“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

“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


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.



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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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



I’m back from vacation and have not one, but two brand new books out.  Get ’em while they’re hot!



Pockets magazine is looking for Christian fiction aimed at children ages 6-12, with the theme of “laughter” for the July 2014 issue. Send your story of 600 to 1000 words that explores this theme. Payment is 10 to 14 cents a word. The deadline for submissions is December 1. For more information, go here. 


If you write snarky, irreverent humor, The Family Farce is looking for you. This new online publication is looking for funny short stories related to the theme of family — 1,000 to 5,000 words. Payment is approximately 17 cents a word.  Find their submission guidelines here.


Harlequin is hosting an Editor Pitch Challenge with Editor Ann Leslie Tuttle. If you’re accepted for the challenge you’ll be able to pitch directly to Ms. Tuttle for Harlequin’s contemporary, digital first imprint.  Start by attending the live chat with Ms. Tuttle on November 5th. Submit your 100-word blurb by November 14th.  You’ll be notified by November 18th if you’ve been selected for the challenge, which will take place on November 21st.  Find all the details here. 


MacMillan Publishing Group is launging Swoon Reads, a YA romance imprint which will publish both digital and print books, based on ratings and reviews from readers.  Manuscripts that receive the most positive ratings will be in the running for a publication contract with a $15,000 advance and an option for the author’s next book.  These should be love stories for readers 16 to 19 or 19-23, with happy endings, set in any time period and any sub-genre of romance. No erotica.  Length: 50,000 to 70,000 words.  Get all the details here. 


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

After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.
― Philip Pullman


My last blog post looked at the Spotlight on Harlequin Series Romance from the Romance Writers of America convention in Atlanta. This week, I’m focusing on Harlequin Single Title. Margaret Marbury, VP Single Title Editorial, opened the Spotlight. Harlequin Single Title has a number of new editors, as well as maintaining some of the long-time editorial staff.

In 2013 so far, 15 Harlequin Single Title releases have hit the New York Times bestseller list. They have had 13 starred reviews in Publishers Weekly.  She talked about the Harlequin Single Title “boutique” approach to publishing, with an individualized promotion plan for each book, career planning for authors and editorial involvement.  Harlequin has global distribution in 110 markets in 34 languages.

HQN, Mira and Harlequin Teen are expanding into digital first programs. Both existing and new single title authors will be eligible for this program. HQN, Mira and Teen digital first programs are looking for books that align with the types of books they are already publishing in the lines in print.

Tara Parsons, Executive Editor of Mira, spoke next. Mira publishes “big, mainstream fiction.” They focus on commercial fiction, women’s fiction, thrillers and paranormal fiction. They publish in hardcover, mass market and trade paperback. She introduced some of the Mira editors: Paula Eykelhof, Nicole Brebner, Erika Imranyi, Emily Ohanjanians, Leslie Wainger, Michelle Mead and Leanna Waldrip.

Whether for traditional or digital publications, the editors at Mira are looking for mainstream books that appeal primarily to women. They may be contemporary or historical. Books should be commercial fiction , with universal themes that appeal to a broad audience. They’re looking for fresh voices, unforgettable characters and great stories. “The kind of book you would pass along to your neighbor or your mom.” Mira publishes about 110 titles a year in all formats. Right now they are particularly looking for new authors for their Trade program.

Susan Swinwood, executive editor for HQN and Luna, spoke next.  She first addressed the difference between Mira and HQN. Mira is focused on mainstream fiction that may or may not have romantic elements, but HQN focuses on romance – all sub-genres – contemporary, historical, paranormal, romantic suspense, etc. They publish primarily mass market, but also trade and hardcover. The romances may be sweet or scorching. They love small communities and cowboys. On the historical side, they love everything from medieval Scotland to Regency London to China’s Tang dynasty. With paranormal, they’re publishing a variety of series, as they are with romantic suspense. HQN does between 80 and 90 books a year, a combination of new books and re-releases. She particularly interested in emotional, layered stories, as well as more historical for the line.

In HQN Digital, they’re publishing New Adult titles.

Susan also oversees Luna, which publishes female-focused fantasy, including urban fantasy. She introduced Margo Lipshultz, Kate Dresser, and Kate Studer as part of the editorial team.

Executive Editor Natasha Wilson spoke about Harlequin Teen. They publish commercial young adult fiction aimed at girls 13 to 18. They publish thrillers, horror, steampunk, contemporary and historical fiction. They look for an authentic teen character and a strong voice. “I want a story that is one I feel like I haven’t read before.” They are looking for themes that resonate with teens. They are a small program, with about 36 titles a year.  They have long published digital first novellas and prequels, but this fall will add digital-first original novels. She introduced some of the Teen editorial staff on site: T.S. Ferguson and Annie Stone. Margo Lipshultz and Mary Theresa Hussey also acquire for the line.

The Harlequin Single Title lines usually take agented material only. The exception to that is that if you meet an editor at a conference and that editor requests your work, you can go directly to the editor without an agent.



My upcoming book, The Mountain Between Us, received a nice review from Publisher’s Weekly:

“Myers’s follow-up to The View from Here revisits the sleepy mountain town of Eureka, Colo., and presents its inhabitants with a new set of conflicts and obstacles. Maggie Stevens landed in Eureka after fleeing a bitter divorce, but now that it’s finally starting to feel like home, she’s been thrown another curveball: she’s pregnant and not sure her baby’s ski bum/bartender father, Jameso, is ready to settle down. Single mother Olivia Theriot is another relatively recent arrival: her boyfriend, D.J., has followed her to Colorado after returning from serving in Iraq. He’s ready to reconcile, but Olivia is finding it hard to let him back into her life. Meanwhile, Eureka’s mayor (and Olivia’s mother), Lucille, has fallen for a good-looking con man who empties the town’s coffers and flees. With the holidays approaching and a hard winter taking hold, everyone in Eureka bands together—and some unlikely alliances form—to deploy a crafty plan to replenish their treasury. New readers might find it hard to jump into the middle of the action, but Myers has found enough fresh escapades for her characters to satisfy fans of their first outing. A gratifying, if inevitable, happy ending leaves plenty of room for further adventures.”

The book goes on sale October 29.


Colorado Review, the literary magazine published by Colorado State University, is accepting short stories for its next issue. They are looking for literary fiction (no genre fiction) between 15 and 25 manuscript pages.  They pay $5 per printed page, up to $25. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2014. Find out more here.


Entangled Publishing is seeking more manuscripts for two of its imprints. For the Covet line of paranormal romance, the editors want 50,000 to 70,000 word manuscripts with alpha heroes, tough heroines and spicy romance. Specific things they’d like to see include: ghost stories, gargoyles, a contemporary gothic romance, witches, and mythologies from other cultures. Find all the details here. 

Brazen is Entangled’s line of sexy contemporary romance. This is Entantled’s best-selling line. The editors here would like sexy stories set in small towns; darker, edgier stories; wrong-bed stories; friends to lovers; enemies to lovers; cowboys and alpha blue collar heroes. Brazen is also offering an interesting opportunity. If you’d be interested in working with them to write books for which they already have ideas, submit an “audition” which includes your best sex scene between the hero and heroine, as well as some sexy banter between these two characters.  If the editors like what they see, they’ll give you a basic plot and characters and ask you to develop them. For information on auditions and for general Brazen submissions, go here.


As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others — reprint it, repost it and pass it on. Please give me credit at the source, and include a link to this blog. Thanks.  Cindi Myers





This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can appreciate my work’ and it has simply come back stamped ‘Not at this address’. Just keep looking for the right address.“- Barbara Kingsolver


This week, I continue my series summarizing the publisher spotlights from the Romance Writers of America convention in Atlanta, with the Spotlight on Harlequin Series

Kathleen Scheibling, Senior Editor of American Romance and Blaze began the spotlight with an overview of Harlequin series romance. Harlequin has 19 series, from steamy to heartwarming. Though Harlequin publishes many types of fiction, they’re probably best known for their series romance. Harlequin books are sold in 35,000 retail outlets in North America in mass market paperback. They also publish every title in digital format.

Harlequin is always looking for new authors, and has signed 39 new authors so far this year. Harlequin is very easy to submit to – find the guidelines online and submit via email. You don’t have to have an agent to submit to Harlequin series. You can follow Harlequin editors on social media to learn what they’re like and what they’re looking for.

Melissa Endlich talking about the variety of series in Harlequin and specifically the types of heroes in the series. In the Passion category – Presents, Desire, Blaze and Kiss. Heroes are “seductive, confident, and commanding.” Alpha Males.

Home and Family – Harlequin Romance, American Romance,  Special Edition and Heartwarming and Medical. These heroes are warm and dynamic, caring but not wimps. The boy next door.

Inspirational – Love Inspired, LI Suspense, LI Historical and Heartsong – sweet but strong, with a core of faith that is important in their lives.

Romantic Suspense – Harlequin Intrigue and Romantic Suspense. These heroes are strong and protective.

Romance With More – Super Romance. The heroes are complex and relatable. They are true to life while facing high-stakes scenarios.

African American – Kimani Romance. These heroes are sophisticated and driven, compelling, ambitious and wealthy

Historical – Harlequin Historical – passionate, strong and swoon-worthy

Paranormal – Nocturne – mysterious and sexy

Malle Valick spoke next. She is the director of editorial digital submissions. Cosmo Red Hot Reads is a new series that launched August 15. Two books a month, digital first, 30,000 words – contemporary, fun and sexy. Contemporary heroines have a great romantic adventure with hot sex. Cosmopolitain Magazine is cross-promoting this line.

Harlequin E is Harlequin Series’ line of digital first books. The editors are actively looking for a wide variety of content for the digital lines. Check out the guidelines here

Joanne Grant talked about Harlequin’s annual contest “So You Think You Can Write.”  Contestants submit first chapters, which are voted on by the public. Editors read the semi-finalist manuscripts and the public chooses the winner from three finalists. The winner receives a publishing contract with Harlequin. But editors have also brought several non-winners whose entries they liked. Find out more at the So You Think You Can Write website.


Pelican Book Group, a Christian publishing house, is launching a new YA imprint, Watershed, and is seeking manuscripts. The editors are interested in Christian fiction that will appeal to readers ages 14 to 19, 25,000 to 65,000 words. Stories may be in any sub-genre, including romance, mystery, westerns, action-adventure, science fiction/fantasy, and coming-of-age stories. Watershed titles will be published in digital format. They do not accept previously self-published work. For detailed guidelines, click here.


In addition to Young Adult manuscripts, Pelican is also looking for novellas for a couple of themed collections.

Easter Lilies: historical or contemporary romance, 15,000 to 25,000 words, based on a defining scripture (listed in the guidelines. Heroes and heroines should be between 25 and 35 years old. The story should also incorporate Easter lilies. Deadline for submissions is September 30, 2013.

Christmas Holiday Extravaganza: Stories 15,000 to 25,000 words, either romance or general fiction. Christian fiction with a Christmas theme. Deadline for submissions in May 1, 2014.


Read Short Fiction, an online literary magazine, is looking for short stories in all genres except erotica. They’re open to stories between 1,500 and 4,000 words, with a particular interest in shorter works. They pay five cents a word, up to $150. They accept only previously unpublished submissions. Check out the details here.


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


Only six weeks until the release of The Mountain Between Us, book two in my Eureka County series. Find out more here. Check out this video for more.  Mountainbetweencoversmall








“I can’t help but to write, I have an inner need for it. If I’m not in the middle of some literary project, I’m utterly lost, unhappy and distressed. As soon as I get started, I calm down.” Kaari Utrio


This week, I’m continuing my summary of publisher spotlights from the Romance Writers of America convention in Atlanta. This week: St Martin’s Press.

Jennifer Enderlin presented this Spotlight with her usual enthusiasm. She stressed that St. Martin’s is very interested in finding new authors.

She began with an overview of St. Martin’s press. They publish all types of fiction in all formats – women’s fiction, romance, mystery, paranormal, historical, young adult, new adult, thrillers, etc, etc. They publish 3-4 mass market romances a month. They almost always offer a multi-book contract, even to new authors. They are interested in developing and growing careers. “We buy what we love.”

She talked about St. Martin’s as a company. They are owned by a German billionaire, and though it’s a huge, multi-national company, the focus is still on producing good books. “It’s a company run by human beings, not bean counters.” She talked about what she’s looking for. She edits historical and contemporary romance, suspense and women’s fiction. She’s not looking for anything in particular but “I want to feel something, and I want to be surprised.” She wants a book where the story takes over. She usually works with literary agents, but she is open to email queries from unagented authors – expect a reply only if she’s interested. In your query, say who you are, what the book is and why you think it’s right for her. For example, you could talk about other authors she has edited that are similar to yours. If she requests material from you, you will get a personal response from her.

Monique Patterson spoke next. She edits 30 to 35 authors in different areas, including women’s fiction, romance, historical, paranormal, romantic suspense and erotica. She’s not interested in sweet romance and inspirational, but she’s open to pretty much anything else. When she picks up a submission, she wants to be transported. Sometimes she’s captured by the author’s voice. If she sees something in your work, but the project isn’t right, she will ask for something else. She is open to submissions from unagented authors, but she prefers a full proposal (synopsis and first three chapters) over a query letter.

Rose Hilyard edits all sub-genres in romance, erotica, new adult and young adult. She recently bought a new adult author who was unagented and previously unpublished, who she met at a conference.  In young adult and new adult she likes “really romancy” stories. She prefers agented material, but will consider unagented material though she admits she’s prejudiced against unagented work.

Holly Ingraham edits romance and young adult. She likes the variety, and is open to everything in romance. She’s also looking to expand her mystery list and wants some really good cozy mysteries with strong female protagonists. She is also interested in emotional women’s fiction. She accepts unagented email queries.

Heather Waters is the site manager for HeroesandHeartbreakers.com, a romance community site utilized by several publishers, including St. Martin’s. She is looking for short stories in any romance sub-genre, 10,000 to 15,000 words, plus serials to publish online. They do pay for these. Find out more here

St. Martin’s is open to self-published authors, to previously published authors, to previously unpublished authors, to both agented and unagented authors.


Harlequin Intrigue is actively soliciting gothic suspense stories for it’s new Shivers line — a digital only line of stories in the spiriti of Phyllis Whitney, Barbara Michaels and others. Sr. Editor Denise Zaza outlined what she’s looking for in this blog post.  She’s looking for sensuous stories with dark and dangerous heroes and scary thrills for the reader. Stories would ideally be between 30,000 and 50,000 words, but since they’re digital, editors can be flexible about the word count. Find the guidelines for Shivers here (and know that they are still actively taking submissions, even though the fast track period mentioned at the top of the guidelines has passed.)


Scandalous, Entangled Publishing’s historical romance line, is looking for novella submissions for an anthology to be released in 2014.  They’ve designed a book cover, featuring a woman’s photo (which you can see here). The title of a collection will be “Who’s That Girl?” Write a story about who you think the woman in the story is. Your story should be 20,000 to 25,000 words and be set in the early 20th century. Submissions are due by February 15, 2014.  Find all the details at the above link.


As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Reprint, repost, retweet, etc. All I ask is that you give me credit as the source of the information. Thank you.  Cindi



We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”
―     Kurt Vonnegut


Harlequin E Shivers is looking for your new gothic!
From Monday July 22nd, 2013, to midnight EST on Friday, August 2nd, 2013, anyone who submits to Harlequin E Shivers will be personally reviewed by a Harlequin E Shivers team member, and is guaranteed a fast response with personal feedback. They’re promising to respond to all submissions by September 13.
What is Harlequin E Shivers? Shivers stories are moody, atmospheric, lush gothic-inspired stories with high sensuality. We are updating the pulp gothic as a rich romance with dark, sexy, mysterious heroes and anti-heroes and sensible heroines beguiled by male magnetism and allure against all better judgment. The focus is on the building sensual tension and the sumptuously scary surroundings that this chilling type of story elicits in the reader. Shivers are exactly what the reader will feel both from the mystery suspense and the carnal romance. The perfect Shivers story is 30,000-50,000 words, but the editors are open to both shorter and longer stories.

  • Comparative Authors: Amanda Stevens, Barbara J. Hancock
  • Movie/TV Examples: The Others, True Blood

What’s in it for you? You get to bypass the slush pile and go straight to an acquiring Harlequin team member. We are actively looking for enthusiastic, talented new voices to join our existing roster of Harlequin digital-first authors. For this limited time only, when you submit to Harlequin E Shivers you will receive feedback from a Harlequin team member. Additionally, we will respond to your submission within a six week timeframe of receipt (by September 13).
To be eligible you MUST do the following:

  1. Submit to Submit_HDigital@harlequin.com using the subject line HARLEQUIN SHIVERS (caps are required, please!) title, author name.
  2. One fully completed manuscript per author for this opportunity.
  3. You must follow submission guidelines and include all required components. Incomplete submissions will be deleted. Please review submission guidelines here: http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage…1734&chapter=0
  4. We are only accepting manuscripts that have never been submitted to Harlequin Digital First before.
  5. This opportunity applies to Shivers only. While we will be accepting regular submissions during this time, the 6-week feedback guarantee applies to Shivers submissions only.

FAQs: Q: Can I submit more than one manuscript at a time? A : No. At this time we are limiting submissions to one per author.
Q: My book is the first in a series. Can I submit all the books in the series to you? A: For series, please send the first book with synopsis, as well as a description of the vision you have for the series. If we love the first book, we will likely ask for more!
Q: What if I already have a submission pending with you? A: If you have submitted to Harlequin Shivers and you haven’t yet heard back from us, please send an email with the subject line HARLEQUIN SHIVERS EXISTING SUBMISSION and we will find it and provide feedback within 6 weeks. You are still eligible for the special submissions call!
Q: I have a submission for one of the other Harlequin digital-first lines (not Shivers). Do I still get feedback? A: At this time we are offering this opportunity for Harlequin Shivers submissions only. We are still accepting submissions for our other genres, but our 6-week feedback guarantee only applies to Harlequin Shivers.

Peaches Magazine  accepts fiction stories of erotica, lust, sexuality, and self-image for a female readership. Stories should be between 700 and 2K words and can include elements of sci-fi, supernatural, fantasy, or transcendentalism. Payment is $50/story.
Speeding Star is a new imprint of Enslow Publishers that will focus on books for boys 3rd grade to high school. The editors are looking for manuscripts of 5,000 to 12,000 words that will appeal to boys in this age group. They welcome mysteries, adventure tales, fantasy, horror, and sports fiction. The books should have male protagonists, but should also contain female characters, and characters from diverse backgrounds. Find out more here.
Noble Romance, a digital publisher, is seeking manuscripts for its new Young Adult line. Stories should feature characters 18-24 years old. Noble publishes all sub-genres. The editors welcome everything from 3,000 word short stories to novels of 30,000 words and up. Noble pays up to a $1,000 advance, plus royalties. You can request a sample contract to reveiw before you submit to them. Find all the details here.
As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Repost, reprint and reuse — all I ask is that you credit me as the source, and include a link to this blog. Thank you.  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.


As always, feel free to share the information in this blog with others. Forward, reprint, repost, etc — all I ask is that you give me credit as the source, and includ a link to the blog. Thanks. Cindi Myers



You don’t find time to write. You make time. It’s my job.”

– Nora Roberts


Harlequin Blaze is sponsoring a contest for those who want to write for the line. Submit your first chapter and a brief synopsis (no more than 10 pages) to the contest by June 1, 2013. The contest is free to enter and you could win a Harlequin editor for a month to mentor you, or a one-time consultation with an editor. One entry per person. Find all the details here.


Grand Central Publishing has plans to expand its Forever romance imprint, from 64 titles last year to 120 titles this year and 190 titles in 2014. They’ll also be releasing more titles in their ebook only imprint, Forever Yours. While Grand Central normally takes only agented submissions, the editors are open to unagented submissions for Forever Yours. They’re looking for manuscripts between 8,000 and 100,000 words in all romance sub-genres, including contemporary, historical, paranormal, romantic comedy, time travel, romantic suspense, westerns, urban fantasy, futuristic romance, fantasy romance, inspirational and erotica. Your submission package should contain a query letter, a 3-5 page synopsis and your complete manuscript. Find all the details here.


Hagerstown Community College in Hagerstown, Maryland is sponsoring the Nora Roberts Writing Institute August 2 and 3, 2013. The two-day retreat is designed to help beginning and aspiring writers learn the fundamentals of writing from professionals. There’s also a Young Writers Institute for students in grandes 10-12. Find out more here.


Longtime editor of Mira Books, Valerie Gray is retiring at the end of March. In the wake of her leaving, Tara Parsons will assume the role of executive editor, Harlequin MIRA. Susan Swinwood will take over as executive editor, Harlequin HQN and LUNA, and Margo Lipschultz will be senior editor, Harlequin HQN and LUNA.

Peter Senftleben has been promoted to Associate Editor at Kensington Books.

Kaela Myers, Anna Pitoniak and Sam Nicholson are now Associate Editors at Random House.


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After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
―    Philip Pullman


Harlequin is partnering with Cosmopolitain Magazine to launch a line of digital-first stories “for the Cosmo woman” — Cosmo Red Hot Reads. These fun, sexy stories will be 25,000 to 30,000 words, and will be contemporary, set in international, urban locales, with independent, adventurous heroines in their 20s. . The stories will be romances, but very sexy, with love scenes that “are fantasy-oriented and push the envelope.” Stories should be fast-paced, with strong conflicts and lots of witty dialogue. Though the stories may feature multiple points of view, the heroine drives the story. They’ll publish two stories a month, beginning in Spring/Summer of 2013. Editors are interested in complete manuscripts only. You’ll find detailed writer’s guidelines and submission instructions here.


Entangled Publishing announced this week that it’s launching a digital first line of stories for teens, Entangled DigiTeen. They’ll continue their single-title print program, Entangled Teen as well, with Stacy Cantor Abrams heading up both lines. Former Simon & Schuster editor Danielle Poiesz joins Entangled to head up the print program, Entangled Select, as well as a new digital first line, Entangled Edge. No details yet on what Entangled Edge will be — watch this blog for details as they become available.


coverfront_0001If you loved the show Northern Exposure, if you like stories set in distinctive settings with an ongoing, interesting cast of characters, or if you want to sample my writing but romance novels aren’t really your thing, my newest release, The View From Here, just might be for you. It’s available in trade paperback and ebook formats pretty much everywhere. Give it a try and let me know what you think.



Tor.com has updated their writer’s guidelines and they’re worth reading. Tor.com publishes short (under 12,000 words) speculative fiction stories — fantasy, science fiction, horror, alternate history, etc — and pays 25 cents a word for the stories they publish. The editors also work for Tor Books, but the online short story project is a separate venture. Find all the details on submitting your story here. Once you send it in, expect to wait 9 months for a reply.


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