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Places to Submit Your Manuscript: July 2014

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

You’ve written a book - congratulations! But if you thought that was hard, how about trying to find publishers open to submissions? Lucky for you, we gather open calls each month to help make the submission process a bit easier. This month, we have seven exciting opportunities for you and your book. Take a look:

Vinspire Publishing - Vinspire Publishing is currently open to submissions for historical romances, Amish romances and romantic suspense. For historical submissions, Vinspire is only looking for Highlander and Regency stories. To learn more about Vinspire Publishing and their submission guidelines, visit them here.

Forever Yours - Forever Yours, an imprint of Hachette, is currently open for romance submissions for all subgenres. So whether you write historicals, paranormals, or erotica, Forever Yours might be for you! But if you write YA, you’re out of luck. They’re looking for novellas and full-length novels, though, and to learn more about what they want to see, click here.


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Places to Submit Your Manuscript: June 2014

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 16, 2014 | PERMALINK

Writing a novel is hard work and, like any form of dedication and passion, it's always nice to see your work reach new heights. To help the aspiring authors out there looking to be published, we've collected a handful of open calls for submissions as well as a couple of literary agencies to help you launch your career as an author. So read up on these publishers, agencies and submission guidelines and submit away!

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Tor.com: The Imprint - Tor.com offers a wide variety of compelling short fiction titles for free, but with their newly announced plans to formally enter the ebook publishing world, readers will be able to discover new authors and even more exciting stories! The new venture will focus on publishing novellas, shorter novels and other short fiction pieces that exceed traditional constraints. To learn more about the new imprint, their plans and their submission guidelines, click here.


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Tara Sue Me's Guide To Avoiding A Publishing Contract Disaster

BY Elisa Verna, JUNE 09, 2014 | PERMALINK

Photo of author Tara Sue MeI met erotic romance author Tara Sue Me for the first time at this year's RT Convention. She's delightful, but a story she told me about a horrible publishing contract she signed years ago (and was still recently dealing with) wasn't so much. So I urged her to share her contract advice for aspiring and published authors. If you're looking to sell your writing, read Tara's advice before you sign anything!

In a prior life, before I became a full-time author, I worked in the Pharmaceutical industry in contracts. Though I’m not a lawyer, I wrote contracts, negotiated contracts, and, more times than should be necessary, terminated contracts. I’m a read-the-tiny-print kind of a girl. A don’t-tell-me-put-it-in-writing business sort.

As an author, I’ve signed a few contracts. I’ve signed with a small epublisher, with a large media company, and with a Big Five publisher. As those of you who have done the same know, contracts can be anywhere from two pages to OMG, DO I HAVE TO READ THE WHOLE THING?


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What Editors Loved At Pitch-A-Palooza - 2014 RT Convention

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 02, 2014 | PERMALINK

Last year was the first time the RT Convention hosted Pitch-A-Palooza and it was a stellar success! So, naturally, we brought it back when we hit New Orleans for the 2014 convention. The room was buzzing with excitement and positive energy, making for a welcoming environment for the aspiring authors pitching to the participating editors and agents on a one-on-one basis. It was great to see so many aspiring authors gathered in one place and watch them take charge of their future careers as published authors.

Aspiring authors anxiously wait to pitch their novels!

And what did some of the editors participating in the Palooza think of the event? Annie Stone, an Associate Editor at HarlequinTEEN said, “...I was very impressed with the quality of the pitches I received. Everyone I met had done their research and knew that I was only looking for Young Adult fiction.” Stone also loved that many of the aspiring writers conversed with her rather than reciting their pitch word for word. “I ended up requesting partial [manuscripts] from nearly everyone I saw because for me, the voice is often the most important piece of the puzzle.”


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Where to Submit Your Manuscript: May 2014

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 22, 2014 | PERMALINK

Okay, so you’ve written a book and now all you have to do is find a home for your shiny manuscript! Everything about this process can be a bit tricky and confusing, trust us, we know. So, to help you out, we’ve gathered another batch of publishers who are open to submissions. Take a look and submit away!

Tor - Do you write short stories? Are you looking to have your work professionally edited and published online? Then Tor.com may be your new favorite place! Open to a wide range of speculative fiction, Tor is seeking engaging and diverse stories, particularly by authors from underrepresented populations. To learn more about their guidelines and mission, click here!

Riptide Publishing - Riptide Publishing, one of the leading LGBT fiction publishers, is currently seeking stories for their “Sweet Romance” open call. These stories should be between 25,000 to 110,000 words and should not contain any explicit sex scenes. Their website says, “We want teen appropriate stories, even if the stories themselves are not actually YA or NA.” To learn more, visit their site here!


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Never Give Up! Jackie Kessler, Keri Arthur, Stacey Kade, Jenna Black & Linnea Sinclair On Persistence

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MAY 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

Never say die! Listen, writing a book can be a hard slog. And that's to say nothing of the rest of the publishing process. How to make it all the way to your pub date ( … and the next one) without totally losing it? Today at the RT Convention in New Orleans Jackie Kessler, Keri Arthur, Stacey Kade, Jenna Black and Linnea Sinclair gave us some pointers to stay the course. Here are some of the highlights.

A photo of the panelists

Panelist Linnea Sinclair, Jackie Kessler, Stacye Kade, Jenna Black and Keri Arthur


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Self-Pub Like A Pro: Freelance Editing

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 17, 2014 | PERMALINK

Self-publishing is a brave new world, a sometimes confusing one for authors trying to navigate its many possible avenues. But as always, your RT Web Team is here to help with our monthly column, Self-Pub Like a Pro. This month we're tackling the ever-important process of editing. A big complaint readers often have is that self-published books aren’t edited, polished — or sometimes even spell checked. So how to avoid these pitfalls? Hiring a freelance editor could be the answer. To tell us more, today we’ve got longtime freelance editor Bev Katz Rosenbaum to give us the scoop.

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How do you become a freelance editor?

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I hold Specialist Certification in English Language and Literature from the University of Toronto (which is a fancy way of saying I have an Honors English degree), and I have also taken courses in substantive editing and copy editing from the Freelance Editors Association of Canada (now called the Editors Association of Canada). Immediately after graduating from university, I landed an editorial assistant position at Harlequin, and worked my way up to an editing position from there.


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Eight Places You Should Consider Submitting Your Manuscript

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 16, 2014 | PERMALINK

One of the hardest parts about being a writer is figuring out where to send your manuscript once it's ready for the world to read. Each month we round up a list of publishers open to submissions, and this month we have eight exciting open calls to share! Take a look, and be sure to read the publishers’ guidelines before submitting. Good luck and happy writing!

Pelican Book Group: Inspirational writers will want to take note of Pelican Book Group’s current call for their Pure Amore romances line. For this line, Pelican wants sweet and light stories that emphasize “the beauty of chastity” and contain Christian elements without being too preachy. If you think your manuscript is a perfect fit for the Pure Amore line, read the full guidelines here.


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2014 RT Convention Preview: Pitch-a-Palooza

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, APRIL 09, 2014 | PERMALINK

Calling all writers! When Romancelandia takes over New Orleans next month for the RT Booklovers Convention, you’ll want your manuscripts in tiptop shape. Why? Because you’ll have the chance to pitch your books to the industry’s top editors and agents during our Pitch-a-Palooza event! Here’s the 411:

When: Friday, May 16 at 12:20 PM - 1:20 PM

Where: 3rd Floor, Acadia - Grand Ballroom

What: Pitch-a-Palooza is an hour-long event where aspiring and published authors will have three minutes to present their “elevator pitch” to an agent or an editor. When you’re done pitching one person, go right ahead and get in line for another. Think of it like agent/editor speed dating! This is a first-come, first-serve event, so be sure to arrive early. Please note that Pitch-A-Palooza is not the same as editor appointments and agent appointments.

And if you’re curious about which industry professionals you’ll be pitching to, here’s a sampling of some of the agents and editors:

Agents:


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Places To Submit Your Manuscript: March 2014

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, MARCH 20, 2014 | PERMALINK

Aspiring authors, we know that it can be disheartening to look out into the abyss of potential publishing houses only see the same old phrase, “no unsolicited manuscripts accepted.” But don’t despair, we’ve rounded up a list of places that would welcome your query letter, manuscript or submission.

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Samhain Publishing: Do you love writing tales that are so twisted and dark they can’t help but illicit scares and screams? Then be sure to check out Samhain Publishing’s latest call for their horror line! Samhain wants well-written, suspenseful and believable stories that fit within the horror genre. Think you have what it takes to terrify readers and keep them coming back for more? Check out the full details here! And if horror’s not your thing, check out Samhain’s other open calls!


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