January 2015


“The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.”– Linus Pauling

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In cased you missed it in the comments section of last week’s blog, I wanted to highlight an interesting article for Middle Grade writers. The Adventures of Dayton Barnes is an anthology that will tell the continuing story of a fictional boy, Dayton Barnes. Each chapter will be written by a different writer. The chapters are 1,500to 2,500 word stories. Submissions must be received by March 1, 2015. Pay is low ($5, plus a chance to make more by selling copies of the book) but it sounds like a fun and creative project. You can read all about Dayton Barnes’ world and the project details here.

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Solstice Publishing imprint Winter Solstice is seeking New Adult manuscripts. New Adult stories feature protagonists ages 18 to 25, exploring the new freedoms and responsibilities of being an adult. Winter Solstice is interested in a variety of sub-genres of New Adult fiction, including mystery, paranormal, dystopian, and romance. Solstice is an independent publisher that has been around since 2008. In addition to Winter Solstice, the company publishes books under the imprints Solstice Shadows (paranormal/Science Fiction/Fantasy), Solstice (suspense/thriller/action adventure/western), Summer Solstice (romance) and Solstice at Night (erotica). For more information, go here.

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Vinspire Publishing has been around since 2004 and publishes ebooks and trade paper editions. The editors are seeking submissions of the following types of romance manuscripts:

Historical, 70,000 to 95,000 words. The story must take place before 1950. They’re particularly interested in stories set around major world events, such as the end of World War I or Prohibition.

Amish Romance, 70,000 to 95,000 words. historical or contemporary.

Romantic Suspense, 50,000 to 70,000 words. Contemporary preferred, but the editors will consider other time periods.

Ethnic Romance, 50,000 to 95,000 words. Characters may be any ethnicity. Stories may be contemporary or historical, any sub-genre of romance.

For more details, check the guidelines here. 

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Cobblestone, a history magazine for children, is interested in stories about Revolutionary Women for the March 2016 issue. Stories may be up to 800 words and may include adventure, creative biography, or accounts of historical events as seen through the eyes of a fictional character. Payment is 25 cents a word. Find the details here. Pitch you article by March 3, 2015.

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My first new historical romance in several years, written under my pseudonym Cynthia Sterling, is now available at your favorite ebook seller. Purchase Loving the Outlaw at Amazon, Barnes and Noble or your favorite ebook retailer.

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Spinster seamstress Laura Brown has a secret. Once the spoiled, privileged daughter of a banker, her life was destroyed by scandal when she fell in love with an outlaw. Disgraced in the aftermath of her lover’s arrest, she ran away and started life over in the small town of New Spring, Texas, where she’s slowly regained the peace and respectability she craved.But her former lover Cole Randall is out of prison now and has tracked her to New Spring. Unnerved by her lingering attraction to Cole, Laura resists his attentions. But when a bullet meant for her strikes Cole, Laura finds herself back under his spell. Will loving the outlaw destroy Laura again, or will it restore her to the only life worth living?

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As always, feel free to share the information in this newsletter with others– reprint, repost, retweet. Please give me credit as the source, and include a link to this blog. Thank you!  Cindi

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Writing is an exploration; you start from nothing and learn as you go.” E.L. Doctorow

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We Need Diverse Books is sponsoring a short story contest for middle grade stories. The winner will be published in an anthology “Stories For All of Us”, from Crown Books For Young Readers in January 2017. In addition to publication in the anthology, alongside writers such as Matt de la Pena and Grace Lin, the winner of the contest will receive $1000. Stories may be up to 5,000 words long, suitable for readers ages 8 to 12,  The story should be written by a writer from a diverse background ” including but not limited to, LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities currently marginalized in North America.”  Your story should include diverse characters, and must relate to the prompt “Once I began to read, I began to exist.” There is no fee to enter the contest. Entries must be received between April 27 and May 8, 2015. For all the details, go to the story page here. 

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The HerStories Project is seeking essays for a new feature, HerStories Voices. if you are a woman writer, you may submit your personal essay of up to 2000 words about an experience or moment that was transformative or that made you realize something important. Payment is $40 per essay. For more details, go here. 

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My first new historical romance in several years, written under my pseudonym Cynthia Sterling, is now available at your favorite ebook seller. Purchase Loving the Outlaw at Amazon, Barnes and Noble or your favorite ebook retailer.

LovingTheOutlawOTHERSITES

Spinster seamstress Laura Brown has a secret. Once the spoiled, privileged daughter of a banker, her life was destroyed by scandal when she fell in love with an outlaw. Disgraced in the aftermath of her lover’s arrest, she ran away and started life over in the small town of New Spring, Texas, where she’s slowly regained the peace and respectability she craved.

But her former lover Cole Randall is out of prison now and has tracked her to New Spring. Unnerved by her lingering attraction to Cole, Laura resists his attentions. But when a bullet meant for her strikes Cole, Laura finds herself back under his spell. Will loving the outlaw destroy Laura again, or will it restore her to the only life worth living?

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Mystery/Crime writers who live in Connecticutt, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts or Rhode Island may be interested in submitting to Level Best Book’s 2015 Short Story Anthology. The editors are interested in crime stories by writers from these states, ” mystery, thriller, suspense, caper, and horror. (No torture/killing of children or animals.)” Stories may be up to 5,000 words and may not have been previously published. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2015. Payment is $25. For more details go here.
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 Canadian publisher Morning Rain is actively searching for romantic short stories between 5,000 and 10,000 words, for a Valentine’s Day anthology, to be published February 13, 2015. The deadline for submissions is January 26, 2015. The stories should be romantic and passionate, but no erotica, please. They only accept submissions from Canadian writers. For more information, go here.
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As always, feel free to share the information in this newsletter with others– reprint, repost, retweet. Please give me credit as the source, and include a link to this blog. Thank you!  Cindi

“It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.” ~Robert Benchley

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Ravenous Romance is open to romance novel submissions of 50,000 to 60,000 words and short stories of 2500 to 5000 words. The editors are interested in erotic romance with a happily-ever-after or happy-for-now ending. They publish all sub-genres of erotic romance, including contemporary, paranormal, lesbian and menage. They look for compelling plots, interesting characters and hot sex. Ravenous is a digital -first publisher; some titles also go into print. They pay royalties. For more details, visit them here. 

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Siren-Bookstrand is a romance e-publisher that has been in business since 2006. They publish in both digital and print formats. They publish a variety of sub-genres under fourteen imprints, including contemporary mainstream romance, erotic romance, BDSM, menage, lesbian and gay romance. Word count: 20,000 words and up. They pay 40% royalties on a quarterly basis. Get all the details here.

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Publisher Supposed Crimes, LLC is assembling a new anthology, Young Love, Old Hearts, featuring LGBT May/December relationships. All sub-genres are welcome. Submit your 2500 to 8000 word story by the deadline of February 28, 2015. Payment is $40 per story. Find the details here.

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The Stoneslide Corrective is a new online literary ezine seeking submissions of short stories and flash fiction. The editors welcome stories in any genre. ” The important factor for us is that the work use story, characters, emotions, and other fundamental elements of storytelling to think, to ask questions, to move the mind forward.” You can read examples of stories they like on their site. Short stories may be up to 7,500 words. Flash fiction should be 1,000 and under. Payment is $250 for short stories and $100 for flash fiction. Read the submission guidelines here.

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While you’re at the Stoneslide Corrective site, be sure to check out their Rejection Generator. As they put it ” We at The Stoneslide Corrective have generously developed an online Rejection Generator, through which you can send yourself some of the nastiest, dream-crushing rejection letters imaginable. After that, real rejection will be no more stinging than a glass of lemonade.”

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ALong,SweetRideOTHERSITESI’ve recently re-released my previously published historical romances as ebooks, under my pen name, Cynthia Sterling. Check out A Long, Sweet Ride. A cowboy and a trick rider find love in a Wild West Show.

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In my view, a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.” Junot Diaz

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Tu Books publishes speculative fiction for children and young adults. The editors are interested in “well-told, exciting, adventurous fantasy, science fiction, and mystery novels featuring people of color set in worlds inspired by non-Western folklore or culture.” They publish both middle grade (ages 8-12) and young adult (ages 12-18) books. They will consider a synopsis and the first three chapters from both agented and unagented writers. Find all the details here.

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Anaiah is a Christian digital-first (e-book) publisher interested in romance and women’s fiction manuscripts for their Anaiah Romance line. They accept complete manuscripts only, 20,000 to 90,000 words. Books should have a strong inspirational theme. They promise a response in 8 to 12 weeks. For more information go here.

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Omnific Publishing was founded in 2009 to publish “Romance Without Rules.” The editors accept all sub-genres of romance – contemporary, historical, paranormal, erotic, young adult and new adult. Manuscripts should be 60,000 – 175,000 words. Submit a query with synopsis, following the guidelines on their website. You’ll find the guidelines here.

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Sinful Press is a new UK-based publisher of erotic fiction. Editors and owners Lisa Jenkins and Graeme Reynolds are seeking completed erotic novels, 60,000 to 100,000 words to be published in print and digital versions. Successful books will also be produced in audio versions. They’re interested in traditional, dark or paranormal erotica with strong plots and compelling characters. Query with a synopsis and first three chapters. This reading period closes January 31, 2015. Sinful Press pays a $500 advance and 40 percent royalties. Find more information here.

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If one of your new year’s resolution was to up your writing game, I offer the following link (which is really a compilation of useful writing-related tools and sites.) The Ultimate Writing Producticity Resource

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I’ve recently re-released my previously published historical romances as ebooks, under my pen name, Cynthia Sterling. Check out A Long, Sweet Ride. A cowboy and a trick rider find love in a Wild West Show.

 

 

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