Crimson Romance Writer’s Guidelines
Our digital-first romance line is open to submissions in five popular subgenres: romantic suspense, contemporary, paranormal, historical, and spicy romance. We’re looking for previously unpublished full-length novels (between 50,000 – 90,000 words) and novellas (between 30,000 – 50,000 words). All authors—agented or unagented, beginner or veteran writers—are welcome to submit any works that have not been previously published in whole or in part in any media, including self-publishing (Kindle, CreateSpace, etc.).
While your work can include other genre elements, Crimson Romances must focus first and foremost on a couple’s emotional journey together towards love. Romances, by nature, must be between consenting adults of any gender, race, creed, etc., and have a happily-ever-after or at least happy-for-now ending. We are strictly a romance publisher and will not look at manuscripts for memoirs or other non-fiction, women’s fiction or chick lit, young adult, mysteries and thrillers, horror, or general fiction.
So if you’ve got a romance that’s a little offbeat, something other publishers won’t take a chance on? Send it our way! At Crimson, we believe variety is the spice of life — especially a reader’s life. We’re happy to consider a wide variety of plot lines and characters, but we’re always looking for:
- Smart, savvy, confident heroines with strong goals
- Heroes of all varieties — alpha, beta, anything in between!
- New twists on favorite themes
And most importantly, we’re seeking authors with fresh, vibrant, unique voices. We want to know (tell us in the query letter) what makes your book distinctive from every other romance being published.
As an ebook publisher, we want to partner with writers who have a strong online presence and possess a savvy interest in marketing and promoting their work to the digital community.
For more specific submission calls, please see more details below.
If you have a finished novel you’d like for us to consider, please send it along with query letter and detailed 1-3 page synopsis to editor Tara Gelsomino at email@example.com.
IMPORTANT! Please note: Your query should include clearly stated goals, motivations, and conflict for your characters!
Specific Submission Calls
Here are qualities and tropes we’re looking for at the moment:
- strong conflicts where the characters’ goals are in opposition to one another
- physical action-oriented heroines (martial artists, MMA fighters, etc.>
- enemies-to-friends-to-lovers romances
- adventure quest style romances (think Indiana Jones or Ready Player One but with more kissing!)
- 1930s-style fast patter bantering
- diverse romances that really showcase heritage, ethnicity and cultural practices
- romances that also feature very strong friendships/BFF characters
- gender role reversals or defiance of gender role stereotypes ( i.e. biker heroine, preschool teacher hero)
- post-apocalyptic romances grounded in realism (think Battlestar Galactica)
- couples who aren’t interested in a nuclear family-style existence
Here are qualities and tropes we’re NOT looking for:
- first-person POV (usually better suited for New Adult, chick lit or women’s fiction than romance)
- one or more “evil exes” as the main source of conflict to a romance — the conflict should be interpersonal between your leads.
- telling rather than showing and long exposition/information dumps
- characters without any goals besides finding love
- alpha heroes that are insulting and condescending to their heroines
- couples that fall into insta-love when they meet and never truly face any conflict
- relationships where the characters’ only bar to getting together is fear from past bad relationships (Everyone has insecurity and angst, but the only way a character can resolve these things is through internal epiphany. That isn’t enough to hang a story on.)