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Monday, March 12, 2007

Cynthia Sterling Market News

(This information courtesy of Fay Thompson)

Spice, Harlequin's imprint for erotic romance, is looking for shorter stories to be sold online as Spice Briefs. Unfortunately, right now the link to the guidelines on the Harlequin website is broken, but I have the scoop for you: Stories should be 5,000 – 15,000 words. They will be sold as eBooks only (at least for now). They're looking for "bold, pushing-the-envelope, sexually explicit editorial ... These are highly erotic short stories; although brief, these stories should still strive to establish context for the erotic content through an interesting and engaging premise (a great hook), a well constructed plot and believable characters. Quality editorial is paramount." The editors are looking for all types of stories: contemporary, ethnic, literary, mystery/suspense, historical and paranormal stories told in first or third person point-of-view (female only) or, if it works for the story, multiple points of view. Submit the complete story to Editor Susan Pezzack Swinwood at


Amy Tannenbaum has been promoted to associate editor for Atria and Washington Square Press.

Faith Black is a new Associate Editor at Avalon Books (

Tara Parsons is a new editor with HQN Books ( and Luna Books.

Medallion Press ( has a new acquisitions editor and a new address for submissions:

Acquisitions Editor: Kerry Estevez
26609 Castleview Way
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

Alex Logan is a new editorial assistant at Warner Books.


Ballantine Books has announced it will no longer accept unagented material of any kind.


My website has been updated. You can now read an excerpt from my May book, The Man Tamer. Go to upcoming books to find the excerpt.


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Cindi Myers
The Man Tamer Harlequin Blaze, May 2007