Calling all modern-day kings and queens, princes and princesses…
Carina Press is very pleased to announce a call for royal-themed romances, to be digitally published both individually as novellas and as an anthology. Please see below for specific information on what we’re seeking, closing dates and submission guidelines.
The novellas should be from 25,000 to 40,000 words each. We’re accepting submissions of new material only; nothing that has been previously published (including self-published) for this particular call, please!
There aren’t nearly enough tiaras to go around, in our opinion.
We’re looking to bring readers inside the contemporary royal court—wherever that may be—with tales of unconventional princesses, groveling hangers-on, bitchy queen mums, and princes behaving very badly. Whisk us away from the commoners and into a world where the crown jewels are super-sized, the palaces are sumptuous, and being so front-and-center in the public eye makes true love…tricky.
Think TV’s The Royals, not The Crown. We’re after storylines so juicy and salacious they’d make tabloid editors blush.
Novellas should be contemporary in setting and royals or royalty must be key to the story, conflict or character development. However, your modern-day royalty can be based in fictitious principalities and be royal figures with made-up titles. Want to write a beautiful countess and a down-and-dirty duke from the land of Cliffbrook (we just made up that name on the spot)? Bring. It. On.
**Please note, the use of actual people as main characters is prohibited.
Stories should stand alone, though they can be part of existing series or the start of a new series or trilogy, they should contain a satisfying romance as part of the central plot and storyline, and should conclude with an HEA or HFN. Heat level can be from low to the erotic, as long as the focus is on the romance.
Closing date: July 30, 2017
Decision made by: September 22, 2017
• Complete* manuscript in .doc, .docx or .rtf
• Query letter containing a 2 paragraph description of the story, as well as an introduction to yourself as a writer.
*While Carina Press generally only accepts submissions of full, completed manuscripts, if you have previously published with Carina or another digital/traditional publisher, or if you have independently published multiple books with a solid positive rating history, please query firstname.lastname@example.org about submitting a proposal. If we agree to look at a proposal in place of a full manuscript, the editorial team reserves the right to request a full manuscript prior to making a final decision, and all full manuscripts for accepted novellas would be due to editor 6 weeks after the close of anthology call.
Are same sex pairings permitted? Yes, we’ll absolutely consider same sex pairings or multiples in this anthology.
What’s the word count for this call? The word count is 25k-40k words.
What if I write more than 40k words or less than 25k? We’ll consider novellas that are within a few thousand words on either side (I know, we’re so strict) but if you write a lot longer, never fear, we’re acquiring longer books in this same genre outside the anthology call! If you write shorter, we hope you can add more plot, story, characterization to bring it up to 25k!
If I submit on proposal, when is the full manuscript due if my manuscript is accepted? Approximately 6 weeks after the anthology close date for each individual anthology.
Do I need to have a synopsis? A synopsis is not required for this particular call, but if you have one, please include it! In the event that we acquire your novella, we will ask for one at that point. What we do require is a two paragraph description of the novella story, to be included in your query letter.
When will the anthology and novellas be published? They will be released simultaneously in May 2018.
If I’m a returning author, should I submit to you or to my editor? Submit via the unique Submittable link for this anthology, please.
How do royalties work? These will publish individually as novellas, in which case you’ll get the full, individual royalties for your novella sales. They also publish as anthologies, for which you split the same royalty structure with the other authors–for the sale of the full anthology eBook only.
For questions about this call for submissions, please email us at email@example.com
For more information about Carina Press, and to read our submission guidelines, please visit bit.ly/write4cp
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