Hallmark Publishing

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www.hallmarkchannel.com/hallmark-publishing

We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.

Bryn Donovan
@BrynDonovan
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Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL

Hey friends! We are closed to historical romance for now, but still looking for fun contemporary romance and cozy mystery (esp. of the series-with-an-amateur-female-sleuth variety.) Submission guidelines here! bit.ly/2n1gHwy #MSWL #writingtips

Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL

Q: What are you esp. looking for right now?
A: Contemporary romance about summer weddings, a romance with a royal prince, beach towns, autumn, or Christmas; cozy mystery/female amateur sleuth. Strong friend/family subplots a plus. #mswl

Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL

Q: Are you interested in series?
A: We'd love to see contemporary romance and cozy mystery/amateur female sleuth mysteries. In your synopsis, just give us a paragraph or two about books 2 and 3. #mswl

Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL

Q: I'm self-published, and my book has some steamy scenes in it. Can I submit a more wholesome version to you?
A: Sorry, no. For all previously published work, it needs to have met our taste guidelines in the original published form. #mswl

Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL

Q: What are some of the most common reasons you reject manuscripts? A: Word count is way too short; story is too serious (we're looking for fun, lighthearted stories); story is too sexy; MCs not likeable/nice enough. #mswl

Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL

Thread: answering a few FAQs about submissions! #mswl
Q: I published this novel with another publisher. Will you read it and see if you want to make it into a movie?
A: No, sorry. That's not our department. We're looking for books we can publish (which might become movies later.)

Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL

For #hallmarkpitch on Wed. Dec. 13, we're looking for complete manuscripts, either sweet romance (esp. contemporary) or cozy mystery, 65K - 85K or so. Can be Christmas or not-Christmas! Self-published is fine if it meets our taste guidelines in the present form. #MSWL #amwriting

Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL

We don't do paranormal romance per se, but a little magic is okay: a magical object (see #ChristmasInEvergreen this Sat.), time travel (person from past in the present day -- e.g. Journey Back to Christmas), a life-altering wish come true (e.g. A Wish For Christmas.) #MSWL

Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL

We're looking for SUPER sweet romance, just like in our movies.
sex scenes - no
almost-sex scenes - no
"closed door" sex - no
people thinking about how much they want to have sex - no
kisses, dancing, snowball fights, cookie baking, walks on the beach - yes :)
#MSWL

Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL

We accept unagented submissions of full manuscripts through Submittable: submit.hallmarkpublishing.com/submit/88979/sā€¦ We take pitches through agents -- DM Stacey Donovan (@Donovanesque) for more info on that. #MSWL

Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL

Hallmark Publishing @HallmarkPublish

Hallmark Publishing & Tropes pt. 1
friends to lovers - sure!
enemies to lovers - great!
secret baby - nope
tortured hero - nah; a little bummed is ok
"alpha hero" - if you mean jerk, then no
fish out of water - yeah!
opposites attract - yes!
fake relationship - okay
#MSWL
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Hallmark Publishing & Tropes pt. 2
accidental pregnancy - obviously no
love triangle - okay
second chance romance - yes!
royalty - sure!
marriage of convenience - ehh, often implausible
return to hometown - yeah!
forbidden love - no; behave (office romance etc. ok)
#MSWL

Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL

Hallmark Publishing & Tropes pt. 1
friends to lovers - sure!
enemies to lovers - great!
secret baby - nope
tortured hero - nah; a little bummed is ok
"alpha hero" - if you mean jerk, then no
fish out of water - yeah!
opposites attract - yes!
fake relationship - okay
#MSWL

Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL

Things we avoid, even as backstory: rape, suicide, promiscuity, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, infidelity, drug addiction, abuse. #MSWL

Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL

A few things we'd love to see in contemporary romance:
a fun sense of humor;
Christmas, obviously;
summer weddings;
heroes who are genuinely good men;
series ideas about friends or siblings;
subplots about family members reconciling;
rescue dogs and/or cats.
#MSWL

Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL

Our #1 need is for light, sweet contemporary romance, 65K - 85K. Nothing too sad or dire. Fun and funny, yes. Snarky, not so much. #mswl

Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL

Protip for Hallmark romance: don't make the attraction about the characters' looks. Make it more about who they are as people. #mswl

Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL
Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL

We love seasonal stories. Not just Christmas (though we can never have enough), but also spring, summer, & fall. #mswl #romance #mystery

Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL
Hallmark Publishing
@HallmarkPublish
Publisher
We are the books division of the Hallmark channels, publishing wholesome contemporary romance and mystery novels that make you smile and warm your heart.
22 MSWL

We really like the female main character to be the center of the story. Begin and end with her. šŸ˜Š#MSWL #writingtips #romance