MC900286837A long time ago,  I learned that you can never have enough news to keep you informed about current writer’s guidelines and what conferences are slated in the United States. So instead of you heading to every corner of the blogosphere, I’m going to announce “news you can use” right here. So, publishers and convention organizers feel free to email me a brief listing and a photo. Send it to Netera@aol.com. Cover reveals, blog tour stops are for a nominal fee. Blurbs are for this column. Do me a favor and follow the blog!

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Who doesn’t love heading to San Francisco? Come on, admit it… Hop on a cable car, visit Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park or Chinatown. Or get educated! Register for the San Francisco Writer’s Conference, which is slated for Feb. 12-15, 2015 at the Mark Hopkins Hotel. News is that over 100 bestselling authors, literary agents, editors and publishers from major publishing houses will be attending. Their banner below shows just a few of those you can meet.



Click here to scan over the 2015 list of SFWC Speakers. In reviewing the list, my interests immediately moved to: Domenica Alioto, Editor at Penguin Random House, Brenda Copeland, Executive Editor at St. Martin’s Press, Mercedes Fernandez, Editor at Kensington Books and Katherine Pelz, Editor at Penquin Random House. Here’s the link to the flyer. Like most events of this nature, it isn’t cheap, but it allows access to workshops, sessions and keynotes for four days, the gala reception and pitch sessions. You can’t put a pricetag on that. Based on availability, there’s a special price room rate at the Mark Hopkins.

Avon logoAVON IMPULSE – posted what you need to know…. The editors are ATM looking for: Romantic Suspense, Super Sexy Contemporaries, Trilogies and beyond and Historical Romance with a hook.

AVON has a Call Out.

Always a Bridesmaid

They say when you marry in June, you’re a bride all your life… but what about the bridesmaids? They may be holding their friend’s bouquet, but that doesn’t mean they’re standing around waiting for love to find them. Send AVON your novella about a bridesmaid and the moment she realizes she’s found the one. It can be fun, sexy, romantic, or even outrageous — the best love stories combine all four! Make the editors believe in summer love!


  • 25,000–40,000 words
  • Sensuality level: from Moderate to super-sexy
  • Contemporary
  • Must be received by December 1, 2014

Send submissions through the form at www.avonimpulse.com. Refer to this submission in the “In Reference To” box on the submission form.

Don't Try to Find MeHow would you like your Book Club to speak to Holly Brown, the author of “Don’t Try to Find Me?” She’s interested in speaking to book clubs and you can learn more by emailing her at hollybauthor@yahoo.com or visit her Facebook page.

What’s it about:

When a fourteen-year-old runs away, her parents turn to social media to find her—launching a public campaign that will expose their darkest secrets and change their family forever, in this suspenseful and gripping debut for fans of Reconstructing Amelia and Gone Girl.

Buy the book on Amazon.

Hope Tarr has some good news…

operation_2013_350Bound for the Big Screen…

Operation Cinderella, the first book in her Suddenly Cinderella contemporary fairy-tale themed romance series with Entangled Publishing, is optioned by Twentieth Century FOX! For feature film! Read all the thrilling news in the press release. Discover the series on Kindle, NookiTunes, and everywhere e-books are sold. (Selected series titles are also available as audio books). Download the books individually or as a cost-saving series Bundle.