We Found Some Killer Voices!

by Emily Rodmell, Editor, Love Inspired

The Love Inspired Suspense editors (Emily R., Elizabeth, Shana, Giselle and Emily K.) have spent the first half of the year working on an exciting pitch event we called The Search for a Killer Voice. The purpose of Killer Voices was to find new authors for the Love Inspired Suspense line, and we’re happy to report that it was a success. Today marks the end of the contest, and we promised our entrants a few stats and highlights.

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So without further ado, here are the results:

Authors were invited to submit the first page of their killer suspense manuscript to catch an editor’s attention with their voice. We were very excited to get 134 first pages!

We read through all the pages, had a little friendly editor competition and chose 5 teams of 15 authors each to move on to the next round for a total of 75!

The 75 authors were invited to show us their story had the right bones by submitting a synopsis. After reading the fabulously suspenseful outlines, we chose 50 authors to move on to stage 3, 10 from each team.

The top 50 had the chance to draw us deeper into their story by submitting their first three chapters. We loved seeing the stories come alive on the pages. From the chapters, we chose 22 finalists who would be invited to submit their full manuscripts.

In the end, 17 of the 22 finalists submitted their fulls. That was an impressive effort, and we were thrilled to read them.

We then offered contracts to 6 of the authors! That’s more than a third of the finalists! And we sent out many revision letters and invitations to resubmit as well.

 

Let’s take a moment to celebrate the 6 success stories:

photo 2Faith Boughan’s (writing as Michelle Karl) Fatal Freeze will publish in April 2015

Tammy Johnson’s Royal Rescue will publish in April 2015

Dana R. Lynn’s Presumed Guilty will publish in April 2015

Mary Ellen Porter (the sister of LIS authors Shirlee McCoy and Sara K. Parker) will see her book on shelves in May of 2015.

Mary Curry (writing as Cate Nolan) will debut her Christmas book in October 2015.

Lynn Huggins Blackburn’s book will release in June 2015.

 

photo 3The editors had a blast working with their teams, and we hope to have many more sales when revised manuscripts and proposals come in from Killer Voices authors who were given revision notes. A shout out to Team Elizabeth who came out on top with 3 sales.

We hope this was a fun experience for all of the authors and spectators and that you learned what Love Inspired Suspense is looking for in a book. If you entered the contest or watched from the sidelines, we’d love feedback on what you thought of the contest. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. What did you like? What could we do better for next time?

And if you’re sitting at home wishing you’d entered, don’t despair. Love Inspired Suspense is still on the hunt for great killer voices. We’d love to see your submissions. Address them to any of one us (Emily R., Elizabeth, Shana, Giselle & Emily K.) through Harlequin’s online submission portal: https://harlequin.submittable.com/submit/29572 And for insider information on how to write a killer romantic suspense manuscript, make sure to check out all the advice and blog posts we wrote about Love Inspired Suspense during The Search for a Killer Voice here: https://community.harlequin.com/forumdisplay.php/95-The-Search-for-A-Killer-Voice

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Comments ( 34 )
  1. annslee urban
    August 8, 2014 at 3:52 pm
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    Congratulations to the winners!! A blessing indeed!!

  2. Sandra Robbins
    August 8, 2014 at 3:52 pm
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    Congratulations to all the new authors joining the LIS family. It’s a great place for writers. The editors are amazing and wonderful to work with, and the authors are always willing to answer any questions you may have. I look forward to reading your books.

    Sandra Robbins

  3. Dana Mentink
    August 8, 2014 at 4:54 pm
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    Woo hoo! Great job to all. It takes a lot of courage to send your precious pages out into the world. 🙂

  4. Mary Curry/Cate Nolan
    August 8, 2014 at 5:41 pm
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    I’m really glad this wasn’t about singing voices because it would have had a very different outcome for me. 😉

    I can’t begin to say enough about how grateful I am for this amazing opportunity. Having the chance to work with this incredible team of editors (and especially MY editor, Emily Rodmell) was such a blessing. The general advice the group received in each stage and the specific guidance each of us received from our editors really made our success possible.

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    I’m really excited to read everyone’s books and I’m super hopeful that anyone with an R&R will take advantage. I want to read your books too!

    Thank you!

  5. Alexa Verde
    August 8, 2014 at 7:45 pm
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    This was a great contest! Heartfelt thanks to all the editors. A special shout out and congratulations to Tammy Johnson!

  6. Nancy Farrier
    August 8, 2014 at 7:55 pm
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    Congrats to all who received contracts. Congrats to all who entered because so many “won” by receiving great feedback. I am very impressed with the dedication of the LIS editors.

  7. Carol J Post
    August 8, 2014 at 10:06 pm
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    Congratulations to the new LIS authors. And kudos to everyone else who sent in pages. Don’t give up!

  8. Tina Radcliffe
    August 9, 2014 at 12:02 am
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    WOW!!! Congratulations to everyone!

  9. Alice Myers
    August 9, 2014 at 7:48 pm
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    Congratulations to everyone with contracts! Actually congratulations to everyone who participated in Killer Voice! It was an enlightening experience! I so enjoyed the personal contact from the editors and contributors. I think we ALL turned out to be winners from this!

  10. Jennifer Hayward
    August 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm
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    Congratulations to all the winners! A special shout out to Tammy Johnson – you are such a talented, wonderful writer! x

  11. Ann Keel/Rebecca Ashby
    August 11, 2014 at 8:28 am
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    Congratulations to all! This was a fun experience and look forward to reading the books!

  12. Angela Ruth Strong
    August 11, 2014 at 9:57 pm
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    A great experience. Where else do writers get to work with editors before the sale of a manuscript? Thank you for such an amazing opportunity!

  13. Nese Ellsyon
    August 14, 2014 at 7:20 am
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    This was such a positive experience. I’m thankful for all the great learning. My team mates were wonderful and our leader made it an awesome time. Thanks again Emily K.

  14. Katy Lee
    August 15, 2014 at 10:57 am
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    Wonderful news and great success! Looking forward to seeing those books on the shelf.

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