Stacey Donovan

@Donovanesque

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: bit.ly/2wajgQM #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 · 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: hallmarkchannel.com/hallmark-publi… 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: bit.ly/2wajgQM #MSWL #nanowrimo #amwriting

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 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 · 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 · 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 · 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 · 15 Oct 2018

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 · 23 Aug 2018

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 · 23 Aug 2018

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 · 23 Aug 2018

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 · 23 Aug 2018

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 · 23 Aug 2018

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