Editors and publishers confirmed for Pitchfest

Pitch your completed book to one of our great editors from Oct 28, 2020 to Oct 30, 2020.
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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 (sweet to smoking hot but not erotic)
  • Historical romance-specifically Regency, Highland/Scottish, cowboy/western but love ’em all
  • Urban fantasy and paranormal romance (including fantasy and science fiction romance)

No erotic romance at this time

We also love the following so don’t hesitate to pitch anyway:

  • Historical fiction
  • Mystery, suspense, and thrillers
  • Young adult (contemporary and paranormal)
  • Science fiction (not hard science fiction as our readers tend to lighter fare)
  • Horror

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 and several writing organizations, including Kiss of Death, San Diego Romance Writers of America, and the Greater Seattle Romance Writers.

Learn more about Cassie and Champagne Books!

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!

Pride Publishing from the Totally Entwined Group

Currently looking for: LGBT+ Romance Fiction in all subgenres including romantic suspense, crime and thriller, BDSM and cowboys/Western. We are also accepting submissions to our seasonal collections, based around Spring, Summer, Halloween and Christmas.

Check out the publisher website below for more information: https://www.totallyentwinedgroup.com/submissions/submission-calls-pride-publishing/ Stories of 10-100k. Series also welcomed.

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 (reverse harem) – we’re looking for the following genres in particular:

- Billionaire

- Shifter billionaire

- Royalty

- Athletes/celebrities

- Dominance and Submission

- Mafia/Bad Boys

Stories of 10-100k. Series are encouraged, and single books are also considered. Check out the publisher website below, for more information on specific seasonal collections. https://www.totallyentwinedgroup.com/submissions/submission-calls-totally-bound-publishing/

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: YA romance.

Currently acquiring fantasy and dystopian YA romance, also considering contemporary and paranormal YA romance, with a focus on fantasy romance based outside of America.

Stories of 10-100k, series are also welcomed.

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!

Reagan Rothe, Creator and Owner of Black Rose Writing

Currently looking for: Horror, only

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!

Erin McClary, Associate Editor, Sourcebooks

Currently looking for:

Adult fiction:

  • Women’s fiction, contemporary fiction, historical fiction all within the commercial fiction realm (Sourcebooks does not acquire a lot of upmarket/literary fiction)
  • Uplifting stories about friendship and relationships
  • Moving, emotional stories about family (and other relationships) but that are ultimately hopeful
  • Character-driven novels with a fresh voice and intriguing hook – If you can’t pitch your book to me in one quick sentence, that probably means it needs a stronger hook!
  • I am particularly looking for fiction from BIPOC writers writing within the themes mentioned above
  • What I am NOT looking for: fantasy, sci-fi, traditional romance or rom-coms, YA, mystery/crime, literary fiction

Adult Nonfiction:

  • Social sciences and current affairs
  • Self-help/personal development
  • Historical figures
  • Travel
  • Humor
  • What I am NOT looking for: memoir, essay collections

About Erin:

Erin McClary is an Associate Editor at Sourcebooks, one of the nation's largest independent publishers and the country's only woman-owned publisher, located just outside of Chicago. After 14 years of working in brand and digital marketing, she decided to bring her keen editorial eye and obsession with books and reading to the publishing industry. What she loves most about her job is connecting authors to readers and helping others discover their next favorite book. Erin is open for submissions!

Learn more about Erin and Sourcebooks

Amy Acosta, Entangled Publishing

Currently looking for:

Amy is looking for diversity-rich YA, NA, and Adult stories with high concepts and a great voice in the genres of Contemporary, Historical (Regency, Victorian), Fantasy, and Science Fiction. Her favorite stories contain unlikely casts, big families, personalities that stand out, worlds struggling against change, climate issues, high-stakes adventures, spaceships, witty banter, enemies to lovers, fake dating, strong friendships, quirky small towns, smart and sassy heroines/heroes, and LGBTQ+ rep across the rainbow.

About Amy

Amy Acosta is a professional reader, writer, and editor of fiction. She joined Entangled Publishing early this year, and works with authors to create and polish the best version of their books. Amy is interested in YA, NA, and Adult fiction in the genres of Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. One of her main goals is to help LGBTQIA+ and POC voices become mainstream and bring diversity into the publishing world. Amy lives in Puerto Rico with three very bossy rescue cats, and she ardently believes that love has no boundaries, that representation matters, and that spaceships are very cool.

Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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 Amy and Entangled Publishing!

Heather Howland, Editor, Entangled Publishing

Currently looking for:

I'm actively acquiring historical (Regency, Victorian, and Highlander are particularly in demand); relevant, high-stakes thrillers in both the YA (romance needed) and adult (little to no romance) markets, especially psychological, cyber, history, and science-based thrillers; romcoms featuring characters in their 40s for our August imprint; and inclusive, Hallmark-y winter holiday books (we're not just about Christmas!). I'll consider a relatable heroine (think Gen Z and Millennials) in just about any genre. Not for me: stories that center around sisterhoods, women's fiction, urban fantasy, sci-fi. Diverse casts that reflect the world around us are a must. AOC and #ownvoices are strongly encouraged to pitch! Here is a more detailed list .

About Heather:

After years of editing in the legal, industrial, and technical sectors, Heather Howland packed up her desk and dove into her true passion: romance. She went on to co-found Entangled Publishing, where she has helped launch the careers of several NYT and USA TODAY bestsellers, hitting both lists several times over while garnering starred reviews and RITA® nods. Heather holds a BS in creative writing and psychology and channels that knowledge into her love of compelling character arcs and cinematic stories. Originally a city girl from NorCal's bustling and diverse Bay Area, you can now find her wandering the wilds of Oregon with her very own romance hero (a firefighter, rawr!), their two neurodiverse sons, and their two rabbits, two dogs, and five guinea pigs, trying not to have an anxiety attack because things up north are too quiet. Find her on Twitter at @HeatherHowland.

Boroughs Publishing Group

Currently looking for

We are acquiring all sub-genres of romance and women's fiction with strong romantic elements. We do not publish "inspirational" stories.

We’re seeking submissions from writers who can deliver the emotional punch readers crave. Space cowboys, gargoyles, the hunk next-door, and crusty cops welcome. Boroughs Publishing Group will not limit your imagination. We encourage creative freedom. Stick to the tropes of the genre or push the envelope, as long as you’re providing well written incredible story-telling we’re game.

Currently, we're accepting works that are 40,000 words and up. At the present time, we are not re-publishing works.

Learn more about Boroughs and their submission guidelines

Changeling Press

Currently looking for: Women's Erotic Romance. Contemporary and Futuristic short fiction, single title, series, and serials in the following genres and themes:

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

Themes: MC Romance, Rock Star Romance, Alien Encounters Romance, Men and Women in Uniform Romance, New Adult Romance, Single Parent/Pregnancy Romance Romance, 2nd Chance Romance, Interracial Romance, Gay, Bisexual and More Romance, Multiple Partner Romance, Shapeshifter Romance, Vampire Romance, Werewolf Romance, Zombie Romance, and Tentacle Monster Romance.

About Changeling Press:

Changeling Press LLC publishes Sci-Fi/Futuristic, Dark and Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Action Adventure, BDSM, and Guilty Pleasures (Contemporary) Women's Erotic Romance. We do not publish Erotica. All submissions must be targeted for at least one of these genres and must be Women's Erotic Romance. While there should be both highly erotic and romantic elements to the book, relationships and endings should be plot driven. We don't demand your characters trot off to get married at the end of the book, though we do ask for a HEA(Happy Ever After) or, in the case of serials, a HFN(Happy For Now). We've only got one heat level -- over-the-top hot! Full submission guidelines, available from any page of our website under "HELP," or at https://www.changelingpress.com/submissions.php

Learn more about Changeling Press!

Yelena Casale, Chief Marketing Officer of City Owl Press, Executive Editor

Currently looking for: Urban Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance.

Genre: Acquiring for the main line of City Owl Press. Urban Fantasy with strong characters, Contemporary Romance with interesting plots, Historical Romance - ancient, medieval and Renaissance only (please no Regency). I'm looking for exciting, well-paced plots with strong but flawed characters. No stand-alone novellas. I'm particularly looking for series, or potential series, as we are interested in developing an author's career.

About Yelena:

YELENA CASALE, co-founder of City Owl Press, is a USA Today Bestselling Author and editor, who highly prizes quality and professionalism. She earned a Master of Science in Publishing from New York University and has always been interested in everything literature and publishing. Over the past decade, she has edited numerous fiction and non-fiction works, including novels, short stories, articles and business documentation for a variety of organizations, charities, and presses. She’s a highly experienced social media strategist and marketing expert. She is keen to share a wealth of knowledge with authors, bringing her editorial skills, expertise, and great enthusiasm to the mix. She loves strong urban fantasy and paranormal romance, as well as medieval, Renaissance and Native American historical romance.

About City Owl Press:

Escape Your World. Get Lost in Ours

City Owl Press is a cutting edge indie publishing company, bringing the world of romance and speculative fiction to discerning readers. Co-founded by award-winning authors, Yelena Casale and Tina Moss, the City Owl Press team brings together more than a decade of business, writing, editing, design, marketing, advertising, and publishing experience.

We believe every author deserves:

- A fair and equitable partnership in publishing.

- Strong marketing and promotion for every book.

- Quality designer covers and rock solid editing.

We believe every reader deserves:

- Fresh dynamic stories at affordable prices.

- Book variety and purchasing power.

- Opportunities to connect with authors.

Learn more about Yelena and City Owl Press!

Heather McCorkle, Senior Editor for City Owl Press

Currently looking for: Romance, romance, romance!

Acquiring for the Mystic Owl line of City Owl Press. Edge-of-your-seat novels involving magic, shifters, unique paranormal creatures, and fully developed worlds are a must along with a believable romance between two strong, often equally matched protagonists. Diversity is embraced whole-heartedly!

Word count of 48,000 – 68,000 words.

- Stand-alone novels only for this line. Tie-ins are encouraged, such as secondary characters from a series, but not direct sequels with the same main characters (those are better suited to the main City Owl line).

- The tone should be tense and exciting with room for humor and tenderness.

- Well-developed characters must be drawn together in a romance that is both natural and pulse-pounding.

- The level of sensuality should be steamy to burning hot (but not cross over into erotica). I would love at least one sex scene (door at least “partially open” on the steamy side and “fully open” on the burning hot side).

- The romance should end on a happily-ever-after, or at the very least, a happy-for-now.

About Heather:

Heather has been with City Owl Press since 2014, has been in the publishing industry since 2011, and has over twenty years cumulative writing and editing experience. She has a deep love of all things fantasy/sci-fi and paranormal with a heavy dose of romance mixed in, and is charmed by novels that involve unique locals or rich settings.

About City Owl Press:

Escape Your World. Get Lost in Ours

City Owl Press is a cutting edge indie publishing company, bringing the world of romance and speculative fiction to discerning readers. Co-founded by award-winning authors, Yelena Casale and Tina Moss, the City Owl Press team brings together more than a decade of business, writing, editing, design, marketing, advertising, and publishing experience.

We believe every author deserves:

- A fair and equitable partnership in publishing.

- Strong marketing and promotion for every book.

- Quality designer covers and rock solid editing.

We believe every reader deserves:

- Fresh dynamic stories at affordable prices.

- Book variety and purchasing power.

- Opportunities to connect with authors.

Learn more about Heather and City Owl Press!

TS (Tee) Tate, Editor for City Owl Press

Currently looking for: paranormal romance, urban fantasy, literary fantasy, and some sci-fi.

I'm particularly interested in female-driven and own-voices stories featuring diverse voices in richly drawn worlds with romantic elements. What I'd love to acquire: the next Night Circus, Polaris Rising or Ninth House.

About TS (Tee):

TS (TEE) TATE earned a Master of Arts in English from Southeastern Louisiana University and has studied under Edgar nominee Tim Gautreaux, Booksense Pick novelist Bev Marshall, and World Fantasy nominee and Clarion West graduate Cat Rambo. She is Editor-in-Chief of LitStack.com, a SFWA and Codex member and, as a freelance editor, has worked with Phoebe North, Heather McCorkle, Scott Wilbanks, KA Tucker, Chelle Bliss and RITA winner Carolyn Crane. Tee seeks character-driven stories with strong female leads living and surviving in diverse, richly drawn worlds. She is currently seeking all sub-genres of well-written fiction, but has a special love for women’s fiction, contemporary romance, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction and mystery. She is NOT seeking high fantasy or hard SciFi. As Eden Butler, Tee has published over twenty best selling novels, many of which have been featured in USA Today and star reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly. Lit Stack

About City Owl Press:

Escape Your World. Get Lost in Ours

City Owl Press is a cutting edge indie publishing company, bringing the world of romance and speculative fiction to discerning readers. Co-founded by award-winning authors, Yelena Casale and Tina Moss, the City Owl Press team brings together more than a decade of business, writing, editing, design, marketing, advertising, and publishing experience.

We believe every author deserves:

- A fair and equitable partnership in publishing.

- Strong marketing and promotion for every book.

- Quality designer covers and rock solid editing.

We believe every reader deserves:

- Fresh dynamic stories at affordable prices.

- Book variety and purchasing power.

- Opportunities to connect with authors.

Learn more about Tee and City Owl Press!