Tuesday, February 25, 2014

7 Romance Publishers Looking for Writers - No Agent Needed

Updated 3/18/20

Many romance publishing houses are open to receiving unagented manuscripts, particularly digital imprints. Some of these, like Harlequin, are big names in the publishing industry.

Be sure to click on the guidelines links to read their full requirements. As always, follow all instructions to the letter.

For a full list of publishers accepting unagented manuscripts in all genres see: Publishers Accepting Unagented Manuscripts


Harlequin Submission Guidelines

Harlequin Enterprises Limited is a Toronto-based company that publishes series romance and women's fiction. Owned by the Torstar Corporation, the largest newspaper publisher in Canada, the company publishes approximately 120 new titles each month in 29 different languages in 107 international markets on six continents. These books are written by over 1,300 authors worldwide, offering readers a broad range of fiction including romance, psychological thrillers and relationship novels. The company reported sales of 131 million books in 2006—half overseas and 96% outside of Canada.

How to submit:  Harlequin accepts submissions through submittable. (You can open an account for free.) These are the categories that are currently open to unagented submissions along with minimum word counts: Harlequin Dare - 50,000 words, Harlequin Desire - 50,000 words, Harlequin Heartwarming - 70,000 words, Harlequin Historical - approx 75,000 words, Harlequin Intrigue - 55,000 words, Harlequin Medical Romance – approx 50,000 words, Harlequin Presents (M&B Modern) - 50,000 words, Harlequin Romance (M&B Cherish) – 50,000 words, Harlequin Romantic Suspense - 70,000 words, Harlequin Special Edition - 55,000 words, Love Inspired - 55,000 words, Love Inspired Suspense - 55,000 words.

 Click on the link to each category on the Harlequin Submission Guidelines  page for more details. 


Forever Yours 

Submission Guidelines

Forever Yours is a digital-only imprint of Grand Central Publishing, which is part of Hachette Book Group. Forever Yours publishes new works as well as backlist titles from its nine-year-old Forever imprint. The imprint does two to four e-book titles a month

What they are looking for: Forever Yours is currently accepting romance submissions from all subgenres, including but not limited to: contemporary, romantic comedy, romantic suspense, western, historical, inspirational, paranormal, sci-fi/fantasy, futuristic, urban fantasy, steampunk, time-travel, and erotica. We are not accepting YA, mystery, general fiction, non-fiction, or poetry.

How to submit: They are accepting novella length works (8,000-35,000 words), as well as longer works from 35,000-100,000 words. Send the following to this address: ForeverYours@hbgusa.com
  • A query letter introducing yourself, the genre you are writing in, and the word count of your work.
  • A detailed 3-5 page synopsis.
  • Your completed manuscript saved as an RTF file. Forever Yours will only consider manuscripts that are complete at the time of submission.
Read guidelines HERE.

Carina Press

Submission Guidelines

Carina Press is one of Harlequin’s digital-first adult fiction single-title imprints, publishing first in digital, with releases in audio and print as well.Though Harlequin is mainly known as a romance publisher, Carina Press publishes a wide range of adult fiction genres and features books from talented authors in all genres, including romance, science fiction, fantasy, mystery and more.

What they are looking for: [From the website] We are seeking submissions in all subgenres of romance with all levels of sensuality. We welcome everything from the very sweet to the incredibly erotic, featuring couples (or multiples) from all walks of life and sexual orientation, including same-sex romances. Romances should focus on the development of the relationship, as well as external and internal conflict; the heat level should be appropriate to the book and enhance the story, and the primary relationship in the book should offer a happily ever after (HEA) or happily for now (HFN) in an emotionally satisfying manner. Sorry, but one of the couple cannot die or leave the other if it’s to be sold as a romance!

How to submit: Please submit queries for only completed, fully polished manuscripts, unless previously arranged otherwise with an editor. Queries must include the following and will not be reviewed if any piece is missing:
  1. Required: In the submissions form, you will be asked for a brief, introductory query letter listing genre, word count and a short description of the book, as well as any pertinent information about the author, including both legal name and pen name and any writing credits. The query letter is your sales pitch and we use the information included in it.
  1. Required: The full manuscript saved as an RTF or DOC file and attached, with file name TITLE_MANUSCRIPT where you substitute your book’s title in place of TITLE. (example: WarAndPeace_Manuscript)
  1. Required: 2-5 page synopsis of book that details character development, plot, and conflict/story resolution. Attach as an RTF or DOC file with file name TITLE_SYNOPSIS where you substitute your book’s title in place of TITLE. (Example: WarAndPeace_Synopsis)
  1. Please be sure to put the following information on the first page of all files: manuscript name, author pen name/legal name, email address, phone number, genre and word count. If you don’t include your phone number, it makes it impossible for us to make The Call!
  1. Combined size of both attachments must be under 4 MB in size. We’re unable to send files larger than this to our editors due to restrictions in our email system. If your manuscript is over 4 MB, please remove extra images, delete extraneous styles or font use that may increase file size
Please allow 12 weeks for an editorial response to your submission. If a response has not been received after 12 weeks, please follow-up via your submittable account by adding a note to your submission log. Read guidelines HERE.

Boroughs Publishing Group

Submission Guidelines

Boroughs Publishing Group is a digital-only publisher that focuses solely on romance novels, of all genres and lengths.

What they are looking for:
  • Contemporary
  • Erotic Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Historical
  • Multi-cultural
  • Paranormal
  • Romantic Suspense/Thrillers
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Young Adult
How to submit: [From the website] Unpublished authors please submit your finished MS only. Published authors may submit first three chapters. Standard word counts are: 30 - 40,000 words for novellas; 70 - 120,000 words for full-length novels. We are accepting short Romance fiction for our Lunchbox Romance line, 6,000 - 12,000 words. Please submit the full MS for Lunchbox Romances.

Please submit a synopsis of your book that summarizes the story, including the ending, that is no more than two pages long. Please title your synopsis e.g., Synopsis for Romance Novel, 85,ooo words.

Your submission must be double spaced, Times New Roman 12 point, with one inch borders, submitted in MS Word with the book title and your name in the header flush right.

Please submit your personal marketing plan. Don’t panic. We’re a full service publishing house. Of course we’re going to market your book. But in this day and age, let’s be realistic. You have to have some savvy about putting yourself and your work out there. Commitment to your work and your writing goals is a good thing.

All submissions are online. Response time: 8 weeks. Read guidelines HERE.


Harper Impulse

Submission Guidelines

Digital only

Harper Impulse is a division of HarperCollins. They are  actively seeking commercial, romantic fiction. "We are looking for authors with a fresh voice, strong storytelling abilities, original ideas and a compelling storyline. If you believe your manuscript has these qualities, then we want to see it!"

Note: This publisher accepts work that has been previously self-published. Read guidelines HERE.


Loveswept & Flirt

Submission Guidelines

Digital only

Loveswept and Flirt are Random House imprints. "Our program is managed with the same attention given to all of our other imprints within Random House. Every book will be assigned to an accomplished Random House editor and a dedicated marketer and publicist. Not only will authors benefit from working with the finest cover designers to ensure irresistibly eye-catching books, but they will also be offered the unique advantage of social media tools and training that will allow them to connect directly with their readers. Every title will be available for purchase at major eRetailers and will be compatible with all reading devices."

They are open to previously-published manuscripts as long as the author controls all electronic and print publishing rights.

Read their informational packet here.


Destiny Romance (Penguin)

Submission Guidelines

Digital imprint - New Zealand and Australian authors only

Penguin accepts submissions on the first of the month only

"Destiny Romance is passionately interested in all kinds of romantic fiction, from sweet and tender through to saucy and sensual. We’re looking for all subgenres, including but not limited to: contemporary, historical, suspense, paranormal, fantasy, sci-fi and erotica. If you’ve come up with a new style of romance, then we’re interested in that too.

We are accepting shorter stories from 25,000 words, right up to full-length novels of 100,000-plus. We will not consider manuscripts of less than 25,000 words, non-fiction work, children’s books or poetry.

A strong voice, originality and intense emotions will help your manuscript stand out from the crowd.

Unpublished authors please submit your finished MS only. Published authors may submit first three chapters. - See more at: http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/submit#sthash.vVfLCz3b.dpuf

  • Contemporary
  • Erotic Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Historical
  • Multi-cultural
  • Paranormal
  • Romantic Suspense/Thrillers
  • Urban Fantasy
  • Young Adult
  • - See more at: http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/submit#sthash.vVfLCz3b.dpuf


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