Clean romance author. Director of Hallmark Publishing. Opinions are only my own.
I may have said this already, but people mostly send me Christmas romance. If you've got G-rated winter, spring, June wedding, summer, or fall harvest romances, I'd like to see them. 🙂 Guidelines here: bit.ly/2TYk2Qk #MSWL #WritingCommunity
We've clarified a few points in the submission guidelines: we are open to agented manuscripts and proposals year-round; we don't publish romantic suspense at this time; our mysteries are not seasonal, although our romances are. #hallmark #romance #mystery #MSWL
Our next submission period at @HallmarkPublish is Sept. 2019, and we expect to respond to everyone from our last submission period by May 1. We've made some tweaks to our submission guidelines: bit.ly/2TYk2Qk The main ones are below. #MSWL #romance #mystery
Savvy Authors @SavvyAuthors2019 Sweetheart Pitch - Yep, it’s back again! Your chance to land that perfect agent or (and) sell your book to the publisher of your dreams! goo.gl/Heq4i5 Feb 13 - 15 #WritingCommunity #writerslife #amwritingromance #amwriting #amediting #author #writer pic.twitter.com/mrdNgtJjWJ
Walks-Softly 📚🌳 @Skytale_Writer@Donovanesque Do you think it's safer to go with a Christmas novel, or do you seem to accept novels also for the beach, equally?
Great question. For romance, we do appreciate a seasonal tie-in, be it Christmas (must have snow), winter (ditto), spring, June weddings, summer, or fall harvest. We don't need a seasonal tie-in for mysteries, and we don't do mystery at Christmas. #hallmark #MSWL
The question we're always asking in romances:
What are the main characters' arcs? How do they grow and change throughout the story to earn their happy ever after?
If you're submitting in February, don't be afraid to spell that out in the query and synopsis! ❤️ #Hallmark #MSWL
stacey agdern 🏒 @nystacey@Donovanesque @HallmarkPublish Just because i'm thinking of these things, do you want a series outline if one exists? Or is it not something you're looking for :)
We like series ideas! At the end of the synopsis, add a paragraph about how you'd see the series play out, or give us a title and a few sentences apiece for books 2 and 3. #MSWL #romance #mystery #hallmark @HallmarkPublish
Sarah Walton @noegopictures@d_annouche @Donovanesque Hi Stacey, @Donovanesque In regard to setting of the novel, I know that Hallmark traditionally prefers for a character to travel from a big city to a small town for Christmas, but is it okay for the protagonist to travel from one big city to another big city?
GREAT question. Characters can go to a big city, or stay in their big city or small town. The important thing here is the emotional journey and re-connecting to the things that matter most: like community, love, friendship, family, hope, or their truest self. #hallmark #MSWL
Connie Bergendahl @ConnieBergenda1Hi Stacey...for February submissions, should synopsis and manuscript be two "separate" documents in the email?@Donovanesque
Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque- clear motivation for the things the characters do
- a clear conflict for the romantic relationship...on both sides.
- a specific explanation of how they overcome those obstacles...and how it all ends!
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)
At @HallmarkPublish, we care more than most people about SETTINGS. Give the reader a nice place (in the U.S.) to escape to! Charming small towns, of course, but also beaches, farms, pretty houses, mountain getaways, orchards, gardens, and even fun cities, etc. #MSWL 🌆🏡🌄🏖️