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Romance Publishers

Last updated on July 01, 2013

*Publishers RWA acknowledges are neither subsidy nor vanity presses

For sales information on various publishers, check Brenda Hiatt's Show Me the Money!


Abingdon Press*

201 Eighth Avenue South
P.O. Box 801
Nashville, TN 37202-0801.

Prints inspirational fiction.

Submit an outline or description of the writing plan together with one or two sample chapters.

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Allison & Busby*

13 Charlotte Mews
London UK W1T 4EJ

Handles science fiction, romance, mystery, fantasy, historical.

They only consider submissions via literary agent.

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Amber Quill Press*

P.O. Box 265
Indian Hills, CO 80454
Fax (760) 362-1928

Tracy Edward Zaber

Established 2002.

Prints fiction in trade and e-book format.  Does not pay an advance.

Amber Quill Press is primarily a “submit by invitation only” publisher, and apart from their annual Amber Heat Wave™ Contest, they have never been open to “outside” submissions. As time permits, they may respond to general queries, but please be aware that any unsolicited synopses, partials, or complete manuscripts sent to our email addresses or snail-mailed to our business office by either an author or an agent will be deleted unread, without exception.

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Ark House Press*

PO Box 1321
Mona Vale NSW 1660
Australia

Ark House is happy to accept unsolicited manuscripts from new and established authors.  They publish inspirational fiction.  Complete the Ark House Book Publishing Proposal Form online or download, print and complete the Ark House Book Publishing Proposal Form.  See guidelines for more information.

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Attica Books Ltd

PO Box 856
Oxford, OX1 9ND
United Kingdom

+44 (0)203 – 514 1438
fax: +44 (0)203 – 514 1438

12/7/2011 (courtesy of Cindi Myers)  Attica Books is an independent ebook-first publisher founded by industry professionals who’ve both worked in the trade and published with several of the Big Six. They know how important proper editing, proof-reading and format checking are, and what a difference it can make to have your book in the hands of a publishing house which properly supports it. They’ve also, as authors, experienced orphaned books, constant changes of editor, miserable royalties and too many other tricks. They aim to offer you the first part without the second.

Their trial phase is done and they’re looking in the first instance for submissions from previously published authors for lists in mystery, fantasy, and wit & whimsy – think for that last anything from Jane Austen to Terry Pratchett. If you’ve got underappreciated backlist in these genres, they’d like to see that too.

Send submissions in electronic form (MS Word or compatible) to attica AT atticabooks DOT com, with a cover letter plus synopsis and 3 chapters or up to 10,000 words.

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Avalon Books*
a division of Thomas Bouregy & Co, Inc.

Thomas Bouregy & Co., Inc.
160 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016
phone: (646) 375-2570
fax: (646) 375-2571
(No phone, fax or email queries)

Julia Weis, Assistant Editor

Established 1950.

Under its AVALON BOOKS imprint, Thomas Bouregy & Co., Inc. is a publisher of hardcover Romances, Mysteries, and Westerns focusing primarily on the library market. There is no explicit sexual content or profanity in any of our novels. It is the author’s responsibility to heighten the romantic atmosphere by developing love scenes with tenderness, emotion, and perception.

They do accept unagented material. When submitting, include a query letter, a 2-3 page (and no longer) synopsis of the entire manuscript, and the first three chapters.  Address your letter to: The Editors. This also goes for email submissions.

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Avon Romance*
a division of Harper Collins

10 E. 53rd St.
New York, NY 10022
(212) 207-7000
fax (212) 207-7759
email: avonromance@harpercollins.com

Carrie Feron, VP & Executive Editor
Lucia Macro, Executive Editor
Lyssa Keusch, Executive Editor
Erika Tsang, Editorial Director
May Chen, Senior Editor
Esi Sogah, Assistant Editor
Tessa Woodward, Associate Editor
Amanda Bergeron, Editor

Established 1941.

They publish all sub-genres of romance – Regency historical, contemporary romance, paranormal romance and urban fantasy. For historicals they prefer Regency. They prefer dark, sexy paranormals and like small-town set contemporaries. 

Avon Impluse has the same editorial team as Avon’s print program. They plan to submit publish one new romance a week, priced at $3.99 for a novel and $1.99 for a novella. They pay 25 percent royalties on the first 10,000 copies and 50 percent royalties after 10,000 copies. They publish as quickly as six to nine weeks after receive of the final manuscript. The books will be available in all ebook formats and potentially can go into print also. Avon’s print authors will also publish novellas and special promotions with Impulse.

They are open to a wide variety of stories in all subgenres. Stories may be in first or third person. There is no length limit. You may submit novellas as well as full-length novels. Un-agented authors are welcome to submit through the Avon Impulse website. Agents should submit in the traditional manner. 

Submit to them using the form on the Avon Impulse website. Submitting to Impulse is also submitting to Avon’s print program. They will give no response if they’re not interested.

The editors shared some of their wish list items for the Impulse program: funny contemporaries, westerns, epic fantasy, “women living in a state with more men than women, preferably titled The Odds are Good,” or a series about military wives. They are only suggestions, as they are open to any ideas you can come up with.

Avon is looking for romances in several areas–Historical Romance; Contemporary Romance, including romantic suspense, paranormal romance, women’s fiction, African-American Romance, inspirational romance, and Erotica.

Carrie Feron, Lyssa Keusch and Lucia Macro are no longer accepting unsolicited submissions. Erika Tsang has a fascination for vampires, werewolves and witches, as well as contemporary ethnic fiction. May Chen is seeking sexy historicals, paranormal and contemporary romances. Esi Sogah is looking for sensual historicals and dark paranormals. Tessa Woodward would like to see historicals set in the Regency and Victorian period. And Amanda Bergeron is interested in smart contemporary romance and rich emotional Scottish historicals.

To submit your romance or women’s fiction (only), please query first. You must query by e-mail. When you do so, please put QUERY in the subject line.  Your query should be brief, no more than a one-page description of your book. Do not send chapters or a full synopsis at this time. Also, please do not send attachmentsTHEY WILL NOT BE OPENED. You will receive a response — either a decline or a request for more material — in approximately six to eight weeks.

Please e-mail your query to avonromance@harpercollins.com

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B&H (formerly Broadman & Holman)*

Lifeway Christian Resources
127 9th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37234

Leonard G. Goss

Established 1934.

B&H stands behind a large ensemble of authors and artists communicating relevant messages for better living, deeper understanding, and a closer walk with God.  They publish contemporary, romance, suspense, thriller and cozy mystery.

Submit a cover letter, 1-2 page synopsis, bio, Christian theme in book, two sample chapters, promo blurb and back cover copy to the attention of Fiction Submissions, MSN 164

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Baker Publishing Group*
P.O. Box 6287
Grand Rapids, MI 49516

Established 1939.

Baker Book House has purchased Bethany House Publishers effective 2/28/04.  As of February 28, 2003, all orders for Bethany House Publishers should be directed to Baker Book House’s customer service department at 1-800-877-2665 or orders@bakerbooks.com .

Baker Books, Bethany House, and Revell do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.  All manuscripts received will be returned to the sender without review.

If you are interested in having an editor at Baker view your work, they recommend submitting it to one of the below services.

Autonomy.com
On the web: www.authonomy.com/christian

The Writer's Edge:
On the web: www.writersedgeservice.com
Email: info@WritersEdgeService.com
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1266
Wheaton, IL 60189

Christian Manuscript Submissions
On the web:  www.christianmanuscriptsubmissions.com
Email: info@christianmanuscriptsubmissions.com

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*Revell Publishing
a division of Baker Book House

Established 1870.

For more than 125 years Revell has been publishing evangelical books for the personal enrichment and spiritual growth of general Christian readers.

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Ballantine/Bantam Dell*
a division of Random House

1745 Broadway, 18th Floor
New York, Y 10019
Fax (212) 940-7500

Kara Cesare, Excecutive Editor
Linda Marrow, Ballantine, vice president, editorial director
Kate Collins, Ballantine, senior editor
Junessa Viloria, Ballantine, editorial assistant
Shauna Summers, Bantam Dell, executive editor
Jessica Sebor, Bantam Dell, editorial assistant

8/2011 (Courtesy of Cindi Myers).  BBD publishes suspense and thrillers, literary fiction, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, contemporary and historical romance and women’s fiction. 

They like Regency and Scottish-set historicals, contemporaries with small-town settings, and cowboys. They also publish some romantic suspense and YA.

The big news from BDD is that they are relaunching Loveswept as a digital-first imprint. They launched in July with the re-release of eight Loveswept titles. They plan to release a combination of reprints and new, original content as ebooks first. Some of the titles may also go to print. This is an opportunity for unagented authors to break into BDD. The Loveswept program is open to all sub-genres of romance of various lenghts, from 30,000 word novellas to 100,000 word novels. The primary requirement is a “romantic, emotional story.”  The books should be sexy but not erotica. The books will be priced from $2.99 to $4.99, with most full-length books at $3.99. They pay an advance plus royalties of 25 percent of net. The same team will produce the digital titles as the print titles. Contact them through the email address at RomanceatRandom.com.

They are only accepting agented material. No manuscript or proposals unless solicited directly by the editor will be reviewed. Unagented material will be returned unopened. They do not accept unsolicited manuscripts, dot matrix printing, or computer disk submissions. Please no e-mail queries.

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Barbour Publishing*

Heartsong Presents
PO Box 719
Uhrichsville, OH 44683
mail: info@heartsongpresents.com

Rebecca Germany (Barbour full length romances)
JoAnne Simmons (Heartsong Presents short romances)
Susan Downs (Heartsong Presents mystery romances)

Established 1981.

Heartsong publishes four books every four weeks (two contemporary and two historical).  The main element of a Heartsong Presents inspirational romance is the sweet love story. A very close second is the inspirational theme and content. All manuscripts in the Heartsong Presents inspirational line should present a conservative, evangelical Christian worldview. Manuscripts that do not reflect this position will be returned to the author(s).

If you believe you have an inspirational romance that would fit Heartsong Presents guidelines, please send a synopsis with three sample chapters to fictionsubmit@barbourbooks.com to the attention of: Heartsong Presents, JoAnne Simmons, Acquisitions Editor

They only accept email submissions of proposals.

Manuscripts must be between 45,000 and 50,000 words.  No futuristic, paranormal, fantasy or time travel.

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BelleBooks*

P.O. Box 300921
Memphis, TN  38130
Fax: (901) 344-9068
E-mail: bellebooks@bellebooks.com

Deborah Smith, Acquisitions Editor

Established 1999.

8/2011 (Courtesy of Cindi Myers)  As Belle Books, this boutique publisher opened 12 years ago, specializing in Southern fiction. More recently, they’ve changed the name to Bell Bridge books and they publish a wide variety of fiction and some nonfiction. Their list includes cozy mysteries, suspense, thrillers, inspirational, young adult, urban fantasy, romance, historical fiction and fantasy. They release as both print and e-books. The book debuts in print, then releases in digital format. They also do many subright sales. They’ve sold audio, large print and foreign language rights to many of their titles. They also reprint previously published titles. They pay 40 percent of net on ebooks. They do pay advances plus royalties. 

Deb Dixon handles YA, fantasy, urban fantasy and paranormal fiction. Deborah Smith does womens and literary fiction and cozy mysteries. Pat Van Wie edits suspense, thrillers and romantic suspense. 

They accept both agented and unagented submissions. For more information, visit Belle Books and Bell Bridge Books. Submit via email. Deb Smith prefers to see the first three chapters and a synopsis, while Deb Dixon likes to see the complete manuscripts.  Published authors with a track record may send a proposal only, but new authors should have a complete manuscript.

BelleBooks publishes fiction celebrating the rich storytelling traditions of the South.  Read the Mossy Creek series before querying.

Send all queries via email to bellebooks@bellebooks.com.  One-page query only.  No attachments.  No snail-mail submissions.

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Berkley Publishing Group*
a division of Penguin/Putnam Inc.

375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 366-2000

Cindy Hwang, Executive Editor
Wendy McCurdy, Executive Editor
Kate Seaver, Senior Editor
Allison Brandau, Editorial Assistant

Established 1955.

26 Oct 2011 (from Cindy Myers Market News):  Berkley/NAL will launch a new digital imprint in 2012. Dubbed Intermix, the line will release a mix of reprints from popular authors such as Nora Roberts and Jayne Anne Krentz, to new releases. Intermix will publish women’s fiction, romance, mystery/thriller and science fiction/fantasy titles. For now it looks like the same editors who handle Berkley and NAL’s print lists will be acquiring for Intermix as well.

6/09:  Cindy Hwang listed #1 of Top Ten Romance/Women's Fiction Editors by Publishers Weekly
Kate Seaver listed #4 of Top Ten Romance/Women's Fiction Editors by Publishers Weekly

No unsolicited manuscripts.  Query first.  Do not query Wendy.

Submissions should be in the form of a synopsis (two to five double-spaced pages that tell the basic facts of the story; chapter-by-chapter outline is not required) and the first three chapters or approximately the first 50 pages. State whether a finished manuscript is available.  Word length:  100,000 words.

Accepting contemporary and historical romances, paranormal, romantic suspense, and single title mainstream.

No computer disk or email submissions.

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Black Lyon Publishing*

PO Box 567
Baker City, OR 97814

Email:  info@blacklyonpublishing.com

Kerry A. Jones

Established 2007.

Black Lyon Publishing is currently accepting submissions for all their lines. They do not pay advances.  They prefer email queries, but will accept snail mail queries. No unrequested manuscripts or file attachments please.   Send queries to queries@blacklyonpublishing.com.

Your email should contain your name, manuscript title, type of novel, word count, a 1-2 paragraph blurb similar to what you might imagine the back cover of your book to read, and the first three paragraphs of your finished manuscript. (No formal synopsis please.)

Looking for general fiction, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, historical romance, ancient times romance,  Word count depends on line, from 45,000 - 100,000.  They also accept novellas of 20,000 - 40,000 words.

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Black Oak Media, Inc.

PO Box 122
Cherry Valley, IL 61016

Michael Kleen, Publisher

Not accepting submissions at this time.

They accept both nonfiction and fiction titles of most genres, but they are not interested in erotica, political manifestos, or children’s (12 years and below) literature. A complete manuscript should be between 35,000 and 95,000 words.

Send a query letter, a rough outline, and one or two sample chapters to submissions@blackoakmedia.org

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Bold Stroke Books*

P.O. Box 249        
Valley Falls, NY 12185
518-753-6642   
Fax: 518-753-6648

Len Barot, Acquisitions Director;
Jennifer Knight, Acquisitions and Development Editor

Established 2004.

Bold Strokes Books offers a diverse collection of LesbianGayBiTransQueer general and genre fiction. BSB genre fiction includes romance, action, adventure, mystery/intrigue, speculative fiction (sci-fi/fantasy/horror), and erotica.

Submit a cover letter and an entire manuscript only using Microsoft Word ® .doc or .rtf with the entire document in one file to submissions@boldstrokesbooks.com.  Word counts range from 20,000 - 130,000.

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Brilliance AudioBooks*

1704 Eaton Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417
(616) 846-5256
fax (616) 846-0630

Email: editors@brillianceaudio.com

Elizabeth Pearsons, Acquisition Editor

Established 1984.

Brilliance Audio want work that will be published in hardcover six months to one year from submission to Brilliance. They do not currently publish material original to audio.

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Champagne Books*

#35069--4604 37 St SW
Calgary, AB Canada T3E 7C7
Fax: 1-810-852-3950

J. Ellen Smith, publisher
Cindy Davis, senior editor

Established 2005.

They are accepting submissions from all genres for ebook publication. Send your best horror, science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, mystery, and young adult stories.

Romance-- they are looking for fast-paced, character driven novels where romance is integral to the storyline. Novels can be in any era, any location and can have fantasy/paranormal elements, however our historical line is limited to the 19 century or earlier.

Sensuality levels should be on the higher end of steamy, while remaining tasteful.

Submission packages include query letter, synopsis, first three chapters in rtf format and promotion plan.  Only submit finished works please.  Word counts are to be approximately 25,000 words for novellas, 70-80,000 words for full length novels.  Email submission to: submissions@champagnebooks.com.  No snail mail queries.

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Chances Press (as of 7/1/2013)

848 Rainbow Blvd. #1513
Las Vegas, NV 89107
info@chancespress.com

Michael Perronne
David Pearson

Chances Press is an independent royalty-paying publisher of  paperback and e-book titles.  Looking for:

Contemporary Romance (M/F, M/M, F/F) between 20,000 to 55,000 words with lots of hot, sensual scenes .

Historical Romance between 20,000 to 55,000 words with strong sensual elements.

Erotica (All subsets/genres) in either anthology, novella/novellete, and novel form between 10,000 to 55,000 words. No works that include forced sexual relations, incest, or characters under the age of 18.

Paranormal Romance (including vampires, shapeshifters, etc.) with an emphasis on the romantic and sensual elements. Authors with a planned “series” of books between 25,000 to 75,000 words are strongly encouraged to query.

To submit a query, please contact them at query@chancespress.com.

Not yet listed with Preditors and Editors

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Changeling Press

PO Box 1561
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-1561
Phone/Fax: (304) 876 0515
Email:  submissions@changelingpress.com

Patricia Haley, Editor-in-Charge

Changeling Press LLC, was founded Feb. 10th, 2004 by William and Margaret Riley.  This has been a dream-under-construction for about 6 years. They're new. They're starting off small. However they have sound financial backing and many years of industry and business experience.

Changeling Press will be publishing erotic novellas, with an emphasis on serials and series with an “Out of this world” theme. Submissions must be erotic love stories. What’s a love story? The hero and heroine must display a genuine attraction for one another that goes beyond sex, but realistic, plot driven resolutions are preferred. If they’ve known each other two days, while it would probably be a good thing if they didn’t shoot each other and walk off holding a smoking gun, don’t try to convince us they’re going to live happily ever after, either.

What they DON'T want: No vanilla sex, no straight Contemporary Romance. Turn up the heat, think out of this world!

Stories must have a good solid plot and well developed characterization. While strong sexuality is a must, we don't want porn. 

ABSOLUTELY UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE will they ever accept ANY child pornography, necrophilia, bestiality, scat, or snuff. If you’re not sure, ask. Sentient animals (I.E. Shape shifters or Aliens) are permissible. 

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Cleis Press

2246 Sixth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 845-8000 or (800) 780-2279
Fax: (510) 845-8001

Brenda Knight, Associate Publisher
Kara Wuest, Publishing Coordinator
Kat Sanborn, Editorial Associate

Cleis Press publishes provocative works by women and men in the areas of gay and lesbian studies, sexual politics, fiction, feminism, self-help, erotica, gender studies, and human rights.

All proposals should be emailed to Brenda Knight at bknight@cleispress.com. Please include a CV, a list of previous publications, and the first chapter of the book in the body of the email. In an attachment, please include the manuscript, in either MS Word or PDF format.

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Cobblestone Press, LLC.*

Deanna Lee, publisher
Sable Grey, publisher
Brandi Loyd, Editorial & Acquisitions Director

Cobblestone Press is are an electronic publisher of erotic romance and short story erotica. 

They are currently accepting manuscripts from 10-65k in the following genres: Action Adventure, African American, Contemporary, Fantasy, Futuristic / Science Fiction, Gay (m/m only), Historical, Interracial /Multicultural, Ménage, Paranormal (Werewolf, Vampire, Ghosts, Magic, etc), Romantic Comedy, Time Travel, and Thriller/Suspense, Urban Fantasy

Please submit full manuscript as an attachment to: submissions@cobblestone-press.com.  No paper submissions.

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Crescent Moon Press*

Editor in Chief: editor@crescentmoonpress.com

They are currently accepting novels of 75,000 to 120,000 words. They want authors who show extraordinary ability to weave romance with tales of fantasy, magick, the paranormal, and science fiction.

Query by sending an email to editor @crescentmoonpress.com with QUERY and novel title in the subject line.   In the body of the e-mail, include a one page letter giving the length and genre (fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, magick, etc.). Also list your publishing credits, contest wins, writing affiliations, and other information to your credit.

They do not pay an advance.

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Darker Intentions Press

P.O. Box 569
Freehold Twp., NJ 07728

Darker Intentions Press is a small New Jersey company interested in books that are out  of the ordinary.

Darker Intentions Press is currently not accepting outside manuscripts.

Inquiries may be directed to with Darker Intentions Press included in the subject line.

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David C. Cook (formerly Cook Communications Ministries)*

RiverOak Fiction
4050 Lee Vance View
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
(800) 708-5550
(719) 536-0100

Don Pape

Established 1875.

David C. Cook is not accepting unsolicited proposals or manuscripts at this time. We will, however, consider proposals submitted through literary agents, as well as proposals submitted in response to select invitations extended at writers' conferences.

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DiskUs Publishing

PO Box 43
Albany, IN 47320
Email: editor@diskuspublishing.com or DiskUsMail@aol.com

Marilyn Nesbitt, Editor
Carol Davis, Senior Editor
Alice Schurch, Senior Acquisitions Editor
Meridith Bertrum, Acquisitions Editor

At this time, DiskUs is not accepting submissions.  Check their guidelines page to see when they start taking them again.

DiskUs is a royalty paying publisher of works for sale in electronic format.  They do not pay advances.

They publish Romance (all categories) Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery and Suspense, Western, Action and Adventure, Mainstream, Children's and Young adult novels. They may also be interested in poetry if you have enough to fill a book. ABSOLUTELY NO EROTICA

You may email your query to editor@DiskUsPublishing.com.  Include short synopsis in body of the email and first three chapters as an attachment in .doc, .rtf or .txt format.

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Dorchester Publishing*

105 East 34th St.
Box 176
New York, NY 10016
(212) 725-8811
fax (212) 532-1054

Established 1971.

3/14/2012:  (from Publisher's Weekly):  Following up on our report last week on the Dorchester's deep financial woes and foreclosure by its owner John Backe, company ceo Robert Anthony sent a letter to authors and agents, obtained by Kristin Nelson and republished on her blog, with further information about the sale process and the status of their office. In the letter Anthony said that Dorchester "has not closed" but due to "challenging economic conditions" they are vacating their offices at 200 Madison Avenue to "become a virtual business," with a delivery box on East 34 Street. "Though the transition was not as seamless as we had hoped, our phone lines are back in and our email is still fully operational."

Anthony also said Dorchester is "currently in the process of entertaining offers from reputable publishing companies and look forward to making an announcement shortly," reiterating what we reported last week. "We recognize a sale to a strong publisher is in your best interest and look forward to informing you as soon as we close a deal." Anthony also apologized for the lack of communication, but did not give any information about outstanding debts and royalties owed to authors.

12/1/2011:  Chris Keesler has left Dorchester leaving them with no editors.  Read more here.

Dorchester Publishing announced that it will be moving from mass-market to trade paperback format using print-on-demand technology.  Initially, books will be available in digital format.  Dorchester authors have reported to RWA that they have not received royalties from this company per their contractual agreements.

8/20/2010:  Leah Hultenschmidt and Don D'Auria have been laid off.  Chris Kessler is the only remaining editor at Dorchester.

8/2010:  Dorchester will now only publish e-books and POD effective with their September releases.  Read Publisher's Lunch Deluxe.

They are currently acquiring only the following: romance, horror, Westerns, and thrillers.

Authors should attach their full manuscript in a Word or .rtf document, along with a 3- to 7-page synopsis.  Submissions should be sent to submissions@dorchesterpub.com

Snail mail queries are still accepted. Submit synopsis and first three chapters only—no complete manuscripts unless specifically requested.

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The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group*
(formerly Waterbrook Multnomah)
a division of Random House

12265 Oracle Blvd., Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
(719) 590-4999
(719) 590-8977 (fax)

Their list includes compelling books with life-changing messages with inspiring works of fiction for adults and children.

Send proposals to Fiction Manuscript Review.  At this time, they only accept proposals through literary agents.  They accept partials with synopsis and multiple submissions.

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Dragon Moon Press*

3521 43A Ave.
Red Deer, AB T4N 3E9
Canada

Gwen Gades

Email:  publisher@dragonmoonpress.com

Established 1993

Currently closed to submissions.

They prefer manuscripts targeted to the adult market or the upper border of YA. No middle grade or children’s literature.  They prefer fantasy, paranormal, soft sci-fi and gentle horror.

They
are only accepting solicited manuscripts via referral from their authors and partners.

Send query to eic@dragonmoonpress.com with the subject line of BOOK SUBMISSION.  Your query MUST include your name and email address in the body of your email, along with title, genre and word count, a brief 1-2 paragraph interesting synopsis of your story and any relevant credits you may have.

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Egmont USA*

443 Park Avenue South, Room 806
New York, NY 10016
212-685-0102

Elizabeth Law
Regina Griffin
Greg Ferguson
Alison Weiss

They accept solicited manuscripts.  Looking for young adult and middle grade fiction/nonfiction.

Egmont USA is not currently able to accept unsolicited submissions; they only accept submissions from literary agents. If you are looking to be published, you might try the Literary Marketplace or contact the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

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Ellora's Cave*

1056 Home Ave.
Akron, OH 44310-3502
Email:  submissions@ellorascave.com

Raelene Gorlinsky, Publisher

Established 2000.

Ellora's Cave is always open for submissions in all our genres.

Cerridwen Press is currently open by invitation only. No unsolicited submissions.

Send a file (doc or rtf) containing first three and final chapters and detailed synopsis to: Ellora’s Cave (erotic romances) or Cerridwen Press (mainstream genre fiction): submissions@ellorascave.com. No paper submissions.

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Entangled

Heather Howland, Managing Editor
Marie Loggia-Kee, Editor
Tracy March, Editor
Liz Pelletier, Editor
Caroline Phipps, Editor
Kerri-Leigh Grady, Assistant Editor
Libby Murphy, Assistant Editor

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2/13/2012 (courtesy of Cindi Myers):

Entangled Publishing has a new submissions system that allows authors to submit their work via a web form, then track that submission, reading editor’s comments, etc. If you’ve previously submitted to Entangled and have not heard anything on your submission, you should resubmit using the new form. You can read all about the new process here.

6/20/2012 (courtesy of Cindi Myers): 

Entangled Publishing’s editors have revealed their latest wish list of books they’d love to see cross their desks. Here’s a sampling:

Stacy Abrams and the team at Flirts, Ever Afters and Bliss: “unique” paranormal YA; high-concept YA historical with a strong hook; friendship fiction with a wide cast of characters and series possibilities; high stakes, high-tension suspense, both adult and YA; a horror novellas series for Ever-After. For Bliss, she’d love to see military or cowboy heros, reunion romances and Valentine’s stories.

Heather Howland: Books for the new Brazen line — friends to lovers, intimate strangers, revenge, enemies-to-lovers. Intense YA thrillers; a hero-focused, dark and gritty paranormal series; and contemporary YA romance.

Liz Pelletier is looking for paranormal submissions for Entangled’s new Covet line: dark, tortured heroes: a cross-species marriage-of-convenience; vampire enemies-to-lovers; light and funny paranormal.

Libby Murphy edits for Indulgence and Entangled: geek heroes; athlete heroes (especially hockey); stories with humor and emotion; witty banter; bad boys; quirky heroines. Anyone have Bridget Jones meets Indiana Jones? For Entangled single titles, she’d love strong women’s fiction, humorous cozy mysteries or high concept contemporary romance.

Kerri-Leigh Grady edits Flirts and Ever Afters: smart romantic comedy, Regency romance, romantic horror, a paranormal marriage or convenience, super sexy romance with strong tropes such as friends to lovers or marriage of convenience, and a protector/special forces romance.

Alethea Spiridon-Hopson is looking for these stories for Indulgence:  political scandal, matchmaking, revenge. Crackling chemistry and a hero she can’t refuse.

Adrien Luc-Sanders acquires for Flirts and Ever Afters: chilling horror with a romantic twist; futuristic, hard sci-fi steampunk; mainstream stories with LGBT or POC characters that aren’t charicatures; “Twisted, gritty, entirely messed-the-hell up contemporaries that aren’t afraid to show the uglier sides of human nature, as long as they find redemption and romance.”

Ruth Homrighaus: Funny books with strong romantic tropes; cowboys!; forbidden love; a nanny and single dad story; road trips!; historicals — how about Australia, or early 20-th century U.S.? flappers or WWII anyone?

Tracy Montoya edits for Dead Sexy: stories with realistic forensic or legal detail; gritty, dark stories; intrigue and puzzles; reunion stories; multicultural stories; historical suspense.

Rochelle French is also looking for Dead Sexy stories: a small town, romantic thriller; cozy romantic mystery; quirky characters in a caper with a strong romance; winter holiday-themed romantic suspense.

For all the details, go here.

12/7/2011 (courtesy of Cindi MyersEntangled is looking for stories featuring geeks for a 2012 anthology. The stories should be 20,000 to 40,000 words and contain strong romantic elements, but may be any sub-genre of romance, including science fiction or fantasy romance.  A geek must be the primary character, whether professor or starship engineer.  Find the submissions guidelines here.

Entangled is an exclusive, boutique publisher of romantic fiction bridging the gap between traditional and indie publishing models with an in-house marketing department. Because they invest a considerable amount of time and money in every book they acquire, they are highly selective with their
acquisitions. If you have a compelling premise, a compulsively readable voice, and the drive to succeed, they want to hear from you.

Seeking novels and novellas in the following subgenres of romantic
fiction:  Paranormal and Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Contemporary and Romantic Suspense, Upper ³YA² (17-22 yo protags) that will appeal to older teens and young 20-somethings.

All submissions must have strong romantic elements. Novels should be between 70,000 and 120,000 words, while novellas should be between 20,000 and 40,000 words. Revised backlist titles will be considered on a case by case basis.

Submit a one-page query letter via email containing your genre, title, word count, a brief blurb about the book, and any pertinent writing credentials,  the first five (5) double-spaced pages and where they can find you on the web (links will do).  Send your email to submissions@entangledpublishing.com

Established authors are welcome to query with a standard proposal package.

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eXtasy Books*

P.O. Box 2146
Garibaldi Highlands, BC  V0N 1T0
Canada

Jay Austin
Tina Haveman

Currently seeking novella to full-length novels in all adult genres: romance, sensual romance, BDSM, G/L/B, interracial, African/American, Alternate Lifestyles, Gay/Lesbian, and any and all combinations thereof. They embrace the unusual and original, and are interested in all heat levels. If it's outside the box, feel free to send it. (i.e. 20,000 words and above.) 

They accept electronic submissions only. All submissions must be directed to: submissions@extasybooks.com.  No multiple submissions.

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Five Star Press*

 

Five Star Publishing will consider manuscripts from 65,000 to 120,000 words in length. Manuscripts above or below this word count may be acceptable, but only for an exceptional submission. All material must be the author’s own original work, and material that has been previously published in any form (including electronic) will not be considered. They do not accept: Romance, Women’s Fiction, Nonfiction, Westerns, Poetry, Memoirs, Autobiographies, Short Story Collections, or Children’s and Young Adult literature.

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Freya's Bower*

P.O. Box 4897
Culver City, CA 90231-4897
(
424) 258-0897

Email:  submit@freyasbower.com

They are closed to submissions until January 1, 2011.

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Genesis Press*

P.O. Box 101
Columbus, MS 39703-0101
(662) 329-9927
fax (662) 329-9399

Nyani Colom, Acquisitions Editor
Angelique Justin, Acquisitions Editor

Genesis Press Inc. is the home of Indigo Romance, the nation’s leading line of African-American romance novels.

Send a query letter, a 2-3 page (and no longer) synopsis of the entire manuscript, and the first three chapters. Do not send query letters first; they cannot tell whether they  will be interested without a portion of the manuscript.  They do accept unagented material and multiple submissions

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Grand Central Publishing*
(formerly Warner Books)

a division of Hachette Book Group USA

237 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
(212) 364-1200
fax (212) 364-0928

Amy Pierpont, editorial director,
Karen Kosztolnyik, senior editor
Selina McLemore, editor
Michele Bidelspach, assistant editor
Celia Johnson, assistant editor
Alex Logan, editorial assistant
Latoya Smith, editorial assistant

Established 1970.

8/2011 (Courtesy of Cindi MyersForever is the romance imprint of Grand Central Publishing. The editors there are open to all sub-genres of romance. They take only agented submissions, unless you have met with an editor at a conference and she has requested you send your material. They discussed more details about what they’re looking for:

In historical romance, they want sensual stories with strong emotion and well-developed characters. These stories should have real conflict, not a mere misunderstanding. Popular time periods include Regency, Victorian, Georgian. Settings should be English or Scottish. Series potential is a plus.

 For contemporaries, they like both sweet and sexy stories. The stories should have strong emotional conflict. They like small town settings with a community of characters. The secondary cast of these stories is important. And cowboys sell well and are always a plus.

Romantic suspense stories should be sensual and have a strong romantic conflict. The editors like well-developed characters – alpha heroes and savvy heroines. These stories should have fast-paced action and spine-tingling suspense.

Paranormal romance should be dark and sensual – “the hotter the better.” These are hero-driven stories, preferably with series potential. They want “new twists on old favorites.” Vampire, werewolves and shape-shifters still sell, but psychic powers are good too. They’re also interested in historical paranormals and steampunk.

They accept only agented submissions, and will return unsolicited query letters, proposals, and manuscripts.

Publishes single-title contemporary romance, historical romance, suspense and paranormals.

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Granite Publishing & Distribution LLC*

868 North 1430 West
Orem, UT 84057
(801) 229-9023
Fax (801) 229-1924

Terry Harper

Established 1995.

Granite Publishing and Distribution is seeking inspirational manuscripts that will support and promote values of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Send manuscript with cover letter and SASE.

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Guideposts Books*

16 East 34th Street
12th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Linda Cunningham
Beth Adams
Lindsay Guzzardo

Looking for compelling storylines, authentic characters, no explicit sexual scenes, must in inspirational in tone, characters can have a person relationship with God.  Minimum 60,000 words.

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Hardshell Word Factory*
an imprint of Mundania Press

PO Box 161
8946 Loberg Rd.
Amherst Jct. WI 54407
Phone: (715) 824-5542
Fax: (715) 824-3875
Email: books@hardshell.com

Mary Z. Wolf, Publisher
Michele R. Bardsley, Senior Editor
Lynn Hansen, Senior Editor
Melanie Flees, Editorial Assistant

Hard Shell Word Factory is a royalty paying publisher of works by established and new authors, for sale in electronic format from their site as downloads or disks-in-the-mail, as well as mail order.  They publish book-length quality non-fiction and fiction--Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Western, Historical,  Mainstream, Young Adult and Children\'s books.

Hard Shell Word Factory is currently closed to submissions except for their currently contracted authors. As soon as they know when they'll reopen submissions, they'll post the information on their guidelines page.

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Harlequin*

Harlequin Books/MIRA - Canada

225 Duncan Mill Road
Don Mills
Ontario, Canada M3B 3K9
(416) 445-5860
fax (416) 445-8655

Harlequin Books/Kimani/Love Inspired - New York

233 Broadway
Suite 1001
New York, NY 10279
(212) 553-4200

Harlequin Mills & Boon LTD - United

Editorial Department
Eton House, 18-24 Paradise Road
Richmond, Surrey TW9 1SR
United Kingdom
011-44-020-8288-2800
fax 011-44-020-8288-2898

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Harlequin Books

Birgit Davis-Todd, Executive Editor (Toronto)
Laura Barth, Editorial Assistant

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Carina Press
a division of Harlequin

225 Duncan Mill Road, 6th Floor
Don Mills, Ontario
M3B 3K9
CANADA
(416) 445-5860

Farah Mullick, Director
Angela James, Senior Editor

5/30/2012  (from Cindy Myers Market News)The editors at Carina Press recently shared their preferences, and the types of manuscripts they’d like to see on their desks, through their blog. Some highlights:

Rhonda Helms is really interested in stories with strong multi-cultural elements, really funny romance, steampunk, westerns, historical novels featuring real historical figures, stories with mythological elements and futuristic stories, to name a few of the many subjects she’d like to see.

Melissa Johnson would love to see romances that cross class or cultural lines.

Alissa Davis likes geeky beta heroes, runaway brides, m/m fantasy romance, erotic historical romance and medical romance, to name a few of the subjects that capture her attention.

Mallory Braus would love to see your zombie hunter romance, your 19th or 20th century historical mystery, a story with a psychic FBI agent, and stories with quirky characters.

Alison Dasho would love a funny fantasy adventure, dark  mystery and crime (maybe the aftermath of a kidnapping) and “complicated” contemporary romance.

Denise Nielsen would love a dark, edgy Edwardian or Victorian novel or a jazz age historical. On the contemporary side, she likes unlikely heros and heroines, and modern reinterpretations of myths and legends.

Jeff Seymour likes stories that don’t fit neatly into a genre, as well as short, fast-paced adventures with series potential.

Deborah Nemeth looks for interesting sleuths around which to build a mystery series, m/m romance, epic fantasy, strong contemporary romance, unusual historicals and steampunk.

Angela James is taking on very few new clients, but she would love to find a 70,000 word erotic contemporary, a space opera, sports-themed contemporary romances and contemporary romance trilogies.

For more details, read the complete blog post here.  And you’ll find Carina Press’s writers’ guidelines here.

Carina Press is now accepting submissions for their digital-first publishing line in all genres of romance, erotica, science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, women’s fiction, and more.

Carina Press will consider shorter length stories between 15,000 to 50,000 words, genre novels between 50,000 to 100,000 words and longer and complex narratives of over 100,000 words. They expect to publish a majority of romance and erotic romance but are also very interested in women’s fiction, science fiction, fantasy, futuristic, mystery, thrillers, horror, and niches.  No young adult, non-fiction or poetry.

Carina Press will also acquire books that have been previously released in print form, but for which the author has either retained digital rights or had digital rights revert to them. Please contact: submissions@carinapress.com

Submit queries for only completed, fully polished manuscripts. In the subject line of your query, please type manuscript name, author name, genre.  See guidelines for detailed instructions.   Submissions should be sent to submissions@carinapress.com.

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Harlequin Digital First

Stories can be any word length above 10,000 words.  They are not seeking previously published material; however, they are open to self-published material.  Acquiring editorial for new digital series, including:

Please submit only completed, fully polished manuscripts along with a query/cover letter and synopsis. In the subject line of your query, please type the manuscript title, your name and the genre of the manuscript. Queries must include the following and will not be reviewed if any piece is missing:

  1. A brief, introductory query letter including genre, word count and a short description of the book, as well as any pertinent information about the author, including both legal name and pen name and any writing credits.
  2. The full manuscript saved as an RTF file and attached, with file name TITLE_MANUSCRIPT where you substitute your book's title in place of TITLE.
  3. A 2–5 page synopsis of the book detailing character development, plot and conflict/story resolution. Attach as an RTF file with file name TITLE_SYNOPSIS where you substitute your book's title in place of TITLE.

Please be sure to put the following information on the first page of all files: manuscript name, author pen name/legal name, email address, phone number, genre and word count.

Submissions should be sent to Submit_HDigital@Harlequin.com.

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Harlequin American (Toronto)

Kathleen Scheibling, Senior Editor
Johanna Raisanen, Editor
Dana Hopkins, Editorial Assistant

American Romance features heartwarming romances with strong family elements. These are stories about the pursuit of love, marriage and family in America today. 

Most important is a focus on romance and a clear sense of romantic conflict between the hero and the heroine. There must be realistic obstacles that keep them apart, and overcoming these obstacles is what leads them to a happily ever after.

American Romances can vary in tone, from sweet to humorous to intensely emotional. But there must always be enough drama and tension to keep the pages turning—after all, what could be more dramatic than family?

55,000 - 60,000 computer word count

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Harlequin Blaze (Toronto)

Kathryn Lye, Editor
Dana Hopkins, Editorial Assistant

The series features sensuous, highly romantic, innovative stories that are sexy in premise and execution. The tone of the books can run from fun and flirtatious to dark and sensual. Writers can push the boundaries in terms of characterization, plot and explicitness. Submissions should have a very contemporary feel — what it's like to be young and single today. Heroes and heroines should be in their early 20s and up. They want to see an emphasis on the physical relationship developing between the couple: fully described love scenes along with a high level of fantasy, playfulness and eroticism are needed.

55,000 - 60,000 computer word count

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Harlequin Desire (New York)

Stacy Boyd, Senior Editor
Charles Griemsman, Associate Editor
Shana Smith, Associate Editor

Powerful, passionate and provocative contemporary romances set against a backdrop of wealth, privilege and glamour.  Juicy, intense, dramatic storylines with a highly sensual feel.  Stories can be set throughout the world, but should not feel exotic.  No paranormal or romantic suspense stories.

50,000 - 55,000 computer word count

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Harlequin Heartwarming (Toronto)

Victoria Curran, Senior Editor
Laura Barth, Associate Editor
Dana Grimaldi, Editorial Assistant

They want plots that unfold in a wholesome style and voice that excludes explicit sex or nudity, pre-marital sex, profanity, or graphic depictions of violence: references to violent incidents in the past are acceptable if they contribute to character development

Physical interactions (i.e. kissing/hugging) should emphasize emotional tenderness rather than sexual desire or sensuality: low level of sexual tension; characters should not make love unless they are married

No paranormal

No explicit religious or Christian content

70-75,000 word count allows for breadth and complexity of story, and development of compelling sub-plots.

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Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical (London)

Linda Fildew, Senior Editor
Sally Williamson, Editor
Charlotte Ledger, Editorial Assistant

Richly textured, emotionally intense novels set across a wide range of historical periods - ancient civilisations up to and including Second World War.  Strong and dynamic characters with believable, relatable conflicts, appropriate for the time in which they are set.  All levels of sensuality are considered.  Variety is key in this line – from ancient Greece to the Wild West and all the way through to the mid-twentieth century.

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Harlequin Historical Undone

Linda Fildew, Senior Editor
Sally Williamson, Editor
Megan Haslam, Editorial Assistant

If you've always wanted to write for Harlequin Historical, but were daunted by the length, now is your chance to submit something shorter!  Length:  10,000 - 15,000 words.  e-Book format only.

In Historical Undone they are looking for a high level of sensuality that flows naturally out of the plotline. There should be a strong emotional basis to the heightened attraction—it's vital the reader can believe in the intense emotion driving the characters as their relationship develops. These stories should be hot, sexy and subtly explicit without the lovemaking being vulgar or gratuitous.

They are also open to slightly different elements from those normally found in Harlequin Historical books. Please feel that you can explore aspects of the paranormal and time travel.

You do not need to be agented to send material to them. They are actively looking for talented new authors and wish you every success with your submissions.

Only complete manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered—no partials or queries, please. Submissions should be sent as a Word-compatible attachment. Submissions should also follow standard formatting guidelines and should be double-spaced and typed in a clear, legible font on numbered pages. Author name and title should appear as a header or footer on each page.

Historical Undone e-mail address: undone@harlequin.ca

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Harlequin HQN (New York)

Tara Parsons, Senior Editor
Margo Lipschultz, Editor
Emily Ohanjanians, Associate Editor
Leonore Waldrip, Editorial Assistant

HQN publishes romance in all subgenres - historical, contemporary, romantic suspense, paranormal - as long as the story's central focus is romance.  The imprint is looking for a wide range of authors from known romance stars to first-time authors. At the moment, they are accepting only agented submissions - unagented authors may send a query letter to determine if their project suits their needs.

Word count 90,000 words

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Harlequin Intrigue (New York)

Denise Zaza, Senior Editor
Allison Lyons, Editor
Dana Hamilton, Editorial Assistant

1/30/2013: (Courtesy of Cindi Myers):  Harlequin Intrigue is looking for some darker, sexier, edgier stories for Harlequin Intrigue Noir. From the Guidelines: “ we want authors to push the boundaries of the traditional romance with gritty stories of contemporary romantic suspense. Hard-boiled crime and dangerous situations are foreplay for your hot, hot heroes and sophisticated heroines. Here there are no restrictions to their steamy and risky encounters. Revamped, revved up and replete with graphic details—that’s the Harlequin Intrigue Noir crime story that we want.” Details here.

Taut, edge-of-the-seat contemporary romantic suspense tales of intrigue and desire. Crime-solving and a complex mystery are at the foundation of every Intrigue series romance novel.  Well motivated hero and heroine must work together in a high-stakes, fast-paced framework to resolve the mystery .  The hero and heroine must share a palpable physical and emotional attraction throughout.  Subplots should be kept to a minimum.  Kidnappings, stalkings, women in jeopardy coupled with bestselling romantic themes are examples of story lines they love most.

55,000 - 60,000 computer word count

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Harlequin Kimani Press (New York)

Glenda Howard, Executive Editor
Shannon Criss, Editorial Assistant

Kimani Press is proud to publish a variety of outstanding mainstream fiction titles that predominately feature African-American characters. Their editorial features a broad range of genres such as: commercial women's fiction, historical fiction and romantic suspense. Kimani Press is our flagship imprint and only previously published authors who have established a strong fan base will be given serious consideration for this line.

80,000 - 85,000 computer word count

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 Harlequin Kimani Arabesque Romance

Glenda Howard, Executive Editor
Evette Porter, Editor
Shannon Criss, Editorial Assistant

Arabesque single-title romances offer contemporary, sophisticated and entertaining love stories that feature realistic African-American characters who resolve conflicts in their relationship, typically involving issues of trust, compatibility or their outlook on life, with satisfying endings.

The characters in Arabesque may reflect several points of view and the stories can cover a wide variety of subgenres including romantic comedy, romantic suspense or romantic thrillers. However, contemporary romance is what Arabesque publishes—not women's fiction.

The hero and heroine should be single—recently divorced (not just separated), widowed or coming out of a relationship. They should not be sexually or emotionally involved with anyone else at the beginning of the novel.  The heroine should not be pregnant before marriage.  The hero and heroine should not be married to each other at the beginning of the novel.

75,000 - 85,000 computer word count

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Harlequin Kimani Romance (New York)

Tracy Sherrod, Senior Editor
Shannon Criss, Assistant Editor
Maria Ribas, Editorial Assistant

Harlequin Kimani Romance offers sexy, dramatic, sophisticated and entertaining love stories. It is the first and only series category romance line that features African American characters exclusively. The memorable characters work through compelling emotional conflicts on their way to committed and satisfying relationships, loving unions that last a lifetime. Sexy, dramatic, sophisticated and captivating love stories. Level of sensuality ranging from moderately sensual to super sexy. The core focus should be on the developing romantic relationship between the heroine and hero.

50,000 - 60,000 computer word count

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Harlequin Kimani TRU (New York)

Glenda Howard, Executive Editor
Evette Porter, Editor
Shannon Criss, Editorial Assistant

Fiction imprint targeted to a younger audience of African-American readers between the ages of 14–20.  Want books that young African-American readers can relate to, books that illustrate real-life situations they encounter without being preachy or naive. These stories will reflect current trends in pop culture as well as storylines taken straight from the headlines. Kimani TRU stories will explore various subjects, including teenage sexual activity, drug use, anti-achievement peer pressure, growing up in a single-parent home as well as the usual teenage angst that is part of any coming-of-age story for African Americans. Most important, Kimani TRU novels will focus on relationships: those with peers, family members, love interests and with other adults that influence the characters' lives.

60,000 - 70,000 computer word counter

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Harlequin KISS (London)

Bryony Green, Senior Editor
Meg Lewis, Editor
Flo Nicoll, Assistant Editor
Laurie Prescott, Editorial Assistant

KISS is sharply contemporary, glossy and chic, attracting readers who enjoy a short hit of romantic excitement with a thoroughly modern twist! Smart and stylish, sweet or sexy, these stories offer fun, flirty reads featuring smart, sassy heroines, equally matched by 21st century alpha heroes!  Contemporary romance series with a range of sensuality – they're looking for authors who can convey that young urban feel with sparkling characters and simmering tension - either with or without the hot sex!.  This series is all about the 21st century alpha male hero!

50,000 words

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Harlequin Love Inspired (New York)

Melissa Endlich, Senior Editor
Emily Rodmell, Editor
Rachel Burkot, Assistant Editor
Shana Smith, Assistant Editor

Contemporary inspirational romances that feature Christian characters facing the many challenges of life and love in today's world. Relationships that emphasize emotional intimacy rather than sexual desire. Each story should focus on an emotional and satisfying romance, with a sustained conflict. Mandatory faith element that is integral to story and shows rather than tells, avoiding didactic, preachy tone or doctrinal language. Family and community are strong features of this line. No graphic violence or pre-marital sex within the course of the story. No drugs or alcohol consumption, gambling, or profanity by Christian characters.

55,000 - 60,000 computer word count

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Harlequin Love Inspired Historical Romance (New York)

Tina James, Senior Editor
Emily Rodmell,Editor
Elizabeth Mazur, Associate Editor
Emily Brown, Editorial Assistant

This brand in the Steeple Hill imprint is a series of historical romances featuring Christian characters facing the many challenges of life and love in a variety of historical time periods.  Love Inspired Historical should be complex stories rich in period detail that will sweep readers into the past and absorb them from page one. They are open to seeing manuscripts set in the following time periods: biblical fiction, Americana (e.g., Westerns, post-Civil War, etc.), European historical eras (e.g., Tudor, Regency and Victorian England, 18th-century Scotland, etc.) and 20th century (turn of the century through World War II). We are also interested in stories featuring missionaries abroad in exotic locations during various historical periods.

70,000 - 75,000 computer word count

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Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense (New York)

JTina James, Senior Editor
Emily Rodmell, Editor
Elizabeth Mazur, Associate Editor
Emily Brown, Editorial Assistant

Edge-of-the-seat, contemporary romantic suspense tales of intrigue and romance featuring Christian characters facing challenges to their faith…and to their lives. Riveting romantic suspense stories with a Christian worldview and wholesome values. Stories focused equally on gripping suspense and strong compelling romance. Heroes and heroines who work together to solve the mystery or overcome the shared danger. Relationships that emphasize emotional intimacy rather than sexual desire. Mandatory faith element that is integral to story and shows rather than tells, avoiding didactic, preachy tone or doctrinal language. No drug or alcohol consumption, gambling, profanity or pre-marital sex by Christian characters within the course of the story. No graphic violence.

55,000 - 60,000 computer word count

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Harlequin LUNA Books (New York)

Tara Parsons,  Executive Editor
Margo Lipschultz, Editor
Emily Ohanjanians, Associate Editor
Leonore Waldrip, Editorial Assistant

LUNA Books delivers a compelling, female-focused fantasy with vivid characters, rich worlds, strong, sympathetic women and romantic subplots.  They want emotionally complex, sweeping stories that highlight the inner female power. Whether the heroine is on a quest to save the world — or someone or something important to her — discover her past or develop her own abilities, these stories are involving, gripping and sweep the reader away into a detailed, convincing world. These books also contain romantic subplots that enhance the main story but don't become the focus of the novel.

100,000 - 120,000 computer word count

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Harlequin Heartsong Presents (New York)

Kathy Davis, Acquisitions Editor
Emily Brown, Editorial Assistant

Contemporary and historical inspirational romances with an evangelical Christian worldview focusing on faith, hope and love. Sweet love stories with a conservative, evangelical Christian worldview. Contemporary romances should be set in present day but not dated; historical romances should be set prior to and during WWII. A character's faith must be evident in their daily lives, such as through prayer, bible study, fellowship, and ministry. Stories should end with a wedding or a bridal scene. No divorced heroes or heroines. No drugs, alcohol, gambling, profanity or immodest dress. No dancing in contemporary stories. No graphic violence or sex within the course of the story.

45,000 - 50,000 words

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Harlequin/Mills & Boon Medical Romance (London)

Sheila Hodgson, Senior Editor
Megan Haslam, Assistant Editor
Caroline Kirkpatrick, Editorial Assistant

In Medical Romance you'll find the trademark devilishly alluring doctors—as well as the highs and the lows, warmth and passions, of medical life! Medical Romance is first and foremost about heart-racing romance, with the added bonus of pulse-raising medical drama that throws heroes and heroines together…even when they might not want to be!

Word count 50,000.

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Harlequin MIRA Books (Toronto and New York)

Valerie Gray, Executive Editor
Erika Imranyi, Editor
Miranda Indrigo, Editor
Susan Swinwood, Editor
Michelle Venditti, Editorial Assistant

MIRA Books is proud to provide a broad range of outstanding mainstream fiction for readers around the world. Their editorial features a variety of genres: commercial women's fiction, literary fiction, historical fiction, romantic suspense, paranormal fiction and thrillers. MIRA Books publishes in mass market paperback, trade and hardcover formats.

All submissions must be presented through an agent.

90,000 - 100,000 computer word count

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Harlequin Nocturne (New York)

Ann Leslie Tuttle, Senior Editor
Dana Hamilton, Editorial Assistant

Dark, sexy, atmospheric paranormal romances that feature larger-than-life characters struggling with life-and-death issues.  Themes include vampires, werewolves, shape-shifters, Native American and Greek mythology and fairy kingdoms.  Strong sexual/sensual overlay.  The hero is a key figure—powerful, mysterious and totally attracted to the heroine.

Word count 80,000 - 85,000.

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Harlequin Nocturne Cravings (New York)

Tara Gavin, Senior Executive Editor
Ann Leslie Tuttle, Senior Editor
Dana Hamilton, Editorial Assistant

Harlequin Nocturne is looking to acquire bold, exciting, erotic paranormal romance short stories for its eBook program, Nocturne Cravings. These stories should be fast-paced paranormals with strong erotic fantasy and danger elements. Authors should feel comfortable exploring any and all sexual scenarios and shouldn't shy away from graphically sensual situations. In fact, the short stories should contain many erotic scenes that compel and bind the characters together. Looking for stories of vampires, shape-shifters, werewolves, psychic powers, etc. set in contemporary times. Stories should deliver a dark, highly sensual read that will entertain readers and take them from everyday life into an atmospheric, complex world filled with characters struggling with life-and-death issues. A strong alpha hero is of utmost importance—he should be powerful, mysterious and totally attractive to the heroine.

All stories should be capable of standing alone; all loose ends need to be tied up, and the relationship between hero and heroine should resolve itself in a satisfying manner.

For published authors, this line is a great way to explore more erotic scenarios and different fantasy elements. Unpublished authors are welcome as well.

Only complete manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered from unpublished authors; no partials or queries, please. Submissions should be sent as a Word-compatible attachment.

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Harlequin Presents/Mills & Boon Modern Romance (London)

Joanne Grant, Senior Editor
Carly Byrne, Associate Editor
Pippa Roscoe, Editorial Assistant
Laura McCallen, Editorial Assistant

50,000 computer word count

These stories are all about passion and escape—glamorous international settings, captivating women and the seductive, tempting men who want them.  Modern Romance is the last word in sensual and emotional excitement. Readers are whisked away to exclusive jet-set locations to experience smoldering intensity and red-hot desire.Actively recruiting new authors for the Modern and Modern Extra series

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Harlequin Romance/Mills & Boon Romance (Cherish & Riva) (London)

Byrony Green, Senior Editor
Meg Lewis, Editor
Flo Nicoll, Assistant Editor
Laurie Prescott, Editorial Assistant

50,000 computer word count

Harlequin Romance stories are all about real, relatable women and strong, deeply desirable men experiencing the intensity, anticipation and sheer rush of falling in love.  The main focus of each story is the romance itself – the story is the romance!  The heroine is key in this series.  These stories are high on emotional and sensual tension but have no explicit sexual detail.

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Harlequin Romantic Suspense (New York)

Patience Bloom, Senior Editor
Rachel Berkot, Assistant Editor
Allison Carroll, Editorial Assistant

These novels are romance-focused stories with a suspense element. Powerful romances are at the heart of each story, and the additional elements of excitement, adventure and suspense play out between complex characters.  Harlequin Romantic Suspense novels are fueled by the romance and not the suspense.  Big, sweeping romances amid dangerous and suspenseful settings.  A range of sensuality from high to low, as well as romantic and sexual tension.   No paranormal elements

70,000 - 75,000 computer word count

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Harlequin Special Edition (New York)

Gail Chasan, Senior Editor
Susan Litman, Editor
Carly Silver, Editorial Assistant

Sophisticated, substantial and packed with emotion, Special Edition demands writers eager to probe characters deeply, to explore issues that heighten the drama of living and loving, to create compelling romantic plots. Whether the sensuality is sizzling or subtle, whether the plot is wildly innovative or satisfyingly traditional, the novel's emotional vividness, its depth and dimension, should clearly label it a very special contemporary romance. Subplots are welcome, but must further or parallel the developing romantic relationship in a meaningful way.

55,000 - 60,000 computer word count

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Harlequin Spice

Beginning September 1, 2011, their erotic romance and erotic fiction lines–formerly the Spice Books program–will be published within other Harlequin single title imprints.

If you are interested in submitting a work of erotic romance or erotic fiction to us, please consider the writing and submission guidelines for HQN, MIRA Books, and Carina Press to see which imprint is the most suitable for your novel, and how you may send your manuscript to them.

For those of you interested in publishing short erotic fiction or romance, be sure to check out the guidelines for Carina Press, Nocturne Cravings, and Harlequin Historical Undone.

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Harlequin Superromance (Toronto)

Wanda Ottewell, Senior Editor
Megan Long, Associate Editor
Piya Campana, Editorial Assistant

Harlequin Superromance stories are big romance novels filled with intense relationships, real life drama and the kinds of unexpected events that change women's lives forever!  For the Superromance line (one of Harlequin's longest series) they're looking for stories about today's woman in today's world. While the focus should be a strong, involving central romance, they also expect to see the other aspects of your heroine's world. Secondary characters, situations and subplots should all be relevant and believable.

They're also seeking manuscripts with a genuinely individual quality. Harlequin Superromance publishes a variety of story types—Westerns, family sagas, romantic suspense, to name a few. The tones also vary—humorous, dramatic, emotional, suspenseful, etc. And of course, all the popular, familiar story elements—pregnant heroines, secret babies, cowboys—are welcome. Just make sure they're handled in a contemporary way and that you bring something fresh to each plot.

80,000 - 85,000 computer word count

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Harlequin Teen

Natashya Wilson, Senior Editor

Harlequin Teen is…
Fresh, authentic teen fiction featuring extraordinary characters and extraordinary stories set in contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, science-fiction and historical worlds.   All subgenres are welcome.

50,000 - 100,000 computer word count

Currently accepting agented submissions only.

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Harvest House*

990 Owen Loop North
Eugene, OR 97402-9173
(541)343-0123

Established 1974.

Harvest House publishes Christian books.  Their motto is "Books You Can Believe In."

Harvest House no longer accepts or reviews any unsolicited queries, proposals, or manuscripts.  Please visit Christian Manuscript Submissions.

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Henry Holt Books for Young Readers*

175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Publishes books for children through young adult.

Does not accept unsolicited manuscripts or queries.  Please submit via an agent.

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Highland Press*

P.O. Box 2292
High Springs, FL 32655

Leanne Burroughs

ANNOUNCING NEW INSPIRATIONAL/FAMILY LINE!
Actively seeking Inspirational and/or Sweet themed manuscripts. Think Hallmark Hall of Fame, Janette Oke, Little House on the Prairie, etc. Accepting full manuscripts for adults or young adult lines.

Also looking for work 12,000 - 15,000 words for romance-theme anthologies of time-travel, kick-butt heroines, pirates, old west, suspense, regency, World War II, Revolutionary War, Civil War, medical, masquerade in Venice, inspirational, silly laws, paranormal, Halloween, romantic suspense, New Orleans, or the past intruding.

Highland Press is looking for outstanding manuscripts of all time genres—with the exception of erotica. They want historicals similar to what many of us grew up with and fell in love with.  They will also consider well written stories of every time period. They’ve released several Young Adult books, including their first Young Adult inspirational, and are currently working on two children’s picture books.

No email submissions but you can query to Submissions.hp@gmail.com.  If you wish to send a partial query via regular mail, please send the necessary cover letter, brief synopsis, marketing plan, and the first three chapters to the attention of Submissions Department.

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Hodder Headline Publishing Group*
a division of Hachette Books UK

338 Euston Road
London UK
NW1 3BH
0 207 8736000

Nick Sayers, Publishing Director
Ruth Tross, Assistant Editor
Jack Fogg, Editor

Headline has an outstanding track record in publishing both fiction and non-fiction. They handles general fiction and women's fiction.

They will only accept submissions from agents.

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Howard Books*
a division of Simon & Schuste

Acquisitions Editors:
Dave Editor, Senior Editor

Established 1969.

Now a division of Simon & Schuster.  Publishes Christian fiction.  They believe in publishing men and women whose lives and messages are consistent with Christian principles; and whose skill reflects a dedication to being well-read, educated on the subject at hand, experienced in word-crafting, and passionate about the written word.

No unsolicited submissions.  Agented submissions only.

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Hyperion Books for Children*

114 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011

No unsolicited manuscripts. All projects must be submitted by an agent.

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ImaJinn Books*

PO Box 742474
Phoenix, AZ 85087

E-mail: editors@imajinnbooks.com

Linda Kichline, Senior Editor

They are not an electronic publisher.  They publish trade-sized books.  You do not need an agent to submit to them, but you must query first. All queries should include a synopsis no longer than six double-spaced pages. They only accept e-mail queries at editors@imajinnbooks.com.  Indicate in the subject line which genre you're submitting for.

ImaJinn (pronounced Imagine) Books, Inc. publishes supernatural, paranormal, fantasy, and futuristic romances of 70,000 - 90,000 words. We are looking for fast-paced, action-packed romances involving witches, vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, and futuristic in space or on other planet.   They also publisher urban fantasy with a kick-ass heroine.

Currently looking for fast-paced Regency romances of 50,000 - 90,000 words. The Regency period is from 1811-1820, when the Prince Regent assumed his late father’s throne. Regency novels should be set during this period, although certain Regency themes such as the Napoleonic War allow Regency novels to be set back as far as 1800. Only novels set during this period will be considered.

A story or novel appropriate for their erotica line will be, first and foremost, a romance of 30,000 - 90,000 words. They also accept novellas of 15,000 - 30,000 words.  The main plot of the story should be the sensual development of an intimate relationship between one man and one woman, who are both heroic in stature (i.e., possessing high moral standards) and who ultimately make a commitment to each other. In general, they are not looking for multiple partner relationships, although multiple partnerships are acceptable in some storylines, such as societies where there are more men than women or vice versa, but again, these multiple partners must ultimately make a commitment to each other.  They will accept any type of erotica storyline, from contemporary to historical to paranormal, futuristic and fantasy. A successful story will be highly erotic but not pornographic.

They will not consider books currently under contract with an e-publisher because of print-on-demand rights conflicts. If your book is currently under contract with an e-publisher, please do not query them.   

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Inkspell Publishing

18 Scott Court, C-4
Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660

Melissa Keir, Editor
Shilpa Mudiganti, Editor

To submit include a two to four page synopsis in the body of the email.  Put Submission - <genre> - <Title> - <Author>  in the subject line.  Include this information at the end of the email:  name, pen name, website, blog and other places you can be found online.  No attachments!!  Send all submissions to: submissions@inkspellpublishing.com

Looking for novels and novellas in romance, fantasy and YA.  Especially looking for fantasy (paranormal romance, dark fantasy, light fantasy, YA fantasy, urban fantasy, historical fantasy), 20,000 - 80,000 words.

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Juno Books *
an imprint of Pocket Books

9710 Traville Gateway Dr #234
Rockville, MD 20850
301-762-1305

Acquisitions Editor:  Paula Guran

Established 2006.

POCKET JUNO IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO SUBMISSIONS.

The novel must have a strong female protagonist.

This is a fantasy imprint. Techo-thrillers, suspense, crime, science fiction, action-adventure, etc. without an element of the fantastic are not fantasies. Nor are they interested in Young Adult, teen, or children's books. They do not want novelettes, novellas, collections of stories, anthologies, or poetry.

Juno is currently looking for novels from 80,000 to 100,000 words in length. They are interested in fantasy featuring a strong female protagonist set in a contemporary (or a very few years in the future) world quite like ours except for the intersection/transgression of the numinous (that which is "wholly other") with/upon the mundane. This world can be open ("magic", the "supernatural" is known to exist) or closed (where "otherness" is concealed from common knowledge).

This type of "urban fantasy" (sometimes called "paranormal/urban fantasy") is typically crossed with mystery, action/adventure, and horror featuring a woman with supernatural power (or some paranormal connection). Romance/relationship is usually an element in this mix as is humor. They want original, imaginative, well-written novels with fascinating characters interacting in a plausible (if fantastic) world. We aren't particularly interested in characters who feel that violence solves all problems, but they will, if needed, defend who and what they love.*

They are not interested in "paranormal romance" where the plot revolves primarily around a romance. No historical, epic, sword-and-sorcery, low, high, dark, etc. fantasy.

Please submit three chapters (or equivalent sample) and a synopsis.

They accept only e-mailed submissions in .doc or .rtf attached to e-mail. E-mail submission to: submissions@juno-books.com.

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Kensington Publishing Corp.*

119 W. 40th Street, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10018
(212) 407-1500

John Scognamiglio, Editor-in-Chief
Alicia Condon, Editorial Director
Audrey LeFehr, Editorial Director
Selena James, Executive Editor
Meredes Fernandez, Assistant Editor
Peter Senftleben, Assistant Editor
Megan Records, Assistant Editor

6/09:  John Scognamilgio listed #2 of Top Ten Romance/Women's Fiction Editors by Publishers Weekly
Audrey LeFehr listed #5 of Top Ten Romance/Women's Fiction Editors by Publishers Weekly
Kate Duffy listed #10 of Top Ten Romance/Women's Fiction Editors by Publishers Weekly

Send a cover letter that mentions publishing credits and include a three- to five-page synopsis that details the plot points. If you are a first-time author, only completed manuscripts will be considered. If you have been previously published, three sample chapters will be evaluated, provided you submit a copy of your previous book.

You may QUERY ONLY by e-mail. Do not attach manuscripts or proposals to e-mail queries. An editor will respond if he or she is interested in seeing your material based on your query.

John Scognamilgio handles historical romance, women’s contemporary fiction, historical fiction, paranormal romance, urban fantasy, gay fiction and non-fiction, mysteries, suspense, mainstream fiction, memoirs, erotica.

Alicia Condon handles Brava, paranormal and fantasy romance, romantic suspense, historical and contemporary romance, young adult paranormal romance of 80,000 – 100,000 words.

Audrey LeFehr handles women’s fiction, romance, romantic suspense, thrillers, erotica, multicultural fiction.

Selena James handles Dafina Books, African-American fiction and nonfiction, including inspirational, young adult, romance, and pop culture.

Mercedes Fernandez handles Dafina Books, African-American and multicultural fiction, including young adult, romance and inspirational.

Megan Records handles historical romance, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, historical fiction, select women’s fiction.

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Knight Romance Publishing

Kate Richards, Editor-in-Chief
Tess MacKall, Editor
Aureilia Sands, Editor
Mary Rathman, Editor

kNight Romance Publishing is a new publisher of ebooks, trade paperback and mass market paperback novels. They are also the publishers of the online paranormal romance magazine kNight Series OnLine Magazine.  KRP publishes Paranormal Romances, Fantasy, Young Adult romances, Science Fiction and Horror novels.

kNight Romance Publishing only accepts submissions from qualified literary agents.

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Kregel Publications*

P.O. Box 2607
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-2607
616-451-4775
Fax 616-451-9330

Kregel Publications publishes Christian books.  It does not accept unsolicited material for review. They do, however, review summaries from The Writers' Edge and Christian Manuscript Submissions regularly. These manuscript-screening services provide an opportunity for you to share your proposal with over 40 Christian publishers simultaneously for a moderate fee. They also accept query letters from professional literary agents.

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Lachesis Publishing*

c/o Carole Spencer
1787 Cartier court, RR 1
Kingston, Nova Scotia
B0P 1R0 Canada

Louise Bohmer, Editor-in-Chief
Giovanna Lagana, Senior Editor
Margo Humphries
David Lee Summers

Closed to submissions until further notice.

Lachesis Publishing is a royalty-paying publisher of fiction works by authors, new or previously published. They are a print and an ebook publisher.  They do not offer advances, but pay quarterly royalties on retail sales and wholesale orders.

Louise Bohmer handles
horror, all mss in speculative genre, western, science fiction, police procedural, mystery & thrillers.

Giovanna Lagana handles young adult, horror, romance, speculative, contemporary, all other genres.

Margo Humphries handles erotica.

David Lee Summers handles science fiction and fantasy.

Query first at submissions@lachesispublishing.com.   They accept agented and unagented manuscripts and simultaneous submissions.

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LBF Books
imprint of Lachesis Publishing

C/O Carole Spencer
1787 Cartier Court, RR 1
Kingston, Nova Scotia B0P 1R0
Canada

Jodie Lee (Editor-in-Chief)
Giovanna Lagana (Senior Editor)
Margo Humphries
David Lee Summers

CLOSED to all submissions until further notice.

LBF Books publishes all genres except for picture books and young readers as print-on-demand books. 

Jodie Lee handles horror, all mss in speculative genre, police procedural, mystery & thrillers.

Giovanna Lagana handles young adult, children,horror, romance, speculative, contemporary, western.

Margo Humphries handles erotica.

David Lee Summers handles science fiction and fantasy.

Email three chapters, synopsis and marketing plan to submissions@LBFBooks.com.

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Liquid Silver Books*
imprint of Atlantic Bridge Publishing

10509 Sedgegrass Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46235

Tina Burns, Publisher
Tracey West, Acquisitions Editor
Terri Schaefer, Editorial Director
Rachel Fox, Special Projects Director

Established 1999.

Currently accepting all erotic romance genres in three different heat levels. We want to see strong stories that stand on their own if the sex was omitted. We are looking for the build up of passion, the explosion of a sexual relationship between characters, and not just a story with one sex scene after another. Sex in the stories must be descriptive, titillating for the reader, further the plot and be original; no purple prose will be accepted.  Accepting manuscripts of 15,000 words and up.

Email submissions to submissions@liquidsilverbooks.com.

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Llewellyn Worldwide*

Acquisitions Division
2143 Wooddale Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125

Andrew Karre (Flux)

Established 1901.

Llewellyn accepts complete manuscripts and proposals for its two fiction imprints:  Midnight Ink (for adult mystery fiction), and Flux, for young audlts (ages 12 and up) fiction.

Agented submissions are preferred for Midnight Ink.  Submissions and queries are welcome in the form of a Microsoft Word file or PDF attached to an email to submissions@midnightinkbooks.com.

Flux currently accepts electronic submissions only. Please do not send hard copies unless requested.  For Flux, please query before sending a manuscript. Send queries to submissions@fluxnow.com.

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LooseID*

P.O. Box 425960
San Francisco, CA 94142

Treva Hart, Editor-in-Chief
Ann Curtis, Senior Editor
Mary Harper, Senior Editor
Antonia Pearce, Senior Editor
Arica Rai, Junior Editor
Cindy Davis, Editor
Crystal Esau, Editor
G.G. Royale, Editor
Heather Hollis, Editor
Jana Hanson, Editor
Jules Robin, Editor
Maryam, Editor
Sandra Rychel, Editor
Sherri Enoch, Editor

Email:  submissions@loose-id.com

Established 2004.

Loose Id takes romance to the edge: the edge of the genre, the edge of convention, the edge of the abyss. And then we throw it right on in. A Loose Id romance is deliberately, specifically, and insistently erotic. It ought to make you blush and squirm in your seat, while keeping you turning pages because you have to find out what happens next.  

Loose Id is actively acquiring stories of 20,000 - 120,000 words from both aspiring and established authors in the following genres: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense, Gay, Lesbian & Transgendered, Menage & Polyamory, BDSM & Fetish.

Ann Curtis likes FFTP (futuristic, fantasy, time-travel, paranormal), as well as a very well-written suspense or BDSM-themed romance.

Antonia Pearce handles any genre or combination of genres, as long as the manuscript has a strong plot, is well-written, and fits Loose Id guidelines.

Arica Rai prefers menages but likes all genres.

Cindy Davis, Jana Hanson, Mary Harper, Sherri Enoch and Crystal Esau like all genres as well.

G.G. Royale likes science fiction, speculative fiction, steam punk, historical, and BDSM-themed romances.

Heather Hollis likes sci fi, especially epic sci fi, with lots of conflict and intrigue and great world building. But she also enjoys  historicals (all periods, including gothics), ghosts/ghost hunters/mediums, angels, fantasy, time travel, dragons, reincarnation, uncommon magics (voodoo, hoodoo, gypsy magic, Native American mysticism, Egyptian, etc.), and any really well-done, unique vampire material. She likes m/f and m/m equally well, and menages that really mesh (as opposed to being a threesome just for the sake of a threesome) are fair game too. She's not so much into f/f or hard-core BDSM, but she doesn't mind mild elements of either.

Jules Robin likes characters she can really connect with. Throw them in a setting that brings out interesting facets of their personality--historical, futuristic, contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, mystery, etc.--and tell her a story that ratchets up the sexual tension and delivers with a punch. She's a sucker for unusual locations and premises, and loves an author who is willing to think outside the box.

Maryam is particularly interested in multicultural, BDSM, paranormal (loves shifters and vamps) and romantic suspense stories.

Sandra Rychel is particularly interested in those from BDSM-D/s-fetish, historical, multicultural/interracial, nontraditional sexuality, paranormal, time-travel, vampire/shifter, and any combination thereof. She's also intrigued by stories whose plots brush the edges of the dark side.

Send a query letter, synopsis and first three chapters to submissions@loose-id.com.

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Loveland Press*

P.O. Box 7001
360 Logan Ave
Loveland, CO 80537-0001
(800) 593-9557
E-mail: info@LovelandPress.com

Craig Nelsen, Publisher
Sandi Nelsen, Acquisitions Editor

Established 1995.

Loveland Press is an independent, traditional commercial publisher based in Loveland, Colorado. Each of their titles, whether distributed or published by Loveland Press, must meet the absolute highest quality standards of production and content.

They usually accept only agented work.   Standard submission package contains three consecutive chapters and a media kit.  Sharon Sala is the only romance writer they have at the moment. 

Currently looking for published authors with a strong fan base in any genre, westerns (especially those with a "twist" or mystery),  western romance (up to 1880s), romantic humor, romantic mystery (any time period), romantic suspense and how-to's.  Minimum of 85,000 words.

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Medallion Press, Inc.*

1020 Cedar Ave, Ste 216
Saint Charles, IL 60174

Helen Rosburg, Executive Editor

Established 2006.

Medallion Press, Inc., handles all subgenres of romance.  It DOES accept e-mail submissions to submissions@medallionpress.com .  Submissions that do not adhere specifically to the guidelines WILL NOT be considered.

While they do accept simultaneous submissions to other publishers, they request that they be notified of this in the query letter.

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Mundania Press*

6470A Glenway Avenue, #109
Cincinnati, Ohio 45211-5222

Skyla Dawn Cameron, Acquisitions Editor and Senior Editor

Actively looking for unpublished quality manuscripts in the genres of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, horror, and steampunk only. They will consider young adult books as long as they’re in one of the genres we’re looking for.

At a minimum, books must be 30,000 words in length. At a maximum, no more than 120,000. They strongly prefer books around 60-80,000 words. Anything under 60,000 words will be released in ebook format only.

They are no longer accepting short stories.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, however please inform us immediately if your work is contracted elsewhere. Multiple submissions from a single author are also acceptable, though they ask that one novel is sent per email.

Please query if you wish to submit previously published work.

Attach your full manuscript to the email. Manuscript must be in RTF format.  Submissions must be sent to submissions@mundania.com.  They only accept electronic submissions.

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Musa Publishing

Celina Summers, Editorial Director

8/2011 (Courtesy of Cindi Myers Musa Publishing is open to submissions of contemporary and historical romance, erotic romance, horror, historical fiction, mystery, all kinds of speculative fiction including fantasy, science fiction and paranormal and YA. They’re open to all lengths of stories. Check out their detailed submission guidelines here.

The team behind Musa have worked for other epublishers and some of them are authors also.  They pay royalties of 50 percent of the cover price for books sold on the Musa store and 50 percent of net for sales to third-party retailers such as Amazon, Diesel e-books, etc. They plan to release as ebooks first, then trade paper for some titles. Royalty on print copies is 15 percent. Find an explanation of their terms here.

Musa plans to release its first titles in October

Musa Publishing now open for submissions. They will consider submissions of any length from short story to epic novel for all imprints.  For more information about Submissions, visit the Musa Blog.

Musa is a royalty-paying publisher. Musa does not charge fees for set up, printing, or anything else. Money flows to the author, not the other way around. Musa Publishing has a zero tolerance policy toward plagiarism.

With your submission to Musa, please send the following AND ONLY the following to submissions@musapublishing.com :

  1. A query letter, including a synopsis of your story and your publication history if applicable;

  2. a full synopsis of your story and the first twenty pages of your manuscript EMBEDDED IN THE EMAIL.

They will consider reprints to rights reverted stories. They do not accept multiple submissions.

They will not open attachments, and will send an email rejecting you for not following our submission guidelines. Most writers don't realize that this instruction is your first test with any publication.  They will not open any attachments in your query email. Ever.

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MuseItUp Publishing

Canada

Actively seeking the following for MuseItUp and MuseItHOT: young adult, romance (for mainstream), vampires and other undead creatures , cozy mysteries, thrillers, tween chapter books (for boys especially). 

MuseItHOT Publishing is seeking romance erotica for our Short ‘N Spicey lineup for 2012. Stories can be anywhere between 3000 – 20,000 words. Please send your full ms with a short synopsis as attachments to sub.musepub@gmail.com with Short ‘N Spicey on the subject heading. Stories can be in any genre but must include a romantic theme. Can be F/M, F/F, M/M.  Please include in your submission which of the three heat levels your story falls under (see guidelines). 

Also seeking Christmas stories for their 2012 publication in both their mainstream and erotica divisions.

See specific editor wants here.

They handle romance, fantasy-paranormal, mystery, suspense, thriller, young adult, tween chapter books (MuseItYoung), horror, dark fiction, science fiction, erotica (MuseItHOT).

Seeking quality work, not first drafts, ranging from 3,000 words minimum to novel length. They are currently NOT seeking: short story collections or anthologies, poetry, nonfiction, or stories written by more than two authors.

Submit an email with your title, manuscript and synopsis (see guidelines) to sub.musepub@gmail.com

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New American Library (NAL)*
a division of Penguin Putnam

375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 366-2889

Claire Zion, Editorial Director
Ellen Edwards, Executive Editor
Laura Cifelli, Senior Editor
Kerry Donovan, Senior Editor
Lindsay Nouis, Editorial Assistant
Becky Vinter, Assistant Editor

Accept multiple submissions if you inform them of any other offer before accepting it. They don't accept unsolicited manuscripts, partials, dot matrix print, or computer disks.

They prefer agented writers, but they'll ask to see a manuscript if they get a strong query letter. Unagented authors should query them with SASE. They accept unsolicited queries (not manuscripts) that are properly addressed to a specific editor and have a return address and SASE
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New Concepts Publishing

5202 Humphreys Rd.
Lake Park, GA 31636
(229) 257-0367
Fax (229) 219-1097

They are ALWAYS taking submissions.  Actively seeking top-notch:  Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, Futuristic/S.F. Romance

They are an ebook publisher primarily, an internet company. Please do not send paper submissions. Send your query letter and synopsis via email to submissions@newconceptspublishing.com.

Authors should submit a query letter with a synopsis or outline and the first three chapters. The submission should have a title page with contact information and the length, genre, and sensuality level of the book.

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Oceanview Publishing*

CEO Center at Mediterranean Plaza
595 Bay Isles Road, Suite 120-G
Longboat Key, FL 34228
941 387-8500
Fax: 941 387-0039

Oceanview Publishing is accepting manuscripts of adult fiction with a primary interest in the mystery/thriller/suspense genre.  Submissions will be accepted only if they meet one of the following criteria:

  • An author represented via a literary agent.

  • An author who has previously been published by a traditional publishing house (not self-published or published by a vanity press)

  • An author specifically invited by an Oceanview representative or an Oceanview author.

Send synopsis and first thirty pages.  They accept only WORD documents as attachments to the submission e-mail.  Do not send query letters or proposals. Submissions should be via e-mail to: submissions@oceanviewpub.com

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Open Road Integrated Media

180 Varick St. Suite 816
New York NY 10014
212.691.0900
Fax 212.691.0901

Nita Taublib, Strategic Advisor for Romance

Open Road Integrated Media is a digital publisher and multimedia content company. Open Road creates connections between authors and their audiences by marketing its ebooks through a new proprietary online platform, which uses premium video content and social media.

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Parker Publishing*

12523 Limonite Ave, Ste 440-438
Mira Loma, CA 91752

Kymberlyn Reed

Specializes in African-American literature.   Looking for African-American romance, erotic romance, and all other subgenres of romance.  Also science fiction, paranormal, urban fantasy.  Interracial romance is okay as long as the heroine is African-American.  Word length 70,000 - 75,000.  Query with first three chapters and synopsis.

You do not need an agent to submit; however, they will not accept unsolicited manuscripts.  Submit a query letter that includes word count, pertinent facts about yourself as a writer, what imprint your project is appropriate for, if it is completed, and previous publishing experience (if any). Also include a synopsis of your story that gives a clear idea of both the plot and the characters; and the first three chapters only, no complete manuscripts unless specifically requested.

Submission email: parkerpublishing@gmail.com

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Pegasus Books

80 Broad Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
(212) 504-2924
Fax: (212) 837-7792

Email:  claiborne@pegasusbooks.us

Claiborne Hancock, Editor-in-Chief
Jessica Case, Associate Editor

Accepts popular fiction and non-fiction with a special emphasis on crime novels, mysteries, and serious nonfiction—biography, history, and popular culture.

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Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers

Sheraton House - Castle Park
Cambridge - CB3 OAX - England
+44 (0)1223 370012
Fax: +44 (0)1223 370040)

Email: editors@pegasuspublishers.com

Submissions from new authors are welcomed.  No unsolicited manuscripts.  Looking to publish books written by a diverse choice of authors. This extends from, e.g. sports and pop music stars to romantic novelists, to the writers of historical fact and those who specialise in well-researched non-fiction subjects.

Submit to the editors a synopsis of the whole manuscript and two sample chapters.

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Penguin/Putnam*

375 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 366-2000

Due to the volume of manuscripts we receive, most Penguin Putnam Inc. imprints do not read unsolicited manuscripts. If you would like your work to be considered for publication by a major publisher, they recommend that you work with an established literary agent.

*Dutton
a division of Penguin/Putnam Inc.

*G.P. Putnam's Sons
a division of Penguin/Putnam Inc.

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Perseus Books Group*

Seal Press - Books for women by women
1700 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 528-1444

Vanguard Press
387 Park Avenue South
12th Floor
New York, NY 10016
(212) 340-8100

They only want agented queries.

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Phaze Books*

6470A Glenway Avenue, #109
Cincinnati, Ohio 45211-5222

Kathryn Lively, publisher

Phaze Books is only interested in acquiring works of erotic and heavy
sensual romance, and erotica for women from 10,000 - 80,000 words. They release titles primarily in electronic book (eBook) format.  Release in print is not a guarantee.

Phaze Books does not pay advances on contracted works but they are a royalty-paying publisher, and do not charge fees to the author.

Phaze Books is not accepting reprints at this time from new authors.

Accept electronic submissions as an e-mail cover letter with two Word file attachments (synopsis and .manuscript) at submissions@phaze.com.

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Pink Petal Books*
an imprint of Jupiter Gardens Press, a division of Jupiter Gardens, LLC

Jupiter Gardens, LLC
PO Box 191
Grimes, IA 50111

Mary K. Wilson

Pink Petal Books publishes romance novels. They publish all sub-genres (including BBW, I/R, paranormal, M/M, historical, contemporary, fantasy, suspense, all of it!) and all heat levels (from sweet to super-hot erotic).   They are seeking romance novels from 25,000-100,000 words in all sub-genres and with all heat levels.

Email a cover letter, synopsis, and first three chapters to submissions@jupitergardens.comPlease only submit/query for complete works. They do welcome previously published works. No simultaneous/multiple submissions please.

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Pocket Books*
a division of Simon & Schuster

1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Fax (212) 632-8084

Lauren McKenna, Executive Editor
Micki Nuding, Senior Editor
Abby Zidle, Senior Editor
Megan McKeever, Associate Editor

5/2012:  (from Publisher's Weekly):  Pocket Books will relaunch its Pocket Star mass market paperback line as a dedicated ebook imprint, continuing to feature bestselling and debut authors in women's fiction, romance, thrillers, urban fantasy, and mystery. Executive editor at Pocket Lauren McKenna will oversee all content for Pocket Star as editorial director.

 

8/2011 (Courtesy of Cindi Myers)  Pocket publishes all sub-genres of romance. The editors spoke about some of their preferences: 

In paranormal, they prefer dark, sensual stories featuring vampires, werewolves and shape-shifters. Romantic Suspense does better for them if it is dark, gritty, steamy and sexy.  For historicals, they love Regencies, Medievals and Scottish settings. Sexy stories sell well in historical, but humor is also welcome. In contemporaries, they want small town appeal and big emotional drama  — “heart-warming and heart-breaking.’ These stories should be heart-tugging, with a powerful sense of community. 

Pocket publishes urban fantasy, which should feature a strong heroine, dramatic world-building and sexy action-adventure. These stories may be told in first person and may feature a character who continues across many books. They also publish paranormal romance, in which the focus is more on the romance.

 Gallery publishes both trade and hardcover women’s fiction that appeals to book club readers. They are looking for a special voice in these books.

 Pocket does not accept any unagented manuscripts or queries.

Pocket Books no longer accepts unagented submissions.

They are looking for published authors and exciting new voices! Pocket Books publishes single-title contemporary romances, historicals, romantic suspense, gothic and paranormal romance, African American fiction, erotica, and women's fiction. They enjoy historicals with Regency and Scottish settings. Word length: 80,000-95,000.

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Rainbow Books, Inc.

P.O. Box 430
Highland City, FL 33846-0430
(863) 648-4420
Fax: (863) 647-5951

Betty Wright

They are looking for character-driven cozy mysteries.

Send a query with synopsis and first three chapters via email to Submissions@RainbowBooksInc.com.

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Random House*
a division of Bertelsmann AG

1540 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
(212) 782-9000
(212) 302-7985 fax

Like most big publishers, Random House only accepts manuscripts submitted by an agent--the volume of materials they receive is just too large to accept unsolicited submissions.

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Ravenous Romance*

100 Cummings Center
Suite 123A
Beverly, MA 01915

Holly Schmidt, president
Lori Perkins, editorial director
Jennifer Safrey, Acquisitions editor

Jennifer is looking for submissions in any subgenre of erotica but is particularly looking for m/m, menage, kinky historicals, and novels featuring Reubenesque heroines. Send your query letter or three chapters plus a full synopsis to jen@ravenousromance.com and please type "query letter" in the RE: field.

They publish erotic romance in ebook format.  Novels run 50,000 - 60,000 words.  Short stories from 1,500 - 5,000 words.  Submit query letter for full-length and complete stories for short stories to submissions@ravenousromance.com. 

Note:  Literary agents with The L. Perkins  Agency, Lori Perkins, Holly Schmidt and Allan Penn, owners of book packager Hollan Publishing are listed as the founders of Ravenous Romance.

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Red Rose Publishing*

12065 Woodhull Rd.
Forestport, NY 13338

At this time, Red Rose™ Publishing is only accepting submissions for holiday-themed, gothic/horror, and interracial/multicultural books, any heat level.

Send your manuscript via e-mail as an attached file to rrpsubmissions@gmail.com. As they are an e-publisher, all submissions must be electronic (via e-mail).

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Red Sage Publishing, Inc*

P.O. Box 4844
Seminole, FL 33775
(727) 391-3847

Theresa Stevens, managing editor
Alicia Rasley, senior editor
Robin Lawson, senior editor
Barbara Hicks, acquisitions

Red Sage is accepting submissions for digital publishing line.

Red Sage accepts unagented authors and previously unpublished authors.  They prefer stories of 20,000 - 50,000 words or 50,000 - 100,000 words.  Greatest need is for digital novels over 45,000 words in length.

Information on how to submit: Remember Red Sage will not accept multiple submissions or any works previously published in any format (except for previously published print books for e-books if the author has all the rights).


Please send your submission with synopsis and manuscript attachments to: Submissions@eRedSage.com.

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Resplendence Publishing*

PO Box 992
126 Highland Avenue
Edgewater, FL 32132

Jessica Berry, Publisher
Tiffany Mason, Editorial Director

They are currently accepting submissions in historical romance, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, romantic suspense or erotic romance.

Please send a query letter (in the body of an email) including your contact information, a brief summary of your story, and any pertinent publishing credits.  Include information on your novel’s length and sensuality level. Attach a synopsis and first three chapters of your manuscript to your query and send it to submissions@resplendencepublishing.com.  Please do not send a full manuscript unless it is requested.  

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Samhain Publishing Ltd*

11821 Mason Montgomery Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45249

Holly Atkinson, Editor
Christa Desir, Editor
Lindsey Faber, Editor
Mary Hamilton, Editor
Linda Ingmanson, Editor
Tera Kleinfelter, Editor
Heidi Moore, Editor
Amy Sherwood, Editor
Imogen Howson, Editorial Assistant

Samhain is now open to general submissions of all genres of romance and erotica, as well as fantasy, urban fantasy and science fiction with strong romantic elements. Authors can be previously unpublished or established, agented or un-agented. They will consider previously published manuscripts on a case-by-case basis.

They are looking for romances of all types and styles, and all levels of heat. Let your imagination run free.

For science fiction, fantasy, and urban fantasy submissions, they would like strong romantic themes throughout, and while a traditional happy ending is not required, they would like some progression in the romantic arc as well as a satisfying ending for fans of romance. 

Submissions and Inquiries can be sent to: Romance@samhainpublishing.com.

The preferred word count is 60,000 or longer, but they are quite happy to publish shorter works with word counts of no less than 12,000 and no more than 120,000. They will consider manuscripts up 130,000 words, but only on the understanding that the book will have to be edited down to 120,000 or less before publication.

Samhain Publishing® is proud to introduce their newest venture, Retro Romance™.  Classic romances from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s can find new life in the digital age with Samhain Publishing®.  If you are an author with digital rights to your classic romances, they would love to hear from you.   Submissions and inquiries can be sent to: RetroRomance@samhainpublishing.com.

Email the complete manuscript and a full synopsis that takes the plot from beginning to end as two separate attachments.  All submissions must be new material to be considered for publication, no reprints.

Holly enjoys contemporary, paranormal (vamps/shifters/witches), angels and demons, urban fantasy, post-apocalyptic, alternative universe, snappy dialogue, comedy, dubious consent/forced seduction, light-hearted, all heat levels, from no on-page sex to smoking hot.

Christa loves multi-cultural romances and has been a fierce advocate for diversity in books.  She also likes complicated, broken characters who can make a HEA work in spite of themselves.

Mary Hamilton loves History and unique historicals and is on the endless hunt for a carefully researched historical romance set in India during the Raj…though any other unique setting is sure to get her attention.

Although Imogen Howson takes on very few new manuscripts, she could be seduced by a fantasy, urban fantasy or science fiction where the worldbuilding is as well-realized and integral to the story as the characters.

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Sapphire Blue Publishing*

Currently looking for hot erotic romance or straight erotica, romance-any subgenre, multicultural-any genre, paranormal-any genre, young adult, fantasy, mystery/suspense or nonfiction.  Accepting stories of 10,000 words or more.

Please send your submission via Microsoft Word attachment (.doc or .rtf, please no .docx from Word 2007) to submissions@sapphirebluepublishing.com

Note: They do not accept paper submissions.

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Seventh Window Publications*

P.O. BOX 603165
Providence, RI 02906-0165

Seventh Window Publications is presently looking for genre romance novels, (60,000 - 80,000 words) novellas (15,000 - 59,000 words) and shorts. (7,000 - 15,000 words).  They publish Horror, Romance--Regency, Western, Historical, Suspense, Science fiction, Fantasy, Glitz, Erotica

You can submit via their contact page or submit the first three chapters, cover letter and two page synopsis via snail mail.

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Severn House*

9-15 High Street
Sutton, Surrey SM1 1DF
Tel: (020) 8770 3930
Fax: (020) 8770 3850

Severn House publishes Crime & Mystery, Adventure, Historical/Historical Romance, General Fiction, Romance/Historical Romance/Romantic Suspense, Saga, War/Military

Severn House does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. All submissions should come via a literary agent.

Additionally, as their current publications are aimed at the UK fiction library market, they are unable to add authors to their list who do not have a significant background in this market.

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Silver Knight Publishing

Silver Knight Publishing is a traditional publisher of quality fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. They represent a broad range of genres from both established and new authors.

All books accepted for publication will be placed into the main distribution catalogs across the nation for purchase in brick and mortar stores and libraries. Books are also posted at major online retailers including BarnesandNoble.com and Amazon.com.

They no longer accept postal mailed submissions. Please e-mail your submission to: submissions@silverknightpublishing.com

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Simon & Schuster*

1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
(212) 632-8084

Unfortunately, due to the workload of our editorial staff, Simon & Schuster cannot accept unsolicited manuscripts. If you are seeking publication, they recommend you have an agent represent you and your work.

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Siren Publishing*

2500 South Lamar Blvd., Suite A
Austin, TX 78704

Amanda Hilton, Publisher
Deanna Anderson, Chief Editor
Julie Armstrong, Acquisition Editor

Siren Publishing is accepting submissions for manuscripts between 15,000 to 100,000 words for erotic romance in all genres and themes.

Include complete manuscript in Word or rtf format.  Email your submission to submissions@sirenbookstrand.com. Include in your Subject field: Submission: Story Title.  First submission must be new work. Previously published works only if approved by Chief Editor.

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Soul Mate Publishing

PO Box 6505
Largo, MD 20792
301-583-0616
fax 301-583-0003

Deborah Gilbert, Senior Editor
Cynthia Brennam, Editor
Char Chaffin, Editor
Cheryl Yeko, Editor

They are actively seeking authors who can tell an exciting story and aren’t afraid to venture into new territory. They encourage novels that are original and blur the genre lines.

Soul Mate Publishing is a royalty-paying publisher currently accepting submissions for the following Romance Genres: Action/Adventure, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Erotica, Fantasy, Historical, Inspirational, Novellas, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Futuristic, Suspense/Thriller, Time Travel, Urban Fantasy, Women’s Fiction.

Remember, blending of genres is allowed and encouraged. Varying levels of sensuality are welcome, however all stories should have an upbeat ending. (NO depraved or illegal acts, bestiality, or pedophilia.)

Deborah is currently seeking submissions in all areas. Cindy is looking for fresh voices in Chick Lit, Women’s Fiction, Contemporary and Historical romance - all heat levels. (No erotica, F/F, M/M or multiples.) Char welcomes all genres, and is constantly on the lookout for imaginative, edgy, romantic passion that will sweep her away. Paranormal/fantasy is also a favorite of hers. Cheryl welcomes Romantic Suspense, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Contemporary, and Erotica.

Send queries via e-mail to submissions@SoulMatePublishing.com. In the body of the query, be sure to include your contact information, the genre, a brief summary of your story, and any contest wins or publishing credits. Attach a synopsis and the first three chapters of your manuscript.

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Sourcebooks Inc.*

1935 Brookdale Rd, Suite 139
Naperville, IL 60563

Phone: (800) 43-BRIGHT
Phone: (630) 961-3900
Fax: (630) 961-2168

Deborah Werksman, Executive Editor
955 Connecticut Ave. #5310
Bridgeport, CT 06607
deb.werksman@sourcebooks.com

Leah Hultenschmidt, Senior Editor

5/12:  At Sourcebooks, Aubrey Poole has been promoted to associate editor, acquiring for the Jabberwocky and Fire imprints.

8/10:  Sourcebooks has hired Leah Hultenschmidt as senior editor in their New York office, acquiring romance and YA projects for their Casablanca and Fire imprints. 

6/09:  Deb Werksman listed #3 of Top Ten Romance/Women's Fiction Editors by Publishers Weekly

Actively acquiring single-title and single-title series Romance fiction (90,000 to 120,000 actual digital words) for their Casablanca imprint. They are looking for strong writers who are excited about marketing their books and building their community of readers, and whose books have something fresh to offer in the genre of Romance.

They consider agented as well as unagented submissions in all subgenres of Romance fiction, including paranormal, suspense, contemporary, erotic romance, historical (prior to 1900 only) .

Queries should be emailed in a Word file to romance@sourcebooks.com.

Sourcebooks does accept and review unsolicited, unagented manuscript submissions if sent by mail addressed to "Editorial Submissions."

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Spencer Hill Press

PO Box 247
Contoocook, NH 03229
603-678-4542

Deborah Britt-Hay
Kate Kaynak
Trisha Wooldridge

Spencer Hill Press is an independent publishing house that specializes in sci-fi, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance for young adult readers.

They currently are CLOSED to new submissions, but they plan to re-open by the end of 2011.

They welcome queries from unpublished and previously published authors, agented or unagented. They are interested in Young Adult and New Adult sci-fi, psych-fi, paranormal, or urban fantasy, particularly those with a strong and interesting voice.  Please send a query letter and the first ten pages through the contact form or email to editor@SpencerHillPress.com. They do not accept unsolicited attachments or snail mail submissions.

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St. Martin's Press*

175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Jennifer Enderlin, VP, Associate Publisher & Executive Editor
Monique Patterson, Executive Editor
Rose Hilliard, Associate Editor

They do not accept unsolicited manuscripts, but you may query them. If your letter piques our interest, they ask for the rest. They do accept unagented writers if they have solicited the material. Please do not e-mail queries. No computer disks.

Finding new authors is a joy and a thrill for them. They don’t buy according to “trends.” Trends get over-published very quickly. They buy authors for the long-term. They buy authors for their own, unique voice. They don't have guidelines or tip sheets--the best way to publish with them is to write a book that you love and would want to read. And remember, try to go for the emotional jugular: really funny, or really sexy, or really scary, or really tear jerking. They’re waiting to fall in love.

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Strebor Books

PO Box 6505
Largo, MD 20792
301-583-0616
fax 301-583-0003

Zane

At this time, they are not accepting submissions of any kind.

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Summerside Press*

(612) 321-1015

SUMMERSIDE PRESS™ is an inspirational publisher offering fresh, irresistible fiction and nonfiction titles that uplift the heart and engage the mind.  They publish historical romance and inspirational romance.  They only accept agented queries.

Agented queries for inspiration romance should be directed to: 
Rachel Meisel, Senior Fiction Editor, Summerside Press™
rachel@summersidepress.com

Agented queries for historical romance should be directed to:
Susan DownsSenior Fiction Editor, Summerside Press™
Susan@summersidepress.com

Submissions must include: a brief (1-paragraph) overview of the novel, a long (2-3 page) synopsis, and at least three sample chapters.  Please submit proposals in a single Word document and e-mail as an
attachment to Susan Downs.

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Thomas Nelson Publishing*

PO Box 141000
Nashville, TN 37214

Established 1961.

Thomas Nelson, Inc. does not accept or review any unsolicited queries, proposals, or manuscripts. If you are interested in having your stories published by another Christian publisher, we recommend a book called The Christian Writer's Market Guide by Sally E. Stuart. This book includes writer's guidelines and submission procedures for all Christian publishing houses that do accept unsolicited manuscripts. You may be interested in having someone read and review your work. The Editorial Services section of Literary Market Place (LMP), published by R.R. Bowker, New Providence, New Jersey, lists over 500 entries, many of which provide some kind of critique service.

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Thomson/Gale

27500 Drake Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48331
248-699-4253

Five Star
a division of Thomson/Gale

c/o Tekno Books
PO Box 8296
Green Bay, WI 54308
(920) 437-6711
fax (920) 437-6721

The focus of Five Star Publishing is on the library market with more than half of their books sold on standing order. They publish romance, western, mystery and women's fiction.

They will consider any subgenre of romance, including, but not limited to: Historical (set before 1900), Romantic Suspense, Contemporary, Inspirational, Sweet, Romantic Comedy, Time Travel, Fantasy, Multi-Cultural, Gothic, Regency (1811-1820), Western Romance, Paranormal, etc. They will also consider genres such as Tart Noir and Chick Lit. Stories based on actual events, locations, etc. must be well researched. List the subgenre in your query email.

Tekno Books, a well-established book packager, handles editorial duties for Five Star.

For previously published Five Star authors and authors who have an agent, please submit your queries directly to:

Rosalind Greenberg, Acquisitions Editor
Tekno Books
tekno@new.rr.com

For non-previously published Five Star authors and authors without an agent, please submit your queries directly to:

Deni Dietz, Associate Editor
Tekno Books
AssociateEditorTekno@shaw.ca

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Tirgearr Publishing

Oghill Bridge
Monasterevin, County Kildare
Republic of Ireland
Phone: +353-85-742-7223

Tirgearr Publishing is a small independently-owned publishing company of adult genre fiction, specializing in romance and erotica.  They only takes submissions the first Monday through Friday of every month.  They're closed the month of December and will begin accepting submissions again on this same time frame starting 7 January 2013.

They will only look at completed manuscripts.  Submit via email to info@tirgearrpublishing.com.  See their guidelines for detailed submission requirements.

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Tor/Forge*
a division of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC

Tom Doherty Associates, LLC
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(212) 388-0100
fax (212) 388-0191

Heather Osborn, Editor

Tor accepts paranormal romance.  Tor has an open submissions policy and always accepts unsolicited, unagented submissions.   They do not accept queries, or phone pitches, or anything by fax or e-mail.  Send synopsis, cover letter, first three chapters and SASE.

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Treble Heart Books

1284 Overlook Dr.
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635-5512
(520) 458-5602
Fax (520) 458-5618

Lee Emory, Publisher/Senior Editor

Treble Heart Books published contemporary, historical, paranormal, humorous, romantic suspense, mainstream and young adult romance.  They also publish Christian Inspirational, mystery/suspense and westerns.

They accept submissions only during the first two weeks of the month.  Submissions outside of that timeframe will not be considered.  Email a query first with a brief synopsis and marketing plan to 1thbsubmission2@earthlink.net. Only Word or rtf attachments are accepted.

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Some Treble Heart Books Authors:

Denise A. Agnew - http://www.tlt.com/authors/deniseagnew.htm

Marie A. Roy - http://www.geocities.com/mariearoy/index.html

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Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.*

P.O. Box 80
Wheaton, IL 60189

351 Executive Drive
Carol Stream, IL 60188
630-668-8300

Stephanie Broene, Acquisition Editor

Established 1962.

Tyndale House Publishers is a nondenominational religious publisher that publishes 300 general interest books for the evangelical Christian market each year. Their books cover a wide range of categories: home and family, Christian growth, devotional, motivational, children, youth, inspirational, theology, doctrine, fiction, general reference, and some miscellaneous selections like humor and puzzle books. They do not hold a particular denominational or doctrinal view but publish books that express biblically supportable approaches to life in the tradition of orthodox Christianity.

Tyndale reviews only manuscripts submitted by professional literary agents, Tyndale authors, authors known to them from other publishers, or other people in the publishing industry.

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Ulysses Press*

P.O. Box 3440
Berkeley, CA 94703
(510) 601-8301
fax (510_ 601-8307
Email:  ulysses@ulyssespress.com

Acquisitions Editors:
Kelly Reed
Keith Riegert

Editors:
Lauren Harrison
Judy Metzener
Abby Reser
Alice Riegert

Named for the last two years as one of Publisher’s Weekly’s ten “fastest-growing small publishers,” Ulysses Press is reinventing the relationship between reader, author and publisher.  Ulysses Press is a trend-driven company. They seek out authors for niches where they see a shortage of books written on popular topics. They only want titles that have a built-in audience.

They do not publish fiction, poetry, autobiography or children's books.

Please do not send e-mail submissions, attachments or disks. Do not send original artwork, photographs or manuscripts of which you do not retain a copy.  No email submissions.  See guidelines

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Vanilla Heart Publishing*

Vanilla Heart Publishing is currently open for queries, although they have a full title lineup through 2010 at this time. They do not accept unsolicited manuscript submissions. Query first at queries@vanillaheartbooksandauthors.com.

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Vantage Point Books

419 Park Avenue South, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10016
212-736-1767
fax 212-736-2273

Joseph Pittman, Editorial Director

Vantage Point Books is the new commercial trade imprint launching this month (May 2011), from venerable self-publisher Vantage Press. A general list of nonfiction and fiction titles, Vantage Point publishes both new and established names, with approximately 30 titles expected each year. Particular specialties in fiction include mystery and suspense, as well as women's fiction. Nonfiction ranges from business to memoir and beyond.

Currently buying general fiction, women's fiction and mystery/suspense/thriller.

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Virgin Books Ltd.*
a subsidiary of Random House

Black Lace/Cheek
20 Vauxhall Bridge Road
London SW1V 2SA
United Kingdom

tel: +44 (0)20 7386 3300
fax: +44 (0)20 7386 3360

Adam Nevill, erotica editor

They do not accept book proposals via e-mail. Their submissions policy is to accept a brief synopsis, a sample chapter and a stamped-addressed envelope.

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Whispers Publishing*

P.O. Box 1165
Ladson, SC 29456-1165

Acquisitions Editors:
Rhonda Jackson Joseph
Dawn Carrington

Looking for: Spicy, sensual love stories which leave a reader breathless, intense plots, alpha males, strong heroines and sizzling dialogue. Though strong conflict is necessary, it should not detract from the passionate relationship. Sub-plots should be kept to a minimum as should secondary characters.  All of their books have happily-ever-after or happily-for-now endings. There will be no exceptions.

They are not seeking M/M, F/F, or sweet romances at this time.

They are looking for stories in any genre from science fiction to historical. Just make it romantic and erotic. Word count should be no less than 5,000 words and no more than 75,000 words.

Please note that they do not accept simultaneous submissions.

Send a query letter and short synopsis to whisperssubmissions@gmail.com. Make sure your name, address, a valid e-mail address, and telephone number are included with your query. Include the first chapter of your story.

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The Wild Rose Press*

P.O. Box 708
Adams Basin, NY 14410-0708

Email:  queryus@thewildrosepress.com

The Wild Rose Press is an electronic publisher. Their full length (over 65,000 words) books will also go to print with limited distribution.

As of January 2013 - The Wild Rose Press, Inc. now accepts queries from genres other than romance.  They would be willing to review manuscripts that are women's fiction, mystery or thriller, historical fiction and erotica.

They accept electronically submitted queries only. Do not send your query through the mail as it will not be reviewed.  They would prefer to not receive simultaneous submissions.  Submit your query to queryus@thewildrosepress.com

In the subject line, use the term TWRP Query, the name of your manuscript, and the line in the company you are targeting. For example: TWRP Query - Love Knows No Bounds - Scarlet Rose.

Write a query letter that gives your personal information: name, email, contact information, and any pertinent writing background information. Make sure you include the word count of your manuscript (ie: 55,000 words).

Include a synopsis in the body of the email. This can be as long or as short as you choose as long as it gives complete information. Do not send an attachment.

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Wings Press Inc.

403 Wallace Court
Richmond, KY  40475
Fax 859-625- 5629

Email: subs@wings-press.com

Marilyn Kapp, Executive Editor
Pat Evans, Senior Editor
Anita York, Senior Editor
Karen Babcock, Senior Editor

Pat Evans,
Submission Coordinator,
submissionscoordinator@wings-press.com 

Actively looking for Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance and Young Adult.

Pat handles Historical Romance, General Fiction: Historical, Mystery/Cozy, Suspense/Thriller, Action Adventure and Mainstream.  Anita handles Contemporary, Young Adult, Women's Fiction, Romantic Suspense; Romantic Mystery, Inspirational and Encore L'Amour.  Karen handles Futuristic, Fantasy, Horror and Paranormal, Romance FF&P.

Wings Press accepts all types of romance fiction under 150,000 words for e-book and trade-size publication.  They are always looking for innovative fiction.

Send an email letter to subs@wings-press.com . The letter should contain a brief synopsis of your manuscript. Identify the genre of your manuscript in the subject line of your email.  Do not send your manuscript without an invitation.  They do not accept submissions of manuscripts which are erotica or about alternate life styles.

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Zondervan*

5300 Patterson SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49530

Established 1931.

Zondervan is an international Christian communications company that provides resources for people of every age and in every stage of life as they seek a richer, more fervent, more enlightened relationship with Jesus Christ.

They encourage you to submit your book proposal electronically to First Edition, The ECPA Manuscript Service on the ECPA website (www.ECPA.org). Book proposals posted on this website are available for review by all the member/publishers of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and Zondervan and Zonderkidz have assigned an editor to regularly review all new proposals posted on First Edition.

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Zumaya Publications

3209 S. IH 35 #1086
Austin, TX 78741-6905
(512) 402-5298
Email:  acquisitions@zumayapublications.com

Elizabeth K. Burton, Executive Editor

ZUMAYA PUBLICATIONS LLC is an innovative new publishing company that strives to bring the best of fiction to the public. Zumaya officially launched in 2001 with the release of its first titles in print and PDF format.  They want writers who write in genres transcending standardized categories of fantasy, science fiction, romance, mystery and others. Zumaya's philosophy is simple. If it's a great, well-written story, they'll publish it.

Accepting submissions in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Thriller, Horror, Mystery, Historical Fiction, Non-Fiction, Western, Historical Romance, Children/Juvenile, Mainstream Fiction, Regency, Paranormal, Futuristic, Mainstream Romance, Gothic, Young Adult, Romance, Historical Fantasy, True Crime, and Christmas/Seasonal.

Query first with a short query via email sent to acquisitions@zumayapublications.com.  If asked, send sample (first five chapters or 50 pages) via email in rtf format.  Minimum word count for adult fiction is 65,000, maximum is around 150,000.  No multiple submissions.

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