St. Martin’s Press has debuted a new imprint called SMP Swerve, a digital first romance imprint. The publisher plans to release 12 new titles monthly.
The acquisition editors have opened submissions to curate new manuscripts from both agented and unagented authors. They are seeking compelling and varied voices, engaging stories, and authors who want to build their own platform and brand. All sub-genres of romance are welcomed, including erotic, paranormal, contemporary, historical, romantic suspense, and new adult.
All stories must end with a “happily ever after” or a “happily for now” (if the characters will appear in subsequent novels). The editors are open to all heat levels.
Suggested word length: 25k-100K words per story.
Payment: St. Martin’s Press offers authors an advance and royalties, or higher royalties without an advance. The company pays authors quarterly.
Monique Patterson, who is in charge of submissions, serves as executive editor and editorial director of romance.