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


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.


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


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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“Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it’s just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it.”  David Sedaris


Got an idea for a short and sexy road-trip romance? Entangled Publishing is looking for stories for a One Night In… series for both Flirts and Ever Afters. “Have a great idea for short, sexy romance on the road?  Entangled Novellas wants to see it! Whether one or both characters have embarked on a road trip, business trip, foreign port visit, planned vacay, spontaneous getaway, or any other short jaunt, characters should step outside of their comfortable worlds and into a fling or one night stand that changes everything. Whether Stateside or foreign, they are two modern adults who won’t back down from a hook up…and won’t want to let go when it’s time to go home.

Stories should be contemporary romances with a moderate to high heat level, 10k-40k words, focused on a one night stand or fling with a ticking clock (e.g. a non-refundable plane ticket home) and complicated by a fun, light-hearted romance trope (e.g. fake marriage, enemies to lovers, boardroom romance) that pulls the characters into bed even as it threatens to tear them apart. Stories should end positively with at least the promise of a HFN or a HEA obvious on the distant horizon.”

Check out all the details here.


The View From Here is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award in genre fiction. Winners will be announced in Aspen in July. coverfront_0001


Neverland’s Library is a Kickstarter anthology project seeking short stories between 2,000 and 10,000 words, “focusing on the rediscovery of the fantastic; magic, dragons, the supernatural, etc. We are looking for stories which highlight finding that which was once thought lost, incorporating fantastical and/or fictitious elements. We will not restrict how the story is told. All styles, settings, and tones are welcome.” The submission period ends on June 20, 2013. Authors selected for inclusion in the anthology will receive 3 cents a word for their stories for first anthology print rights. Get the complete details here.


Untreed Reads is looking for short stories that combine the genres of mystery/suspense and science fiction for an upcoming anthology. “Moonshot: Mystery and Mayhem on the Edge of Space.”  The digital anthology will be published in August 2013. The editors are interested in stories between 1,500 and 5,000 words. Authors will receive royalties based on digital sales. The deadline for submissions is May 30. Find all the details here.


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My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.” ~ Anais Nin


Harper Teen will publish the anthology Defy the Dark in Summer 2013. They’re holding a contest to find a story from an unpublished writer to include in the anthology. The contest is free to enter. Submit your 2,000 to 4,000 word short story that takes place in the dark. The winner receives $500 and publication in the anthology. The deadline to enter is September 1, 2012. Find all the details here.


Inspired Romance, a digital publisher of sweet and inspirational romances, in now part of Prism Books. Prism publishes inspirational romance under the Inspire imprint, sweet secular romance under the Diamond imprint, and inspirational (non-romance) fiction under its Illuminate imprint. All titles are digital first. Prism and Inspire publish all sub-genres of sweet and inspirational romance, from contemporaries to Amish books to Westerns. August 31 they’re having an open pitch day for writers who’d like to write for them. For questions write contact@inspiredromancenovels.com. Find the submission guidelines here.


If you’re written a screenplay that confronts racial or ethnic issues, the Ruby Lloyd Aspey New Play Search at the University of Alabama welcomes your submission. They’re especially interested in plays that call for multi-racial casting and meaty ethnic roles. The winner of the competition will receive $1,000 and production of the play at UAB. The deadline to enter is September 7, 2012. Find all the details here.


Always a Bridesmaid received a nice review from Passionate Book Divas. Check it out here.


That’s all for this week. Deadlines and a kitchen remodeling project have me a little scattered. As always, feel free to share the info here with others. Please give me credit as the source and include a link back to this blog. Thanks!  Cindi Myers


“The long-lived books of tomorrow are concealed somewhere amongst the so-far unpublished MSS of today.”- Philip Unwin


Amazon.com has purchased Avalon Books. Avalon published romance, mystery and westerns, primarily for the library markets. The short (50,000 words) books were sweet, with no sex, violence or cursing. Amazon purchased more than 3,000 backlist titles and as-yet-unreleased books. Amazon plans to release the books under its imprints in the near future.


Crimson Romance is the new e-book only imprint from F&W Media. F&W is the parent company of publisher Adams Media, Writer’s Digest and Writer’s Market, and many other publishign ventures. Crimson romance will publish contemporary and historical romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance and spicy romance as ebook only releases, available at CrimsonRomance.com and from all major ebook retailers. The line launched June 4 with 25 titles and will release five titles a week beginning July 1. Editor Jennifer Lawler is actively seeking complete manuscripts of around 50,000 words in all subgenres. All manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Find all the writer’s guidelines for Crimson here.


Author and editor Delilah Devlin is seeking short stories for a new romantic erotica anthology, to be called Smokin’ Hot Firemen, to be released by Cleis Press in the Summer of 2013. Submit your 1,500 to 4,500 erotic romance story featuing a smokin’ hot firemen by June 15, 2012. Payment is $50 and two copies of the anthology. Get all the details here.


I’m wrapping up my blog tour for Always a Bridesmaid this week. On Friday I’ll have stops at It’s Only a Novel and Stella Ex Libris. Stop by and post a comment and you could win a free copy of the book.

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“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”  ~E.L. Doctorow


The editors at Carina Press recently shared their preferences, and the types of manuscripts they’d like to see on their desks, through their blog. Some highlights:

Rhonda Helms is really interested in stories with strong multi-cultural elements, really funny romance, steampunk, westerns, historical novels featuring real historical figures, stories with mythological elements and futuristic stories, to name a few of the many subjects she’d like to see.

Melissa Johnson would love to see romances that cross class or cultural lines.

Alissa Davis likes geeky beta heroes, runaway brides, m/m fantasy romance, erotic historical romance and medical romance, to name a few of the subjects that capture her attention.

Mallory Braus would love to see your zombie hunter romance, your 19th or 20th century historical mystery, a story with a psychic FBI agent, and stories with quirky characters.

Alison Dasho would love a funny fantasy adventure, dark  mystery and crime (maybe the aftermath of a kidnapping) and “complicated” contemporary romance.

Denise Nielsen would love a dark, edgy Edwardian or Victorian novel or a jazz age historical. On the contemporary side, she likes unlikely heros and heroines, and modern reinterpretations of myths and legends.

Jeff Seymour likes stories that don’t fit neatly into a genre, as well as short, fast-paced adventures with series potential.

Deborah Nemeth looks for interesting sleuths around which to build a mystery series, m/m romance, epic fantasy, strong contemporary romance, unusual historicals and steampunk.

Angela James is taking on very few new clients, but she would love to find a 70,000 word erotic contemporary, a space opera, sports-themed contemporary romances and contemporary romance trilogies.

For more details, read the complete blog post here.  And you’ll find Carina Press’s writers’ guidelines here.


Do you know an aspiring young writer (ages 14-19)? One Teen Story is a new digital magazine aimed at this age group. They’re sponsoring a contest for young writers but the deadline is May 31, 2012 — tomorrow. (Sorry, I just found out about this. ) There’s no fee to enter. Stories may be any genre and can be between 1,500 and 4,000 words. Find all the details here.


Ellora’s Cave is searching for sweet Regency romances, 12,000 to 25,000 words for a Cotillion Christmas Surprise collection. Stories must be set at Christmas and center around a surprise. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2012. Find more details here.


Today I’m the guest over at The Readiacs. Stop in and say hello and you could win a copy of Always a Bridesmaid.


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My big news this week is that I have a new book out. Always a Bridesmaid is a sexy, fun romantic comedy from Entangled Indulgence.

Love can be a volcano…

After two failed relationships and six stints as a bridesmaid, Stephanie Ludlow is convinced she’s man-poison. So when her hormones point due south to her sexy new landlord, she throws up every guard in her arsenal to protect herself from heartbreak. Problem is, her cache is sadly lacking.

When Mike Brubaker’s wife left him, he focused all his energy on raising his nine-year-old son and providing a stable home. Relationships are a complication he can’t afford–until Stephanie walks into his life. She’s intelligent, irresistible, and driven, and he can’t take his mind off her, no matter how hard he tries.

Will interfering friends, an over-protective dad, and past mistakes keep them apart, or will they fight for the happiness that each deserves?

Check it out here, read the first chapter for free and grab your copy now.


If you’re looking for a high-paying market for your crime and mystery short stories, check out Criminal Element. This epublisher accepts all sub-genres of mystery and crime stories, 6,000 to 15,000 words and pays a $1,000 advance against a 25% royalty. Send the complete story and a cover letter that tells about you and your writing credits to criminalelementstories@yahoo.com. See all the guidelines here.


Puglacious Press is a new small press devoted to young adult and middle grade novels. Puglacious publishes hardcover and paperback editions of books and pays an advance agaisnt royalties. Editors Joyce Shor Johnson and Jennifer Carson are looking for historical fiction, fantasy and high adventure stories. They’re open to dystopian stories if the stories have a fantastical element. Find their submission guidelines here.


Midlife Collage hosts a weekly writing contest for “short stories about experiences in mid-life.” There’s no fee to enter and weekly winners get $50. You must be at least 40 years old to enter. Stories — which are really vignettes — should be between 250 and 400 words. For all the details go here.


The Woman Who Loved Jesse James got a terrific review this week from A Girl and Her Kindle. Reviewer Amy Brantley says. “This is by far one of the best pieces of historical fiction I have ever read.” Wow! Made my week. You can read the entire review here.


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Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil – but there is no way around them.”- Isaac Asimov


Black Lyon Publishing is celebrating its fifth anniversary as a publisher of trade paper and digital books. Black Lyon publishes contemporary, historical and paranormal romance. They publish both full-length novels and novellas. Novels are published simultaneously in e-book and paperback; novellas are e-book only. Contemporary romance may be sweet or sensual, but no erotica, 45,000 to 60,000 words. Paranormal romance should have a dark, Gothic feel and should be sensual, but not erotica, 60,000 to 80,000 words. In historical romance, the editors are open to any time period, but are especially interested in stories set in Ancient times. 65,000 to 85,000 words. Novellas, 20,000 to 40,000 words, fall into the same categories as novels, with the same guidelines. For these, the editors are especially interested in holiday themed stories. You can find all the submissions guidelines here.


Black Rose Writing is an independent publisher that publishes approximately 75 titles a year in paperback and digital format. Editor/Publisher Regan Rothe is interested in all genre fiction: romance, fantasy, horror, suspense, action-adventure, as well as non-fiction. They pay 10 percent royalties on the first 5,000 print copies sold, with escalating royalties after that. Check out their guidelines here.


Nice review of The Handsomest Prince at the Bibliophilic Book Blog.  Check it out!


Highland Press Publishing is a small, independent publisher that publishes about 30 titles a year. Though they started out specializing in historical romance, they’ve expanded to publish contemporary romance and romantic suspense titles as well. They publish full-length novels, but they’ve also had success with themed anthologies. The editors are actively seeking novella submissions for a number of upcoming anthologies:

Bling! Kick butt women who know what they want and don’t let anything get in the way of them going after it – whether it be jobs, their lives, or the men they love. 12,000-15,000 words.

Into the Sunset. Everyone loves the Old West, but cowboys abound nowadays, too. Whatever time period your hero lives in, create your magic and let us know how love thrives under the western sky. 12,000-15,000 words.

Danger In His Arms. Suspense and intrigue abound as women fall for men who are not only dangerous to the current situation they find themselves embroiled in, but also to their vulnerable hearts. 12,000-15,000 words.

Regency Royale — Traditional Regency stories, 15,000 – 20,000 words.


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