What are we looking for? Swoon-worthy, irresistible, unforgettable love stories for our new teen romance line.
To us, a romance is defined as a love story with an emotionally satisfying ending. Teen novels ideally feature protagonists between the ages of 14 and 19. We also accept New Adult novels which feature protagonists ages 19-23.
Novels can be set anytime, anywhere – and can be realistic, supernatural, dystopic, historical, comedy, inspirational, suspense or a mash-up of any sort. Stories can be happily ever after…or just happily for now. Girl/boy, girl/girl, boy/boy – just wow us with the intense romance of your story.
Since we are focusing on teen novels with crossover potential, we are open to some sex and heat if it is right and necessary for the story. However, we will not be acquiring any erotica.
We can only accept original, completed novels that are not, and have never been under contract with another publisher — and we ask that all submissions be exclusive to us as long as they are on the site.
A completed, unpublished novel, ideally between 50,000 and 70,000 words in length, formatted as follows:
Unfortunately, our system will not accept interior images. Please do not include them. Also, try to avoid any special formatting within your novel (odd spacing, unique layouts, and custom fonts won’t translate well to our e-reader).
We've all heard the adage "don't judge a book by its cover," but we also know that everyone instinctively does.
If you already have a cover image, make sure it is:
(under 100 characters)
Imagine that you are trying to describe and promote your manuscript on Twitter or in a crowded elevator and you only have a short time or a single post to peak the reader’s interest. What will make them want to read your manuscript instead of someone else’s?
(under 800 characters)
Now that you have our attention, give us a little more detail about your story, or maybe even a short excerpt. Imagine that you are in a bookstore, looking at the back of your book or the flap copy. What do you want readers to know?
This will help us categorize and find your manuscript. The current options are:
|Adventure||Dystopic, Military, Mystery/Suspense, Other|
|Contemporary||Beach/Summer, Holiday, School, Other|
|Historical||Civil War/Restoration, Medieval, Regency England, Tudor, Western, Other|
|Inspirational||Amish, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Judaism, Mormon, Other|
|Paranormal||Angel, Faerie, Fantasy, Ghost, Sci-fi, Shifter, Time Travel, Vampire, Other|
The very best option is to create the image yourself. Take that camera of yours out and style your own photo shoot. It doesn’t have to be grand. It certainly doesn’t have to be expensive. Everyone you know is a potential model (forgo the bodice-rippers. Friendships could be easily strained). And remember, even if your models are family members, clear permissions to use their image.
What if my novel is set in Indonesia or on Venus? Photo stock! There are many sources for downloading images, some free, some not (search: stock photos). Be careful with this. Be sure you have license to use any image you acquire. We do not Swoon for pirates.
When it comes to the type for you jacket, there are more fonts than can be counted. You can find them for free (search: free fonts) or for sale (search: fonts). I like myfonts and Scriptorium fonts, if you are willing to pay a few bucks.
Now you need to meld your image with your type. If you’ve got the Adobe Creative Suite, sweet! If not, let’s move off the beaten path into more experimental areas . . .
Do some exploring. There are a variety of photo editing options online that are either free or charge a very nominal fee (search photo editing). Many have very active communities that are only too happy to make tutorials and offer tips. Check them out.
Alternatively, you could get really crafty and use those things hanging at the end of your arms. You could draw or paint your image and then photograph it. We LOVE this option.Be daring, and hope you swoon soon!