Call for Submissions: Texas Private Eye Tales, Due Nov. 30

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Editor Michael Bracken seeks contemporary hardboiled and noir detective stories featuring Texan private eyes for the 2019 anthology The Eyes of Texas. Stories should take place in Texas, although brief forays into other parts of Texarkana or across the border in Mexico are fine if they make sense as part of the overall plot.

Bracken wants stories of around 5,000 words that “represent the cultural, ethnic, gender, and political differences found throughout the state.” Pays royalties. … Read more

Call for Submissions: True Love Stories, Due Nov. 30

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Chicken Soup for the Soul wants nonfiction stories and poems for its upcoming book about finding—and holding onto—romantic love. They’re wide open to different takes on this subject, from crazy dating adventures to “amazing coincidences that led to you meeting your soul mate” to finding love again after a divorce or breakup. Stories should be true, although writers may use pen names.

Pay is $200 plus 10 copies of the paperback edition for stories of up to 1,200 words.  Authors retain the rights to their work and may republish it at any time after the book comes out. … Read more

Pen to Pen: Write Blurbs that Sells More Books with Clare London

I’ve been working on blurbs for some upcoming releases these past couple weeks, so the topic of this week’s Pen to Pen post by gay-romance writer Clare London has been fresh on my mind. She’s got some great tips for luring in new readers with the power of your words. And since you’re a writer, isn’t that what you were born to do? … Read more

Call for Submissions: Hilarious Horror | Due Sept. 30

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Books & Boos Press wants stories of 4,000–8,000 words that amuse and frighten for its anthology A Sharp Stick in the Eye (and Other Funny Stories), to be edited by Rob Smales. Think Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead. Payment is $50/story. All stories should be previously unpublished. … Read more

Call for Submissions: Water-themed speculative short stories | Due Nov. 1

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Rosarium Publishing seeks 2,500- to 7,000-word short stories about water lore and deities, ancient or new, for its anthology Trouble the Waters: Tales From the Deep Blue, edited by Sheree Renée Thomas, Pan Morigan, and Troy L. Wiggins. Payment is 6¢/word. … Read more

Pen to Pen: Audiobook Creation for Indie Authors with Isobel Starling

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This week in Pen to Pen, romance author Isobel Starling stops by to advise independent authors on publishing and marketing audiobooks using ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange), a platform developed by Amazon and She’s got a lot of information, so she’ll have two columns this week. Today’s, “Using ACX: Audiobook Creation for Indie Authors” is on creating your audiobook and paying for a narrator. On Thursday, she’ll be back with some great promotional tips in “Marketing Your Audiobook.” … Read more