“You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.” ~Arthur Polotnik

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I’m back after a couple of weeks off  to move to a new home. Lots of news this week…

My newest release, A Change of Altitude, is in stores now in trade paperback format, and available for download in all ebook formats. The third volume in my Eureka, Colorado series can be read as a stand-alone volume or, if you want to follow the whole series, the first two volumes, The View From Here and The Mountain Between Us are available for a discounted price. Check out the series I call “Northern Exposure in the Rocky Mountains.”

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The Labletter literary journal is accepting submissions for its 2015 issue. Fiction editor Sarah Marrs is interested in short stories up to 7,500 words, on any subject, in any style. Payment is $150 a story and writers retain all rights to their work. The deadline for submissions is July 18. Find all the details here.

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The First Line seeks short stories from 300 to 5,000 words with the first line “Fifty miles west of Bloomington likes Hillboro, a monument to middle-class malaise.” All genres of fiction are welcome. Payment is $25 to $50. The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2014. For more info, go here.

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David LaBounty, editor with Blue Cubicle Press, seeks short stories between 500 and 5,000 words on the theme of people who work in the sports world — announcers, agents, umpires and referees, groundskeepers and trainers, etc. Athletes may be featured in these stories, but the focus is on the “work” side of sports. Selected stories will be published in the 11th Workers Write anthology “Tales From the Coliseum” Payment is $5 to $50 and the deadline is December 31, 2014. Get all the details here. 

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Cicada Magazine, for young people ages 14 and older, seeks stories for a “Monsters and Maps” issue. Submit your stories about mythical or real monsters, along with maps of their territory, to editor-in-chief Mariane Carus by July 31, 2014. Stories may be up to 9,000 words and payment is 25 cents a word. Get all the details here. 

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Entangled Publishing is seeking novellas and novels featuring heroes and heroines who meet on new Year’s Eve for its Lovestruck line of category romances. Stories should be 15,000 to 60,000 words and feature chance meetings that lead to sparks between the hero and heroine. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2014, for publication in December 2014. Get all the details here.

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“I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.” —Ray Bradbury

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Only three weeks until the release of A Change in Altitude. Book Three of my Eureka, Colordo series continues the stories of the quirky characters in the Colorado mountains, but can also be read as a stand-alone novel.  altitude

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Silkwords is a newer romance publisher (established 2013) that combines romance novels with gaming. Silkwords novels are interactive — readers can choose different paths in the story that lead to different endings. Readers pay a monthly subscription fee to the service. The editors are actively seeking submissions. Stories should be 15,000 to 20,000 words and at several points in the stories, readers should have the opportunity to make a significant choice — between two partners, two locations, two jobs, etc. Stories may be romance or erotica. Romances should have a happily ever after or happy for now ending. Payment is $500 plus $3 per subscription the story generates. Find all the details here.

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Want to win a house, free and clear? The Write a House program awards emerging writers with a 900-square foot house completed with basement, one or two bedrooms, bathroom and front and back yard. The house is completely renovated. And it’s in Detroit. Write a House is now accepting applications from writers from across the country. You must agree to live in the house at least 75% of the time and interact with the Detroit literary community. You must pay yearly taxes of approximately $2000. You must be a part-time or full-time writer with a low to moderate income and you must submit a sample of your writing. Find all the details here.

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Entangled Bliss is on the hunt for new authors. The editors would love to see your small-town set romantic comedy — either sexy or sweet. They love contemporary, everyday heroes and modern heroines. Manuscripts should be 50,000 to 65,000 words. Get all the details here. 

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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Please give me credit as the source and include a link to the blog. Thanks!  Cindi. Find out more about me at http://www.cindimyers.com or http://www.cindymyersbooks.com

 

 

“Don’t loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don’t get it you will none the less get something that looks remarkably like it.” ~Jack London

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June 1 is the release date for What She’d Do For Lovemy newest sweet romance from Harlequin Heartwarming.

Christa Montgomery has faced many changes recently, but she draws the line at an overhaul of her hometown, Cedar Grove, Texas. When the community’s livelihood is threatened by a new highway, she’s determined to stop the project and its chief engineer, Ryder Oakes.

Ryder almost swept Christa off her feet before she recognized who he was, and now she must struggle to resist his warmth and compassion. Torn between two loyalties, she can’t support the new highway, even if his career is at stake. As his project runs into trouble, though, she’s determined to come up with a way to have her town…and Ryder, too.

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Greeting card publisher Blue Mountain Arts is seeking poetry for Christmas and other holiday-themed greeting cards. Blue Mountain cards use contemporary poetry that reflects genuine emotion. They pay $300 for exclusive rights to a poem for use in greeting cards and other products, and $50 for one-time use in a book. Submissions need to be in by July 15, 2014. For more information and submissions guidelines, go here.

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The Book Smugglers blog is looking for speculative fiction stories based on classic and modern fairy tales. Stories may be for any audience from middle-grade to adults. Book Smugglers pays five cents a word for stories from1,500 to 17,500 words. The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2014. Find all the details here. 

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Harlequin Shivers is eager to see manuscripts for sexy, gothic romances. The editors want “dark, sexy heroes and anti-heroes and sensible heroines beguiled by male magnetism and allure against all better judgment.” Stories should be atmospheric and sensual. Shivers is an e-book only line new to the Harlequin fold. Length 30,000 to 50,000 words, contemporary or historical. Find the guidelines here.

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Entangled is looking for sexy romances with dirty-talking heroes for its Brazen line of category-length romance. Brazen books focus on the hero and heroine’s physical relationship and contain five or more sexual scenes. Editors are specifically looking for stories with verbally-talented heroes. 20,000 to 60,000 words. Find all the details here.

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Riptide Publishing, a boutique publisher of LGBTQ fiction, has a number of open calls for submissions. Since Riptide is usually an invitation-only publisher, these special calls are a great way to get your work in front of the editors. Right now, they’re looking for the following types of stories:

BDSM erotica, 8,000 to 15,000 words. Deadline July 1, 2014.

Sports Romance, 30,000 to 85,000 words. Deadline September 1, 2014

Rainbow Families, 45,000 to 85,000 words. Deadline November 1, 2014

Shifters and Weres, 50,000 to 110,000 words. Deadline January 1, 2015

Lesbian novels, 50,000 to 110,000 words. Deadline March 1, 2015

Shades of the Rainbow, 25,000 to 110,000 words, Deadline March 1, 2015

Sweet Romance, 25,000 to 110,000 words. Deadline March 1, 2015

*punk, 45,000 to 115,000 words, Deadline March 1, 2015

Find all the details here.

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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Please include a link to this blog, and give me credit as the source. For more about me, please visit my websites — http://www.CindiMyers.com or http://www.CindyMyersBooks.com

 

 

“Tell the readers a story! Because without a story, you are merely using words to prove you can string them together in logical sentences.”- Anne McCaffrey

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Mozark Press is seeking manuscripts for A Shaker of Margaritas: That Mysterious Woman, an anthology of mystery stories with female protagonists. Crime stories, cozies, capers, suspense, and soft-boiled mysteries are all welcome. Stories should be between 2,000 and 3,500 words and previously unpublished. Keep it clean — think PG ratings. The deadline for submissions is July 25, for publication in late fall 2014. Payment is $20. Find all the details here. 

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Entangled Publishing is launching a new imprint this summer, Entangled Lovestruck. Lovestruck stories feature witty dialogue, classic tropes, and character-driven romance. These are contemporary stories that often feature ‘meet cute’ setups, and sigh-worthy happy endings. 40,000 to 60,000 words. For more details, see the guidelines.

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Avon Impulse is the digital imprint of Avon Romance. Editors are actively seeking manuscripts now. Things they would love to see include super-sexy contemporaries with rancher, military or rock-star heroes; New adult stories where the heroine’s love interest is her best friend’s brother, or her brother’s best friend; and erotic stories featuring contracts, bets and deals. For more information, go here.

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Cover reveal! Check out the cover for my new Heartwarming novel, on sale June 2:

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Ruthless Peoples Magazine pays $100 for flash fiction stories up to 1,000 words. They purchase two stories per month. They are open to a wide variety of subjects, as long as some form of “choice making ruthlessness” is at the heart of the story. Find their guidelines and the online submission form here. 

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As always, feel free to share the information you found here with others. Please give me credit as the source and include a link to this blog if you repost, reprint or otherwise use this material. For more about me and my books, visit me at http://www.CindiMyers.com or http://www.CindyMyersBooks.com. Thanks!

One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.” —Lawrence Block

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Entangled Publishing’s New Adult imprint, Embrace, has a wish list of stories the editors would like to see. Embrace stories feature characters 18-24 who are striving for independence and finding themselves (and love!) Among the types of stories editors would love to see:

Cowboys and/or a Western setting, men in uniform, sports and athletes, characters with unusual jobs, workplace entanglements, travel, struggles to support oneself, surfers, and the conflict of college vs. working world. Check out the complete list here.

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Shimmer Magazine pays 5 cents a word for fantasy short stories up to 7,500 words (though the preferred length is 4,000 words. ) The editors are interested in speculative fiction (especially modern fantasy) that features diverse characters and strongly emotional stories. Find their guidelines here.

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Blank Fiction is looking for noir and science fiction stories, up to 15,000 words. Payment is $50, and the deadline for submissions is January 15, 2014. Find out more here.

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The Midnight Diner publishes genre fiction — horror, monster, crime and paranormal — stories with a Christian slant. They’re open to submissions until the end of January for their next issue. Stories that blend genres are welcome. Payment for stories 3.000 to 6,000 words is $60. Find more here.

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Beginning February 3, I’m teaching an online class on “Editing and Revision for Fiction Writers”. The class runs from Feb 3 – Feb 23. Every Monday and Thursday I’ll post a new lesson, and we’ll have discussions throughout the week. You participate as much or as little as you like. The class is conducted through a Yahoo group, and is sponsored by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Cost is $40 for non-members and $35 for members. You can read all about it (including a course outline) here. 

As a bonus, I’ll send everyone who signs up for and completes the course a copy of my upcoming Harlequin Intrigue, Rocky Mountain Revenge, as a thank you gift.

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If you’re in the Denver area, I’m giving a FREE class on Tuesday, January 14 at 6 pm at the Ross-University Hills Branch Library. The class “Telling Your Story — How to Shape Your Ideas Into a Book” is designed to help you take your great idea, family story or other story you’ve always wanted to tell, and shape it into a novel. The class will be interactive and I hope students will ask plenty of questions and we’ll work together to answer them. Find out more here. 

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As always, feel free to share the information in this newsletter with others — repost, reprint, forward and share. All I ask is that you give me credit as the source for the information, and include a link to this blog. Thank you!  Cindi

“Every writer I know has trouble writing.” ~Joseph Heller

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This time of year provides a lot of distractions to keep us away from our writing.  Take time to enjoy the season, but keep up the writing habit. I hope these potential markets will inspire you:

Arrow Publications has been in business since 1989. They produce a series of romantic graphic novels, as well as non-graphic novels in ebook form. The editors are looking for fiction with strong romantic elements in the following sub-genres: mystery, crime and supernatural. They will also consider other sub-genres, as long as the story has strong romantic elements. They accept manuscripts between 19,000 and 110,000 words, for short novellas, novellas and full-length novels. Send your query letter, synopsis and first chapter. Find all the guidelines here.

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The Midnight Diner is looking for Christian genre fiction, 3,000 to 6,000 words.  They want to see horror, crime, weird westerns, aliens and paranormal stories with a Christian slant. Think the Twilight zone. Nothing preachy. They pay $60 per story. They will close to submissions at the end of December. Check out their guidelines here.

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The Kids’ Ark, a Christian Magazine for children ages 4-12, wants short stories to 650 words on the theme of “One of a Kind.” They pay $100. The deadline for submissions is January 5, 2014. Find out how to submit here. 

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MacMillan Publishing’s Childrens division has launched Swoon Reads, a new imprint aimed at young adult/new adult readers. Swoon Reads will focus on Teen Romances, and plans to publish their first book, in both digital and print formats, in Spring 2014. Books will be chosen from those submitted to the SwoonReads website, and voted on by visitors to the site. Books chosen for publication receive a $15,000 advance against royalties. Books should be aimed at young adults (ages 14-19) or new adult (19-23.) They accept all sub-genres (there’s an extensive list on the website.) Get all the details here.

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Entangled Publishing is looking for novellas for a collectiong focused on the 1950s to be called “Love Me Tender.” Submit your romance story set between 1950 and 1959, 15,000 to 20,000 words. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2014. Find all the details here. 

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As always, feel free to share the information here with others. I’m taking off for a couple of weeks to celebrate the holidays — see you all next year!  Cindi Myers

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BelleBooks has acquired small press ImaJinn. Former Harlequin editor Brenda Chin will oversee the new ImaJinn imprint at BelleBooks, which will focus on publishing Regency romance, contemporary romance, paranormal romance and urban fantasy and historical romance.  You can find out more about BelleBooks here

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Entangled Publishing has issued a call for submissions for its 2014 Holiday Anthology. They’re looking for historical romance from any time period, up to and including World War I, 15,000 to 20,000 words.  They’re open to characters of all colors, races and gender identification. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2014. Find all the submission details here.

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Buddhapuss, Ink, is a small press that specializes in series fiction of all kinds — mysteries, thrillers, young adult, romance and more. They publish trade paperback and ebook editions of all titles.  Currently the editors are interested in mystery, thrillers, literary romance and literary fiction designed to be part of a series. These books should be for adults, but without explicit sex or excessive violence. Preferred length is 50,000 to 100,000 words. Send a query letter, synopsis and first three chapters. Expect a reply in three to six months. Find all the details here

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Big Pulp is now open for submissions of zombie-themed stories for an upcoming collection. Got a zombie romance, zombie space opera or zombie mystery? They’d like to see it.  Length: 2500 to 10,000 words (shorter is better.) Payment is 1 cent a word, up to $25. Find the details here. 

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As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Please give me credit as the source and include a link to the blog. Thanks!  Cindi Myers