Stacey Donovan

@Donovanesque

Writer of adorable romance. Director of Hallmark Publishing. #POstable . Opinions are only my own.

Kansas City, MO

Hallmark Publishing

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

CandaceHavens @CandaceHavens

@Donovanesque For your mysteries, do they need to be holiday-ish?

Not at all! In fact, it's probably trickier to pull off a holiday-themed mystery. Great question -- thanks Candace! #MSWL #Hallmark #amwriting

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: tinyurl.com/ydyckgan 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 hallmarkchannel.com/hallmark-publi…

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Mar 20

#mswl One bad thing about querying me is that I don't understand TV comps because I only watch Supernatural and @hallmarkchannel s.
You: "Storage Wars meets Suits."
Me:

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Mar 7

Still looking for that perfect cozy mystery with an amateur female sleuth, age 30 - 40. Strong series potential, please! #MSWL #amwriting

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! bit.ly/2n1gHwy #MSWL #amwriting #amquerying

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Feb 19

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque

Show crystal-clear motivation for actions rather than relying on crazy whims. -- Okay, that's all I've got. :) #MSWL

Oh except I wanted to say: these might sound like simple things, but man, when you're in the middle of figuring out a story, it's really hard. I think so, anyway. #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Feb 19

Show crystal-clear motivation for actions rather than relying on crazy whims. -- Okay, that's all I've got. :) #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Feb 19

Don’t let other people solve their problems for them. Make them work for their happy ending. #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Feb 19

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque

Thread: Just a few tips for writing for @HallmarkPublish , for what they're worth! #MSWL

Give the main character one clear goal, not two or more goals. If they to open a microbrewery *and* have the perfect rustic wedding, have them pick a lane. #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Feb 9

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

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Jan 23

I'm not on the official roster for taking pitches at the @NECRWA conference, but like...there's no law against chatting someone up on the elevator or at the hotel bar. :) #Hallmark #publishing #romance #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Jan 4

2 things I’d love:
1. For @TheRealHos35 to stay with the @Royals.
2. To get some submissions of fun, wholesome sports romance.
#MSWL #publishing