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Every rejection is incremental payment on your dues that in some way will be translated back into your work.”

—James Lee Burke

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Harlequin Teen is partnering with Seventeen Magazine to publish original novels as Seventeen Books. These books, to be available in hardcover and ebook formats, will feature ” multi-dimensional and empowered fictional female characters and explore topics and situations that authentically reflect the challenges and joys of being a teenager today.” The first titles will be released in 2016. Though no specific guidelines for the Seventeen books have been released, you can read more about Harlequin Teen here.

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Liquid Silver Books is a royalty paying ebook publisher that publishes all types of romance fiction. Liquid Silver pays royalties of 40 percent, paid quarterly. They accept manuscripts of 15,000 words and up. Currently, the editors are particularly interested in stories based on fairy tales or set in a fairy tale world. Stories may be any romance sub-genre and any heat level. The story may stand alone, or be the beginning of a series. Find Liquid Silver’s general submission guidelines here. Find more about this special call here.

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Totally Entwined is a digital first publisher of erotic romance. They release books in all formats as well as digital and pay 40% royalties on ebooks. The editors are currently searching for all types and sub-genres of erotic romance between 10,000 and 100,000 words. In addition, Editor Nicki Richards is seeking M/F and M/F/M stories 60,000 words and up with the theme of What’s Her Secret? These books feature contemporary settings and a heroine with a secret. Find more details here.

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Prizm Books publishes mainstream and LGBTQ books for teens. The editors are particularly interested in the following:

All types of mysteries, including cozies, 10,000 to 60,000 words.

Punk fiction — steampunk, dieselpunk,  biopunk, cyberpunk, 10,000 to 60,000 words.

Gemstone themed fiction — 10,000 words and up.

Spectrum — stories themed around colors, 10,000 words and up.

In additiong to stories featuring hetero, gay and lesbian teens, Prizm is interested in stories that spotlight trans, queer, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, asexual, polyamorous relationships, etc. Stories should be between 10,000 and 60,000 words. Characters younger than 17 may have sexual encounters, but these should take place “off screen.”  Find all the details here.

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I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.”  Harper Lee

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Fiery Seas Publishing publishes a variety of fiction for adults and young adults, including romance, mystery and science fiction/fantasy. They publish both ebook and paperback editions of their titles.  Right now, the editors are particularly interested in holiday stories — Beach Reads (deadline March 1, 2015), Halloween (deadline May 1, 2015), Christmas (deadline August 1, 2015) and Valentine’s stories (deadline October 1, 2015). These stories may be romance, or any other genre Fiery Seas publishes, and should be between 15,000 and 45,000 words. Read the details for these Special Calls here, or fFind their submission guidelines here.

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Canadian romance ebook publisher Morning Rain Publishers is temporarily closed to submissions.

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Diversion Books publishes contemporary and historical romance, thrillers, mystery, young adult, new adult, science fiction/fantasy and women’s fiction in both digital and print. Their slogan is “Great reads to distract the mind.” The editors accept submissions from both agented and unagented authors. Their catalog includes both new material and previously published work. They pay quarterly royalties and do a lot of online marketing. Find out more here.

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The first volume in my Titled Texans trilogy, To Love a Lady, written under my historical pen name, Cynthia Sterling, is currently free at Amazon, B&N and most e-book retailers. Check it out, along with the two other titles in the trilogy,

Educating Abbie and The Runaway.

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Only a short time left to enter the Denver Women’s Press Club Unknown WritersContest. Previously unpublished Colorado residents 18 and older may enter a short story or nonfiction article up to 2,000 words or a poem of up to 40 lines. The deadline to enter is February 17, 2015. First prize is $125. The entry fee is $25 for fiction and nonfiction and $15 for poetry. For more info, go here.

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A heads-up for my UK readers — Author Christopher Fielden maintains a comprehensive list of short story and novel writing competitions for UK writers or all sorts. Many of these competitions are free to enter and some offer prestigious prizes. Check him out here.

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The Next Novelist hosts an online writing competition for aspiring thriller, mystery and crime novel writers. Submit your novel of between 50,000 and 150,000 words to be read and voted on by the online public in elimination rounds each week. The winner receives a publishing contract and $5000. The book will be published as an ebook and you will receive royalties. Get the details here.

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Thuglit ezine accepts original crime fiction stories between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Payment is $25 plus 50 percent of digital sales. Check out the detailed (and profane — just warning if you’re sensitive to foul language) guidelines here.

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“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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If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” ~Toni Morrison

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Writers of traditional myteries may be eligible for the  William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grants Program for Unpublished Writers, awarded by Malice Domestic each year. Two grants will be awarded. Each grant consists of $1,500, to be used to offset the cost of attending a writers conference or workshop in the coming year. The winners will also receive conference registration and two nights lodging for the Malice Domestic convention. Unpublished writers must submit the first three chapters and a brief synopsis of a mystery manuscript, along with an application, a resume and a letter of reference. There is no cost to enter. The original deadline for entries (and the date still listed on the Malice Domestic site) is November 15, but the deadline has been extended to December 15. Get all the details here.

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The First Line publishes fiction created using first lines posted by the editors each quarter. Submit your story utilizing the designated first line and your story could be published in an upcoming issue of the quarterly fiction magazine. Stories should be 300 to 5,000 words, and payment is $25 to $50. The First Line is open to stories in all genres, but each story must begin with that quarter’s first line. They’ve posted the following first lines for 2015:

Spring:
Fairy tales hardly ever come true for quiet girls.
Due date: February 1, 2015

Summer:
Laura liked to think she was honest with herself; it was everyone else she lied to.
Due date: May 1, 2015

Fall:
The old neighborhood was nearly unrecognizable.
Due date: August 1, 2015

Winter:
George pressed the call button and said, “Mrs. Whitfield, you have a visitor.”
Due date: November 1, 2015

Find all the submission details here. 

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Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly is seeking story submissions for its next issue. Stories must include both science fiction and romance elements and must have an upbeat, romantic ending. Send your story of  2,000 to 7,000 words by the deadline of December 1, 2014. Payment is 2 cents a word. Find the details here.

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Riptide Publishing, a publisher of LBGTQ fiction, romance and erotica, is now open to unagented as well as agented submissions. Manuscripts should be from 15,000 to 115,000 words and must be complete. In addition to general fiction and romance, the editors have issued special calls for the following themes:

Shifters and Weres – 50,000 to 110,000 paranormal romance stories, any heat level. Deadline Jan 1, 2015

Lesbian romance — any sub-genre, 50,000 to 110,000 words. Deadline March 1, 2015

Shades of the Rainbow — stories featuring trans, bi, queer, etc — any orientation other than gay and lesbian, 25,000 to         110,000 words, Deadline March 1, 2015.

Sweet romance — stories featuring all types of characters, but no sex. Teen-appropriate, though characters don’t have to be teens themselves. 25,000 to 110,000 words, Deadline March 1, 2015

*punk — send your steampunk, diesel punk, cyber punk, etc story of 25,000 to 115,000 words. These should be romances with a HEA or HFN (happy for now) ending. Deadline March 1, 2015

Get all the details about these special calls here. 

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For a limited time, the ebook edition of The Mountain Between Us is on sale for only $2.99. Enjoy the holidays in the tiny mountain town of Eureka, Colorado, as the residents ban together to celebrate in style. This book was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award this year. Buy the book at Amazon here, for Nook here, and check your favorite ebook retailer.

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“Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.”  Orson Scott Card

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Crossed Genres magazine has issued a call for submissions for its March 2015 issue, with the theme “Ensemble.” Submit your interpretation of this theme, using elements of fantasy and science fiction, 1,000 to 6,000 words. The editors are especially interested in stories from women and from LGBT writers. The deadline for submissions is November 30. Payment is 6 cents a word. Find out more details (and read some sample stories) here.

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For a limited time, the ebook edition of The Mountain Between Us is on sale for only $2.99. Enjoy the holidays in the tiny mountain town of Eureka, Colorad, as the residents ban together to celebrate in style. This book was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award this year. Buy the book at Amazon here, for Nook here, and check your favorite ebook retailer. MountainbetweencoversmallAs always, feel free to share this information with others. All I ask is that you credit me as the source and provide a link to this blog. If you want to know more about me and my books, check out my websites here or here and like me on Facebook here. 

 

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Blushing Books is a digital publisher of romance and erotic romance actively seeking new authors. Blushing Books began in 1991 as an erotica publisher that sold books primarily through mail order. They have gradually shifted their focus from erotica to erotic romance. The editors are interested in all sub-genres of romance. Most of their books feature some kind of power exchange between the hero and heroine, and they like books that feature themes of dominance and/or spanking. Most of the books would be rate PG-13, R or X. All stories must have a happily-every-after or a happy-for-now ending. While they welcome series, each story must stand on its own and have a HEA or HFN ending. At this time they are not interested in any stories where the hero or heroine is a vampire, shape-shifter, angel or werewolf. At the moment they are most interested in “contemporary adventures with domestic discipline underlying the action.” Blushing Books pays a $500 advance for book manuscripts and a 50 percent royalty. For more info, go here.

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Washington City Paper is accepting stories for a special fiction issue to debut in early 2015. The editors are looking for previously unpublished stories about Washington, D.C., no longer than 2,000 words. They pay for stories. The deadline for submission is December 1. Find the details here.

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From Twitter: The following editors have recently tweeted that they are looking for the following —

Deborah Nemeth with Carina Press is eager to acquire more male/male romance, especially new adult, contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Find Carina Press’s submission guidelines here.

Stacy Cantor Abrams at Entangled Teen would like to see some category-inspired YA manuscripts with tropes such as friends-to-lovers, opposites attracting, etc. She’s also like to see stories set outside of high school — at summer camp, theatre groups, etc.  See Entangled Teen’s guidelines here. 

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“Loafing is the most productive part of a writer’s life.” ~James Norman Hall

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This week I’m continuing my summary of publisher spotlights from the Romance Writers of America convention, with a look at Harlequin’s Single Title program. The Spotlight on Harlequin Single Title was presented by Margaret Marbury, VP of ST editorial; Nicole Brebner, senior ed. of Mira;  Margot Lipschultz, senior editor; and Susan Swinwood, Exec. Ed. Of HQN. Each of these editors spent some time talking about the number of bestselling authors under their imprints. They also talked a lot about the editors and what Harlequin can do for authors.

Harlequin prides itself on excellent editorial. For single titles, they are very selective. They want to be able to support the book. Editors have a passion for the books they choose. “We recognize that publishing is a partnership, not a dictatorship.” Harlequin has “unmatched” distribution, according to Marbury. Harlequin books are sold world-wide, in 110 markets, in 34 languages. The books are available “where women shop.” They also have their own direct-mail bookclubs. They publish in all formats, including digital.

Ms. Brebner talked about Mira, which is Harlequin’s single title, general fiction imprint. They publish a wide variety of genres – romance, women’s fiction, historical fiction, thrillers and literary fiction. They publish mass market, trade paper, hardcover and digital. 2014 is the 20th anniversary of Mira Books. Mira publishes about 105 titles a year in all formats. Mira is looking for more contemporary women’s fiction and “a really great psychological thriller.” Margaret Marbury, who also acquires for Mira, would love to see “big, historical fiction that hasn’t been done before.”

Susan Swinwood talked about HQN. 2014 is the Tenth Anniversary of HQN. HQN focuses on single title romance. They publish approximately 80 titles a year. They publish contemporary, historical, erotic romance and romantic suspense, as well as new adult romance. They want to offer readers a wide variety of stories. HQN publishes in mass market and digital, but is also expanding into trade paper. Swinwood noted that romances that tend toward women’s fiction – “layered, modern love stories” – do best in trade paper. These are emotional, more sophisticated books. HQN is looking for new authors who can write these kinds of books.  In general, HQN is looking for “breakout editorial” and would like some new voices and stories they haven’t seen. They aren’t looking to copy their existing authors. They’d be interested in more suspense or romantic suspense.

Margot Lipschultz talked about YA Fiction under Harlequin Teen. Harlequin Teen is five years old in 2014. They launched in 2009 with four titles. They now publish app. 40 titles a year. They publish commercial young adult fiction, primarily in hardcover and trade paper, as well as digital. Their books are targeted to girls 13 to 18, but the readership extends far beyond that. The books are primarily 60,000 to 90,000 words. The editors who primarily acquire for Harlequin Teen are Natashya Wilson and T.S. Ferguson. They are constantly surveying teen readers about what they want to read. They have a Harlequin Teen panel that they consult for ideas and feedback. Harlequin Teen publishes contemporary, fantasy, paranormal and historical. The stories may include romance, but they don’t have to. They’re interested in YA mystery – Margot would love something in this vein “snarky, like Veronica Mars.” She also acquires for HQN and there she would love to see a contemporary romance set outside the United States.

All of Harlequin’s Single Title lines take agented submissions only. The exceptions would be if you already write for Harlequin and submit through your Harlequin editor, or if you pitch to an editor at conference and she/he asks for your submission.

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TheMountainBetweenUsLook for the mass market paperback release of The Mountain Between Us at a WalMart near you. With a new cover and a new low price, The Mountain Between Us takes readers along as the folks in Eureka, Colorado, prepare for the holidays under sometimes trying circumstances.  This book was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award this year.

“Fans of small town romances will enjoy visiting Eureka and its eccentric residents.” Library Journal

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Literary Wanderlust is a new digital and print publishing company devoted to genre fiction. Publisher Susie Brooks seeks to “bridge the gap between traditional and self-publishing” with this new venture. She is accepting submissions of romance, erotica, science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller, and mystery. She is open to all sub-genres within these genres.  Find more details here. 

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“There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That was invented by people in California who couldn’t write.”
– Terry Pratchett

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Harper Voyager Impulse is a new digital-first imprint from science fiction and fantasy publisher Harper Voyager. Executive Editor Jennifer Brehl hopes the imprint will offer more “fan-based, fast-paced, action driven ebooks.” The imprint will launch with 31 titles with a variety of types and styles of books, most acquired through an open call the publisher had last fall. Read the details in the official press release here. 

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Bloomsbury Children’s Books is launching If Only, a new imprint to showcase young adult romance novels. Publishing Director Cindy Loh hopes to offer readers “clean, spirited and down-to-earth,  ‘new love'” stories.  Each novel in the line features a ‘what if’ scenario, includes humor, and is suitable for readers as young as 12, but should appeal to older teens as well. At this time, Bloomsbury accepts submissions only from agented authors.

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In November, Barbour Publishing will debut a new line of Christian fiction for readers ages 3-12. Shiloh Kidz will include a variety of types and styles of fiction. See their writing guidelines here.

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Lee and Low Books is sponsoring a New Voices award for children’s picture book authors of color. Submit your children’s picture book manuscript of up to 1,500 words. The winner receives $1000 and a standard publishing contract with an additional advance and royalties. An honorable mention winner receives $500. There is no fee to enter and you may enter up to two manuscripts. The deadline for entries is September 30, 2014. Find all the details here. 

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Minotaur Books and Malice Domestic are once again sponsoring a Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition.  Submit your mystery novel manuscript of over 65,000 words for a chance to win $10,000 and a standard publishing contract from Minotaur Books. The story should center around a murder/mystery/ or crime. The deadline for entries is October 15, 2014. Find all the details here. (Scroll down to the contest info.)

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There will be no market news update next Wednesday. I’ll be in San Antonio, attending the Romance Writers of America convention. If you’re there,  I hope you’ll look me up and say hello. I’m giving a workshop Thursday morning at 8:30 on “Writing Faster, Writing Better” and I’ll be participating in the Kensington authors’ signing on Friday.

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