Editors & Publishers Confirmed for 2018 SavvyWriterCon Pitchfest

Pitch your completed book to one of our great Editors from September 12-14, 2018

Char Chaffin, Editor, Soul Mate Publishing

Romance – Historical, Sci-Fi/Time Travel, Paranormal/Fantasy

Currently 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: 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 more about Char and Soul Mate Publishing

Laura Costello, Assistant Editor, Sourcebooks Casablanca

All Subgenres of Romance 

Currently looking for: I’m seeking romance in all subgenres: romantic suspense, contemporary, paranormal, historical, and erotic. I’m drawn to tense, isolated survival situations in romantic suspense, though action-packed suspense with fun banter is welcome. In paranormal, I’m fascinated by lush fantasy worlds rooted in mythology. But on the other hand, I’d love a romance set in a post-apocalyptic landscape. I’m also on the lookout for creatures—shifters or otherwise—the romance space hasn’t seen in abundance, or a fresh twist on the familiar. In contemporary romance, I lean toward books that are smart, fun, and lighthearted, and I’m a sucker for the friends-to-lovers trope. I’m always looking for diverse and own voices romance, including romances with LGBTQIA+ leads.

About Laura: Laura Costello began her publishing career at Sourcebooks in 2015 after interning at Globe Pequot Press’s FalconGuides imprint and Warscapes, an independent online magazine. She is currently an Assistant Editor for Sourcebooks Casablanca, looking for romance in all subgenres. Sourcebooks publishes 6-8 romance titles per month, in print and ebook formats simultaneously. We are the country’s largest woman-owned independent publishing house. We’re known for our sales and marketing, as well as our focus on building authors’ careers.

Find more about Laura and Sourcebooks Casablanca

Kate Marope, Freelance Acquiring Editor, Carina Press

All Sub-genres Romance (except Historical and Time Travel)

Currently looking for: Looking for stories about pragmatic and competent characters who know what they want and how to get it. Especially interested in LGBTQIA and multicultural protagonists from diverse backgrounds in both mystery and romance. 

  • Urban fantasy with f/m, m/m, or trans protagonists, intense clan politics and exquisite world building. Really looking for unusual creature protagonists and unusual settings or cultures.
  • Sweet, feel-good LGBTQIA romance. Think Mary Calmes or Cardeno C.
  • Gut wrenching, ugly cry-worthy stories. Please make sure there is a HEA for the characters!
  • Woman in peril romantic suspense starring a protective bad boy hero (e.g. bodyguards, mafia/mob, underground fighters, even the occasional serial killer).
  • Growly but low-key romantic heroes.
  • Military (or law enforcement) romance. I love Hawaii Five-0, so give me active or retired military personnel who still have their edge.
  • Mysteries (who- or whydunit police procedurals, thrillers, and psychological suspense) featuring former-criminal investigators who use their past life in crime to solve the mystery. Suppressed or rather-be-forgotten pasts are a definite plus.
About Kate:  A full-time freelance editor since 2015, Kate helps authors find their voice and tell their stories in the most compelling way possible. Her client list includes Amazon Humorous Fantasy bestseller PM Drummond, Golden Palm Contest winner Brooke Stanton, and other debut authors in the US and UK. An awesome book doctor in pyjamas, she joined the Carina Press team in 2018. Kate’s drawn to books with pragmatic characters, smart heroines, and intricate world-building. She craves well-developed and authentic characters that feel real. She doesn’t have to like your characters; just understand them. You can check out her website at www.theribbonmarker.com and follow her on Twitter @TheRibbonMarker.

Find more about Kate and Carina Press

Sinclair Sawhney, Acquisitions Editor, Tule Publishing

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

Currently looking for: Romance (all genres), Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit, and Mystery.

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.  For more on Tule visit www.tulepublishing.com.

Find more about Sinclair and Tule Publishing.

Lydia Sharp, Editor & Acquisitions Manager, Entangled Publishing

Romance — 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, women’s fiction with or without romance.
  • Genre blends and mashups are accepted. 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

Cheryl Yeko, 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.

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