Stacey Donovan


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

Los Angeles

Hallmark Publishing

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 3d

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 · 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 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:… #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

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

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

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Apr 24

Oh and I’ve mentioned this before but: the one caveat to our “U.S. settings only” is that you can set part of a story in a fictional country for a royal romance. 😊❤️👑 #MSWL #amwriting #Hallmark #publishing

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Apr 24

Sharing the Hallmark Publishing submission guidelines again here: We adhere closely to these guidelines and are looking for books that would also be great Hallmark movies. Open to unagented submissions for now. #romance #mystery #MSWL #amwriting #amwriting

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Apr 24

At Hallmark Publishing, we are still looking for wholesome romance for 2019 releases! Contemporary, light and fun stories, U.S. settings. An adopted dog or cat (never sick/hurt/endangered) is a plus. #MSWL #amwriting #publishing #books

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Mar 29

Hallmark Publishing submission hacks!
1. a title that sounds EXACTLY like a Hallmark movie
2. series name + book name for mystery: A++ (e.g. Library Mysteries: Checked Out for Murder)
3. clear conflict in the query
#MSWL #romance #mystery…

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Mar 7

Romantic heroes who "don't take no for an answer"? No. #MSWL #romance

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Mar 7

At @HallmarkPublish we could really use a wholesome contemporary June wedding-themed romance! Got bridesmaids and groomsmen? Sister of the bride? Brother of the groom? Wedding planner? Send them our way! #MSWL #amwriting #amquerying

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Feb 9

I mean like: Hallmark-wholesome summer road trip romantic comedy. #MSWL