Stacey Donovan


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

Los Angeles

Hallmark Publishing

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 3d

Two weeks until our open submission period at @HallmarkPublish! I'm excited. You can submit between Feb. 1 - Feb. 28. We're looking for full-length romance and cozy mystery. Guidelines here: #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 5d

Sarah Walton @noegopictures

@d_annouche @Donovanesque Hi Stacey, @Donovanesque In regard to setting of the novel, I know that Hallmark traditionally prefers for a character to travel from a big city to a small town for Christmas, but is it okay for the protagonist to travel from one big city to another big city?

GREAT question. Characters can go to a big city, or stay in their big city or small town. The important thing here is the emotional journey and re-connecting to the things that matter most: like community, love, friendship, family, hope, or their truest self. #hallmark #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Jan 9

If you start your query letter with the title, genre, word count, and a quick summary, you'll always get my attention. (Hastily written example in reply.) #MSWL @HallmarkPublish #romance #mystery

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 7 Dec 2018

Hey there! I personally find romance synopses and proposals VERY difficult to write, and I figure I can't be the only one, so here are some elements of ones that tend to work for us at @HallmarkPublish, for what it's worth! #amwriting #amquerying #MSWL (thread)

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 4 Dec 2018

At @HallmarkPublish, we care more than most people about SETTINGS. Give the reader a nice place (in the U.S.) to escape to! Charming small towns, of course, but also beaches, farms, pretty houses, mountain getaways, orchards, gardens, and even fun cities, etc. #MSWL 🌆🏡🌄🏖️

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 26 Nov 2018

Agents! I’m always open to proposals (2-3 page synopsis) for G-rated sweet romance with strong seasonal tie-ins. If it gets greenlighted by both me and the programming team, we’ll make you an offer. Complete guidelines here:… DM me with questions! #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 20 Nov 2018

In February, we'll be open to romance submissions in ALL SEASONS: winter, Valentine's Day, spring, June weddings, summer, fall, Christmas. Seasonal tie-ins are important for us in romance! (But not in mystery.) Full guidelines: #MSWL #nanowrimo #amwriting

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 19 Nov 2018

ICYMI: I had a great time talking with @KittyBucholtz about Hallmark Publishing. Check out the Write Now Workshop podcast here: #amediting #MondayMotivation #MSWL @HallmarkPublish

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 17 Nov 2018

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

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 · 17 Nov 2018

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 · 15 Nov 2018

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 · 14 Nov 2018

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 · 10 Nov 2018

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 · 7 Nov 2018

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 · 25 Oct 2018

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 · 22 Oct 2018

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)