Today is the opening of the Entangled Pitch Contest. The rules are below, but first we have some information (What does NA mean to Entangled?) about Embrace, Entangled's NA line, from Entangled's Assistant Editor Nicole Steinhaus: 

Excitement grows at Entangled Publishing as we prepare to launch our newest line, Embrace, in July 2013. Devoted to everything New Adult, Embrace will straddle the line between high school and adult, giving voice to characters of that in-between time, when they are legally adults but are still finding their way to adulthood, separating from parents (though maybe still living at home), heading off to college (or not), experiencing full-time work for the first time (or unable to find work), searching for love (and possible partners), and even beginning families.

“I adore New Adult fiction,” says Editorial Director Karen Grove. “And I’m thrilled to see the exciting talent, both new and established, writing about and for this age group. Our writers are defining New Adult, they’re giving voice to this group of emerging adults that has been neglected in literature. This incredibly diverse and vibrant portion of our population is ripe for stories of adventure, heartbreak, yearning, exploration, and courage. We are actively seeking manuscript submissions for this new line, and it’s exciting to pore through this treasure trove of stories just waiting to take wing. We have an opportunity to impact readers—whether those readers are venturing into adulthood or looking back on a time when the world was before them.”
At Entangled, we view New Adult not as a genre but a category. The fact that it’s such a new designation—and not yet accepted by many publishers and booksellers—means that there are many different definitions for what New Adult is and is not. Some believe it means Adult books with similar situations but younger protagonists. Some believe it means Young Adult books with older protagonists…and the implied permission that it allows for more sex and violence. For us, it’s neither…and both.

For Entangled Embrace, New Adult is a category that features protagonists between the ages of 18 and 24 with a unique perspective of having put high school behind and moving into a world of adult responsibilities. Unlike most characters in adult fiction, the New Adult character is facing decisions that are both freeing and terrifying. Even though they are legally adults, they don’t look at the world with the same eyes that you would find in a novel characterized as Adult. These protagonists are not jaded; they don’t have the adult experiences to bring to the decisions they make and the situations they find themselves in. They’re living it all for the first time, and that’s exciting.
Embrace will publish across all genres: contemporary, romance, mystery, suspense/thrillers, urban fantasy, mystery, paranormal, science fiction, historical. Like the world of New Adults, the line will encompass variety, experimentation, and flexibility. And that’s why our slogan is Endless Possibilities. Because the world of the emerging adult is filled with just that.

About Entangled Publishing:
At Entangled Publishing, we believe authors who write great books should receive a majority of the profits. We also believe authors interested in the lucrative indie publishing model shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality editing, commercial covers, or the power of a New York-style marketing machine.
That’s where we come in. Founded by industry-savvy authors and backed by a successful media corporation, Entangled Publishing utilizes a bold new business model to bridge the gap between traditional and indie publishing, giving our authors the best of both worlds. We implement the agency model across all departments at Entangled, which means everyone from the copy editor to the marketing director has a financial stake in your book.

How to Submit to Entangled Embrace:
Whether they’re dark and angsty or fun and sassy, contemporary, fantastical, or futuristic, Embrace has exactly what New Adult (and new adult at heart!) readers want. We are seeking fresh voices with interesting twists on popular genres.
•We accept all genres, but submissions should have romantic elements.
•NA novels should be 40k to 100k words in length.
•We are not an erotic romance publisher, however we consider all heat levels, so long as the sexual elements are secondary to the story.
•We accept both agented and unagented submissions
To submit a NA manuscript for consideration, please use the following link:
Submit to Entangled Embrace (

Now that you all know what NA means to the Embrace editorial staff, are you ready for some pitching??? 

EMBRACE, the New Adult imprint of Entangled Publishing is seeking New Adult fiction in any genre (contemporary, suspense, paranormal, fantasy etc). Must fall into the New Adult category, which means main characters must range from ages 18-24.

Pitches should be no more than 3 sentences and per Karen Groves, Editor for Embrace, should "be designed to capture attention and make me think "I want to read that!""
The Contest will be open for one week. From NOW, June 5th, to June 12th.
The pitches should be to addressed to both "Senior Editorial Director Karen Grove and Assistant Editor Nicole Steinhaus" 
Winner(s) will receive a full review of their manuscripts(s).

AND GO!!!! 

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  1. Darn. Wish I had an NA ready to go. :(

  2. Woot. Entangled Embrace rocks!! Best of luck to all who enter. :)

  3. Just double checking... do we submit through comments here? Or though the Entangled submission link above?

    1. Through here for the pitch contest. You can submit through that link for any submissions, bi the contest is here.

  4. Dear Ms. Grove and Ms. Steinhaus,

    College student Jemma Morrin not only has to decide her major - she also has to decide between a mortal life and life as a witch. When warring magical factions attempt to harness her power and then capture the mortal man she's fallen for, she decides a supernatural life isn't worth the sacrifice. But her magic is all that stands between evil and the people she loves.

    Best regards,
    Mary Paine



    Genre: New Adult Fantasy

    Word Count: 83,000

  5. TITLE: Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc.

    GENRE: New Adult Light Sci-fi / Romance


    Dear Karen Grove and Nicole Steinhaus,

    It’s the year 2069 and even though eighteen-year-old Bianca Butterman is heir to the family biz, she may never see the day her time-craft license becomes official. When a government agent starts nosing around the operation, Butterman Travel, Inc. gets stuck with a full audit—-part of a government take-over scheme to shut down all private time travel agencies. Enter former boy band superstar, Tristan Helms, desperate to retrieve a lost item from his past and willing to pay triple fare for a time-trip to get there, and Bianca has to find a way to complete the job and return home before the government gets wind and shuts down the family biz for good.

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  7. Dear Ms. Grove and Ms. Steinhaus:

    When eighteen-year-old Addison flees an anomaly only she can see, the last thing she expects is to be inducted into a secret society of oddballs like her…especially when one of them wants her to create heaven on earth for another reality’s dead. Addison fights her new role as a wraith-hunter until a boy in the mirror teaches her how to wield her extra senses and offers a warning: Find the traitor before he discovers she’s the one he’s been waiting for or humanity will be history. To protect everything she’s ever wanted—a place to belong and a maybe boyfriend—Addison will have to embrace the part of her she’s always run from and begin hunting the hunter.

    Name: Jocelyn Adams
    Title: Darkside Sun (Mortal Machine #1)
    Genre: Urban fantasy/sci-fi/romance
    Word Count: 100,000

  8. Dear Karen Grove and Nicole Steinhaus:

    When Ellie Aubrey leaves her only remaining family and comes out of hiding after over a hundred years on the run, she knows she is risking her life, but she can't turn her back on the Jenners, a small family of people who, like her, possess extraordinary abilities. At first she keeps her identify a secret even from Alex Jenner, though she desperately hopes he might turn out to be her fated soul-mate. But when Ellie's worst nightmare comes true, and the Vyusher - another clan who massacred her own very powerful family of Svatura - threaten to destroy everything she holds dear, she must sacrifice herself to save those she loves most by revealing a terrible truth... sometimes not all monsters are make believe.

    Name: Abigail Owen
    Title: Blue Violet (Svatura, #1)
    Genre: Paranormal Romance
    Word Count: 60k

  9. Dear Ms. Karen Grove and Ms. Nicole Steinhaus,

    Hidden in the mountains of Avalon, King Arthur awaits the Destined One to call him back to life, ancient evils have returned threatening the peace of the seven realms.
    Nineteen year old photographer, Aliana Fagan finds herself thrown into the one adventure she never dreamt could come true: Dragons, Camelot, King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table! But what's a girl to do when everything she thought she knew about the Arthurian legends is nothing close to the truth and she alone is the key to destroying Mordrid for good?

    Warmest regards,
    Lisa Hood

    Name: Lisa Hood
    Title: Legendary (Legendary Saga #1)
    Genre: Fantasy Romance
    Word Count: 100k

  10. Dear Ms. Grove and Ms. Steinhaus:

    Eighteen year old Riley Stone has a secret. She is the real voice behind her step-sisters’ famous pop act. When Riley meets superstar, Zach Charming, the lies around her unravel and she discovers she isn’t the only one hiding a secret.

    Name: Camilla Laurel
    Title: The Backup Singer
    Genre: Contemporary Romance
    Word Count: 85,000

  11. Dear Ms. Karen Grove and Ms. Nicole Steinhaus,

    Somewhere between barely graduating and being coaxed into community college, girl-crazy underachiever and wannabe writer Rick Jameson falls in and out of a magical love with an angel of a girl called Nola; but his warm heart, good intentions, and the quest to differentiate love from lust doesn’t overshadow his pattern of bad decision making and he and his pending morality soon realize the gangster of love lifestyle comes with its share of loneliness and emotional insecurities.

    My regards,
    Travis L. Caldwell

    Title: Loveslinger’s Blues
    Genre: Roman à clef, New-adult
    Word count: 96,343

  12. Dear Ms. Grove and Ms. Steinhaus,

    Thank you so much for this pitch opportunity!

    •Name: Amy Pine
    •Title: IF ONLY
    •Genre: New Adult Contemporary
    •Word Count: 66,000
    •Three sentence pitch:

    It's been two years since twenty-year-old Jordan was in love—which means it's been forever since she, well, you know. But now she’s off to spend her junior year in Aberdeen, Scotland, the perfect place to trade in her reissued V-card. Sexy, sweet Griffin may be her perfect, no-strings-attached match, yet Noah, the boy with impossible blue eyes, a knack for quoting her favorite movies...and a girlfriend, makes her reconsider what love means and how far she's willing to go for the right guy.

  13. Dear Karen and Nicole,

    When Jacinta claims that a vampire kidnapped her and drank her blood, none of her friends know how to react, much less believe her. But after her boyfriend Zachary goes missing and comes back as a newly made vampire, their friends need to rework what they think of vampires and discover both what being a vampire means and how they're supposed to deal with it. This novel is an edgy revisioning of the old Dracula tale and unfolds from the view of an ancillary character.

    Name: Nicole Fergusson
    Title: The Strange and Interesting Case of Zachary Chambers.
    Genre: Urban Fantasy/1st Person Expository.
    Word Count: 68,000


  14. Dear Ms. Karen Grove and Ms. Nicole Steinhaus,

    Centuries ago the Crown of the emotionally-void Soulettey race made Mylo Chance a Broken by giving him humanity in exchange for transferring dying souls to animal hosts, damning him to a life of pain and secrecy. After falling for the alluring and strong-willed Ellary, Mylo wants freedom from his reclusive life, but a renegade group of Souletties who believe the Broken has the power to forge souls and end their oppressive existence, captures her for leverage. Rescuing the human girl he loves could disrupt the balances of the races, and now Mylo must decide between revealing his abilities or keeping them concealed knowing a selfish decision might end them all.

    Name: Reagan Leigh
    Title: The Broken
    Genre: Contemporary Fantasy Romance
    Word Count: 88,000

  15. Dear Ms. Grove and Ms. Steinhaus,

    Despite what the fairytale says, not all dragons are evil, not all knights are brave and true, and the maiden is not helpless.

    This journey begins with her.

    IN SEARCH OF REDEMPTION is 72,000 word retelling of Beauty and the Beast, if Beast were a fire-breathing, village-terrorizing, under-a-curse dragon and his Beauty was a kick-ass, take-no-prisoners warrior with evil Prince left at the altar issues.

    Name: Pete Catalano
    Genre: NA Fantasy
    Word Count: 76,000

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Pete Catalano

  16. Dear Ms. Grove and Ms. Steinhaus,

    Madison Longwell succumbs to unconsciousness in Brita Quinn’s garden assuming that Inishcairn will be just another stop on her endless nomadic journey, but what she finds instead are things that she’s never encountered before: a house that feels like home, a man she might be able to love, and the fact that she isn’t the only one with secrets. Brita is a woman haunted by a gallery filled with paintings of the life she might have had, and Liam has ambitions he doesn’t share, having been told too many times that his dreams are unrealistic.
    As Madison builds relationships with those around her, she realizes that she must reveal her own carefully guarded past in order to move forward or risk losing everything by keeping her pain to herself.

    Name: Elizabeth Browne
    Genre: NA Contemporary/Romance
    Word Count: 64,200

    Thank you for your consideration.


  17. Dear Ms. Grove and Ms. Steinhaus:

    Thanks for doing this!

    My 74, 888-word novel, Boyfriend takes on the unlikely protagonist: the sexy, smoking hot, never-tell-your-mom-you-dated bad boy. Nate Best runs through the women of his college campus like it’s an (International) Division 1 sport. When he meets Kerry Wallace, an innocent freshman from a privileged background, he is ready to turn in his playboy card and become the poster child for reformed bad boys. What he doesn’t anticipate, however, is becoming inextricably drawn to Kerry’s roommate and best friend: a woman whose sex appeal can jolt a man out of a coma and secret motives cause him to carelessly neglect all he is (and could be) with Kerry.

    Thank you again for your consideration.

    Faye McCray
    Visit me at:
    Twitter: @FayeWrites

  18. Dear Ms. Grove and Ms. Steinhaus,

    Thank you in advance for your time and consideration, I appreciate this opportunity.

    Kind regards,
    Natalie Fowler

    Name: Natalie Fowler
    Title: The Ghost Who Knew
    Genre: Paranormal Mystery
    Word Count: 95,000

    Anna Quinn is weeks away from her law school graduation when her classmate, Kate Freeman, goes missing and is later found murdered. When Kate’s ghost moves into Anna’s apartment, Anna discovers that she has a paranormal “gift” that she isn’t sure she wants. Motivated by tragic events from her own past, Anna resolves to help with Kate’s unfinished business, but soon finds herself facing the same dangers that Kate did not survive.

  19. Dear Ms. Grove and Ms. Steinhaus,

    When Dutch born Zavia Janssen is offered a position in the colonization project of the recently discovered planet Eden, she accepts first to support her family and second for the opportunity. She is unprepared for the friendships she will make, the love she will find, and the heartache that follows. But it isn't until she actually reaches the planet that life is turned wasn't named Eden just for its beauty.

    Thank you for your consideration,
    Jennifer Gotfredson

    Name: Jennifer Gotfredson
    Title: The Eden Experiment
    Genre: Sci-fi/Romance
    Word Count: 90,584


  20. Dear Ms. Grove and Ms. Steinhaus,

    When struggling pre-med student Ruby West beats the unconquerable Ash at a game of chess he becomes fixated on her; which is great if you like smoldering blue eyes, sculpted features, and afternoons of unexpected adventure, but not so great when his dad is Zeus and he’s forbidden the gods from interacting with humans.

    Before long, Ruby finds herself in a world where nothing is as it seems, where mortals are seldom welcome, and where the two must embark on a dangerous quest to rescue a goddess if they are to secure the right to be together; forever.

    Thank you for your consideration,

    Joannah Miley

    Name: Joannah Miley
    Title: THE IMMORTAL GAME (book one of the END GAME series)
    Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance/Suspense
    Word Count: 104,000 (on the high side, but worth it!)

  21. Dear Ms. Groves and Ms. Steinhaus,

    A Sinner Among Us is the sequel to my first pitch, The Ghost Who Knew, yet it can also be read as a stand-alone. I only just completed A Sinner Among Us, and it has never been pitched before.

    Thank you again for this opportunity.

    Kind regards,

    Natalie Fowler

    Name: Natalie Fowler
    Title: A Sinner Among Us
    Genre: Paranormal Mystery
    Word Count: 91,000

    Anna Quinn has a new ghost. Frankie Gaines, an infamous gangster from the 1930’s, followed her home from the bar, leaving her no choice but to set aside her job search and solve his murder. Meanwhile, her new treasure-hunting, gangster-tour-guide friends are on the verge of finding the long lost ransom money from the 1935 kidnapping of Edward Bremer…but helping them could be the last thing she ever does.

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  24. Dear Senior Editorial Director Karen Grove and Assistant Editor Nicole Steinhaus,

    Thank you for providing me the opportunity to pitch TODAY IS THE DAY.


    Debbie Curtin

    Introduced to the shortwave radio by his elderly neighbor, young Pete is drawn into an exciting new world, but one where global and homeland threats are heard over the airwaves which now target his neighbor and family because "they know".

    Pete shuns college for the honor of becoming a Marine sniper and faces many personal trials in his commitment to the Corps finally waking up to the fact the girl of his dreams is now out of his life forever.

    The ultimate ruse is planned for the two Marines, Pete and Ty, to go deep undercover in the brotherhood of the enemy as they work to thwart a terrorist plot on American soil.

    Name: Debbie Curtin
    Genre: NA
    Word Count: 84,049

  25. To Senior Editorial Director Karen Grove and Assistant Editor Nicole Steinhaus

    Name: Caroline Batten
    Title: Forfeit
    Genre: Contemporary Romance
    Word Count: 100k

    After she becomes a widow at twenty-four, Daisy Fitzgerald embraces escapism wherever she finds it – at the bottom of a vodka bottle, in the arms of a sexy young chef or playing Forfeit, the ultimate game of dares.

    But while Round One is a fun way to pass an hour, Round Two isn’t for the faint-hearted and no one wants to stake £5,000 to play Round Three, not until they’re persuaded by a vitriolic social media campaign that’s about to go viral.

    Move over Gatsby, there's a new bunch of bored young things in town.

    Thanks so much

    Kind regards


  26. Dear Ms. Grove and Ms. Steinhaus,

    Long mistreated by a "perfect" sister and a father who plays favorites, this shrew has her reasons. Certain that no one will ever want her, Kathryn is as stunned as everyone else when newcomer Sir William claims to find her irresistible. Though Kathryn is skilled at using words to keep people at a distance, Sir William will stop at nothing to convince her that he sees beneath her armor to the real woman – the real Kate – underneath.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Name: Maryanne Fantalis
    Genre: Historical/Shakespeare adaptation/Sweet romance
    Word Count: 70,000 words

  27. Dear Ms. Grove and Ms. Steinhaus,

    Thank you for your time and consideration. I appreciate this opportunity to pitch MARRY ME FOR MONEY.

    Jacqueline Moraga

    Name: Jacqueline Moraga
    Title: Marry Me For Money
    Genre: Contemporary Romance / New Adult
    Word Count: 80,000

    Bethany Casse’s dream of leaving behind her small town life turns into reality when straight out of college she lands a job in Chicago at the nation’s biggest baddest bank and meets – the man of her dreams- Brian Burcham.

    Work brings her in contact with Kent; the heir of Plack Industries, a spoiled, lazy and bona fide man whore, and she’s surprised that an unlikely friendship forms between them.

    When Beth’s small town problems and dead beat mother follow her to Chicago, Kent offers a solution that would help him out in return – Marry Me for Money- but the solution is not as easy as it seems especially with picture perfect Brian in the mix.

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