“It is impossible to discourage the real writers — they don’t give a damn what you say, they’re going to write.” ~Sinclair Lewis

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This week I’m continuing recaps of the publisher spotlights from the Romance Writers of America conference in New York City with a look at Blushing Books. Blushing Books claims to be the oldest ebook romance publisher — publishing online since 2001. The company started in 1991, selling erotica through the mail. Until 2010 they were a small company with only 20 to 30 authors. Since 2010 they have grown from about 30 authors to over 200 authors. They publish 25 to 30 titles each month specializing in erotic romance and power exchange romance.

They publish all lengths above 22,000 words, in all time periods and sub-genres of romance. According to their website, “a romantic storyline with a strong D/s element and spanking will be most likely to appeal to our readers.”

Blushing Books pays advances of $250 – $500 on all titles except editor-generated anthologies and re-releases. After acceptance, the book will be published anywhere from six weeks to four months later.  They pay 50 percent royalties – up to 60 percent for established Blushing authors. They pay monthly royalties.

All books are initially released digitally. Many titles also go on to be produced as audiobooks.

Find all their guidelines here. 

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Mysterious Press is sponsoring a contest for the Best EBook Original  Mystery Novel. The contest is open to both established and new authors, and your manuscript must be complete and not previously published in any other format. For this contest, submissions will be accepted only from established literary agents. Your story may be in any mystery sub-genre — hard-boiled, historical, traditional detective, humorous, noir, police procedural. The story must feature a crime or the threat of a crime. No horror, science fiction or fantasy will be accepted. There is no fee to enter the contest, and the top prize witll be $25,000. Submissions will open January 1, 2016 and the contest closes April 30, 2016. Find more details here.

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The fun continues with my free online read for Harlequin intrigue. The final chapter is posted this week. Black Canyon Betrayal ties into my Ranger Brigade series for Intrigue. Read the entire novella free here.

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Steam Romance is looking for stories between  15,000 and 100,000 words. Steam publishes romance and erotic fiction in all sub-genres, including contemporary, historical, fantasy, urban fantasy, steampunk, paranormal and dystopian. Stories should feature strong lead female characters, should have happy endings, and should include detailed love scenes. Steam is an imprint of Kennebec Press, based in Maine. For more information, go here.

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HoldFast is a speculative fiction magazine looking for submissions for an upcoming issue devoted to the theme of Love, Sex, Romance. Submit your spec-fic stories that explore this theme — horror, urban fantasy, space opera, science fiction, etc. Stories should be between 100 and 5,000 words. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2016. Get the details here.

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