“…the vital point to remember is that the swine who just sent your pearl of a story back with nothing but a coffee-stain and a printed rejection slip can be wrong. You cannot take it for granted that he is wrong, but you have an all-important margin of hope that might be enough to keep you going.” – Brian Stableford


I’m wrapping up my summary of the publisher spotlights from the Romance Writers Convention in Atlanta, Georgia with a look at the Spotlight on Tor/Forge Books. 

Editors Whitney Ross and Kelly Quinn presented the Spotlight on Tor and Forge. They brought a number of books that Tor or Forge will be publishing or has published recently to show off. Tor and Forge are part of MacMillan, published by Tom Doherty Associates.  Tor publishes paranormal, science fiction and fantasy romance – including urban fantasy, alternate history and steampunk. The stories cover a wide range, from light and funny to dark and mystical. Forge publishes more general fiction, including contemporary and historical romance and women’s fiction, but also horror and YA.

Tor accepts submissions from both agented and unagented authors. If you would like to submit to them, they prefer to see a full proposal (synopsis and first three chapters) by snail mail. Check out the detailed submission guidelines here.


Cleis Press, an electronic publisher of LGBT fiction, has put out a call for male/male stories for an upcoming anthology “Take This Man.” These erotic stories should focus on two men who have been together a while and decide to make a commitment. Stories should be 3,000 to 5,000 words. The deadline for submissions in December 1, 2013. Payment is $60. For more, go here


Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly is looking for steam punk stories for an upcoming issue.  Submit your 1,000 to 7,000 word story that combines steampunk elements with romance and a upbeat ending.  The deadline for submissions is January 1, 2014. Payment is $25 plus a 1/4 page ad in the magazine.  See the details here


I’m taking off next week for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. If you’re in the mood for a holiday story, I have a historical novella on sale for 99 cents. The Christmas Quilt is available at most e-tailers .


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