Spotlight: Sourcebooks Casablanca Submission Guidelines!

Submissions

Sourcebooks Casablanca Writer’s Guidelines
(as of 5/12/13)

Romance Fiction Submission Guidelines

We are actively acquiring single-title and single-title series Romance fiction (90,000 to 120,000 actual digital words) for our Casablanca imprint. We are looking for strong writers who are excited about marketing their books and building their community of readers, and whose books have something fresh to offer in the genre of Romance.

Quick Reference

  • 90-120,000 words (actual digital)
  • single title or single title series only
  • we consider all subgenres
  • we prefer email submissions in WORD
  • always include a synopsis (including the ending)
  • if you have a track record, please include your sales history (# of books sold to readers especially)
  • what do you envision as your career arc?
  • email submissions will be confirmed received within 21 days; no follow-up please (except agents)
  • allow 8-12 weeks for response

Complete Guidelines

Our criteria:

  • a heroine the reader can relate to
  • a hero she can fall in love with
  • a world gets created
  • a “hook” that allows us to sell the book in 2-3 sentences
  • the author has a career arc

We consider agented as well as unagented submissions in all subgenres of Romance fiction, including:

  • paranormal
  • suspense
  • contemporary
  • erotic romance
  • historical (prior to 1900 only)

Queries should be emailed in a WORD file (agents may telephone) and should include:

  • full author or agent contact info (name, address, phone number, email
    address) on every document
  • brief bio of author including previous books published (including under pseudonyms), sales history (number of books sold to readers, not to publishers), awards and contest won
  • title and word count of proposed book
  • short (2-3 paragraph) synopsis
  • a paragraph or two on further books planned in the series or otherwise
  • author’s vision for their career arc

Submissions can be sent via mail or email WORD file (email is preferred) and should include:

  • full author or agent contact info (name, address, phone number, email
    address) on every document
  • author bio including previous books published (including under pseudonyms), sales history (number of books sold to readers, not to publishers), awards and contests won, list of other finished manuscripts or books in progress
  • competitive analysis (list of titles that are comparative and/or competitive with yours)
  • full synopsis, including actual digital word count and the ending
  • a header or footer on each page that includes: book title, page number, author or agent name, phone number and email address
  • minimum of 4 sample chapters (preferred for hard copy submissions), or complete manuscript in WORD (preferred for email submissions)

Please send submissions to:

romance@sourcebooks.com

Leah Hultenschmidt
Sourcebooks, Inc.
232 Madison Ave., Suite 1100
New York, NY 10016

Please allow 8-12 weeks for response.

Regretfully, we are unable to confirm receipt of unagented hard copy submissions. If you require confirmation of receipt of a hard copy submission, please use a courier service such as Fedex or DHL or US Post Office Priority mail with delivery tracking or Express Mail.

Receipt of email submissions will be acknowledged within 21 days via email.

If you have any questions about our guidelines, please don’t hesitate to email deb.werksman@sourcebooks.com Please allow 21 days for response.

Thank you! We look forward to reading your book!

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