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


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.


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


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.



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.


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 Previously unpublished Colorado residents 18 and older may enter a short story or nonfiction article up to 2,000 words or a poem of up to 40 lines.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.


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.


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.


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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“You can’t think yourself out of a writing block, you have to write yourself out of a thinking block.”   —John Rogers


You still have time to enter the Harlequin Heartwarming writing contest. Harlequin Heartwarming is a line of sweet, emotional romances of 65,000 to 70,000 words. The line publishes four books each month. Until June 15, you can submit the first page of your sweet romance novel to  WriteFromTheHeart@harlequin.ca.The editors will choose authors whose works piques their interest to go on to the next round, when you’ll submit the first three chapters of the book, along with a five to 10 page synopsis. If the editors love what they see, they’ll ask you to submit your complete manuscript, which could lead to a contract as a Heartwarming author. Get all the details here. 

And if you want to see what Heartwarming stories are like, I have a brand new one that just came out. Pick up your copy of What She’d Do For Love here or here.  whatsheddocover











Hearts Desire Press is an independent digital publisher of all kinds of romance novels — from erotica to historical, romantic suspense, steampunk, contemporary romance and almost every sub-genre in-between. Completed manuscripts should be between 7,000 and 125,000 words. The editors are also interested in receiving manuscripts for special collections with the following themes:

One Hot Night — hot to erotic romance about one night stands.

The Best Bad Boy — bad boys in any time period or sub-genre

Doing Good — sweet romance centered around the characters doing a good deed

Without Fangs — paranormal romance without vampires or werewolves

Billionaire Dreams — lonely billionaires who find their dream women

Find all the details and submissions guidelines here.


Tor.com is launching a new print imprint for science fiction and fantasy books. Until August 31, the editors will accept unsolicited submissions from authors. Stories should be 17,500 words and above and be science fiction or fantasy stories with mainstream appeal. Though both are owned by MacMillan, Tor.com books will be a separate imprint from Tor books. Get the details here.  


Jupiter Gardens Press began publishing romance in 2008, under the imprint Pink Petal Books. Now know as Jupiter Gardens, the editors seek manuscripts for a variety of imprints. Manuscripts should be between 10,000 and 100,000 words. Target one of these imprints:

Flare — erotica in all genres

Ignite — erotic romance

Quest — fantasy

Romance — all subgenres of romance, from sweet to hot

Teen — young adult and new adult

Xenon– science fiction.

Jupiter Garden asks for electronic rights only and pays 40 percent royalties. Find all the details here. 


Feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Reprint, repost or retweet — all I ask is that you give me credit as the source for the information, and include a link to the blog. To find out more about me and my books, visit my website or find me on Facebook. Thanks!  Cindi


TWG-500It’s here! My new romantic comedy, The Wedding Gamble, is on sale now. Romantic Times Magazine gave the book 4 1/2 stars and said “Myers’s latest is filled with action, heat and quippy dialogue that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. With a wonderful balance of humor, excitement and depth this is one very fun read.” Get your copy at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or the ebook retailer of your choice.


Bold Strokes Books, an independent publisher focused on LGBTQ fiction, is looking for your adult fiction. Stories should feature LGBTQ protagonists ages 14 to 18 that will appeal to readers ages 15 to 25. Manuscripts should be 40,000 to 75,000 words, in any genre. Check out their tip sheet, including a list of possible themes.


Apparently, September 17 is Past Loves Day, and to commemorate this,  Spruce Mountain Press is sponsoring a Past Loves Day Story Contest. Enter your true story of no more than 700 words about a past love. The deadline to enter is September 17, 2013. First prize is $100, second prize $75, third prize $50. There is no fee to enter.


The Jim Henson Company is searching for an author to write the next Dark Crystal book. They’re looking for professional quality writing (though you do not have to have been previously published) to write an approximately 50,000 word prequel to The Dark Crystal Movie. The contest is being conducted in partnership with Grosset and Dunlap. The winning author will receive $10,000. The contest will accept entries between October 1 and December 31. Entries should be 7,500 to 10,000 words and may be the first chapters, several chapters, or a short story that forms the basis for the eventual book. They’ve set up a web-site to provide details about the world and characters. Be sure to check this out, and read through the FAQ and submission guidelines here.


Harlequin Digital First is acquiring manuscripts for a wide variety of new series, including:

Harlequin Shivers — Gothic romance

Harlequin Horror — Horror — need not be romance

Harlequin Intrigue Noir — Darker, sexier romantic suspense

Harlequin Space Opera — High stakes adventures in space

Harlequin Reckonings — Apocolyptic fiction

Harlequin Erotic Vacations — Exotic and erotic travel

Harlequin Big Book Melodrama — Glitz, Glamor, Sex

Harlequin Pop! — Sophisticated pop culture analysis

All submissions should be 10,000 words and up. Get the details here.


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“I have written a great many stories and I still don’t know how to go about it except to write it and take my chances.” — John Steinbeck


The big buzz in publishing this week is about Random House’s reversal on the contract requirements for its digital first imprints: Loveswept (romance), Flirt (new adult), Alibi (mystery) and Hydra (sci-fi/fantasy.) Various writing groups had objected to the recent change in contracts to a profit sharing model, under which the author and the publisher split profits 50/50, with no royalties or advance. Profit was defined as net sales revenue minus certain deductions. The ability of the publisher to determine and compute these deductions raised the spector of profitable books yielding nothing for the author after all the deductions are taken out. Stories abound of participants in similar profit sharing contracts in the movie business who ended up making little or nothing.

Random House has responded to the protests by allowing the author to choose between the profit sharing model described above and a more traditional contract with a negotiated advance and an ebook royalty of 25 percent of net. Want to know more? Go here.


Adams Media is seeking submissions for its Wild and Wanton imprint of erotica based on classic novels. From the guidelines: “Wild and Wanton books take classics (like Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice) and turn them into erotic novels by adding sexually explicit scenes between the characters that readers already know and love. Wild and Wanton authors add these scenes using same tone, voice, and style as the original work. The added scenes must fit in with the original novel’s story arc and character development.” If this is for you, submit a 2-3 page erotic scene from a classic, public-domain novel. Check the guidelines here for more details, and a list of books they’ve already done.


Wednesday, March 13, is the last day to get a copy of my romantic comedy, The Santini Sisters Survive Sex & Dating, free for Kindle. Get your copy here. santinisisterscovernook


Carina Press is seeking New Adult stories. From the guidelines: “We are looking for submissions with a strong story and fully developed, very definable protagonists, 18 and above,  (or at an age eligible to enter college), in their early to mid-20s. While at least one protagonist should fall in this age range, it is possible the other protagonist may fall in their upper 20s. Story elements should be targeted to an adult, not teen audience, and should contain adult contemporary themes, frank, modern language, high relationship drama and intense conflict.” Stories should be romances, with a happily-ever-after, or happy-for-now ending and be 50,000 words and up. The editors are particularly interested in contemporary romance, but will also consider paranormal and dystopian stories.) Find all the submission guidelines here.


As always, feel free to share the information in this blog, repost and pass along to others. Please give me credit as the source and include a link to this blog. Thank you.  Cindi Myers


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“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”    ―   Stephen King


Entangled Publishing will soon add historical romance to its lineup of offerings. The editors are looking for its new Scandalous imprint. These 60,000 to 70,000 word romances may be set any time between 900 and 1950, in almost any setting.  “These stories are bold, sexy, and heartfelt, and can be funny, action-packed, mysterious, or dramatic.” The stories should feature a classic romantic trope and an Alpha male hero. Stories should be historically accurate and may contain light paranormal elements, though paranormal elements are not required. Stories should be sexy and sensual, but they’re not looking for erotica. Find out all the details here.


Children’s Writer, a monthly email newsletter, is sponsoring a Middle Grade Mystery Contest.  Write a mystery short story that appeals to 9 to 12 year-olds — no longer than 900 words. First prize is $500 and publication in the newsletter, second prize is $250 and third, fourth and fifth graders will each receive $100. Subscribers to Children’s Writer may enter for free: all others pay $15. The deadline to enter is April 30. Get all the details here.



The Woman Who Loved Jesse James got another really nice review Here.


The University of New Hampshire Department of Theatre and Dance is looking for new children’s plays and musicals. To find new works, they’re sponsoring the Anna Zornio Children’s Theatre Playwrite Award.  Submit your play or musical of no more than 60 minutes in length, suitable for adults to perform for children. There is no fee to enter. First prize is $500 and production of your play. The deadline for entries is March 4, 2016, and the play will be produced during the 2018-2019 season. Find all the details here.


The Hysterectomy Association of the UK is sponsoring the Hysteria 2012 Short Story Competition. Submit your short story of up to 2,000 words, on any subject of appeal to women (stories do not have to have anything to do with hysterectomies) by August 31. First prize is 400 pounds. The top 10 stories and poems will be published in an anthology. The contest is open to women of any nationality.  Find out more information here.


As always, feel free to pass on information from this newsletter, reprint, repost and share with others. All I ask is that you give me credit and include a link back to this blog. Thanks!  Cindi Myers

The Woman Who Loved Jesse James is on sale now! Find the print copy here and the Kindle copy here. Other ebook versions will be showing up for sale in the next few days. I would really appreciate it if you would stop by the links and hit the “Like” button, and maybe click on a few tags. This helps move the book up in the Amazon search engine and is a quick, painless way to support an author. (Of course, I love it if you bought the book too!)


Harlequin Books has purchased Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents line of inspirational romance. Heartsong produced four books a month, sold first to bookclub subscribers, then repackaged and distributed to retail outlets. Harlequin already publishes the Love Inspired line of inspirational romances. No word yet on whether Harlequin will be making any changes to the Heartsong program.


Adam’s Media, a long-time publisher of nonfiction books — everything from gift books and humor to cookbooks and calendars — has plans to launch an e-book only romance fiction line. Editor Jennifer Lawler is looking for contemporary and historical romance, paranormal romance, erotic romance and romantic suspense manuscripts, 60,000 to 80,000 words. Send your pitch letter (no attachments) to jennifer@jenniferlawler.com.


I’m blogging at http://www.bellbridgebooksblog.com/?p=1614 — all about Jesse James. Stop by and add your comments.


Musa Publishing hosts a quarterly Young Adult Writing Contest for writers ages 11-21. First prize is publication by Musa Books.  Each contest has a theme. The theme for the first quarter 2012 is Fantasy and the deadline for entries is March 1, 2012. Submit your short story, 1,500 to 7,500 words. There is no fee to enter. Find out all the details here.


As always, feel free to pass along the information on this blog and share with others. All I ask is that you give me credit and include a link to this blog. Thank you. Cindi


‘I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.’

Edgar Rice Burroughs

 This week I’m reporting on the Spotlight on Tor/Forge books from the Romance Writers of America convention in New York City.

Tor and Forge are two imprints of Tom Doherty books, a division of Macmillan. Tor publishes primarily science fiction and fantasy while Forge publishes “everything else.”

The following editors spoke at the workshop: 

Melissa Ann Singer, Senior Editor at Tor. She edits everything from science fiction/fantasy to thrillers to women’s fiction – “whatever catches my eye.” In historicals, she likes ancient civilization, Tudor and Stuart, and World War I to present day. In science fiction she likes space opera. She likes female characters “with a smart mouth.” She’d also like to see an immigrant story that doesn’t go through Ellis Island. This includes both modern and historical immigrant stories.

Stacy Hague-Hill, Editor. She works primarily on urban fantasy, some epic fantasy and some science fiction. She is drawn to books with strong characters. She would really like “a horse book.”  For instance, she’d love women’s fiction set in a stables or racetrack.  She likes a darker edge with paranormal romance and urban fantasy. She likes romantic elements in all genres, including mystery.

Kristen Sevick,  Associate Editor primarily for Forge. She edits mystery, thrillers, women’s fiction and romantic suspense and historicals. She is interested in historical women’s fiction. She’d like to see “a story with a ghost ship.”

Whitney Ross, Assistant Editor at Tor. She edits YA, Sci fi, urban fantasy, fantasy, some romance and historicals. She likes books that are “not entirely dark” with hopeful endings.

Melissa Frain, Associate Editor works on YA, paranormal romance and urban fantasy. In YA, she likes character-based novels for 15 to 17 year olds. Romantic elements are a plus. She’d love a great YA historical. Most of Tor’s YA features paranormal elements, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be open to other types of stories.

The workshop started with the editors showing off some of the books soon to be published by Tor/Forge. These included YA, urban fantasy, fantasy, alternative history, paranormal, mystery, historical and mainstream books. Titles were a mix of reprints, new authors, established authors and even one author who originally self-published her work electronically and was picked up by Tor.

Production Assistant Heather Waters talked about their community-building websites. Macmillan has three genre sites:

Tor.com, devoted to Science Fiction and Fantasy

HeroesandHeartbreakers.com is the site for Romance

CriminalElement.com  focuses on Mystery and Suspense

These are sites for readers to come and talk about books in their favorite genre. They feature short stories and daily reads. All of these sites pay authors for short stories and for blog posts. Liz Eddlestein is the acquisitions editor for Heroes and Heartbreakers, the romance website. They are open to romantic short stories in any sub-genre. See the guidelines here. The guidelines for submitting stories and posts to each site are listed on the site.  

Tor does accept submissions from unagented authors, as well as agented authors. Submission guidelines are here.

They review unsolicited submissions regularly in meetings, so if you send to one editor and it isn’t right for them, they’ll pass the submissions.


Inspired Publishing is a new ePublisher that specializes in heartfelt romance. Inspired wants to see emotional and entertaining love stories that inspire—books that will make you laugh, make you cry, make you sigh. Romance that packs a punch. Inspired Publishing currently offers authors a  royalty rate of 50%.

Inspired Publishing is looking for new authors! Any submission made between now and October 30th, 2011 will automatically be submitted in their Kick Off! contest. The author of the winning manuscript will receive a publishing contract featuring a special one-time 60% royalty rate and a $50 Visa gift card. Runners-up will receive the offer of a contract featuring the special 60% royalty rate. Please visit the website for contest rules.

Inspired Publishing is also looking for submissions for their upcoming Escape line of short stories, 10-20K in length. Current themes include Weathering the Storm and Seasons. More info available here.


I have a new historical romance out next month. Here’s a peak at the cover:

 West With the Wind follows widow Mariah Tate (and her faithful dog, Worthy) on their journey to California is a wagon train led by veteran guide Campbell Jefferson. Mariah may be the only woman who’s ever made Camp think of settling down,but his desire to protect her wars with her need to keep secrets. The past comes back to haunt the lovers when they find more than gold waiting for them at the end of the trail. Available from Musa Publishing October 1, 2011  You can pre-order the book now for only $4.99


From the latest Publisher’s Marketplace:

Cindi Myers’s THE WOMAN WHO LOVED JESSE JAMES, the story of the little-known wife who stood beside James from his early years until his death, to Deborah Smith at Bell Bridge Books, for publication in Fall 2012 (World).


As always, feel free to pass along the information from this blog to others. Reprint it, forward it and link to it. All that I ask is that you give me credit. Thanks!  Cindi Myers.