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    Romance Markets

    Categories: How to Write a Romance Novel, Romance Writing Tags: romance, writing jobs.

    Consumer Magazines

    Contact: Pat Vitucci, editor
    Sterling/MacFadden Partnership
    333 7th Ave.
    11th Floor
    New York NY 10003

    Phone: (212)979-4800
    Fax: (212)780-3555

    E-Mail: pvitucci@sterlingmacfadden.com
    Website: www.truestorymail.com


    Magazine for women, teens through retired, offering compelling confession stories based on true happenings, with reader identification and strong emotional tone. No third-person material. Frequency: Monthly

    100% freelance written
    Established: 1923
    Circulation: 225,000
    Pays 1 month after publication.

    Rights purchased: All rights
    Submit seasonal material 6 months in advance.
    Accepts queries by: Mail, E-mail, Fax
    Responds in 8 months to queries.


    Confessions, true love stories; mini-adventures: problems and solutions; dating and marital and child-rearing difficulties. Realistic yet unique stories dealing with current problems, everyday events; strong emotional appeal.


    “A timely, well-written story that is told by a sympathetic narrator who sees the central problem through to a satisfying resolution is all important to break into True Romance. We are always looking for interesting, emotional, identifiable stories.”

    Black Confessions, Black Romance, Black Secrets, Bronze Thrills, Jive, True Black Experience

    Sterling/McFadden Partnership
    Contact: Takesha Powell, editor
    233 Park Ave. S.
    6th Floor
    New York NY 10003

    Phone: (212)780-3538

    Fax: (212)780-3555

    E-Mail: tpowell@sterlingmacfadden.com


    Magazine of romance and love. Frequency: Bimonthly

    100% freelance written
    Eager to work with new/unpublished writers.
    Pays on publication
    Publishes manuscript 2 months after acceptance.
    Byline given on special feature articles only but not short stories.

    Rights purchased: Company maintains all property rights of stories.
    Accepts queries by: Mail, E-mail, Fax, Phone
    Responds in 2 months to manuscripts.

    Sample copy for 9×12 SAE with 5 first-class stamps. Writer”s guidelines free.


    “We like our articles to have a down-to-earth flavor. They should be written in the spirit of sisterhood, fun and creativity. Come up with an original idea that our readers may not have thought of but will be dying to try out.”

    How-To (relating to romance and love); feature articles on any aspect of relationships.


    “Romance confessional stories told from an African-American female perspective. Stories should include two love scenes, alluding to sex. Include spicy, sexual topics of forbidden love, but not graphic detail. Stories must include a conflict between the heroine and her love interest. The age of characters can range from mid-teenage years through late thirties. Make stories exciting, passionate (uninhibited sexual fantasies) and romantic.”

    Contact: Nicke Martinez, editor-in-chief
    P.O. Box 1738
    Aztec NM 87410

    Fax: (505)564-3705

    E-Mail: editor@bridges.mag.com
    Website: www.bridgesmag.com


    Magazine covering women”s fiction reading and writing. Frequency: Bimonthly
    “We are printed in a flip-format. One half of the magazine is geared toward readers of women”s fiction (book reviews, author profiles, etc.) while the other half is geared toward authors. We need writing how-to”s, editor/publisher profiles, researching articles, etc.”

    65% freelance written
    Established: 2000
    Pays on publication.
    ublishes manuscript 2 months after acceptance.

    Rights purchased: First North American serial rights, One-time rights, Second serial (reprint) rights
    Editorial lead time 3 months.
    Submit seasonal material 4 months in advance.
    Accepts queries by: E-mail
    Accepts simultaneous submissions
    Accepts previously published submissions
    Responds in 6 weeks to queries.
    Responds in 3 months to manuscripts.

    Sample copy for 9×12 envelope and 4 first-class stamps. Writer”s guidelines for #10 SASE or by e-mail.


    How-To (writing technique); Interview/Profile; Opinion
    Does Not Want: “All special projects are assigned. We don”t accept freelance submissions for this purpose.” Book reviews are done inhouse.


    “Please make sure your topic is well researched and your ideas are clearly conveyed. Our readers don”t just want to know why you think something is important, but also how your experience or expertise can benefit them. Target authors—our reader”s portion is almost completely done by Bridges staff.”


    “Follow our writer”s guidelines and read a few sample copies before submitting your manuscript. Use a romance writer”s phrase book as a guide when writing stories, especially love scenes. Submit stories with original, modern conflicts. Incorporate romance and sex in manuscripts, uninhibitedly—making the stories an exciting, passionate escape for readers to imagine fulfilling their secret desires.”

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