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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.