Tag Archives: Romance

Sourcebooks

While Sourcebooks only accepts virtually all agented submissions, they’re doors are wide open for romance fiction subs—even from unagented writers! They are acquiring single-title romance fiction for their Casablanca imprint. Some of the subgenres they’ll accept are:

  • paranormal romance
  • romantic suspense
  • contemporary romance
  • erotic romance
  • historical romance (prior to 1900 only)

Please note, this is not an exclusive list as they state they’ll consider all subgenres. The manuscripts they’re looking for should be between 85,000-100,000 words. For complete criteria and to learn how to submit, go here.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

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#MenteesHelpingMentees has opened early!

Mentees Helping Mentees

For all the Pitch Wars hopefuls this year, the class of 2016 mentees have gotten together to offer critiques to 140 writers on their query and first ten pages at Mentees Helping Mentees. They have created seven different Rafflecopters for writers to enter based on age category and a few sub/genres:

  • Middle Grade
  • Young Adult Contemporary and Historical
  • Young Adult Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal
  • Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • Adult Romance
  • Adult Mystery & Suspense
  • Adult Other (Historical, Literary, Upmarket, Women’s Fiction)

The giveaway ends on July 2nd, 2017 at 12 am EST. Winners will be notified via Twitter on July 5th. Watch the #menteeshelpingmentees hashtag! Those selected will get their critiques back no later than July 24th (plenty of time to review before Pitch Wars submissions open on August 2nd).

What a fantastic thing for them to do! And remember this is a new thing, so tweet, share, and blog to spread the word. Good luck to all that enter!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

The Knight Agency Pitch Event

The Knight Agency is holding another twitter pitch event TOMORROW on April 5, 2017 from 9am-5pm EST. Use the hashtag #TKA20 and include your age category with genre. Do not pitch directly to the agents. Pitch the same way you’d pitch during #Pitmad and similar contests.

Some of the participating agents will be Deidre Knight, Pamela Harty, Elaine Spencer, Melissa Jeglinski, Travis Pennington, Nephele Tempest, Kristy Hunter, and Janna Bonikowski . Some things their excited to see are: women’s fiction, historical fiction, YA, MG, romance of all subgenres, LGBT fiction and m/m romance, thrillers, mysteries, suspense, nonfiction, and fantasy. And popular genre abbreviations are:

  • #RS=Romantic Suspense
  • #WF=Women’s Fiction
  • #HF=Historical Fiction
  • #YA=Young Adult
  • #MG=Middle Grade
  • #MC=Multicultural
  • #M=Mystery
  • #CM=Cozy Mystery
  • #LGBT=LGBT Fiction or Nonfiction
  • #MM=Male/Male Romance
  • #CR=Contemporary Romance
  • #PNR=Paranormal Romance
  • #INSP=Inspirational Fiction or Nonfiction
  • #NF=Nonfiction #MEM=Memoir

For complete details and to see what each agent is specifically wanting, go here. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Miss Snark’s Secret Agent Contest

Just a quick reminder that @AuthoressAnon is hosting her Secret Agent Contest tomorrow, Monday, April 3, 2017. She is the genius behind Miss Snark’s First Victim blog, which often hosts critique events and contests to help gain a literary agent.

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The submission window will be open from noon to 6pm EDT. The BOT will randomly select 50 entrants with 2 alternates. To enter, you’ll need the first 250 words from you polished and completed manuscript. (No unfinished stories, please!) This months accepted genres will be:

  • Romance (YA, NA, Adult)
  • Thriller (YA, NA, Adult)
  • Contemporary (YA, NA, Adult)
  • Time Travel (YA, NA, Adult)
  • Suspense (YA, NA, Adult)

So, get those words polished! You can find the entire information for submission guidelines on her website here. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest

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The deadline for Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest is approaching. All unpublished entries must be received by February 17, 2017. This is also a chance to get feedback on your work. There are twelve categories:

  1. mainstream
  2. historical
  3. romance/women’s fiction
  4. mystery/thriller
  5. sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal
  6. young adult
  7. middle grade
  8. nonfiction/memoir
  9. poetry
  10. short story
  11. children’s picture/chapter book
  12. adult short topics (articles/essays/memoir)

There are three monetary prizes:

  • FIRST PLACE: $600
  • SECOND PLACE: $300
  • THIRD PLACE: $100

Eight finalist will receive two critiques on their submissions. The agents and editors participating in the PNWA‘s summer conference will pick winners out of the finalists. Go here for complete details. As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Intern at Entangled Publishing with Kate Brauning

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Exciting news! Editor Kate Brauning of Entangled Publishing is seeking 2-3 additional interns. Yep, you heard that right. Not just one! She looking mostly interns with YA for Entangled Teen but also with single-title adult romance and category romance. POC, LGBTQ+/MOGAI, neuroatypical, and disabled applicants are encouraged. For those not familiar with Entangled teen, know their books are distributed by Macmillan Publishers, which means they can reach 120 countries with English versions of their books (among other things).

This is a remote, unpaid internship. Regular access to the internet will be necessary. Substantial training, mentorship, and copies of the print books from my list are provided. Applicants for the internship should have 8-10 hours per week available, though the internship is somewhat flexible. Prior experience in publishing is not required, but experience in a library or bookstore is a plus.

For guidelines on how to submit, go here.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Harlequin #SexyBlitz Subs Ending

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On August 1st, 2016, Harlequin put a call out for writers of sexy, contemporary romance because they’re launching a new sexy contemporary series! They dubbed this the #SexyBlitz submissions. Ooo-la-la. So if you have a manuscript you’ve polished in this category, this is for you. But you need to hurry because the subs close on September 15, 2016.

You’ll need to send your first three chapters and a synopsis to submit. But be sure and check out their series guidelines before sending your manuscript!

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Harlequin: Ooooh…Canada Romance Subs ending soon!

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Okay, so there are imprints with Harlequin that you can continue to sub your juicy romance novels. But the Ooooh..Canada Romance Subs get to bypass the slush pile through September 12th, 2016! Thus, if you’ve written an unputdownable manuscript with a Canadian hero, this is nearly your final call.

You’ll need to send your first chapter and a 3-7 page synopsis to Harlequin’s Ooooh…Canada Blitz. And as always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction

Sourcebooks: Romance Submissions

Sourcebooks

While Sourcebooks only accepts virtually all agented submissions, they’re doors are wide open for romance fiction subs—even from unagented writers! They are acquiring single-title romance fiction for their Casablanca imprint. Some of the subgenres they’ll accept are:

  • paranormal romance
  • romantic suspense
  • contemporary romance
  • erotic romance
  • historical romance (prior to 1900 only)

Please note, this is not an exclusive list as they state they’ll consider all subgenres. The manuscripts they’re looking for should be between 85,000-100,000 words. For complete criteria and to learn how to submit, go here.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction.

Impulse-Avon Romance Open Submissions

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If you write romance, this post is for you! HarperCollins has an imprint called Avon Romance that publishes new authors. You do not have to have an agent to submit to this publisher. According to their site, this is what they are looking for:

  • Romantic Suspense
  • Super sexy contemporaries
  • Trilogies—and beyond. (If you have a series, we want to see it.)
  • Historical Romance with a hook

Best I can tell, they only publish adult novels. If anyone finds out different, please let me know so I can update this post. But if you have a great romance waiting to be told, go here to learn more about what they are looking for and to submit your manuscript.

As always, good luck!

P.D. Pabst
Blogger and writer of MG/YA fiction