Stacey Donovan

@Donovanesque

Clean romance author. Director of Hallmark Publishing. Opinions are only my own.

Los Angeles

Hallmark Publishing

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 12h

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque

At Hallmark Publishing we're very open to REALLY GOOD GUYS as romantic leads. They can move back to their small town because their mom has health issues. They can worry about the future of the pumpkin festival. #MSWL pic.twitter.com/6CcAfuEQNw

On the other hand, a guy who "doesn't trust women"? A guy who's sexist at the beginning of the story? A guy who pressures a woman for a date or a kiss? That's not for us. He needs to sort himself out before he finds true love in Hallmark Land. #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 12h

At Hallmark Publishing we're very open to REALLY GOOD GUYS as romantic leads. They can move back to their small town because their mom has health issues. They can worry about the future of the pumpkin festival. #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 2d

Vanessa Lanang is procrastinating. @VanessaLanang

@Donovanesque Do you have a preference between 1st person and close 3rd? I can write both but I feel I get so much more into the voice in 1st person.

Replying to @VanessaLanang

Hi Vanessa! I have a slight preference for close 3rd because I find I usually fall in love with the hero when I'm in his POV. But if a 1st person manuscript can still give me moments where I understand his thoughts & feelings and scenes that make me melt, that's great. 🙂 #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 3d

Hey friends, since this comes up a lot in submissions, I thought I'd talk a little about POINT OF VIEW. We prefer either 1st person or 3rd person deep POV: in 3rd person romance, we like the POV to alternate between the 2 main characters. #amwriting #amediting #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Nov 10

I would LOVE more cute, sweet romance submissions with black, Asian, or Latino main characters! 65K or more, winter, Valentine’s Day, or spring esp. ❄️❤️🌸Agents, I’d love to get these as proposals, too! #MSWL #Hallmark #OwnVoices #amwriting #publishing

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Nov 7

Tips for Hallmark cozy mysteries:
- the police can be misdirected, but not inept
- an amateur sleuth should have good reasons why s/he has a particular knack for solving mysteries, and strong motivations for getting involved.
#MSWL #amwriting #mystery #NaNoWriMo18

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Oct 25

I say this all the time, but the best way to know what kinds of things @HallmarkPublish is looking for is to watch a few current Hallmark movies. #CountdowntoChristmas is coming right up, but we'd like winter, spring, summer, and fall romances, too! #amwriting #querying #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Oct 22

I'm feeling a strong urge this afternoon to write stories about how It's Not Too Late. About people who can still be that person they wanted to be, live that life they wanted to live, know that love they wanted to know, even after so much time. ❤️ (also #MSWL)

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Oct 15

Reminder that Hallmark Publishing is open to unagented submissions in the month of February '19: contemporary romance and contemporary cozy mystery, 65,000 words minimum. Complete submission guidelines here: hallmarkchannel.com/hallmark-publi… #MSWL #publishing #amwriting

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Aug 23

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque

We LOVE rescue dogs and kitties, but we're very sensitive about animals. An animal being lost, injured, or imperiled can't be a big part of the story. We don't like dogs and cats behaving badly, because we don't want to discourage anyone from adoption. #MSWL #hallmark

In romance I love seeing a secondary romance, a reconciliation with a friend or family member, strong family ties and friendships (I'm a sucker for the hero having a brother or male best friend and would love a series with brothers), and the community coming together. #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Aug 23

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque

We avoid evil ex-girlfriends/ex-boyfriends or a scheming other man/woman as the conflict. Give the couple real obstacles and make them do the work of overcoming them. #MSWL #romance #Hallmark

We LOVE rescue dogs and kitties, but we're very sensitive about animals. An animal being lost, injured, or imperiled can't be a big part of the story. We don't like dogs and cats behaving badly, because we don't want to discourage anyone from adoption. #MSWL #hallmark

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Aug 23

We avoid evil ex-girlfriends/ex-boyfriends or a scheming other man/woman as the conflict. Give the couple real obstacles and make them do the work of overcoming them. #MSWL #romance #Hallmark

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Aug 23

Cozy mysteries for us aren't really seasonal. We're moving away from Christmas mysteries because some people aren't in the mood for murder at Christmas. #MSWL #Hallmark

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Aug 23

We like royals in romances to be pretty modern -- think British royal family -- no arranged/coerced marriages. We don't go too far in the direction of "it's hard being royal" etc. because come on, it's also really nice being royal, right? #MSWL #Hallmark #romance #amwriting

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Aug 23

We need more Christmas romance! We like Christmas to be in snowy places in the U.S. The holiday should drive the plot. We've been focusing on light & funny, but we've been talking about going a little more heartfelt for Christmas. #Hallmark #MSWL #publishing #romance

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Aug 23

At Hallmark Publishing are closing to unagented submissions after Labor Day, BUT, we will take unagented submissions during the month of Feb. '19! Here's a big thread about what we're looking for. #MSWL #publishing #amwriting #1linewed #romance

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · May 15

I'm still looking for the perfect beach read with a continental U.S. setting...a sweet virtual vacation for easy summer reading. #romance #MSWL #publishing #amwriting

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · May 2

Honestly, we have a moratorium on stories about TV shows and stories with baker or chef heroes. Anything else that fits our submission guidelines is great, though. :) #Hallmark #MSWL #amwriting #publishing #romance #mystery