The Word in Writing – Market news for October 14, 2014

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QueryTracker is a great site to find and share information about agents and publishers – and it’s free. You can even keep track of your submissions and responses. Check it out here. They also keep a separate list of new agents.

Literary agents and agencies

Foreword Literary has changed it’s name to Fuse Literary. According to founding partner Laurie McLean, “It embodies our new tagline, ‘Igniting Author Careers’ as well as the other meaning of fuse: bonding two or more things into a stronger whole. We feel stronger and are excited about continuing to explore the fusion possibilities of hybrid authors.” Agents at Fuse represent most, if not all, genres. Check each agent’s page for their submission guidelines.


Comet Press‘s erotica imprint, SeX Files, is now open to novel-length fiction in all sub-genres and cross-genres of erotica. “We are looking for stories that push the boundaries of erotica.” Submission guidelines.

Simon and Schuster is launching a new science fiction and fantasy imprint in Spring of 2015. “Saga Press is an all-inclusive fantasy and science fiction imprint publishing great books across the spectrum of genre, from fantasy to science fiction, commercial to literary, speculative fiction to slipstream, urban fantasy to supernatural suspense.” Joe Monti is the executive editor of the new imprint.

Grand Mal Press is closed to submissions until further notice.

Karen Sullivan, former Managing Editor of Arcadia Books, is launching her own independent publishing company, Orenda Books. Sullivan said: “There is always a market for readable, good-quality literature, and I plan to focus on literary crime/thrillers and books that have personal resonance.” The launch is next week, so I’ll try to have more information on this publisher then.


NEW: The Sehnsucht Project focuses on new age/spiritual/paranormal fiction and non-fiction. They want to publish “professional, provocative material that challenges our minds and helps us contemplate our soul’s journey”. This can include science fiction, fantasy, “razor-wire fiction, experimental, eclectic poetry and prose.” Please read the submission guidelines. Reading period ends March 31, 2015.

Lore, the online magazine, is “shuffling back into its tomb and sealing the vault door behind it.”

Penumbra is closed to submissions until the next reading period. Currently, there is no sign in the submissions guidelines that say when this will be.

Phobos Magazine, too, is between reading periods. The reading period for their third issue ended September 30.

Leading Edge is once more open to submissions, and is hoping that response times will improve. If you scroll down the submissions page, you’ll also find a contest for a new Leading Edge logo.

Fireside Fiction has opened to submissions of short stories for a limited time. Fireside wants “to publish great storytelling, regardless of genre.” Deadline: October 31, 2014.

Fantasy Scroll Mag is looking for “original science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories, regardless of sub-genre. We want great stories and grand characters!” Submission guidelines.

Book Smugglers Publishing is looking for short stories to publish between April and June of 2015. The theme: First contact. “While we are huge fans of aliens and would very much like to receive submissions featuring first contact with aliens, we would love to receive a broader pool of stories and traditions.” Deadline: December 31, 2014. Submission guidelines.

Bizarro Central is looking for bizarro short fiction (2000 words or less) for their Flash Fiction Friday feature. Submission information.


Dark Regions has a call out for another anthology: A Collection of Untimely Hours. “The theme is time. The genre is dark fiction. A broad spectrum, we know, but what we mean by this is truly the dark spectrum – from horror to supernatural, to slipstream – and all points in between.” Submission guidelines. Deadline: December 31, 2014.

Bikes in Space 3 is open to submissions. The theme: Zombies and bicycling. “Stories that are accepted will all have a feminist perspective and incorporate bicycling in some way, whether or not they are actually about bicycles.” Submission guidelines. Deadline: December 1, 2014.

Hydra Publications is accepting submissions for an anthology of dystopian short stories. ” What is your take on a dystopian world? Is it a police state? Do people live in fear of an outside source? Or is it an inner source they are scared of?” Submission guidelines. Deadline: January 31, 2015.

Nordland publishing is seeking short stories for an anthology trilogy called The Affinity Series. “The Affinity series is a planned trilogy relating to specific themes from Scandinavian culture and history and we aim to provide the highest quality publications possible.” The first anthology will be themed Folklore: “Stories that resound with the feel of the old world, that chill and entrance.” Call for submissions.

Imagine Ink Press is looking for submissions for two anthologies.

  • Heroes and Villains. “We all know classic hero/villain stories. We are looking for your take on hero/villain!” Deadline: January 15, 2015.
  • Twisted Christmas. “We all remember Nightmare before Christmas? Looking for creative scary Christmas stories.” Deadline: November 28, 2014.

Imagine Ink’s Open Calls for Submissions.

On the mend

Author Harlan Ellison suffered a stroke last week. From all reports, he is on the mend.

Rest in Peace

Zilpha Keatley Snyder (May 11, 1927 – October 7, 2014) Award-winning children’s book author.

Market News for the week of October 6, 2014

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Oct 072014


In the news

Last week, big news hit the romance publishing world. ‘Romantica’ publisher Ellora’s Cave is suing the Dear Author blog and Jane Litte, the blog writer. This has caused a large rebellion in the romance community. You can read about this:

And here’s a way to help Dear Author.

HarperCollins introduced a new e-commerce program where authors will recieve an extra 10% of royalties on products sold through the HarperCollins platform.

Egmont Publishing is selling its US division. Says CEO of Egmont Publishing International Rob McMenemy: “Egmont USA has built a Children’s Fiction and Young Adult Fiction list, and it has a strong plan for the future under the excellent leadership of MD and Publisher, Andrea Cascardi.”

Literary agents and agencies

Chuck Sambuchino, editor of the Writer’s Digest Guide to Literary Agents, has a very informative blog. For last week and this week so far, he’s included:

  • a spotlight on agent Lana Popovic of Chalberg & Sussman. She’s looking for fiction in a number of categories and genres. In YA/MG, she’s looking for contemporary/realistic, mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, historical, horror and sci-fi. In adult fiction, she wants literary thrillers, science fiction, horror, romance, erotica, and women’s literary fiction. She’s also looking for certain adult non-fiction manuscripts. Her submission guidelines at Chalberg & Sussman.
  • New agent Patricia Nelson of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Adult genres she’s looking for are women’s fiction, literary fiction, and romance. In YA, she’s looking for contemporary/realistic, mystery/thriller, horror, magical realism, science fiction, and fantasy. She’s also looking for NA.

I recommend following Chuck Sambuchino’s blog for news and information about literary agents. He also spotlights stories of authors who have found their literary agents and how they did this.

More agent news:

Amy Boggs from the Donald Maass Literary Agency will be closed to queries for the month of October.

Leigh Feldman is leaving Writers House to set up her own shop, Leigh Feldman Literary, as of October 1. The new agency doesn’t seem to have its own website yet, but e-mail goes to


New publisher Crystal Lake Publishing has announced their very first open submission period. During this period, they are accepting pitches and synopses for manuscripts of dark writing, “be it horror, suspense thrillers, fantasy, action adventure, sci-fi (no space operas, please), supernatural, or noir. We’re interested in reading your novels, novellas, short story collections, non-fiction books linked to dark fiction topics, and poetry collections.” More information on their Submission Guidelines page.

Hachette UK has combined all their children’s publishing into one division called the Hachette Children’s Group.

Angry Robot Books has been bought by Etan Ilfeld and his company Watkins Media Ltd. Meet the new boss.

Anne Heltzel has taken on the role of acquiring editor for Amulet Books, the middle grade and teen imprint of Abrams. Please note that Amulet and Abrams do not accept unagented manuscripts or book proposals.


Nightmare Magazine is open to submissions of all types of horror or dark fantasy. was closed to short fiction from August 1 to September 30. They should now be open to submissions, though they haven’t updated their submissions guidelines as of the morning of October 7.

Jason Sizemore, publisher of Apex Publications, has also taken on the job as Editor-in-Chief of Apex Magazine.

Untied Shoelaces of the Mind is closed to submissions until at least May 2015.

Tokyo Yakuza, a new shared-world market, is looking for short stories that fit their alternate history dystopian world.

Cicada (of the Cricket Magazine Group) is looking for submissions of YA fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, and art for an issue on the topic of Tricksters and Thieves. “We’re on the lookout for tales of pirates, con artists, and trickster gods; explorations of glamour, enchantment, sleight of hand, and other crafts of illusion; and investigations of the slipperiness of the authentic self in a world of performances.” Deadline: October 31, 2014.

Pulp Literature is temporarily open to submissions of novellas, short stories, poetry, comics, and illustrations. They’re looking for “thrilling, funny, or heart-rending work in any genre.” They will close again on November 1, 2014.


Lynn Jamneck  has issued a call for submissions of Lovecraftian fiction from women only for an anthology, Dreams from the Witch House, to be published by Dark Regions Press. This anthology is not yet (as of the morning of October 7, 2014) on the Dark Regions web page for submissions. Deadline: January 31, 2015.

The Roar 6 anthology is open to submissions of general audience (PG) furry stories on the theme ‘scoundrel’. Deadline: April 1, 2015.

The Temporally Out of Order anthology is looking for science fiction and fantasy stories where “some type of gadget or object has somehow gone temporally out of order”. Deadline: November 30, 2014.

Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany is an anthology of stories honoring Samuel R. ‘Chip’ Delaney. “We want to demonstrate to the world the power of his work through what we write, and thank him for the grace of his existence.” Deadline: December 1, 2014.

Rest In Peace

Eugie Foster, award winning science fiction author and editor, December 31, 1971 – September 27, 2014. Obituary on Locus Online.

Graham Joyce, award winning dark fantasy and horror author from the UK, October 22, 1954 – September 9, 2014. Obituary at Locus Online.

Kirby McCauley, US literary agent whose clients include Stephen King, George R.R. Martin and Robert Silverberg, September 11, 1941 – August 30, 2014. Tribute from GRRM.


I also highly recommend The Ansible, a monthly newsletter and website by David Langford, where he lists news in the fantasy, science fiction and horror genres, as well as entertaining pieces on media surrounding the genres.

Opportunity to promote your book – free

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On her blog, Lit Soup, agent Jenny Rappaport is offering a chance to get books advertised on her blog.  Here is her offer, called Book Blocks:

“This is an open invitation for any author who has a book coming out to write up a short piece about one of the building blocks of their upcoming book. It can be about the characters, the plot, the theme, the actual writing structure, the idea behind the novel (or non-fiction work), the worldbuilding, etc.”

It looks like it could be both interesting and educational – and possibly profitable.  Let’s watch and see how it goes.  With Jenny in charge, we know there won’t be any really lame entries! I also encourage others to read Jenny’s blog, and the blogs of other agents.  You can really get an education on the writing business this way.

Thanks, Jenny!  And good for you!