2017 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference Editor Bios and Wishlists
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Name: Kerri Buckley Publisher: Carina Press/Harlequin Ltd Title: Senior Editor Currently seeking: All subgenres and heat levels of romance, excluding Inspirational, plus mysteries (mysteries do not need to have romantic elements)
Currently not seeking: Inspirational, non-fiction, poetry, women’s fiction, literary fiction, scifi/fantasy without romantic elements
Current authors or clients: K Webster, Lexie Davis, Anna del Mar, Michelle Dayton, Kate Willoughby
Other pertinent information or requests: Carina Press publishes a variety of categories, subgenres, niches and word counts across all heat levels of romance (including contemporary, paranormal, LGBTQIA, erotic, romantic suspense and more!) as well as mysteries both with and without romantic elements.
For publication in 2018 and 2019, here’s what we’d be most excited to receive:
Paranormals (and urban fantasy romance): We remain passionate about acquiring paranormal romance. While we’ll consider manuscripts across the genre, here are some things that currently appeal to us in particular: Great sexual tension, super sexy paranormals, male/male protagonists, series featuring shifters (wolves, cats, dragons… we draw the line at hamsters), ongoing series or trilogies, unique twists on old paranormal tropes and elements, band of brother/alpha heroes, paranormal with suspense elements, and stories that delve into clan politics.
LGBTQIA romance: We want to see submissions across LGBTQIA. Our list is heavily male/male, because this is where we’ve had the most success, but we are still very interested in and open to submissions across gender and sexualidentities. Right now we’re especially interested in paranormal, sexy contemporary/erotic, stepbrother romance, romances that tackle unlikely pairings or more “taboo” subjects, suspense/mystery, and sci-fi/fantasy series. Additionally, if you’re writing LGBTQIA that fits any of our other specific interests below, we want to see it.
Feel-good contemporary romance with a dash of humor. Think Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski books, Lucy Parker’s Act Like It and Jen Doyle’s Calling It. Low angst + high romantic payoff = happy editors and readers. Heroes and heroines without massively dark backstories, please!
Sexy alpha-alien science fiction romance: We’re looking for the fun, the unusual, the sexy, the silly, and even the over-the-top. Maybe the hero or heroine is an alien—a true alien—maybe it’s set on different worlds, has a Firefly-esque space opera feel, is a caper or heist set in space, or features space pirates or space cowboys. Bring it on.
Romantic suspense: We’d like to sign someone who can write a suspense-laden romance series that’ll make readers shiver…in more ways than one. Stand-alones also welcome!
Novellas: We’re on the hunt for short content. There are several ongoing special projects and anthology calls, but we’re looking for authors writing novella-length manuscripts (20k-45k) across the romance genres we acquire in. Bring on your shorter length work!
Cowboys and contemporary Westerns: This is a specific carryover from a recent submission call, and one that we are still actively acquiring in, especially full-length novels. We’re looking for cowboys to add to our list! There are so many possibilities here—give it a unique twist, make it a foreign locale. Or it can be high tension, high stakes American-set contemporary cowboy romance. Novella or full length.
As always, this is not a “current” call, but a reminder: we are always open to diverse protagonists, and have been since we opened years ago. That’s not changed; we’re still always seeking diversity across race, walks of life, physical challenges, sexual and gender identity, ethnicity and more. We understand diversity is wide-ranging and strive to reflect that on our list.
Currently seeking: Self-published and hybrid romance authors of various sub-genres with established social media platforms interested in print distribution.
Current authors or clients: EverAfter publishes New York Times and USA Today best-sellers, including Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward, CD Reiss, J. Kenner, Jen McLaughlin, Alessandra Torre, Sophie Jordan, Tessa Bailey, Valerie Twombly, Becca Jameson, Kennedy Layne, Kris Calvert, Eliza Gayle, and Sorcha Grace.
Name: Cat Clyne Publisher: Sourcebooks Title: Editor Currently seeking: Single title romance in all sub-genres with a slam-dunk hook (not less than 80,000 words, please): Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance—including Fantasy Romance, Romantic Suspense, Erotic Romance, Historical Romance—especially Scottish Highlanders.
Current authors or clients: Amanda Bouchet (A Promise of Fire), Roni Loren (The Ones Who Got Away), Isabelle Ronin (Chasing Red), Paige Tyler (SWAT and X-Ops series), Stefanie London (Bad Bachelor), Marie Harte (Body Shop Bad Boys and Donnigans series), Ashlyn Chase (My Wild Irish Dragon), Asa Maria Bradley (Viking Warrior Rebel), Heather Van Fleet (Reckless Hearts), Vivien Jackson (Wanted & Wired), and Alyson McLayne (Highland Promise).
Other pertinent information or requests: Cat Clyne has been helping writers hone their craft for most of her adult life. She worked in academia and magazine publishing before joining Sourcebooks in 2010. Cat acquires single title romance in all subgenres: romantic suspense, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, erotic romance, Highlanders and historicals. She is looking for stories with a slam-dunk hook, curl-her-toes romance, and out-of-the-box thinking (surprise me!). Cat has a fondness for damaged heroes and a well-written band of brothers bond. Born in Germany to diplomat parents, Cat has a Master’s degree from New York University and lives in Brooklyn. Learn more at www.sourcebooks.com.
Name: Madeleine Colavita Publisher: Grand Central Publishing—Forever Romance Title: Editor
Currently seeking: Romance of all kinds—historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, paranormal.
In particular, but in no particular order, I’m especially looking for:
Smart, beautifully written historicals
Romantic suspense/contemporary with a band-of-brothers hook (think law en-forcement/military heroes)
Strong heroines who know who they are/what they want
Jane the Virgin in romance novel form
Ocean's 11 (or other heist story) in romance novel form
Women’s fiction with a central friendship like the one in Playing House
Currently not seeking: I am not acquiring inspirational romance at this time.
Current authors or clients: Tessa Bailey, April Hunt, Jennifer Snow, Cecilia Tan, Shelly Bell, A.J. Pine, Alexis Hall
Currently seeking: I’m looking for romance, women’s fiction, and YA with diverse voices that have a fresh spin on the genres. I have a soft spot for contemporary geeky-related plots with meet-cute banter, stories set in Scotland or featuring Scottish men, and a good old fashioned mystery. In romance, I’m looking for historical romances set in England or Scotland, along with contemporary rom-coms, romantic suspense, and romances with elements of fantasy or science-fiction. In women’s fiction, I’m looking for both breezy, fun stories with strong female friendships and suspenseful, twisty stories that keep you reading late into the night. In YA, I love stories that transport readers to another world, and I’m a huge fan of imaginative retellings. I’m not the right fit for literary fiction or serious nonfiction.
Current authors or clients: Michele De Winton Cherrie Lynn Evangeline Anderson Sandra Owens
Name: Deborah Gilbert Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing, LLC Title: Editor-in-Chief Currently seeking: Historicals (Regency, Medieval, Scottish, Western), Science Fiction, Contemporary Series (Western, Sports, Chick-Lit, Sweet), Paranormal Series, Hockey Currently not seeking: Women’s Fiction and High Fantasy Current authors or clients: Addie Jo Ryleigh, Aven Ellis, B.J. Scott, Collette Cameron, DeAnn Smallwood, Stella Marie Alden
Name: Robin Haseltine Publisher: Entangled Publishing Title: Senior Editor
Appointments via Skype
Currently seeking: All genres of Category romance, but especially Regency, Highlander, Victorian and Viking Historicals in both Single Title and Category.
Currently not seeking: No religious works or anything without a substantial romance. Heat level moderate or higher. Current authors or clients: Julie Rowe, Lori Ann Bailey, Teri Anne Stanley, Claudia Shelton, Lea Nolan, Jody Wallace, Jess Anastasi, Marisa Cleveland, Ally Broadfield, Linda Bond, AA Paton, Lisa Wells, Wendy Byrne, Eve Pendle, Liana de la Rosa, Aliyah Burke, Jamie K Schmidt, Eva Devon, Frances Fowlkes, Ari Thatcher, AL Davoe
Name: Selena James Publisher:Kensington Publishing Corp. Title: Executive Editor
Currently seeking: For our Lyrical ebook imprint: historical romances (Scottish, Regency, Westerns), romantic suspense, mysteries, suspense, horror. Word count: 60,000-75,000 words.
Current authors or clients: Lisa Jones Baker, Gina Welborn, Becca Whitham, Nicole Blades, Pat Esden, Emily Foster, K.M. Jackson, Mary Monroe, Donna Hill Other pertinent information or requests: I like stories with strong external conflicts.
Name: Susan Litman Publisher: Harlequin Books Title: Editor
Currently seeking: Acquiring for series program with focus on Harlequin Special Edition and Romantic Suspense. Also interested in seeing projects for Graydon House and Teen. Current authors or clients: Award-winning authors Brenda Harlen and Gail Barrett, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Shirley Jump, USA TODAY bestselling authors Judy Duarte and Karen Rose Smith, Wendy Warren, and many others as part of our long-running continuities and our new serialization programs.
Currently not seeking: WWI/WWII, 20s, Westerns, Contemporary, or Paranormal
Current authors or clients: Callie Hutton, Annie Seaton, Michelle McLean, Chris Cannon, Wendy LaCapra, Kathleen Bittner Roth, Pamela Mingle, Tamara Gill, Ingrid Hahn, Tara Kingston, E. Elizabeth Watson, Jennifer Trethewey Other pertinent information or requests: Erin Molta has been working in publishing (Scholastic, Disney/Hyperion, S&S) for more than two decades. Living in NJ with her very own hero--firefighter/EMT husband, a college-age daughter, and three feline overlords, she has edited novelty books, children’s books, YA, and now focuses on historical romance. She is looking for epic Viking romance—stories of a shield maiden who can hold her own against any Viking warrior and the jarl who finds a chink in her armor who can’t steal her heart without a fight. Or a Viking who has gone a-wandering and fetches an Irish lass who does not go willingly. Also, stories set in the Scottish Highlands, with rugged chieftains holding their own against the hardy Scottish lasses hell-bent on stealing their hearts, medieval lords and ladies in the Great Halls of Scotland and England. And, of course, Regency, where it’s all about le bon ton and where one’s worth is dictated by one’s title—unless it’s not. Opposites attract/Brother’s best friend/even boy next door who becomes the jarl, or the laird, or the duke are just some tropes that can work in any of these eras. Sassy and wicked heroines, alpha-male heroes (with tender hearts), and witty banter and humor are a plus because those qualities are timeless.
Name: Tina Moss Publisher: City Owl Press Title: Editor, Chief Operations Officer
Currently NOT seeking: Inspirational Romance, Erotic Romance, Dystopian, Regency Romance, Steampunk, YA
Current authors or clients: Danielle DeVor, Katrina Mills, Sharon M. Johnston
Name: Rhonda Penders Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. Title: Editor-in-Chief
Currently seeking: Adult mainstream fiction, romance – all romance – contemporary, historical, erotic, paranormal, etc. mysteries, erotica, historical fiction, paranormal, sci fi, time travel, YA on a limited basis.
Currently not seeking: Children’s Books, Poetry, Memoirs, non fiction.
Currently seeking: I have a soft spot for stories featuring diverse characters and cultures, and strong female protagonists. In adult, I’m interested in contemporary romance especially romantic comedies, magical realism, and women’s fiction geared towards women in their 20s and 30s. In YA, I’m interested in contemporary in the vain of Nina LaCour, Kasie West, Jenny Han, and Gayle Forman, historical, fantasy, and magical realism.
Currently NOT seeking: I’m not looking for romantic suspense, paranormal, ménage, and historical.
Recent authors I’ve read and enjoyed: Lila Monroe, Julie Johnson, Katie McCoy, Winter Renshaw, Staci Hart, Leisa Rayven, R.S. Grey, Lauren Blakely, and Emma Chase.
Currently seeking: Contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and spicy romance. M/F and LGBTQ+ welcome! Novels and novellas welcome. We love smart, savvy, confident heroines with strong goals. We also love heroes of all types—alpha, beta, and anything in between. Adult romance only (no YA or NA). Stories must have strong conflicts between the H/H. We are not currently seeking women’s fiction or inspirational romance. No works that have been published previously in any form, please. Current authors or clients: Elizabeth Boyce, Kristina Knight, Synithia Williams, Alicia Hunter Pace, Holley Trent, Michele Arris, Rina Gray, Ruby Lang, Dana Volney, Marie Patrick, Elley Arden, TF Walsh, J.M. Stewart, and many more. Other pertinent information or requests: We are a digital-first imprint, with well over 2.5 million copies sold. Series are welcome, but each book should focus on a different couple, with a HEA or HFN at the end. We prefer third-person POV, alternating between the H/H. No “head-hopping,” please!