Clean romance author. Director of Hallmark Publishing. Opinions are only my own.
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
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)
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: hallmarkchannel.com/hallmark-publi… DM me with questions! #MSWL
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: bit.ly/2wajgQM #MSWL #nanowrimo #amwriting
Stacey Donovan @DonovanesqueAt 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 pic.twitter.com/6CcAfuEQNw
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
Hey friends, since this comes up a lot in submissions, I thought I'd talk a little about POINT OF VIEW. We prefer either 1st person or 3rd person deep POV: in 3rd person romance, we like the POV to alternate between the 2 main characters. #amwriting #amediting #MSWL
I would LOVE more cute, sweet romance submissions with black, Asian, or Latino main characters! 65K or more, winter, Valentine’s Day, or spring esp. ❄️❤️🌸Agents, I’d love to get these as proposals, too! #MSWL #Hallmark #OwnVoices #amwriting #publishing
I say this all the time, but the best way to know what kinds of things @HallmarkPublish is looking for is to watch a few current Hallmark movies. #CountdowntoChristmas is coming right up, but we'd like winter, spring, summer, and fall romances, too! #amwriting #querying #MSWL
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 @DonovanesqueWe LOVE rescue dogs and kitties, but we're very sensitive about animals. An animal being lost, injured, or imperiled can't be a big part of the story. We don't like dogs and cats behaving badly, because we don't want to discourage anyone from adoption. #MSWL #hallmark
In romance I love seeing a secondary romance, a reconciliation with a friend or family member, strong family ties and friendships (I'm a sucker for the hero having a brother or male best friend and would love a series with brothers), and the community coming together. #MSWL