Select Contemporary, our single-title contemporary romance imprint, delivers multi-layered romances full of emotion, rich settings, and subplots. Whether scintillating or sweet, Select Contemporary combines great stories, authentic characters, and fresh voices to provide a moving experience readers can savor.

   

Specifically, we want to see:

  • High-concept books. Stories that can grab a reader with a one-line description.
  • Sexy heroes that are a step up from the average Joe. If he’s a cop, make him the sheriff/chief. If he’s a mechanic, make him the owner of his own shop. We’re looking for confident, competent, and honorable men, whether they be blue- or white-collar heroes. 
  • Likable, relatable, everyday heroines who aren’t pushovers.
  • Heat level. Anything from closed-door romance to steamy sex scenes are welcome, but if the heat level crosses over into Scorched territory, regardless of the genre, Scorched is the correct home for your story. We're always looking for toe-curling romantic tension, regardless of heat level.
  • Romance as the primary plot. Secondary characters and subplots are much needed and very welcome, especially as part of a larger story arc. Subplots should reinforce the hero and heroine’s journey, but shouldn’t overshadow their story. We also love to see secondary characters receive their own stories down the line! 
  • 75k-90k word count. Novellas may be used to supplement full-length series, but will not be considered on a standalone basis.
  • Multiple POVs are allowed, though the focus is primarily on the hero and heroine. We are willing to look at other POV structures on a case-by-case basis.      
  • Voices we love: Lori Foster, Suzanne Elizabeth Phillips, Jill Shalvis, Kristan Higgins, Carly Phillips, and Marie Force.
  • We consider backlist or previously published work on a case by case basis.
  • We accept both agented and unagented submissions.
   

FAQs

Q: Select encompasses several single-title romance imprints, but what’s the difference between a category romance and a single title romance

A. Category romances are generally stripped down to the core romance. They’re shorter (50k-60k), trope-driven, and often follow a set of “rules” dictated by the imprint/line on which they’re published. Our contemporary category romance imprints are Bliss, Brazen, Indulgence, and Lovestruck.

Single-title romances have a longer word count (75k-100k, on average), more secondary characters, subplots, and are the kind of books you’ll linger over and savor—not just because of the longer word count, but because of the emotional depth, and rich world-building. 

Like a fine wine, Select Contemporaries have layers. They have full-bodied settings and plots. We want to get to know the characters and see them as whole, unique, and authentic. This imprint is where you can have a sub-plot independent of the developing romance. Although the romance is always the focus, the characters don’t need to spend every moment/page together, and you can also introduce a rich cast of supporting characters.


Q. These are called "single-title" romance. Do you consider series?

A: Single-title romance is a publishing term and doesn’t mean we don’t want connected books. In fact, we’re especially looking for books with series potential.

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