Editors and publishers confirmed for Pitchfest

Pitch your completed book to one of our great editors from Feb 12, 2020 to Feb 14, 2020.
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Carrie Lofty, Freelance Acquiring Editor at Carina Press

Currently looking for: Contemporary romance, Paranormal romance, Romantic suspense, LGBTQ+ romance in all adult genres. No YA or women's fiction, please.

I love snappy dialogue, cheeky humor and a dry, sarcastic wit. On the flipside, I can never resist beautifully rendered angst. No matter the tone, wrap me in the world you create. I need to be invested in characters’ dreams and desires, and why they can’t (initially) be happy together. What is important to them? “High stakes” doesn’t mean the end of the world. I’m skewing heavily toward low-angst, feel-good stories with tropes such as friends-to-lovers, bodyguards, reconciliations, and homecomings.

Some special interests: romantic comedies, adrenaline junkies, gentle bruisers, and LGBTQ+ romantic suspense.

About Carrie:

Carrie got her start as an editor in 2008 when she joined Chicago North RWA. As Manuscript Chair, she led critiques for Courtney Milan, Julie Ann Walker, Meredith Duran, Julie James, and Sarah M. Anderson. In 2016 she edited Far From Home by Lorelie Brown, the first lesbian romance nominated for a RITA™. Since joining Carina Press, her projects include Christmas Catch by Mary Shotwell (Nov 2018), New Ink on Life by Jennie Davids (May 2019), and Hour of the Wolf by USA Today bestseller Dana Marie Bell. Upcoming projects will include two titles for the new Carina Adores imprint.

Learn more about Carrie and Carina Press!

Cassie Knight, Publisher at Champagne Book Group

Currently looking for: We primarily seek romance across the sub-genres (except for inspiration which is better served by other publishers).

In particular: Contemporary romance (no highly explicit or erotic) Historical romance Romantic suspense Urban fantasy and paranormal romance (including science fiction romance) In celebration of this pitch session, Cassie would really love to see some sweet romances. And if you have a Christmas themed romance, please share! We also love the following so don’t hesitate to pitch these too: Young adult (contemporary and paranormal) Science fiction (space opera type) Horror

About Champagne Book Group:

Champagne Book Group (CBG) has been open and publishing electronic fiction since 2004. CBG’s goal and vision is to deliver to readers quality books crafted with care and infused with passion to transport readers beyond their imagination.

About Cassie:

Cassie Knight has worked in the publishing industry as an author and editor for over twenty years. She has taken her love of the industry in a new way and is the proud owner of CBG. In addition to running a successful digital-first publishing company, her passion about the publishing industry and the business of writing, especially within the romance genre, has led to her actively mentoring writers and teaching numerous workshops, in-person and online, for Savvy Authors, Kiss of Death, San Diego Romance Writers of America and the Greater Seattle Romance Writers. Her greatest joy is working with authors and bringing readers great books.

Learn more about Cassie and Champagne Books!

Tule Publishing

Currently looking for: Tule is looking for mystery and romance novels.

Within Mystery, we are particular interested in cozy mysteries, domestic suspense, private investigators, trillers within series potential and stories featuring women sleuths and police procedure. As for Romance, we are looking for fresh takes on romance tropes, strong, savvy heroines, witty dialogue, stories with series potential, romantic comedies and rural, small town settings. Tule is always seeking diverse stories that feature diverse characters written by diverse authors.

About Tule Publishing:

Tule Publishing launched its first imprint, Montana Born, in September 2013, adding two new imprints, Southern Born and Holiday, in 2014, and is expanding its latest imprints Muse, and Eros in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Tule’s one goal is to publish fantastic stories by the best writers. We want to delight our readers and satisfy our authors’ desire for creativity, freedom, and commercial success. Many of our authors are from the traditional NY world of publishing, with an existing reader fan base. Our books are the heart of our site, our business, and our passion. We have imprints to suit every mood and taste — and there are more, coming soon! The authors we publish all have unique styles and terrific voices. You’ll become a big fan, if you aren’t already!

Learn more about Tule Publishing!

Lydia Sharp, Senior Editor, Acquisitions Manager, and Assistant Publisher at Entangled Publishing

Currently looking for: Young adult, new adult, and adult.

In Young Adult: ANY genre with romance.

In New Adult: contemporary romance, sci-fi romance, urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

In Adult: contemporary romance, sci-fi romance, urban fantasy and paranormal romance, historical romance, upmarket women’s fiction with or without romance, high-concept thrillers with little to no romance.

Also seeking lead characters with minority identities in all of the above.

About Lydia:

Lydia Sharp is a Senior Editor for Entangled Publishing, the Acquisitions Manager, and Assistant Publisher. 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. Lydia is continually on the lookout for new authors and fresh voices to add to Entangled's list, and would especially love to see more diversity in submissions.

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.

Learn more about Lydia and Entangled Publishing!

Deb Werksman, Editorial Director at Sourcebooks Casablanca

Currently looking for: Mainstream romance that appeals to a broad audience, in all subgenres.

About Deb:

Deb Werksman has been at Sourcebooks for 21 years, before which she owned her own publishing company. Sourcebooks is known for sales/marketing/PR and building author careers.

Learn more about Deb and Sourcebooks Casablanca!

Pride Publishing from the Totally Entwined Group

Currently looking for: Pride Publishing is on the lookout for LGBT+ Romance Fiction in all subgenres. Friends to lovers, fake boyfriend, coming out stories…we’re looking for love in all its forms! Stories of 10-100k, series also welcomed. Check out our publisher website below, for more information on specific seasonal collections. We are currently accepting submissions to our MM Romantic Suspense anthology, Hard Evidence, and are looking for stories of 10-15k for this call.

About Totally Entwined Group:

We were established back in 2006 and we’ve been busy producing and supplying the very best fiction in the market ever since. Our flagship publishing house, Totally Bound Publishing, has been offering romantic and erotic romance titles for eight years. With an author base of more than four hundred talented authors and a loyal reader base in the US and the UK and increasing around the world, we release up to ten brand-new and totally irresistible titles each week, and are growing at a fantastic pace.

The Totally Entwined Group is known for innovation, passion, publishing excellence and quality, and offers the best stimulation for the imagination. The team at Totally Entwined provide a unique service to our authors and readers. We are a royalty paying, full-service Publisher. This means that there are no fees to the author to become published with us. Brought together by a mutual love of outstanding fiction, we offer a mass of business experience in the form of editors, artists, marketers, IT technicians, international rights and support staff to meet all of your needs.

We love what we do and are totally dedicated and committed to providing the best service that we can to our authors and our readers. Totally Entwined Group comprises three publishing imprints – Totally Bound Publishing (erotic romance fiction), Pride Publishing (LGBT fiction) and Finch Books (Young Adult fiction), publishing over 350 authors internationally.

Learn more about Pride Publishing and the Totally Entwined Group!

Totally Bound Publishing from the Totally Entwined Group

Currently looking for: Totally Bound Publishing welcomes sexy, smart romance fiction in any subgenre. MF, MFM or more – we’re looking for reverse harem, bully romances, and super-steamy contemporary romances with unforgettable characters and romance that leaves you breathless. Stories of 10-100k, series also welcomed. Check out our publisher website below, for more information on specific seasonal collections.

About Totally Entwined Group:

We were established back in 2006 and we’ve been busy producing and supplying the very best fiction in the market ever since. Our flagship publishing house, Totally Bound Publishing, has been offering romantic and erotic romance titles for eight years. With an author base of more than four hundred talented authors and a loyal reader base in the US and the UK and increasing around the world, we release up to ten brand-new and totally irresistible titles each week, and are growing at a fantastic pace.

The Totally Entwined Group is known for innovation, passion, publishing excellence and quality, and offers the best stimulation for the imagination. The team at Totally Entwined provide a unique service to our authors and readers. We are a royalty paying, full-service Publisher. This means that there are no fees to the author to become published with us. Brought together by a mutual love of outstanding fiction, we offer a mass of business experience in the form of editors, artists, marketers, IT technicians, international rights and support staff to meet all of your needs.

We love what we do and are totally dedicated and committed to providing the best service that we can to our authors and our readers. Totally Entwined Group comprises three publishing imprints – Totally Bound Publishing (erotic romance fiction), Pride Publishing (LGBT fiction) and Finch Books (Young Adult fiction), publishing over 350 authors internationally.

Learn more about Totally Bound Publishing and the Totally Entwined Group!

Finch Books from the Totally Entwined Group

Currently looking for: Finch Books is the place for YA romance – sweet, coming of age, finding a voice and a place in the world, and someone to share it with. We’re open to all genres of YA romance including paranormal, urban fantasy and realistic fiction.

About Totally Entwined Group:

We were established back in 2006 and we’ve been busy producing and supplying the very best fiction in the market ever since. Our flagship publishing house, Totally Bound Publishing, has been offering romantic and erotic romance titles for eight years. With an author base of more than four hundred talented authors and a loyal reader base in the US and the UK and increasing around the world, we release up to ten brand-new and totally irresistible titles each week, and are growing at a fantastic pace.

The Totally Entwined Group is known for innovation, passion, publishing excellence and quality, and offers the best stimulation for the imagination. The team at Totally Entwined provide a unique service to our authors and readers. We are a royalty paying, full-service Publisher. This means that there are no fees to the author to become published with us. Brought together by a mutual love of outstanding fiction, we offer a mass of business experience in the form of editors, artists, marketers, IT technicians, international rights and support staff to meet all of your needs.

We love what we do and are totally dedicated and committed to providing the best service that we can to our authors and our readers. Totally Entwined Group comprises three publishing imprints – Totally Bound Publishing (erotic romance fiction), Pride Publishing (LGBT fiction) and Finch Books (Young Adult fiction), publishing over 350 authors internationally.

Learn more about Finch Books and the Totally Entwined Group!

Leanne Morgena, Senior Editor at The Wild Rose Press

Currently looking for: The Sweetheart line acquires heartwarming contemporary stories that focus on the developing romance between the protagonists. Be sure to include all those luscious firsts (first awareness, first touch, first trusting moment, first kiss) that romance readers love. My personal favorites are small-town settings, reunion or second-chance-at-love stories, and single parent stories. But the line is open to plots of all types in global settings that fit here--meaning no murders or espionage or fantasy elements or depicted sexuality. Whatever location you pick, make it part of the story so the reader can hear, see, and touch it.

About The Wild Rose Press:

The Wild Rose Press opened its doors in May of 2006. Within twenty-four hours, submissions starting arriving. Today, TWRP has an editorial staff of 30 supported by a staff of 7 cover artists and a behind-the-scenes crew of product production and marketing staff. The company is proud to count 380 authors and more than 3,500 published titles as part of TWRP family.

Learn more about Leanne and The Wild Rose Press!

Reagan Rothe, Creator and Owner of Black Rose Writing

Currently looking for: Bio & Memoir, Children's (fully illustrated only), Historical & Adventure, Horror, Humor, Literary Fiction, Mystery & Suspense, Nonfiction, Romance & Women's Fiction, SciFi & Fantasy, Middle Grade & Young Adult, Thrillers

About Reagan:

Reagan Rothe is the creator and owner of Black Rose Writing, an Indie Press in Texas, the host of the Heard it Through the Rosevine podcast, and a fellow published author. He is an Amazon Ad ninja, serves on Ingram’s Publisher Advisory Board, and is a Social Media Certified Professional. Rothe has contributed to IBPA’s Independent, NetGalley Insights, and other reputable literary channels. He lives with his beautiful wife, Minna, and has two children, Lena and Walter Lee.

About Black Rose Publishing:

Innovative - Self-reliant - Nimble - Forward Thinking - Subject Experts - Entrepreneurial - Engaged

Black Rose Writing is an independent publishing house that strongly believes in developing a personal relationship with their authors. The Texas-based publishing company doesn't see authors as clients or just another number on a page, but rather as individual people... people who deserve an honest review of their material and to be paid traditional royalties without ever paying any fees to be published.

Black Rose Writing, established in 2006, features books from an array of fiction, non-fiction, and children's book genres, all having one thing in common, an individual's originality and hard work. It can take endless hours to finish a deserving manuscript, and Black Rose Writing applauds each and every author, giving them a chance at their dream. Because Black Rose Writing takes full advantage of modern printing technology, the company has an infinite print run via print-on-demand services.

Black Rose Writing's success with their authors is due mainly to their many lines of promotion, (examples: showcasing book titles at festivals, scheduling book events, flexible marketing programs, and sending out press releases and review copies, etc.) and they provide a broad distribution (Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and more...) that larger book publishers also reach. We are proud members of IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association), a recognized ITW (International Thriller Writers) publisher, members of Publishers Marketplace, and currently serving on the Ingram Publisher Advisory Board.

Learn more about Reagan and Black Rose Writing!

Debra Dixon, President and Publisher of BelleBooks

Currently looking for: MUST HAVE COMPLETED MANUSCRIPT TO PITCH.

Urban fantasy – Newest UF author published by Bell Bridge is L. R. Braden (Magicsmith series). Other author examples from Bell Bridge Books would be Diana Pharaoh Francis (Diamond City and Magicfall series), and Kalayna Price (Haven series). We’re looking for darker, grittier UF. While humor is fine, the tone of the books should be on the darker side rather than having a light/comedy tone.

Cozy Mystery— A cozy is a cozy, except we’re also fans of Louise Penny’s village/procedural mysteries starring Inspector Gamache.

Procedural Mystery— Character driven series. Current Bell Bridge Author: C. Hope Clark and her most recent book, Edisto Tidings (Edisto Island Mysteries & The Caroline Slade Mysteries)

Suspense/Mystery— Newest release from Donnell Ann Bell – Black Pearl, A Cold Case Suspense, first in a series. Also interested in darker suspense/mystery similar to: Anne Frasier (Jude Fontaine, Elise Sandberg series) or M. J. Arlidge’s Helen Grace series.

About Debra:

Debra Dixon is the President and Publisher of BelleBooks and its imprints. Their UF authors include Kalayna Price, John Hartness, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Jake Bible, L.R. Braden, and Anthony Francis. Mystery authors include C. Hope Clark, Sparkle Abbey, and Donnell Ann Bell. Debra is also the author of the classic, how-to bible for writers—GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict.

Learn more about Debra and BelleBooks!