Random stuff: Harlequin is relaunching its manga line, with the new and rather unusual name of “Pink Ginger Blossom.” Dorchester is doing something similar, without graphics, called Shomi. Here’s some information about what they’re looking for:
To be packaged with modern anime or manga-style covers, these romances will be targeted toward a younger, hipper audience than old-style traditionals. While the content can be of any subgenre of alternative romance (paranormal, futuristic, fantasy or other) the books will feature a young woman (18-25) stolen from her normal life into an alternate universe-a universe that challenges all she thought she knew. The hero will usually be in a position of some power, or in the know in the new world. (As one example, imagine The Matrix, if Neo were female and Trinity was male.) In order to maintain suspense and provide for a slow revelation of the facets of the created world, these books should be primarily if not entirely written from the heroine’s point of view. Narrative voice should be particularly strong and identifiable, almost noir-like, but despite this, the primary focus should remain on the development of the relationship between the hero and heroine in the new world. Think of these books as combining all that is best with the Chick Lit, paranormal and romantic suspense subgenres. Manuscripts should be 85,000 to 95,000 words in length.
For more on Dorchester’s submission guidelines, go here. They’re also looking for Futuristics now, so it’s a good time to submit if you have a sci-fi romance hiding in your closet.
If you are a Stargate fan, these pictures will make you squeal, and another thing that will make you squeal (but not in a good way) are the new aviation rules, which Boing-Boing.net has covered. I have to fly in two weeks or so. Oh, the love.
Also, my editor said that he received the first copies of Dark Dreamers yesterday! Yay! I should really be blogging more about this new novella. I’ll come up some juicy tidbits for tomorrow.