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NOTE: We are NOT an electronic publisher. We are a print-on-demand publisher who publishes Trade-size paperback books; however we also offer our books in electronic format for those readers who prefer an e-book.
SUBMISSION: Please read the below guidelines for Regency Romance submissions. You do not need an agent to submit to us, but you must query us first. All queries should include a synopsis no longer than six double-spaced pages. We only accept e-mail queries. Please make sure you indicate in your query that you wish to submit to the Regency line. Queries should be sent to:
We will not consider books currently under contract with an e-publisher because of print-on-demand rights conflicts. If your book is currently under contract with an e-publisher, please do not query us.
If you have previously published books, either print or e-published, that you want to see back in print, you may be Interested in what we’re tentatively calling our Keeper Shelf line, which we hope to start in 2011. We will consider all previously published books, regardless of genre, for this line. Guidelines for the Keeper Shelf will be available on our web site soon.
Regency Submission Guidelines
We are currently looking for fast-paced Regency romances. The Regency period is from 1811-1820, when the Prince Regent assumed his late father’s throne. Regency novels should be set during this period, although certain Regency themes such as the Napoleonic War allow Regency novels to be set back as far as 1800. Only novels set during this period will be considered.
Regency novels owe much to the works of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. They are often described as "comedies of manners," but tones from light and comedic to dark and gothic, even paranormal, will be considered.
The book must be Regency in tone. That means the author needs to be familiar with the history, the society, the customs, and the mores of the period. The author must know the levels of the peerage and how each is addressed. Regency readers are very savvy and know right away when someone has made a faux pas in a novel. For example, they know an illegitimate son will never inherit a title.
Sensuality: From the traditional Regency’s "close the bedroom door" to higher levels of sensuality will be considered. Just remember that the most important aspect of a Regency novel is the romance. The developing romantic relationship between the hero and the heroine must be the focus of the story.
The stories may be told from both points of view, and the hero may be the lead character of the story. Although books written in the third person are preferred, first person will be considered.
The heroine must be a strong woman, capable of confronting and conquering any threats of physical and/or psychological danger she faces in the story. She is always a match for the hero. The ending must be a happy one, with everlasting romance the reward for triumphing over the conflicts faced in the story. Although we prefer Alpha male heroes, Beta heroes are acceptable, but they must still be bold and a match for the heroine. The biggest problem we see with Beta heroes is that they are so nice you know that the heroine will end up with him in the end, so you lose the romantic suspense of whether or not they’ll be able to overcome their conflicts and achieve happily ever after status.
Secondary characters and subplots are not only desired, but encouraged. Regency readers enjoy quirky secondary characters and characters strong enough to be spun off to have their own story in a future book.
LENGTH: 50,000 TO 90,000 WORDS
SUBMISSION: You do not need an agent to submit, but you must query us first. All queries should include a synopsis no longer than six double-spaced pages. We only accept e-mail queries. Please make sure you indicate in your query that you wish to submit to the Regency line. Queries should be sent to:
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