SUBMIT TO ONE EDITOR ONLY VIA EMAIL. From the list of editors and their areas of interest below, determine which editor would be best suited to or most interested in the type of book you are proposing. Address the submission to that editor’s attention. If an editor passes, it’s a pass for Kensington; do not re-query or re-submit to another editor.
Please send a QUERY ONLY in the body of the email.
Do not attach manuscripts or proposals to e-mail queries.
An editor will respond if he or she is interested in seeing your material based on your query. Due to the volume of submissions, editors may only respond to projects they wish to further consider.
Requested manuscripts should be Word documents unless otherwise specified, typed in 12-point font, double-spaced, and paginated. Include title and author in file name.
ALLOW AT LEAST THREE MONTHS FOR RESPONSE. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE KENSINGTON OFFICES.
IF YOU DO NOT HEAR BACK ON YOUR QUERY, IT MEANS THAT YOUR PROJECT DOESN’T FIT OUR CURRENT EDITORIAL NEEDS.
We are currently not accepting Children’s, Middle Grade, Young Adult or Poetry submissions.
EDITORIAL STAFF—KENSINGTON AND CITADEL
John Scognamiglio, Editor-in-Chief of Kensington: Fiction (historical romance, contemporary romance, women’s contemporary fiction, Amish romances and inspirational romances, historical fiction, gay fiction, cozy and historical mysteries, dark suspense and thrillers). Word count for mysteries is 75,000-100,000 words. email@example.com
Michaela Hamilton, Editor-in-Chief of Citadel, Executive Editor of Kensington: Nonfiction (including popular culture, narrative nonfiction, true crime, biography, law enforcement); Fiction (military; thrillers involving serial killers, espionage, black ops, and high-level intrigue; cozy mysteries; fiction and nonfiction narratives about pets), Science Fiction and Fantasy. firstname.lastname@example.org
Alicia Condon, Editorial Director: Fiction (80,000-word contemporary romance—either sexy or sweet, Amish and inspirational romance, women’s fiction, romantic suspense, historical romance with unusual settings, cozy mystery). email@example.com
Wendy McCurdy, Editorial Director: Now especially looking for historical fiction and nonfiction, with the nonfiction focused on military/wartime history. Also open to mainstream women’s fiction including southern fiction, beach reads, sagas, commercial literary fiction, romance, romcom fare, etc. Please include the first chapter as an firstname.lastname@example.org
Selena James, Executive Editor, Dafina Books: African-American fiction and nonfiction (street lit, women’s fiction, historical fiction, and pop culture). Mainstream and genre fiction (Amish and inspirational romance, romantic suspense, historical romance, cozy mysteries, suspense, and multicultural fiction). Word count for all: 75,000-100,000. email@example.com
Tara Gavin, Executive Editor: Fiction (Romance, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mysteries, Multi-cultural Women’s Fiction, and Romantic Suspense). TGavin@Kensingtonbooks.com
Denise Silvestro, Executive Editor, Citadel Press- All genres of nonfiction, including health/wellness, self-help, relationship, parenting, lifestyle, mind/body/spirit, business, pop culture, and memoir. DSilvestro@Kensingtonbooks.com
Esi Sogah, Senior Editor: Fiction--Romance: historical (esp. American historical), contemporary, cozy mysteries, historical mysteries, suspense/thrillers, upmarket fiction. Non-fiction--narrative non-fiction (with a focus on arts and culture) and personal memoir (with a focus on identity). firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth May, Assistant Editor: Fiction (Romance, Mysteries, Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Sci Fi/Fantasy) email@example.com
Norma Perez-Hernandez, Assistant Editor: Fiction (historical romance, contemporary romance, LGBT romance, traditional and cozy mysteries, suspense, thrillers, science fiction, and fantasy). firstname.lastname@example.org
James Abbate, Assistant Editor: Historical fiction, nonfiction (biography, memoir, music, true crime), dark suspense, thrillers. Science fiction (soft SF, space travel, alternate history, cyberpunk, apocalyptic fiction) and fantasy (high fantasy, low fantasy, sword and planet, sword and sorcery, science fantasy, dark fantasy). No YA or paranormal romance. email@example.com