#CarinaPitch is back and we’re open to proposals this year!


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April 18, 2018


Get both an expedited response *and* feedback! #CarinaPitch is our once-a-year, tremendously popular pitch event and it’s coming at you next month, with an important update…

New for 2018: Our editors are open to proposals during #CarinaPitch. You do not need a complete manuscript to participate this year!

We’ve requested revisions on and/or signed to publication over forty manuscripts via #CarinaPitch since holding the first event five years ago. Our ultimate goal is always to find new authors to acquire, not new authors to reject, so get those pitches polished and come join us on 4/18/18!


On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 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 or partial manuscript, whichever is available.
  • Editors will respond with personalized feedback to all #carinapitch projects they request and receive.
  • All authors who receive a #carinapitch request will receive a response by July 13, 2018.

**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) Your proposed or complete MS must fall within one the adult fiction genres we publish. (Please view our submissions guidelines here for an overview of genres.)

2) You must be prepared to send your materials by May 28, 2018. Any materials sent after midnight on Monday, May 28th will still be fairly reviewed by editorial staff but won’t be eligible for the feedback.

3) The project 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. We define previously published as something that has been available for sale or free download on a retail site. If your book was placed on Wattpad, critique sites or other similar crowd-reading sites, we do not consider that as previously published.

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

5) You may pitch more than one project.



1) Wait until April 18th 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!) We also suggest using genre hashtags, listed below, to further categorize your submission.

*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. NOTE: For proposals, you must follow submission guidelines as outlined here.
  •  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, Monday, May 28, 2018. 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 Monday, May 28th 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 project more than twice, regardless of wording. Two pitches per project, 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.
  • Use genre hashtags! We’ve listed a few for you at the bottom of this post!


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

Carrie Lofty @CarrieLofty

Daphne Watson @mypassionspen

Heather Monroe @coastbold

John Jacobson @DreamingReviews

Kate Marope @TheRibbonMarker

Ronan Sadler @ronanedits



#CR = Contemporary Romance

#DIS = Disability

#DV = Diversity

#ER = Erotic Romance

#F = Fantasy

#HR = Historical Romance

#IRMC = Interracial/Multicultural

#LGBTQ = Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer

#M = Mystery

#OWN = OwnVoices

#POC = People of Color

#PR = Paranormal Romance

#ROMCOM = Romantic Comedy

#RS = Romantic Suspense

#SF = SciFi

#TT = Time Travel

#UF = Urban Fantasy



35 thoughts on “#CarinaPitch is back and we’re open to proposals this year!”

  1. Bev says:

    I have never pitched over Twitter, so what exactly should out pitch be like? Those short 100 word blurbs?


    1. Sara A. says:

      Not a Carina Press editor, Bev, but your pitch has to fit the 280-character limit (that includes #CarinaPitch, as well as any other tags you’ll use to identify your manuscript). Or you can break up a longer pitch and label it ‘1/2’ and ‘2/2’. :) If you can try to fit it in one pitch though, I’d imagine that’d be better. Then you’d have two pitches, instead only one lengthy pitch.

      Here’s an example pitch*:
      In order to get her parents off her back w/ an arranged marriage, Jamila needs the perfect date to her perfect sister’s wedding. Her hunky neighbor Rayden is too charming and too handsy—he’s also an ex-criminal. Just the guy her parents would love…to hate! #CarinaPitch #CR #POC

      Hope this helps, and best of luck!

      *This pitch is 280 characters (including spaces). You can check if you’ve got Word. They show you how many characters you’ve used.

      1. Bev says:

        Thanks, Sara. Just what I needed to know.

        1. Kerri Buckley says:

          Thanks, both. Bev, you might want to scroll through Twitter looking for the #CarinaPitch hashtag and view pitches from previous years. And when it comes to composing your pitch–please remember to highlight the hooks! Good luck :)

      2. Carrie Lofty says:

        I’d totally request that.

  2. Rosaria Distefano says:

    Can we pitch for a book that is currently submitted to you and appears as “in progress”?

    1. Rosaria Distefano says:

      Ok, got it. Sorry, I had skipped one paragraph of the guidelines!

  3. Sara A. says:

    Hello Carina Press editors,

    I just wanted to be clear, so I don’t end up fudging your guidelines. If I pitched a proposal, I would need to send along a detailed query with a 3-5 paragraph book description, at least 7,500 words of the WIP, and a thorough, well-thought-out synopsis that is at least 5 pages or 1,600 words long. Is that correct?

    Also, can I pitch a proposal for an erotic romance novella targeting The Dirty Bits line?

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Kerri Buckley says:

      Hi Sara,

      That is correct re: what you will need to submit.

      As for The Dirty Bits, yes–totally fine to pitch a proposal targeted for that line in particular during #CarinaPitch.


  4. Hi Angela, Kerry, Stephanie, and the Carina Press Team,
    Do you want authors pitching proposals to indicate that in some way in the tweet?

    1. Angela James says:

      Hi Harmony, good question! It’s not necessary to indicate it’s a proposal!

  5. Kimberley Bailey says:

    If one were to pitch a proposal for the Dirty Bits, would the 7,500 words and 5 page synopsis be required for that? Thanks.

    1. Angela James says:

      Kimberley, you’d need to have a 2 page synopsis for TDB and at least 5000 words.

      1. Kimberley Bailey says:

        Thanks so much Angela!

  6. Jeanna Louise Skinner says:

    Hello Carina Press Editors,

    Thanks for another fab opportunity.

    If our pitch goes across two tweets, do we need to include the genre hashtags in both?

    Thank you.

    1. Angela James says:

      @Jeanna, including the hashtags in only one tweet is fine.

      1. Jeanna Louise Skinner says:

        Thank you, Angela x

  7. Kimberley Bailey says:

    Is there a limit to how many stories we can pitch? Thanks!

    1. Angela James says:

      Kimberley, there’s no set number so please use your best judgement. We just ask that one person isn’t flooding the hashtag with pitches, so keep that in mind.

      1. Kimberley Bailey says:

        Thanks so much!

  8. Kerri Keberly says:

    Hi there! Reading through the above information and I’ve found myself a little confused regarding Wattpad. Proposal guidelines state WIPs cannot have been previously published on Wattpad, but the eligibility guidelines for #CarinaPitch say projects on Wattpad are not considered previously published. Can someone clarify? Thank you!

    1. Angela James says:

      Hi, we’re allowing it for this pitching opportunity (which is separate from the open proposal call).

      1. Kerri Keberly says:

        Thank you for clarifying!

  9. Jennifer Nichole says:

    If you’re submitting a proposal for the Dare Blitz can you still participate in the Carina Pitch? Thanks

    1. Angela James says:

      Yes, you can participate in both.

  10. Nini says:

    HI. First time pitcher here. I’m stoked. My question is am I allowed to use a curse word? One like “S-o-b” or should I find a different way to state this?


    PS…on my fifth hour revising a 240 character tweet.

    1. Angela James says:

      Curse words are fine with us.

      1. Nini says:

        Thank you!!!! :)

  11. Haley says:

    If we know we are pitching to a specific line (I have a novella for Dirty Bits) should we state that in the tweet?

    1. Angela James says:

      Yes, because only specific editors acquire for that line.

  12. Cheri Ritz says:


    I am confused about the time frame for submitting materials if pitching a proposal. Are the materials due by the 5/28 #carinapitch date, or the 4/28 open proposal date? Thank you!

    1. Angela James says:

      Hi Cheri, these are two different opportunities, so have two different dates. Please follow the directions and date for the opportunity you’re participating in.

  13. Kim says:

    Hi, I must be doing something wrong or how long does it take a pitch to post?
    #CarinaPress #DIS #ROMCOM ?
    thank you Kim

  14. Kim says:

    Hi, I must be doing something wrong. Or how long does it take it to post?
    Thanks for the oportunity.

  15. Kim says:

    I did it!

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