Stacey Donovan


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: #romance #mystery #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Jan 30

We tend to avoid Christmas stories about people pretending to be Santa, for the simple reason that Santa Claus is real. #hallmark #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Jan 28

Walks-Softly πŸ“šπŸŒ³ @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 25

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 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: #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · Jan 13

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

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 Dec 2018

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)

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 4 Dec 2018

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 πŸŒ†πŸ‘πŸŒ„πŸ–οΈ

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 26 Nov 2018

Agents! I’m always open to proposals (2-3 page synopsis) for G-rated sweet romance with strong seasonal tie-ins. If it gets greenlighted by both me and the programming team, we’ll make you an offer. Complete guidelines here:… DM me with questions! #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 20 Nov 2018

In February, we'll be open to romance submissions in ALL SEASONS: winter, Valentine's Day, spring, June weddings, summer, fall, Christmas. Seasonal tie-ins are important for us in romance! (But not in mystery.) Full guidelines: #MSWL #nanowrimo #amwriting

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 19 Nov 2018

ICYMI: I had a great time talking with @KittyBucholtz about Hallmark Publishing. Check out the Write Now Workshop podcast here: #amediting #MondayMotivation #MSWL @HallmarkPublish

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 17 Nov 2018

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque

At Hallmark Publishing we're very open to REALLY GOOD GUYS as romantic leads. They can move back to their small town because their mom has health issues. They can worry about the future of the pumpkin festival. #MSWL

On the other hand, a guy who "doesn't trust women"? A guy who's sexist at the beginning of the story? A guy who pressures a woman for a date or a kiss? That's not for us. He needs to sort himself out before he finds true love in Hallmark Land. #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 17 Nov 2018

At Hallmark Publishing we're very open to REALLY GOOD GUYS as romantic leads. They can move back to their small town because their mom has health issues. They can worry about the future of the pumpkin festival. #MSWL

Stacey Donovan @Donovanesque · 15 Nov 2018

Vanessa Lanang is procrastinating. @VanessaLanang

@Donovanesque Do you have a preference between 1st person and close 3rd? I can write both but I feel I get so much more into the voice in 1st person.

Replying to @VanessaLanang

Hi Vanessa! I have a slight preference for close 3rd because I find I usually fall in love with the hero when I'm in his POV. But if a 1st person manuscript can still give me moments where I understand his thoughts & feelings and scenes that make me melt, that's great. πŸ™‚ #MSWL