Stephanie Doig


Associate Editor @ Harlequin's Carina Press. She/her. Opinions mine. If you have submission qs, pls don’t DM; go to:

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Stephanie Doig @stephaniedoig · 2 Mar 2018

We have gotten three separate questions about synopses today, so I wanted to share this blog post on what we look for when we read a synopsis:… #querytip #amwriting @CarinaPress

Stephanie Doig @stephaniedoig · 8 Aug 2016

If you're submitting simultaneously it is to your advantage to let publishers know if u have a competing offer before withdrawing #querytip

Stephanie Doig @stephaniedoig · 28 Jul 2016

Because it has come up a couple of times today: please accept all changes in your submission files and send us clean versions. #querytip

Stephanie Doig @stephaniedoig · 23 Jun 2016

Please do your best to have your submission complete, with correct attachments, on the first try. It saves everyone time & effort! #querytip

Stephanie Doig @stephaniedoig · 7 Apr 2016

When querying, specifics (hook, stakes, character emotion/action, plot) are more useful than themes and generalities. #querytip

Stephanie Doig @stephaniedoig · 4 Apr 2016

Learn your genre and research your target market; not every manuscript with sex in it is erotic romance. #querytip

Stephanie Doig @stephaniedoig · 26 Feb 2016

A basic one today. You have to tell me what the story is about. #querytip

Stephanie Doig @stephaniedoig · 1 Dec 2015

If you are still doing revisions, please hold off on submitting! Withdrawing and resubmitting multiple times isn't the best move. #querytip

Stephanie Doig @stephaniedoig · 20 Nov 2015

Mentioning a twist in your synopsis without detailing what it is=not best practice. Synopses are for details! #querytip

Stephanie Doig @stephaniedoig · 11 Nov 2015

If you have self-published a book via Amazon or other platforms, please don't call it "unpublished" in your query letters. #querytip

Stephanie Doig @stephaniedoig · 24 Aug 2015

Have seen a few very, very short query letters/synopses. A synopsis especially needs to be more than one paragraph long. #querytip

Stephanie Doig @stephaniedoig · 30 Jul 2015

A synopsis should tell me what happens in the book. Description of character emotion is good but it can't be ALL you include. #querytip

Stephanie Doig @stephaniedoig · 31 Mar 2015

Start with the book! Personal details can come later, but your book should shine first. #querytip