Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Do You Write Western Romance? Prairie Rose Publications Seeking Submissions

 

Love hunky Cowboys and sexy Outlaws? Do you write westerns or historical western romance? If so, you might want to check out this fairly new publisher, Prairie Rose Publications.

From the website:

PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS (PRP), is a publishing company devoted to publishing westerns and western romances written by women

PRP is accepting submissions for a couple new anthologies. I've posted some of the info from the website/blog below.

Happy Writing!

http://prairierosepublications.yolasite.com/
 
PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS was opened in August, 2013, by LIVIA J. WASHBURN and CHERYL PIERSON, two authors who saw a need for such an imprint. Usually, when people think “westerns” they think of male authors and male readers—but that’s not true in today’s world. Many women are just as interested in reading—and writing—westerns as their male counterparts; and of course, western romance has always been popular among the ladies!

PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS and our other imprints, are looking for some mighty fine writing from new authors as well as established, well-seasoned authors, and we have some very exciting projects coming up. Here are a few of them, but please visit our websites and contact me at prairierosepublications@yahoo.com or fabkat_edit@yahoo.com for further information about what's coming up!

PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS is open for submissions for stories for our summer anthologies in the historical western romance genre. As of now, two of the anthologies, LASSOING A BRIDE and COWBOY CRAVINGS have both been filled.

THERE ARE STILL AVAILABLE OPENINGS IN LASSOING A GROOM AND LASSOING A MAIL ORDER BRIDE!


LASSOING A GROOM: This collection of stories will be sweet/sensual. The stories selected for this anthology will have to do with a summer wedding, or courtship leading up to a wedding—by a groom who might not be so willing in the beginning. But as women all know, there’s more than one way to romance a man! Silken bonds and words of love can be just as binding as any lasso. Word count for each selection will be around 12K, more or less. We want you to tell a good story and not worry if you run over the word count by a few words. Spots are limited! OPENINGS ARE STILL AVAILABLE IN THIS ANTHOLOGY!

LASSOING A MAIL-ORDER BRIDE: This collection of stories will be sweet/sensual. The stories selected for this anthology will have to do with a summer wedding, or courtship leading up to a wedding—by a groom who needs a bride and is willing to order one by mail! What circumstances could lead to a man advertising for a bride, sight unseen—and a woman in such dire straits that she travels from her home and everything familiar to marry a man she doesn’t know? There are any number of situations that “might be”—and we’re waiting to see what can happen when love blossoms in the most unlikely circumstances! Word count for each selection will be around 12K, more or less. We want you to tell a good story and not worry if you run over the word count by a few words. Spots are limited! OPENINGS ARE AVAILABLE IN THIS ANTHOLOGY!

SUBMISSIONS FOR ANTHOLOGIES ARE DUE BY APRIL 15, 2014.
If you think you might have a story that would fit, please contact Cheryl at: prairierosepublications@yahoo.com

PRP is also accepting submissions for theirTornado Alley imprint, for YA MG and NA. From the website:

TORNADO ALLEY PUBLICATIONS offers an outstanding variety of novels, short stories, and novellas for Middle Grade Readers (9-12), Young Adult (13-17) and New Adult (18-24).

For more info, visit their website(s). Links are below.

PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS www.prairierosepublications.com
TORNADO ALLEY PUBLICATIONS www.tornadoalleypublications.com
PAINTED PONY BOOKS www.paintedponybooks.com
FIRE STAR PRESS www.firestarpress.com
PRAIRIE ROSE PUBLICATIONS BLOG: http://prairierosepublications.blogspot.com/

Sunday, March 16, 2014

This N' That

NHere's a few interesting links. Hope you find something you like!

~Carol

  • Yoga For The Desk Bound Writer
Check this out! Designed with writers in mind, here's a nine minute yoga video you can do right at your desk and in your chair! Sounds like my kind of yoga! :)

Yoga for the Desk Bound Writer
www.patamsden.com

  • How To Write A Category Romance...
I don't write category romance, but for those of you who do, author Susan Meier posted a writing lesson in her ezine and on her blog:

Lesson 1 from HOW TO WRITE A CATEGORY ROMANCE...

Check out this lesson and others on Susan's blog.

Susan Meiers

  • WordPress for Writers: Tips, Tricks, Plugins, and Hacks – Part 1
Need help setting up a WordPress blog? Check out this article (and other's) on the All Indie Writer's blog.
 

  • the character therapist
Have a question about your how your character should react to or in a certain situation or need answers about a character trait? Then visit Jeannie Campbell's the character therapist and check out her Dear Jeannie column, where does a Q&A on these kinds of things.

Jeannie is a Licensed Therapist, a freelance writer, author, editor, and book reviewer. Visit her blog to learn more (some good stuff there!). Also, sign up for her newsletter and receive a free copy of the Writer's Guide to Character Motivation.

Happy Writing!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

IndieReCon Online Writer's Conference w/ Keynote Speakers J.A.Konrath & Barry Eisler

Here's an awesome FREE online writer's conference that begins this Tuesday,
Feb 25, 2014 and runs through Thursday, Feb 27, 2014. They have a great line up of presenters, including Bob Mayer, and keynote speakers are authors Joe Konrath and Barry Eisler. Sounds like a great conference. I know I'll be registering. :)

Info from the website is below.

~Carol

IndieReCon 2014, in its second year, is a free online writer's conference dedicated to indie publishing.

Last year with over 10,000 visitors, IndieReCon was awesome with chats and giveaways and days of helpful and pertinent information.

This year will be even bigger and better!

To kick us off, our keynote speakers, Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath, will host a 2-hour chat to talk about The Evolving Indie Industry and Standing out in the Pile and then entertain your questions.

You'll also discover insider secrets from representatives from Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords and Goodreads, and learn how to write fast, try your hand at serials, work with other authors to maximize your marketing efforts and much, much more.

We have contests and tons of giveaways including two KOBO eReaders!

Not to mention, it's a great place to network, connect and have a lot of fun. Click here for the top 15 reasons on why you should register.

Go here to Register and read more about it.

IndieReCon
J.A. Konrath 
Barry Eisler
Bob Mayer

Tarot For Writing: Creating 3-D Characters With Arwen Lynch Poe

This may be old news to some of you, but I just ran across it on my Facebook page. Always love (free) writing classes. At least I think it's free. It does mention fundraising, but I didn't see where it said anything on either the facebook or blogtalk radio page about donations or a fee. I asked, but haven't received a response as of yet :) Maybe someone knows...?

Anyway, if you're interested, here's the info posted on the FB page:

Tarot For Writing: Creating 3-D Characters With Arwen Lynch Poe
 


Saturday March 1st at 10:00 AM EST 9:00 AM CST 7:00 AM PST

March is for Fundraising and we’re starting the month off with a mini class from Arwen Lynch Poe! Bring Your Decks, Bring Your Notebooks!

A new way to approach your writing. Hang on to your manuscripts as she unleashes the power of Tarot for you. In a typical online workshop, you will learn how to utilize the Tarot for yourself on a personal level. Meet your characters as you have never met them before. Learn about their quirks and let your journey through the cards introduce you to their own past. Writer’s Block will never be a problem again with the Tarot cards to give you insight.
 
Call in number: (347) 989-0744
Or
Skype in after the show begins
 
 

Arwen Lynch is a published romance author who writes under the pseudonym Marilu Mann. You can check out her books and her website here.

Hiatus Over

It's been way too long since I've posted. I feel so rusty! I've been wanting to get back to my blog, but life has a way of interfering, that and/or I'm huge procrastinator. Whichever the case, enough is enough. So, I"m going to try and post a couple of times a week, to start, and see how that goes, and hopefully increase as info and time allows. 

A huge thank you to those of you who have stayed with me, hung in there and haven't unsubscribed from RWW's. It's greatly appreciated. :)

So, without further ado, (following this blog) will be my first post-hiatus post.

Enjoy!

~Carol




Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Apologies

Dear RWW's Readers,

Please accept my apology.

I'm so very sorry for neglecting you these past months, and for this VERY, VERY, VERY late post. I know there is no excuse for me to leave you hanging, that's not what I intended. I've been so busy working on a new project(s), and working a new job, that I just haven't had time to post.

Even though everything has been kind of crazy, I'm happy to say, it's slowly letting up. I will be back to posting soon.

So, please, accept my apology.

Yours Truly,

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Leah Hultenschmidt of Casablanca Looking For Contempory Romance Today Only!

Attention Contempoary Romance Authors! Leah Hultenschmidt, Senior Editor for Sourcebooks, Casablanca is "on a hunt-down for some contemporary romance" and wants you to leave a comment on the Casablanca Authors Blog if you have a complete manuscript.

Snipped the following from the blog:

If you’ve got a fresh complete contemporary romance with high action a la Suze Brockmann, small-town values like Robyn Carr, humor that sizzles like Robin Kaye, or just as all-round delicious as Jennifer Crusie’s BET ME, bring it on! Post a comment below with:
  • Your 2-4 sentence hook/pitch (not just a plot summary, but what makes me want to read)
  • A brief description of your hero
  • A one-sentence author history
I’ll accept pitches through midnight EST, ending at 12:01 a.m. 3/18. If you miss this chance for a critique, you can always email your project to me at romance[at]sourcebooks.com.
Can’t wait to hear what you’ve got, and may the luck of the Irish be with you!

Good Luck!

Aspiring Historical Authors, Wanna Pitch To Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agentcy?

ATTENTION ASPIRING HISTORICAL ROMANCE AUTHORS!

As part of Ashley Marchs' month-long March Maddness Celebration, beginning today (Thursday, March 17, 2001) agent Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency is taking 3 sentence blog pitches for historical romance on Ashley's blog.

Your 3 line pitch can be a combination of any 3 sentences: 1 sentence blurb of book + 1st 2 lines of ms; a 2 sentence blurb + 1st line of ms; or you can use all 3 lines for the synopsis blurb. The winner gets a partial read. 

RULES:
Beginning today (Thursday, March 17, 2001), you will have until midnight MST on Thursday, March 24th (one week) to comment on this post with no more than three sentences.

The three sentences MUST be either: 1 sentence blurb + first 2 lines; 2 sentence blurb + 1st line; or 3 sentence blurb.

Barbara will choose the pitch/excerpt she likes the best (not random) and the winner will be announced on Thursday, March 31st, the last day of March Madness. Further details on how/when to submit partial will be sent to winner. Completed manuscripts are encouraged, but not required.

Open for aspiring historical romance authors only.

Ashley March Blog
Irene Goodman Literary Agency

Have A Safe And Happy St. Patty's Day!



Monday, February 7, 2011

Pitch To Christine Witthohn Of The BookCents Literary Agency At Pitch University

I just ran across this website, Pitch University, that host's agent pitches, and there's a pitch session going on right now (Feb. 6 - 12, 2011)! As far as I can tell, you can submit your choice of a written, audio and/or video pitch. The bad news is, last Sunday was the only day they accepted written pitches, but there is still time for the video/audio submission(s).

There is no fee to enter, so if you're interested read the info posted below, and hurry and get your pitch in! 

Good Luck!

Pitch University...an Education in pitching your book or novel

Practice your pitch. Get feedback. (Maybe get a request!)

Welcome to our first "Pitch U Pitchfest Week," February 6 -12, 2011 here at Pitch University.  If you're new to Pitch University, read here for an overview of how we work and here for our rules.
Read below for this week's agent, what you need to do (it's easy!), and special rules to celebrate our Pitch U launch!

Meet Christine Witthohn, BookCents Literary Agency

Christine Witthohn is the founder of Bookcents Literary Agency. She's been mentoring Pitch U writers throughout January by providing lessons and on-going help in developing pitches.

Pitch Lesson 3: Pitch Your Book's Hook

When you create your pitches for Christine, she wants to know your name, the genre/type, the word count, and your hook.

NOTE: She will assume you're aiming at a New York publisher unless you indicate otherwise.

Her Clients Include Brenda Novak, and BookCents Literary Agency represents authors who write both fiction and very specific non-fiction.

They are currently seeking:
FICTION: Romance - Contemporary, Paranormal, Romantic Comedy, Mystery/Suspense,

Children's - Young Adult, Middle Grade, Women's Lit (must have a strong hook), Mainstream Mystery/Suspense, Medical or Legal Fiction (something that hasn't been done before), Literary Fiction.

NON-FICTION: We are looking for very specific NF Women's Issues/Experiences

Fun/Quirky Topics (particularly those of interest to women), Cookbooks (fun, ethnic, etc.), Health Gardening (herbs, plants, flowers, etc.), Books with a

"Save The Planet" theme, Entertaining Reference, How-To Books.
Professional Affiliations:
  • AAR - Association of Authors' Representatives
  • RWA - Romance Writers of America
  • MWA - Mystery Writers of America
  • SinC - Sisters In Crime
  • KOD - Kiss Of Death Chapter
 Pitching at Pitch U is easy! It all boils down to...
There's a lot of information in our Rules area, but just remember it really boils down to 3 simple elements.

Special Rules to Celebrate Our Launch
  • No cap!
  • All fiction genres; all non-fiction types. (Must be book-length.)You may submit multiple pitches! (1 per book project, including "practice" pitches for incomplete projects.) **This is a 1-time offer.**
  • No Change: Deadline to be considered for (video-only) Pitch Evaluation Lab day = Tuesday. 8:00 a.m. CST.
  • Bonus Deadline: Extra 24 hours added for all other audio/video pitches! (Yes, a Pitch U Inaugural Celebration Deadline.) Pitch Feedback Day deadline = Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. CST.
Video and Audio Pitches: Accepted all day Sunday, all day Monday, and until SEE EXTENDED DEADLINE ABOVE.

Written Pitches: Accepted Sunday only.

Note: Written pitches are not part of PitchFest Week. They won't be posted. They won't receive any feedback other than the message, "This writer IS/IS NOT ready to create a video or audio pitch" directly from the agent or editor.

Why bother? Well, if you're truly nervous about creating an audio or video, this will give you confidence that the words you're using to pitch your book actually make sense.

An agent or editor is telling you that you're ready to take the next step.

We'll notify you Monday (approx. 6:00 p.m. CST) of the results. You have Monday night (SEE EXTENDED DEADLINE) to go ahead and create a video or audio. You must meet the submission deadline.

Questions?

Pitch University
Book Cents Literary Agency

Wow! Women On Writing Quarterly Flash Fiction Contest

It's that time of year again! Time to enter the Wow! (Women on Writing) Quarterly Flash Fiction Contest!

Authors may write about anything, as long as submissions are between 250 and 750 words.

Prizes: 1st – $300; 2nd – $200; 3rd – $100. Winners, 7 runners up, and 10 honorable mentions receive Amazon gift cards, an e-book pack and possible publication.

Deadline: February 28, 2011

Fees: $10

Wow! Women on Writing

Good Luck!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Harlequin Contests & Challenges: Pitch Challenge, Patent Your Kiss Contest, Mentor Challenge

Here are a few Harlequin contests I ran across. There are some awesome opportunities for those of you who are targeting the Harlequin Nocturne Bites or Kimani lines, or if you're looking for a mentor, or looking to get your work in front of an editor or just looking to have some fun.

Have Fun & Good Luck!

"Valentine Secrets": Harlequin Mentor Challenge

How would you like to win a Mentor For A Month? Well, now is your chance! Write a Titled, 1k start to a Valentine's-themed, secret-baby romance. All other details are up to you!

Take part in our Valentine Secrets Challenge and you'll have a chance to learn from Harlequin Desire author and long-time Community Member, Tessa Radley! Tessa started out just like you, right here on the message boards, learning from authors and peers before joining the ranks of our published Harlequin authors and now she wants to give back. She has generously agreed to blind-judge all the entries and select a winner to mentor for a month. All you need to do is write the best Valentine of your life!

Go here for more info, rules and guidelines.

Harlequin Mentor Challenge

Editor Pitch Challenge: Nocturne BITES

We're at it again! And this time, we've got another of your favorite lines for you to send your dark and sexy paranormal entries too! Nocturne Bites is looking for YOUR manuscript and Associate Sr. Editor, Ann Leslie Tuttle will be on hand to take your pitch!

To enter, send a two-paragraph blurb of your manuscript to Hosty Rae by February 17th

Five entries will be chosen by Ann Leslie Tuttle and those will be announced no later than February 22nd.

Pitches will happen February 24th, at 2 pm est. But read the rules below to ensure your entry can be accepted.

• You MUST be able to enter and post inside the eHarlequin.com chat room. If you are unable to use the chat room and your submission is chosen, we will be unable to offer you another venue option and it will be unfair to an entrant who is able.
• You MUST have a completed manuscript that is targeted to Nocturne Bites. Editors have the option to request partials or fulls.
• You MUST be available at the given chat time. As stated above, we will be unable to offer another venue or time option.
• Please include your member name, your full name along with your submission.
Editor Pitch FAQs 
Editor Pitch Challenge
eHarlequin Nocturne Bites

Editor Pitch Challenge: Kimani Romance

We're at it again! And this time, we've got another of your favorite lines for you to send your sexy, dramatic, sophisticated and entertaining love story entries too! Kimani Romance is looking for YOUR manuscript and Senior Editor, Kelli Martin will be on hand to take your pitch!

To enter, send a 1-page dbl-spaced synopsis ( not to exceed 250 words ) of your manuscript to Hosty Rae by March 1

  • Five entries will be chosen by Kelli Martin and those will be announced on or around March 4th.
  • Pitches will happen March 9th, at 11 am est. But read the rules below to ensure your entry can be accepted.
  • NO multiple submissions.
  • NO Attachments. Please include your entry in the body of the email. If your submission is sent via attachment, it will not be entered.
  • You MUST be able to enter and post inside the eHarlequin.com chat room. If you are unable to use the chat room and your submission is chosen, we will be unable to offer you another venue option and it will be unfair to an entrant who is able.
  • You MUST have a completed manuscript that is targeted to Kimani Romance. Editors have the option to request partials or full.
  • You MUST be available at the given chat time. As stated above, we will be unable to offer another venue or time option.
  • Please include your member name, your full name along with your submission.  
Kimani Romance Info
Kimani Romance Editor Pitch Challenge


Patent Your Kiss Contest

So pucker up!

Next year it's not who you kiss at midnight but where

We want to hear all about your unique kiss, from romantic to downright quirky. And if yours gets the most votes, you could win a trip for two to spend New Year’s Eve 2012 in fabulous style.

3-Night, 4-Day trip for 2 to Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino + Airfare

Hurry! You have until March 30 to design and submit your kiss. The winner will be chosen from the top ten kisses with the most votes. So don’t forget to vote for your favourite kisses in the gallery too!

Contest ends 30/03/11. Click here for details.

Harlequin Patent Your Kiss Website
Patent Your Kiss Contest
Official Rules
From the Harlequin Office for the Preservation of the Kiss

The kiss is the cornerstone of romance. It can change lives, break hearts, start a rumor or ignite passion. The mission of this office is to preserve and celebrate the kiss and we have done so proudly for more than 60 years. So pucker up and come see the important work we do.