#CarinaPitch is back for 2019, open to proposals and now also on Facebook! 

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THE CARINA PRESS EDITORIAL TEAM WILL BE HOLDING OUR ANNUAL PITCH EVENT ON TWITTER VIA THE #CARINAPITCH HASHTAG ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH, FROM 9AM EASTERN TO 9PM EASTERN. 

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 2019: We heard your requests. In addition to reading pitches on Twitter, we will also be taking pitches via Facebook! 

Our editors will be open to proposals during #CarinaPitch. You do not need a complete manuscript to participate (though of course we’ll take those too)! 

We’ve requested revisions on and/or signed to publication over fifty manuscripts via #CarinaPitch since holding the first event six 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 2/6/19! 

PLEASE READ ON FOR DETAILS ABOUT HOW THE EVENT WILL WORK AS WELL AS TIPS AND GENRE HASHTAGS. 

On WednesdayFebruary 6, 2019, Carina Press editors will be monitoring the #CarinaPitch hashtag on Twitter for book pitches from authors. In addition, we will be monitoring the #CarinaPitch event in the Harlequin Writing Community Facebook group.  

 THE BENEFITS: 

  • If a book pitch is liked and requested 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 April 15, 2019. 

**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 might 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) 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 March 4, 2019. Any materials sent after midnight on Monday, March 4will 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. 

 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE (TWITTER): 

1) Wait until February 6th from 9am Eastern to 9pm Eastern, which is when the editors will be monitoring the Twitter hashtag and Facebook event. 

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 who are 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. 

*Please choose only one social platform (Twitter OR Facebook, to post a pitch on. Please do not pitch your book on both platforms). 

5) Watch for a reply/like 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 you have a full manuscript available at the time of submission, please send that and not a proposal.
  •  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 someone else would be better suited for your particular manuscript. 
  • Send your submission no later than midnight Eastern time, Monday, March 4, 2019. 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, March 4 at midnight Eastern. 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE (FACEBOOK): 

*note* our editors may be using their personal Facebook profiles. Please do NOT send friend requests to the editors, but respect their profiles are a personal, not business, space. 

1) Wait until February 6th from 9am Eastern to 9pm Eastern, which is when the editors will be monitoring the Twitter hashtag and Facebook event. 

2) Join the Harlequin Writing Community group on FB prior to the event. Select “going” to the #CarinaPitch event in order to monitor new posts and updates to the event. 

3) Craft your compelling book pitch into a post no more than 500 characters (the equivalent of 2 tweets). Please do not go over this limit (writing your pitch in Microsoft Word will allow you to see the character count). 

4) Post your pitch to the Facebook event “Discussion” area in the Harlequin Writing Community. We also suggest using genre hashtags, listed below, to further categorize your submission. 

5) Please do not post pitches for the same book more than once during the #carinapitch Facebook event. Don’t worry, we’re reading every single pitch, so as long as you post it once, we’ll see it!  

*Please choose only one social platform (Twitter OR Facebook, to post a pitch on. Please do not pitch your book on both platforms). 

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

7) 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 check your Facebook message requests for a message from the Carina Press page. 
  • 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 someone else would be better suited for your particular manuscript. 
  • Send your submission no later than midnight Eastern time, Monday, March 4, 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 pitch you used and your Facebook 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, March 4 at midnight Eastern. 

 

NOTES ABOUT #CARINAPITCH 

  • You don’t need to direct your tweet/post 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 on Twitter, and once on Facebook. We know you want to make sure we see it, , but please respect the rules outlined above. This way, the hashtag/page doesn’t become cluttered, and 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! 
  • *Please choose only one social platform (Twitter OR Facebook, to post a pitch on. Please do not pitch your book on both platforms). 
  • 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@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. 

ONE LAST (VERY IMPORTANT) NOTE: 

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.* 

 

PARTICIPATING EDITORS: 

Angela James @angelajames (Twitter and Facebook) 

Kerri Buckley @BuckleyKerri (Twitter and Facebook) 

Stephanie Doig @StephanieDoig (Twitter and Facebook) 

Mackenzie Walton @MackenzieWalton (Twitter and Facebook) 

John Jacobson @DreamingReviews (Twitter and Facebook) 

Deb Nemeth @DebNemeth (Twitter only) 

Alissa Davis @AlissaDenay (Twitter only) 

 Carrie Lofty @CarrieLofty (Twitter only) 

Kate Marope @TheRibbonMarker (Twitter only) 

Ronan Sadler @ronanedits (Twitter only) 

 

ADDITIONAL SUGGESTED HASHTAGS: 

#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 

 

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