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Black Scifi Romance

This is a group dedicated to the genre of Science Fiction Romance and Futuristic Romance featuring characters of African descent...be it African American, Afro-Caribbean etc... Post your EXCERPTS, PROMOS AND WORKS IN PROGRESS ARE WANTED !

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Knowledge that Empowers-- Read To Find Out More About The Genre and the Biz

"My people perish for a lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6

Info For Those Who Would Like To Publish Their SciFi Romance in Mainstream Romance Publishing Houses both Independent, Small Press and Dare I Say It--Major New York Houses Too

I believe the best way for us to make in roads within an industry is to have an understanding about it.

So, here's some tidbits for you to know if you are interested in having your book published within this genre.

First and foremost-- within the American market it is strictly under the umbrella of Romance! Remember that! It is important to stress that because there are certain conventions that are expected within the genre if you are to sell your novel or short story here or abroad within most western countries. I say that because the Romance groups have crossed country lines and therefore fans expect the same things.

Rule No.1
Most readers follow the understanding that Romances-- no matter the subgenre will have what the industry and the RWA (Romance Writers of America) calls-- the HEA i.e. "The Happily Ever After!" All romance books must have an ending that is HEA unless the submission guidelines for the publisher lists otherwise. And usually the otherwise falls under the category of HFN i.e. "Happy For Now." Believe the HFN is harder to write than the HEA unless you are really comfortable with the genre and have spent some time with it.

Either way your reader is suppose to come away satisfied! Very satisfied and happy that all is right in the universe-- think "happy ending."

Rule No. 2

Often but not always Scifi Romance and Futuristic Romance is categorized as "Paranormal Romance" in publishing circles. I know what you are thinking. You are saying Paranormal? What am I calling in an exorcist? No, that's only if you write dark or supernatural (<-- my term for ease of clarification) fiction romance... which also fits under that category.

This category of Paranormal Romance also includes-- Fantasy Romance, Time Travel Romance, Futuristic Romance, Military Science Fiction Romance, Alien Romance Fiction, Medical Military Science Fiction Romance, Utopia and Dystopia (w/ Scifi Elements) Romance Fiction, alternate history romance, apocalyptic romance, contemporary science fiction romance, erotica science fiction romance, interstellar adventure romance, near future romance, space opera romance, science fantasy romance, slipstream (sci-fi/fantasy blend) with technical or scientific elements, steampunk romance and young adult in any of the above.

However remember in the publishing world-- Paranormal Romance can also mean Vampires, Werewolves, shapeshifters and other characters too! So always be sure to check the publisher's submission guidelines.

To stay up on what's happening in the industry there are some groups you should join or at least monitor - The Romance Studio http://www.theromancestudio.com/  they have a yahoogroup as well to promote your work. Many publishers are also on that list.

I also have a yahoogroup as well- called the Embraced Scribal Love, you can post WIPs (Works in Progress), promote your work, as long as its romance fiction, or promote your blog posts, contests and give aways too.  Or just chat or find out about publishers looking for submissions. 

Lot of romance writers still hang out on the yahoogroups -- like LoveRomancesCafe, Ebook Chatters, Bookcravers etc.  If you'd like a list let me know and I'll be happy to pass it along. 

And of course we are very active on Facebook with private and public groups that belong to publishers and agents!

And if you are brave-- and want to find out more about the biz there is a huge list started by Charlotte Dillon that everyone who is anyone in the business is on or was on or even just lurks... Charlotte Dillon has two types of websites. One website is her personal site... but the other is for writers who want to be published!

She has sample winning query letters, agent letters and everything else you could need. Along with her online groups for finding out industry info, writing tips and everything else. Mind you it's a huge list and heavily moderated but it's a great way to find out about the biz!

Note:  I haven't been on Charlotte's list in a long time so I don't know if its still active and running but there's no harm in checking it out.

As I find out more.... I'll post it here!



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"The Visitor" Black Scifi Romance film

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Hey Black Scifi Romance!Thank you all for watching my film "The Visitor" for the Hollywood Black Film Festival mobile challenge. We truly appreciate your support!I am a HUGE fan of Black romantic…Continue

"The Visitor" Black Scifi Romance film

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Hey Black Scifi Romance!Thank you all for watching my film "The Visitor" for the Hollywood Black Film Festival mobile challenge. We truly appreciate your support!I am a HUGE fan of Black romantic…Continue

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Madalynn Alexander, LLC is looking for your short stories.We are looking for your tales of love and lust. Whether it be a historic romance, present day chic lit, or space drama, Madalynn Alexander…Continue

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Comment by Ms. Regina Owens on November 18, 2014 at 5:49pm

I have read this particular link, and I have found it all to be exciting; nonetheless. Thanks a lot!!!!!

Comment by Clare Dargin on March 13, 2013 at 1:13am

My Military Science Fiction Romance, "Cold Warriors" is now available at Decadent Publishing and Amazon.com

Comment by Clare Dargin on March 13, 2013 at 1:12am

This group has really grown!  Excellent! 

Comment by Clare Dargin on January 23, 2013 at 7:05pm

Nakeesha I just updated it.  So go ahead and repost!

Comment by Clare Dargin on January 23, 2013 at 6:53pm

Sure that would be great!  Though I realize after looking at it that it needs to be updated.  A couple of the things are out of date.  I'm going to try and update it now.  Btw my blog is www.claresblog2thehaven.blogspot.com

Comment by Nakeesha Seneb on January 22, 2013 at 10:39am

Clare, I'm interested in reposting this on my blog with your name and any website or blog of yours in the credit line. Let me know if that's okay.

Nakeesha

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Comment by Mark Canter on January 21, 2013 at 10:12pm

FREE downloads for Kindle of Orchard of My Eye = 914 and counting. This free offer turns into a pumpkin at midnight, Pacific Time (3 a.m. Eastern Time).

SYNOPSIS: Aria Rioverde, a professor of ethnomusicology, is rapidly going blind. She is renowned for her performances of Afro-Caribbean music and dance from her home island of Curacao; but how will she continue the career she loves when she can no longer see?


Nat Colt is dying. His final goals are to find a mother figure to take care of his 9-year-old daughter, Jazz, and to complete the artificial vision system that he and his late wife devoted their science careers to developing. 

When Aria arrives at Nat’s lab to protest his use of bonobos in experiments with artificial vision, Nat pins his hopes on using her in his first human trial. At first Aria refuses, but desperate to regain her failing eyesight, she submits to being the subject in a procedure that surgically implants tiny computers in her retinas and brain. 

The system restores Aria’s eyesight, but unexpectedly her vision continues evolving—becoming superhuman. When she inadvertently spies a black ops intelligence operation hidden deep inside a mountain, the dancer and Nat and his daughter find themselves fleeing a team of killers who will stop at nothing to get at the implants inside Aria’s head. 

(Mark Canter is a science-fiction romance novelist who has been published in 10 languages.)

Comment by Clare Dargin on January 21, 2013 at 6:52pm

Welcome to all new members! 

Is there anything in particular you'd like to discuss?

Comment by Clare Dargin on January 21, 2013 at 6:47pm

Thank you!  Hope it helps!

Comment by C. A. Griffin on January 8, 2012 at 4:34pm

Love the information presented here...thank you!

 

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