Thursday, February 14, 2008

Harlequin seeking short paranormals

This may be of interest to some of you: Harlequin is seeking new writers and material for their upcoming line of short paranormal ebooks, Nocturne Bites. The writing guidelines are below.


WRITING GUIDELINES

Nocturne Bites

Length: 10,000 - 15,000 words

Editorial Director: Tara Gavin

Associate Senior Editor: Ann Leslie Tuttle

Assistant Editor: Sean Mackiewicz


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 Unpublished authors are welcome as well.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unpublished authors; no partials or queries, please.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.

Nocturne Bites

E-mail address: nocturnebites@harlequin.ca

1 comment:

JD Rhoades said...

How do they feel about midget werewolves?

Hey, you said "Short paranormals".