. They pay 40% ebook royalties. They pay a small advance.

Their titles are available at all major retailers. They produce books in audio, sell to the library market and in the large print and foreign markets. They do extensive marketing – featuring books on Amazon, pricing promotions on Amazon and other e-tailers, sending out print ARCs, NetGalley, etc. They are also active on social media.

They have published debut authors and established authors. They have published side projects for best-selling authors who want to write in different genres, such as Jill Marie Landis’s mystery series and Sharon Sala’s YA books. (They also published my historical novel, The Woman Who Loved Jesse James).

They publish romance, fantasy, YA, cozy mystery, women’s fiction, urban fantasy, historical fiction, romantic suspense, paranormal, inspirational, and literary fiction. They also have published backlist titles that authors have regained the rights to.

After the presentation, they took questions.

They accept both agented and unagented work. They receive about 100 submissions per day. The wait time is from 2 to 6 months, generally, to hear back on submissions.

Though Belle Books started out publishing titles with a Southern emphasis, that is no longer a requirement for their books – they publish all kinds of books in all kinds of settings, from all types of authors.

Find out more about Belle Books and Bell Bridge here.  Submit romance, women’s fiction, cozy mystery, southern fiction to Deborah Smith. Pat Van Wie is the editor for non-cozy mystery, suspense and thriller. Send fantasy, science fiction, horror and young adult manuscripts to Deb Dixon. They want a full manuscript, a query letter and a full, detailed synopsis (12-24 pages).


Here’s a sneak peak at my February Harlequin Intrigue, Rocky Mountain Revenge:



Penumbra Magazine is accepting submissions for their 2014 issue Each issue has a theme, listed below.  Submit your short story of up to 3,500 words that explores this theme within any speculative fiction sub-genre: horror, fantasy, weird fiction, etc. Payment is five cents a word. Fine more details here. 

January: Winter Deadline November 1, 2013

February: Egyptian Mythology, December 1, 2013

March: A Night at the Villa Diodati, January 1, 2014

April: Isacc Asimov, February 1, 2014

May: Superheroes, March 1, 2014

June: Isolation, April 1, 2014

July: Hyperspeed, May 1, 2014

August: Pain, June 1, 2014

September: Lewis Carroll, July 1, 2014

October: Paranormal Adventures, August 1, 2014

November: Aliens, September 1, 2014

December: Arthurian Legends, October 1, 2014


If you’d like to read my novel, The View From Here before the sequel, The Mountain Between Us, comes out at the end of the month, you can grab an ebook copy for only $2.99 (normally $9.99) at the following e-tailers. The View From Here is set in a small town in the Rocky Mountains and follows the adventures of the sometimes quirkly residents. I call it “Northern Exposure comes to the Rocky Mountains.”

Barnes and Noble Nook http://bit.ly/15kn93R

Amazon Kindle http://amzn.to/1cDtAmZ

Sony Ebooks http://bit.ly/16PLZMg

Kensington ebooks http://bit.ly/15TvwG6

All Romance ebooks http://bit.ly/jMFA4

Amazon hasn’t dropped the price yet for the Kindle version, but I’m hoping they will. (If you want a Kindle Version, you might click the “Notify us of a lower price” button at the bottom of the listing for the book to enourage Amazon to price match. )

If you’ve already read The View From Here and want a copy of The Mountain Between Us, I’d appreciate it if you’d pre-order. Pre-orders really help my rankings and increase the chances that there will be more books in the series. Thank you!


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