Allison Carroll

Allison Carroll

Harlequin HQN Books

My Manuscript Wish List

Allison is currently acquiring romance and commercial women’s fiction for HQNBooks.

Allison is particularly interested in modern day love stories, with big secondary plots/characters (a la themes of sisterhood, mother/daughter relationships, etc.). A book that makes her weepy—in a good way! Whether it’s a modern retelling of a classic story, a long-distance relationship book, historical or time slip, a speculative love story or, yes, that big weepy love story, strong hooks and a commercial voice are a must.

Allison is also searching for fresh voices in romance. She’s on the hunt for a small town contemporary with a Southern setting (and all the flare that goes along with it!), and is also on the lookout for a great sports romance. She loves contemporaries with urban settings and working class heroes, as well as alpha bad boys and anti-heroes in a contemporary setting a la mob/mafia romances. Romantic suspense is also a passion of hers, from action-packed to psychological thrill-rides.


Allison Carroll, Associate Editor

Associate Editor at HQN, Allison Carroll is a Montana transplant who once upon a time packed all her belongings in a U-Haul and drove cross country to NYC in pursuit of a sneak peek at all the books. Her introduction to and love of all things romance began at Dorchester Publishing and continued at Macmillan’s Heroes and Heartbreakers. Allison joined the Harlequin family in 2012 as part of the editorial teams for Desire and Romantic Suspense, before transitioning to HQN, where she’s worked with such authors as USA TODAY bestselling author Victoria Dahl, New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson, Golden Heart nominee Brynn Kelly, USA TODAY bestselling author Kasey Michaels, Marta Perry, New York Times bestselling author Sharon Page, USA TODAY bestselling author Christie Ridgway, and New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter. Allison is actively acquiring for the imprint. Feel free to follow her on twitter @AllisonPCarroll.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions should be emailed to allison.carroll@harlequin.com

Agented submissions only.

Vital Info

Fiction: Romance, Women’s Fiction

Favorite sub-genres: Amish Romance, Commercial Women's Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Historical Women's Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, historical romance
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Landline by Rainbow Rowell

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Elena Ferrante

Kristen Ashley

Nalini Singh


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