Editors & Publishers for 2019 Sweetheart Pitchfest

Editors & Publishers Confirmed for 2019 Sweetheart Pitchfest

Pitch your completed book to one of our great editors from February 13 - 15, 2019

Alycia Tornetta, Editorial Director, Entangled Publishing

YA, Historical, Contemporary Adult Romance

Currently Looking For: Alycia is currently acquiring YA (all genres except paranormal), and historical and contemporary adult romance. High-concept is a must. She loves regency romance, small-town setting, and romantic comedies. She’s looking for romances that feel like Sandra Bullock romantic comedies. She’d LOVE a contemporary series set around current or former SEALs/special forces—something sexy and tropey. Also fun, heartwarming Hallmark movie-type stories. For historical, she’s looking for Victorian/Regency/Highlander. Especially with rakish heroes or a fresh take on the genre. Strong heroines. She’s also looking for more diverse characters and authors. For YA, I’m looking for great, strong voices that have something to say. Genre-bending stories and fresh concepts welcome! 

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

For more information about Alycia and Entangled Publishing. 

Angela Knight, Editor, Changeling Press

See below

Currently Looking For: We’re currently looking for Contemporary and Futuristic short fiction, single title, series, and serials in the following genres and themes:

Genres: Sci-Fi/Futuristic, Dark and Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, BDSM, Action Adventure, and Guilty Pleasures (Adult Contemporary Kink)

Themes: MC Romance, Rock Star Romance, Alien Encounters, Men and Women in Uniform, New Adult, Single Parent/Pregnancy Romance, 2nd Chance Romance, Silver Fox, Big Beautiful Women, Interracial, Gay, Bisexual and More, Multiple Partners, Shapeshifters, Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies

About Angela: Angela Knight is the New York Times bestselling author of books for Berkley, Red Sage, Changeling Press, and Loose Id. Her first book was written in pencil and illustrated in crayon; she was nine years old at the time. A few years later, she read The Wolf and the Doveand fell in love with romance. Besides her fiction work, Angela’s publishing career includes a stint as a comic book writer and ten years as a newspaper reporter. Several of her stories won South Carolina Press Association awards under her real name. Angela has written over 50 novels, novellas and e-books. The latest is Arcane Heart, the story of a beautiful witch cop and her handsome partner, who can assume the form of a magical lion.
Angela is also an editor for the e-publisher Changeling Press. 

For more information about Angela and Changeling Press.

Candace Havens, Managing Editor, Executive Editor and Editorial Director of Embrace and Amara, Entangled Publishing

Single-title Romance, New Adult

Currently looking for: Contemporary Romance, Historical, Romantic Suspense and Thriller, Sci Fi, Paranormal, and Fantasy.

About Candace: Bestselling author Candace Havens has written multiple novels for Berkley, Entangled, and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country.  Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2200 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Hawkeye & Dorsey on 96.3, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association.

About Entangled Publishing: Entangled Publishing is an independent publisher of romantic fiction, in the adult, new adult, and young adult markets, distributed by Macmillan. Since its first release in 2011, Entangled has grown to thirteen imprints, with titles appearing on the USA Today Bestsellers list and the New York Times Bestsellers list, as well as recipients of various literary awards. Every month, Entangled releases several titles in digital-first format and selective titles in simultaneous print and digital formats. Our books are available at major online retailers around the world, and we have a joint partnership with St. Martin’s Press that enables us to showcase a select number of books in mass-market paperback. Many of our titles are also released in audio format. Our marketing team prides itself on thinking outside of the box while remaining sharp, savvy, and connected. Every book we publish receives a unique, custom-tailored marketing plan that we revisit regularly to ensure continued sales. We are actively seeking diverse authors and diverse books across all imprints, and we look forward to reading your stories.

Find more about Candace and Entangled Publishing

Char Chaffin, Acquiring Editor, Soul Mate Publishing

Historical, Sci-Fi/Time Travel, Paranormal/Fantasy.

Char is looking for: Currently Char is actively acquiring the following romance genres: historical, (all sub-genres), sci-fi/time travel, and paranormal/fantasy. Char also specializes in series/trilogies. She welcomes imaginative, edgy, romantic passion that will sweep her away.

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

A multi-published author, Char writes solo under her own name and also co-writes with fellow editor and BFF Cheryl Yeko under their pen name, CiCi Cordelia. Utilizing multiple romance genres, she crafts strong yet flawed heroes and heroines who find each other against all odds. She is currently working on her eighth novel.

Char and husband Don divide their time between two homes: Fairbanks, Alaska, and the Coastal Bend of Texas.

Find out more about Char and Soul Mate Publishing.

Cheryl Yeko, Acquiring Editor, Soul Mate Publishing

Romantic Suspense, Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi Romance

Currently looking for: As an Editor, Cheryl welcomes Romantic Suspense, Paranormal, and Sci-Fi. Soul Mate Publishing offers high-quality romantic fiction for readers around the world.

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.

Learn more about Cheryl Yeko and Soul Mate Publishing.

Leanne Morgena, Editor, Wild Rose Press

Clean Romance

Currently looking for: Acquiring clean (language and sensuality) romance in lengths from 7500 words to 100,000 words. Personal preferences are reunion, second chance at love, and single parent stories. Start with action, not backstory, and relate the plot details with active writing that includes lots of description and sensory details. Don’t submit a novel that is 85% dialogue. In Sweetheart, readers want to get inside the protagonists’ heads and know why they act in the way they do.


About Leanne: The Wild Rose Press opened its door on May 1, 2006 and I joined in July of that year, taking on the Sweetheart line. I worked for another small press publisher for two years prior, and I’ve done freelance editing for twenty years, in addition to years spent working in the secretarial field.

Find more about Leanne and The Wild Rose Press

Lydia Sharp, Editor & Acquisitions Manager, Entangled Publishing

Young Adult, New Adult, Adult

Currently looking for:

  • In Young Adult: ANY genre with romance.
  • In New Adult: contemporary romance, sci-fi romance, urban fantasy and paranormal romance, romantic suspense.
  • In Adult: contemporary romance, sci-fi romance, urban fantasy and paranormal romance, romantic suspense, historical romance, upmarket women’s fiction with or without romance, high-concept thrillers with little to no romance.
  • Also seeking LGBTQ and PoC lead characters in all of the above.

About Lydia: Lydia Sharp is an editor for Entangled Publishing and the Acquisitions Manager. Since joining Entangled in 2013, Lydia has worked with authors who are New York Times bestsellers and USA Today bestsellers, as well as helped several debut authors see their dream of being published come true. Follow on Twitter @lydia_sharp for the latest updates.

About Entangled Publishing: Entangled Publishing is an independent publisher of romantic fiction, in the adult, new adult, and young adult markets, distributed by Macmillan. Since its first release in 2011, Entangled has grown to thirteen imprints, with titles appearing on the USA Today Bestsellers list and the New York Times Bestsellers list, as well as recipients of various literary awards. Every month, Entangled releases several titles in digital-first format and selective titles in simultaneous print and digital formats. Our books are available at major online retailers around the world, and we have a joint partnership with St. Martin’s Press that enables us to showcase a select number of books in mass-market paperback. Many of our titles are also released in audio format. Our marketing team prides itself on thinking outside of the box while remaining sharp, savvy, and connected. Every book we publish receives a unique, custom-tailored marketing plan that we revisit regularly to ensure continued sales. We are actively seeking diverse authors and diverse books across all imprints, and we look forward to reading your stories.

Find more about Lydia and Entangled Publishing

Sinclair Sawhney, Acquisition Editor, Tule Publishing

 Romance (all genres), Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit and Mystery 

Currently Looking For: Tule is currently accepting submissions for the 2020 and 2021 calendar. Please note that we are currently accepting mystery submissions in addition to romance and women’s fiction manuscripts. We recognize that love is both universal and personal and we are always interested in original story telling and diverse experiences. We are currently seeking stories with unique and diverse voices for all imprints.

Specific Submission Calls:

  • Cozy mysteries
  • Crime fiction
  • Domestic suspense thrillers
  • Political suspense novels
  • Detective stories (especially with female sleuths)
  • Fresh takes on classic romance tropes
  • Reunion romances
  • Strong, savvy heroines
  • Quick, witty banter between hero and heroine
  • Stories with series potential
  • New adult romance stories
  • Domestic thrillers
  • Stories with diversity

About Sinclair: Sinclair Sawhney loves to fall in love between pages. A former literature, history and writing teacher with a masters in education and curriculum design, she has enjoyed working as senior editor at Tule Publishing since 2014. She has the best job in the world reading romances and cheering on authors as they brainstorm and build new series and weave tangled webs which ensnare their heroes and heroines in plots and scenes that keep readers turning the pages.  

About Tule Publishing:Since being founded in 2013, Tule Publishing located in San Clemente, California has published over 400 books by more then 100 authors from all over the world.  Although Tule began with a focus on contemporary romance, today Tule acquires all genres of romance and women’s fiction, as well as select mystery titles.  

Find more about Tule Publishing.

Stacey Donovan, Acquiring Editor, Hallmark Publishing

Wholesome or “Sweet” Romance Novels and Cozy Mystery Novels

Currently looking for: We’re looking for wholesome or “sweet” romance novels and cozy mystery novels of around 65,000 – 85,000 words in length. We love romances and mysteries that also celebrate friendship, family, and/or community ties. All stories must have happy endings.

We’re looking for contemporary stories set in the United States. For Christmas and winter stories, we have a preference for snowy locales.

We’d especially love to see Christmas and seasonal themes (winter, Valentine’s Day, spring, June brides, beach reads, fall), and we want to hear about your series ideas.

A sense of humor is always a plus for us. We tend to avoid stories with very sad or distressing elements, including but not limited to terminal illness, abuse, addiction, early stages of grief, and children or animals in peril.

We aren’t looking for stories with strong religious themes, but faith may be depicted as a part of characters’ lives.

We aren’t interested in paranormal romance in general, but we’re open to time travel or a little bit of magic.

We aren’t looking for young adult, other fiction genres, or nonfiction at this time.

No nudity, sex, profanity, or graphic depictions of sexuality or violence will be accepted. Physical interaction must be limited to hugging and kissing. We avoid backstories about infidelity or promiscuity. In murder mysteries, the murder must happen “off the page,” and we tend to avoid other heavy or disturbing content.

For romance, we prefer third person, alternating between points of view, but we’ll consider a first-person narrative with an entertaining voice. For mystery, either first person or third person is fine.

For mystery, we’d especially like to see series ideas with female amateur sleuths.

We’d love to see diverse stories from diverse authors.

About Stacey: Stacey Donovan is the acquiring editor for Hallmark Publishing. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona in Tucson and was previously an editorial director and a Master Writer at Hallmark in Kansas City. She’s the author of several children’s books and gift books, a reference book for writers, and four romance novels, both under her own name and a pen name. She now lives in Los Angeles. You can connect with her on Twitter: Twitter.com/donovanesque.

Find more about Stacey Donovan and Hallmark Publishing

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