Your Novel's BluePrint

October 16-27

Ask an Editor what the slush pile looks like, and they’ll tell you it’s full of bad manuscripts, poorly edited manuscripts, and an occasional diamond in the rough. Learn how to avoid the slush from the start by working with an Editor to prepare Your Novel’s BluePrint in this two-week online writing event. Cut out the bad before you start!

Syllabus:
Learn about creating strong characters, building a fabulous set for them to play on, and plotting their journey; these lessons create your book’s blueprint.

Goal:
Completed synopsis and/or plot points

Marci Clark, Editor at Kensington Publishing’s Lyrical Press Imprint

About Marci: As a production editor for Kensington Publishing’s Lyrical Press Imprint, Marci Clark has worked with authors from acquisitions through the entire production process. She works in a variety of genres, but her specialty is romance. She has often volunteered to judge writing competitions, including the EPICs and Hearts of Denver.

Marci has a master’s degree in publishing and over twenty years’ experience working in various areas of publishing.

*** EDITOR IS FULL ***

Stephen Morgan, Editor at Entangled Publishing

YA Romance, Contemporary Romance

About Stephen: Before joining Entangled, Stephen worked in various facets of the publishing, magazine, and communications industries as a writer, editor, and interview coordinator. His Master’s thesis, BOOK DNA, involved a content analysis of what elements contribute to commercially and critically successful genre fiction. He has worked with bestselling and award winning authors such as Virginia Nelson, Joya Ryan, Cari Quinn, Tawna Fenske, Suze Winegardner, and more.

Stephen is looking for high concept books that hook you from the premise alone. Lately he is on a strong Young Adult kick with new acquisitions from authors such as Madeline Reynolds, Cindy Wilson, and Kat Colmer. He loves fun and snarky contemporary romances driven by a fresh take on strong romance tropes. Any heat level accepted. Favorite tropes include Enemies to Lovers, Fake Engagement, Marriage of Convenience, Mistaken Identity, Older Brother’s Best Friend/Best Friend’s Little Sister (or some variation), Cinderella, and Ugly Duckling.
Follow him on Twitter at @Stephen_Edits, where he occasionally posts pictures of his tiny brown dog Sydney.

Robin Haseltine, Editor at Entangled Publishing

Romance

About Robin: Although Robin Haseltine has had several incarnations—everything from money market broker, to teacher, to AOL screen programmer—one of the highlights of her life was when Liz Pelletier offered her an internship shortly after Entangled Publishing opened their doors in 2011. Since that time, Robin has had the opportunity to team with Liz on RITA nominees (Historical and Contemporary) and NY Times Bestsellers (YA and Contemporary). She works with amazing authors across every Entangled imprint and has seen many reach the top of Amazon and Nook charts, receive rave reviews on Kirkus, Romantic Times, and Fresh Fiction, and hit the USA Today Bestseller list. A true squee-worthy moment came when two of her authors received Galaxy Awards (SF), one of whom was also nominated for the prestigious Ditmar Award.

Aside from cuddling the grandkids and hanging with the parrots, there’s little she loves more than seeing an author hold their book in their hands. And, yes, she’s been known to cry when telling a debut author Entangled is acquiring their book.