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Call for Romance Submissions Entangled Publishing

on May 23, 2012

As most of you know, my YA romance, WEAVING MAGIC, and my upper MG, STAINED GLASS SUMMER, are both published with digital first publishers, or e-pubs. I’ve been very happy with both books and the progress they’re making, but I know not everyone is going to submit to Musa or MuseItUp, so I wanted to spotlight another publisher, Entangled Publishing.

When I attended the RWA Chicago Spring Fling, I went to a session on writing romance category. The presenters were two authors who wrote for Harlequin’s category lines.  As I’ve gotten to know the Romance Writers world and publishers, I’ve often thought that category is where I would fit the best.  One of the reasons is that I just don’t seem to write long stories. My stories “stop” at around the 50K word mark. And this is one of the requirements for category. Another aspect of category romance is the subplots are not that large. There just isn’t enough word count for large, sweeping family sagas in a category romance.

As I listened to the workshop on writing category romance, I was struck by how similiar writing for e-pubs is to writing category. When writing for e-pubs, it’s a good idea to have multiple books coming out in one year. This helps to build you brand and keep you fresh in the reader’s mind. If they like one book, they easily download another.  I was able to do this with Stained Glass Summer and Weaving Magic, not by my choice, but simply by how the submission and acceptance process worked on those books. However, for my romance novella, Love’s Storms, which also came out this year, I am much more aware of writing series stories with spin-off characters–something I’m currently working on right now.

If you are interested in writing category, Harlequin is not the only player on the street, and you might want to check out Entangled Publishing.

Entangled is a boutique publisher of romance for adults and teens. They publish single title romance, contemporary category romance, romantic suspense, and YA romance. They also have themed short story and novella collections.

Entangled is currently seeking submission for three new category lines:

  • Bliss, edited by Stacy Abrams, features slightly sweeter (though still sexy) romances set in small towns and featuring family.
  • Covet, edited by Liz Pelletier, features category-length paranormal romance
  • Brazen, edited by Heather Howland, is Entangled’s hot, sexy line of romance.

You can find what the editors are looking for here.

Entangled is also seeking stories for their romance novella collections including:

  •  Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree collection, they’re seeking 20,000 to 40,000 word novellas with themes related to either “Ring My Bell”  for their Ever After line. The stories should quote from the song and words from the song should be part of the title of the story.
  • Flirts collection, your story should revolve around lyrics to “Santa Baby” and be 10,000 to 15,000 words.

Submission details on the Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree collections here.

If you have a story that centers around New Years, consider submitting it for the Ever After New Years collection. Your story should be 20,000 to 40,000 words and, as with all Entangled stories, contain strong romantic elements.  Find the details for the Flirts Christmas and New Year’s Ever After collections here.

The deadline for all of these holiday themed collections is June 10, 2012.

Entangled editors are also interested in stories about Ancient Greece and Rome (whether historical, mythical or fantasy or some other take on ancient Greek and Roman traditions and legends) for the Ever After Line. Stories should be 20,000 to 40,000 words, contain a strong romance, and contain strong elements of Greek or Roman myth and culture. The deadline for this collection is July 31, 2012 and the books will be published in late 2012. Find all the details here.

(A special thanks to Cindi Myers Market News for passing along this information! If you are interested in writing romance, Cindi Myer’s Market News is a great blog to subscribe to. She posts a list of romance publishers looking for submissions each week.)


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