I am looking to put together an anthology of Action/Adventure stories that feature a hero and a heroine who are either a married couple at the start of the story or become engaged to be married during the course of the story, with preference given to the former.
Stories can be of any genre and any setting, however I want to see marriage treated as a solemn sacrament, entered into with the intention of lifelong fidelity. It may be a world in which this is the minority viewpoint (such as our own) but I want the main characters to treat their vows as such–even if no one else does.
Wordcount should be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. That’s a guideline, I won’t automatically reject a story that runs to 11,500 words. Still, being in the 5k to 10k range will give you a better chance at acceptance.
The focus of the story should be on the Action and Adventure–I’m not looking for love stories with explosions, I am looking for stories in which the protagonists face danger and thwart enemies by working together as man and woman, complementing each other’s strengths and overcoming each other’s weaknesses.
I believe that the human race is divided into male and female for a reason, and I believe that men and women are intended to work together like two blades of a pair of scissors. That’s what I want to see, the strength of a man backed up by the cunning of a woman, the intuition of woman guided by the practicality of a man.
Or, whatever. I’m not going to argue about what virtues are masculine or feminine and I want realistic believable characters most of all–and that means not stereotypical. Show me personalities that mesh, couples who lean on each other and are together stronger than either could be alone.
I am looking at a submission window from August 15th to October 15th. Submissions should be sent to me as an email attachment. (You can use my Reach Out And Touch Me tab for that.)
Please put your contact information (name and email) on the first page of the manuscript. Manuscripts can be in any document format–Open Office or .rtf is preferred. PDFs will not be opened. Please use “Submission-Married-[title of work]” as the subject line of your email.
I do not as yet have a publisher for this anthology. Once I have submissions I will begin the process of negotiating for publication. Therefore, I can’t promise any payment up front at this time. To be honest, I can’t guarantee that the stories will be published at all.
On the other hand, you’ve got nothing to lose. At worst you end up with an exciting story that you can sell elsewhere.
Any questions can also be directed to the link above.