Saturday, February 2, 2013

Our Guest, Editor Emily Rodmell and her exciting news!

(Left to right: Emily Rodmell, Elizabeth Mazer and Shana Smith)

So tell us your exciting news! 

The editors of the three Love Inspired lines (Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense and Love Inspired Historical) are looking for new writers for the lines. And we’re hosting a speed dating pitch session where you can tell us your idea in under 100 words and get instant feedback. The pitch is called Happily Editor After and will take place on May 8 at 1 p.m. in the chat rooms. It’s a chance to skip the slush pile and pick the editor that you think will love your manuscript based on our online profiles. Last year we did a similar pitch, and offered contracts to 9 new authors as a result.

What does this mean for new authors?
It’s an opportunity to get your idea in front of an editor and get instant feedback that possibly could lead to a book contract.  If you sign up now, you have three months to start a story that will wow us. Or you can pitch a story that you already have. We’re especially eager to see romantic suspense books.

Describe Love Inspired books in a nutshell: 
Love Inspired books are sweet romance novels (and romantic suspense and historical) that offer sweeping love stories. We want heroines readers can relate to and heroes that they dream of. Love Inspired Suspense is a fast-paced inspirational line where the hero and heroine fall in love while facing danger and intrigue. Love Inspired Historical is a historical romance line. We’d love to see stories from any time period up to World War 1.

All of the Love Inspired lines should be geared toward women of faith. But we prefer that the faith element be intrinsic to the story rather than didactic. While some authors choose to have a conversion story or high level of faith element, it’s not required. The characters can simply be living Christian lives.

What, in particular, are you and the other editors looking for?
Since Love Inspired Suspense, our romantic suspense line, is expanding from 4 books a month to 6, our greatest wish is for awesome, high intensity romantic suspense stories. We also would love to see your contemporary romance novels and historical as well. For individual editor wishes, check out our online profiles:

Where can we sign up? 

Thank you so much, Emily, for stopping by. I'm so excited for this pitch since I was one of the 9 new authors contracted after last year's pitch! I'm slightly partial to these fantastic opportunities for new authors. :-)

If you want, you can check out my personal story of pitching to Emily and my call back experience, here. And the 100 words that made Emily request my full manuscript, here.

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