Stacey Donovan

@Donovanesque

Clean romance author. Director of Hallmark Publishing. Opinions are only my own.

Los Angeles

Hallmark Publishing

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Feb 1

This month, @HallmarkPublish is OPEN TO UNAGENTED SUBMISSIONS and I can't WAIT to read! Complete guidelines here: bit.ly/2wajgQM #romance #mystery #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Jan 28

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

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Jan 28

Responding to DMs: you don't give Hallmark any rights to your story just by submitting. Until we offer you a contract and you sign it, your story belongs only to you. #MSWL #romance #mystery

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Jan 15

Two weeks until our open submission period at @HallmarkPublish! I'm excited. You can submit between Feb. 1 - Feb. 28. We're looking for full-length romance and cozy mystery. Guidelines here: bit.ly/2wajgQM #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Jan 9

If you start your query letter with the title, genre, word count, and a quick summary, you'll always get my attention. (Hastily written example in reply.) #MSWL @HallmarkPublish #romance #mystery

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 7 Nov 2018

Tips for Hallmark cozy mysteries:
- the police can be misdirected, but not inept
- an amateur sleuth should have good reasons why s/he has a particular knack for solving mysteries, and strong motivations for getting involved.
#MSWL #amwriting #mystery #NaNoWriMo18

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 15 Oct 2018

Reminder that Hallmark Publishing is open to unagented submissions in the month of February '19: contemporary romance and contemporary cozy mystery, 65,000 words minimum. Complete submission guidelines here: hallmarkchannel.com/hallmark-publi… #MSWL #publishing #amwriting

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 23 Aug 2018

Cozy mysteries for us aren't really seasonal. We're moving away from Christmas mysteries because some people aren't in the mood for murder at Christmas. #MSWL #Hallmark

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 2 May 2018

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 · 24 Apr 2018

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 · 24 Apr 2018

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 · 29 Mar 2018

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 · 7 Mar 2018

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