New writing opportunity in paranormal romance!February 8, 2008
By Jenny B, Digital Content Manager
Calling all writers! Harlequin has a great new writing opportunity for lovers of paranormal romance! All the details are in the writing guidelines, so without further ado:
Silhouette Nocturne is looking to acquire paranormal editorial with strong sexual, fantasy and danger elements for its new eBook program, Nocturne Bites.
We’re looking for fast-paced novellas that hook the reader early by establishing a paranormal world and its conflicts. We are looking for stories of vampires, shape-shifters, werewolves, psychic powers, etc. set in contemporary times.
Many of the elements that make a successful Silhouette Nocturne remain true for Nocturne Bites. Stories should deliver a dark, highly sensual read that will entertain readers and take them from everyday life to an atmospheric, complex world filled with characters struggling with life and death issues. A strong alpha hero is of the utmost importance–he should be powerful, mysterious and totally attractive to the heroine.
While action-packed and mission-oriented, the scope of these stories should be more contained, with more focus turned to character development. All stories should be capable of standing alone; all loose ends need to be tied up, and the relationship between hero and heroine should resolve itself in a satisfying manner.
For published authors, this line is a great way to build their miniseries at Harlequin and Silhouette. Unpublished authors are welcome as well.
Only complete manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered from unpublished authors; no partials or queries, please. Submissions should be sent as a Word-compatible attachment. Submissions should also follow standard formatting guidelines–double-spaced and written in a clear, legible font on numbered pages. Author name and title should appear as a header or footer on each page.
Length: 10,000 – 15,000 words
Editorial Director: Tara Gavin
Associate Senior Editor: Ann Leslie Tuttle
Assistant Editor: Sean Mackiewicz
Have you been reading paranormal romance for a while and wondered if you have what it takes to write one? We’re definitely looking for new talent — this could be a great opportunity to get your start! Don’t wait — get writing!!
Edited to add: If anyone has any questions about this new publishing program, please feel free to post them here; if I can’t answer your query personally, I’ll find out the answer for you!