Thursday, June 24, 2010

Another One Day Pitch Contest With Agent Irene Goodman At Classic Romance Revival Blog

Wow, this must be pitch day! Such GREAT opportunities! We have another one day pitch contest going on today at Classic Romance Revival.

Submit your pitch for a chance to win a 3-chapter critique from a New York literary agent Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

To enter, leave a comment on the CRR blog with the following information:

1. Your Name
2. Title of Book
3. Genre of book (for example historical romance)
4. Your one paragraph pitch (yes, please keep it to one paragraph!)
5. Your e-mail

Good luck!

Classic Romance Revival Blog
Irene Goodman Literary Agency

Casablanca Editor Deb Werksman Is Having Another Pitch Contest Today

Casablanca Editor Deb Werksman is doing another pitch session. This is a one day only contest (today), so hurry and get your entry in!

The winning pitch gets a synopsis and 3 chapter critique from Deb. You have until midnight tonight (Thursday, 6/24/10) to submit. The winner will be announced by midnight tomorrow night (Friday).

For more information (including what Deb is looking for in a pitch), visit the Casablanca Authors Blog.

Casablanca Authors Blog

Good Luck!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Logo Design Contest

Here's something a little different. Class Act Books is having a logo design contest. It's open to all who want to enter. The winner will receive a pink Sony e-reader.

Check out their site at:

Friday, June 18, 2010

Submission Call: Desert Breeze Publishing

Submissions are once again open at Desert Breeze Publishing! We are seeking manuscripts to fill our 2011 release schedule. At Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc., we are seeking manuscripts from novella length (between 25,000 and 35,000 words approximately) to super novel length (exceeding 100,000 words), with a preference for novels between 65,000 and 90,000 words. We are more than willing to accept queries on book series, and will consider a series concept when at least one book is completed and the series has been thoroughly formulated.

We are looking for submissions in all of the following romance sub-genres:
  • Contemporary Romance
  • Romantic Suspense
  • Romantic Comedy/Humorous Romance
  • Inspirational/ Christian Romance
  • Fantasy Romance
  • Paranormal Romance
  • Science Fiction Romance/Futuristic Romance
  • Steampunk Romance
  • Modern Cowboy Romance
  • 20th Century Historical Romance
  • Historical Romance (Prior to the 1900's)
And while we're actively seeking all genres, there are a few types of submissions that would really excite us!

Do you have a historical romance set within the first half of the 20th Century? Perhaps during The Great Depression or World War I/World War II?

The setting does not have to be limited to the United States, but anywhere in the globe affected by these world-altering timeframes. Do you have a romance set around the Korean or Vietnam Wars? These are largely untapped timeframes with a growing market.

Have you written an epic science fiction or futuristic book series? A Space Opera? Or even a single title novel of the genre? Steampunk is a new and upcoming genre that we're definitely interested in exploring.

We would like to see both single title -- as well as series -- romantic suspense novels, especially with characters who serve in law enforcement, civil service, or the military. And that's not just limited to the heroes.

We'd love to see books where the heroine is the one doing the saving and protecting, or works beside the hero in an equal position.

Have you written an intricate fantasy series with a cast of characters fighting for the greater good, and falling in love along the way?

We are actively seeking inspirational novels with a bit more real world flair. It's not always easy being a Christian, and we would like to see novels that express that.

And cowboys... we love modern-day cowboys. Sometimes they're on the ranch and sometimes they're outside their element... but they always say 'ma'am' and they know how to look darn sexy in cowboy boots.

Full submission guidelines can be read, along with instructions for submitting, can be found at our website: under Submissions. Any questions regarding submissions can be directed to

We anticipate a 4-6 week response time after July 1st.


Gail R. Delaney
Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc

Thursday, June 17, 2010

3 Line Pitch Contest With Joanna Stampfel-Volpe Of The Coffery Lit Agency At Savvy Authors

3 line pitch contest with Joanna Stampfel-Volpe of the Nancy Coffey Literary Agency.

Get those pitches ready! Joanna Stampfel-Volpe will be dropping by our blog on Friday June 25th. The contest will run from 9 a.m. EST to midnight EST. Joanna will pick AT LEAST ONE pitch and the winners will be posted on the Savvy blog.

This contest is open to ALL members of Savvy. (Basic membership is free!)

Joanna's specific interests are: non-fiction for kids and teens, chapter books to YA novels, adult romance (historical, paranormal), fantasy (urban fantasy, steampunk), up-market fiction (dark, literary, horror, women's fic, commercial thrillers, historical, magical realism, speculative fic), and commercial non-fiction (pop culture, environmental, foodie). *She is also interested in graphic novels for kids/teens, or novels with a high graphic element.

Joanna Stampfel-Volpe has been with the Nancy Coffey Literary Agency for two years. She represents children's and adult books, fiction and non-fiction.

Register here!

Nancy Coffey Literary Agency
Savvy Authors

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

NY Times Bestselling Romance Author Lori Wilde’s Drive 'Em Wilde Contest

Here's an AWESOME contest. I just might enter if I can come up with the extra money. :)

Good Luck!

* * * * * PERMISSION TO FORWARD * * * * * 
Does your query can make editors and agents pant, moan and beg for more? Have you written a story that will keep editors up at night, thinking of you and your prose? If you think you have what it takes to drive editors and agents wild with anticipation, Lori Wilde’s Drive 'Em Wilde Contest is your chance to prove it.

Our first-round is judged by published authors who will act like slush pile readers, pulling only the best three in each genre to pass along to the final round editors who will select the winners.

But it doesn’t end there!

Lori Wilde, USA Today bestselling author, will choose an Overall Grand Prize Winner from each genre's first place winner to receive free tuition for her year-long mentoring track at Savvy University—a value of $1800! This individual will be mentored by Lori to improve his or her writing and edit a market-ready manuscript that really will drive an agent or editor wild!

**NEW: Enter contest today to reserve your spot, but you can upload your file any time until contest deadline!

Contest Deadline: July 15, 2010


Fee: $20 Premium Savvy members / $25 Basic & non-members

Judging: Each entry will be judged by three published authors and scored using the contest’s scoresheet. Judges will provide comments and feedback for each score given. All scores will be combined and averaged. Three highest scoring entries for each genre will advance to the final round. All judged copies will be returned via email to non-finalist entrants following finalist announcement. Finalists entries will be returned after winners are announced. Final Judges will rank finalists one through three, with the First place winners sent to Lori Wilde who will choose an Overall Grand Prize Winner.

Finalists Announced: August 1, 2010

Eligibility: Must not have been published in the last 2 years by any of the major publishers (or its imprints) listed by Agent Query here:

Enter: Query letter AND first 10 double-spaced pages of unpublished manuscript (See Official Rules)

First Place Winners: All first place winners for each category will receive $25 credit towards a workshop of their choice at Savvy Authors.

Overall Grand Prize Winner: Lori Wilde will read each of the first place winners and rank them 1 thru 7, with the first place winner receiving a free year’s tuition in her upcoming Mentoring course at Savvy University (details here: This prize is non-transferrable.

To enter or view Official Rules, go to the website:

Payment via PayPal is preferred.

2010 Categories and Final Judges: 
  • Historical: Deb Werksman, Editor, Sourcebooks
  • Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Fantasy: TBA
  • Science Fiction/Futuristic: TBA
  • Contemporary: Angela James, Editor, Carina Press
  • Suspense: Kristin Sevick, Editor, Tor/Forge Books.
  • Young Adult: Danielle Rose Poiesz, Editor, Gallery/Pocket Books Editorial
  • Erotic Romance or Erotica: Lindsey Faber, Managing Editor, Samhain Publishing
**NOTE: Each entrant will have an opportunity to further designate whether their entry is most like commercial fiction, commercial fiction with romantic elements, literary fiction or romantic fiction for the sole purpose of managing judges’ expectations.


Entries shall consist of a one (1) page query letter plus first ten (10) pages of manuscript, combined as one file. Query letter should be page 1, and the first 10 pages of your manuscript should be pages 2 through 11. No additional pages will be accepted.

Do not include illustrations, author bio/photos, vocabulary lists, or footnotes.

Entries shall be in standard manuscript format, 12 inch Courier or Courier New font or 12 inch Times New Roman font, 1" margins, and double spaced (single-spaced is optional for query letter) formatting on 8.5" x 11" standard paper. Query letter and chapter headings should begin 1/3rd down the page.

Query letter and chapter headings should begin 1/3rd down the page.

The title and category should be on top left of the page, page number on top right.
The author's name or any personal information should not appear anywhere on the manuscript or query letter. Entries bearing the author's name shall be disqualified.

Entries must be submitted by midnight PST July 15, 2010. If requirement is not met, entries will be unopened. (Late entries will not be opened.)

NEW!! Entry forms may be submitted in advance of file upload. Entrants will receive an email with instructions for how to edit their entry form and/or upload or re-upload their files. No changes may be made after the contest deadline.

Entries will be received in RTF (Rich Text Format) files only. (To convert your file to RTF, open the document, go into File, click on Save As and choose RTF format. This will create a new document with the same title in RTF format.)

Questions: Please contact the Contest Coordinator at

Lori Wilde - Writers Helping Writers

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Opportunity For Zombie Romance Writers

I snipped the following info from an email this morning. This is the first time I've heard this publishers name, so make sure you do your research before submitting.

Good Luck!

(permission to forward granted)

Zombie Romance Submissions

Ain't no lovin' like undead lovin'—and it applies to more than vampires.

Night Wolf Publications is ahead of the newest paranormal romance trend coming out of New York: Zombies. That's right. Share with us your take on a zombie romance. Light, dark, humorous, serious, gory & greasy, or carefully exfoliated; give us your best polished 50,000- to 100,000-word MS on or before Oct. 1, 2010, for a Valentine's Day 2011 sales season release. We're only accepting the best.

Follow the Directions!

Here's how to submit a zombie-specific, 50,000- to 100,000-word paranormal romance to Night Wolf Publications.

1. Send a query letter AND a two- to three-page synopsis of your completed story to by SEPTEMBER 14, 2010. (there's a great summary of how to write a romance synopsis at Include "NWP Zombie Romance" in the subject line of your e-mail.

2. An editor for NWP will contact you before Oct. 1, 2010, requesting the full MS if he or she is interested in your story. At that time, you will be expected to follow the simple instructions to send the full MS to NWP by Oct. 1.

3. Authors are never expected to pay for their submissions at NWP. There are no submission fees, no reading fees, no editing fees, no processing fees, no printing fees, etc. Authors are not required to purchase copies of their books upon printing. Contracts will be offered when full MS are selected.

Night Wolf Publications

Monday, June 14, 2010

My New Blog Design

Well, guess what? Blogger has a brand new background designer with new templates and all. Woo-Hoo! I was playing around with them/it, and this is the result I got. LOL 

I think I'm really going to like (playing) around with this, so I doubt this background will stay up long (I do like the way it matches my Dangerous Desires book cover though).

I want to play some more, but it's late and I'm tired, so this is it for now.

So, do you use Blogger, and if so, have you discovered the new template designer? What do you think about it? Inquiring minds want to know. :)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Candy Havens Writng Game Challenge

Wanna play a game? Wanna boost those page and word counts? Then play the Writing Game!

I'm sure most of you are familiar with Candy Havens Fast Draft Challenge. If not, I blogged about it here a few years ago. Well, in addition to Fast Draft, Candy host's another challenge called The Writing Game.

The rules are simple. Here's is how it works...

Each day (beginning today June7, 2010) 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.

Candy's Rules

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

This is a separate loop from the main group (, 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 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 (which started today June 7th, 2010), you'll have a significant amount of pages done by the time we are finished.

So, do you wanna play?

If so, join the main loop at and go here to join the challenge loop

Happy Writing!

Candy Havens Website

Write_Workshop Yahoo Group home page:

Cobblestone Press Forward Motion Free Online Conference

Over the weekend, Cobblestone Press presented Words in Motion, a Free online conference held in their forum. The conf. ran June 4th, 5th, and 6th, but you can still register (at the forum) and browse around.
Words in Motion (WIM) is an annual online conference developed to offer support, marketing, and networking within the romance and erotic romance industries. Our goal is to provide affordable and convenient opportunities for authors, publishers, and other professional individuals.
If you're not familiar with Cobblestone Press, they're an electronic, full service publisher of erotic romance and short story erotica, releasing two to three digital books a week in a variety of downloadable formats.

Below is a list of the workshops presented: 

Friday June 4th
  • Cover Art Workshop for Aspiring artists hosted by Sable Grey June 4th-6th
  • Sex & History presented by Dorothy McFalls
  • Kaye’s Presentation: Promoting Yourself out of Writer's Block
  • Brandi Loyd: Submissions Dos & Dont's 6p.m.
  • On Wirting with Bertrice Small at 7:00p.m.
  • Bring Your Own Cowboy (BYOC) chat with Kaye Spencer 8:00p.m.
Saturday June 5th 
  • Keeping it Real: The Reality of Police Officer Shootings by Loribelle Hunt
  • Cover Art Workshop for Aspiring artists hosted by Sable Grey June 4th-6th
  • E-book conversions for self publishing authors and publishers presented by Jim Brown
  • Male Male Relationships by Jamieson Wolf
Sunday June 6th
  • Anna Leigh Keaton and Madison Layle Presentation: World Building for a Series by Anna Leigh Keaton & Madison Layle
  • Beyond MS Word: Techinology tools for Writers presented by Tina Marie
  • Cover Art Workshop for Aspiring artists hosted by Sable Grey June 4th-6th
  • Finding Free Sources for Book Trailers presented by Kayelle Allen
  • Cobblestone Press Birthday Bash hosted by Sable Grey and Deanna Lee
If you'd like to browse the workshops and/or register for the forum (you don't have to register to look around, but you do have to register if you want to comment), go here.

Cobblestone Press, LLC
Cobblestone Mainstreet Forum