Monday, April 14, 2008

Market News

Sorry to get haphazard here, I've had to start working a bunch of OT at the day job and it's not leaving a whole lot of time for other, more interesting pursuits.

Anyway, this is from Cindi Myers whose link is at the bottom. Enjoy -- Lynda


Senior Editor Shauna Summers is looking for 'big, contemporary romance' for Bantam Dell

Dianne Moggy, director of Global Single Titles at Harlequin Books, says HQN is looking for contemporary romance, sexy historical romance and romantic suspense. Mira is also looking for romantic suspense manuscripts.

Jennifer Enderlin, Senior Editor of St. Martin's Press, shared her four-point checklist for deciding whether or not she wants to work with an author:

1. Do I love this author's writing?
2. Do I like working with this author?
3. Is this author reliable?
4. Does this author sell?

While an author who meets all four criteria is great, three out of four is pretty good. If the author meets none of the four, that's not the author for her. (And yes, she is still looking for a big, really sexy western historical romance.)

Tom Colgan of Berkley Prime Crime has no plans to cut back -- the imprint is doing well.

Betsy Mitchell, Editor in Chief of Del Rey Books, said they plan to increase their offerings of 'female-oriented' science fiction and fantasy.

Amy Pierpont, Editorial Director of Grand Central Publishing is very interested in western historical romance. She and Lucia Macro, Executive Editor of Avon would both like to see western historicals featuring real, known historical figures.


Emily Lawrence, former assistant editor at Harper's has been hired as associate editor at Aladdin.


Grantville Gazette ( is a very interesting, paying market for alternative history short stories. But not just any stories. All the stories center around the alternative universe of Grantville, Virginia, which has been transported to 1632 Germany. From the website "In April of the year 2000, a six-mile sphere centered on Grantville, West Virginia was displaced in space and time to Germany and May, 1631. The inhabitants of Grantville decided to start the American revolution early; the nobility of Europe were not amused." The first story, by Eric Flint, has spawned numerous anthologies and the Grantville Gazette magazine. Anyone is welcome to submit a story, but they must be familiar with the world Flint created, and must follow very specific submission guidelines. Payment is six cents a word. If you're interested in pursuing this, I suggest you first check out This site provides a wealth of reference material, tips as to what's been overdone, things not to submit -- everything a writer might want to know. Then go to and familiarize yourself with the submission guidelines. Good luck!


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