Submission Procedures

How to Submit a Novel

List of Editorial Office Addresses

Frequently Asked Editorial Questions


In this section please find the editorial guidelines for Mills & Boon, Harlequin, Silhouette, MIRA and Steeple Hill books.

These pages are designed to be a guide, not a substitute for extensive reading. There is no formula for writing a publishable romance or mainstream women's fiction novel.

The editors for each of the series have written guidelines that reflect their requirements. As a result, each set of guidelines "reads" differently as some are more specific than others, depending on the degree of focus the editors would like submissions to have.

What are some other things you can do to help sell your manuscript?
First, we expect you to enjoy reading romance fiction. If you are already a fan, your appreciation for this type of book will be apparent in the writing. If you have not done so already, we encourage you to read many, many books from each series. The series that emerges as your favourite is probably where you should submit your manuscript.

Second, remember reading is an emotional experience. We hope you will write from the heart and we will feel touched by what you have to say. When you put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard), do so because you have something to share with other readers.

You will also find answers to some frequently asked questions. Should you require further information don't hesitate to write to us. The appropriate addresses have been included in this section for your convenience. Good luck!