File Under: Anonymous Tip

March 2nd, 2005 · 3 Comments
by Booksquare

We received a tip this morning of interest to those who write historical romance (leaving us so far out, we could be in). Word on the street is that Avon is desperately seeking historical romance in 90,000 to 100,000 word range. Apparently, they’re simply not getting quality submissions. Nothing in the Western vein, though Native American stories will be considered (we will, in the interest of keeping this post focused, refrain from offering our thoughts on this particular sub-genre of the romance world). Study current USA Today bestsellers for an idea of what they’re seeking.

Yes, we find this tough to believe, but why would anyone make up something this fascinating? Our tipster indicated her source seems well-placed to share this information. As we are not members of the Backspace community, we can’t enter the forums to get more scoop. For this, we apologize. Thus, we will remain in our corner, dark shades and trench coat. Man, we love the trench coat.

  • Backspace (Note: Though we haven’t joined, that’s mostly due to our laziness; based on what we’ve seen, it looks like a great resource.)
  • Avon Romance

File Under: Publishers and Editors

3 responses so far ↓

  • Michelle // Mar 3, 2005 at 4:48 am

    I have a secret theory about Avon. You know how they are now asking for e-mail only queries? I think they have an automated response that generates only rejections. Out of all the authors I’ve spoken with who have submitted a query, ALL were rejected. I’d love to hear from someone who actually got a request. . .

    Seriously, though, I love Avon’s historicals–especially Julia Quinn’s novels.

  • booksquare // Mar 3, 2005 at 4:11 pm

    Heck, I didn’t even get a response to my queries. Either they were so outrageously bad, no response could do them justice, or the Avon email system triggers every spam filter known to the cyberworld.

    Yeah, I prefer the latter theory.

  • Michelle // Mar 4, 2005 at 5:06 am

    It’s a conspiracy. I know it.