Deborah Nemeth

Editor

Carina Press

Freelance fiction editor for indie authors and Harlequin's Carina Press imprint. History geek, armchair sleuth, hobbit. She/her.

Deborah Nemeth
@DebNemeth
Editor
Freelance fiction editor for indie authors and Harlequin's Carina Press imprint. History geek, armchair sleuth, hobbit. She/her.
97 MSWL
12 Tips

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth

Carina Press is holding a pitch event on Nov. 30 for our Adores line of LGBTQ+ contemporaries. For this line, we don't require the full manuscript to submit, nor do we require you to have an agent. And we're providing feedback on requested submissions! twitter.com/Write4Harlequi…

For Carina Adores, some of the tropes that will grab my eye include attraction of opposites, cross class, fake relationship, marriage of convenience, enemies to lovers, secret agenda, second chance, road trip, forced proximity, fairy tale retelling. Low angst stories only. #MSWL

Deborah Nemeth
@DebNemeth
Editor
Freelance fiction editor for indie authors and Harlequin's Carina Press imprint. History geek, armchair sleuth, hobbit. She/her.
97 MSWL
12 Tips

Many romance ms submissions pay too much attention to the exes in unnecessary & clichéd ways, giving them a generic feel.
I want to see more heroines who broke up with their exes for reasons other than cheating. And fewer heroines who are brokenhearted after being dumped. #MSWL

Deborah Nemeth
@DebNemeth
Editor
Freelance fiction editor for indie authors and Harlequin's Carina Press imprint. History geek, armchair sleuth, hobbit. She/her.
97 MSWL
12 Tips
Deborah Nemeth
@DebNemeth
Editor
Freelance fiction editor for indie authors and Harlequin's Carina Press imprint. History geek, armchair sleuth, hobbit. She/her.
97 MSWL
12 Tips
Deborah Nemeth
@DebNemeth
Editor
Freelance fiction editor for indie authors and Harlequin's Carina Press imprint. History geek, armchair sleuth, hobbit. She/her.
97 MSWL
12 Tips

Another one of my favorite tropes is enemies to lovers. I'd love to acquire a romcom series with the feel of the London Celebrities books by @_LucyParker #MSWL

Deborah Nemeth
@DebNemeth
Editor
Freelance fiction editor for indie authors and Harlequin's Carina Press imprint. History geek, armchair sleuth, hobbit. She/her.
97 MSWL
12 Tips

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth

#MSWL For Carina Adores, I'd love to acquire a queer marriage of convenience contemporary.

Or a queer take on any of my fave tropes...

#Carinapitch

#MSWL Some of my favorite tropes include secret agenda, secret identity...secrets in general. Fake dating, arranged marriages, second chance, forbidden love, and forced proximity. I enjoy stories with strong family elements, and characters that are quirky and smart.
#Carinapitch

Deborah Nemeth
@DebNemeth
Editor
Freelance fiction editor for indie authors and Harlequin's Carina Press imprint. History geek, armchair sleuth, hobbit. She/her.
97 MSWL
12 Tips

#MSWL For Carina Adores, I'd love to acquire a queer marriage of convenience contemporary.

Or a queer take on any of my fave tropes...

#Carinapitch

Deborah Nemeth
@DebNemeth
Editor
Freelance fiction editor for indie authors and Harlequin's Carina Press imprint. History geek, armchair sleuth, hobbit. She/her.
97 MSWL
12 Tips

Kimberley Bailey @KimBailey1019

Do you have any specific #MSWLs that you're wanting to see in any of the genres besides what's on the blog? #carinachat

My #MSWL includes escapist reads and feel-good stories these days. Romcoms, lighthearted characters, lower-angst conflict, light paranormal elements, humorous cozies. Stories with cookies and puppies and bighearted characters. Make me smile!
#carinachat

Deborah Nemeth
@DebNemeth
Editor
Freelance fiction editor for indie authors and Harlequin's Carina Press imprint. History geek, armchair sleuth, hobbit. She/her.
97 MSWL
12 Tips

#MSWL I’m eager to acquire for @CarinaPress’s newest line, Adores, featuring LGBTQ+ characters, and I’m especially interested in #ownvoices submissions. Here’s a link for more information about the requirements for Adores:
carinapress.com/blog/carina-ad…

Deborah Nemeth
@DebNemeth
Editor
Freelance fiction editor for indie authors and Harlequin's Carina Press imprint. History geek, armchair sleuth, hobbit. She/her.
97 MSWL
12 Tips

#MSWL romantic suspense & capers

Secret agenda
Fake relationships
Forced proximity
Enemies to lovers
Single parent
Second chance
Espionage
Action/adventure in epic settings
Alpha heroes
Lethally competent heroines
Military & law enforcement protagonists

Deborah Nemeth
@DebNemeth
Editor
Freelance fiction editor for indie authors and Harlequin's Carina Press imprint. History geek, armchair sleuth, hobbit. She/her.
97 MSWL
12 Tips

#MSWL feel-good contemporary romance and romcom especially these tropes

Sunny/grumpy
Fake relationship
Forced proximity
Marriage of convenience/arranged marriage
Forbidden love
Single parent
Slow burn
First love
Enemies to lovers
Second chance

Deborah Nemeth
@DebNemeth
Editor
Freelance fiction editor for indie authors and Harlequin's Carina Press imprint. History geek, armchair sleuth, hobbit. She/her.
97 MSWL
12 Tips

beth phelan (closed to unsolicited queries) @beth_phelan

i feel like there is all this anxiety surrounding agents' mswl's because i think it can feel like a "skip the line" opportunity, and in some ways it is, but ultimately i think a lot of us are also looking to be surprised and find something in our inbox we hadn't thought of yet.

This applies to editors too: I don't always know what I want to acquire until I read it. If a ms doesn't fit my exact wishlist, a submitting author/agent shouldn't be concerned. I'm most excited by fresh ideas that surprise me. The only limitation is if we pub that genre.
#MSWL

Deborah Nemeth
@DebNemeth
Editor
Freelance fiction editor for indie authors and Harlequin's Carina Press imprint. History geek, armchair sleuth, hobbit. She/her.
97 MSWL
12 Tips
Deborah Nemeth
@DebNemeth
Editor
Freelance fiction editor for indie authors and Harlequin's Carina Press imprint. History geek, armchair sleuth, hobbit. She/her.
97 MSWL
12 Tips

I'd love to acquire a locked room mystery.
#MSWL

Deborah Nemeth
@DebNemeth
Editor
Freelance fiction editor for indie authors and Harlequin's Carina Press imprint. History geek, armchair sleuth, hobbit. She/her.
97 MSWL
12 Tips

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth

I often post about my editor wishlist but the truth is I don't always know what I want till I read it. I never knew I wanted a mystery series with a dowser sleuth till @authorwendy subbed it. Never knew I'd love a paranormal mystery with a not-ghost sleuth till @jeralibu wrote it
Replying to @DebNemeth

So just because your story doesn't appear to match my editor wishlist, don't hesitate to send it in anyway. The unexpected stories are often the most exciting. I'm reading a manuscript submission right now that's giving me that delight in the unexpected. #MSWL

Deborah Nemeth
@DebNemeth
Editor
Freelance fiction editor for indie authors and Harlequin's Carina Press imprint. History geek, armchair sleuth, hobbit. She/her.
97 MSWL
12 Tips

#MSWL I'd love to acquire mystery or romance featuring main characters who have a wicked sense of humor.