Vampire Slaying Kit

Posted in Romance on April 10th, 2006 by Cynthia Eden

Why is it that I always find out about the cool ebay auctions too late? Nick sent me this link today from Boing Boing–apparently, there was an authentic 19th century vampire-slaying kit up for auction. Dang.

How much did the winner pay? Try $1000.00.

Here’s a link to the ebay ad.

This so would have been my perfect birthday gift. And Nick–if you’re reading this–you have less than 2 months to find me another vampire slaying kit! Ha–this time you can’t say that I never tell you what to get me!

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Another Publisher Spotlight: Dorchester

Posted in Romance on April 9th, 2006 by Cynthia Eden

Okay, folks…I’m gonna have to make this one fast.

I’ve been a bad blogger this past week–I was working like crazy to finish up my manuscript, but I promise I’ll be better this week! Truly!

And, following that being-better idea, I wanted to get in another Publisher Spotlight. This time, I’m focusing on Dorchester.

According to Dorchester’s submission guidelines, they are looking for the following romances: historical, futuristic, time-travel, paranormal, and contemporary. (Hmmm…I think that might pretty much cover all the big categories!)

You can send your synopsis and first 3 chapters to:

Dorchester Publishing
200 Madison Avenue, Suite 2000
New York, NY 10016

Now here’s a worry: Their turn around time is listed as 6 to 8 months. So, if you submit to these guys, don’t bother checking your mailbox for a while.

Oh…and here’s a fun note: Dorchester is also accepting submissions in the horror category. I’ve always wanted to write a straight horror. Yes, I love romance, love the happily-ever-after endings that I can create (come on, the world NEEDS fairy tale endings sometimes) but…I’m a serious horror buff and the idea of breaking loose, of seeing just how dark my stories can go…well, it really intrigues me.

So, I’ll put my horror story down in my “one day” file…and one day, maybe I’ll do it.

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Agent Hunting

Posted in Romance on April 9th, 2006 by Cynthia Eden

Writer’s Digest has an interesting article posted on how to get an agent, or rather…how NOT to get an agent. Since I’m currently on the hunt for an agent, I thought it might be a good idea for me to make sure that I wasn’t starting things off on the wrong foot.

I’ve heard that the right agent can really make a writer’s career…just as the wrong one can break it…or, at the very least, slow it down.

Writing conferences seem to be great for meeting agents–you get to go in, sit face to face, and pitch your work. Nice–but a little intimidating for me. I can’t stand face to face rejection. The mere thought terrifies me. But I’m planning to go to the RWA convention this year, and I think I’m gonna have to work through my fear…and pitch.

Preditors and Editors is a good site for checking out potential agents–they list any negative reports that those folks might have.

Oh, and speaking of negatives…if you’re looking for an agent, and he/she asks you to pay an upfront fee–run, don’t walk, away. Agents who charge reading fees are to be strictly avoided.

So…like I said, I’m on the hunt. And I’m not much of a hunter (unlike my die-hard dad!), so wish me luck.

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Finished!!!!

Posted in Romance on April 8th, 2006 by Cynthia Eden

I just finished my latest manuscript. Yep, 380 pages of blood, sweat, and tears. Hmmm…that doesn’t exactly shout, “Romance!” now, does it?

The next step: Editing this baby.

But…editing will have to wait until tomorrow. I’m going to bed!

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Publisher Spotlight: Avon Romance

Posted in Romance on April 3rd, 2006 by Cynthia Eden

Avon is open to submissions; specifically, Avon wants historical romance (100,000 words), contemporary romance (100,000 words) and African-American romance (90,000 words).

To query Avon, you should prepare an overview of your book–no more than 2 pages–and email it to: avonromance@harpercollins.com. Their turnaround time on e-queries is currently listed as one to two weeks (pretty impressive!).

Avon has a lovely set of guidelines for their would-be writers. They seem to be looking for all sorts of stories–romantic suspenses, dramas, funny tales…the field appears to be wide open.

Here are a few of Avon’s recent releases:

Sword of Darkness by Kinley MacGregor
What Price Love? by Stephanie Laurens
Sighs Matter by Marianne Stillings

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