Monday, March 17, 2008

Market News

Editor, author and publishing executive Lou Aronica and agent Peter Miller are teaming up to form The Story Plant, a publishing venture that will "focus on long-term relationships with commercial novelists," intending to "develop writers over multiple books." The Story Plant will publish commercial fiction, beginning with American Quest, a contemporary romantic fantasy by Sienna Skyy, and Capitol Reflections a medical thriller by Jonathan Javitt, MD. Lou Aronica previously worked at Bantam Books, where he created the Bantam Spectra imprint of science fiction and fantasy; and at Avon, where he formed the Avon Eos imprint. Peter Miller is president of PMS Literary and Film Management, Inc. in New York and also heads up the Millenium Lion Production Company. According to Mr. Miller, "When we sign a Story Plant title, we're specifically looking at the book's film and foreign potential. We think the books on this list are going to be successful on a number of platforms."


Ellora's Cave is currently publishing monthly themed short stories. Each month features a particular birthstone, and each story must include or make reference to that month's featured stone. The stories should be either 10,000-15,000 word 'quickies' or 18,000 - 30,000 novellas. The stories should be highly erotic romance "the hotter, the better." Paranormal elements are welcome and the stories may be set in any time period. You can read previous month's offerings to get an idea of the kind of thing they're looking for. The remaining months' themes and deadlines are: October - Opal. Deadline April 1, 2007; November - Topaz, May 1; December -- Turquoise, June 1. Details are available at


Espresso Fiction ( is an innovative fiction website. Readers can subscribe to have a short story e-mailed to them each week. They offer five different types of stories:

Bubacino -- 1000-2000 words stories suitable for ages 7-12

Hot Chocolate -- stories for ages 13-17, 1000-2500 words

Mocha -- audience is 18-24 and includes any genre except science fiction and fantasy 1000-3500 words

Espresso -- for ages 25 and older, 1000-3500 words, any genre except science fiction and fantasy

Short Black -- Flash Fiction of 200 words or less

Payment of $30 per story, via Paypal, and a free membership to the service

All the details are at


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