Deborah Nemeth


Freelance fiction editor for indie authors and Carina Press. History geek, armchair sleuth, Ravenclaw. She/her.

East Coast USA

Carina Press

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · Feb 26

#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:…

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · Feb 26

#MSWL romantic suspense & capers

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

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · Feb 26

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

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 · 22 Aug 2019

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.

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · 30 Mar 2019

I'd love to acquire a locked room mystery.

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · 21 Jan 2019

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 · 8 Oct 2018

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

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · 29 May 2018

I'm eager to acquire historical mysteries with a whodunit focus, clever sleuths, and light romantic elements that are slowly teased out over the course of the series. #MSWL #mystery

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · 7 Mar 2018

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth

I am super interested in acquiring romcom manuscripts this year, especially ones that are tightly written with snappy dialogue! #MSWL…

My interest in lighthearted romance and romcoms extends to male/male romance and romantic suspense and capers, of all heat levels, and historical & paranormal romances too. I'm also interested in humorous cozy mysteries. Make me laugh! #MSWL

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · 2 Mar 2018

I'm looking for mystery manuscripts, including paranormal mysteries, that have a strong focus on whodunit. The sleuth might be a witch or psychic, but I'm still looking for a satisfying murder investigation, with plenty of suspects and clues to follow. #MSWL

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · 12 Dec 2017

Alina Snow Book Adventures @Knoxville_Books

@DebNemeth Room for any m/f in your #MSWL stable?

Yes, absolutely. I'm seeking lighthearted, feel-good m/f contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and romantic comedy too, as well as cozy mystery with romantic elements. #MSWL

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · 12 Dec 2017

I'd love to acquire some lighthearted m/m, including feel-good contemporary romance, cozy mystery, romantic comedy, and romantic suspense. #MSWL

Deborah Nemeth @DebNemeth · 4 Dec 2017

Another romance trope I love is forbidden romance—boss/subordinate, doctor/patient, lawyer/client, cop/suspect, patriot/rebel, journalist/source, priest/parishioner, aristocrat/commoner, feuding clans… #MSWL