(A note from Cindy: Even if you’re not a writer, I thought you’d find this post interesting….and if you are an aspiring writer, this may be a great opportunity for you. And if you comment, you may just win a book! Check back on Sunday to see if you’re a winner.)
Shana Smith says:
For aspiring authors, submitting a manuscript to an editor can be a little like going on a blind date. You put your best foot forward with a polished manuscript, send it off and hope there’s a connection with this person you’ve never met before and don’t know much about. Will she like your idea? Will you get a “second date” (revise and resubmit) or a handshake and an “I had a nice time, but let’s see other people” (rejection)? All you knew going in was that this person was interested in going on a date, but you had no idea what they were looking for in a relationship. Wouldn’t it be great if you did, though?
I have great news for authors seeking publication in one of the three Love Inspired lines (Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense or Love Inspired Historical). Elizabeth Mazer, Emily Rodmell and I are looking to “date” your manuscript. And because we’re all hoping to fall in love with just the right manuscripts for us, we’ve created “dating profiles,” where we reveal our manuscript turn-ons and turn-offs, the kinds of stories we’d really love to see, some of the authors we currently work with and more! This way, you can research each of us and find out who may be the best editor “match” for you and your manuscript. For example, anyone who follows me on Twitter knows I enjoy stories with weather disasters, so an author might want to pitch her blizzard story to me. Emily might be the best choice if your hero or heroine is a spy or your story is set at the winter Olympics, and Elizabeth may be the editor for you if you’ve written a Lone Ranger-type story set in the Old West. I’ve added the direct links to each of our bios below so you can easily find out what we’re looking for:
Associate Editor Elizabeth Mazer: http://community.harlequin.com/showthread.php/1056-Happy-Editor-After-Bio-Elizabeth-Mazer
Associate Editor Shana Smith: http://community.harlequin.com/showthread.php/1057-Happily-Editor-After-Bios-Shana-Smith
This is all part of Love Inspired’s latest pitch opportunity, Happily Editor After. Details, guidelines, our full bios and instructions on how to sign up are all available at http://community.harlequin.com/showthread.php/1042-Happily-Editor-After. Spots have been filling up quickly—as of Monday morning, there were 16 left—but don’t be disappointed if you miss the chance to pitch to one of us. We’re always looking for great new submissions, so go ahead and polish that manuscript, use our bios to help find the editor who’s the best match for you and query one of us with your great idea. While we’re particularly interested in Love Inspired Suspense submissions right now, there’s opportunity in all three lines. Just make sure you do your homework (You wouldn’t pick a sushi restaurant for a date with someone allergic to seafood, would you?) and read the writing guidelines before you submit. They’re always available on Harlequin.com, but here’s the direct link to the list of all our series guidelines: http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=538&chapter=0
Knowing exactly what an editor likes and is looking for is sometimes half the battle, and when you and your manuscript can provide that—a perfect match!
Do you have questions about Happily Editor After or want to know more about any of the Love Inspired lines and what we’re looking for in new submissions? I’ll be popping in throughout the day to respond to comments and questions, so ask away! And as an added bonus, Cindy Kirk has agreed to randomly select one commenter to win a copy of Final Resort by Dana Mentink, a February 2013 Love Inspired Suspense. What better way to research the line than by reading one of our books? Plus, there’s a blizzard in this one—score!
Thanks for having me today, Cindy, and I hope to see lots of great new submissions that I just can’t wait to make offers on!