Editors Fill Holiday Holes Via Twitter

Angela James has a call for submissions up on her website – which isn’t a big deal, if you think about it. But what caught my attention is that this is the second time I’ve seen an editor reach out directly to writers via blogs or Twitter. First was Heather Osborn, who said over Twitter that she had a hole in her publishing calendar and needed an urban fantasy/paranormal manuscript that was completed and ready to go. It was the Tweet heard round the world – I think Heather ended up with something like 25+ manuscripts in her inbox in a day. (My eyes hide under my eyelids at the thought).

Angie did something similar today via her blog and via Twitter: an informal request for holiday-themed novellas for Sam Hain (distant cousin to Sam My Links Don’t Break When the Book Comes Out). According to Angie, the stories can be any genre, any heat level so long as they are novellas (18-35k words) and are holiday-related, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, whatever.

Ok, someone, please, fire up the submissions letter to Sam Hain for a novella about His Yule Log. Please. I’m begging here.

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    Susan/DC says:

    When Amazon had book auctions, I bought lots of books there, but since they ended the auctions I’ve bought significantly less.  I’m also trying not to participate in their efforts to integrate both vertically and horizontally.  I know, however, that all efforts to resist are futile, and, like Pinky and the Brain, they get up every morning with only one goal:  to try to take over the world.

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    Lori says:

    I would absolutely buy His Yule Log just on general principles.

    I also think that someone needs to do a Hanukkah romance. I’ve never seen seen one and I think Latke Love would sell very well :)

    On a slight tangent—are there any Thanksgiving romances? If not, there really should be. It’s my favorite holiday, plus the tension is built in.

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    Tlönista says:

    All right, now my roommates (one of whom is Muslim) and I are brainstorming ideas for a Ramadan-themed romance. There’s potential!

    As a Jew, I find Hanukkah pretty unsexy, but perhaps…it could be a challenge!

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    Cat Marsters says:

    Lori, I know I’ve read romances set over Thanksgiving, but I’m not sure I could say that was the theme as such.  Beth Kendrick’s Nearlyweds
    takes place over Thanksgiving and Christmas, for instance.

    I’ve written a couple of Christmas-themed novellas—one erotic, one not—as well as books on other themes, like Valentines Day, and none of them have sold well (as compared to my other books of similar length/heat/subgenre/publisher).  My theory is that by December people are sick to the back teeth of Christmas in real life and don’t want it in fiction either.  Well, that’s how it generally strikes me anyway!

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    SB Sarah says:

    As a Jew, I find Hanukkah pretty unsexy, but perhaps…it could be a challenge!

    COME ON NOW. What could be more sexy than jelly donuts, fried foods, potato pancakes and chocolate?! And lots and lots of oil?!

    Think of all the creative USES for that oil!

    Heh heh.

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    Sarah W says:

    COME ON NOW. What could be more sexy than jelly donuts, fried foods, potato pancakes and chocolate?! And lots and lots of oil?!

    And it lasts for eight . . . whole . . . nights . . .

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    Sarah W says:

    Aaaaand my blasphemous, disrespectful brain just came up with a Passover title:  Hiding the Afikomen.

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    Tlönista says:

    @SBSarah: Usually Hanukkah food leaves me slumped on the couch unable to move, in some kind of grease-coma…perhaps I’ve been overdoing it. :)

    oh no.

    but we only have enough lube for one night

    —i’ll go away now—

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    Cyndala says:

    but we only have enough lube for one night

    You are so bad.  I love it!

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    Lori says:

    And it lasts for eight . . . whole . . . nights . . .

    Yes, but by the 8th night it has gotten sort of lame.

    What is the sex equivalent of sock & underwear?

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    How about a romance set while a girl or guy is on Shiva?… too morbid? I can actually imagine a blossoming romance there

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