WVU This Week November 2, 2011
Quote of the Week
"Every reader knows about the feeling that characters in books seem more real than real people."
Cornelia Funke (1958)
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*** A Birdie Told Me - Writing Markets
Samhain is now accepting submissions for their line of horror novels. They are actively seeking talented writers who can tell an exciting, dramatic and frightening story, and who are eager to promote their work and build their community of readers.
They are looking for novels—either supernatural or non-supernatural, contemporary or historical—that are original and compelling. Authors can be previously unpublished or established, agented or un-agented. Content can range from subtle and unsettling to gory and shocking. The writing is what counts.
· Between 12,000 and 100,000 words, for print eligibility minimum 50,000.
· A fresh premise that can be conveyed in a marketing hook of 2 – 3 sentences
· Believable, three-dimensional characters
· A gripping, suspenseful style
· Credible world-building that can make even the strangest creatures believable
· Within the horror genre, not fantasy or science-fiction, though borders often blur
Email the complete manuscript and a full synopsis that takes the plot from beginning to end as two separate Word attachments.
In the body of your email include a brief description of the novel, estimated word count, and your publishing history (if any) such as previous books, awards, and quotes from other authors or reviews.
Include contact info, and if the manuscript is agented, please provide agent info as well.
Include the title of the novel in the email’s subject line. Submissions should be sent to:
Yesterday’s Romances for Today’s Reader.
Samhain Publishing® is also proud to introduce their newest venture, Retro Romance™.
Classic romances from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s can find new life in the digital age with Samhain Publishing®.
If you are an author with digital rights to your classic romances, they would love to hear from you. Samhain will take on the multiple steps of digital publication – copyediting, formatting, cover treatment and wide digital distribution – while you reap the hassle-free rewards.
They employ a sliding royalty scale, and are offering terms of 30% of list price for the first 2,500 copies sold, 35% of list for the next 2,500 copies sold, and 40% of list thereafter.
If you are an author looking for a digital publishing partner for your older romance novels, look no further than Samhain Publishing®.
Submissions and inquiries can be sent to:
Samhain is now open to general submissions of all genres of romance and erotica, as well as fantasy, urban fantasy and science fiction with strong romantic elements. Authors can be previously unpublished or established, agented or un-agented. They will consider previously published manuscripts on a case by case basis.
They are looking for romances of all types and styles, and all levels of heat. Let your imagination run free.
For science fiction, fantasy, and urban fantasy submissions, they would like strong romantic themes throughout, and while a traditional happy ending is not required, they would like some progression in the romantic arc as well as a satisfying ending for fans of romance.
Between 12,000 and 120,000 words. For print eligibility, minimum 50,000 words.
Simultaneous submissions accepted, but keep them posted on the current status.
No pedophilia, bestiality, necrophilia, rape as titillation, etc.
Visit the Samhain FAQ page for answers to most of your submissions questions.
Please visit the Special Calls page to see any special calls from their editors.
How to Submit
All submissions must be sent by email. They will not respond to any submissions sent via hard copy, nor will they return submissions sent this way. Please send all queries via email to the email address listed below.
Please send a short query letter in the body of an email. This letter should include some information about you, a short blurb, and the genre and word count of your manuscript.
In separate documents attached to the same email, attach the full manuscript and a synopsis. To give your book the best chance of being accepted, please ensure that the synopsis details
the whole plot and the end of the book, even if it is a surprise ending.
Please send the synopsis and manuscript as two separate attachments, named with the title of your book.
Format your work (manuscript and synopsis) as follows:
· When sending your manuscript/synopsis please name them: Title_Author initials_full and Title_Author initials_Synopsis. This helps their editors keep submissions organized.
· The files should be RTF (Rich Text File) or .doc (Word Document)
· Author name and book title should appear on the first page of your manuscript and synopsis
· The cover page of your synopsis must have your contact information:
o Real Name/Pen Name
o Contact Phone
o Email address
o Working Title (include series name if applicable)
o Word Count
o Blurb (less than 200 words)
When you are ready to submit, please send a short query letter and your submission to:
Please allow up to 12-16 weeks for a personal reply.
***Upcoming MFA Courses
MFA Courses are always free to annual, 3-year, and lifetime members.
Register now at: http://writersvillage.com/wvu3/schedule.html
Classes starting November 3 Registration ends November 5
MFA 105 Sentences: Tough, Sweet, and Stuffy
Classes starting November 10 Registration ends November 12
MFA 201 Discovering the Rose in the Rubble
Classes starting November 17 Registration ends November 19
MFA 202 Finding Triggers
Classes starting November 24 Registration ends November 26
MFA 203 The Masks of Fiction
Classes starting December 1 Registration ends December 3
MFA 204 The Fiction Writer's Apprenticeship
Classes starting December 8 Registration ends December 10
MFA 205 Developing Characters
Classes starting December 15 Registration ends December 17
MFA 206 Minor Characters
Classes starting December 22 Registration ends December 24
MFA 207 Setting and Character
Classes starting December 29 Registration ends December 31
MFA 208 Difficult Characters
***F2K Free Creative Writing Course
Be the first to know when registration opens again, and have some fun.
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***Upcoming WVU Classes
Register now for upcoming November & December classes.
Classes Starting November 2 Registration ends November 5
B154 Finding Your Voice
C102 Comedy Writing Part 2, Prerequisite Part 1
B136 Introduction to Fiction Writing
F160 Lightness and Weight in Fiction
B107 Writers Way Part 1 facilitated by Janet Smith
Classes Starting November 9 Registration ends November 12
B122 Libel and Permission
F148 Other Worlds in Science Fiction and Fantasy
N116 Writing for Magazines Part 3, Prerequisite Part 2
Classes Starting November 16 Registration ends November 19
B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by MelissaAnne
B134 Proper Intertwining of Plot and Character
C118 Comedy Workshop: Working With Analyzation
F108 Creativity In A Box
F102 Romance Writing Part B
Classes Starting November 23 Registration ends November 26
B114 Point of View & Related Topics
B132 Complex and Believable Characters
F146 Let's Make A Scene
F162 Character Driven Plots - The Big 5
Classes Starting November 30 Registration ends December 3
F220 Writing Boosters - Brainstorming for Characters,
facilitated by Joni Zipp
N124 News Writing Part 3, Prerequisite N122
F164 The Single Effect Theory by Poe
N102 Writing for the Web Part 2, Prerequisite Part 1
Classes Starting December 7 Registration ends December 10
B105 Punctuation, facilitated by Janet Smith
F126 Story Structures (and Everything In Between)
N108 Writing Articles Part 1
P100 Rhythmic Words: A Beginner's Guide to Poetic Forms
Classes Starting December 14 Registration ends December 17
B109 The Writer's Way to Creativity Part 2, facilitated by Janet Smith
F182 Writing Boosters - Story Starters #2 facilitated by Joni Zipp
F206 Writing the Screenplay – Part 1
N134 Writing and Marketing Magazine Articles
Classes Starting December 21 Registration ends December 24
B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by Melissa Anne
C104 Comedy Workshop: Working With Jokes
F214 Worlds of Wonder
F102 Romance Writing Part C
Classes Starting December 28 Registration ends December 31
F212 Heroes and Heroines (Sixteen Master Archetypes)
N104 Writing Short Nonfiction Part 1
N118 Writing for Magazines Part 4, Prerequisite N116
P180 Poetry Triggers - Playing with Sound
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