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Scandalous Submission Guidelines
Scandalous is a historical category romance imprint of Entangled Publishing. Historical doesn’t mean antiquated! Passion and romance are exciting in any era. And torrid love affairs are even more illicit when social mores forbid the entanglement. These stories are bold, sexy, and heartfelt, and can be funny, action-packed, mysterious, dramatic. But above all…scandalous.
Specifically, we want:
Proven category tropes. Marriage of convenience, spinster/wallflower, governess, compromised, rake, enemies to lovers, fake engagement, etc.
Strong Heroes. Stories that feature an alpha male, whether he be royalty, titled, a military hero, a highlander, Viking, club owner…you name it. Dukes, Lairds, Vikings—these are the originalalpha men.
Romance as the primary plot. Stories focused on the heroine and hero falling in love. The pair should be together on page for the majority of the story.
POV should be split 50/50 between the hero and heroine. 3rd person POV is preferred, but we will consider 1st person POV.
Strong conflict. What is keeping these two apart and how do they overcome the obstacles?
Sensual stories. Closed door scenes are acceptable, but sexual tension must be tight throughout.
Time periods: Through WWII. Victorian and Regency preferred.
Heroines who are age 17+, confident, and can be unconventional (a scientist, for example).
Unique voices in the vein of Tessa Dare, Suzanne Enoch, Lorraine Heath, Meredith Duran, Lisa Kleypas.
The fine print:
Time travel is welcome but alternate/manipulation of history cannot be the focal point.
Manuscripts must be 45-65K words in length. Novellas will be considered from 15-30k.
Revised backlist titles will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
We accept agented and un-agented submissions.
Of particular interest at this time:
Stories set in the Scottish Highlands
Heroes who are rakes/scoundrels
Mail-order bride romances
Series based around a group of friends, sisters, or brothers.
Multi-cultural and racially diverse protagonists.
Love is love—gay protagonists are welcome. The heat level qualifications are the same as for heterosexual romance and the story must focus on the characters falling in love, not the erotic content of their sex scenes
To submit a manuscript for consideration, please use the following link: