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What the Carina Press Editors Want–Updated Winter 2017 Edition

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We continue to acquire projects in all subgenres and heat levels of romance, as well as mystery. However, for publication in 2017 and 2018, Carina Press is particularly interested in:

  • Paranormals (and urban fantasy): We continue to be passionate about acquiring paranormal romance. While we’ll consider manuscripts across the genre, here are some things that currently appeal to us in particular: Great sexual tension, super sexy paranormals, male/male protaganists, series featuring shifters (wolves, cats, dragons…we draw the line at hamsters), ongoing series or trilogies, unique twists on old paranormal tropes and elements, band of brother/alpha heroes, paranormal with suspense elements, and stories that delve into clan politics.
  • Cowboys and contemporary Westerns: This is a specific carryover from our previous in-search-of lists, and one that we haven’t seen enough submissions for. We’re looking for cowboys to add to our list! There are so many possibilities here—give it a unique twist, make it a foreign locale. Or it can be high tension, high stakes American-set contemporary cowboy romance.
  • Male/male romance: Though we acquire across LGBTQ, we have the most success with male/male and are most interested in acquiring within that subgenre. Right now we’re especially interested in paranormal, sexy contemporary/erotic, stepbrother romance, romances that tackle unlikely pairings or more “taboo” subjects, suspense/mystery, and science fiction/fantasy series. Additionally, if you’re writing male/male that fits any of our other specific interests below, we want to see it.
  • Sexy, trashy, alpha-alien science fiction romance: We’re looking for the fun, the unusual, the sexy, the silly, and even the over-the-top. Maybe the hero or heroine is an alien—a true alien—maybe it’s set on different worlds, has a Firefly-esque space opera feel, is a caper or heist set in space, or features space pirates or space cowboys. Bring it on!
  • Erotic romance is evergreen on our list and we’re looking for someone who can write a series or trilogy that’s extremely erotic (maybe even filthy—okay, definitely something filthy 😉 ). We’d love to see ménage or more, BDSM that’s not set in a club, or erotic romance that experiments with boundaries.
  • Novellas: We’ll be on the hunt for a lot more short content in 2017. There will be special projects and anthology calls, but we’re looking for authors writing novella-length content (20k-45k) across the romance genres we acquire in. Bring on your shorter length work!

As always, this is not a “current” call, but a reminder: we are always open to diverse protagonists, and have been since we opened years ago. That’s not changed; we’re still open to diversity across race, walks of life, physical challenges, ethnicity and more. Diversity is wide-ranging and we’ve always welcomed that in our submissions and our publications. Here are only a few examples of what we’ve published over the years.

Hot in the City by Jules Court
Deep Deception by Cathy Pegau
Devil’s Slave by Lola Hale
The Devil’s Garden by Jane Kindred
Enforcer’s Price by Sarah Hawthorne
The Companion Contract by Solace Ames
At the Brink by Anna del Mar
Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole
Matzoh and Mistletoe by Jodie Griffin
Hidden Impact by Piper J. Drake
Hero’s Homecoming by Rebecca Crowley

See here for more thoughts from Angela on diversity from this post.

Also in 2017: We will be doing new anthology, proposal and submission calls. We also have a few special projects coming. Please watch our blog and social media for updates!

Angela James, Editorial Director, and Kerri Buckley, Senior Editor, generated the above imprint-wide list, and welcome all queries related to the projects above. Please note that Kerri is out on maternity leave until March 1st, so please do not direct queries to her during this time.
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In addition to the above imprint-specific list, Stephanie Doig, Assistant Editor, is also looking for the following:

  • Smart, witty contemporary romance—sharp dialogue, high on romantic tension but low on angst.
  • Urban fantasy romance with well-built and intricate magical worlds and alpha heroes/heroines butting heads.
  • Paranormal romance featuring fated mates.
  • Scottish historical romances starring swoon-worthy kilted heroes.
  • Contemporary romance featuring STEM heroines—suspense elements welcome but not required.
  • Fantasy with a strong heroine and a slow-burn romance—think Maria Snyder or Amanda Bouchet.
  • Novel-length holiday romances—think The Family Stone!

Our freelance editors are looking for the following, in addition to what’s listed in the imprint-wide selection above:

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Alissa Davis:

  •  Royalty! I’ve been watching The Crown, and now I’m hunting for romances with at least one royal. Can be historical, futuristic, LGBTQ, fantasy romance, etc., as long as it has a sweeping romance, beautiful clothes and high stakes.
  • Male/male in any subgenre and heat level, with conflict not necessarily centered around one character being closeted and the other being out. I’d also love to see male/male forced proximity romances, such as two lawyers who are both up for partner at the same firm, or two college students who keep getting paired up in their art class even though they can’t stand each other.
  • Erotic romance with strong dialogue and scorching sexual tension—bonus points for heroes and heroines who rock at talking dirty. I like very alpha heroes who might push boundaries and heroines who will stand up to them.
  • Futuristic and fantasy romance, especially those with aliens, elves, dragons, etc. I’d particularly like to see more diversity in my fantasy romance submissions.
  • Sexy, edgy contemporary romance. I’d love to see friends-to-lovers featuring roommates, servicemen, coworkers or teammates.
  • Virgin heroes. Enough said.
  • Military romance, male/male or male/female. The hero or heroine can be active military or retired.
  • Romantic suspense with a political twist. I’d love to see heroes and heroines who either have dubious morals or work for people who do, with political tension and high stakes along the lines of House of Cards.
  • Foodie romance where at least part of the story takes place in a restaurant or kitchen and cooking is part of the love language one character uses to express feelings for the other. If you have a food critic/chef romance, please send it my way!

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Deborah Nemeth:
I’m looking for manuscripts with page-turning conflict, especially:

  • #ownvoices mystery and romance.
  • Intense and obsessive characters who are driven by passionate goals, whether it’s to save the whales, steal the crown jewels or defeat the galaxy’s evil overlords.
  • Romances with forbidden love, enemies to lovers, secret agenda, forced proximity, reunion romances, fake engagements and arranged marriages tropes.
  • Mysteries featuring a brilliant sleuth or compelling crime-fighting duo. I’m especially interested in cozies, procedurals and PIs that focus on whodunit and have a strong hook/interesting setting.
  • Romantic suspense with high levels of action and lethally competent heroines.
  • Sexy contemporary romance with alpha heroes who fall hard.
  • Historical romances, either witty, erotic or dark, especially Regency.
  • A Bollywood-themed romance or mystery.
  • Con artist protagonists who execute deviously elaborate scams with twists I don’t see coming.
  • Romances with themes of redemption.
  • Stories set in wild landscapes, whether forests, deserts, jungles or mountains.
  • Daredevil protagonists who are adrenaline-rush junkies, such as land-speed record-setters and extreme-sports athletes.

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Rhonda Stapleton:

  • Super-hot romantic comedies (the hotter, the better—lots of delicious laughs and sexytimes!).
  • Mysteries, especially cozy. (Series please! Romance not required, but a romantic subplot is great.)
  • Multicultural romance series of any heat level.
  • Military erotic romances (series are great!).
  • A dark, atmospheric, sexy gothic romance—contemporary preferred, but will also welcome historical.
  • Taboo stories—edgy, pushing the envelope (but still within what we publish).
  • Bad-boy erotic romances. I mean genuine bad boys with redeeming qualities but who may be on the wrong side of the law, etc.
  • Erotic science fiction romance (series preferred) with aliens and/or a rich futuristic setting.
  • Fresh twists on classic romance tropes.

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Lauren Plude:

  • LGBTQ: Male/male and female/female. Contemporary AND historical. All heat levels.
  • PNR: I’m looking for shifters (all kinds) and weres. I like my PNR to have strong world-building and an engaging mythology that can carry a series.
  • Erotic romance: Bring on the taboos—specifically menage and older woman with a younger man. I’d LOVE to see some “hot for teacher” projects. BDSM. Historical erotic is also very welcome. Two thumbs up for heroines unafraid to ask for what they want in the bedroom.
  • Romantic suspense/romantic thriller: I want my electrical bill to skyrocket because I’m sleeping with the lights on. I’m looking for dark psychological romantic thrillers (think Criminal Minds). I’ve got a weakness for FBI agents and complex plotting.
  • Contemporary romance: Billionaires, bad boys, romantic comedy (think a modern Beatrice and Benedick story), and I’d love to see some jet-setting/exotic destination settings.
  • Special call for law enforcement/military heroes: police, FBI, US Marshals, DEA, firefighters, search & rescue, and Navy SEALs.

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Mackenzie Walton:

  • LGBTQ historical, especially male/male. Dukes, duchesses and ballrooms are fantastic—frankly, I don’t get tired of them—but I’d also be interested in seeing more unusual settings and scenarios.
  • Fun, sexy/erotic contemporaries, especially featuring those daydream/fantasy boyfriends—movie stars, musicians, athletes and the like.
  • Moody, thoughtful paranormals with complex world-building. I love characters who really contemplate what it means to be a paranormal creature in the mundane world.
  • Erotic ménage in any genre, especially male/male/female. A balanced relationship, with all participants of equal importance, is key here, as well as characters who seriously weigh the possible complications of such a relationship.
  • Some tropes I can’t get enough of, in any genre: marriage of convenience, forced proximity, enemies to lovers. Basically, if the couple is annoyed by how much they’re attracted to each other, I’m a big fan.
  • Ugly duckling/Cinderella-type heroines (or heroes for male/male)? Yes, please! I love seeing an under-appreciated wallflower get an HEA, in any genre.
  • Virgin heroes, across the board. Can’t get enough of them.

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Anne Scott:

  • Great sexual tension in any genre.
  • Competence in heroes and heroines—excelling at their jobs, outmaneuvering the bad guys, creating a magical solution during that black moment.
  • Sense of humor. It doesn’t have to be romantic comedy or laugh-out-loud zingers; something more subtle can work wonders. Angst and serious reads can do really well with an on-point sense of humor.
  • Bourne- or Nikita-type romantic suspense, especially set in unusual locales with diverse characters. Bonus points for laidback or deceptively laidback heroes who are highly competent when the going gets rough, and do not get in the way of the heroine if she’s the one saving the day!
  • Mysteries, where I’d welcome a very slow burn between two sleuths over a series of books.
  • Cowboys and horses. I love it when the reality of the hard work of being a cowboy is brought to the story.
  • High-octane fantasy or science fiction romance with personal stakes, strong world-building and compelling characters.

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Penny Barber:

  • Heroes and heroines who are busy, involved, impacting communities.
  • Clever, resourceful, sassy heroines who hold their own with alphas.
  • Stories comprising a diverse array of cultures and characters.
  • Outdoorsy stories with camping, hiking, hunting, rafting.
  • Suspenseful story lines that keep inquisitive minds engaged.
  • Seemingly unstoppable villains who are fully fleshed and motivated.
  • People who rise to challenges and keep moving forward.
  • Detective duos who contrast yet complement each other.
  • Stories built around a vintage car club or motor sports organization.
  • Geeks, gamers or hackers snared in a secret intrigue or mystery.
  • Sidekicks and mentors with leap-off-the-page personality.
  • Newly turned beings coming to terms with their transformed reality.

Here’s a handy quick-view chart that gives you a look at which editors are acquiring in specific genres: 

Genre Editors actively acquiring in genre Not acquiring in genre
Erotic romance Rhonda, Alissa, Deb, Lauren, Mackenzie, Penny Anne
LGBTQ Rhonda, Alissa, Deb, Lauren, Mackenzie, Anne, Penny
Contemporary romance Rhonda, Alissa, Deb, Lauren, Mackenzie, Anne, Penny
Paranormal romance Rhonda, Alissa, Deb, Lauren, Mackenzie, Anne, Penny
Urban fantasy Deb, Lauren, Mackenzie, Anne, Penny Rhonda, Alissa
Fantasy romance Alissa, Deb, Anne, Penny Rhonda, Lauren, Mackenzie
Science fiction romance Rhonda, Alissa, Deb, Anne, Penny Stephanie, Lauren, Mackenzie
Romantic suspense Rhonda, Alissa,  Deb, Lauren, Mackenzie, Anne, Penny
Historical romance Rhonda, Alissa, Deb, Lauren, Mackenzie, Anne, Penny Angela, Stephanie
Mystery Rhonda, Deb, Lauren, Mackenzie, Anne, Penny Angela, Stephanie, Alissa

 

For further information on our request for taboo, think along the lines of…

  • Dark, erotic thrillers and psychological thrillers.
  • Stories of adultery and betrayal.
  • Characters with unusual sexual kinks.
  • Conflicts involving socially unacceptable pairings.

Examples include: Older woman/younger man and vice versa; step-sibling romance; prison guard and prisoner; student/teacher; mental health professional/patient.

  • Anti-heroes and anti-heroines. Real, unredeemable bad boys and bad girls.
  • Tales of forced seduction and capture fantasies.
  • Stories taking place in unlikely locations (such as prisons and mental health hospitals).

You’re probably wondering what types of things we’ve liked in the past, so here are some examples of books and even a movie example to get your brain firing.

  • The Dark Duet by CJ Roberts
  • Twist Me and Keep Me by Anna Zaires
  • Last Hit by Jen Frederick and Jessica Clare
  • Prisoner by Annika Martin and Sky Warren
  • The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith
  • Landslide by NJ Cole
  • Marly’s Choice by Lora Leigh
  • In other media: the work of adult video directors Zalman King (Red Shoe Diaries and 9 ½ Weeks) and Jackie St. James (The Submission of Emma Marx) are good examples on the erotic, dark and edgy side.

Other movies:

  • Silence of the Lambs
  • Fatal Attraction
  • Basic Instinct & Sliver
  • Memento

Sub call

Hey there,

A couple of my colleagues are actively acquiring manuscripts at the moment.

Janna Bonikowski with the Knight Agency is open to queries, especially romance and women’s fiction. See http://knightagency.net/submission-guidelines/ and be sure to query her by name.

Also, another good friend and colleague, Penny Barber, with Carina Press just got finished with the latest Pitmad, but is still looking for Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Interracial/Multicultural Romance, and LGBT. See Carina Press submission guides at http://carinapress.com/blog/submission-guidelines/#how-to and query Penny Barber.

Good Luck!

New Release – A Fortune to Die For

Congratulations to author Liza O’Connor on her latest release, A Fortune To Die For, the first book in the White Oak Mafia series. A unique view on winning the lottery and what it really can do to a person. I always enjoy working with Liza for her unique content and a different approach to the traditional romance novel!

AMAZON

Summertime Submissions Call

Currently, Lyrical Press, Lyrical Shine are looking to acquire innovative new fiction in all romance genres (especially suspense and stories with unique settings), compelling psychological fiction and thrillers, women’s fiction, YA, new adult, and cozy mysteries.

Lyrical Underground is looking for non-romance manuscripts or manuscripts with romantic elements but the main storyline in horror, psychological thriller, or suspense. 

This sub call is good for three months from today July 14, 2015. Email full manuscript and 2-3 page synopsis to me, Corinne, at cdemaagd@gmail.com and cc Martin Biro at mbiro@kensingtonbooks.com

Happy Writing!
Corinne

"A New Year" Submission call for Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing

Part of my role with Lyrical Press, the main digital imprint of Kensington Publishing Corp is looking out for new acquisitions. This Sub Call is good for three months from today. Please email query, manuscript, and synopsis to Corinne: cdemaagd@gmail.com and cc: Martin Biro – mbiro@kensingtonbooks.com

The good news is this year Lyrical is expanding to take on more than just romance. It is still our main genre, but we are looking to include non-romance titles into our catalog, as well.
As of right now, Kensington are looking for the following for Lyrical:

  • Romantic Suspense
  • Straight Suspense
  • Historical Romance
But saying that, Kensington are open to anything that is awesome. So I’m going to stretch those wants a bit farther. I’d love to also see the following:
  • Young Adult historical romance
  • Young Adult dystopian romance
  • Non-romance Young Adult (any subgenre but no angst please)
  • New Adult – the sexier the better
  • Stories set in non-US locations – from Ireland to the Ukraine to Bangladesh (but please, only stories where the author either has intimate knowledge of these locations or has done some hefty research. I can always tell when a writer is fluffing their setting, and setting is key to good storytelling)
  • Romance with the heroines in a high-stress position such as fighter pilot, helicopter pilot, ship captain, surgeon or nontraditional, male-dominated roles, such as construction, mining, space travel, firefighter, camel trainer – you get the idea. Or maybe even if they just have a quirky position in life that others would find interesting because it’s SO different.
  • Pure fantasy romance. Not UF, but pure worldbuilding fantasy with everything from dragons to warlocks to elves. Higher heat level preferred.
  • Romance that includes current events or problems that we face in our society
  • LGBT but with a strong suspense, thriller or otherwise dynamic plot, not just a characterization plot.
* Please allow me a couple months to get back to you, depending on the response from the sub call*
Check out the website for info on what Lyrical offers and submission guidelines.
www.lyricalpress.com 
Any book over 60K will be released simultaneously in digital and print!

Launch Day

Welcome! And thanks for stopping by. Today is the official launch of my editing site. I’m no designer (I’m an editor ha ha) but what you need to know about me and my editing is all here. But ask away if you can’t find something you are looking for. I’d be glad to hear from you! This site will grow, and in the future, I hope to include more services, plenty of industry recommendations and tips, and sub calls from myself and colleagues.

To celebrate my launch, I’m offering a reduced price on a Full Edit to .007/word for anyone who schedules editing with me (in a freelance capacity, not for Kensington) in the next month. This offer is good until February 28th. Don’t delay too long as I book months in advance.


**LAUNCH SPECIAL – BOOK A FULL EDIT FOR .007/WORD UNTIL 2/28/15**

Thank you and all the best!
– Corinne