“Stories may well be lies, but they are good lies that say true things, and which can sometimes pay the rent.” Neil Gaiman
The Spotlight on Grand Central was presented by Amy Pierpont, Editorial Director of Forever, Grand Central’s romance program, along with senior editor Selena Mclemore and associate editor Michele Bidelspach. Other members of the editorial staff who were not present include Senior Editor Karen Kosztolnyik, and assistant editors Celia Johnson, Alex Logan and Latoya Smith. All are acquiring new manuscripts.
Grand Central buys all sub-genres of romance — paranormal, romantic suspense, contemporary, soft contemporary with small-town settings and historicals. They also publish a lot of women’s fiction, including Latino and African-American women’s fiction. 5-Spot is their paperback imprint of “smart, savvy, funny women’s fiction.”
They began, as many of these workshops do, with the editors showing some of the new books coming out from the imprint in the next few months. Most romance authors at Grand Central start out at the Forever imprint. As their sales grow, they may move to the main Grand Central list.
They accept agented only material. You can get around that if you meet them at a conference and they request your material, or if they judge you in a contest and request your material. Manuscripts should be 85,000 to 95,000 words. Published authors may submit a proposal of the first three chapters and a synopsis. First-time authors must have a complete manuscript to submit. Submit your work to one of the Forever editors at a time. If she turns you down, don’t submit again — a no from one is a no from all.
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Amy likes dark, edgy, almost gothic paranormals. Selena is drawn to strong characters who are engaging. Michele is drawn to a strong voice.
Here’s a sneak peak at the cover for my January release:
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