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.
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:
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.
The 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