Update and Call for Submissions

October 6, 2010

Hiya!

Yes, it’s me. I’m still here. Still crazy busy. Have two books coming out with Ellora’s Cave in the near future, so working on edits for those. Just finished submitting a short story last week and will be writing a new short story for a submission call, deadline 11/1/10. And there’s still NaNo to get ready for. And, of course, working at the J.0.B. And more writing!

Speaking of a submission call. Here’s one that’s perfect for this time of year.

Red Velvet and Absinthe: Gothic Tales of Erotic Romance
Editor: Mitzi Szereto
Publisher: Cleis Press
Deadline: January 1, 2011
Payment: $50-70 (payable on publication) and 2 copies of the anthology

Author and anthology editor Mitzi Szereto is currently seeking original stories for an exciting new anthology of Gothic Erotic Romance.

What I’m looking for:

Well-developed story lines and well-crafted prose told in a unique voice and containing interesting characters and settings. Think atmosphere, passion, desire… imaginative stories that send a shiver up your spine and make your heart beat faster. Readers should be able to feel the red velvet beneath their fingertips and taste the absinthe on their tongue! Tales that contain supernatural beings such as ghosts, vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters, demons, and other entities of a paranormal nature are welcome, as are those of the Wuthering Heights variety with tormented heroes and dark secrets. Stories may be set in the past, present, or future. Stories from female and male writers are welcome, as are those written from the POV of characters of any gender and containing characters of any sexual orientation (including those that haven’t yet been created!). Take your inspiration from the pens of the Brontë sisters, Mary Shelley, Daphne du Maurier, Bram Stoker, Anne Rice, Poppy
Z. Brite, Stephenie Meyer, Laurell K. Hamilton…

Note that sexually explicit content is acceptable as well as a more subtle approach; however, no stock sex scenes or formulaic writing/terminology. Please refer to my previous anthologies to get an idea of the variety and style of content I look for. No excessive gore or violence. No reprints.

Deadline: January 1, 2011 (I’ll be selecting stories on a rolling basis, therefore earlier submissions are strongly encouraged, though I’ll still consider stories that make it in by the deadline).

Publication date: Autumn 2011

One-time payment in the range of USD $50-70 (payable on publication) and 2 copies of the anthology.

Word count preferred: 3,000 to 6,500.

Submission requirements:

Stories should be formatted as follows: double-spaced Arial 12-point black font Word or RTF document. Indent the first line of each paragraph by half an inch. Do not add extra lines between paragraphs or any other irregular spacing. American spelling and punctuation only (i.e. quote marks, etc). Include your legal name (and pseudonym if applicable), postal address, and a fifty-word maximum author bio written in the third person. Contract is for one-time, non-exclusive anthology rights with one year’s exclusivity from date of publication. (This may be waived if your story is selected for a “Best Of” collection). No simultaneous submissions please.

In the subject line of your email, please state: Red Velvet and Absinthe

Send to: submissions @ mitziszereto.com

I look forward to reading your work!

Mitzi Szereto is an author of erotic and multi-genre fiction and non-fiction, an anthology editor, blogger for her own blog “Errant Ramblings” (http://mitziszereto.com/blog), and creator/presenter for the web TV channel Mitzi TV (http://mitziszereto.com/tv), which offers a quirky take on London. Her published titles include Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts (spring 2011); In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed: Erotic Fairy Tales; Getting Even: Revenge Stories; Dying For It: Tales Of Sex & Death; Wicked: Sexy Tales Of Legendary Lovers; The New Black Lace Book Of Women’s Sexual Fantasies; the Erotic Travel Tales anthology series; The World’s Best Sex Writing 2005; and the M. S. Valentine erotic novels, which have seen several reprints and have sold more than 100,000 copies.

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Writing Stuff

September 5, 2010

I received a nice review from Night Owl Review for Madison Avenue Vampire. Here’s what Angibabi4 had to say about it.

What a great book, I couldn’t get enough of it. I finished it in one sitting. I loved the characters and the story. Totally awesome… Keep up the good work. The story flowed well. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

She gave it five stars, which made it a Night Owl Top Pick!

Thanks, Angibabi4! 🙂

Well, I’m in the middle of my three day weekend. Have to keep reminding myself I don’t have to go into work tomorrow.

I finished up final round of edits for Kiss of Honor, which is my erotic fantasy novel for Ellora’s Cave. I should be getting a release date soon.

I submitted a 12,000 word erotic contemporary the last day of August to EC, which I’m waiting to hear about. It’s for a holiday series they’re doing.

For September, have lots planned. For one, I’ve set a goal to submit something every month for the rest of 2010. I also plan to do NaNoWriMo this year. So far, I’ve not had luck with NaNoWriMo. The last time I actually “won” it was 2005. I didn’t participate at all in 2006 and 07, 08 and 09 I started but didn’t finish. But I’m determined this year to do it and finish it.

Especially since my son, (yes, my son who is usually totally dismissive of my “vampire porn” as he calls it–he’s in his twenties, by the way) gave me a great idea for a werewolf story.

I was totally flabbergasted as not only did he give me this pretty awesome idea, but because he’s also usually very critical of paranormal movies and books. As a result of his criticism of the genre, he gave me ideas as to how to make it not just any old werewolf story.

So, hey, I liked the idea and my son’s critiques of the werewolf genre, so I’m going to run with it come November. I need to do some world-building this month and next based on his suggestions, but I’m pretty excited about it. So, hey. What the hey? 🙂

Of course, squeezing all this writing in while working a 40-hour week will prove verrrrrrry interesting. Especially since, once I get permission, I also plan to work some overtime at the J.O.B. We get time and a half and I desperately need a bit more money in order to catch up on some bills that accumulated while I was unemployed for so long. 😦

So, anyway, a busy, busy Fall ahead. But I love Fall. I always get more energized in the Fall. I also plan to start my walking regime. I sit ALL day at work in front of two (count ’em two!) computer monitors and then, when I’m at home, I sit when I’m writing. Not good. Not good at all!

I know I also need to lose weight (more than 20 pounds!) and all this sitting, sitting, sitting doesn’t help the situation. I do try to walk on my breaks at work (actually, it’s almost a necessity because I get so darn tired of sitting) but I’m also hoping to join a new gym that’s opening not too far from where I live. It’s going to be open 24/7 and maybe I can go to it after work (early mornings are for writing).

Ciao for now!


Review of Madison Avenue Vampire

September 2, 2010

I got a review for Madison Avenue Vampire 🙂 It’s from Book Binge. Here’s some excerpts from it.

This is an erotic and very cute novella which details the strange relationship between a beautiful but shy and naive farm girl from Wisconsin and a 400+ year old vampire who is wealthy beyond belief and who happens to be attracted to this voluptuous woman in a way that both surprises and dismays him. He first noticed and was attracted to her while she was working for him. After agreeing to start dating him, Lana quit her job at Richard’s ad agency and has now begun working elsewhere. It is the time of President John Kennedy and the Cuban crisis, the hope-filled days just as the space program was being launched, and when the world of the beatnik was a part of common conversation.

This novella deals with some substantive issues even if the characters are a little different. Perhaps the very fact that one is a vampire and the other an innocent and naive gal from the upper Midwest work as metaphors for all of us as we are forced to deal with issues of trust in daily living as well as all sorts of relationships. I have not read anything by Jenna Reynolds before this, but I was impressed that she seemed to be adept at crafting some unusual characters. My only negative response to this book was that I thought that Richard’s angst was a bit drawn out but that was minor in light of the positives I found. This is a really cute love story and I think romance/paranormal romance fans will enjoy it. I give this novella a rating of 3.75 out of 5

You can read the entire review here

Thanks, Judith!


I’m Back!

August 1, 2010

Greetings and Happy 1st Day of August !

Yep, I’m still here. I have been very, very lax about blogging due to Real Life (RL) being very, very stressful. And oh, what a tale of strife and woe I have to share!

But I’ll share that another day. I’d rather blog about something fun and try to forget what’s been going on the last couple of months. 🙂

I have a new book coming out from Ellora’s Cave. It’s called Madison Avenue Vampire and it’s releasing Wednesday, August 4th.

Here’s the blurb: It’s the swinging 1960s and Richard owns one of Manhattan’s major advertising agencies. He’s also a vampire. He hungers to make love to Lana Sorenson’s lush, voluptuous body, but he also thirsts to sink his fangs into her lovely neck. Richard’s desire for blood is nearly out of control, and surrendering to both his lusts may deprive Lana of her life.

Lana is the proverbial farmer’s daughter. A small town girl from Wisconsin, Lana regularly sees things she never would have imagined in her wildest dreams. But when she finds out the handsome, sexy man she’s dating is a vampire, Lana is faced with the terrifying possibility that the first time she and Richard make love could also be the last. Literally.

You can read an excerpt here.

I have no qualms about saying that Madison Avenue Vampire was most definitely inspired by the AMC television series, Mad Men. I was sitting and watching it one evening and thought to myself, what if Don Draper were a vampire? 😀

I actually wrote the story back in 2009 as a much shorter story. But when I submitted it my editor at EC she asked me to make it a bit longer.


This is from Wikipedia and pretty much sums up what the show is about.

Mad Men is set in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City, and later at the newly created firm of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. The show centers on Don Draper (Jon Hamm), creative director at Sterling Cooper and a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, as well as those in his life in and out of the office. It also depicts the changing social mores of 1960s America.

The first season is set historically speaking in 1960. Then Season 2 jumps ahead to 1962. Season 3 in 1963 and Season 4, which started last Sunday, late in 1964.

My novel is set in late October and early November of 1962.

I was initially so not into Mad Men that I didn’t even watch the first season. Then, for some reason, I started watching it and now I’m officially hooked.

I had a lot of fun researching the period (one of the things Mad Men receives acclaim for is its accurate recreation of the early 1960s). However, the folks over at Ellora’s Cave caught a rather major faux pas on my part.

In the very first sentence of the very first scene of the very first chapter, my heroine, Lana Sorenson, is at a swanky Halloween party. I had her drinking champagne out of a fluted glass. Like the one pictured.

Nope. Wrong. Back in the early 60s people drank their champagne out of coupe glasses. Here’s a pic of the guys at Sterling, Cooper doing exactly that.


Fortunately, my editor caught the mistake and I corrected it.

I love research, however. Even when I drop the ball sometimes. 🙂 And I love history. Even recent history. It’s fascinating. Speaking of, here are some interesting and, in some cases, tragic events that happened on this date in history.

August 1

30 BC – Octavian (later known as Augustus) enters Alexandria, Egypt, bringing it under the control of the Roman Republic.

1619 – First African slaves arrive in Jamestown, Virginia.

1834 – Slavery is abolished in the British Empire as the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 comes into force.

1876 – Colorado is admitted as the 38th U.S. state.

1914 – Germany declares war on Russia at the opening of World War I. The Swiss Army mobilities because of World War I

1944 – Anne Frank makes the last entry in her diary.

1960 – Dahomey (later renamed Benin) declares independence from France.

1966 – Charles Whitman kills 15 people at The University of Texas at Austin before being killed by the police.

1981 – MTV begins broadcasting in the United States and airs its first video, “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles.

Well, I have edits I must work on all day as it’s back to work on Monday. Since it’s a brand new spanking month, my goal is to at least blog on the weekends. Now that I’m back to working full-time and also have a number of writing goals I need to accomplish before year’s end, my time is pretty much filled to the brim, but I do like to blog and have missed doing so these past two months.

And I apologize for not visiting blogs in turn. Yes, time has been at a premium but the stress of what I’ve been dealing with the last two months was also a major factor. But I got some news this past Friday which should lessen some of the stress.

Ciao for now!