Final Round Editors

Our 2017 final round editors. Listed with each category is a published example representing a winning novel representative of the genre. 





Why Resist a Rebel?
by Leah Ashton

Harlequin, KISS
Hill Country Holdup
by Angi Morgan

Harlequin, Intrigue
CONTEMPORARY SERIES ROMANCE
TBD
Romantic series novels. If your manuscript is a series romantic suspense, you may enter the Contemporary Series category or the Romantic Suspense category. Please check our score sheets to see which benefits your writing. 






No Good Duke
Goes Unpunished

by Sarah MacLean

HarperCollins Publishers,
Avon Books


HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Elle Keck ~ Assistant Editor, Avon Books
Romantic novels with non-contemporary settings, including regency & gothic romances. 








Five Days in Skye
by Carla Laureano

David C. Cook


INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE
Raela Schoenherr ~ Acquisitions Editor, Bethany House Publishers
Romantic novels with an inspirational message/theme, including romantic suspense, historical, etc. 







The Haunting of
Maddy Clare

by Simone St. James

NAL

MAINSTREAM with ROMANTIC ELEMENTS
Marla Daniels ~ Assistant Editor, Simon and Schuster
Novels that include an element of romance but in which traditional romance conventions are not followed and in which there are themes and conflicts beyond romance. Mainly women’s fiction and chick lit. 







Shatter
by Erin McCarthy
Berkley Publishing

NEW ADULT
TBD
Novels appropriate for new adult readers. Includes heroes and heroines not exceeding 25 years of age. Novels similar to YA that can be published and marketed as adult—a sort of older YA market. New Adult fiction tends to focus on "first" experience issues. Some examples are leaving home, developing sexuality, negotiating education, first job or career choices. 







Off the Edge
by Carolyn Crane

Self-published


ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Lexi Smail ~ Assistant Editor, Grand Central Publishing
Romantic novels that include an element of mystery or suspense. Since the final round editor is from a single title publisher, contestants may want to enter series romantic suspense in the contemporary series category.




Crazy Thing Called Love
by Molly O'Keefe

Random House Group,
Ballantine Bantam Dell


SINGLE TITLE ROMANCE
Madeleine Colavita ~ Associate Editor, Hachette Book Group
Romantic, contemporary novels released as individual titles. 







The Firebird
by Susanna Kearsley

Sourcebooks, Landmark

SPECIALIZED ROMANCE
Kristine Swartz ~ Associate Editor, Berkley Publishing Group
Romantic novels of any time setting (historical or futuristic) with Alternate Earth Histories, Dystopian, Futuristic, Fantasy, Time Travel, Paranormal or Urban Fantasy. Please keep in mind that the emphasis should be on the romance. 





The Farm
by Emily McKay
Berkley Publishing


YOUNG ADULT
Alice Jerman, Assistant Editor, HarperCollins 
Novels appropriate for young adult readers. Includes young adult heroes and heroines not exceeding 18 years of age. 

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