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Amore Moon is a royalty-paying electronic publisher of short stories and novels in the Romance genre for sale worldwide on the Internet. 

Amore Moon's content and acquisitions editor, Bobette Ames Wright, is currently accepting Romance short story and novel submissions. Short story word count should be between 7,000 and 20,000 words. (**see note on word counts below) Novel word count should be at least 35,000 and no more than 100,000. Your story may contain elements of mystery, thriller, or suspense, and it may be set in a fantasy world. Keep in mind that if the element of romance is removed from the story and you still have a story, it's not a romance. Sex scenes are okay, but not erotica. (click here for erotic romance submissions). If your story contains any hateful or derogatory attacks on any one race of people, any one religion, or any sexual orientation, you can bet it'll be rejected. Bottom line, we want to have fun with your story. We want to be entertained. We're not looking for the next Pulitzer Prize winner but authors who will work with us in an effort to produce the best quality story possible.

Be aware that we look for story structure. Introduce your characters in their normal world. Bring in the inciting incident that changes or threatens to change that world and puts your characters into conflict. I look for action that drives your characters toward their goals with rising stakes, turning points, maybe an unexpected twist, all leading to a black moment (if possible), the climax, and a resolution with a satisfying ending. Cookie-cutter romance is not required here. Along the journey, you need to be clear about what your character wants, (GOAL) why your character wants it, (MOTIVATION) why your character can't have it, (OBSTACLE) what your character must do to get it, (PLOT) and what's at stake if your character fails. (STAKES) Remember, in order for a story to be memorable, it must have an emotional impact on the reader.

GETTING STARTED: Send a query letter in the body of an email to Type "Romance Query" in the subject line. DO NOT ATTACH ANYTHING TO THIS EMAIL. We need to know: #1 How you heard about Amore Moon. #2 The title of your story. #3 The genre/sub genre and word count. #4 The log line for your story (one sentence). #5 A one paragraph blurb to hook me (like the teaser on the back cover might read). #6 Your publishing credits or writing achievements. #7 your contact information: address, hometown, state or country, website URL if you have one, social media, and/or your blog address.

If Bobette is interested in what you have to offer, she'll ask you to submit your manuscript in standard manuscript format as a Word .doc or .docx file attached to an email to 

Best to all,


Terry and Bobette Wright



**Short stories under 4,000 words are, in my opinion, more suited for E-zine publishing. It's hard to justify selling a story that short (that quickly read) for 99 cents or $1.99. So we'd like to see works that start at 7K words.

Ideally, longer short stories are a better value to the reader. Though I realize 7K words plus stories are considered novelettes, and 15,000 words novellas, we'd rather sell long short stories than short novelettes or novellas.

The main thing to consider is: how many words does it take to tell the story?