WVU This Week October 22, 2011
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*** A Birdie Told Me - Writing Markets
Avalon Books imprint, Thomas Bouregy & Co., Inc. is a publisher of hardcover Romances, Mysteries, and Westerns focusing primarily on the library market. There is no explicit sexual content or profanity in any of their novels. It is the author’s responsibility to heighten the romantic atmosphere by developing love scenes with tenderness, emotion, and perception.
They publish sixty books a year in bimonthly cycles of ten. A cycle consists of four Contemporary Romances, two Historical Romances, two Mysteries, and two Westerns. Books range in length from a minimum of 50,000 words to a maximum length of 70,000 words.
GENERAL INFORMATION: They do not want old-fashioned, predictable, or formulaic books. They are looking for contemporary characters and fresh, contemporary plots and story lines. Supporting characters and subplots should be interesting and realistic, and they should add an extra and interesting dimension to the book. Strong, believable dialogue and character interaction are crucial to making the romance work.
HEROINES: Every Avalon heroine should be an independent young woman with an interesting profession or career. She is equal to the stresses of today’s world and can take care of herself. She should be smart, capable, and likable.
HEROES: Avalon heroes should be warm, likable, realistic, sympathetic, understanding men who treat the heroine as an equal, with respect for her intelligence and individuality, and with courtesy. The hero should be a fully-realized character, someone the reader can warm up to and be happy to see with the heroine.
AVALON HISTORICAL ROMANCES
Time, period, and setting for the historical romances are the author’s preference. Writers should take care that all description is authentic and indicative of period and place. Use of appropriate expressions and phrases, as well as authentic dialogue are key to bringing the reader into the world of the heroine and hero. Accurate depictions of the values and behaviors of the time are also essential. Historical Romances may be set in a variety of time periods up to the 1940s, around the time of the end of World War II. Heroines and heroes should be depicted much the same way they are for their contemporary romances.
GENERAL INFORMATION: The element of suspense is very important, but it is equally important to have a tight, well-researched, believable story line. Avoid contrived, predictable, mechanical plots and old clichés. The main protagonist should be someone compelling and interesting to the reader. Avoid the "info dump." Too much exposition can ruin a story—part of the enjoyment of a mystery is the puzzle. Supporting characters and subplots should be handled carefully; characters should behave in a manner that is consistent with real life and not used simply to further your plot. Do your research! No matter what your story is about, it is a crucial point of a mystery that police work be handled realistically. When dealing with tense, highly-charged plot points, dialogue should reflect the emotional content of the scene.
HEROES: The hero can be male or female or a team of people with sound values. The hero must be someone for whom the truth is paramount.
GENERAL INFORMATION: All Westerns are historical novels. It is important that characters and setting be placed in time and that the background is carefully researched. Avoid using words and phrases that were not part of the language at the time your Western is set. Though it is important for flavor and authenticity to use some Westernisms in dialogue, overuse of dialect is to be avoided. Plots should be suspenseful and action packed. Stereotypes are to be avoided.
HEROES: The hero must be a strong individual with sound values. He’s excellent with his fists and his gun, but not overeager to use either.
They do accept unagented material. When submitting they require a query letter that briefly introduces your story, the genre you are submitting it under (only genres listed above will be considered), and your manuscript's total word count (see their word count requirements above). Also include a 2-3 page (and no longer) synopsis of the entire manuscript and the first three chapters. All submissions must be typed and double spaced. If they think that your novel might be suitable for their list, they will contact you and request that you submit the entire manuscript. The length of time for response to a query may vary from a week to a few months. Full manuscript review times are approximately 10-12 months based on their publication needs.
Please Note: They do not return partial manuscripts. Unsolicited submissions will not be returned and queries that do not include an SASE will not be answered. If any of the above guidelines are not met your submission may not be reviewed. The only exception to the SASE rule is for authors living outside of the United States, please make sure to include a valid e-mail address so that they may respond to your query.
They do not publish nonfiction, racy romances, general fiction, poetry, YA, illustrated children's books, or any genres not described in their Writer's Guidelines. There are no exceptions to this.
There is no need to send your partial to any specific editor at Avalon. The editors read all the genres that are listed above. Address your letter to: The Editors. They are not accepting e-mail queries at this time.
The address for submissions is:
160 Madison Avenue, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10016
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