Thursday, December 31, 2009
This is an awesome contest and a great opportunity to get your work in front of Agents and Editors, and the best thing about it is, it's FREE!
This year (and every year) they have a great panel of agents and editors. Just look at the lineup!
- Alex Logan of Grand Central Publishing
- Deb Werksman of Sourcebooks
- Theresa Stevens of Red Sage
- Susan Swinwood of Harlequin/Mira/Spice
- Esi Sogah of Avon Books,
- Kelli Martin of Kumani
- Christine Witthohn of Book Cents Literary Agency
- Laura Bradford of Bradford Literary Agency
- Elizabeth Pomada of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency
Also, they've added a new feature to the contest website, which I think is pretty cool. Videos from each of the agents and editors on the panel, telling what makes them request more after reading a contest entry.
To enter, submit the first 1,000 words or less of an unpublished romance, chick lit, or mainstream fiction with romantic elements novel/novella. Each Wednesday, from January 13, 2010 to March 3, 2010, Rachelle Chase will select a finalist from that week’s entries and post it on the Finalists page. Visitors are invited to post comments.
So, even though the official date to enter your submission begins tomorrow, you can submit your entry every week until March 2, 2010 (as long as it doesn't get chosen).
I entered Dangerous Desire in the 2007 contest, and although I didn't win, I was the Week 6 Mini Critique Winner and I received some great critiques from Leah and Rochelle.
So, if you're interested in entering, go here for rules and guidelines.
Best of Luck, and Happy New Year!
Chase The Dream Contest
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
(Note: I'm not familiar with any of these contests. Please do your research before entering.)
Deadline: March 1, 2010 (postmarked)
Entry fee: $10 per manuscript
Theme: “The Power of Three”. Prizes: 1st -$75; 2nd - $40; Judge’s Merit Award - $20. A complete but very short story of 100 words or fewer (titles not included in word count). Multiple entries may besubmitted, $10 entry fee for each entry, check or money order payable to PikesPeak Branch NLAPW (a non-profit organization). Entries must pertain to the theme, should benarrative in form, that is, should “tell a story.” All genres welcome, no poetry. Submitters need not live in Colorado orbe a member of Pen Women to enter; male writers are welcome to participate. Obtain an EntryForm, with rules for submission, by accessingon-line at: www.ppb-NLAPW.org Click on “Contests,” then on “Click Here”for Entry Form and submission rules. Forquestions or further information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org(inquiries only/no submissions). Winners will be notified byApril 15, 2010.
Entry Fee: $17.00
Categories: fiction, poetry, short-short fiction, & creative non-fiction
Prizes: $4,000 ($1,000 for first prize in each category) plus print & online publication
For Contest Rules & Online Submissions: http://www.newmillenniumwritings.com/
Submission deadline: January 31, 2010
Nominations for the 2010 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing will be accepted through January 31, 2010. This award, given by Stanford University Libraries in partnership with the William Saroyan Foundation, recognizes newly published works of fiction and non-fiction with a $5,000 award for the winner in each category. The prize is designed to encourage new or emerging writers and honor the Saroyan literary legacy of originality, vitality and stylistic innovation. For more information, including official entry forms, contest rules, a press release, and other information on the prize, visit the Saroyan Prize website: http://library.stanford.edu/saroyan/
DEADLINE: January 15, 2010
GENRE: Poetry, short stories, nonfiction and books
DETAILS: Literary manuscripts or published books that "best portrays the spirit, character, strength, and deeds of those who lived in the Republic of Texas" (1836-46). Entries may be fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, plays, short stories, novels, or biographies (all genres compete together).
DEADLINE: January 31, 2010
GENRE: Short Stories
OPEN TO: Anyone 16+
DETAILS: Write a children's story based on your family. Stories may be any length up to 750 words. Stories for beginning readers should not exceed 475 words.
PRIZE: 3 prizes of $1000 or tuition for the Highlights Foundation
Writers Workshop at Chautauqua. http://www.highlights.com/highlights-fiction-contest
Deadline: January 15, 2010
Entry Fee: $20
Deadline extended. Geist (Vancouver, BC) invites entries for their 6th Annual Geist Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest. First prize: $250. Submit a postcard along with a story that relates to the image. 500 words max. Entry Fee: $20 (includes subscription), $5 for each additional entry.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Let me explain. Back in the summer I was having IP problems so I decided to switch (back) to Comcast. Well, at the time (which I didn't even know until a customer rep told me when I signed up) Comcast was running an awesome promotional special. New customers who signed up within a certain time frame would get a Free Dell Netbook 10v! Awesome, right?
But (you knew there was going to be a
Well, long story short, I signed at the end of August, which was within the promotional time frame, so when my 90 days were up last month, I began wondering when/if I'd receive my "gift", so to avoid calling them and being switched from one person to another and holding forever, I decided to check online first.
I went to Comcast's website and without much luck, looked for something, anything about the Netbook promotion, but I could find nothing, nada. I was just about to give up and call the Comcast office when I accidentally discovered a forum that was discussing... you guessed it, the Netbook promotion!
At first, it didn't look good. All the post's were negative. People bad mouthing the company, complaining about the service, etc., etc., etc., but then, all of a sudden it started to actually look ... promising.There, near the very bottom of the page was a post by someone who actually gave some positive and helpful feedback. They even posted a link to a website you could go to and check the status of your promotion and everything (I wonder why Comcast just couldn't have put that information somewhere on the website where you could actually find it?).
Then, just when I was making a bit of progress, on Friday I got a letter from Comcast confirming that my Netbook was scheduled to ship on 12/04/2009. The delivery date is Tuesday, 12/08/09, and guess what? They even had the tracking number! Woo-hoo! Well, you better believe I went straight to the UPS site and I've been tracking that baby ever since.
It appears that my Netbook is in transit. It shipped from LAWNSIDE, NJ on the 4th and right now it's in NEW STANTON, PA, where it has been since yesterday. Slowly but surely it's making its way to my front door step in Michigan. What a relief. *sigh*
I can't help but wonder what color it will be. On the Dell Netbook 10v web page I saw that you could choose from some really pretty colors and designs, but they never asked what color we wanted (yeah, right). I bet they'll send them in basic black or maybe white. If I had my choice I'd pick red, it's just so pretty. But, beggars can't be choosers. I'm just thankful I'm actually getting a Netbook. And just in time for Christmas, too. What a great Christmas present!
I've heard a LOT of good things about Netbooks. It seems everyone who owns one just loves them. What about you? Do you have a Netbook, and if so, how do you like it?
Monday, November 30, 2009
*AudioLark* ONLY publishes audio books. We only contract audio rights. We match your manuscript with the perfect narrator and create a seamless, professional audio book to sell on our site and through our distributors.
*AudioLark *offers authors 15% of gross sales on our site, and 25% of net sales through distributor sites. Royalties are paid quarterly within 30 days of the end of the quarter in which the sales were made.
We prefer manuscripts that have already been published as ebooks or in print. At this time, we do not have the capability to edit novels. We will make an exception for unpublished works by previously published authors (for example, we'll gladly take a short story if you've published novels and novellas before). Authors should realize that publishing with us first may make it hard to find an electronic or print publisher afterwards for their manuscript. Most ebook publishers, however, do not mind if you retain your audio rights.
Authors MUST have audio rights to their work or we will not consider it. Do NOT approach us if you haven't yet secured audio rights to a published manuscript.
We are interested in all sorts of romance genres, from contemporary to historical, chick lit to paranormal, suspense to science fiction to novels with romantic elements. We are not accepting young adult at this time.
Check back to see if this changes.
We are accepting all heat levels, as well, and would like to offer our readers a full range of story options, from ultra sweet to scorching hot.
Our guidelines mirror most other romance publishers. Erotica is fine, pornography is not. We reserve the right to draw the line where we will. We will not accept stories that include rape, bestiality, sex with anyone under18, incest, necrophilia, racism, sexism, intolerance of others' religion or sexual preference.
Please submit all manuscripts to email@example.com. *Include in your email your name, pen name, manuscript length, genre and steaminess level.*
Manuscripts may be submitted as a pdf if published (preferred), or as a MicroSoft Word 2003 doc file. If we encounter any errors, we will ask for another format. Please send the entire manuscript as we make decisions quite quickly. Our response time is generally one – two weeks.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Now that I joined, the thing is, I really don't know what to Tweet. I've been watching and reading the people I follow so as to get an idea what it's all about, and what I've discovered is that you basically just Tweet about anything.
Some Tweet about personal stuff, like what they're doing or what they've done, where they're going or what they ate. Some market their books, some post links to blogs, websites, contests and such, and some Tweet about nothing in particular. In other words, you can Tweet about whatever floats your boat. :)
I'll admit I really like the short and to the point info. Love it. You don't have to read through tons of stuff just to get to the meat of the subject like you sometimes do on email groups. That's a HUGE plus.
I'm a little shy about Tweeting. Don't know why. I've been blogging for over a year, and I belong to tons of writers eloops (where I lurk a LOT). So far I Tweeted once and I did one retweet (Woo-hoo. You go girl!). Guess it's going to take me a little while to get used to it.
So, do you Tweet? If so, feel free to follow me. And please bear with me, as I'm new to this and am just learning the ropes. :)
P.S. FYI, I ran across some good blog posts about tweeting. I've listed them below if you're interested.
How To Use Twitter - Tips For Bloggers
Rajesh Raina [dot] net
Friday, November 27, 2009
Call to Writers: The Fiction Flyer, a quarterly free ezine is seeking qualified articles and fiction stories, including articles on the craft of writing, short fiction stories and flash fiction, poems and/or artwork (the last for our Other Author Art feature) for the first issue of 2010.
The ezine is provided as a free service to writers, and in this spirit, we can offer you what we get from it: exposure. Currently, we have about 1,000 subscribers, so your work will be read. We welcome reprints as well, and you retain all copyright to your work. New subscribers get a free ad featuring your book or book event.
A. Contest submission guidelines are listed individually for each contest. If we are sponsoring a contest, you will find it in the Table of Contents.
B. Flash Fiction submission guidelines Email submissions. In the Subject Heading: Flash Fiction Submission. In the body of the email include: Your name, story title, email address, word count, bio (up to 50 words), purchasing link to your book(s), blog or website (optional) and your story. Please use size 10 arial font. Send to Raymond Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
C. Short Fiction Stories Same as Flash Fiction above, but word count is up to 1,000 words and email submissions to email@example.com. Write Short Story Submission in the subject heading.
D. Advertising Submission Guidelines
1. A short blurb under 100 words about your book or event
2. A jpeg or gif of your book cover as an attachment.
3. A link to your publisher.
4. A short bio under 50 words.
D. Article Submission Guidelines:
Each issue of The Fiction Flyer is packed with information for readers and writers of fiction. We welcome article submissions that will stimulate, motivate, persuade, entertain or inform our readers on topics pertaining to the craft of writing.
We are accepting original work as well as reprints for articles. Please advise us if your article is a reprint and provide the particulars for the first publication so we can credit the publisher. The author retains all other rights. Up to 2,000 words.
1. No obscene language, pornography or excessive violence.
2. Length: 500 to 2,000 words.
4. Use Arial 10 point font
5. Electronic submissions only -- include in the body of your
email. No attachments
6. We reserve to right to edit work (don't worry – it's light if we
do it at all)
7. Simultaneous submissions accepted
8. All articles/stories are archived at http://www.tri-studio.com/ezine.html
Fiction Flyer Website
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The Wild Rose Press Introduces a Special Submission Call from Crimson Rose Jewels of the Night…
- Must involve a high level of danger
- Can be in any region of the world
- Can be any timeframe as long as the most prevalent elements are romance and intrigue
- Stories must be complete. With a word-length between 20,000 and 60,000 words (miniature rose or rosebud length)
- Must be an original, never-before published work and you must own the rights to it.
- To qualify for the launch, submission must arrive on or before March 31, 2010
- Manuscripts must be formatted per standard formatting rules (Times New Roman, 12 pt, double-spaced, 1 in. margins, numbered pages)
- Submission call is open to both published and unpublished writers
- Story content must adhere to posted Crimson Rose guidelines as posted on the submissions page of www.thewildrosepress.com
- The synopsis
- Your Real name
- Pseudonym, if applicable
- Your contact email
WRP CR Submission Page
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Blog Pitch Contest With Kensington Assistant Editor Peter Senftleben & Marcel Lyon Literary Agent Kevan Lyon
THE SEASON PITCH CONTEST rules are as follows (snipped from the site):
1. Accepting only pitches for novel length manuscripts that are complete. And I mean complete as in polished and ready to go within a week of any possible requests.
2. The winner or winners will receive a critique of the first 25 pages of your manuscript. If Kevan and Peter pick the same manuscript as the winner, then the winner will receive a critique from both.
3. The pitches will be posted on this blog (on The Season Blog NOT here on RWW) in the comment section on November 30th. Posting will be open at 7:00 am (for active forum members, it will open 6:00 am). The max number of pitches being accepted is 200 or 6:00 pm, which ever comes first.
4. The top 10 pitches will be chosen by both Kevan and Peter. The finalists will be asked to furnish the first 3 pages of their manuscript and proof that the manuscript is complete. There is no wiggle room here. The manuscript MUST BE COMPLETE. If you cannot furnish proof of a complete novel length manuscript, you will be disqualified.
5. The pitch cannot be more than 150 words in length. Again, there will be no wiggle room on this word count. Your pitch will be disqualified if it goes over.
6. Only one pitch per person. If it’s discovered that you entered two using different names, you will be automatically disqualified. The only exception is that if we are shy of 100 entries by 6:00 pm, you will be eligible to post another pitch until 100 pitches is met.
7. The winner will be asked to furnish the first 25 pages of their manuscipt or 5000 words, whichever comes first. Please end at the end of a chapter. There is some wiggle room in page and word count in order to achieve this.
8. I’ve linked Peter and Kevan’s name to their respective websites where they list the genres they are accepting. Please check to make sure they are acquiring your genre or sub-genre.
9. This contest is for unpublished authors and by unpublished I mean has never been published by a traditional print publisher. If you have been published by an e-publisher and your book has a print edition, you are still eligible to enter.
10. The finalists will be notified the week of November 30th. The winner will be announced December 7th.
If you have any additional questions regarding this contest, you can either leave a comment on the blog post, or email Bev at historicals at historicalromancereleases.com.
See the blog for rules and guidelines.
The Season Blog
Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
Peter Senftleben, Kensington Assistant Editor
I'm sure most of you are familiar with Candy Haven's Fast Draft Challenge. If not, I blogged about it here. Well, in addition to Fast Draft, Candy now also host's another challenge called The Writing Game.
What is The Writing Game, you ask? Okay, I'll tell you. The rules are simple. Here's is how it works...
Each day for about a week, Candy will draw a number out of a hat and you write that many words that day. It could range from 250 words, which is one page, to 5000 words, which is 20 pages. The good thing is, you can bank pages. So, say you write 500 words on a 250 page day, you can bank those extra 250 words/extra pages for another day. Simple, huh?
And for those of you who are stuck in revisions, Candy does a daily page count (instead of word count), only these pages can range from two pages a day to 30. If you revise more than the required pages, you can bank those pages for another day as well.
It really is easier than it sounds.
1. No whining (This is one rule that you should take very seriously.)
2. Post your word count each day, including any banked numbers, on the
Write_WorkshopChat@yahoogroups.com This is a separate loop from the main group we post to (Write_Workshop@yahoogroups.com), so you'll need to join if you aren't already a member. This is also the place you can ask questions.
If you are revising, it's a slightly different process. You won't get a word count number, you'll get a page count number. Anywhere from 5 to 30 pages. You do the same thing. You can bank pages and you'll post your counts on the Write_WorkshopChat@yahoogroups.com. The same rules as above apply to you.
So each day you will see something that looks like this:
New Words: 450
Revised Pages: 12
If you play the game, you'll have a significant amount of pages done by the time we are finished.
We'll begin tomorrow (Monday Nov. 2nd).
Come play with us, and you'll be a winner!
Go here to join the main loop - Write_Workshop@yahoogroups.com
Go here to join the challenge - Write_WorkshopChat@yahoogroups.com
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
$8 ENTRY FEE
The theme is open to short stories from all genres. We are looking for original, creative, and poignant pieces featuring convincing characters and great plots. Each story can be no longer than 2,500 words and must be written in English. Deadline November 17, 2009. First place $250.Second place $150. Third place $50.
Deadline May 15, 2010. Prize $500. One entry allowed per person. Stories must be at least 8,000 words but less than a novel. Send only the first 5,000 words. All entries will be considered for publication.
$25 ENTRY FEE
- Writing Workshops in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
- The Ezra Pound Center for Literature, Dorf Tirol, Italy
Wag's Revue invites you to enter its second round of biannual contests in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Submissions of electronic writing are also encouraged in any of the above genres. First prize in each category receives $500 and publication in Wag's Revue, and all submissions are considered for publication. The contest deadline is November 30, and winners will be announced December 21. Submissions of poetry may include multiple poems but should not exceed 10 pages. Fiction and nonfiction submissions should not exceed 8,000 words.
- 1st Place: $300
- 2nd Place: $250
- 3rd Place: $200
WOW-WOMENONWRITING FLASH FICTION CONTEST
$10 ENTRY FEE
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Are you an unpublished writer with a complete romance manuscript?
October 28th Kensington Romance Author Lori Brighton will be accepting first paragraphs from unpublished writers for her contest, The First Paragraph Writing Contest. Participants will be allowed to enter the first paragraph of their romance manuscript. From these first paragraphs, twenty finalists will be picked to send in their first page. Those finalists will be narrowed down to five who will send their first chapter to KENSINGTON EDITOR MEGAN RECORDS. Megan will pick one winner from these five.
Completed manuscripts only. Author's who are presently contracted with a NY print publisher are not eligible.
Visit Lori's blog for complete contest rules!
1.) A shrimp's heart is in its head.
2.) The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
3.) Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.
4.) Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
5.) If the government has no knowledge of aliens, then why does Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on July 16, 1969 make it illegal for U. S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles?
6.) In every episode of Seinfeld there is a Superman somewhere.
7.) A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why.
8.) 23% of all photocopier faults world-wide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their butts.
9.) Most lipstick contains fish scales
10.) Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different.
11.) If you sneeze too hard you can fracture a rib. If you try to suppress a sneeze you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die. If you keep your eyes open by force they can pop out.
12.) In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single ca se where an ostrich buried its head in the sand.
13.) It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
14.) A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.
15.) More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.
16.) Horses can't vomit.
17.) Butterflies taste with their feet.
18.) In 10 minutes, a category three hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined.
19.) On average 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens every year.
20.) On average people fear spiders more than they do death.
21.) Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants.
22.) Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
23.) Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
24.) Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
25.) It's possible to lead a cow upstairs... but not downstairs.
26.) Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
27.) It is physically impossible for you to lick your elbow.
28.) The Main Library at Indiana University sinks ov er an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.
29.) A snail can sleep for three years.
30.) No word in the English language rhymes with "MONTH."
31.) Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
32.) The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
33.) All polar bears are left handed.
34.) In ancient Egypt , priests plucked EVERY hair from their bodies, including their eyebrows and eyelashes.
35.) An ostrich' s eye is bigger than its brain.
36.) TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters on only one row of the keyboard.
37.) "Go," is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.
38.) If Barbie were life-size, her measurements would be 39-23-33. She would stand 7 feet, 2 inches tall.
39.) A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
40.) The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
41.) Americans on average eat 18 acres of pizza every day.
42.) Almost everyone who reads this email will try to lick their elbow.
Friday, October 9, 2009
HOW TO ENTER: leave a comment on this post, including your name, email address, and a short blurb of your project. If you want to say something nice about CJ's books, that’s fine as well, but the winner will be determined by a random drawing.
RULES: Odds of winning depend on the number of entries. Entries must be posted prior to midnight EST on November 8. The winner will be announced on November 9 and contacted via email by CJ and Barbara Poelle.
Irene Goodman Agency
In the meantime, I went through the spam comments (I know which ones they are because I have my account set to send me an email every time someone comments), and I manually deleted the
Since they have a Blogger account, I'll notify the Power's That Be about the
According to the post, there are Pittiful Time Wasters, Link Needers, Comment Spam Robots and Sneaky Comment Spammers. It seems my
*snipped from the post:
The sneaky comment spammers are the ones you really have to look for. They require more work to determine if they are legitimate. These are the nice comment spammers. They say things like:
These are the kinds of spam comments are usually get here on the blog (and I immediately delete).
- “I really like your site, keep up the good work.”
- “This is a beautiful site.”
- “It looks like you worked hard to create this site. Good work.”
- “I like what you have to say. I’m going to tell my friends.”
- “This is really good information. I’m going to mark it as a favorite.”
I will say, I don't get a lot of spam (knock on wood). Email or comment-wise, but when I do get them, I get angry!
So, any suggestions? Anyone else getting spammed on their blog?
What is Comment Spam?
Wiki Article: Spam in Blogs
Six Part Guide to Comment Spam
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
DEADLINE: November 30, 2009 Midnight, Pacific Time.
GUEST JUDGE: Literary Agent, Noah Lukeman
About Noah: Noah Lukeman is President of Lukeman Literary Management Ltd, which he founded in 1996. His clients include winners of the Pulitzer Prize, American Book Award, Pushcart Prize and O. Henry Award, finalists for the National Book Award, Edgar Award, and Pacific Rim prize, multiple New York Times bestsellers, national journalists, major celebrities, and faculty of universities ranging from Harvard to Stanford.
Mr. Lukeman is also an accomplished and bestselling author. His books for writers include: The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying out of the Rejection Pile (Simon & Schuster, 1999); The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life (St. Martins Press, 2002); A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation (W.W. Norton, 2006 and Oxford University Press in the UK, 2007); How to Write a Great Query Letter (free e-book); How to Land (and Keep) a Literary Agent.
We're thrilled to have him as our honorable guest judge this season!
PROMPT: Open Prompt
WORD COUNT: 750 Max; 250 Min
LIMIT: 300 Entries
Don't wait until the last minute! Enter Today. Visit our Contest Page and download our terms & conditions ebook.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
SOURCEBOOKS FIRE will officially launch with seven titles, including a bestselling paranormal romance series from the UK, a novel based on the true life story of teenage sisters who invented the séance in 1848, a romantic mystery set against the backdrop of the civil war, and a YA supernatural thriller set in New York City, among others.
Three years ago they launched their children's imprint, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky. The line has since had three New York Times Bestsellers.
FYI, the following was posted on their Casablanca Submissions (Romance Line) page:
We are actively acquiring single-title and single-title series Romance fiction (90,000 to 120,000 actual digital words) for our Casablanca imprint. We are looking for strong writers who are excited about marketing their books and building their community of readers, and whose books have something fresh to offer in the genre of Romance.
To learn more about Sourcebooks and their new line(s) and/or guidelines see the links below.
Sourcebooks Fire (YA Line Info)
Sourcebooks Casablanca (Romance)
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (Childrens Line)
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Shades of Romance Magazine
PAY: $10 - $25 Shades of Romance is published bi-monthly. We are a magazine that caters to the readers and writers of multi-cultural literature. This is a great vehicle for getting exposure for your name, your web site and your books. New writers are especially encouraged to submit their work. We also welcome submissions and inquiries from published authors. http://www.sormag.com/guide.html
Short Stories WantedPAY: $50 Page Forty-Seven online anthology has been created for the new or not-yet-published writer. The purpose of this anthology is to help you establish yourself as a writer by providing an early publication credit, possibly your first.
Length: Short story submissions up to 10,000 characters (approx. 8.5 pages)
Payment: $50 flat fee on acceptance.
We are actively looking for authors on the following topics:
Please e-mail Executive Editor Kelly Nickell (Kelly.Nickell@fwmedia.com) if interested, or if you have further questions about any of these book concepts.
Writing the Paranormal Novel This comprehensive how-to book should feature step-by-step instruction, a look at some bestsellers in the genre and what makes them work, a discussion of clichés to avoid, unique exercises writers can do to practice the discussed techniques, etc. This book should cover character, plot, setting, tone and mood, and so on. Estimated word count: 80,000 to 100,000. Author should be a published paranormal novelist.
The First 50 Pages This book should talk readers through the development of the first 50 pages of a novel, covering such topics as the opening page, the inciting incident, character introduction and development, rising action, and so on. Estimated word count: 70,000 to 80,000. Author should be a published novelist and/or writing instructor.
Outlining Your Novel This book should offer a comprehensive yet easy-to-follow approach to outlining a novel. Also acceptable: a book that focuses on several different outlining approaches (in this case, each part of the book could focus on a different method, explaining the pros and cons of the given method and how it works). Estimated word count: 80,000 to 100,000. Author should be a published novelist and/or writing instructor. Ideally, the author also will be an outliner him/herself.
Write Great Fiction: Theme, Premise, Mood & Tone This book would be part of the well-respected Write Great Fiction series, which includes the following five titles: Plot & Structure; Dialogue; Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint; Description & Setting; and Revision & Self-Editing. This book would need to follow the series structure with sidebars throughout and chapter-closing exercises, while offering readers a thorough understanding how to work with theme, premise, mood, and tone. Estimated word count: 75,000. Author should be a published novelist and/or writing instructor. Please review series before querying.
The Plotter’s Guide to Novel Writing This book should offer a fun and interactive approach (or multiple approaches) to plotting a novel from start to finish. The book should cover such points as story concepting, the inciting incident, key plot points, climax, denouement, etc. The ideal book will feature how-to instruction and engaging exercises or worksheets. Estimated word count: 75,000. Author should be a published novelist and/or writing instructor.
The Perfect Protagonist This book should provide comprehensive instruction on character development from the protagonist on out to the rest of the cast, including how to create a strong and original protagonist, how to create supporting characters who complement or in some way accentuate an aspect of the protagonist, how to create an appropriate antagonist, etc. The book should include solid step-by-step instruction, exercises, and discussions of successful characters from best-selling and classic works. Estimated word count: 75,000 to 80,000. Author should be a published novelist and/or writing instructor.
Writing the Memoir This comprehensive how-to book should feature step-by-step memoir writing techniques, a look at some bestsellers in the genre and what makes them work, a discussion of clichés to avoid, unique exercises writers can do to practice the discussed techniques, a discussion of what makes a memoir salable, etc. Author should be a published memoirist. Also willing to consider a co-authored structure similar to Your First Novel, where a published memoirist would write Part I: Writing Your Memoir, and an agent specializing in memoirs would write Part II: Selling Your Memoir. Estimated word count: 80,000 to 100,000.
I DO TWO!After the huge success of I DO, an anthology in support of Marriage Equality, we’re delighted to announce that there’ll be a second volume, I DO TWO, with a planned publication date of 14th February 2010.
The project has an editorial team – Alex Beecroft, Charlie Cochrane, Sophia Deri-Bowen, Lee Rowan – and not forgetting Kris Jacen at MLR who have kindly agreed to be the publishers again.What we now need are stories; heart warming, thought provoking, life affirming, most importantly top quality stories.
The deadline for submissions is December 1st 2009, with decisions announced on 1st January 2010. (Please adhere to the submissions guidelines given below.)
Feel free to pass this on.
The I DO TWO Team.
The anthology, titled "I DO, TWO", is a sequel to *the January 2009* charity anthology "I DO!" *All authors donate their stories* to benefit the Lambda Legal Fund. The *collection *cover*s* a range of times, places and people, and illustrate*s *the universality of love *and commitment**.*
To date, I DO has raised over $1500 for the cause of equal *rights* in marriage.
I DO TWO *will *be a similar, companion volume, published by MLR Press . (Contracts will be in line with their standard contract.)
We're looking for stories between 1,000 words and 10,000 words long. M/M, F/F, Bi and transgender stories are welcome. There is no strict theme, but we have certain things we do *not* want to see, for example stories which undermine the purpose of the anthology – that is, no stories which are about how gay people do not want to get married or do not deserve to get married. We do not want anything that reinforces negative stereotypes – no snuff fiction, scat, golden showers, necrophilia or underage sex.* *Because of the potential copyright issues, we *cannot accept* fanfiction, either.
If you possess the copyright for your story and it isn’t currently under exclusive contract to anyone else, we are happy to consider stories which have been published before. Please make a note in the covering e-mail.
As long as your story follows these guidelines and comes within the word-count, please send it to Lee_Rowan@localnet.com <mailto:Lee_Rowan@localnet.com>*. * Your story does not need to have an explicit marriage-related plot *or even a happy ending**!* Any story that celebrates the theme of love as valid, no matter the genders of the players, is welcome.
This is for a charity anthology, so you will not get paid. All profits will go straight to the Lamdba Legal fund. Through education, litigation and public policy work, Lambda Legal works to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of gay, lesbian and transgender people, and persons with HIV. Since their founding in 1973, Lambda Legal has become an active and vital part of the GLBT civil rights movement instrumental in the fight for same-sex marriage rights both nationally and, most notably, in the fight to strike down California's Proposition 8.
Deadline for submissions is 1st December 2009
Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards
A Short Story Competition from Writer's Digest
Compete and Win in All 5 Categories!
- Mystery/Crime Fiction
- Science Fiction/Fantasy
The Grand Prize-Winner will receive $2,500 cash, $100 worth of Writer's Digest Books and the 2010 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.
Entry Deadline: Monday, November 02, 2009.
For entrants paying with a credit card, we will accept manuscripts submitted online.
Entry Fee: All entries are $15.00 each
Grand Prize: $2,500 cash, $100 worth of Writer's Digest Books and the 2010 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.
First Prize: The First Place-Winner in each of the five categories receives $500 cash, $100 worth of Writer's Digest Books and the 2010 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.
Honorable Mention: Honorable Mentions will receive promotion in Writer's Digest and the 2010 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.
Entry Deadline: Monday, November 02, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
I ran across a new blog the other day called Let’s Write A Novel … Together. The point of the blog is just as the title says. To write a novel, together.
Starting today, September 1st, Jean Lauzier, the blog owner, will (snipped the following from the blog):
… be posting about creating characters, writing dialogue, setting scenes, hooking the reader, tension, conflict, pacing, taming the inner editor and so much more.
In Oct., we'll start an intensive month long novel planning session. It'll include more indepth posts on topics such as story arc, structure and scene development along with some brainstorming and possibly real time chats.
Then, starting Nov. 1st, we'll make daily progress posts, along with weekly encouragement and who know what else. Plus, you'll be able to have a progress meter just like mine on the right. I'll explain more about that later.
If you've always wanted to write a novel or if this is your second or third or even sixth novel, join us on this wonderful journey. I can't promise you it'll all be fun but it'll be worth it.
This is great if you need a push, or encouragement, or if you’re having difficulty beginning on a new project, if you want to start a new project, or if you just need moral support. It’s also a great head start on NaNoWriMo, which, by the way is right around the corner (November 1st).
But that’s not all of the great resources Jean has to offer. She has another blog, StoryCrafters, and a writer’s forum (also entitled StoryCrafters) where she runs challenges, offers craft articles, writing tips and much, much more. Oh, and there’s also a StoryCrafters private critique group, too (it’s a Yahoo group, it’s not on the public forum).
Lot’s of wonderful resources to check out, that’s for sure. If you’d like to learn more about Jean Lauzier, join in on the novel writing project, check out her blogs and/or the forum, links are below.
Monday, August 31, 2009
- Young adult fiction (all genres)
- Middle grade fiction (all genres)
- Science Fiction/Fantasy
- Paranormal Romance (NO other romance; only paranormal)
The contest is for completed manuscripts only. See below for rules and guidelines or visit Miss. Snark's First Victim blog.*(snipped the following from the blog) Submissions for the next Secret Agent contest will open at noon EDT on Monday, September 7. Submissions WILL NOT OPEN until NOON, EDT on Monday, September 7. Early submissions WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Submissions are for COMPLETED MANUSCRIPTS ONLY. If you wouldn't want an agent to read the entire thing, DON'T SEND IT. If an "entire thing" doesn't exist, you shouldn't even be reading these rules. Manuscripts THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN IN ANY SECRET AGENT CONTEST THIS YEAR will not be accepted. You may submit A DIFFERENT MANUSCRIPT if you've participated in any of the 2009 Secret Agent contests. If you are PAST WINNER, please DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST. Submissions are for THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript. Your submission for this contest should be formatted as follows: SCREEN NAME TITLE GENRE (Followed by the excerpt here.)
- No "chapter one," chapter titles, etc.
- You will receive a confirmation email with your post number. I don't always get through quickly. Don't resend.
- Submissions go to facelesswords(at)gmail.com. They DO NOT GO to my authoressmail address. Those of you who are subscribed to this blog via email will note the latter address as the "from." If you use this address for the contest, I WILL NOT SEE YOUR SUBMISSION.
- Erm, I think that's everything.
- Young adult fiction (all genres)
- Middle grade fiction (all genres)
- Science Fiction/Fantasy
- Paranormal Romance (NO other romance; only paranormal)
Check the side bar on the blog for a list of Agents who have participated in the past. One of the good things about this contest is, it's a great way to get your MS in front of an Agent. Even if you don't win you could receive a request for your ms. So get that manuscript polished! To learn more about this contest, visit the Secret Agent Contest Info Page. Happy Writing!
There will be a call for submissions. When the call comes, follow the guidelines carefully and submit your excerpt before the deadline. All submissions will then be posted (anonymously) on the blog, and all readers are invited to leave critiques/feedback. Everyone who has entered the contest is expected to crit a minimum of five entries -- it's the mutual backscratch thing.
Our Secret Agent will join the panel of critters (that is, you) and will leave feedback for every entry. When the contest has ended, the Secret Agent will choose a winner or winners. That's it in a nutshell!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Sunday, August 2, 2009
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Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
I have a little bit of everything posted here today. I hope you find something useful.
Here’s this weeks Romance University line up:
7/06 - Monday - Crafting Your Career: Brooke Borneman, Director of Sales and Marketing at Dorchester Publishing, will share the scoop on Dorchester's exciting new America's Next Best Caller contest co-sponsored with TextNovel.
7/08 - Wednesday - Anatomy of a Male Mind: Evan offers a gay man's perspective on women, sex and straight relationships.
7/10 – Friday – Chaos Theory of Writing: Author Victoria Gray guides us through the fascinating process of weaving historical facts into our fiction writing.
Ø Lisa Logan’s Free Book Trailer Workshop
Check it out here:
Lisa Logan Website
Ø Susan Meier’s Free Workshop
Harlequin Author Susan Meier posted a condensed version of her CAN THIS MANUSCRIPT BE SAVED WORKSHOP on her blog.
Check it out at:
Also, see her HOW TO ANALYZE THE BOOKS YOU READ workshop on her website.
Ø Author Survey(s)
So, you are an author or aspiring author? Where are you now? Where do you want to be? What is your wish list? What do you consider when choosing a publisher? No personal information taken. Please pass along.
To participate, go here.
And here’s another one…
How low does the price of ebook readers have to go before you will make that all important purchase?
If you haven't done so already, please take this survey and pass it on to any other interested parties.
You don't have to register, nor does this survey require your email address or any other personal data. A simple response is all that's required. The survey will be available until July 11th.
*Permission is granted to pass the survey details on to any/all interested parties.
Ø 1st Turning Point
1st Turning Point has a great article by Romance Author Rowena Cherry on eBook Piracy. There’s even a sample take down notice.
What is 1st Turning Point?
1st Turning Point is All About Promotion and is also A Place Where Authors Teach, Share, & Learn. We’re hoping this will be a pay-it-forward site, where those who learn today will teach tomorrow.
This is a fairly new site, and it looks like it’s going to be a great resource. Sign up to the newsletter for a chance to win an awesome bunch of prizes!
Contest drawing will take place July 31 at 11pm Pacific Time. All 1st Turning Point Subscribers are eligible to Win!
Learn more at the 1st Turning Point Website
Ø HOUSTON WRITERS GUILD WRITING CONTEST
Snipped From Hope Clarks FundsforWriters Newsletter - 06/28/09 Issue
Novel Category - First 10 pages of your Novel, Book, or
Screenplay + Synopsis. Contest entries in English only.
Open to all unpublished and not under contract novelists
and screenwriters anywhere in the world. $500 first prize.
Short Story - Any Genre - $50 first place. Limit: 2,500 words.
Personal Essay - Something Personal -- your opinion on any
subject or a character study or a slice of life piece. Limit:
1,500 words. $30 first place.
Poetry - $30 first place. Three poems or six poems.
Lifetime Award Novel - Any genre - $100 first place.
Previously published novelists may enter.
ENTRY FEE $10 - $20. Deadline July 30, 2009.Rules and guidelines at:
For more contests, writing tips and resources, sign up for Hope Clark’s FundsForWriters Newsletter.
Ø Submission Call: Working Mother Magazine
Working Mother magazine seeks freelance submissions for the following areas: You, Work and Family. Writers can download
editorial calendar to enable them to pitch articles in advance.
See site for full guidelines.
Ø Stephanie Maclean, Literary Agent Looking For Submissions
PW announced that Stephanie Maclean has been promoted to Literary Agent at Trident. She is actively seeking romance, women’s fiction and young adult. But as with any agent, check the submission guidelines before sending.