Adams Media Romance Guidelines

As promised, here’s a brief description of what we’re looking for in romance manuscripts at Adams Media. We don’t have a dedicated website yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as we do. In the meantime . . . .

First, a little background. We’re planning to publish direct-to-ebook (but with print-on-demand capability for every title so you can have hard copies of your books–and so can anyone who prefers print to electronic). And we’re drafting a writer-friendly contract right now–as a book author, I know how important it is to retain rights, and not be dinged with conversion fees and what all. We’re working very hard on promotion plans and community-building efforts, so you won’t be all alone in selling your book. We can’t offer an advance, but we do have an aggressive release schedule so you’re not limited to just one book every year or two, and we will diligently support our authors so that you will see financial rewards in the form of royalties.

We’re starting with five popular subgenres: romantic suspense, contemporary, paranormal, historical, and erotic romance. Within those subgenres, we are flexible about what happens. It’s romance, so there must be a happily-ever-after, but we’re open to how your characters get there. You won’t butt up against preconceived ideas about what can or can’t happen in romance or what kind of characters you can or can’t have. Our only rule is everyone has to be a consenting adult. Other than that, we’re looking for smart, savvy heroines, fresh voices, and new takes on old favorite  themes.

We’re looking for full-length novels, and while we prefer to work on the shorter end of the spectrum (50,000 words, give or take), we’re not going to rule you out because you go shorter or longer.

If you have a finished novel you’d like for us to consider, please just drop me a line at jennifer at jenniferlawler dot com with a brief description of your work–please, no attachments until I know you’re not a spambot. That’s it! I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can–within a few days for queries and within a few weeks if I request a full.

Thank you for your interest!


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