Friday, February 26, 2010

The Wild Rose Press AND Pocket Books/Juno Imprint Call For Submissions

Hey guys, I have a couple calls for submissions for you.

Good Luck!

(Snipped from an email)

The Wild Rose Press is actively recruiting short stories across all lines immediately. If you have a short story in mind, now is the golden time to get that submission in. If you've never written anything short - try it. Sometimes trying to do something with less can be very satisfying. As always, please review our guidelines and remember we only publish romance.

According to the email I received, WRP considers anything under 65K a short and anything over full.

For more info, visit The Wild Rose Website or email Rhonda at:

The Wild Rose Press Website
The Wild Rose Press Submissions Page.

Also, Pocket Books/Juno Editor/Paula Guran is currently accepting submissions for the Juno line. For more information, visit the Juno Books Blog or the Juno submission guidelines Page.

Juno Books Blog
Juno Submission Guidelines

Saturday, February 13, 2010

TKA's Nephele Tempest I'M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE Submissions Festival

I'M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE Submissions Festival

In honor of Valentine's Day, Agent Nephele Tempest of The Knight Agency is accepting pitches on her blog from now until Sunday, February 14th, at 11:59pm, Pacific Time.

Accepted genres: Literary fiction, contemporary/mainstream fiction, women's fiction, historical fiction, romance (including contemporary, historical, paranormal, and romantic suspense), young adult fiction (no children's or middle grade please), steampunk, and urban fantasy.

Attn: Your book needs to be completed and ready to be sent out. This means revised and edited and in a state that makes you proud.

Visit Nephele's blog for for rules and giudelines.

Good Luck!

Nephele Tempest Blog
TKA Blog

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Avon Romance Contest

*reposted with permission from Cindi Myers Market News Blog:

Avon Books is giving away $1000 to the person who comes up with the best idea for a collection of Regency-set historical novellas. The novella collection will be titled It Happened One Season and the novellas will be written by best-selling authors Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh, Jacquie D’Alessandro and Candice Hern. You job is to come up with the theme of the stories and three major plot points.

The deadline is Valentines Day, February 14th, 2010. Go here  for rules and guidelines. .

Avon Blog
It Happened One Season Contest Page
Cindi Myers Market News Blog

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

This N' That

Below are a few things you might be interested in.

Have fun!


* Over at the Happy Ending Blog, Jeannie Ruesch is giving a book video/book trailer workshop. You can follow her lessons by reading them on the blog, or you can sign up to have them emailed to your inbox. The choice is yours. And make sure you check out all the other posts on the blog, too. There's a goldmine of info.

*Need a boost to get going on your writing each morning? Check out Author C.M. Mayo's Daily 5 Minute Writing Exercises. There's an exercise for every day of the year, all 365 of them. Sign up to have them delivered to your inbox , or read them off her website. Whichever way you choose, they'll definitely give you a daily kick start.

*Visit The Bookshelf Muse and check out the EMOTION THESAURUS that Author Angela Ackerman has put together. Is your character disappointed, and you can't think of a way to describe it? Maybe her chin dipped to her chest, or her shoulder's slumped, sagged or drooped. Can't think of a way to show that your character's exhausted? How about if her eyes were red, or she/he yawned uncontrollably? With the Emotion Thesaurus , you'll find these descriptions and more. There are ton's of jump off/starting points to help if you get stuck.This is a blog you really should add to your bookmarks. Go here and see for yourself.

*Looking to take a Creative Writing course? If so, sign up for Writer's Village University's Y2K course. It starts April 7th, and it's FREE!

WVU offers ton's of other writing workshops for a fee, but they're worth it. I signed up for the free course(s) about ten years ago when I first started writing, and I was so impressed that I ended up buying a membership. The price is reasonable, and the courses are great. Go here and see for yourself.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Miss Snark's February Secret Agent Contest Is A Go!

I apologize for posting twice today, but I just ran across this and it's VERY time sensitive.

Good Luck!

*permission granted to forward*
It's that time again! Submissions for our next Secret Agent contest will post on Monday, February 8, at noon EST.


* Submissions will be open for 24 hours or until 50 eligible entries have been received, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.

* Submissions received before the contest opens will be disqualified.

* 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 BEEN IN A SECRET AGENT CONTEST DURING THE PAST SIX MONTHS (August-January) will not be accepted.

* You may submit A DIFFERENT MANUSCRIPT if you've participated in any of the 2009 Secret Agent contests.

* Only ONE ENTRY per person per contest. If you send more than one, your subsequent entry(ies) will be deleted.

* If you are PAST WINNER, please DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST. (Unless it's a different manuscript.)

* Submissions are for THE FIRST 250 WORDS of your manuscript. Please do not stop in the middle of a

Your submission for this contest should be formatted as follows:


(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) 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.

This month's contest will include the following genres:
  • literary fiction
  • young adult fiction
  • science fiction
  • mystery and suspense
  • historical fiction
 (Please note: No middle grade this time.)

 As always, post your questions in the comment box.

Eric Maisel FREE Creativity Coach

Once again Dr. Eric Maisel is offering 16 weeks of FREE Creativity Coaching to interested persons. The next round begins the week of February 8th. Coaches-in-training will be working with clients for free via email.