#CarinaPitch is back June 7, 2017! Get Personalized Feedback & Expedited Response Time!




#CarinaPitch is the one time of year we offer an opportunity for authors to submit their work and get both an expedited response and feedback. We’ve had tremendous response to this, have acquired authors thanks to their pitches and, we hope, have aided a few authors along the way with some of the feedback we’ve offered.

Not only is #carinapitch popular with authors and those following along just for fun, it has been successful for us as well. Since the first #carinapitch four years ago, we’ve found nearly forty manuscripts that we’ve either requested revisions on or signed for publication—an amazing result! Our ultimate goal is always to find new authors to acquire, not new authors to reject. We’re thrilled to be jumping back in for 2017.



On Wednesday, June 7, 2017, Carina Press editors will be monitoring the #carinapitch hashtag for book pitches from authors.



  • If a book pitch is favorited/liked by an editor, that editor will review the full manuscript.
  • Editors will respond with personalized feedback to all #carinapitch manuscripts they request.
  • Expedited response time! All authors who receive a #carinapitch request will receive a response by the week of August 21, 2017.

**Please note that we ask authors not to expect paragraphs of critique, 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.



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 4 days of the #carinapitch session. Any manuscripts sent after midnight on Sunday, June 11th 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. Only new material will be considered during this event.

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

5) You may pitch more than one project.



1) Wait until June 7th from 9am 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 public account using the #carinapitch hashtag (the only way we’ll know they’re for us!)

*If your Twitter account is locked/private, we will be unable to see your posts on the hashtag or any @ replies you direct to us. Tweets from private accounts are ONLY viewable to those friends with the account. Your account must be public to participate.

4) 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. Don’t worry, we’re reading every single pitch, so as long as you post it once, we’ll see it! Twice gives you the opportunity to change things up.

5) Watch for a reply/like/favorite from a Carina Press editor.

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

  • You will need to follow that editor on Twitter so they can DM you their private link for submission. Only those whose pitches are chosen will receive this link.
  • 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 decides another editor would be better suited for your particular manuscript.
  • Send your submission no later than midnight Eastern time, Sunday, June 11th, 2017. The link you receive will expire after that, and you will be unable to submit via this route.


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

  • Update your submission via Submittable, using a note.
  • In the note, please include the Twitter pitch you used and your Twitter name (to help the editor recognize your request & verify that they asked for it) as well as the name of the editor who requested the manuscript via #carinapitch.
  • Update your submission no later than Sunday, June 11th at midnight Eastern.



  • 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 manuscript more than twice. Though you are welcome to craft each pitch differently, please don’t post any 1 manuscript more than twice, regardless of wording. Two pitches per manuscript, so the hashtag doesn’t become cluttered, and so that all authors have equal opportunity to be seen. Don’t worry, we will see your pitch and consider it, even if you only post it once. Thank you!
  • You can find out what our editors are looking for by clicking here. 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 editor@www.carinapress.com if ever you have specific, constructive feedback you’d like to share.



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 story that will get us to acquire the book, not the pitch, so if you’ve written something we publish, please still submit it to us. We’re always open to submissions, from agented or unagented authors.

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



Angela James @angelajames

Kerri Buckley @BuckleyKerri

Stephanie Doig @StephanieDoig

Deb Nemeth @DebNemeth

Alissa Davis @AlissaDenay

Mackenzie Walton @MackenzieWalton

Anne Scott @editorannescott


13 thoughts on “#CarinaPitch is back June 7, 2017! Get Personalized Feedback & Expedited Response Time!”

  1. Can it be for a novella or must a novel? Thank you

    1. Angela James says:

      Kimberly, it can be either any length work.

  2. Are the editors open to reading pitches for erotic shorts?

    1. Angela James says:

      Hi Harmony, for this opportunity, you can pitch anything we’re acquiring, including erotic shorts.

  3. I don’t understand twitter lingo yet. Is the pitch the length of a twitter page (140) words or a computer page? Due diligence, I’ll not miss this event!

    1. Angela James says:

      It’s the length of a tweet, so 140 characters or so.

  4. Elle M Thomas says:

    I know previously published books are not eligible but if I have shared a story on a free story sharing site such as Wattpad can I still submit it?

    1. Angela James says:

      @Elle, we’ll allow Wattpad-released entries :)

  5. I’m wearing the dunce cap in the corner. how do I do this. I have 133 characters. How do I send it?
    #carinapitch# me hit tweet?
    Thanks for the help Kim

    1. Angela James says:

      Hi Kim, you need to go on Twitter and follow the hashtag/tweet it from your Twitter account.

  6. Jaycee Lee says:

    I have a completely revamped MS with a major plot change, new character arcs, and new secondary characters. At least 40% was rewritten and close to 75% was restructured. Carina passed on the old prototype on 9/1/2016 (almost a year ago). Would Carina consider it for this pitch contest?

    Please let me know.


    1. Angela James says:

      @Jaycee nothing that we’ve previously passed on is eligible, but you are welcome to re-submit it through the normal submissions process.

  7. Christina Anderson says:

    Just for clarification, does the Midnight EST deadline mean late Saturday night, or Sunday night? I know officially Midnight Sunday would mean 9pm Saturday for PST, but I just want to check.


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