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Pitch Your Book to Kate Marope, Freelance Editor at Carina Press – 2019 Hot Summer Pitchfest

*Pitch opens: June 12 2019 9:00am*
Pitch closes: June 14, 2019  11:59pm*   

*All times are in EST

Before posting your pitch, read the Official Savvy Authors Rules for PitchingThen post your pitch in the comments section below. The Agent/Editor will read all pitches and notify SavvyAuthors of requests.

Pitch Type: 3 lines, total length of 250 words or LESS.

Kate MaropeKate Marope, Freelance Editor at Carina Press

Acquiring: contemporary, paranormal, new adult, and erotic romance, and procedural mysteries. I’m especially interested in LGBTQIA+ and multicultural protagonists from diverse backgrounds. No historicals please!
Currently looking for: 
  • Urban fantasy romance: give me f/m, m/m, or trans protagonists, intense clan politics and exquisite world building. Really looking for unusual creatures, settings or cultures.
  • Paranormal romance: high tension and conflict between fated mates, and unapologetic and unrepentant supernatural creatures. I would love a supernatural Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
  • Contemporary romances featuring friends-to-lovers (bonus points for workplace setting or partners-to-lovers).
  • Growly but low-key romantic heroes. The type who complain for the sake of complaining, but are secretly amused and will later surprise their lover (who thought he wasn’t listening) with what they wanted.
About Kate:
An awesome book doctor in pyjamas, Kate Marope joined the Carina Press team in 2018. She’s drawn to books with pragmaticCarina Press characters, smart heroines, and intricate world-building. She is especially interested in acquiring paranormal/urban fantasy, organized crime, and sweet LGBTQIA+ romances. She craves well-developed and authentic characters that feel real.
Find Kate on Twitter @TheRibbonMarker

Questions? Contact [email protected] 

Pitch your book in the comments on this page from

9 AM June 12 to 11:59 PM June 14.

1) Is your pitch only 3, concise statements? Is your pitch less than 250 words? Does it follow the Pitch Guidelines?
2) Is your story in the genre that the agent or editor is looking for?
3) Did you double check #1 and #2?
Great! You are ready to pitch!
Good Luck, and happy pitching.
**NOTE: SavvyAuthors will remove any pitches that do not follow these guidelines.**
Grab your flip flops and completed manuscripts and join us for three days of pitches and fun!
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    Molly-Jaye Kirchner
  • June 14, 2019
Title: The Alvah
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Length: 94,000 words
Author: Molly-Jaye Kirchner

Finding themselves amidst cases they cannot solve, detectives Noah Ward and Rachel Sanborn's lives are transforming without their own knowledge. As Rachel becomes a target within the cases - her partner wants her heart, a stranger wants her soul, a cult wants to worship her, a religious renegade wants her dead - she finds that her soul has been overtaken by an evil deity that intends on ending the world. While Noah attempts to save the woman he loves, it is humanity that will need the help as Rachel must battle between the life she desires and the one that will end everything she has ever known.
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    Charlene Groome
  • June 14, 2019
Title: Center of Attention
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 61,000 words
Author: Charlene Groome

Emily Hill never got over her first and only crush, Mason Scott, a Stanley Cup champion who is bringing home the trophy to celebrate his success, but Emily is afraid to see him because of a miscarriage four years ago that left her heartbroken for the man she couldn’t have. Her family’s winery is in financial trouble, so when Mason makes arrangements with her father as a silent investor, he’s the last person she wants as a business partner.
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    Valerie Clarizio
  • June 14, 2019
Title: Time WARped
Genre: Romance Time Travel
Length: 65K
Author: Valerie J. Clarizio

After being whisked into an unknown world of time travel, Blake Cornelis learns quickly that being a time travel 'Preserver' requires unremitting vigilance, even more so when the darkest, evil soul known, targets changing the military history of the decorated Cornelius bloodline to hold as his own. Recognizing the immeasurable strength of Blake's evil opponent/cousin, the Gods have sent a guardian angel to help Blake. Ariel vows to protect Blake, the man who sets her heart ablaze, at any cost, even death.
Title: Beta Shifter Blues
Genre: Paranormal Romance (Trilogy)
Length: 91,000 words
Author: Eliza Fyre

When wolf shifter Wren's best friend dies unexpectedly, she uses her cerebral skills to start an investigation. To make matters worse, the pack is pushing Valdus, the clan leader and her longtime crush, to mate with their omega. As Wren's research shakes up the community, she finally comes to Valdus' attention, but when their personalities collide, can they figure out how to work together to discover who is killing the weaker members of their pack?
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    Marilyn Brant
  • June 14, 2019
Title: THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Standalone first book in the Knightley Brothers trilogy)
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance
Length: 66,000 words
Author: Marilyn Brant

A successful building contractor returns home to Minnesota after a decade away, vowing to avoid diva types like his old high-school crush—the town’s biggest queen bee and self-appointed matchmaker—only to get swept into a community Christmas project she’s now organizing.
With nods to Jane Austen’s EMMA, this light holiday romance has touches of “Clueless” in the Midwest.

Many thanks for your consideration!
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    Susan Person
  • June 14, 2019
Title: Country Song
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 55,000 words
Author: Susan Person

High school friends reunite. He’s a country singer at the top of his career, and she’s just starting her journalism career after the tragic death of her PBR star husband. When illness strikes, she has to face the fear of losing someone else she loves.
Pitches are now closed. Thanks for participating in Hot Summer Pitchfest!

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