I'm so excited about Entangled's new category line, Lovestruck. We'll be launching this summer and are looking for fresh, new voices for this fun line, so if you are an agent or author looking for a home for a fantastic manuscript, please visit our submission page.
This line is "it could happen to you" romances. The hot bartender, the attorney you meet when you crunch his car, the guy who is always in line at Starbucks the same time you are--real, everyday, and serendipitous. Lovestruck is about characters we love and want to root for. Stories can be funny or emotional--and both! Lovestruck readers want to be smitten.
The submission guidelines are below--I'm going on a trip in ten days and I want my Kindle FULL of Lovestruck stories.
For authors who dream up stories that belong on the big screen starring Kate Hudson, Rachel McAdams, or Reese Witherspoon, Entangled’s Lovestruck imprint is for you. We are looking for fresh voices who excel at witty dialogue, twisting classic tropes, and writing character-driven romance. Stories feature contemporary women finding love with a cute best friend, the adorable geek in the next cubicle, the hot attorney whose car she crunched that morning, or with her childhood nemesis turned irresistible next door neighbor.
Lovestruck is about love where you least expect it. We love original “meet cutes” and endings that make us smile and our hearts grow a size or two. Our readers want to be smitten.
- The tone is fresh, fun, and fabulous
- Special attention is placed on the chemistry between the couple. Their interactions should jump off the page, starting with original “meet cutes” and ending with a swoon-worthy close.
- Internal conflict and romance tropes drive the story.
- Metro settings, think Friends, Mixology, and New Girl, though small cities are okay also.
- The heroes are real—guys we meet every day who are self-assured and successful at what they do…the hot bartender, local doctor, attorney, minor league ball player, architects, construction workers, etc.
- Outside authors with the Entangled Lovestruck voice: Jill Shalvis, Shannon Stacey, Rachel Gibson, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jennifer Crusie.
- Movies that inspire us: The Proposal, Fools Rush In, Leap Year, Never Been Kissed
- While Lovestruck stories do not have to be comedies, the tone should be lively, playful, and sensual. We love books that take us on an emotional journey, too!
- The sex scenes should be fully realized but limited to two or three scenes.
Having trouble deciding which imprint to submit your story?
- The differences between Lovestruck and Bliss are: tone and setting. Bliss romances take place in small towns and are more focused on family. Lovestuck stories are focused on finding love in modern settings.
- The difference between Indulgence and Lovestruck is the hero. Indulgence heroes are fantasy men who have wealth and power and know how to wield it. Lovestruck heroes are the guys you meet in real life. Indulgence heroes are always alpha--Lovestruck heroes can be alpha, but beta works here too. (Think Big vs Aidan on Sex and the City)
- The difference between Brazen and Lovestruck is heat! You’ll see less in a Lovestruck, and a Brazen love story “starts in the bedroom.” The sexual interaction is the gravitational force that brings the characters to true love. In a Lovestruck, the sexual attraction is not the focus, but rather a result.