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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Calls for Submissions etc.

cj Sez:   If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a published romance novelist, opportunities are knocking.….

   Avon Books recently announced an open submissions period during which unagented romance writers can submit their finished work of fiction to the Avon editorial team for consideration. The HarperCollins imprint is seeking manuscripts by writers of all gender identity, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, and ability, and all subgenres of adult romance fiction are welcome, with one mandate: "HEA (happily ever after) or HFN (happy for now) conclusions are required." 

   To participate, writers must submit their manuscript, a three-to-five-page synopsis, and 100-word author bio via the HarperCollins website no later than September 15, 2019.

And a reminder from an earlier Lyrical Pens post:

   Harlequin is looking for new talent and wants to bring more stories representing diverse voices to romance readers and announced they will accept writing submissions from September 1 to October 15, 2019.
   “Harlequin’s ‘Romance Includes You Mentorship’ initiative offers aspiring romance writers from traditionally underrepresented communities the chance to work one-on-one with a Harlequin editor for a year on writing a romance novel and includes an offer to publish their book and $5,000 (US) to support their novel writing.”

   Submit a sample of your writing and apply here:

(PS:  Note the upcoming deadlines on these calls for submission, and be sure to follow all the directions.)
Preliminary Cover Art

   Good news on the home short story, “Puppy Love,” was accepted by Bienvenue Press for inclusion in their 2019 Christmas anthology, FINALLY HOME. The theme of all the touching short stories in the anthology is finding forever homes for homeless animals, and part of the proceeds will benefit a rescue group.

   There is, of course, a romance (between a lawyer and a firefighter), but at the heart of my “Puppy Love” short story is sweet, courageous Molly, a beago (beagle and golden retriever mix) with a prosthetic leg.

Be sure and watch for the launch of FINALLY HOME.
This was in my email inbox Saturday:
Halloween is Coming! Are You Ready?
(It’s the first week of August, folks.)
   That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same.

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   When Bryn McKay enlists the help of the man she loves to stop her terrorist brother, she knows that someone she loves may die.

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