5 Publishers that Accept Unagented Romance & Other Genre Novels

5 Publishers that Accept Unagented Romance & Other Genre Novels

There’s a reason genre fiction is called popular fiction. Those who love genre fiction, from thriller to romance to horror and fantasy, are among the most loyal and voracious readers. If you are a genre novelist without a literary agent, check out the following small presses that welcome unagented submissions.

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For Author Christa Maurice, Romance and Rock ‘n’ Roll Go Together

For Author Christa Maurice, Romance and Rock ‘n’ Roll Go Together

If you once had a collection of Metallica albums or Kurt Cobain posters, then you’ll understand why romance author Christa Maurice writes about rock stars. She admits to being that rare first grader who knew about Black Sabbath and Blue Oyster Cult. In this Q&A, she talks about her latest book, “A Gift to be Simple,” and what she likes about being a hybrid author.

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How Eavesdropping Led to Audrey King’s Romance Book

How Eavesdropping Led to Audrey King’s Romance Book

Whether it’s in the supermarket or the airport or the dentist’s office, we all eavesdrop. But it’s likely to be a passing experience. Not so for independent writer Audrey King. A conversation she heard in a gift shop combined with the romantic atmosphere of the town where the shop was located inspired her latest romance book, “Love As It Seems.”

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Author Mae Clair’s “Myth and Magic” Combines Romance and Suspense

Author Mae Clair’s “Myth and Magic” Combines Romance and Suspense

In Mae Clair’s latest book, Halloween is scorching hot. “I always wanted to write a tale centered on that holiday,” she said. The result is “Myth and Magic,” a romantic suspense and mystery novel inspired by her childhood fascination about a haunted house in her neighborhood.

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How to Use Food in Your Novel: “In His Corner” Date-Night Recipes

How to Use Food in Your Novel: “In His Corner” Date-Night Recipes

You can make your novel come to life by engaging the reader using all five senses—sight, touch, smell, sound, and taste. You don’t have to be a foodie to indulge your reader’s sense of taste. I no longer remember much of “Chocolat” by Joanna Harris about a chocolate-shop owner in a small French village and “The Book of Salt” by Monique Truong about a Vietnamese cook, but I do remember their effective use of food. It’s a lesson I’ve kept in mind all these years.

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How to Use Music in Your Novel: "In His Corner" Playlist

How to Use Music in Your Novel: "In His Corner" Playlist

In novels like “High Fidelity” (Nick Hornby) and “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” (Rachel Cohn and David Levithan), music is central to the story. But even if your novel doesn’t focus on music, you can use it to establish the mood of a scene or strengthen your depiction of a character.

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Why Romance Author Jen Colly Didn’t Always Like Books

Why Romance Author Jen Colly Didn’t Always Like Books

Most authors have been writing since childhood—not romance author Jen Colly. “Writing never once crossed my mind. I didn't even like to read,” she said. Her resistance wasn’t because she didn’t like books, she just didn’t like being told what to read. Luckily for us, Colly eventually took up reading and writing.

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Love, Lattes, Mutants…And a Chance to Win a Prize

Love, Lattes, Mutants…And a Chance to Win a Prize

Romance author Sandra Cox is giving away unique raffle prizes to celebrate the release of her fantasy paranormal book, “Love, Lattes and Mutants.” Even with several books under her belt, Cox continues to learn about the publishing process, which she describes as “ever evolving.”

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