GIVE IN TO YOUR IMPULSES

What we’re looking for right now:

THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN AVON BOOKS! AT THIS TIME, WE ARE CLOSED TO ONLINE SUBMISSIONS. 

In 2019, we want big, high concept historical and contemporary romances, as well as smart, funny romantic comedies! Primarily, inclusive and diverse romances that reflect our world–all sexualities, races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, body types, disabilities, and ages!

*Unfortunately, we do not publish or acquire children’s/picture books, Young Adult, middle grade, nonfiction, or poetry.

Helpful Hints and Guidelines

Toss away your ideas of what Avon is all about, and read here for how to write for Avon Romance and Avon Impulse! We publish new authors in both print and digital-first.

What might get you noticed:

Fabulous heroes who believe consent is sexy but also know what they want—their love interest, of course—and will give that person everything he or she desires.

Heroines unafraid to take chances in life…and in love. She’s smart and she’s never afraid to stand up for herself.

You choose the setting, just make sure it’s utterly romantic! We want to be able to immerse ourselves in the wonderful world that you’ve created.

Trope-heavy stories with a great hook—a new, unique twist on a tried and true trope is always 1-click material!

A few necessary facts:

-Formatting choices are up to you. If we can read it, you can submit it.

-You don’t need an agent.

-No need to submit to a specific editor. If a specific editor has requested your manuscript, please let us know and we’ll get it to her.

-You should receive an answer in about six months. If you don’t hear from us by then, please email impulse@harpercollins.com with the name of your manuscript and the date of your original submission so an editor can check the inbox. Note: all submissions must come through our form first! Any first time subs sent directly to the above email address will not be considered. Please only email to follow up on previously submitted manuscripts! 🙂

Be Creative! Be innovative! And don’t hesitate to submit to Avon today through Avon Impulse!

Erika Tsang

When Editorial Director Erika Tsang was in the 8th grade, her Health Education teacher confiscated the Nora Roberts romance she’d been reading under her desk during class. Then he wrote in her yearbook: “May you start reading healthier books”. Taking that to heart, she began her career at a medical publisher where she had to catalog 4-color photos of things she’d rather forget about. But she was still reading romance novels under her desk. So she decided to go back to her first love and now spends her days reading romances on her desk and looking over photos of vampires, dukes and Highlanders for covers.

Currently, Erika enjoys discussing the merits of a shirtless Stephen Amell on Arrow, debating the best Doctor Who episode (“Blink”, of course), and planning her next adventurous vacation (hiking a volcano is one idea). Her recent list of acquisitions includes Alyssa Cole (A Prince on Paper), Jennifer Estep (Kill the Queen), and Alisha Rai (The Right Swipe). Follow her on twitter at @ErikaTsang.

May Chen

Executive Editor May Chen has been reading wildly inappropriate books since the age of nine. She thought the Sweet Valley High series was salacious until she discovered the romance section in her Queens, NY library and read Shirlee Busbee’s SPANISH ROSE, and Laurie McBain’s CHANCE THE WINDS OF FORTUNE. She’s never been the same since. After an identity crisis which lead to brief stints in the legal and finance field, May found her way back to the right path by getting her foot in the door at Morrow/Avon. And she’s been there ever since.

Now happily reading and working on all the happily-ever-afters she can ask for, she’s the lucky ducky editor of smart, emotional historicals, sexy contemporary romances and angsty romantic suspenses. When not eating, reading, sleeping, she enjoys an unhealthy amount of reality tv, Cheetos and wine. To see pictures of her French bulldog and calico cat (with occasional forays into the publishing world), follow her on twitter @aMAYzingChen

Tessa Woodward

Tessa Woodward, Executive Editor, edits a wide array of historical fiction, women’s fiction, and romance. Her list includes New York Times bestselling authors Tessa Dare, Kate Quinn, Kristen Proby and Jennifer L. Armentrout, as well as Tracey Livesay, Olivia Waite, Joanna Shupe, and Maya Rodale, to name a few. She also recently added some romance/science fiction crossovers from Jessie Mihalik and Valerie Valdes and a book about the African American female experience during World War II by Kaia Alderson.

She is looking for women’s fiction with strong characters, both historical and contemporary, as well as all genres of romance. She is especially interested in diverse authors and #OwnVoices stories of all types.  Follow her on twitter @TessaofAvonlea for very important thoughts on books, tea, and her #mswl.

Nicole Fischer

Editor Nicole Fischer has been on the hunt for the next great romance for as long as she can remember. From reading Jude Deveraux with a flashlight at 4am, to secretly ordering used Sandra Brown paperbacks with her mother’s credit card, she’s always had her nose buried in a love story—or what she wished was a love story (Nancy Drew and Ned Nickerson did not get enough action!).

In 2012, Nicole landed her dream job at Avon and the rest, as they say, is history. She currently edits many talented authors including Tessa Bailey (Fix Her Up), Talia Hibbert (Get a Life, Chloe Brown), Vivienne Lorret (The Rogue to Ruin), Mia Sosa (The Worst Best Man), and Scarlett Peckham (The Rakess) to name a few. Nicole is looking for fun, fresh, diverse voices across all subgenres of romance, but especially raunchy, inclusive romantic comedies and witty, lush, subversive historicals. Follow her on Twitter at @nicolefischer13 for the occasional sarcastic, dirty or just plain ridiculous things #OverheardatAvon, wine, and awkward app dating stories.

Elle Keck

Growing up, Associate Editor Elle Keck thought she’d spend her life in the hallowed halls of academia, churning out papers on nineteenth century Britain. Alas, that was not in the cards, but thankfully, she was able to combine her knowledge of pelisses and petticoats with her passion for historical romances. An avid reader of all things Avon, she was delighted to join the team in 2014.

Elle’s always on the hunt for high-concept historical romances that make her laugh and make her cry, women’s fiction for the young, smart millennial reader, and inclusive narratives in all genres and subgenres. Her list of bestselling, award winning authors includes Christy Carlyle (A Duke Changes Everything), Cat Sebastian (Unmasked by the Marquess), Nisha Sharma (The Takeover Effect), Marie Tremayne (Lady in Waiting), Julia Whelan (My Oxford Year), and Rosie Nixon (The Stylist). Some of her recent exciting acquisitions are Charis Michaels’ A Duchess a Day, Jenny Holiday’s A Princess for Christmas, Gina Conkle’s How to Steal A Kilt, and a rom-com from Alexis Daria, set in the world of a telenovela!

If you enjoy musings on The Bold Type, feminist rants about the genre, and live coverage of all awards shows, follow her on twitter at @ellekeck.

Because our goal is to publish great stories in a great way. Avon means quality, which means you’ll be working with some of the best in the business: editors who spot trends, and develop talent while overseeing your manuscript and working with you to manage our career; marketers with proven relationships with all on line retailers, whose knowledge of strategic pricing and on line advertising is top–notch; publicists with their expertise in social media and promotional campaigns, who can get the word out about your book. But don’t just take our word for it. Here is some information we hope will help you decide on the best publishing plan for you.

It’s the digital-first publishing imprint of Avon Books. Each month our goal is to build an exciting list of fresh, exciting voices, which means we’re always looking for new talent! At Avon, we’re known for our personalized approach to publishing. We promise, you’ll know our names, phone numbers, email addresses and twitter handles. You’ll be hearing from us often. You’ll receive major house effort with boutique TLC, making Avon Impulse a fantastic place to launch your romance writing career.

Click here to meet the editors! Your editor will be your loudest cheerleader and biggest fan from contract to publication. She’s there to ensure your vision for your cover and copy comes true. She’s your point person and trouble shooter, making sure everything runs smoothly during the editing process.

When you sign with Avon Impulse, you are acquiring a team responsible for art, copy, marketing, social media support, and publicity—and more: A foreign rights staff determined to make your book available in other languages; a legal team protecting your work from piracy; a the subrights group pitching your romance novel to the book clubs. Our goal is to sell as many copies of your book, in as many venues, as possible.

Because every book is different, our marketing plans aren’t cookie cutter. But we can promise the following: e-galleys sent to key reviewers and bloggers, featured placement on the From the Heart newsletter, consideration for strategic pricing and key account promotions, and targeted Facebook advertising. In addition, you’ll be supported by the Avon Addicts a group of superfans who talk all Avon, all the time!

Everywhere! Your work will be available globally at all the major online retailers. If your fans want print, every book longer than 25,000 words will be available in print at those same retailers. World English language distribution ensures that your book will be available in English around the world, and our subrights department will work hard to get your book translated.

Avon Impulse royalties are 50% after the first 10,000 copies sold and start at 25%. (These terms are without an advance.) The print books receive standard mass market royalties.

Yes! While every Impulse title over 25,000 words is available in print, we’ve moved a number of Impulse authors onto our mass market and trade paperback lists, including Vivienne Lorret, Jennifer Ryan, Christy Carlyle, Mia Sosa, and more!

Contemporary romances and historical romances, romantic comedies, and romantic suspense. Check our Welcome tab for more detailed guidelines and information about the submission process. Unfortunately, we do not publish or acquire children's/picture books, Young Adult, middle grade, nonfiction, or poetry.