#CarinaPitch is coming April 4th, 2013


The Carina Press editorial team will be holding a pitch event on Twitter via the #carinapitch hashtag on Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 8am Eastern to 9pm Eastern.

Last fall, we provided an opportunity for authors to submit their work and get both an expedited response and feedback. We had tremendous response to that submissions call, so we decided to do something that would give authors the chance to get similar feedback and response time. I’d also like to share that, from that submissions call, we found over a dozen manuscripts that we either wanted to acquire or see further revisions for, so it was very successful for both authors and us in that regard. Our ultimate goal is always to find new authors to acquire, not new authors to reject!

Last time, we heard from authors who had submissions pending that they wished they could also have the opportunity to take advantage of that, so we’ve come up with a pitch event that will allow everyone, including those who currently have submissions pending, the same chances. Please read on for details of how the event will work.

On Thursday, Carina Press freelance editors will be monitoring the #carinapitch hashtag for book pitches from authors.

The benefits:

Book pitches chosen by editors will be reviewed by the editor who requested it. Response will be given by May 31st, 2013 and those manuscripts chosen via the #carinapitch will also receive personalized feedback. Please note that we ask authors not to expect paragraphs of feedback, but specific feedback will be offered noting what the editor sees as not working or needing attention. We also would like to emphasize that the nature of this business is subjective, so the editor may provide feedback the author may not agree with. We’re offering insight into why the book doesn’t work for us (should we choose to pass on it, rather than acquiring, which is certainly a possibility!), not providing detailed instructions on how to “fix” any issues we see.

Eligibility to participate:

1) A complete, ready-to-send, manuscript that falls within the commercial fiction genres that we publish. (Please view our submissions guidelines here)

2) You must be prepared to send your manuscript within 3 days of the #carinapitch session. Any manuscripts sent after Sunday, April 7th will still be fairly reviewed by editorial staff, but won’t be eligible for the feedback/accelerated response time.

3) The manuscript you’re pitching must be new material, not previously published material, whether self-published or released via a publisher. New material only will be considered during this event.

4) The manuscript cannot be one that has previously received a pass letter from us.

5) You may pitch more than one project.


How to participate: 

1) Wait until April 4th from 8am Eastern to 9pm Eastern, which is when the editors will be monitoring the hashtag.

2) Craft your compelling book pitch into one (no more than two) tweets. Indicate if it’s more than one tweet by using 1/2 and 2/2 so we can piece them together.

3) Post them to Twitter from your account using the #carinapitch hashtag (the only way we’ll know they’re for us!)

  • Please do not post pitches for one book more than twice during the #carinapitch event. Even if you’re changing your pitch, please pitch the same book no more than twice during the day.

4) Watch for a reply from a Carina Press editor.

5) If an editor lets you know that they’d like to see your submission and your manuscript is NOT currently on submission with us:

  • a) please follow the submission guidelines here and include all required information. Send your submission to the submissions email, not the editor directly.
  • b) Make your subject line: #carinapitch Title by Author (genre)
  • c) Address your query letter to the editor who requested your manuscript
  • d) At the top of your query letter, please include the Twitter pitch you used and your Twitter name (to help the editor recognize your request & verify that they asked for it)
  • If more than one editor asks for your submission, you may choose which editor to send to, though you may also wish to indicate the second editor who had interest, in case the first editor chooses not to read it.
  • e) Send your submission no later than Sunday April 7, 2013

6) If an editor lets you know they’d like to see your submission and your manuscript is already in our queue.

  • a) Send an email to submissions@www.carinapress.com
  • b) Subject line: #carinapitch Existing Submission
  • c) In the body of the email, please include the Twitter pitch you used and your Twitter name (to help the editor recognize your request & verify that they asked for it).
  • d) In body of email, please tell us the date you originally submitted your work, the title of the work, the genre and the name you submitted under. It’s helpful if your email comes from the same email address you used to submit the work.
  • If more than one editor asks for your submission, you may choose which editor to send to, though you may also wish to indicate the second editor who had interest, in case the first editor chooses not to read it.
  • e) Email us no later than Sunday April 7, 2013


Notes about #carinapitch

  • You don’t need to direct your tweet to a specific editor. We’ll all be monitoring the hashtag throughout the day. However, if you want to bring it to the attention of an editor you think it’s particularly suited for, you are welcome to do so. At the bottom of this post is a list of participating Carina Press editors and their Twitter IDs.
  • Please don’t post your pitch more than twice during the day. We know you want to make sure we see it, so we don’t mind if you post it at two different times, but please don’t post one book more than that. This includes not changing your pitch five times and posting it five different ways, please. Two pitches per book, so the hashtag doesn’t become cluttered and allows all authors equal opportunity to be seen. Thank you!
  • An updated list of what different editors are looking for will be posted here on the blog Monday. You can see editor bios here.
  • Information about what we publish, our submissions guidelines and specific FAQs can be found here.

Feedback is welcome! Please email us at generalinquiries@www.carinapress.com if ever you have specific, constructive feedback you’d like to share.

One last (very important) note:

Even if your pitch isn’t selected by an editor, that doesn’t mean your project isn’t right for us. In the end, it’s the words you write in the story that will get us to acquire the book, not the words you wrote for the pitch, so if you’ve written something we publish, please still submit it to us. Your chances of having the manuscript acquired are just as good as those whose pitches we single out!

*Permission to forward this post, use it on blogs and author forums is permitted.*

Participating editors:

Angela James @angelajames

Tina Burns @TinaBurns

Deb Nemeth @DebNemeth

Jeff Seymour @realjeffseymour

Elizabeth Bass @ElizabethBass

Melissa Johnson @MelissJohnson

Gina Bernal @GinaBernal

Alissa Davis @AlissaDenay

Mallory Braus @MalloryBraus

Meredith Giordan @MeredithGiordan

Megan Records @MeganRecords





17 thoughts on “#CarinaPitch is coming April 4th, 2013”

  1. Mikaela says:

    I am tempted, but I think I’ll pass since I have a couple of novellas and short stories that I want submit to you, but they are in first draft.

    So look for them in June or so :).

  2. Tara M Smith says:

    I’m sure I have the most kooky timing in the world! I submitted to Carina a few weeks prior to your last feedback opportunity, and the same thing has happened this time around. *snort*

    My question is: My latest submission was for the holiday novella call. Can I still pitch it on Twitter, as it was for a specific call? Would love the opportunity for feedback this time around!

    I’d understand if it wasn’t allowed, especially as everyone who submitted will get an answer by 4/15 anyway, but still, I figured it was worth asking!


  3. Kathryn says:

    I would love to do this, but I’m not really up to date on twitter. In fact, I have no idea how it works. I guess I have a couple of days to figure it out. I don’t suppose there could be an email version?

  4. Angela James says:

    Tara, since the holiday submissions are a special call, they wouldn’t be included, unfortunately. In fact, it’s my goal to have responses mostly out before Thursday. Ambitious but hopefully I can do it!

    Kathryn, our last opportunity like this was via email. We’re always doing something different and trying to give different venues opportunities. This time the opportunity comes via Twitter!

  5. Kathryn says:

    Okay. I shall apply myself to understanding twitter. Thanks for the feedback

  6. Tara M Smith says:

    Ha! Foiled again! *snort* Thanks for the reply, Angela! And good luck with getting all those responses out (yay for less biting nails time)!


  7. Joanna Becke says:

    Question: Is this pitch session for novels or for shorter works too (like novelettes and novellas)?

  8. Kathryn Johns says:

    I see that you only want one or two tweets per work, but is it acceptable to pitch more than one work? If so, what is the limit of number of DIFFERENT works a single writer can pitch?

  9. Lauren Smith says:

    I have a question. I’m not overly familiar with using hashtags. Would the standard way to construct a pitch look like this?:
    #carinapitch Boy meets girl etc etc (or whatever the pitch is).

    Do we need to include an @carinapress or just start the pitch with the hashtag thing?


  10. Angela James says:

    @Joanna: this is open to anything that we currently publish, which includes works of 15,000 words and over!

    @Kathryn: I didn’t set a limit, but maybe no more than three separate works?

    @Lauren: You only need to make sure the hashtag #carinapitch appears in your tweet. No need to direct it to anyone. We’ll be watching the hashtag, not a specific account.

  11. Kathryn Johns says:

    Okay, this is the last one, I promise. This might sound stupid, but since the number of characters is so limited, do we need to include the title in the tweet or only the central idea?

  12. Hannah Rose says:

    Is a romance series an acceptable submission? The guidelines mention series under New Adult but only miniseries under Romance. I have a completed novella manuscript to pitch and partial drafts of two other works in the same series (novel-length and holiday novella).

  13. Angela James says:

    Kathryn, I’m sorry I missed your question. You don’t need to include the title.

    Hannah, we take series under any genre!

  14. Chris Elgood says:

    Been studying your guidelines and suddenly found all those tweets. April 4th! That’s today! Great that Eastern Standard Time gives me some leeway. Time to get out the twitter book and read about hashtags. Now for a trial.

  15. Katherine says:

    If you received a request from an editor during the pitch, do you need to include a synopsis in the submission?

  16. Angela James says:

    Yes, as I’ve noted in the post, we ask that everyone follow the submission guidelines when they submit, which include sending a synopsis.

  17. Katherine says:

    Thanks, Angela!

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