Small Presses: 3 Publishers Want Literary, Romance, Speculative Novels

New year, new opportunities! You may submit to these publishers even if you don’t have a literary agent if your manuscript falls under these categories: literary, romance, and speculative. (more…)

Readers Say Romance Novels Empower, Promote Feminist Values

RomanceBooks-CindyFazziPicThe romance novel has a reputation for being escapist and low brow. As a romance reader and author, I call it entertaining and accessible. Now you can add empowering and feminist to that description, according to survey results published in Maya Rodale’s book, “Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels.” (more…)

Writing Contest: Harlequin Seeks Unpublished Romance Novels

Strands by Nina Fazzi

“Strands” by Nina Fazzi. Copyright © 2014 by Nina Fazzi. All Rights Reserved.

So You Think You Can Write? It’s not just a question. It’s the name of a contest for unpublished romance writers sponsored by Harlequin/Mills & Boon. The winner will receive a two-book series contract from the publisher. (more…)

4 Reasons for Using a Pen Name: Why I’m Using a Pseudonym

Pieter Claesz Painting

“Still Life with a Skull and a Writing Quill” by Pieter Claesz. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “The Collection Online.”

When my novella, “In His Corner,” is published by Lyrical Press, the book won’t carry my name but my pseudonym—Vina Arno. It’s going to be my first book-length work of fiction, so some people are asking: Why use a pen name? I’ll explain below. I also looked up other writers who used pseudonyms—from Agatha Christie to Stephen King—and came up with four good reasons for using a pen name. (more…)

7 Classics that Belong to the Romance Genre: Why I Started Reading Romance Novels


PrideandPrejudice-CindyFazziI didn’t start reading romance novels until a year ago. I’ve always preferred literary fiction and historical fiction. I also read the occasional thrillers and mysteries—think Lee Child and Tana French, respectively. (more…)