I fully agree with that comment and laugh that at every conference I attend, it is one of the most frequently asked questions of editors and agents.
Still, with that in mind, I do want to offer up what my "wish list" for submissions would be. Please understand that in no way do I want people to go out and rush through a story just to get what I want. I am looking for those gems you have sitting on your desk that might fall into those categories I list. If you don't have that story, but you know of someone that has just finished one but doesn't know who to send it to, send it to me.
I can't promise to be wanting these all of the time, but if during this month, you are one of those writers or you know of someone, get in touch with me.
So, without further discussion... the list:
- WOMEN'S FICTION - A single title story that shows a woman understanding what it is to be a woman. This summer I just read 1000 Days in Tuscany. Loved it. I don't want heroines who are fighting through tons of traumatic things in their lives. We don't need murder and suspense. Just growth.
- CONTEMPORARY - I would love a story that isn't a soap opera. I want one about two people, really learning to love. They can even be married. I think this would be a great challenge. To show people who are already in love and married find that deeper romance. I this case I think of that country song about the couple that sees a housefull of kids and happy meals as being "Paradise". Oh, and I want it serious, not in a chick lit style.
- PARANORMAL - I want a time travel. I don't want just someone stuck in time and it is really a historical. I want the time travel to be a significant factor in the story. I also want a ghost story where the afterworld is involved in the romance. Not ghosts that ruin it for people.
- YA - I want a historical romance perfect for the Harlequin Teen line.
So, how's that for a challenge?