Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant
I’ve been thinking about a hole in my current client list that’s in need of being filled. I’d like to represent more authors who want to write pure romance–contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance.
So let’s call this week’s blog my Want Ad.
I’m looking for:
- stellar writing.
- intriguing ideas.
- strong characterization.
- manuscripts that fit within the guidelines, including word count, of such Love Inspired and Barbour’s romance lines. Here’s a sample of Love Inspired’s guidelines.
- the standard romance formula (hero and heroine meet in the first chapter, alternating POV, etc.).
- suited to the inspirational market.
If you have such a proposal and manuscript or know someone who does, here’s how submissions will work:
- I will accept submissions for two weeks (through October 11). Submissions will close after that date.
- Send your proposal (maximum synopsis–5 pages, single-spaced) and the first three manuscript chapters in one document attached to an email submitted to email@example.com.
- Use the subject line “romance blog submission” in your email.
- Include in your submission your bio and your social media involvement (that means number of friends, blog page views, Twitter followers, etc).
I will respond within 8 weeks after submissions close.
I look forward to seeing what you’ve got!
On an unrelated topic, for those of you who might recall the blog post I wrote on whether offering digital books for free made sense, I had a recent conversation with individuals in a publisher’s marketing division that has given me whiplash. They generously shared charts, graphs, and details about how their free digital marketing functions, and the statistics are downright impressive. This department has worked the analytics masterfully. I found myself wishing other publishers devoted the same attention to what works and why. So you may consider this is my official recognition that, when it comes to this publisher, I was flat-out wrong. And happy to be so.