Audacious is Etopia Press's new adult, or “NA” romance imprint. Like all our imprints, Shameless is looking for strong, alpha heroes and likeable, independent heroines, but these characters should be in between 18 and their early twenties and be dealing with the transitions between high school, college, and the working world. They can be coming of age stories, or they can deal other themes completely, but what all Audacious stories have in common is the fresh, engaging voice of the times, and characters who are living through the social and cultural issues that are out there, right now.
These stories can be romance of any subgenre (except historical, unless it’s a time-travel), or they can be contemporary fiction with strong romantic elements (we’ve yet to meet a 20-year-old whose priorities didn’t include hot guys, so…) Heroines can be funny and a little snarky, but don’t let her slip into bitchiness. The tone of these stories can be light and humorous, dark and dramatic, or somewhere in between, but Audacious stories always revolve around the themes and issues that make the life of a new adult different from that of her 27-year-old sister.
Submit the complete manuscript plus a short synopsis and cover letter. Cover letter should include your book title, pen name (if applicable), real name, address, email address, genre/subgenre, and word count. Please also include this information in the top left hand corner of both your synopsis and manuscript.
Your manuscript and synopsis should be saved as .doc or .docx only.
Please name your files according to this naming convention:
BookTitle_ByAuthorName_Manuscript.doc (or .docx)
BookTitle_ByAuthorName_Synopsis.doc (or .docx)
Then send them as attachments to an email to firstname.lastname@example.org