April 2014


“Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.”- Anne McCaffrey

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Mozark Press is seeking manuscripts for A Shaker of Margaritas: That Mysterious Woman, an anthology of mystery stories with female protagonists. Crime stories, cozies, capers, suspense, and soft-boiled mysteries are all welcome. Stories should be between 2,000 and 3,500 words and previously unpublished. Keep it clean — think PG ratings. The deadline for submissions is July 25, for publication in late fall 2014. Payment is $20. Find all the details here. 

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Entangled Publishing is launching a new imprint this summer, Entangled Lovestruck. Lovestruck stories feature witty dialogue, classic tropes, and character-driven romance. These are contemporary stories that often feature ‘meet cute’ setups, and sigh-worthy happy endings. 40,000 to 60,000 words. For more details, see the guidelines.

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Avon Impulse is the digital imprint of Avon Romance. Editors are actively seeking manuscripts now. Things they would love to see include super-sexy contemporaries with rancher, military or rock-star heroes; New adult stories where the heroine’s love interest is her best friend’s brother, or her brother’s best friend; and erotic stories featuring contracts, bets and deals. For more information, go here.

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Cover reveal! Check out the cover for my new Heartwarming novel, on sale June 2:

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Ruthless Peoples Magazine pays $100 for flash fiction stories up to 1,000 words. They purchase two stories per month. They are open to a wide variety of subjects, as long as some form of “choice making ruthlessness” is at the heart of the story. Find their guidelines and the online submission form here. 

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As always, feel free to share the information you found here with others. Please give me credit as the source and include a link to this blog if you repost, reprint or otherwise use this material. For more about me and my books, visit me at http://www.CindiMyers.com or http://www.CindyMyersBooks.com. Thanks!

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“Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.” William Faulkner

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This weekend — April 25-27, I’m speaking at the Pikes Peak Writers Conference in Colorado Springs. If you’re attending this terrific conference, be sure to find me and say hello. I’m giving three workshops, participating in the booksigning, and hosting a table at each meal. I’d love to meet you!

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Digital publisher Lyrical Press, now an imprint of Kensington Publishing, is actively seeking submissions. Editor Corinne DeMaagd is especially interested in stories that present a new twist on classic fairy tales — novels to novella length, sweet to erotic, any time period — she’s open to all possiblities. She’s also looking for sexy fantasy novels, 80,000 words and up. Also on her wish list — young adult and new adult novels along the lines of the movies produced by John Hughes. Get all the details here. 

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Simon451, the new science fiction imprint from Simon and Schuster, has reopened to unsolicited (unagented) submissions of science fiction and fantasy manuscripts. Simon 451 will launch this summer, publishing novel-length, commercial fiction. Send your synopsis and the first 50 pages of the manuscript. They promise to reply within two months. Get the details here.

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The View From Here and The Mountain Between Us are now available as audiobooks. Click the links to go to the books’ listings on Audible.com and listen to samples, or snag your own copy. I listen to audiobooks while driving, exercising or doing housework. It’s a great way to get in more reading.

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Level Best Books is seeking submissions for its 2014 anthology, Best New England Crime Stories 2015: Rogue Wave. The editors are open to mystery, thriller, suspense, caper and horror stories by writers from Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Vermont and Massachusetts only. Stories should be no more than 5,000 words. Find all the details here.

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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Repost, reprint, etc — please give me credit as the source, and include a link to this blog. To learn more about me and my books, visit my websites at http://www.CindiMyers.com and http://www.CindyMyersBooks.com. Thanks!

“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”
—Larry L. King

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Suddenly Lost In Words is a digital anthology looking for short stories, memoirs and poetry for Young Adult readers. Stories should be no more than 3,000 words. Payment is 5 cents a word. No deadline for submissions is listed, but you can find all the guidelines here.

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Luminosity is a new digital publisher of romance and erotic romance. They plan to launch soon and are actively seeking manuscripts from 10,000 to 100,000 words and above. They publish all sub-genres of romance and erotic romance. Right now they are especially interested in stories featuring couples enjoying a second chance at love (reunion stories), dark “noir” romances, and bad boy heroes. Check out their Special Calls page. They are also looking for editors and other staff. They offer 50 percent net royalties. For more information, see their website. 

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Cosmopolitan Magazine is looking for a fiction writer to engage readers with an ongoing story on the  magazine’s Bedroom Blog. The writer would create two 500-word blog posts — essentially, installments in an ongoing story — each week, as well as three tweets a day. Payment is $600 a month for one year. The deadline to apply is April 28. Go here for detailed instructions on what you need to submit to apply.

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Hofstra Law is sponsoring a mystery writing contest for the best crime story featuring a lawyer as the main character. First prize is $500, second place gets $200 and the third place winner receives $100. Stories should be no more than 3,500 words. The deadline for entries is May 1. See the details here.

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As always, feel free to share the information on this blog with others. Please give me credit as the source, and include a link to this blog. For more about me, visit my websites: http://www.CindiMyers.com and http://www.CindyMyersbooks.com. Thanks!

“Every writer I know has trouble writing.” ~Joseph Heller

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MountainbetweencoversmallI’m very happy to share that The Mountain Between Us is a finalist for the 2014 Colorado Book Award for genre fiction. Winners will be announced in June. The first book in this series, The View From Here, won the 2013 Colorado Book Award.

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Pelican Book Group is launching a new line of Christian New Adult romances. The line, to be called Pelican Pure Amore, is open for a limited time to unagented authors, who may submit their work via an online submission form. Editors are looking for sweet romances featuring characters ages 21 and 33. Characters must never have been married before, and at least one of them must be a virgin.”The hero and heroine will exhibit traditional Christian values but also should be three-dimensional and therefore exhibit flaws as well as virtues.” Manuscripts should be 40,000 to 45,000 words. Find their detailed writer’s guidelines here.

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MeeGenius, the top-selling ebook ap for children 2-8, is looking for book manuscripts geared toward this age group. Manuscripts should be 15-20 pages, with 20-70 words per page. You do not need to illustrate the work, but you may include illustration descriptions/suggestions. Find more submission details and see a sample manuscript here.

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Musa Publishing is now accepting online submissions. Submissions should include a query letter, synopsis, and the first 20 pages of your manuscript.  Musa is accepting submissions for all its lines, as well as for a shared-world project,The Darkside Codex. To learn more about this project, and to see the preferences of some of the Musa editors, go here.  Musa is a royalty-paying e-publisher that publishes stories in a variety of genres, including romance, horror, science fiction, historical fiction, young adult, new adult, GLBTQ, mystery and more, from 15,000 words and up.

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