“Do you realize that all great literature is all about what a bummer it is to be a human being? Isn’t it such a relief to have somebody say that?” Kurt Vonnegut

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This week I’m continuing my recap of publisher spotlights from the Romance Writers of America convention in New York City with the Spotlight on Ballantine Bantam Dell.

Shauna Summers began with an overview of Ballantine Bantam Dell, which is a division of Random House. They publish approximately 800 titles a year in all formats. About 200 of that number is e-original. They publish all types of fiction and non-fiction.

Sue Grimshaw spoke about their digital imprint, Loveswept, which is devoted to romance. St. Martins has three other digital first lines – Hydra for Science Fiction, Alibi for mystery and Flirt for New Adult stories. Loveswept has had multiple New York Times and USA Today best-selling titles. Loveswept accepts both agented and unagented submissions. There is an online submission portal. The editors would like to see a synopsis and the first few chapters.  Find out more here. 

Penguin Random House offers an Author Portal where any of their authors can log in to track sales of their books, access marketing tools and information, and other resources for authors.

Much of the workshop was devoted to talking about all the things Ballantine Bantam Dell does for authors in terms of marketing, author training, tools for promotion, etc. The speakers emphasized that they are happy to work with hybrid authors who want to combine self-publishing and traditional publishing.

BBD is open to all kinds of romance. With digital, they are open to all kinds of lengths. They prefer series because readers prefer series.

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Blue Cubicle Press is compiling a collection of stories “Tales from the Construction Site” and wants stories and poems from woodworkers, electricians, plumbers, contractors — anyone who works in construction. Payment is $50 per story for stories of 500 to 5,000 words. The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2015, or until the issue is full. Find more details here. 

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The fun continues with my free online read for Harlequin intrigue. Chapter Six posted this week — two more chapters to go. Black Canyon Betrayal ties into my Ranger Brigade series for Intrigue. Read the novella free here. 

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Dappled Things literary magazine is seeking stories in which memorable characters experience grace in ordinary settings and activities for the J.F. Powers Prize for Fiction. Dappled Things is a Catholic publication that explores “ideas, art and faith.” Stories may be up to 8,000 words. First prize is $500 and second prize is $250. There is no fee to enter. The deadline for submissions is November 7, 2015.  Check out all the details here and be sure to click on the links to read a couple of past contest winners.

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Rhubarb is a Mennonnite publication based in Canada. The editors are seeking fiction, poetry and nonfiction on the theme of ability and disability from Mennonite writers. Stories may be up to 3,000 words, and the deadline for submissions is November 1, 2015. Payment is $50 per story. Get all the details here.

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