Sometimes, collaboration works best. When we’re looking for new writers for projects that are already planned, this is where we’ll let you know.
The Grimm Romances
- Book Specifications
- Who We’re Looking For
- Our Collaboration Process
- Benefits of Working With Us
- The Application Process
- Application Form
We are looking for co-writers for one or more books in a romantic suspense series, The Grimm Romances. The stories are inspired by the dark fairytales, the “real” ones where horrible things happen, and the endings can be gruesome. These books are more on the thriller than the suspense side of the spectrum, but the romance is always there as well.
Each book can stand alone, although there are characters that make appearances in multiple stories.
Our target audience consists of intelligent millennial women who love stories that dive deep into the darker side of humanity but always have a happy ending. Stories where the male and female protagonists are equally important and can effectively combine forces. These readers love it when sparks fly, but when there’s an explicit scene, it has to be about more than just sex.
To get a sense of the writing style that appeals to our target audience, read some of these works (note: this is for general prose reference, not for genre or trope reference):
- Daughters of Anarchy by C.A. Hartman
- The Dark Jewels series by Anne Bishop
- Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James
- Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
- Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk
Our series marketing plan includes pre-orders, ads, email, extensive launch promotion, advance reader review team, and releasing audio, ebook, paperback, and hardcover formats simultaneously. We’ve got itemized tasks ready to complete as soon as the first book is in edits, so our writers can focus on writing.
- We have detailed Character Profiles for our writers to work from
- We have detailed outlines that have already gone through developmental edits
- Each book needs to be at least 90,000 words because we are planning audio editions, and that is the shortest length for a book to be credit-worthy on Audible.
- We have a formatting style guide for covers and interior ebook and print editions finalized.
- POV will be first-person alternating between the male and female protagonists.
- Each book will be published in audiobook, ebook, paperback, and hardback editions during the initial launch.
You do not need to be a published writer, but you do need to be able to write 90,000 words in 30 days. That breaks down to 3000 words per day, on average (but keep in mind that you’ll probably be writing close to 5000 words per day, to accommodate weekends, holidays, and the removal of extraneous words during editing).
Although this series is Romantic Suspense, we want there to be intellectual value to these stories. That means that we’re looking for intelligent writers. You may or may not have advanced degrees (we know some super smart people who dropped out of high school), but you know how to ask interesting questions and you care about inspiring readers to have a positive impact on their local communities.
We want co-writers, not ghostwriters. This means that while we will provide you with detailed outlines, character profiles, and timelines, you can add or alter events as you write if you discuss it with Arianna and those changes make the story stronger. (It also means that you’ll get a percentage of royalties rather than a fixed fee… see application process details below.)
We are looking for a solid character-driven story with suspense, romantic tension, and page-turning prose, but your first draft does not need to be publication-perfect. Our collaboration process is designed to take a crappy rough draft and polish it to a shine.
If we select you, and after the contracts are signed, here’s how the writing process will go:
- You familiarize yourself with the outline, character profiles, and timeline for the book. [1 week]
- You write the first draft, (typing or dictating, writing in Scrivener, Word, or StoryShop), keeping us updated with your progress. [4 weeks]
- Arianna works through the book to finish the second draft. [3 weeks]
- You go through it again to finish the third draft. [2 weeks]
- We send it out to beta readers. [1 week]
- You and Arianna incorporate the feedback from the Beta Readers. [1 week]
- We handle the rest.
With one book releasing every month, we may have multiple co-writers or we may have one co-writer writing multiple books, overlapping the timelines. For example, when Arianna is going through draft 2, her co-writer could be creating the first draft for the next book.
What do you get out of working with us?
- We’ll help you develop an author brand persona, ideal reader persona, email autoresponder sequence, and marketing strategy for your own books (the ones you’ve already written or want to write, whether you publish with us, with someone else, or on your own). $3000 Value
- Each book will be launched with the intention of hitting USA Today and NYT Bestseller Lists. We can’t guarantee anything, but we’ll do our best. (We’ve succeeded before…so we’ve got systems and sales targets already in the launch plan). This helps your promotions convert better… according to BookBub’s data (they have a lot of data…)
- We’ll send readers your way after they’ve read the books you contributed to if your other writing is of interest to readers of the works you’ve contributed to. If you’ve only written non-fiction, this won’t apply. But if you write urban fantasy that has something to do with fairy tales, or if you write romantic suspense, then readers of the Grimm Romances who like the stories you’ve contributed to will likely also like your other stories, so we will cross-promote you in those cases. Reader relevant cross-promotion (because readers who don’t want what you’re writing aren’t relevant to you…)
- You’ll get access to all our educational materials, including paid courses on writing, editing, publishing, branding, and marketing. $1000+ Value
- You’ll get lifetime access to our application-only mastermind. $100/month Value
- Access to our solicited manuscript submission form, which puts you ahead of all the other submissions we receive for publication.
- Priority consideration for book promotion on our website, podcast, etc. and a 20% discount on all book promotion packages for any of your books not published through us.
- You submit the form below including 2 writing samples: one dramatic scene and one seduction scene.
- If we think your writing style is a good fit for this project, we’ll ask you to sign an NDA so we can share our character and plot details with you.
- We’ll give you the outline and character details for the first book, and ask you to write one scene (about 1500 words), which you’ll submit two business days later.
- We’ll give you feedback on your scene, ask you to incorporate it, and send the revised version back to us.
- If this trial process goes smoothly, and your work shows that you’re a good fit, we will discuss collaboration on a full book, via a zoom interview.
- If we agree to work together, we will fine-tune a contract specifying royalties, kill fees, schedules, deadlines, etc. Contracts are important. They protect all of us from our evil twins and specify how we will handle any unforeseen life disruptions.