Hello, everyone! It’s that time of the year for our editors to do a roundup of what we’d love to get in our inboxes. Naturally, our standard disclaimer applies: PLEASE note that in the end, what we really want is a good story, so even if yours doesn’t match the descriptions below but fits in the parameters of what we publish, don’t hesitate to send it to us anyway! Sometimes we don’t know what we want until we get it in our inbox.
There is no timeline on when you need to submit, so don’t feel like you have to rush. We’ll be here, waiting for your amazing submission when it’s ready. :-)
Angela says: Much, much thanks to Rhonda for pulling together this call for submissions. She’s always the bomb! I want to take a moment to say a few words about submissions in general, as well as what’s specifically listed. Just because I list some info about the below genres doesn’t mean, as Rhonda said, that this is all we’re looking for. If we publish it, we’re looking for it and want you to send it. You may be writing something we didn’t even know we want!
1) For 2014, we’re still seeking a romantic suspense novel-length (70k+)series we can launch. This is one of our top holes in the 2014 schedule!
2) Also for 2014, we’re especially looking for these genres: historical romance, erotic romance, male/male romance, new adult romance and mystery.
I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce Kerri Buckley. Kerri is the first full-time editor to join me on the Carina Press team and she’s already made herself integral to the team. The freelance editors have always been and will always be the backbone of the Carina Press editorial success, but now I have someone I can ask to do all the things I couldn’t ask of those in the freelance role (like travel to conferences. And answer some of the many, many emails we get every day! And put together a subrights catalog. And do contracts) For 2014, Kerri is tasked with building her list to 2-3 releases a month, so she’s actively acquiring now as well.
Last, though I don’t have a wishlist below, like the other editors do because I’m not quite as actively acquiring, I’m still looking for that one cracktastic project to really pull me in. I’d go to bat in the acquisitions meeting for a great cowboy rebellion-type space opera, still (I wonder how many years I’ve been asking for that Firefly-flavored story? 8?) I continue to happily read sports romance submissions of all sports, but I’d love to see a few break the mold and I wouldn’t mind a super, super sexy (but not necessarily erotic) contemporary romance with sexually charged dialogue, sexual tension build-up and a dirty-talking hero. Oh, also, one last one: we could still use another contemporary cowboy series that’s either super sexy or erotic!
~Angela James, Editorial Director
Kerri Buckley, Editor: I’m constantly on the lookout for fresh new voices and time-stealers—the kind of stories that leave you bleary-eyed but exhilarated in the morning. This applies to all genres, but I’m particularly interested in the following right now:
Freelance editors actively acquiring:
Rhonda Helms: Here are some types of submissions I’m always eager for:
And now, a few specific submissions that I’ve been craving recently:
Deborah Nemeth: I’m looking for manuscripts from authors who are interested in writing either a series or multiple books for us in the same genre to build their readership. More than anything, I appreciate intelligent writing and sharp dialogue, and if your story features quick-witted protagonists, brilliant sleuths, brainy nerds/geeks, clever inventors or explorers, I’d love to read it. I’m also drawn to flawed, strongly motivated characters, high-stakes conflict and solid world-building. In my favorite stories, the protagonists have to suffer before saving the day or getting their happy-ever-after. I find exotic settings and multicultural characters appealing in any genre. Here’s a sampling of my wish list:
Mallory Braus: Mallory looks for characters first. Three dimensional and relatable characters—with depth and vulnerabilities—pull her into a story faster than anything else. She’s looking for all genres, but there are a few things she’s especially keeping an eye out for:
Jeff Seymour: I’m still looking for more LGBTQ fiction, particularly with speculative elements. If someone sent me a great m/m steampunk book, I’d be ecstatic. On top of that, I’m waiting for my mystery series in which the police station coffee tastes shockingly good instead of bad (or other genre conventions are playfully and skillfully flip-flopped). And in the romance arena (no contemporary for me, please!), I like my heroes sweet-side up and my heroines self-aware and empowered.
Melissa Johnson: Melissa is on the lookout for contemporary and historical romance series with main characters that are loosely connected. She loves to visit with past heroes and heroines in later books, but have each story be a complete romance. Authors are welcome to make her heart hurt and their main characters repent and transform themselves by the end of the book.
Tina Burns: I’m looking for romance, from sweet to saucy and open to any sub-genre. Specifically I’d love to work on a Dystopion or Post-Apocolyptic romance series and really enjoy New Adult. I love unique stories and twists on the norm. I’m looking for flawed but redeemable characters that linger long after I’m done reading.
Elizabeth Bass: While I’m a sucker for a well-paced story with memorable characters, no matter what genre, what I crave right now is historical romance. Whether your story is humorous, filled with action, or moody and Gothic—any book that successfully sweeps me into a different time period is a treat. I love reading books from all eras, but especially Regencies and Westerns. I would also love to read contemporary romances, particularly ones with humor. And romantic suspense and mystery are genres I always enjoy seeing in my in-box.
So, if you have anything that fits an editor request (or even just a great book in general!) to submit, visit our submissions page and follow the directions there. You can address your submission to one of the editors above, or the editorial staff in general. Thanks, and we look forward to reading your stories!