Carina Press, an imprint of Harlequin, is hosting a Twitter pitch event on July 14, 2021 starting at 9am EST. They didn’t list an end time, so to be safe, I would post by end of their work day time 5pm EST. The press focuses on romances and the editors participating all have their own wish lists.
RULES TO PARTICIPATE
- Use the hastag #carinapitch
- Your manuscript must be romance. All subgenres of romance are accepted with the exception of inspirational.
- Must be new and unpublished material.
- Your project can be one that has previously been passed by Carina Press.
- Pitch each manuscript no more than two times!
- You can pitch more than one manuscript (again though, only two times for each one!)
- Use a genre hastag (examples below)
- Submit your manuscript to only one editor if multiple are interested (choose one)
- Do NOT direct your tweet to a specific editor!
THINGS TO KNOW IF YOU GET A LIKE
- #CarinaPitch is only accepting proposals, consisting of a query letter (including your twitter pitch), a synopsis (approximately 1600 words), and the first 7,500 words.
- All authors who receive a request and submit by the deadline of August 11, 2021 will get personal feedback no later than September 15, 2021.
- If you submit your requested material after the deadline, you will still be considered for publication, but will no longer receive personal feedback.
- The requesting editor will contact you via DM with their private submission link. (Note: You may need to follow the editor for them to contact you.)
But what if you have already submitted your manuscript but no one has looked at it yet? You can still participate in the pitch contest. If you get a like then:
- Update your submission via Submittable, using a note by the deadline.
- In the note, include the twitter pitch, your twitter handle, and they name of the editor that requested the proposal.
Kerri Buckley @BuckleyKerri
Stephanie Doig @StephanieDoig
Ronan Sadler @ronanedits
Mackenzie Walton @MackenzieWalton
John Jacobson @DreamingReviews
Deb Nemeth @DebNemeth
Alissa Davis @AlissaDenay
Kate Marope @TheRibbonMarker
You can find the editors wishlists here, or sometimes on their twitter account.
#CR = Contemporary Romance
#DIS = Disability
#DV = Diversity
#ER = Erotic Romance
#F = Fantasy
#HR = Historical Romance
#IRMC = Interracial/Multicultural
#LGBTQ = Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer
#M = Mystery
#OWN = OwnVoices
#POC = People of Color
#PR = Paranormal Romance
#ROMCOM = Romantic Comedy
#RS = Romantic Suspense
#SF = SciFi
#TT = Time Travel
#UF = Urban Fantasy
As always, good luck!
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