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Love & History Cover to Cover

Send submissions to: Denise Weimer, Managing Editor.

Who doesn’t love a well-told historical tale? Sure, we know people didn’t smell that great back in the day, and wearing those tight corsets, heavy dresses and pinchy shoes had to be decidedly uncomfortable. But we still like to dream about times gone by—eras in which manners were well-defined, clothing was functional to fabulous, and travel meant adventure and danger.

At Smitten Historical Romance, we look for authors who have a strong sense of the periods they write about—an understanding based on careful research and wide reading. Smitten authors have a compelling literary voice and a thorough understanding of the elements of story.

When you choose a Smitten Historical Romance, you know you’ll be transported back in time to a place, an era, and a situation that is realistic in its setting. Our goal is to engage the reader from cover to cover.

Novels should be 60,000 to 90,000 words. Before we review your completed manuscript, please send us a proposal. Your proposal must include:

  • A brief (1 paragraph) summary of the novel
  • A 2–3 page synopsis, including how the plot is resolved
  • Three (3) sample chapters
  • A detailed marketing plan
  • Author bio, including publishing history

We’re open to any historical era or setting, but popular favorites are:

  • Early American Colonial/French & Indian War
  • Revolutionary War spies
  • Yukon Gold Rush
  • Western wagon train adventure
  • Jacobite Rebellion
  • Regency or Federal period
  • European court intrigue
  • Marriage of convenience

*Because many of our novels take place during turbulent historical times, like the Civil War or WWII, there will be scenes depicting what is necessary to further the story while remaining true to the history of the time. Gratuitous violence is graphic depiction that goes above and beyond what is needed to craft a compelling scene that serves the story well.