Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sourcebooks/Casablanca Authors Contest

*Permission to Forward* Break Up the Winter Doldrums With A Contest from the Casablanca Authors and our Acquiring Editor Deb Werksman! We all know the hardest part of being published is to grab the interest of an editor. Well, here's your chance to get your foot in the door. Deb will make her monthly visit to the blog on Thursday, January 29. The Casa Authors invite you to submit a 50-word pitch for your book in the comment section of Deb's blog. If we like yours the best, Deb will request your full manuscript and provide feedback. Two runners up will be asked to submit a synopsis to Deb. As an added extra, several of the Casa Authors have offered critiques of a first chapter and synopsis (up to 50 pages) to selected runners-up! What is Deb Looking For? Single title romance (series/trilogies too!) in all sub genres:
  • Paranormal
  • Historical
  • Contemporary
  • Romantic suspense
  • Erotic. romance
Minimum 90,000 words, please.
  • A heroine the reader can identify with
  • A hero she can fall in love with
  • A world is created
  • A "hook" Deb can use to sell the book in 2-3 sentences.
Contest Rules: The contest will run from 12:01 a.m. on January 29 and end at noon on January 30. All pitches must be entered into the comments section of Deb's blog by noon on Jan. 30. No pitches may be emailed to the blog, to individual authors or to Deb. Emailed pitches will be automatically disqualified. Please enter pitches ONLY for finished, polished manuscripts that are at least 90,000 words in length. No works in progress please. Winners will be announced on Saturday, February 14 on the Casablanca Authors blog. No individual messages will be sent to winners. The winner and runners up have until 5 p.m. on Monday, February 16 to send the full manuscript/and or requested synopsis to Deb's assistant Lisa Acosta at: lisa.acosta@sourcebooks.com . If the winning MS is not received by the deadline, a runner up will be chosen. Deb will respond within three to four weeks. Critique runners up will be notified as to how to proceed. Decisions of the judges (Deb, our publicist Danielle, and the CasaAuthors) are final. Winning this contest does not in any way constitute a guarantee of publication or further consideration by Sourcebooks Casablanca. For more information visit the Casablanca Authors Blog. Good Luck to All! Sourcebooks, Inc Casablanca Romance Fiction Submissions Page Casablanca Authors Blog

2 comments:

Carmen Shirkey said...

Whew! Glad I came across your blog today, so I could enter the contest tomorrow. Thanks for the heads up!

Carol Burge said...

You're very welcome, Carmen. Good luck with your entry, too.

Thanks for visiting!

~Carol