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OPPORTUNITY–BOOKS ! #CarinaPitch is coming Tuesday February 11, 2014

Carina Press

#CarinaPitch is coming Tuesday February 11, 2014

The Carina Press editorial team will be holding a pitch event on Twitter via the #carinapitch hashtag on Tuesday February 11, 2014 from 9am Eastern to 9pm Eastern.

In May 2013, we did #carinapitch, offering an opportunity for authors to submit their work and get both an expedited response and feedback. We had tremendous response last year and have been asked when the next one is so we’re happy to announce it’s here!

Not only was #carinapitch popular with the authors and those following along, but it was successful for us as well. We found over a dozen manuscripts that we either wanted to acquire or see further revisions for, so it was very successful for both authors and us in that regard. Our ultimate goal is always to find new authors to acquire, not new authors to reject!

Please read on for details of how the event will work.

On Tuesday, Carina Press freelance editors will be monitoring the #carinapitch hashtag for book pitches from authors.

The benefits:

Book pitches chosen by editors will be reviewed by the editor who requested it. Response will be given by March 21st, 2014 and those manuscripts chosen via the #carinapitch will also receive personalized feedback. Please note that we ask authors not to expect paragraphs of feedback, but specific feedback will be offered noting what the editor sees as not working or needing attention. We also would like to emphasize that the nature of this business is subjective, so the editor may provide feedback the author may not agree with. We’re offering insight into why the book doesn’t work for us (should we choose to pass on it, rather than acquiring, which is certainly a possibility!), not providing detailed instructions on how to “fix” any issues we see.

Eligibility to participate:

1) A complete, ready-to-send, manuscript that falls within the commercial fiction genres that we publish. (Please view our submissions guidelines here)

2) You must be prepared to send your manuscript within 3 days of the #carinapitch session. Any manuscripts sent after Friday, February 14th will still be fairly reviewed by editorial staff, but won’t be eligible for the feedback/accelerated response time.

3) The manuscript you’re pitching must be new material, not previously published material, whether self-published or released via a publisher. New material only will be considered during this event.

4) The manuscript cannot be one that has previously received a pass letter from us.

5) You may pitch more than one project.

How to participate: 

1) Wait until February 11th from 9am Eastern to 9pm Eastern, which is when the editors will be monitoring the hashtag.

2) Craft your compelling book pitch into one (no more than two) tweets. Indicate if it’s more than one tweet by using 1/2 and 2/2 so we can piece them together.

3) Post them to Twitter from your account using the #carinapitch hashtag (the only way we’ll know they’re for us!)

4) Please do not post pitches for one book more than twice during the #carinapitch event. Even if you’re changing your pitch, please pitch the same book no more than twice during the day.

4) Watch for a reply from a Carina Press editor.

5) If an editor lets you know that they’d like to see your submission and your manuscript is NOT currently on submission with us:

a) You will need to follow that editor on Twitter so they can DM you the private link for submission. Only those whose pitch is chosen will receive this link.
b)Please follow the submission guidelines here and include all required information via the received Submittable link.
c) In the dropdown menu you’ll see at the private Submittable link, please select the editor who chose your pitch. Address your query letter to the editor who requested your manuscript.
If more than one editor asks for your submission, you may choose which editor to send to, though you may also wish to indicate the second editor who had interest, in case the first editor chooses not to read it.
d) Send your submission no later than Friday, February 14th, 2014 midnight Eastern. The link you receive will expire after that, and you will be unable to submit via this route.

6) If an editor lets you know they’d like to see your submission and your manuscript is already in our queue.

a) Update your submission via Submittable, using a note.
b) In the note, please include the Twitter pitch you used and your Twitter name (to help the editor recognize your request & verify that they asked for it) as well as the name of the editor who requested the manuscript via #carinapitch
c) Update your submission no later than Friday, February 14, 2014 at midnight Eastern.

 Notes about #carinapitch

  • You don’t need to direct your tweet to a specific editor. We’ll all be monitoring the hashtag throughout the day. However, if you want to bring it to the attention of an editor you think it’s particularly suited for, you are welcome to do so. At the bottom of this post is a list of participating Carina Press editors and their Twitter IDs.
  • Please don’t post your pitch more than twice during the day. We know you want to make sure we see it, so we don’t mind if you post it at two different times, but please don’t post one book more than that. This includes not changing your pitch five times and posting it five different ways, please. Two pitches per book, so the hashtag doesn’t become cluttered and allows all authors equal opportunity to be seen. Thank you!
  • An updated list of what different editors are looking for is available here. You can see editor bios here.
  • Information about what we publish, our submissions guidelines and specific FAQs can be found here.
  •  Feedback is welcome! Please email us at generalinquiries@carinapress.com if ever you have specific, constructive feedback you’d like to share.

One last (very important) note:

Even if your pitch isn’t selected by an editor, that doesn’t mean your project isn’t right for us. In the end, it’s the words you write in the story that will get us to acquire the book, not the words you wrote for the pitch, so if you’ve written something we publish, please still submit it to us. Your chances of having the manuscript acquired are just as good as those whose pitches we single out.

*Permission to forward this post, use it on blogs and author forums is permitted.*

Participating editors:

Angela James @angelajames
Kerri Buckley @BuckleyKerri
Tina Burns @TinaBurns
Deb Nemeth @DebNemeth
Jeff Seymour @jeffdoesedits
Elizabeth Bass @ElizabethBass
Melissa Johnson @MelissJohnson
Alissa Davis @AlissaDenay
Mallory Braus @MalloryBraus
Rhonda Helms @rhelmsbooks

What Carina Press editors are looking for: February 2014 edition

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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 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! Last time, Rhonda said this and it always 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.

I also want to remind you that we’re always open to submissions, so even if your book isn’t done now, we’ll still want to look at it once you’ve finished (and polished) it! Don’t rush, we’re always going to have a schedule to fill.

That all said, here are some specific things Carina Press could use:

  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.
  1. Historical romance: we’re looking particularly for someone to write a Scotland-set historical romance for us (we like kilts!) as well as more regency romance.
  2. Erotic romance: Here we’re looking for 70k+ books in particular, something with high sexual tension and series potential. Doesn’t have to be BDSM and, in fact, we’d love to see some non-BDSM submissions (no play on words intended).
  3. Male/Male: In addition to contemporary in this genre, we’d happily look at other subgenres as well as other fiction genres, particularly mystery. And we’d very much like to create a line of books that are new adult m/m.
  4. New Adult: While we will continue to acquire and publish new adult, we strongly believe the genre must branch out in order to thrive. Therefore we’re very interested in other subgenres of new adult, in addition to contemporary romance. And, as noted, we’re particularly looking to see if we can build a strong list of new adult GLBT.
  5. Mystery: we continue to build a healthy mystery list and still have openings for 2014. We’re open to all categories of mystery, including detective, cozy, amateur sleuth and crime fiction.

For my personal wishlist: Though I don’t have a wishlist, like the other editors do below 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? 10?) 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, and I’ve recently been longing for more motorcycle club-based books (I know, I know), a military romance series, and more books where the heroine or hero has a high-octane job. Sorry, but I’m not a sweet romance kind of girl ;) Basically, in my personal list I’m looking for some things that push boundaries, but I still love the traditional contemporary and erotic romances as well!

~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:

  • Contemporary romances with atypical heroines, snappy dialogue, and significant external conflict
  • Gritty, groundbreaking New Adult, both contemporary and paranormal
  • Full-length erotic romance (65-70k+) of all flavors
  • Big, juicy Regency romances with feisty heroines, dashing heroes, and off-the-charts sexual tension
  • Romantic suspense with equally gripping romantic and suspenseful storylines
  • Cozy and hardboiled mysteries with dry (or wry) humorous tones
  • Contemporaries, historicals, or alternate histories set in Eastern Europe

Freelance editors actively acquiring:

Rhonda Helms: Here are some types of submissions I’m always eager for:

  • New Adult (contemporary and other genres welcome)
  • LGBTQ romance
  • Romance in any steaminess level from sweet to spicy, though I love super-hot stuff. ;-)
  • Laugh-out-loud romantic comedies
  • Contemporary, historical or sci-fi/futuristic erotic romance
  • Genre blends (LGBTQ western? Paranormal Victorian? Hit me with ‘em!)
  • Multicultural and/or PoC (people of color) submissions
  • Action-packed futuristic/sci-fi/urban fantasy non-romance (or with romantic elements)

And now, a few specific submissions I’ve been craving:

  • LGBTQ romantic comedy
  • A regency/Victorian romance or western romance featuring PoC
  • A fresh take on the upstairs-downstairs romance (like Downton Abbey)–contemporary or historical
  • A sexy romance featuring heroes or heroines who work with their hands, like carpenters or skilled tradesmen/women
  • First-responders romances featuring firefighters, police officers, EMTs, etc.
  • Military romances
  • A dark, atmospheric, super-sexy gothic romance–contemporary or historical

 Deborah Nemeth: 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 unusual settings and multicultural characters appealing in any genre. I’m especially 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.

Here’s a sampling of my wish list:

  • High-octane romantic suspense that will keep me reading all night, of any flavor—military, revenge, espionage, terrorists, serial killers, smugglers, conspiracies and cover-ups…
  • Mysteries and crime fiction, particularly brain-teasing cozies and gritty procedurals, with strong hooks, unique protagonists and series potential. Also fast-paced capers and heists with elaborate cons à la Ocean’s Eleven and The Thomas Crown Affair.
  • Historical romance that will transport me back in time, especially Regency but also Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, and the courts of the Tudors and Plantagenets.
  • Contemporary romance with a fresh voice, sparkling dialogue, solid conflict and emotional intensity. I enjoy a range of heat levels and tones from dark ’n angsty to lighthearted rom com with clever banter, and I have a special fondness for geeks, soldiers, cops, cowboys, athletes and blue-collar heroes/heroines.
  • For SFF, I’m especially looking for mind-bending futuristic suspense (think Inception), and steampunk, clockpunk and dieselpunk with strong SF elements.
  • I absolutely love stories containing political and palace intrigue, whether in epic fantasy (think Game of Thrones), in historical romance (Tudors), or in the contemporary corridors of power (West Wing, House of Cards, Scandal).
  • New Adult and m/m in any subgenre we publish

 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:

  • New Adult! I’m especially looking for those that feature paranormal, suspense/mystery, or steampunk elements.
  • Stories with gothic elements
  • I’d love, love, love to find a romantic suspense or contemporary romance that’s set amongst the Amish (non-inspirational)—like Witness or Karen Harper’s romantic suspense series.
  • Psychics – Especially if you have psychic FBI agents or members of a special government agency…
  • I adore stand-out characters. Quirky! Deep, dark, vulnerable! Odd pairings!
  • I’d love to work with more contemporary mysteries/romantic suspense/thrillers. Especially if there is the set up for a series. I recently became hooked on the show Leverage, and the banter and continued growth as we follow the band of thieves kept me hooked to the end.
  • I’m also on the look out for a sweet M/M
  • Historical romance: I’m NOT looking for Regency settings. But anything after that era, up to WWII, is huge on my wishlist.
  • Historical Mysteries. Especially turn of the century, urban settings (like The Alienist).
  • “Band of Brother” type series. Examples would be Nora Roberts’s trilogies, Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters, or J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood. Where an emphasis is on the building of multiple characters’ relationships.
  • Stories with unique worlds/setting, including, but not limited to: steampunk, post-apocalyptic, futuristic sci-fi, and urban fantasy. I love stories that cross genres in a unique way.

Alissa Davis:

  • Erotic romance with strong dialogue and great sexual tension—bonus points for heroes and heroines who rock at talking dirty, and I love heroes and heroines with blue-collar jobs.
  • I like books with high-stakes conflict, no matter the genre. Make the characters really work for the HEA and make me believe for even a moment that it might now work out for them.
  • I love New Adult, and I’m particularly interested acquiring more m/m New Adult.
  • Geeky heroes and heroines. The more awkward they are, the more I seem to love them.
  • M/M mystery novel where the guys are solving the crime and falling for each other in the process.
  • Foodie romance where preparing or eating food plays a large role in the plot and is part of how the characters come together.
  • Military romance, m/m or m/f. The hero or heroine can be active military or retired.
  • Angsty, dark historical romance with real, high-stakes conflict keeping the hero and heroine apart.
  • Medical romance.
  • Sports romance, particularly soccer, football, hockey and baseball. I can’t catch a ball to save my life, but I love editing these books.
  • Romantic suspense with high-stakes conflict, twisted plots and awesome heroines who aren’t about to be damseled.
  • I’d love to see a teacher-student scenario where one of the adult characters is in the other one’s adult dance class, cooking class, film, etc.
  • Any combo of the above. New Adult mystery military LGBTQ romance, anyone? :-)

Jeff Seymour: I’m on the lookout for great speculative fiction in 2014. I’m especially looking for:

  • Sci-fi with plausible science and the pacing of a thriller
  • Character-focused fantasy (think less hero/heroine saves the world and more farmer saves her daughters)
  •  Historical fantasy
  •  Any spec fic with LGBTQ elements.
  •  Genre tropes explored, either playfully or seriously
  •  If someone sent me a great m/m steampunk book, I’d be ecstatic.

As always, romantic elements are welcome! I like my heroes sweet-side up and my heroines self-aware and empowered. I’m a sucker for great world building and characters who are unusual takes on an archetype as well. My favorite subs last time included a tongue-in-cheek time-traveling Conan the Barbarian-style romp and a steampunk/fantasy detective story.

Melissa Johnson:  I’m looking for stories with strong conflicts–big and believable ups and downs that keep readers turning the pages. I’m excited to find this in any genre, but am especially yearning for the following (in no order):

  • Contemporary and new adult romance with main characters who are sports stars or have other high-profile careers.
  • Romantic suspense with dangerous intrigue, and heroes or heroines who are knowledgeable and tough.
  • Historical romance with uncommon settings or unusual characters.
  • Paranormal, fantasy and science fiction romance with unique and coherent worldbuilding, as well as heartrending romantic conflict.
  • Genre-crossovers of almost any sort.

Tina Burns: I’m looking for romance, from sweet to erotic and open to any sub-genre. 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. Specifically I would love to see:

  • New Adult (contemporary and mixed genre, New Adult M/M)
  • Romantic Comedies
  • LGBTQ romance
  • Historical Romance – Gothic, Paranormal/Psychic, Alternate, Wild, Wild West-ish
  • Mystery Romance with paranormal/psychic/Other elements.

 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, and anything with a historical mystery slant captures my interest. I would also love to read contemporary romances, particularly ones with humor. Romantic suspense and mystery are genres I always enjoy reading. I’d love to find a mystery series with an offbeat detective team.

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!

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