February 2014

“The two most engaging powers of a good author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.” William M. Thackeray



The ebook version of The View From Here is on sale this week at most major ebook retailers for a bargain price — only $2.51 at Amazon, $2.99 from Barnes and Noble. This is the first book in my Eureka, Colorado series. It won the 2013 Colorado Book Award for genre fiction. Snag your own copy and find out what the buzz is about.


Amazon is once again accepting submissions for its. Breakthrough Novel ContestThe competition is free to enter. The Grand Prize winner receives a publishing contract with a $50,000 advance, while four First Prize winners receive publishing contracts with $15,000 advances. Enter your manuscript (Suggested length 50,000 to 125,000 words) in one of five categories: Romance, Mystery, Speculative Fiction, Young Adult or General Fiction. The contest will close March 2, or once Amazon receives 10,000 entries. Find all the details here. 


Cairn Press wants your short stories, essays or poems about rejection for an upcoming anthology. And not just any rejection — but rejection as a writer. Channel your frustration and anger into this work and you could receive $100. Find all the details here.



The Journal of Unlikely Entemology wants your short stories about bugs. Submit your story of up to 5,000 words by August 1. Payment is 5 cents a word. Find the details here.


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You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” Jack London


Flash fiction appeals to readers who are in a hurry. These short-short stories (usually less than 1,000 words) tell a complete story in a compact packages. Several websites and publications will pay for your flash fiction:

Woman’s World Magazine wants romances of 850 words. They publish one story a week (52 a year) and pay $850. If you’re interested in writing for this markets, it’s worth checking out the blog, Writing for Woman’s World Magazine, where author Kate Willoughby analyzes each week’s story and provides tip for breaking into this tough, but lucrative market.

Flash Fiction Online publishes stories from 500 to 1,000 words. They publish all genres except erotica, and are particularly interested in holiday-themed stories. They pay $50. Be sure to check out their detailed writer’s guidelines. 

The Vestal Review is “the longest running flash fiction magazine in the world.” They accept stories up to 500 words in a variety of genres and pay 10 cents a word. See their guidelines here.


Carina Press has published a Wish List and it’s definitely worth looking at if you’re writing any sub-genre of romance. Some highlights:

The editors are really eager to find a romantic suspense, novel-length series.  They’re also especially interested in Scottish-set historical romance, Regency romance, Male/Male romance, Erotic romance and New Adult romance (especially GLBT) and all categories of mystery.

Angela James would love a cowboy-rebellion-type space opera (think Firefly).

Kerri Buckley would like to see stories set in Eastern Europe, cozy mysteries with dry wit, big sexy Regencies and more.

Rhonda Helms would love some genre-blending books, some laugh-out-loud romantic comedy, futuristic stories and multi-cultural stories.

Deborah Nemeth longs for some historical romances to transport her back to the time of the Tudors,  some high-octane romantic suspense, and epic fantasy with political intrigue.

Mallory Braus loves new adult stories. Send her something steampunk, or a gothic story. She’d love a psychic FBI agent or a historical mystery.

Alissa Davis would like to see some erotic romance with blue collar characters,  a male/male mystery novel, sports romances or foodie romances.

Jeff Seymour wants “great spec fic.” He’d love a male/male steampunk book, historical fantasy, or LBGTQ stories.

Melissa Johnson would like contemporary romance or new adult romance featuring sports stars, historical romance with unusual settings, and genre-bending stories.

Tina Burns would like a wild west historical romance, or LGBTQ romance.

Elizabeth Bass would love a mystery series with an off-beat detective team.

This is just a sampling of some of the things these editors are looking for. Read the complete list here. 


One Teen Story is open for submissions through April 2014. The magazine publishes nine issues a year for young adult readers. Stories should be between 2,000 and 4,500 words and payment is $500. Read their guidelines here. 


Rocky Mountain Revenge is my latest release, from Harlequin Intrigue. 9780373697427

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