Wish List for February 2017
Happy February! The editors at Entangled Publishing are always looking for the next breakout hit. Could that be your book? Make sure to read until the end as we have some special calls as well. Each month, we have a new wish list from our editors. Watch for them as they’ll change monthly. Let’s discover each other today! All submissions can be sent through our Submittable system. The link can be found here: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/submission-information/
Alycia Tornetta, Editorial Director for Bliss, Ignite and Select Suspense
Special Call: I have several openings for authors interested in writing on spec for Bliss. Spec projects, by Entangled’s definition, are project concepts that are conceived by the editor and written to spec by an author. The world and characters belong to Entangled, but the rest of the contract is standard. To be considered, you must already be traditionally published. Submit your cover letter and a 30-page writing sample (preferably 30 pages that haven’t been professionally edited) that demonstrates the voice I could expect in your Bliss writing. Please title the submission SPEC CALL and submit your sample via this link: https://entangledpublishing.submittable.com/submit/19011/bliss
Additionally, Ignite and Suspense are looking for the following:
– Romantic suspense with search and rescue, coast guard, or other team-like heroes.
– Romantic suspense that has strong tropes, like enemies to lovers, coworkers, etc.
– Romantic suspense featuring heists. Think Entrapment and the Thomas Crown Affair.
– Romantic suspense about finding a serial killer. Something with a forensic anthropologist or FBI agent.
Bliss is looking for:
– Sweet romance that features animal-lovers, e.g. vets, dog walkers, shelter volunteers, etc.
– Sweet romance with marriage of convenience
– Sweet romance featuring quirky towns and strong tropes
– Sweet romance with single dad heroes. Maybe falling for nanny, or his kid’s teacher.
Brenda Chin, Editorial Director for Brazen and Scorched
– Single title erotic romance.
– Can be any length – serial, novella, full-length novel
– Can be any genre – contemporary, historical, paranormal
– Must be a romance!
We’re looking for:
– Books of more than 50,000 words
– New Adult Romances, written in first person, present tense
– Naughty Regency/Victorian/Highland/Viking historical with high level of explicitness
We’re also looking for traditionally published authors to write to concept for the following miniseries premises:
– Forbidden fantasies (sex with a stranger, voyeurism, forbidden relationships).
– Time sensitive relationships (example: 9 ½ weeks)
– Sexual awakenings
– Contemporary category romance – 45,000 – 55,000 words
– Very sexy stories featuring characters in their 20’s or early 30’s.
– Sensual hooks/tropes are a must.
We’re also looking for new miniseries with the following themes:
– Stories set in unique (but popular) settings – Australia, UK, Alaska
– Unique heroes with family ties – i.e. a miniseries featuring three brothers who grew up in NY’s Little Italy. Hot guys with fun families.
We’re also looking for books with heroines our readers can connect with:
– Girl next door
– Curvy heroines
Candace Havens, Editorial Director for Embrace
Embrace is looking for stories that are heart-pounding in multiple ways. A first job in a dangerous field, not law enforcement, but maybe spies or something like the Thomas Crown Affair. We’d also like some hot British and Scottish dudes at a European university and maybe the females are American studying there. First jobs that are somewhat exotic, maybe in a foreign land. And we could use some romantic comedies with first jobs, first time at college, or internships.
Heather Howland, Editorial Director for Lovestruck
For Lovestruck, we’d like to see:
– fresh twists on the following tropes/stories that allow readers (and us, as your editors!) to escape for a few hours: beauty and the beast, best friends to lovers, fish out of water, forced proximity (especially with enemies to lovers), women traveling to exciting foreign locales, hot men with accents here in the states, hockey/baseball/football teams, interoffice romance, and online dating gone hilariously wrong (but it’s for the best!)
– NOTE: we’re looking specifically for heroines who are relatable to the average reader, and who we’ll love and understand from page one.
At this time, we prefer NOT to see:
– weddings, fake relationships, PR firms repairing reputations, bakeries/restaurants/food-related professions, specific apartment building-centric stories, politicians (unless they’re the small town, everyman/woman mayor), or women fixing up men
Outside of Lovestruck, I would like to see:
– Sexy-as-hell police/firefighter/FBI series for Embrace. Young cops/firemen/FBI agents straight out of the academy, falling in love while maneuvering through dangerous jobs.
– Adorable, swoony teen romance for the Crush or Teen lines. Bonus points for broody heroes being blindsided by heroines who are relatable, yet forces of nature in his eyes.
– Near future, artificial intelligence YA sci-fi chock full of the swoony romance I love. I want the AI to be unnerving and a little too close for comfort. If you’ve seen Humans on AMC, you know what I’m talking about.
– High concept YA sci-fi, paranormal, or twisty contemporary that makes me think.
Heidi Shoham, Editorial Director for Select Contemporary and Indulgence
I’m specifically on the lookout for books for the Contemporary Select and Indulgence imprints (but I also acquire imprint wide).
For Select Contemporary, I want layered, emotional stories with series potential, strong romances with large, likable casts of characters; hot, confident heroes, cowboys (swoon), men in uniform, the hero who stands just a little bit taller than the regular/everyday guy. I want likable, relatable heroines, authentic dialogue, and conflicts that will knock me off my feet and carry the book from beginning to end.
For Indulgence, I want to be swept away by the ultimate fantasy alpha hero who may be hard, tough on the outside, but who is hiding a heart of gold. Send your heroine to exotic setting to meet an exciting, multi-layered billionaire intent on making the heroine his. I want to fly to private Greek islands, villas in Spain or Italy, extravagant ski resorts in France or Switzerland. The heroines must likable and relatable, they’re the everyday woman (think about the women in your own circle of friends) who get swept away by alpha heroes who can make all their dreams come true…even if they’re going to drive the women a little crazy first.
Imprint wide, I’m always looking for:
– High concept plots that can grab me in one sentence.
– Would love to see a single dad doing his best to be what his kid needs.
– Looking for sexy contemporaries featuring everyday, relatable heroines, and above-average heroes (don’t have to be billionaires, unless you’re writing an Indulgence).
– Make me blush with your hottest, most erotic romance (it’s takes a lot to really make me blush!).
– Cowboys, cowboys, cowboys
– Men in uniform/veterans/first responders
– Shifters – especially wolves and bears, with that strong family/pack element to it
– Good secret baby plot, angsty heroes with a snarky sense of humor (a la Dean Winchester).
Special Call: I have several openings for authors interested in writing on spec for Indulgence. Spec projects, by Entangled’s definition, are project concepts that are conceived by the editor and written to spec by an author. The world and characters belong to Entangled, but the rest of the contract is standard. To be considered, you must already be a published author. Submit your cover letter and a 30-page writing sample that demonstrates your voice. Please title the submission: “SPEC CALL” and submit your sample via this link:
Karen Grove, Senior Editor
– Academies—military, coast guard, police, fire, swift-water rescue, search & rescue, etc.—they’re all ripe for strong, hot heroes willing to serve and the close-knit friendships and forced proximity that creates an instant sense of family/loyalty.
– High-concept plots that demand to be made into movies. If you can make me see the film in my head with just a few lines, you’ve got me.
– A rugged, strong hero establishes a ranch for abused, unwanted creatures and/or trains therapy animals—horses, dogs, pot-bellied pigs, whatever—and his one-day-at-a-time, quiet world is disrupted by a vivacious young woman who either takes a job on the ranch, works as a veterinarian, or arrives to learn about what he is doing there. (Any line.)
– Small-town sweet romance a la Nicholas Sparks. Men who own businesses and work with their hands—cowboys/ranchers, builders/construction workers, etc. The guys who are rugged and not afraid of hard work, but who are oh-so-gentle with their heroines.
– The ultimate book boyfriend—strong, on the alpha side, protective, encouraging, and who’s not afraid to let his guard down and be silly with the one he loves.
– Romantic suspense—law enforcement, terrorism, biological agents. Make my heart race to stop a major catastrophe.
– Things that will always capture my attention: great banter—characters who keep me on my toes; hockey (ice or inline), and lacrosse; dogs and horses; military academy; quirky characters with big hearts; law enforcement, bodyguards, and special forces; enemies to lovers, forced proximity, friends to lovers, opposites attract, bad boy reformed
Lydia Sharp, Editor
– YA fantasy or sci-fi with “ill-fated lovers.” Why would it feel devastating on an epic scale for them to be together romantically? And how do they overcome that to be together anyway? Looking for unique worldbuilding that plays into the conflict.
– YA contemporary romance that centers on the high school experience and the relationships formed within those locker-lined walls. Humorous situations and witty banter is a plus. Looking for a fresh spin on tried-and-true romance tropes like “brother’s best friend,” “fake relationship,” “hidden identity,” “rivalry,” and “enemies to lovers,” to name just a few.
– In adult contemporary romance—alpha males, alpha males, alpha males. Looking for stories that are just as fun and thrilling to read as they are sexy; stories that take us on a physical journey as well as an emotional one; would like to see more foreign settings and sharp character conflict.
Tera Cuskaden, Editorial Director for Select Otherworld and Covet
– High-concept plots I can sell in one sentence.
– Paranormal romance with great romantic tension between alpha males and strong heroines.
– Fresh voices and amazing stories that will suck me into the world and keep me up past my bedtime reading.
– I’m open to all genres and themes, though I am specifically looking for shifters (wolves, big cats, bears, and dragons in particular), vampires, and science fiction/fantasy with crossover elements, such as shifters and/or vampires.
– Menage paranormal and sci-fi romance. Think fated mates and/or a woman bonded to two men. The sex can be hot (and should be!), but make sure the story doesn’t revolve around the sex.
– I’d love to see large paranormal worlds with many different paranormal elements, such as vampires, shifters, witches, angels and demons, etc.
– Contemporary-based sci-fi. Think DNA-enhanced soldiers, super soldiers, medical issues, military, artificial intelligence, hackers and international espionage, and Outbreak.
– I would love to see sci-fi stories in the style of 12 Monkeys, Firefly, and Star Wars.
– High concept plots that will sell in one sentence.
– I’d love to see romances with single dads that will melt my heart.
– Romantic suspense/thrillers that make my heart race in more ways than one. Would love to see stories with a more psychological basis.
– Sexy contemporaries featuring every day, relatable heroines (think teacher, nurse, veterinarian, etc.), and above-average heroes (though they don’t have to be billionaires, unless you’re targeting Indulgence).
– Erotic romances that make me blush.
– Manuscripts targeted toward the Indulgence imprint (Here’s where those billionaires come into play!)
– Men in uniform or veterans.
– Women on vacation.
Special Call: I have several openings for authors interested in writing on spec for Otherworld or Covet. Some of these openings include m/m and menage. Spec projects, by Entangled’s definition, are projects that are conceived by the editor and written to spec by an author. The world and characters belong to Entangled, but the rest of the contract is standard. To be considered, you must already be traditionally published. Submit your cover letter and a 30-page writing sample that demonstrates the voice I could expect in your Otherworld or Covet writing. Please title the submission SPEC CALL and use this link to select Otherworld or Covet:
Wendy Chen, Editor
– Wendy Chen is looking for a sweet Bliss story. I would love to see your fresh twist on a relationship of convenience or mistaken identity trope. I have a soft spot for pets and an even softer one for a hero who works with animals.