Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Spread the Love and a Shout Out for a Cyberpunk Romance Anthology

Photo by Denny S. Bryce

I've been busy writing, plotting and studying since leaving RWA Nationals, although I'm still in Orlando. Just switched resorts. 

Are you wondering what happened at this year's RWA as far as 'my manuscript' goes? Okay, even if you're not, I'm going to tell you anyway. Good news. I got a request for the full manuscript. Yes, that's right. The whole damn thing (from an agent), and a partial - first three chapters and synopsis - from an editor. So, let's just say I'm excited, but the entire thing is in my hands. The book, of course, needs more polishing. It's like an endless battle - me versus words (you know like man versus food on the travel channel. I love that show:). This week, I'm hanging out at my time share in Orlando with writing buddy Alicia Rasley, and we both have books in the works. She's working on a new sexy Regency (that means lots of sex, btw) set in London circa 1817, while her new women's fiction will be launched in February 2011 with Bellebooks.

That's enough about me. Now, I've got news for my writer friends. With the permission of Samhain Publishing, see below for news about an upcoming anthology:

Call for Submissions: Samhain Publishing Cyberpunk romance anthology

Welcome to the future, a cyberpunk future—-post-industrial dystopias where society has broken down; a world of advanced science, cybernetic and tech. The cyberpunk world is a dark and gritty place, blurring the border between actual and virtual reality.

I'm very happy to announce an open call for submissions for a new, yet-to-be-titled summer 2011 cyberpunk romance anthology. Don't know what cyberpunk is? Think The Matrix and Bladerunner, or the popular role-playing/computer game/book series Shadowrun. For more information on cyberpunk, you can check out the entry on wikipedia.

I'm open to M/F, M/M, F/F, or multiples thereof, any sexual heat level, and the romance must end happily ever after or happy for now.
The novellas must range between 25,000 to 30,000 words in length, no more, no less—please note, only manuscripts that fall in this word count will be considered for this anthology—and will be released individually as ebooks in August 2011.

Submissions are open to all authors, published with Samhain or aspiring to be published with Samhain. All submissions must be new material—previously published submissions will not be considered. Additionally, manuscripts previously submitted, whether individually or for past anthologies, will not be considered either. Be aware that manuscripts submitted to this anthology cannot be resubmitted at a later date unless by invitation from an editor.

To submit a manuscript for consideration, please include:

The full manuscript (of 25,000 to 30,000 words) with a comprehensive 2-5 page synopsis. Also include a letter of introduction/query letter. Full manuscripts are required for this as it is a special project.

As well, when you send your manuscript, be sure to use the naming convention Cyberpunk_Title_MS and Cyberpunk_Title_Synopsis. This will ensure that your submission doesn't get missed in the many submissions we receive, and makes it easy for me to find in my ebook reader.

Submissions are open until February 1, 2011. No submissions will be accepted after this date—no exceptions. A final decision will be made by February 28, 2011. Send your submission to and include Cyberpunk Anthology in the subject line.

Questions and queries can be addressed to Sasha Knight ( though do your due diligence and read this anthology call completely and check the Samhain Submission FAQ page before emailing.

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That's it for Wednesday!

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