Monday, March 03, 2008

Market News -- Passed on with permission

[CynthiaSterling] Market News for Week of February 24, 2008

This year continues to speed by. I hope you're working away on wonderful new writing projects. Here are a few more markets for you:

Encore Romance ( is a new venture from the publishers of Whispers Publishing ( ) and Vintage Romance ( ) Encore Romance is devoted to publishing reprints, in ebook form, of previously published, out-of-print romance novels. Authors who own the digital/electronic rights to romance fiction previously published by a mainstream publisher may send a letter of interest with information about the book to The editors will usually respond with a decision within 24 to 72 hours. Encore asks that the author be willing to include information about Encore Romance and the digital sale of your book on your website. All accepted authors will be asked to sign a two-year contract (renewable) for the digital/electronic rights for their book. Print rights shall remain with the author(s). As these books will be sold through outlets requiring distribution discounts, authors will receive 50% of the net price after discount.
Summerside Press is a new inspirational publisher "offering a pleasurable, escapist reading experience that is wholesome and inspirational." Summerside Press™ is launching its Love Finds You™ fiction line in fall 2008, featuring inspirational romance novels set in actual small towns across the United States. They plan to release 12 titles per year. Word count of between 60K and 100K words (220 to 380 pages). The stories may be historical or contemporary. The first 12 titles for the series are already in development. Interested authors should contact the editor, Rachel Meisel for a list of upcoming titles and writer's guidelines. Some highlights: since the majority of the action in each novel will take place in the title town, plot details should remain reasonably faithful to the town’s history, geography, and atmosphere. Stories should be realistic, not sacrificing realism in order to tell a feel-good tale. The stories should also be relevant, wholesome and positive. Ms. Meisel is currently accepting proposals (an overview of the novel, a chapter-by-chapter synopsis, and at least 3 sample chapters) for new projects. Once you're read the guidelines, please send proposals to: Rachel Meisel, Fiction Editor, Summerside Press™,
The National Association of Baby Boomer Women is holding a Favorite Concert Memories Writing Contest. Share your favorite concert memory in 500 words. Submissions should be written in a Word document and sent as an attachment to with FAVORITE CONCERT MEMORY in the subject line. There is no fee to enter. Deadline for entries is April 15th. First prize is $100 and free membership or renewal in the National Association of Baby Boomer Women. Plus your story will be placed in the Our Voices section at Please make sure to include your name, email address, and short bio at the top of your entry NOT in the body of the email. For more information, go to
Get the inside scoop from Harlequin Editors by listening to the new Meet the Editors podcasts, available at Each 20-minute podcast is a one-on-one interview with an acquiring editor for one of Harlequin's lines or imprints. The first podcast features features Melissa Jeglinski, senior editor for Silhouette Desire, and Diana Ventimiglia, associate editor for Silhouette Desire and Silhouette Romantic Suspense. A new podcast will be released every two weeks.
Lindsay Sagnette, formerly an editor with Bloomsbury, will join St. Martin's in early March. She'll be acquiring "suspense-driven fiction and innovative women's fiction."
Erika Tsang has been promoted to executive editor at Avon.
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Cindi Myers
The Right Mr. Wrong Harlequin American, Feb. 2008
A Soldier Comes Home, Super Romance, June 2008,

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