Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 2, 2010

Looking for YA Romance

I know a lot of you write YA, so you may be interested to know that Noble Romance Publishing is starting a new line of YA romance novels starting in October.  They are pretty open when it comes to YA genre.  They say, “If the story is great, we don’t care if it’s a historical set on Mars or a contemporary set in the cornfields of Nebraska.”  They are offering $1000 advances. 
**A note from Jill N. Noble, your friendly Senior Editor: Do you have a story that’s completely different? Too dark for other publishers? Too controversial? Too unusual? A mix of so many sub-genres you’re to the point of making up descriptions that defy the imagination? If so, I’d love to see it. Be true to yourself, be true to your characters, be true to your stories. I assure you, I don’t shock easily!

Here are the YA Romance Guidelines :

1. YA Romance stories all involve primary characters between the ages of 16-21.
2. YA Romance stories explore all facets of a young adult’s life — including those some adults/parents might find a bit uncomfortable to examine. KEEP IT REAL.
3. YA Romance stories must address the consequences — or potential consequences — of behavior and choices in a realistic manner. DON’T SUGAR-COAT THE TRUTH, BUT DON’T PREACH, EITHER.
4. YA Romance stories can address any topic (sub-plot to the romance or as part of the romantic thread) a young adult might encounter in their life, including but not limited to, sexual orientation, sexual experimentation, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, drugs, drinking, peer pressure, school, gangs, etc. If you touch on any of these subjects, do not glamorize the consequences or the reality. Alternatively, again, do not “preach.”
5. YA Romance stories . . . let’s talk sex. The question is not how much sex/level of explicitness is appropriate for a YA novel, but rather, how much sex is appropriate for  your story and your characters. Our instructions for this are the same as they are for every NRP story: Be true to yourself. Be true to your characters. These stories aren’t about you (necessarily), or what you would want your son/daughter to do. They are about your characters — their choices, their thoughts, their desires, their actions. The sexual content – the action, the language, the reactions – should all accurately and adequately and believably reflect your fully fleshed out characters. *The only caveat to this is no sexual relations between adults and minors.
6. YA Romance authors know their audience. They don’t use language young adults wouldn’t use, they don’t “talk down” to their young adult readers, and they have an intimate knowledge of what it’s like to be a young adult in today’s world.
7. All sub-genres and genre mixes.
8. All story lengths – shorts, novellas, novels.
They’re open to anything…but remember, these are romance novels. The level of passion between the main characters must be authentic and palpable. Other than that, they say to feel free to explore any new, uncharted territory you can imagine, or re-do a well-worn plot in such a way as to make the story uniquely your own.
  • Most importantly, they are seeking stories that touch the reader, and that contain characters they’ll remember long after they’ve finished reading the book.
  • Length:       10,001-29,999K novellas, 30+K words and up for novels.
  • To submit your proposal please email a query letter with the following information:
    • Your full name and pen name, if applicable.
    • Your email address.
    • The name of your story, the expected length, and the genre.
    • If your manuscript is incomplete, please give us an expected completion date.
    • A brief description of your writing and/or publishing history, if applicable.
    • In the body of the email, please also include a brief story outline. Describe only the major plot points, the black moment, and the story’s ending.
    • Please attach your partial manuscript (first 3 chapters), in .rtf form, only. If you are submitting a short story, it is appropriate to submit the entire manuscript. Manuscripts should be 1.5 spaced, and use Book Antiqua 12 pt serif font. When needed, please italicize, rather than underline, for emphasis.
    • PLEASE, no simultaneous submissions. There’s nothing more frustrating than taking six hours to read a story and offering a contract, only to find out the book has been contracted elsewhere.
  • Send your submission to You will receive confirmation of receipt within 48 hours, and you may expect a response on a partial or short story within 4 weeks.

    Hope you can make use of the information.  Tomorrow, I will announce the winner of the editor/baby picture contest and pair the pictures up.  This was a really difficult challenge, but when you see them matched up you will say to yourself, “I can see that now.”

    Talk tomorrow,



    1. Hi, Kathy. Thank you for posting this. One clarification, so your readers don’t get upset. We offer *up to* $1000 advance. We decide what to offer on an author-by-author basis, based on author’s publishing history and Web presence, type of book, length of book, etc. 🙂


      • Jill,

        Thanks for pointing that out. I will make sure I remind everyone in a future post.

        Good luck,



    2. Now that I see the baby pictures next to the correct adult pictures it seems like it should’ve been a whole lot easier!!! I originally had the correct one for Heather Alexander and then changed it at the last minute (goes to show, you should always stick with your first impulse…) Thanks for the fun contest (especially since I won — yay me!!)


      • Connie,

        Yeah, it looks so easy when they are paired up. I’ll be sending out your prize soon.

        Talk soon,



    3. Kathy,

      The primary characters are supposed to be between 16-21. Does that mean both the heroine and hero have to be between those ages?
      My character is 18 and she meets a thirty year old widower.
      Would this fit into the YA contempory romance, or a Contempory Romance?


    4. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d without a doubt donate to this brilliant blog! I guess for now i’ll
      settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.
      I look forward to fresh updates and will share this site with my Facebook group.
      Talk soon!


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