Good news! Not all of the editors here at Carina Press are attending this year’s RWA Nationals in San Antonio. And those who couldn’t attend are taking your pitches in the Carina Press Not-at-Nationals Pitch Session hosted right here on the Carina Press blog!
This pitch session will be similar to the very popular #carinapitch we held back in February, but this time all action will take place on the Carina Press blog. Our pitch sessions have been very successful events! Our February pitch event resulted in requests for over 75 manuscripts and resulted in three new contracted authors.
Our ultimate goal is always to find new authors to acquire, not new authors to reject!
Beginning July 23, 2014, Carina Press freelance editors will be monitoring the Carina Press blog for book pitches from authors.
1) You must have 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 Carina Press Not-at-Nationals Pitch Session
3) The manuscript pitched cannot be one that has previously received a pass letter from us
4) The manuscript cannot be one that is currently under review with another Harlequin imprint
5) You may pitch more than one project.
1) Post your pitch as a comment on the “Carina Press Not-at-Nationals Pitch Session” blog post which is where the editors will be monitoring the pitches. This blog post will go live on July 23, 2014 at 9am Eastern.
Get ready to submit your pitch in the format below. Please be sure that your query and first 100 words/first paragraph adhere to the word counts below.
Manuscript Word Count:
200 maximum word query:
First 100 words or first paragraph of your story:
2) Please do not post pitches for one book in the same blog comment. Enter a separate comment for a new book pitch
3) Please do not post your pitch for the same book more than once
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) The editor will send a Submittable link to the email address provided in your blog post. Please be sure to use a valid email address for this purpose.
b) Please follow the submission guidelines here and include all required information via the received Submittable link
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.
c) Send your submission no later than midnight (EST) on July 31, 2014. The Submittable link provided will expire after that, and you will unable to submit.
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.
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