Welcome to the SavvyAuthors 2017 Prepare, Pitch, and Publish session!

You have come to the right place to pitch your book to a great editor and/or agent!

  • Pitch from 8am EST February 15, to 11:59 PM EST February 17
  • No registration required.
  • You do not have to be a SavvyAuthors member to pitch.
  • A social media account is required to pitch.

Please read the detailed rules here.

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Char Chaffin, editor at Soul Mate Publishing

All romance genre and sub-genres

Currently looking for: As an editor, Char specializes in series/trilogies, and welcomes historical, paranormal, time travel, and sci-fi/fantasy. She is constantly on the lookout for imaginative, edgy, romantic passion that will sweep her away.

About Char: A Senior Acquisitions editor for Soul Mate Publishing, Char Chaffin studied Journalism and English Literature at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has over fifteen years’ writing and critique experience, belongs to several writing groups and is a member of RWA, including Alaska Romance Writers, and Central NY Romance Writers. She is an avid reader with a fondness for horror and science-fiction as well as romance and erotica.

Char Chaffin has requested the following:

First 3 Chapters + Synopsis

Title: The Hidden Duchess
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 75,000 words
Author: Bree Verity

Title: Love with an Expiration Date: Selkie series, book one
genre: contemporary romance
length: 64k words, completed.
author: Patti Sherry-Crews

Title: The Botanist’s Daughter
Genre: Historical Romance
Word Count: 98,000
Author: Sharon Clare

Send materials to [email protected], and reference “SavvyAuthors Pitch” in the subject line.

 

Curiosity Quills Press

Magical Realism, Alternate Reality, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Horror

Currently looking for: MG through adult crossover titles. In particular we’re searching for stories full of magical realism, alternate reality, exciting historical fiction, contemporary and dark fantasy, and any unique retellings and romance. Also any unique sci-fi stories, and chilling horrors that are more psychological than graphic.

About Curiosity Quills Press: At Curiosity Quills Press, we believe a book is a portal to another world, a break from reality that frees both mind and spirit. We want to bring a little piece of that magic to every life we touch with the written word. View more at www.curiosityquills.com

 

Curiosity Quills has requested the following:

Query + First 3 Chapters + Synopsis

Title: Perfect Chloe
Genre: Contemporary sci-fi
Length: 77,000 words
Author: Paul Westley

Title: THE SECRET DAUGHTER
Genre: Historical Fiction with Romantic Elements
Length: 89,000 words
Author: Leanne Farella

Title: BEYOND THE WATCHTOWER
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 100,000
Author: CJ Lisonbee

Title : A Ghost of a Chance
Genre : Urban fantasy
Length: 83, 000 words
Author: Gina Kay

Title: Three Blind Mice
Genre: Satirical Fantasy
Length: 80,000 words
Author: Tim Simmons

Title: Eros to the Heart
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Length: 76,000
Author: A.M. Hounchell

Title: Blood Wolf
Genre: Historical Paranormal
Length: 98,182
Author: MK Barrett

Title: Kumite for Love
Genre: Historical Romance
Word Count: 65,000
Author: Judy Malcolm

Send materials to [email protected], and reference “SavvyAuthors Pitch” in the subject line.

 

Cheryl Yeko, editor at Soul Mate Publishing

Romantic Suspense, Paranormal, and Sci-Fi.

Currently looking for: Cheryl is currently looking for Romantic Suspense, Paranormal, and Sci-Fi.

About Cheryl: Cheryl Yeko received her Administrative Assistant Degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College, in Wisconsin, as well as a Paralegal Certification through the American Institute For Paralegal Studies. She has over twenty-five years as a Legal Assistant, involving the drafting of legal correspondence and court documents. She belongs to several writing groups, and is a member of RWA.

Cheryl lives in Wisconsin with her husband Patrick. She loves to read, play piano, and spend time with family and friends. She enjoys novels with fast-paced action and steamy romance, protective alpha men and strong heroines. Her debut novel, Protecting Rose, won the 2012 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the Romantic Suspense category.

Soul Mate Publishing offers high-quality romantic fiction for readers around the world.

Cheryl Yeko has requested the following:

First 3 Chapters + Synopsis

Title: HANAMI
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Word Count: 78,700 Words
Author: V.C. Buckley

Title: The Foreign Story Collector: A Ravenscar Shapeshifter Romance
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 62,000 words
Author: Michelle Knowlden

Title: Read’em and Reap
Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Length: 72,000
Author: Aziza Sphinx

Title: Beneath Green
Genre: Adult Science Fiction
Word Count: 64k
Author: Angela J. Super

Send materials to [email protected], and reference “SavvyAuthors Pitch” in the subject line.

 

Deb Werksman, editor at Sourcebooks

Single title romance in all subgenres

Currently looking for: Single title romance in all subgenres: paranormal, historical, romantic suspense, contemporary, erotic romance with:
* a main character the reader can relate to
* a love interest she can fall in love with
* an imaginative, credible world gets created into which the reader can escape
* a hook we can sell within 2-3 sentences
* a career arc for the author (in other words, this book begins a series or begins a career that we can build)

About Deb: Deb Werksman is the editorial director of Sourcebooks’ Casablanca imprint, which publishes 6-8 mass market romances each month. Prior to joining Sourcebooks in 1998, Deb owned her own publishing company. She loves entrepreneurial thinking, innovation and working with authors and literary agents—some of the most creative, soulful people on the planet. Sourcebooks is known for our PR/marketing and sales muscle, and for our focus on building authors’ careers.

Deb Werksman has requested the following:

Full Manuscript + Synopsis:

Title: HANAMI
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Word Count: 78,700 Words
Author: V.C. Buckley

Title: The Gilded Throne of Blood and Bone
Genre: Paranormal Romance (with erotic elements)
Length: 85,000 words
Author: Chelly Pike

TITLE: CEO FOR HIRE (BOOK 1 OF NAKED RUNWAY SERIES)
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Length: 90,000
Author: Lisa Wells
(Deb also requested pitches for the next two books in the series)

Title: Dangerous
Author: Genevieve LaViolette
Genre: Regency Era romance
Length: 101,000 words

Title: THE DARK HORSE
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Length: 82,000 words
Author: J.D. Faver
(Deb also requested pitches for the next two books in the series)

Title: Ancient Heat
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 94,000 words
Author: Kira Shayde
(Deb also said, What is the series hook and the next two books (preferably new hero/heroine in each book). Would you be willing to not have the heroine occupy someone else’s body?)

Title: BAD THINGS COME IN THREES
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 87,000
Author: Edith Lalonde
(Deb also said, include pitches for the next two books in the series (new hero/heroine in each book, please). Please tell me what the series hook is too, along with the hook for each book.)

Book Title: Under Covers
Genre: Contemporary romance
Finished Word Count: 86K
Author: Candi Wall
(Deb also requested pitches for the next two books in the series)

Title: NOTHING EVER GOES AS PLANNED
Genre: contemporary romance
Word count: 85,000
Author: Annmarjoryk?
(Deb also said, What’s the hook and what are the next 2 books (new hero/heroine in each book, please))

Title: THE WATERS OF AISLIN
Genre: Paranormal/Historical Romance
Length: 125,000 words (with sequel potential)
Author: Jessica Pitelka Opfer
(Deb also asked a bunch of questions, so check the blog!)

Title: LifeGames Corporation
Genre: Speculative Fiction / Drama / Paranormal (elements)
Length: 103,000 words
Author: Michael Smorenburg

Title: Off the Grid For Love
Author: Rena Koontz
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 87,700
(Deb also requested pitches for the next two books in the series)

Title: Lemonade in Hell
Author: Stephanie Haefner
Genre: Contemporary Romance/ Romantic Comedy
Length: 82,000 words

Title: Taking Chances
Genre: Contemporary Small Town Romantic Suspense
Length: 79,500 words
Author: Gemma Brocato

Additional Information Requested (contact Deb):

Author name: Courtney Sheets
Title: Under African Skies
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Finished WC: 85K

Title: Key to My Heart
Genre: Time Travel Historical Romance
Length: 125,000 words
Author: Julie McMullen

Title: The Coffee Shop of Broken Dreams: Book One – Three Little Words
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 82,000 words
Author: Mick Arnold

Title: Becoming Jaded
Genre: Dark Romance/Erotic Thriller
Length: 92,500 words
Author: JL Kramer

Title: MONSTER
Genre:Adult Urban Fantasy
Length: 82,000 words
Author: Jen Boyce

From Deb: I want to thank EVERYONE who submitted a pitch to me. I’m delighted that you all participated and I welcome pitches at any time. If you have responses to my questions, please send them directly to [email protected] and please be patient if it takes me a couple of weeks to respond. My feedback is intended to be useful–if you have any questions, please let me know. THANK YOU AGAIN!

Deb provided feedback on many of the pitches. Please take a minute to review your pitch to see if she responded, in some cases she requested additional information via email. Send materials to [email protected], and reference “SavvyAuthors Pitch” in the subject line. I indicated “full + synopsis” based on her responses, but consider sending the additional information identified on the Sourcebooks website. 

 

Theresa Cole, Editor at Entangled Publishing

Actively looking to acquire for all imprints except Scandalous and Indulgence.

Currently looking for:

  • A dark, gritty, BDBesque series w/ tortured, growly, hot-as-hell shifters! (Wolves, dragons, bears, cats… I’m not picky as long as they are strong animals with a pack mentality)
  • Inventive, alternate histories…twists on legends/myths…genre-bending allowed and encouraged! (As long as there’s romance. 😉
  • Series featuring confident, alpha men who are happy with their lives until they meet the relateable, everyday heroines they didn’t know they were missing.
  • YA fairytale retellings based in our world, ALSO normal teenagers doing extraordinary things (think the movie KINGSMAN)
  • Contemporary sci-fi that’s plausible enough to make readers think it actually could happen. Adult, NA, or YA (think IN TIME movie)
  • A fresh take on vampires, alternate histories with a spin, secret societies, gothic, etc. Stories we know with a new twist in them.
  • I’m always a sucker for a cowboy, and I’d <3 some laugh-out-loud, small town rom coms for any imprint!

Theresa Cole has requested the following:

Query + Synopsis + Full Manuscript

Title: The Finish Line (Book 1 of Series)
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Length: 98,000 words
Author: Candice Hopkins writing as Leslie Scott

Title: Chasing The Orion Stars (Venators of Orion Series)
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Length: 92,000 words
Author: L.H. Nicole

Title: Love & Strudel
Genre: YA Contemporary Fairytale
Length: 78,000 words
Author: Suzanne Lazear

Title: QUANTUM
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Romance
Length: 68,000
Author: Roxanne Lambie

Title: The Seventh Sun
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fantasy
Length: 92,000
Author: Lani Forbes

Title: THE DARK HORSE
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Length: 82,000 words
Author: J.D. Faver

Title: Thunderstruck
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy
Length: 60,000 words
Author: Angelica Barone

Title: The Clay Lion
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Sci-Fi
Word count: 66,000
Author: Amalie Jahn

 

Submit materials via http://entangledpublishing.submittable.com/submit, attn: Theresa Cole, and reference “SavvyAuthors Pitch” in your query.

 

Gail Martin, editor at Passion In Print Press

Paranormal, Historical, Mystery & Suspense, Contemporary, Erotic

Currently looking for: Gail loves all genres and is currently looking for:

  • Paranormal – Vampires, shifters, magic, science fiction and fantasy.
  • Historical – Stories set in ancient times through WWII.
  • Mystery & Suspense – Murder. Mayhem. Heart pounding suspense.
  • Contemporary – Romance set in contemporary settings. Steamy or sultry, heartwarming or comedic.
  • Erotic Romance – Scorching hot romances. A significant portion of the story should be devoted to graphic and explicit sex scenes which further the romantic plot and characterization.

About Gail: Gail Martin has been a senior editor with Passion in Print for almost three years. We are currently looking for Short Stories ranging from 10,000 to 50,000. Novels ranging from 65,000 words to 120,000 words. All genres are encouraged. We publish stories that are about the romance between a man and a woman, specifically. Ménage is acceptable as either M/F/M or F/M/FM relationships or sex scenes. We prefer HEA or HFN.

Gail Martin has requested the following:

Synopsis + First 3 Chapters + Last Chapter

Title: Parsley, Sage, Rose, Mary and Wine
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 98,674 words
Author: Lynda Rees

Title: The Choices We Make
Genre: Contemporary Romance that pulls at the heartstrings.
Length: Finished at 50,000 words.
Author: Georgina Sellwood

Title: HANAMI
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Word Count: 78,700 Words
Author: V.C. Buckley

Title:The Finish Line
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 98,000 Words
Author: Candice Hopkins writing as Leslie Scott

Title : Brazilian billionaire and the maid (of Inevitable Passion series)
Genre : Contemporary Romance
Length: 50k words
Author: Fellicia Moh

Title: The Foreign Story Collector: A Ravenscar Shapeshifter Romance
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 62,000 words
Author: Michelle Knowlden

Title: The Hidden Duchess
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 75,000 words
Author: Bree Verity

Title: Celebrity Status
Genre: Contemporary Romance with comedic elements
Length: 50,000
Author: Angela Scavone

Title: Trowel and Error
Genre: Contemporary romance
Length: 65,000
Author: Lonna Seibert

Title: Unbreakable
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 65,000 words
Author: Mandy Uberti

Title: The Season for Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 64,000 words
Author: Mick Arnold

Title: MONSTER
Genre:Adult Urban Fantasy
Length: 82,000 words
Author: Jen Boyce

Title: Finding the way Home
Genre: Contemporary Heartwarming Romance
Word count: 55,000
Author: Bridie Smith writing as Bridget Kaye

Title: Blood Wolf
Genre: Erotic, historical, paranormal romance
Length: 98,182
Author: MK Barrett

Title: Whiskey
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Dark Romance
Length: 61,600 words
Author: Krissy V

Title: Becoming Jaded
Genre: Dark Romance/Erotic Thriller
Length: 92,500 words
Author: JL Kramer

Title: Loving the Celebrity Chef
Author: Caenys Kerr
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 60,000 words

Title: Happy with the Millionaire
Author: Caenys Kerr
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 60,000 words

Synopsis + FULL Manuscript

Title : A Ghost of a Chance
Genre : Urban fantasy
Length: 83, 000 words
Author: Gina Kay

Title: Promise
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 62,000 words
Author: Mandy Uberti

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 82,000 words
Author: Mick Arnold

Title: Only Fools
Genre: Heartwarming Contemporary Romance
Length: 50,000
Author:Charlotte Brothers/Thimgan Hayden

Title: Captive
Genre: Erotic Sci-Fi
Length: 100,279
Author: MK Barrett

Title: Choke Point
Genre: Suspense/Thriller
Length: 87,400 words
Author: Melissa Groeling

Send materials to [email protected], and reference Requested SavvyAuthors February Pitch Event in the subject line. In the body of the email please include your real name, your pen name (if any), your manuscript’s genre, heat rating and word count, your contact information, and a summary of your writing or publishing experience. (If you’re a first-time author, say so. We won’t hold it against you. All our authors had a first time.) Point us to your promotional website, if you have one.

 

Jennifer Herrington, freelance editor at Lyrical Press

Contemporary, Erotic, Cozy Mysteries, Suspense, Sci-Fi, & Historical

Currently looking for: Jennifer reads and edits across all romance genres.

About Jennifer: Jennifer is a Freelance Editor for Lyrical Press. She has spent time as a newspaper reporter, copy editor and writer of industrial manuals and safety procedures, radio newscaster and perpetual student. Now, she has her dream job spending her days and nights reading, acquiring, and editing romance novels. On her days off, she can be found chasing after her three boys or sitting on the couch watching sports with her husband.

Jennifer is currently looking for fresh stories in a variety of categories including all romance genres (specifically suspense and historicals with unique settings), YA, new adult, and cozy mysteries. Novellas, serials, and full-length novels are welcomed. She is looking for edgy, captivating voices and strong unforgettable characters. She’s also on the lookout for diverse characters.

Jennifer has requested the following pitches:

Query + Synopsis + Full Manuscript

Title: Perfect Chloe
Genre: Contemporary sci-fi
Length: 77,000 words
Author: Paul Westley

Title: HANAMI
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Word Count: 78,700 Words
Author: V.C. Buckley

Title: BAD THINGS COME IN THREES
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 87,000
Author: Edith Lalonde

Title: The Coffee Shop of Broken Dreams: Book One – Three Little Words
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 82,000 words
Author: Mick Arnold

Title: The Finish Line
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Length: 98,000 words
Author: Candice Hopkins writing as Leslie Scott

Title: The Choices We Make
Genre: Contemporary Romance that pulls at the heartstrings
Length: Finished at 50,000 words
Author: Georgina Sellwood

Title: Mob Rules
Genre: Romantic Thriller with Dieselpunk aspects
Length: Finished at 50,000 words
Author:

Title: Treehouse Tryst
Genre: Contemporary/Series
Length: 63,000
Author: Elsie Davis

Title: Revving Her Heart (Book 1 Blacke Brothers series)
Genre: Sizzling Contemporary Romance
Length: 59,500+ words
Author: Cadence Vonn

Title: Unbreakable
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 65,000
Author: Mandy Uberti

Title: Fired Up (Hearts Ablaze, Book 1)
Genre: Erotic Romance
Length: 75,000
Author: Anna Durand

Title: To Win or Lose (A Playing to Win Novel, Book 1)
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Length: 55,000
Author: Donna Simons

Title: City Slicker
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 55,000
Author: Kendra James / Bev Irwin

Send materials to [email protected], and reference “SavvyAuthors Pitch” in the subject line.

 

Alycia Tornetta, editor at Entangled Publishing

YA, Romantic Suspense, Historical Romance, Contemporary Category Romance

Currently looking for: Alycia is currently acquiring YA (all genres except paranormal), romantic suspense, historical romance, and contemporary category romance. Strong tropes and high-concept is a must. She loves sports romance, small-town setting, and romantic comedy. She’s looking for romances that feel like Sandra Bullock romantic comedies. For suspense, she’d LOVE a series set around SEALs/special forces—something sexy and tropey but with an element of suspense. For historical, she’s looking for Victorian/Regency/Highlander. Especially with rakish heroes. She’s also looking for more LGBT romance.

About Alycia: Alycia Tornetta is an editorial director for Entangled Publishing. She works with many New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors, including  Lauren Blakely, Amy Engel, Cindi Madsen, Stefanie London, and more. Alycia loves quirky, independent heroines and smart, sexy heroes. She also has a weakness for cute, nerdy guys with great hair and bad boys with even better hair. Alycia currently lives in California with her husband, two lazy cats, and two exuberant german shepherds. You can follow her on Twitter at @weechagirl.

Alycia Tornetta has requested the following:

Full Manuscript + Synopsis + Query

Title: Buying Max
Author: Marin McGinnis
Genre: Victorian era historical romance
Length: 78,000 words

Title: I Follow the Sun
Genre: Young adult contemporary
Length: 70,000 words
Author: K.D. Van Brunt

Title: What Happened on the Island
Genre: YA Contemporary
Length: 53,000 words
Author: Amy DeLuca

Title: The Grinch Who Loved Me
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Holiday/Romantic Comedy)
Length: 50,000 words
Author: Traci Douglass

Title: BAD THINGS COME IN THREES
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 87,000
Author: Edith Lalonde

Title: Cheater.Faker.Troublemaker
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Length: 80,000 words
Author: Jenny Rosen

Submit materials via https://entangledpublishing.submittable.com/submit, Attn: Alycia Tornetta, and reference “SavvyAuthors Pitch” in the query.

 

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