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


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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?


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


2 Responses to “Two new romance publishers and more”

  1. Mary Gillgannon Says:

    Congratulations on your re-release, Cindi. I remember when this came out the first time.

    1. Thanks, Mary.
      Actually, Loving the Outlaw is a brand-new book. My first new historical in a while.

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