Editors and publishers confirmed for Pitchfest

Pitch your completed book to one of our great editors from Oct 23, 2019 to Oct 25, 2019.
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Amy Durant, Editorial Director at Sapere Books

Currently looking for: Crime Fiction (Historical and Modern), Thrillers (including Psychological), Historical Fiction (including Saga), Military Fiction (particularly Historical), Women’s Fiction and Romance (Historical and Modern).

We are particularly keen on books in a series, and we usually don’t take on an author unless they have three books nearly ready to submit – or they have written the first book in a series and have the next couple planned out. We publish backlist as well as frontlist, so we are happy to hear from authors who have written books in the past and now have the rights back. We are especially keen to sign some more Historical Naval Thrillers, Tudor Historical Fiction, Medieval Historical Fiction, and Timeshift Novels with a strong historical narrative.

What I’m not looking for:

Poetry, Short Stories, Children’s Fiction, YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror or Literary Fiction.

About Sapere Books:

Sapere Books is a digital-first publisher, specialising in strong genre fiction and books in a series. The company launched in 2018 and now has a list of 40 authors. We are not looking to grow our list much further at the moment, as we have lots of fantastic books and authors we are already working with, but if a submission comes in that stops me in my tracks and ticks all the right boxes, we’ll find a way to make space for that author! We pride ourselves on our cutting-edge digital marketing strategies, our stand-out covers and our extensive editorial work. You can find our more here: saperebooks.com

About Amy Durant:

I am the Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Sapere Books. I manage the full editorial process from reading submissions, through to the first developmental edits and the final copyedit. My Twitter account is @savingbooks and the company Twitter account is @saperebooks.

Learn more about Sapere and Amy!

Carrie Lofty, Freelance Acquiring Editor at Carina Press

Currently looking for: Contemporary romance, Paranormal romance, Romantic suspense, LGBTQ+ romance in all genres.

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 Urban fantasy and paranormal romance (including science fiction romance) We also love the following so don’t hesitate to pitch anyway: Young adult (contemporary and paranormal) Mystery/Thrillers Science fiction (space opera type) Horror

About Champagne Book Group:

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

Jenny Silver, Editor at 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, thrillers and stories featuring women sleuths and police procedurals. As for Romance, we are looking for contemporary romances with 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.

About Jenny:

As a third-generation Jayhawk, Jenny bleeds crimson and blue. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelors of Science in Journalism and worked several years as Managing Editor of an aggregated college sports newswire before moving on to Public Relations. She joined the Tule team in the summer of 2018 and finds the steamy cowboys and sweet small town stories provide a good balance to her tomboy sports obsession.

Learn more about Jenny and Tule Publishing!

Lydia Sharp, Editor & Acquisitions Manager 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, 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.

Learn more about Lydia and Entangled Publishing!