The Carina Press editors are looking for super sexy books to acquire before the holidays. This is where you come in!
The Carina Press editors are offering a personal feedback opportunity on the Carina Press blog between November 17th 9am and November 19th 9pm EST. Pitch your book in the comments below—we’ll be requesting manuscripts and offering personalized, expedited feedback on everything that catches our eye!
You’re probably wondering what it is we’re looking for, so before we move on to the rules, these are the requirements for this particular pitch opportunity:
First and foremost, your book must be, well, sexy. It can range in heat level from super sexy to almost erotic to most definitely erotic, but if you close the door on your sex scenes or have none at all, your project isn’t right for this particular opportunity (but you’re welcome to submit it to us here anyway!). The tone can be humorous, dark and twisty, or a great combination of both.
A specific number of sex scenes is not required, but we do want to see high sexual tension sustained throughout the book. Dirty talk, foreplay, and titillating banter throughout is excellent. BDSM is not a must-have, but it is certainly welcome! We’re absolutely open to M/F, M/M, and M/M/F, M/F/M or whatever combination you’re writing!
We will happily look at (and acquire) standalone books, but some of our editors are particularly interested in building a series. If your book is selected for feedback and it’s part of a series, please also submit a brief series proposal with your manuscript and synopsis.
Contemporary romance featuring fresh, edgy, envelope-pushing plots. More traditional conflicts are definitely welcome, but we’re also quite interested in ones that have taboo elements in them. Take a look at this post for more information on some of those ideas!
Paranormal romances, especially those featuring shapeshifters like werewolves and dragons, demons, vampires, and a brotherhood of alphas.
Science fiction, bio punk, post-apocalyptic, aliens, space…all are welcome as long as they’re clearly romance!
Romantic suspense and thrillers featuring police, firefighters, first responders, black ops, assassins, and lots of action and adventure.
Historical romances in the Tudor, Regency, and Victorian eras. Scottish highlanders? Yes, please
ELIGIBILITY TO PARTICIPATE:
- You must have a complete, ready-to-send, manuscript that falls within the commercial fiction genres that we publish. (Please view our submissions guidelines here.)
- You must pitch your manuscript in the form of a comment on this blog post between November 17th 9am and November 19th 9pm EST. Be sure to include your genre and word count. Also, please be sure to use a valid email address in the comment form (which is not public and no one but us will see it) in case we need to get in contact with you.
* Check back on November 20th to see if your pitch has gotten a request! Unfortunately, there is no subscribe-to-comments function on the blog at this moment, so you will need to check back.
- You must be prepared to send your manuscript no later than November 29, 2015. Any manuscripts sent to our attention after November 29, 2015 will still be fairly reviewed but won’t be eligible for the feedback opportunity.
- The manuscript you’re pitching must be new material, not previously published material, whether self-published or released via a publisher. Only new material will be considered during this event.
- The manuscript cannot be one that has previously received a pass letter from Carina Press.
- You may pitch more than one project!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
- If your book meets the guidelines above, pitch it in the comments of this post.
* To pitch: Start by listing your title, genre and completed word count.
* The pitch itself should consist of no more than 4-5 or so sentences describing your book’s conflict. Think of this as your marketing hook, not a synopsis. Find the sweet spot—start your pitch at the right point. Not necessarily the beginning or the background of your book, but what is most interesting about your book.
Hook us with the concept, the plot or the characters. The pitch should not be more than approximately 100 words. We’re not counting so if you need 2 more, okay, but we don’t want, or need a novel. Again, remember—marketing hook!
- *Watch for a response in the comments on November 20th! If we respond to your pitch asking you to submit, please send it to us via Submittable, following the submission guidelines. Make sure to address your query letter to me and to note that your manuscript was requested in the blog pitch session.
We will be selecting as many pitches for feedback as we love. If your pitch isn’t selected for feedback, you are still welcome to submit it to Carina, as we’re always open to submissions and, in the end, it’s the book that will sell us on your writing, not the pitch! All submissions will be considered, but only those with requests in the comments will receive personal feedback as a part of this opportunity.
And one last note. If you don’t have something ready to go, no worries! We’re always open for submissions, and would be happy to consider your project at a later date through the regular submissions process.
We’re looking forward to seeing your pitches!