“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


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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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“Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say.” ~Sharon O’Brien


This week I’m looking at the Spotlight on Bantam, Doubleday, Dell from the Romance Writers of America convention in New York City. 

Executive Editor Shauna Summers and many others from the publishing team at Bantam, Doubleday, Dell, presented this spotlight. Among those sharing the dais with Shauna were new Editor at Large Sue Grimshaw, editorial director Linda Marrow and associate editor Junessa Viloria. Bantam, Doubleday, Dell is an “all purpose, all format publisher of all kinds of fiction and nonfiction.” They are part of the Random House publishing group. They publish suspense and thrillers, literary fiction, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, contemporary and historical romance and women’s fiction. 

They like Regency and Scottish-set historicals, contemporaries with small-town settings, and cowboys. They also publish some romantic suspense and YA.

The big news from BDD is that they are relaunching Loveswept as a digital-first imprint. They launched in July with the re-release of eight Loveswept titles. They plan to release a combination of reprints and new, original content as ebooks first. Some of the titles may also go to print. This is an opportunity for unagented authors to break into BDD. The Loveswept program is open to all sub-genres of romance of various lenghts, from 30,000 word novellas to 100,000 word novels. The primary requirement is a “romantic, emotional story.”  The books should be sexy but not erotica. The books will be priced from $2.99 to $4.99, with most full-length books at $3.99. They pay an advance plus royalties of 25 percent of net. The same team will produce the digital titles as the print titles. Contact them through the email address at RomanceatRandom.com.


Penumbra is a speculative fiction ezine launching in October. Produced by the editorial team at Musa Publishing, Penumbra pays five cents a word for short stories to 3500 words. Each issue will be built around a theme, but editors are open to a wide variety of stories, from dark fantasy to horror and science fiction. Humor is welcome, and a variety of themes. Right now, they’re particularly looking for stories with the following themes:

The arts — speculative fiction under 3000 words dealing with music, visual arts, performing arts — any kind of speculative fiction dealing with the arts. Call ends August 20, 2011.

Sports: have a football story with a spec fic twist? If it’s 3k or under, they’d like to see it! Call ends September 15, 2011.

Shakespeare: Penumbra has a particular and undying interest in the Bard–and any speculative fiction versions of his work OR spec fic stories that feature him as a character are welcome for this issue. Call ends October 31, 2011.

Please list the particular theme your story applies to in the subject line of your submission email. You can find all the submission guidelines here.


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