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I have been a country grocery store clerk, oil field roustabout, infantry soldier, paper pusher, out-of-work, and a newspaper columnist. I am now trying to add published novelist to my resume. My short fiction has appeared in: WORKERS WRITE: Tales From the Clinic (SS anthology), NIBBLER, ABSOLUTE WRITE (newletter article) ROSE & THORN, DEADMULE, USADS, NEW WORKS REVIEW, CHICK FLICKS, MUSCADINE LINES, and LONG STORY SHORT. LSS also ran an excerpt of my second novel, WE DANCED TO RAY CHARLES, a coming-of-age love story that was named a Faulkner competition semi-finalist and a finalist by the Santa Fe Writer's Project contest.

edited to add: Since joining SS, 've lost all sight in my one remaining eye due to a detached retina. Could be worse. At least I no longer have to look at myself in the mirror each morning. Interests

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Topic: Romance Publishers That Accept Unagented Submissions
Posted: 31 May 2018 06:38

All of these publishers accept submissions directly from authors. No agent or previous publishing experience required.

For the complete list including additional info and links to the publishers, subscribe to the free, online newsletter of:
Authors Publish.

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Some of the publishers only publish romance, but many are also open to erotica. The list is in no particular order.


Harlequin

Many famous romance writers, including Mercedes Lackey, Nora Roberts, and Christopher Rice got their start at Harlequin. Their submission process is very user friendly.

Entangled Publishing

Entangled Publishing is an independent publisher of adult and young adult romantic fiction. Since its first release in July 2011, Entangled has published more than 970 titles. This number includes 14 titles that have made it onto the New York Times Bestsellers list and 42 titles that have placed on the USA Today Bestsellers list.

Speaking Volumes

Blushing Books

Blushing Books started out as a romance print publisher in the 90’s. It has since shifted entirely into the eBook market. Books are released to all major distributors, including the Barnes and Noble Nook, Kobo, Apple, All Romance eBooks, and Smashwords.

Lyrical Press

Lyrical Press is an electronic only imprint of Kensington, a large independent publisher. Kensington and Lyrical both publish mainstream novels and seem to put a fair amount of pressure on the author to promote their books. They publish a large number of books per year.

eXtasy

Carina Press

Carina Press is Harlequin’s digital-first adult fiction imprint, publishing first in digital, and then depending on the numbers releasing audio and print versions as well. Unlike most of Harlequin’s imprints they don’t just focus on romance, although they are open to all subgenres of romance, including contemporary, paranormal, LGBTQ+, and science fiction. They also publish mysteries of all flavors— from cozies to thrillers, with and without romantic elements.

Forever Yours

Forever is the romance imprint of Grand Central Publishing. Grand Central Publishing is an imprint of the Hachette Book Group, one of the big five publishers. Forever Yours is the digital sister of Forever, they focus on publishing unagented authors, and often publish authors without a publication history. They publish eBooks, but they have an option to print on demand any book over 50,000 words in length.

Pelican Book Press

A print and eBook publisher of Christian romance novels. They have a number of imprints and accept unsolicited submissions for all but one of them.

Fiery Seas

Boroughs Publishing Group

Boroughs Publishing Group is an e-publisher that focuses on publishing romance novels, novellas, and short stories.

Siren-BookStrand

Siren-BookStrand is a popular publisher of romance and erotica. They only publish books that end happily ever after. They publish many books every year and most authors seem happy with the work that the Siren-BookStrand editors do. They are primarily an electronic publisher but they also have print editions.

BelleBooks/BelleBridge

A successful independent print publisher of genre books, including romance novels.

Avon Impulse

Avon Romance is a romance imprint of HarperCollins. Avon Impulse is their digital first imprint and they publish primarily new authors. If a book is successful, Avon publishes a print edition of it. They have an excellent marketing team.

Red Sage Publishing started as a traditional print publisher in 1995. They have a long list of published books covering diverse genres ranging from contemporary to science fiction.

SMP Swerve

St Martin’s Press is an imprint of Macmillan, one of the big 5 publishers. SMP Swerve is the digital first romance publishing imprint of St Martin’s.

Black Lyon Publishing

Black Lyon Publishing is a small but established publisher of romance novels, eBook and printed.

Evernight Publishing

Evernight is an ebook publisher of romance and erotica novels that is currently open to submissions from writers. They also publish print versions of some books. A number of the books they have published have been on the Amazon Bestseller list.

ImaJinn Books

ImaJinn books is a print and electronic publisher of a wide spectrum of romance novels. They publish everything from new adult to contemporary to fantasy. Their print books are published on demand, and they seem to sell most of their books through Amazon, so don’t expect a distributor.

Beachwalk Press

They largely publish romantic eBooks, but some of their books have been released in print as well. Most of the books they publish are on the sensual side. They are open to romances in all sub-genres except for young adult romances.

Black Opal Books

Black Opal Books accepts submissions between 1 June and 31 December each year. They publish all romance genres, including paranormal and erotic, as well as YA, Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, Historicals, Mysteries, and Thrillers.

The Wild Rose Press

The Wild Rose Press is an established small press that publishes full length manuscripts, primarily in the romance genre.

Solstice Publishing

Solstice is a mid sized publishing house based out of the US that publishes eBooks. They have published over 200 authors and have started to buy small publishing houses.

Topic: Name a movie that you have watched at least 5 times and are still entertained by.
Posted: 12 May 2018 12:59

That Ruby is one serious film fanatic. ;)

My list will be much shorter, beginning with:

Casablanca

some comedies:
Support Your Local Sheriff
Support your Local Gunfighter
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To The Forum
It's a Mad, Mad,Mad, Mad World
Blazing Saddles
M*A*S*H

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Topic: Add a Joke
Posted: 11 May 2018 07:42


Confused about paying an invoice, a successful young businessman decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help.

He called her into his office and said, “You just graduated from college and I need some help. If I were to give you $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?”

The secretary thought a moment, and then replied, “Everything but my earrings.”

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Topic: Poetry Journals That Respond Quickly
Posted: 30 Apr 2018 08:49

It's no fun to submit a story or poem then not hear back for months. These poetry journals all respond in a month or less.

For links, google the journals or subscribe to the free, online newsletter of 'Authors Publish'.

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The American Poetry Journal,
publishes only poetry and respond to all submissions within a month.


Softblow, an online poetry journal, responds to most submissions in les than three days.


Radar Poetry

Radar electronic poetry journal responds within two weeks to submissions.


Red Eft Review focuses on publishing accessible poems. Their turnaround time is a couple of days.


The New Verse News presents politically progressive poetry on current events and topical issues. Because of the nature of what they publish, they have fast response times and then generally publish work within a few days of accepting it.


Amaryllis, responds within a week.


Thrush, a highly respected poetry journal responds to most submissions within 10 days.


Topic: Poetry Journals That Respond Quickly
Posted: 30 Apr 2018 08:47

It's no fun to submit a story or poem then not hear back for months. These poetry journals all respond in a month or less.

For links, google the journals or subscribe to the free, online newsletter of 'Authors Publish'.

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The American Poetry Journal,
publishes only poetry and respond to all submissions within a month.


Softblow, an online poetry journal, responds to most submissions in les than three days.


Radar Poetry

Radar electronic poetry journal responds within two weeks to submissions.


Red Eft Review focuses on publishing accessible poems. Their turnaround time is a couple of days.


The New Verse News presents politically progressive poetry on current events and topical issues. Because of the nature of what they publish, they have fast response times and then generally publish work within a few days of accepting it.


Amaryllis, responds within a week.


Thrush, a highly respected poetry journal responds to most submissions within 10 days.


Topic: Add a Joke
Posted: 26 Apr 2018 22:27

Lawyer jokes have emerged among us! ;)

And now, back to 'Elephant' jokes.

Q: Why did the elephant cross the road?

A: It was the chicken's day off.

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Topic: Add a Joke
Posted: 23 Apr 2018 22:00

My first-born's first joke -- honest

Why do elephants paint their toenails all different colors?

To hide in a bowl of M&M's.

Ever see one in a bowl of M&M's?

Works great, doesn't it?

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Topic: Match the Name Game
Posted: 23 Apr 2018 21:49

Tiger, I'm sure glad I've never, ever, made a blank post. ;)

Best I recall, our newest moderator, Anna May Zing, left the name, Montgomery Cliff.

so whadda about: Gen. Bernard Montgomery?

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Topic: What are you reading at the moment?
Posted: 23 Apr 2018 21:31

Lady, James Patterson is one remarkable writer. BTW, his next release will be a fictional political thriller he co-authored with, Bill Clinton.

Just finished re-reading, "The Last Picture Show" by Larry McMurtry. Left me wondering why I hadn't done so much sooner. Highly recommended.

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Topic: Some Suggestions for Avoiding Rejection...of your story
Posted: 23 Apr 2018 21:24

Ms Elizabeth, your are correct, as usual, about that post by, Youbeient.

The lady who left the original post on my FB page, Celina Summers, an oft-published fantasy writer, and editor, left another one today I'm gonna share.

"For some reason, it's far easier for me to self-edit right AFTER I edit someone else's work. That seems to be the only way I spot unnecessary adverbs, for example. Sure--in first draft form, "eased slowly" or "sipped carefully" makes sense. But in final form, the adverb is implied in the stronger verb choice, which renders the adverb unnecessary.

Evidently, I need more clients."

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