Amore Moon is a
royalty-paying electronic publisher of short stories and novels in the
Romance genre for sale worldwide on the Internet.
Amore Moon's content and acquisitions editor,
Bobette Ames Wright, is currently
accepting Romance short story and novel submissions. Short story word count should be between
7,000 and 20,000 words. (**see
note on word counts below) Novel word count should be at least 60,000 and no
more than 120,000. Your story
may contain elements of mystery, thriller, or suspense, and it may be set in a
fantasy world. Keep in mind that if the element of romance is removed from
the story and you still have a story, it's not a romance. Sex scenes are okay, but not
erotica. (click here
for erotic romance). If your story contains any hateful or derogatory
attacks on any one race of people, any one religion, or any sexual
orientation, you can bet it'll be rejected. Bottom line, we want to have fun
with your story. We want to be entertained. We're not looking for the next Pulitzer
Prize winner but authors who will work with us in an effort to produce
the best quality story possible.
Be aware that we look for story
structure. Introduce your
characters in their normal world. Bring in the inciting incident that changes or
threatens to change that world and puts your
characters into conflict. I look for action
that drives your characters toward their goals with rising stakes, turning
points, maybe an unexpected twist, all leading to a black moment (if possible),
the climax, and a resolution with a satisfying ending. Cookie-cutter romance is
not required here. Along the journey, you
need to be clear about what your character wants, (GOAL) why your character
wants it, (MOTIVATION) why your character can't have it, (OBSTACLE) what your
character must do to get it, (PLOT) and what's at stake if your character fails.
(STAKES) Remember, in order for a
story to be memorable, it must have an emotional impact on the reader.
GETTING STARTED: Send a query letter in the
body of an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Type "Romance Query" in the subject line. DO NOT ATTACH ANYTHING TO THIS
EMAIL. We need to know: #1 How you heard about Amore Moon. #2 The title of
your story. #3 The genre/subgenre and word count. #4 The log line for your story
(one sentence). #5 A one paragraph blurb to hook me (like the teaser on the
back cover might read). #6 Your publishing credits or writing achievements. #7
your contact information: address, hometown, state or country, website URL if
you have one, and/or your blog address.
If Bobette is interested in what you have to offer, she'll
ask you to submit your manuscript in standard
manuscript format as a Word .doc or .docx file attached to an email to
**Short stories under
4,000 words are, in my opinion, more suited for E-zine publishing. It's hard to
justify selling a story that short (that quickly read) for 99 cents or $1.99. So
we'd like to see works that start at 7K words.
Ideally, longer short
stories are a better value to the reader. Though I realize 7K words plus
stories are considered novelettes, and 15,000 words novellas, we'd rather sell
long short stories than short novelettes or novellas.
The main thing to
consider is: how
many words does it take to tell the story?