Stories for the soul: Write for Love Inspired and discover a world of heartwarming and emotional stories
So, you want to write for the Love Inspired franchise? Well, join Tina James, senior editor of Love Inspired Suspense and Love Inspired Historical, and Melissa Endlich, senior editor of Love Inspired, as they share some insight on writing an inspirational romance for the Love Inspired lines.
Our goal is for the Love Inspired franchise to provide an unforgettable emotional journey that promises to gladden the heart and soothe the soul. We’re looking for inspirational love stories that lift readers’ spirits.
The Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense and Love Inspired Historical series are the answers to a prayer for readers who are looking for wholesome romances that focus on the emotional tenderness of the relationship rather than sexual desire. The three Love Inspired lines offer vivid and exciting romances with wonderful romantic tension, but there are no love scenes or overt sensuality in the books. These emotion-packed books feature the timeless themes of family and faith, romance and commitment. These are stories that entertain, but offer a deeper meaning readers can apply to their own lives and relationships.
We’re always on the lookout for new authors. The Love Inspired line is a series of contemporary, heartwarming inspirational romances of 55,000-60,000 words. The Love Inspired Suspense line is a series of contemporary, riveting inspirational romantic suspense of 55,000-60,000 words. And the Love Inspired Historical line is a series of captivating inspirational historical romance of 70,000-75,000 words. We encourage manuscripts set in widely diverse historical time periods. We are always seeking exceptional stories set in the West, but we are also looking for novels with non-Western settings, too. Americana (post-Civil War), European historical eras (e.g. Tudor, Regency and Victorian England, eighteenth-century Scotland, etc.), twentieth-century (turn-of-the-century through World War II) and foreign settings are all welcome.
All stories should focus on one hero and heroine who meet as early in the book as possible. The hero and heroine should be on the page together in the first chapter—the first page is even better. By the end of the story the main characters should be in a committed relationship. In addition, we want to see opening chapters that are compelling and grab the reader’s attention from the first line of the story.
Faith elements should always be organic to the story and should avoid a preachy tone or evangelical language that could be off-putting to non-evangelicals. All faith elements should be nondenominational. The conflict between the main characters should be an emotional one, arising naturally from the characters. The progression of the story must incorporate the faith journey of each protagonist, whether struggling to accept faith or simply being active in their church community. By the end of the story, hero and heroine must be both believers and members of a church community.
We invite you to ask any questions you may have about writing for us. We encourage you to try to write for one of the Love Inspired lines and submit it to us. Because the next Love Inspired author could very well be you!