2016 NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference Editor Bio/Preference List
Name: Megan Broderick Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises Title: Editorial Assistant, Series Mailing Address: 195 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently seeking: Category romance for all Harlequin series, though I primarily work on Harlequin Special Edition (word count 55-60K) or Harlequin Romantic Suspense (word count 70K). I love classic tropes with a modern twist, heroines you want to be friends with, and settings to revisit over and over again.
Submission policy: Please send a synopsis and the first 5 chapters to the appropriate line via harlequin.submittable.com and direct the submission to me.
Currently seeking: I love strong heroines and alpha male heroes who are a good match for these heroines. I'm particularly attracted to novels with compelling world-building and strong, realistic character development.
Currently seeking: I am currently seeking manuscripts for all lines of Entangled, though I am particularly focused on manuscripts for Otherworld (paranormal), Indulgence, Brazen, Scorched, and Embrace. I’m looking for strong, alpha males and sassy, strong heroines with great romantic tension and strong plots utilizing proven tropes. In paranormal, I am particularly interested in shifters (wolves, big cats, bears, and dragons), vampires, and sci-fi featuring genetically altered military or medical sci-fi elements.
Currently seeking: I’m focused primarily on acquiring category contemporary romances in the 50-60,000 word range. More specifically, I’m looking for sexy books featuring wealthy alpha males (for Harlequin Desire) and home and family stories with varying levels of sensuality for Harlequin Special Edition. But I will also take pitches for other projects including romantic suspense, paranormal and longer (“single title”) books.
Submission policy: See Harlequin’s website at http://www.harlequin.comand https://harlequin.submittable.com/submit for submission guidelines. Current authors: A partial list includes NYT bestselling authors Allison Leigh and Elizabeth Bevarly; USA TODAY bestselling authors Charlene Sands, Anna DePalo, Rachel Bailey, Sheri Whitefeather and Christyne Butler; and Golden Heart winners Cat Schield and Laruen Canan. My newest author is Kathy Douglass, debuting in Harlequin Special Edition with HOW TO STEAL THE LAWMAN’S HEART in February 2017.
Name: Susan Litman Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises Title: Editor Mailing Address: 195 Broadway, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10007 Email:Susan.Litman@Harlequin.com
Currently seeking: Category romance for all Harlequin series, though my focus is Harlequin Special Edition (word count 55-60K) or Harlequin Romantic Suspense (word count 70K) as well as contemporary single title romance or YA. As well, we are seeking projects for our new sexy contemporary series (word count 50K) and would love to hear any interested authors pitch for that as well.
Submission policy: For unpublished authors, brief synopsis and full manuscript sent as email attachment (MS Word file *only*) with cover note in the body of the email, please. For previously published authors, brief synopsis and first three chapters sent as email attachment (also MS Word file), sent same as above.
Current authors:New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Shirley Jump, USA TODAY bestselling authors Judy Duarte and Karen Rose Smith, award-winning authors Brenda Harlen and Gail Barrett, and many others including two-time RITA winner Wendy Warren, Christy Jeffries and Helen Lacey.
Other pertinent information or requests: Find me on Twitter and Instagram at @susan_litman and on Instagram at @NYC_Editor_Life.
Currently seeking: For Teen: I am looking for more stories for our CRAVE line set in contemporary settings, bring on the paranormal romance! I'm not looking for vampires or angels/demons but truly unique paranormal romances. I'm still looking for the next Holly Black. I also want to see unique fairytale retellings in a contemporary setting.
For Bliss: I'd like to see more stories that feature the hot, new guy in town and either it's love at first sight or opposites attract with our heroine. I want to see more professions for the heroines like librarians, veterinarians, paralegals, nurses. Anything with animals would be great as well!
For Embrace: For our New Adult imprint, I’m looking for books that feature sexy, rich foreigners--think Scotland or even Germany.
Submission policy: When you’re filling out the form, please put my name in the Attention box!
Current authors: Lisa Kessler, Lauren Hawkeye, Gloria Craw, Shannon Alexander, and Jody Andrefksi.
Name: Tina Moss Publisher: City Owl Press Title: Chief Operating Officer, Executive Editor Email:email@example.com
Currently seeking: Although I am not personally open to submissions at present, I am taking pitches at conferences for our editorial team. Seeking historical romance (hot scots and sexy romans should apply), paranormal romance (shifters, vampires, angels/demons, bring it all), contemporary romance (on the lookout for feisty heroines), sci-fi romance (need more aliens), and romantic suspense (bring on the alphas).
Current authors: Sharon M. Johnston, Katrina Mills, Danielle DeVor ****************************************************************************************************
Name: Rhonda Penders Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. Title: President and Editor-in-Chief
Currently seeking: Mainstream fiction. We accept short stories and full length novels in all fiction categories from romance to science fiction. We do NOT work with poetry, children’s books or memoirs. We only work with YA on a LIMITED basis.
Submission policy: Please send a synopsis and query note to firstname.lastname@example.org in an email (no attachments). However, if I speak with you during a pitch, I will request a partial and ask you to send it to me directly by email. We do not take any submissions through the mail or by hard copy.
Name: Elizabeth Poteet Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Title: Assistant Editor
Currently seeking: romantic suspense with a strong female character, contemporary romance (I like both small town and smart, sexy romances) historical romances (with a twist. I like highlanders, cowboys, self-made men) erotic romance (with a gritty, emotional hook, digital only, category length). I love anything with a fun voice. I don’t like angsty YA or NA.
Submission policy: We don’t take unsolicited ms.
Current authors: Donna Alward, Nicole Michaels, Scarlett Cole, Audra North
Name: Tahra Seplowin Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises Title: Editorial Assistant Mailing Address: 195 Broadway, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10007 Email: email@example.com
Currently seeking: Women’s fiction or fiction with romantic elements, single title romance (especially contemporary and romantic suspense), all subgenres and heat levels of romance (excluding inspirational) + mystery for Carina Press, and category romance.
Submission policy: Please submit all category romance through Submittable to my attention and all single title projects to my email address. Requested material for Carina Press should be formatted to meet our submission guidelines and uploaded through Submittable here: bit.ly/write4cp
Current authors: Heatherly Bell, Kristi Gold, Tobi Doyle
Other pertinent information or requests: I am accepting pitches today on behalf of senior editor Kerri Buckley of Carina Press as well.
Name: Carly Silver Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises Title: Assistant Editor Mailing Address: 195 Broadway, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10006 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently seeking: Category romance (50-80,000 words: word count is v. important), projects by diverse authors, authors specifically targeting Harlequin series; rich, yet relatable heroes; new twists on classic tropes; cowboys, military heroes; multicultural characters.
Submission policy: If I request to see your work, please submit the synopsis and first three chapters to the pertinent line at Harlequin.Submittable.com and direct them to me (i.e., select Carly Silver as editor you’re looking to submit your work to)
Current authors: I edit everything from sexy contemporaries to Western historicals; current clients include USA Today bestselling author Michelle Monkou, Romantic Suspense authors Lara Lacombe, Amelia Autin, among others; Special Edition authors like Katie Meyer, Christine Wenger, Amy Woods; Kimani Romance authors Carolyn Hector, Martha Kennerson
Other pertinent information or requests: not looking for inspirational romance at this time
Name: Jess Verdi Publisher: Crimson Romance/F+W Media Title: Senior Editor
Currently seeking: Contemporary, historical, paranormal, suspense, and spicy romances, both male/female and LGBTQIA+. All heat levels welcome, and the story must focus on the couple’s emotional journey toward love. We are always seeking fresh, unique voices, heroes of all varieties (alpha, beta, and everything in between), smart heroines with strong goals, and new twists on favorite themes. Adult romances only; we are not seeking YA at this time.
Submission policy: Please send a plot synopsis (including the ending) and the full manuscript, along with a query letter introducing your project, to email@example.com.
Current authors:USA Today best-selling author Alicia Hunter Pace, Pushcart Prize winner Joanna Lowell, PRISM nominee Holley Trent, Kristina Knight, Elizabeth Boyce, Julie LeMense, Synithia Williams, Debra Kayn, and many more.
Currently seeking: Romance and women’s fiction of all types. Especially sexy historical romance, fresh contemporary, and all types of historical fiction.
Submission policy: Submit full manuscript at www.avonimpulse.com unless manuscript is directly requested.
Current authors: Tessa Dare, Maya Rodale, Molly McAdams, Jennifer Bernard, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Kim van Alkemade, and Shelley Noble, among others. Other pertinent information or requests: Unfortunately, I cannot accept YA submissions.