Unless otherwise noted, we do not accept unsolicited complete or partial manuscripts, but ask instead that you submit a query letter. The query letter should include a word count and pertinent facts about yourself as a writer, including your familiarity with the romance genre. Please indicate what series you think your project is appropriate for, if it is completed, what you think makes it special, and previous publishing experience (if any). Also include a synopsis of your story that gives a clear idea of both your plot and characters and is no more than two single-spaced pages. A self-addressed envelope and return international postage coupons will ensure a reply. Should your manuscript be requested, please note the following information. Harlequin, Silhouette, Mills & Boon and Steeple Hill publish only category/series romance and women's fiction. Please do not submit any type of nonfiction. Your manuscript should be told in the third person, primarily from the heroine's point of view. However, the hero's perspective may be used to enhance tension, plot or character development. Please see the writing guidelines for each series for details. All material should be the author's own original work. Stories that contain scenes or plotlines that bear a striking resemblance to previously published work are in breach of copyright law and are not acceptable. All material must be typewritten, double-spaced, and on a reasonably heavy bond paper. No disk submissions. Computer-generated material is acceptable, but must be letter quality, and pages must be separated. Any material received on computer reams will be returned without evaluation. Do not submit your material bound in binders, boxes, or containers of any kind. Secure material by rubber bands. Cover sheets must have your complete name, address and phone number. Each page should be numbered sequentially thereafter. Please type your name and title in the upper left-hand corner of each page. If we ask to see your manuscript, please include a complete synopsis. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard if you require acknowledgment of receipt. All material will be evaluated in as timely a fashion as volume allows. Please do not call regarding the status of your manuscript. You will be notified by mail as soon as your work has been reviewed. Do not send any material that is being considered by another publisher. Multiple submissions are not acceptable. A literary agent is not required in order to submit. You must enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope with all material you send in. This will ensure the return of your material. Please send an envelope large enough to accommodate your work and adequate postage in the form of international postage coupons or an international money order, where appropriate.
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Editorial Department Harlequin Mills & Boon Ltd. so please be sure to retain a copy of your manuscript against unfortunate losses.
Mills & Boon require the first three chapters and a short synopsis of the story.uk or at eHarlequin. However. The synopsis of your story should give a clear idea of both your plot and characters and be no more than two pages. This information is confidential.This page is designed as a guide to aid you in understanding our requirements and standards.com.
. Our Meet the Editors podcasts are also available from eHarlequin. or email firstname.lastname@example.org. and if it is completed.co.co. Your covering letter should outline pertinent facts about yourself as a writer including your familiarity with the romance genre and previous publishing experience. Please indicate what series you think your project is appropriate for. We enter into discussions about payment only when a contract is offered. accompanied by a stamped.com. self-addressed envelope.
More detailed guidelines are available upon request. there is no better way to determine what we are looking for than reading our books. We take every reasonable care of manuscripts while they are with us and will return any which prove unsuitable (provided return postage is supplied).
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All material will be evaluated in as timely a fashion as volume allows. Ontario M3B 3K9 CANADA
. MIRA Books is only accepting agented submissions.
TORONTO Harlequin Books/MIRA Books 225 Duncan Mill Road 6th Floor Don Mills. You will be notified when your submission has been received.
SUBMITTING TO MIRA At this time. TW9 1SR United Kingdom
Email: We now also accept queries or submissions by email. Harlequin and Silhouette published authors should contact their editors if interested in submitting to MIRA.uk. Please send any email submissions as a Word document attachment to: submissions@hmb. We do our best to respond to submissions within 12²18 weeks.Eton House 18-24 Paradise Road Richmond.co. Please note that any further correspondence will then be sent to you by way of the email address you supply.
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When sending manuscripts to our New York office.
LONDON Harlequin Mills & Boon Ltd. preparation is key:
.00. a flat fee appropriate to mailing zone should be added for return postage. You can find this information under the appropriate series on the Writing Guidelines page.A. Within the United States. Surrey. Suite 1001 New York.00 and for return mail to Canada add $11. NY 10279 U. Outside the US (excluding Canada) add $25.S.Please ensure you include an ATTN: line in the address indicating which series and Editorial Staff member we should route your manuscript to.00 postage. If the appropriate postage is not included manuscripts cannot be returned. TW9 1SR United Kingdom
How to Write the Perfect Romance!
Before you put finger to keyboard. Eton House 18-24 Paradise Road Richmond. All manuscripts will be sent Media Mail.
Know and respect your readers³choose the most recent novels and read widely across the romance market. Conflict doesn't mean endless arguments. Conflict spawns tension and excitement. appealing. motivations and aspirations³or by an emotional situation within a relationship³for example.
There are two types of conflict: internal and external:
Internal conflict should be the writer's main focus: defined by either character³the opposing forces within a personality. Innovate.
External conflict should only be brought in as additional support to the developing romance and plot. which allows room for creative expression.
. unique writing voices and memorable characters. layer it with emotional highs and lows. circumstances or a secondary character's influence. an unexpected pregnancy or an arranged marriage. as with all genre fiction. don't imitate! There is no formula³only a format. So throw those clichés out the window!
Romancing the reader: why we
the perfect romance :
I my characters: At the heart of all great romances are two strong. All the best stories have stormy weather and sunny days. External conflict is defined by misunderstandings. sympathetic and three-dimensional characters.
I my conflict: Emotional.
Check that your conflict is believable and that it can be sustained over the course of a whole book³ideally two or three conflicts that unfold and are resolved in the course of the story work best. character-driven conflict is the foundation of a satisfying romance. Then target the series/genre that excites you and suits your voice.
bad dialogue can grind it to a halt. Use with caution! You're writing a romance³readers are interested in your hero and heroine so keep the focus on them.000 words Format: eBooks Senior Editor: Linda Fildew Editor: Sally Williamson Editorial Assistant: Mimi Berchie
. compelling characters and innovative stories that will keep readers turning the pages!
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Word Length: 10²15. then apply it to your next submission. If you do receive feedback it is intended constructively and is a vital part of the writing process. How to keep your spirits up:
We receive thousands of submissions so competition is tough. Remember to keep it relevant and consistent to your characters. Great dialogue can propel your story. Unique. Take time to digest any criticism.I dialogue! It's the key tool to giving life.
What we want in a nutshell«
Talented. I :( secondary characters. fresh voices. dedicated authors who are savvy about the romance genre and its readers. If the writing does not show potential a standard response will be sent³this is the case with most submissions. energy and pace to your writing.
please. What remains ever popular are the Regency tales. There should be a strong emotional basis to the heightened attraction³it's vital the reader can believe in the intense emotion driving the characters as their relationship develops. now is your chance to submit something shorter!
The response to Harlequin Historical's more sensual story lines have been so positive that we are creating a new eBook sexy short story program³Historical Undone.
Whether you choose a dark and devilishly sexy Regency rake caught in a compromising situation with a headstrong miss. but were daunted by the length.
You do not need to be agented to send material to us.Editorial Office: London. or a courageous Saxon lady held captive by a powerful Norman warrior. U. These stories should be hot.
The history should be well researched in order to give an authentic sense of period without taking over from the romance.K.
In Historical Undone we are looking for a high level of sensuality that flows naturally out of the plotline. Please feel that you can explore aspects of the paranormal and time travel. sexy and subtly explicit without the lovemaking being vulgar or gratuitous. We are actively looking for talented new authors and wish you every success with your submissions. We are happy to consider stories set in ancient civilizations up to and including the First and Second World Wars. your characters should be fully fleshed out and should be the main focus of the story.
If you've always wanted to write for Harlequin Historical. which could see your characters scandalizing high society or being drawn into a salacious underworld inhabited by pickpockets and courtesans!
We are also open to slightly different elements from those normally found in Harlequin Historical books. Submissions should be sent as a Word-compatible attachment.
Only complete manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered³no partials or queries. Submissions should also
Nocturne Bites. the scope of these stories should be more contained.
While action-packed and mission-oriented.
Historical Undone e-mail address: undone@harlequin. set in contemporary times. and the relationship between hero and heroine should resolve itself in a satisfying manner.ca
Length: 10. psychic powers.000³15. Author name and title should appear as a header or footer on each page. this line is a great way to build their miniseries with Harlequin and Silhouette books. A strong alpha hero is of utmost importance³ he should be powerful. werewolves. All stories should be capable of standing alone. mysterious and totally attractive to the heroine.
For published authors.
Many of the elements that make a Silhouette Nocturne book successful remain true for the Nocturne Bites series. Unpublished authors are welcome as well. with additional focus placed on character development. legible font on numbered pages.follow standard formatting guidelines and should be double-spaced and typed in a clear.000 words Senior Executive Editor: Tara Gavin Associate Senior Editor: Ann Leslie Tuttle
Silhouette Nocturne books is looking to acquire paranormal editorial with strong sexual. fantasy and danger elements for its new eBook program. We are looking for stories of vampires. Stories should deliver a dark. all loose ends need to be tied up. etc. shape-shifters. complex world filled with characters struggling with life and death issues.
We're looking for fast-paced novellas that hook the reader early on by establishing a paranormal world and its conflicts. highly sensual read that will entertain readers and take them from everyday life into an atmospheric.
If so. playfulness and eroticism are needed. Are you a Cosmo girl at heart? A fan of Sex and the City or Red Shoe Diaries? Or maybe you just have an adventurous spirit. Writers can push the boundaries in terms of characterization.Only complete manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered from unpublished authors. no partials or queries.000 words Senior Editor: Brenda Chin Editor: Kathryn Lye Editorial Assistant: Laura Barth Editorial Office: Toronto. Submissions should be sent as a Word-compatible attachment. please. Author name and title should appear as a header or footer on each page. plot and explicitness.ca
(Click here for a printable PDF version) Length: 55.000 words
. legible font on numbered pages. then Blaze is the series for you!
Harlequin Historical (Mills & Boon Historical Romance)
Length: 70. secondary characters and subplots contribute to the richness of story and plot action we look for in a successful Blaze novel. The series features sensuous.000²75. We want to see an emphasis on the physical relationship developing between the couple: fully described love scenes along with a high level of fantasy. Submissions should have a very contemporary feel ³ what it's like to be young and single today. Heroes and heroines should be in their early 20s and up. The tone of the books can run from fun and flirtatious to dark and sensual.
Nocturne Bites e-mail address: nocturnebites@harlequin. highly romantic.000²60. Canada The Blaze line of red-hot reads is changing the face of Harlequin and creating a continual buzz with readers. Submissions should also follow standard formatting guidelines and should be double-spaced and typed in a clear. And don't forget. innovative stories that are sexy in premise and execution.
The central relationship is the key driving force of the story. Whether a murder mystery. the love story must be inextricably bound to the mystery where all loose ends are tied up neatly«and shared dangers lead right to shared passions. The trick? Having done your research. Their lives are on the line«and so are their hearts!
.S.Senior Editor: Linda Fildew Assistant Editor: Sally Williamson Editorial Assistant: Mimi Berchie Office: London. you do need to be able to bring a period vividly to life through accurate historical detail. psychological suspense or thriller. edge-of-the-seat contemporary romantic suspense tales of intrigue and desire. the emotions they experience will be the same then as now³love is timeless
Length: 55. despite their living in a time distant from our own. Any lovemaking should evolve naturally out of the developing relationship. We look for a range. As long as they're in jeopardy and falling in love. Story focus.000²60. U. Research is key to writing a strong historical romance. stalkings. Write what you know. There is no limit to the level of sensuality if it seems appropriate to both the characters and the story. While you don·t need to be a professional historian. Do you dream of waltzing in the strong arms of a Regency rake. which is why we encourage submissions for all time periods. our heroes and heroines may traverse a landscape as wide as the world itself.A. or maybe of walking on the wild side with a medieval warrior? Our readers· dreams are wide-ranging. Kidnappings. The characters must be convincing because. know what to leave in and what to prune out. from ancient civilizations up to and including the Second World War. women in jeopardy coupled with bestselling romantic themes are examples of story lines we love most. Taut.K. from traditional nonexplicit stories through to highly sensual. U.000 words Senior Editor: Denise Zaza Editor: Allison Lyons Editorial Assistant: Shawna Rice Editorial Office: New York.
or a courageous Saxon lady held captive by a powerful Norman warrior.
If you've always wanted to write for Harlequin Historical.K.
Whether you choose a dark and devilishly sexy Regency rake caught in a compromising situation with a headstrong miss. but were daunted by the length. your characters should be fully fleshed out and should be the main focus of the story. These stories should be hot. U.Historical Undone
Word Length: 10²15. sexy and subtly explicit without the lovemaking being vulgar or gratuitous. which could see your characters scandalizing high society or being drawn into a salacious underworld inhabited by pickpockets and courtesans!
In Historical Undone we are looking for a high level of sensuality that flows naturally out of the plotline. We are happy to consider stories set in ancient civilizations up to and including the First and Second World Wars.000 words Format: eBooks Senior Editor: Linda Fildew Editor: Sally Williamson Editorial Assistant: Mimi Berchie Editorial Office: London.
The history should be well researched in order to give an authentic sense of period without taking over from the romance. now is your chance to submit something shorter!
The response to Harlequin Historical's more sensual story lines have been so positive that we are creating a new eBook sexy short story program³Historical Undone. There should be a strong emotional basis to the heightened attraction³it's vital the reader can believe in the intense emotion driving the characters as their relationship develops. What remains ever popular are the Regency tales.
You do not need to be agented to send material to us.000 words Format: Ebooks Editor: Susan Swinwood Associate Editor: Adam Wilson Editorial Office: Toronto
Spice Books is looking to acquire bold. although brief. Author name and title should appear as a header or footer on each page. Submissions should also follow standard formatting guidelines and should be double-spaced and typed in a clear.
Like Spice Books. sexually explicit editorial that pushes the envelope for its new ebook erotica program.
Only complete manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered³no partials or queries. please. Spice Briefs. a well-constructed plot and believable characters. what will set Spice Briefs apart is its broad spectrum of sexy editorial. literary. ethnic. Please feel that you can explore aspects of the paranormal and time travel. We are actively looking for talented new authors and wish you every success with your submissions. These are highly erotic short stories.ca
Word Length: 5. Submissions should be sent as a Word-compatible attachment. these novellas should still establish context for the erotic content through an interesting and engaging premise (a great hook). We are looking for all kinds of subgenres³contemporary.000²15. historical
Historical Undone e-mail address: undone@harlequin. mystery/suspense. Quality editorial is paramount.We are also open to slightly different elements from those normally found in Harlequin Historical books. legible font on numbered pages.
or in a program that can be converted to Word. Authors should feel comfortable exploring any and all sexual scenarios. even ones considered "taboo." and should avoid using euphemisms in favor of the frank. please.
Only complete manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered.ca
. graphic language typical of the erotica genre. Author name and title should appear as a header or footer on each page. if it works for the story. legible font on numbered pages.or third-person point of view or. multiple points of view. Submissions should be sent as a Word file attachment.
Spice Briefs E-mail address: spicebriefs@harlequin. Submissions should also follow standard formatting guidelines³doublespaced and written in a clear. and please ensure that the title of the submission appears in the email's subject line.and paranormal stories told in first. no partials or queries.