Entangled Publishing continues its evolution of the romance genre market with the addition of a fresh yet industry-savvy new Editorial Director to its historical romance line. Gwen Hayes, multi-published author and freelance editor, will head the much loved historical category imprint Scandalous and hopes to bring her passion for the genre to a new generation of readers while staying true to avid fans like herself.
“I can’t wait to begin,” says Gwen. “I am absolutely the biggest cheerleader of the historical romance genre, and I’m chomping at the bit to get my hands on these books.” When asked of her plans for Scandalous, Hayes replied, “Scandalous already has incredible authors, and I am honored to
continue working with them. In addition to Dukes, Vikings, and Lairds, I want to round out the line so that there is something for everyone. The submissions page says we are looking for stories set between 900-1930s and I am on a mission to get some Jazz Age stories out there. Bring me your gin joints, dazzle me with champagne and flapper beads, intrigue me with speakeasies, take me to the Savoy, and how about some Harlem Renaissance?”
Gwen also believes that romance readers who have not yet tried a historical title will find what they are looking for in the Scandalous line. “Historical doesn’t mean antiquated. Passion and romance are exciting in any era. And torrid love affairs are even more illicit when social mores forbid the entanglement. Plus…kilts. Do I have to say more? Kilts!”
Gwen goes on to say why she’s so excited about the company, “Entangled Publishing continues to be innovative and energetic in the new publishing dynamic where some traditional publishers can’t quite find their footing anymore. Every day this industry changes, and I’m really excited to be working with the team that’s keeping pace with the new dance steps instead of falling behind. Entangled is extremely author friendly which matters to me. Authors have a lot of choices now, so it’s important to stay relevant to their needs.”
Already, Gwen has been hard at work, revamping the Scandalous imprint. Just take a look at the new logo and cover design!
Hayes is determined to pull young readers into the historical genre by actively seeking out fresh new voices in the genre, interesting time periods, and faster paced stories, but at the heart of each of these short romances are still the tropes we all love to read about. If you’re interested in writing for this exciting imprint, don’t hesitate to take a look at the submission guidelines.
Gwen loves all historical eras, but has a special passion for Gothic romance and books set in the early 1900s through WWII. She also believes that the modern historical romance reader is ready for more multi-cultural protagonists and unusual settings–but that Dukes are still totally hot. She loves to talk romance on Twitter @gwenhayes.
Gwen Hayes began her publishing career editing for a small publisher in 2007. She went on to write kissing books for adult and young adult readers while continuing to freelance edit before joining the Entangled team in 2013. She firmly believes she is saving the world one love story at a time.
Congrats, Gwen and Entangled!
And I love the revamped covers!