Thursday, December 31, 2015


Our main imprint, European Geeks Publishing, specializes in science fiction and fantasy – in all age groups (Picture, Children’s, YA, New Adult, Adult, etc.). 

Our General Fiction imprint - Eleventh Hour Literary Press - accepts submissions in all General Fiction genres in all age groups (Picture, Children's YA, New Adult, Adult, etc). 


Keep watching the Black Cat Blog and KRISTIN D. VAN RISSEGHEM'S BLOG for more info on the participating publishers.

Don't forget--the next #Pit2Pub Twitter Pitch Party is

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016!


Submission Information:

  • Entangled Select and Entangled Teen – 70k-120k word romance novels or novels with romantic elements.
  • Embrace – New Adult romance novels or novels with romantic elements.
  • Indulgence – 45k-60k contemporary category romance.
  • Lovestruck – 20k-60k contemporary category romance.
  • Brazen – 20k-60k erotic category romance.
  • Bliss – 20k-60k sweet category romance.
  • Covet – 20k-70k paranormal category romance.
  • Scandalous – 20k-65k historical category romance.
  • Ignite – 25k-80k romantic suspense, mysteries, and thrillers.
  • Teen Crush – 20k-60k contemporary YA category romance.
  • Teen Crave – 20k-60k paranormal/scifi/fantasy YA category romance.


Keep watching the Black Cat Blog and KRISTIN D. VAN RISSEGHEM'S BLOG for more info on the participating publishers.

Don't forget--the next #Pit2Pub Twitter Pitch Party is

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016!


We are currently seeking: 

Non-Fiction: Self-help, family & relationship, inspirational, and business & economics.  We are looking for fresh perspectives and new information & ideas.
Science fiction: Prefer adventure/space opera genres. Salacious, negative and R-rated material will not be considered.
Fantasy: All genres, including paranormal. No young adult or salacious, R-rated material considered.
New Adult/Young Adult: Seeking fresh stories in all genres, especially contemporary. Prefer an inspirational or more wholesome slant - no salacious, R-rated material considered.

We DO NOT accept unsolicited full manuscripts, phone inquiries, or email attachments. 

Please send by mail or email a query letter and a 2-3 page synopsis.  Your query letter should state:
  • the book’s contents
  • approximate word count
  • intended audience
  • editor’s contact information
  • author’s experience & background
  • marketing plan, promotional ideas & contacts
Queries lacking any of the above information will be automatically rejected. All email queries with attachments will be deleted - paste all information directly into the body of the email. For mail inquiries, please include a SASE. Those lacking a SASE will not receive a response.

For non-fiction, please include an outline of the chapter & topic contents instead of a synopsis.
We require that all work submitted be professionally edited.
Authors who bring a network of contacts and fresh promotional ideas, along with a willingness to heavily promote their work, will be considered first.
Our response time is 2-4 weeks.


Keep watching the Black Cat Blog and KRISTIN D. VAN RISSEGHEM'S BLOG for more info on the participating publishers.

Don't forget--the next #Pit2Pub Twitter Pitch Party is

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016!


Curiosity Quills Press is a publisher of hard-hitting dark sci-fi, speculative fiction, and paranormal works aimed at adults, young adults, and new adults.
We provide our authors with a full-service publishing experience, marketing support, and technical know-how, while ensuring that these literary marauders are truly the cream of the crop through a highly selective acquisition process.


  • Thought-provoking, mind-twisting rollercoasters – challenge our mind, turn our world upside down, and make us question. Those are the makings of a true literary marauder.
  • Serialization Potential – If your work was made with serialization in mind, we want to hear from you. If not – that’s okay! We still want to hear from you.
  • Agented submission are not required, but will receive precedence over unagented ones.
  • Length Guidelines: Keep in mind, these are just guidelines – we DO make exceptions.
    • Novellas: 15k-45k words
    • Young Adult: 45k to 75k words
    • New Adult / Upper YA Novels: 60k-100k words
    • Adult Novels: 70k-120k words


Keep watching the Black Cat Blog and KRISTIN D. VAN RISSEGHEM'S BLOG for more info on the participating publishers.

Don't forget--the next #Pit2Pub Twitter Pitch Party is

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016!


What we are looking for:

Well-written NA (new adult) and Fiction novels that are between 50,000 and 110,000 words. While we accept stand-alone books, our ideal submission would be the first two books in a series or a novel and a novella that is a prequel to the novel. We are looking for something unique and breathtaking. We are seeking authors who are 18 or older and ready to work hard to build their author brand and to actively market their books along side us.


Keep watching the Black Cat Blog and KRISTIN D. VAN RISSEGHEM'S BLOG for more info on the participating publishers.

Don't forget--the next #Pit2Pub Twitter Pitch Party is
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016!


Curiosity Quills Publishing Company believes we should all ring in the New Year by reading some good books. Many of their stories are on sale this week.

How to Date Dead Guys is on sale:
- The Kindle edition is ONLY 99 CENTS!
- The paperback version is also a crazy price - ONLY $4.47!

Book 2 in the series is set to be released the end of March of the New Year!

Saturday, December 26, 2015


A Steampunk Fairy Tale for Young Adults
who love a little Romance in their Adventures

When fifteen-year-old Edna Mather tears an expensive and unfamiliar pocket watch off her little brother's neck, he crumbles into a pile of cogs right before her eyes. Horrified, Edna flees for help, but encounters Ike, a thief who attempts to steal the watch before he realizes what it is: a device to power Coglings—clockwork changelings left in place of stolen children who have been forced to work in factories.

Desperate to rescue her brother, Edna sets off across the kingdom to the hags' swamp, with Ike in tow. There, they learn Coglings are also replacing nobility so the hags can stage a rebellion and rule over humanity. Edna and Ike must stop the revolt, but the populace believes hags are helpful godmothers and healers. No one wants to believe a lowly servant and a thief, especially when Ike has secrets that label them both as traitors. 

Together, Edna and Ike must make the kingdom trust them or stop the hags themselves, even if Ike is forced to embrace his dark heritage and Edna must surrender her family.

COGLING has already gained advanced praise from NY Times Bestselling author Maria V. Snyder!
“This is a fun YA Steampunk novel. It's very different than many other Steampunk stories I've read. Basic plot is Edna's brother is kidnapped by hags and replaced with a "cogling" and she's on a mission to find and rescue her brother. The world is a Victorian-era with a strict class system for the humans and for those with magic. The woman with magic are called hags and the men with magic are orges and they're not nice and are planning to change the system. I really enjoyed learning about the world and the characters are well drawn and engaging.”

Check out COGLING on GoodReads and Curiosity Quills.  

Meet the author – Jordan Elizabeth Mierek lives in a dream world.  Sometimes she comes out to do her day job, but most of the time she is writing about her favorite people – her characters!  COGLING is her fourth book.  Her previous steampunk series, the Treasure Chronicles, include TREASURE DARKLY and BORN OF TREASURE.  Her debut novel, ESCAPE FROM WITCHWOOD HOLLOW, is a young adult fantasy-horror.  You can find her short stories in numerous anthologies.  Check out her website,, for contests and bonus stories!

Win a steampunk necklace!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Open submission call for Urban Fantasy, Young Adult, Regency Romance

What you need to know:

  1. All genres of fiction accepted
  2. No gratuitous sex or “pink parts.” Sexual tension is acceptable, as is kissing and playing, providing again, there are no "pink parts"
  3. No premarital sex allowed unless consequences are involved (such as a baby or ruined relationship). If your book condones premarital sex, it’s not for us
  4. No cursing or euphemisms
  5. No graphic violence
  6. Happy For Now (HFN) is acceptable

What we ARE looking for:

  • Any genre of romance or sub-genre of romance
  • Young Adult
  • Fiction of all shapes and sizes
  • Well written, clean manuscripts with no language and no gratuitous sex.

What we are NOT looking for:

  • Erotica, homosexual characters, BDSM, fan fiction, poetry, screenplays and non-fiction
  • Manuscripts less than 15,000 words or more than 100,000 words

For more info, explore the CLEAN READS PUBLISHING website.


Keep watching the Black Cat Blog and KRISTIN D. VAN RISSEGHEM'S BLOG for more info on the participating publishers.

Don't forget--the next #Pit2Pub Twitter Pitch Party is
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015



Beachwalk Press is accepting submissions of all subgenres of romance. We are only accepting works with a rating of "sensual" or higher. Submissions must be no less than 15,000 words and no more than 75,000 words. We are not accepting "sweet" romances or young adult romances.
Submissions should be sent via email. Please send a short query letter in the body of the email and attach a full synopsis and the completed manuscript. These should be two separate attachments named as: Title_AuthorName_synopsis and Title_AuthorName_submission.
Please format your work as follows:
1 inch margins
1.5 line spacing
Times New Roman, 12pt.
Submissions should be sent to:
Q. What rights do you acquire, and what is the royalty rate offered?Our contract is for electronic rights for three years. We do not currently offer advances. We pay royalties at 45% of the cover price for ebook sales originating from our website. For other retail distributors, we pay 45% of net sales.
Q. How often are royalties paid?
Royalties are paid four times a year. Payments are sent in March (for December through February sales), June (for March through May sales), September (for June through August sales) and December (for September through November sales).
Q. Do you accept simultaneous submissions?
Yes, but please advise us that it is a simultaneous submission and keep us informed of the status.
Q. Do you accept previously published books?
Yes, however you must be able to provide proof that you hold exclusive rights to the book.
Q. Are there any subjects which you consider "taboo"?
We do not accept works that contain pedophilia, incest, bestiality, necrophilia, rape presented in a positive light, or bodily functions as sexual activities.
Q. Do you accept gay/lesbian romances?
Q. How long will I have to wait for an answer on my submission?When the submission is received, our system will automatically respond to confirm receipt. Our current read time is approximately four weeks.
Q. How long will it take for my book to be published?
Our goal is to publish books within six months of contract.
Q. Will my book be edited?
Absolutely! Upon contracting, you will be assigned an editor who will work with you to polish the book.
Q. Can I use my own cover art?
No. However, you will be asked to provide detailed information about the book and your characters which the cover artist will use when creating the cover. Be assured that we do realize the importance of good cover art and strive to provide the best cover possible.
Q. How many titles do you publish a month?Our current schedule is four to six releases per month. We plan for that to eventually increase to eight releases per month.
Q. Will my book be released in print?
We are first and foremost an electronic publisher. The market for ebooks has grown tremendously in the past few years, and we believe it will continue to do so. With that said, we realize some customers do prefer print books. Therefore, we do publish a few selected titles in print. We use various criteria when considering a book for our print program.
Q. Are there any fees to the author?
No! We are a full service publisher. There are NO fees to the author at any time.
If you have additional questions, please email them to:
For more information, check out the BEACHWALK PRESS page.


Keep watching the Black Cat Blog and KRISTIN D. VAN RISSEGHEM'S BLOG for more info on the participating publishers.

Don't forget--the next #Pit2Pub Twitter Pitch Party is
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016!

Monday, December 21, 2015


 What is your name/pen name?
Peggy Rothschild

What do you write? Genre?
I write both adult and YA mystery and suspense

Tell us about yourself.
I LOVE to read. And though I read across genres, I enjoy YA adventure and coming-of-age stories as well as adult mysteries, suspense and thrillers. Reading invites me to enter a new world. When I’m deep in a book, I don’t want it to end. I find myself slowing, delaying the inevitable conclusion so I can stay with the characters and their story a little bit longer. When I’m not reading or writing, I’m working in my garden or bicycling, hiking or practicing yoga.

What prompted you to pitch your book in #Pit2Pub?
I’d taken part in several online pitch parties and had gotten so much helpful feedback during the process; I felt like PUNISHMENT SUMMER was close to readiness and thought I’d give it a try!

Tell about your #Pit2Pub experience.
I was super-short on time to prepare for the contest, but managed to put together two pitches for the event.  I wasn’t able to post them multiple times, but when I checked in during the day, I saw Evernight’s instructions to @ them with pitches for ‘gritty YA’. I did and they favorited my tweet. I sent off a query along with the full manuscript for PUNISHMENT SUMMER. Three weeks later, I found a wonderful surprise in my inbox – an offer to publish my book!

Which publisher did you sign with?
Evernight Teen

Tell us about your upcoming book.

In trouble again, 16-year-old Nicki is sent to her grandfather’s cabin just outside the town of Punishment in the Mendocino Forest. As always, she hides the burn scars from the house fire that killed her sister and keeps quiet about the mother who ran out on her. But soon after arriving, she begins to suspect Grandpa is also keeping secrets.

The summer brings an unexpected bright spot: Grandpa’s German shepherd, Queenie. The prospect of romance with a neighbor boy also gives Nicki hope for some fun as her days are filled with learning how to fish, hunt and tend the vegetables. Her ‘fitting in’ skills have been honed by frequent moves and Nicki hopes good reports will convince Dad to bring her home early. But, when Nicki spies an injured girl being dragged through the woods by armed men, her priorities change.

From secret pot farms to human trafficking, Nicki soon learns nothing in ‘The Mendo’ is as it seems. When the lives of new friends are endangered, Nicki must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect those she cares about. Before the summer ends, Nicki will learn there are some choices she can’t undo.

When was book released?
November 2015!

What is at the top of your bucket list?
That’s tough, but I’ve always wanted to go to Spain and visit the Prado – I think I need to go with that.

Parting words for other authors?
Keep at it and find critique partners. Since writing is a solitary process, it’s important to have people who can not only give you helpful feedback on your writing, but who also understand your journey.

Author Contact info: