November is a very exciting month here at William Morrow and Avon. It brings us the publication of Everlasting, the late Kathleen Woodiwiss’ latest novel. All of us were impacted in innumerable ways by Ms. Woodiwiss’ work and it is such a thrill to be able to publish this incredible book. Also coming in November, the latest Stephanie Laurens’ Cynster novel in paperback. The Taste of Innocence features Charles Morwellan (brother of Alathea from A Secret Love) and continues the hugely successful that has become such a fan favorite. Plus, we have an exciting paranormal romance debut from Jeaniene Frost. Halfway to the Grave introduces us to Cat, a half-vampire slayer with a chip on her shoulder, and Bones, the sexy vampire partners with Cat in order to bring down a more menacing evil.
We also have two very exciting trade paperbacks available next month. The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen is the quintessential novel for all Jane Austen fans. Author Syrie James tackles the question that Jane fans have wondered for years: did our favorite romance author have a romance of her own? Told beautifully in a style wholly reminiscent of Jane’s own, this novel draws you into Jane’s world as no other could. And from Nadine Haobsh, former beauty editor and the blogger known as “Jolie in the City,” Beauty Confidential, a hilarious and indispensable beauty book for women everywhere. With insider advice, unbeatable beauty tips, and a handy index (with pricing information), Beauty Confidential will become your constant shopping companion.
We know that, as a writer, your imagination allows you to create so many stories and here at Avon, we are eagerly seeking those stories. We have been lucky enough to publish some of the most unforgettable voices in historical and contemporary romance. As we experiment with innovative projects such as Victoria Alexander’s ebook Lady Amelia’s Lover, we will continue to bring you the stories you’ve come to know and love. But that’s only possible with your help. As a writer, your imagination allows you to create so many stories and here at Avon, we are eagerly seeking those stories.
Right now we are looking for romances in several areas:
We are looking for deliciously romantic historical novels for all parts of the list, set primarily in Great Britain before 1900, as well as contemporary romances, filled with the emotional complexity and strong voices you’ve come to expect. With the increase in demand for suspense and African-American romance, we would also love to add to the great list of strong authors we have in these areas.
We know the interest you all have in pararnormal romances, and we are always looking for new and different takes. These can be contemporary or historical (Lynsay Sands‘ Argeneau family or Kathryn Smith’s Brotherhood), but the most important thing is to create rich, unique worlds with dark and intriguing characters.
On the trade side, Avon A offers a wide array of fiction for women, as well as strong non-fiction works that we’ve found our readers relating to (Damage Control, edited by Emma Tennant, is just one example of the types of non-fiction books we’re interested in). In addition, our erotica imprint Avon Red, continues to grow and we are looking for more authors to add to our super-sexy list.
For more information on our submission process, please visit Harper Collins.