Swoon Romance accepts submissions from literary agents at firstname.lastname@example.org. Agents, please send the manscript and any related materials such as synopsis, outline and author bio.
UNAGENTED WRITER SUBMISSION
Please send your query via Facebook.com/swoonromance. Do not attach documents. If we like what we read, we will request the manuscript and tell you where to send it. You may send us a private message on Facebook with your query. We need to know what the title is, what genre it is (contemp, fantasy, historical, erotica, regency, etc.) and what audience it's for, i.e. YA, NA, etc. We would also like to know the word count and what plans you might have for a series.
WHAT DO WE WANT FROM YOUR ROMANCE STORY?
Want to know what we want in a romance? For starters, the romance must be the central element of the story. It must drive the story from start to finish, and resolve in some way at the end. We do not require a happy ending, but we do want our readers to be satisfied.
Next, we want to be dropped into a world, real or not, and feel like we've always known it was there, just around the corner of our imagination. We want to see relatable, flawed characters that surprise us with their depth and strength of heart. We want to feel everything the characters feel - every touch, every kiss, every look. And most of all, we want a story that takes our breath away, and makes us swoon.
We are actively seeking:
Young Adult titles suitable for readers ages 13 - 17. YA should NOT have any adult or mature scenes. Samples of this include Swoon Romance titles such as The Cinderella Moment, Effortless With You, and How To Date a Nerd. We accept and publish Young Adult contemporary romance ONLY. No fantasy, paranormal, SciFi. Young Adult titles should be 50-70k words ideally.
New Adult tites suitable for readers ages 17 - 25. NA may contain mature scenes, but it is not required. Samples of this include Swoon Romance titles such as Complicated by You, Blurred Lines, and Heartbreak Ranch. We accept and publish New Adult contemporary and some fantasy titles. New Adult titles should be 50-70k ideally.
Adult titles suitable for readers 18+. Adult titles may contain adult scenes, on-screen sex and erotica. Samples of this include Swoon Romance titles such as Going Home Again, Knock Love Out and Love and Cupcakes. We accept and publish Adult contemporary and some fantasy, magical realism and paranormal. Adult titles should be 50-80k words ideally.
Novellas ranging from sweet to steamy with adult scenes ranging from 25-40k words.
Hook Us: Here's What We're Seeking
Georgia McBride: Seeking YA, NA and Adult in the vein of ON THE ISLAND (Tracey Garvis Graves), LOSING IT (Cora Carmack) and WALLBANGER (Alice Clayton). She likes a little humor infused with a deeply emotional story. Strong/funny/sexy contemporary and deeply romantic fiction. Also seeking unique voice and style like KNOCK LOVE OUT (Pella Grace). Georgia is interested in full-length novels only. COMPLICATED BY YOU (Kenya Wright) is the perfect example of a sexy NA with a funny and heartbreaking story. Finally, HOW TO DATE A NERD (Cassie Mae) is Georgia's ideal YA contemp. It's funny, heartwarming and kissy. Georgia LOVES romantic comedy, perhaps a little too much. Also check out THE BEST LAID PLANS by Tamara Mataya. Agents may sub Georgia directly at email@example.com.
Mandy Schoen: Edgy YA, NA (particularly collegiate or home-for-the-summer settings, and paranormal), and Adult contemporary. She enjoys dual-narrative POVs, unique fairy-tale retellings, quirky female protags with heart, deeply flawed but redeemable men, and complex characters in familiar situations. Agents may sub Mandy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please allow us at least six weeks to read and respond to your query.
We look forward to reading your manuscript!
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