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Pitch Your Book to Stacey Donovan, Acquiring Editor, Hallmark Publishing – 2019 Sweetheart Pitchfest

*Pitch opens: February 13 2018 9:00am*
Pitch closes: February 15, 2018  11:59pm*   

*All times are in EST

Stacey Donovan, Acquiring Editor, Hallmark Publishing

Wholesome or “Sweet” Romance Novels and Cozy Mystery Novels

Stacey DonovanCurrently 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.

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