Madeleine Colavita

Madeleine Colavita

Forever, Forever Yours

My Manuscript Wish List

I always knew I wanted to work in publishing, and I was lucky enough to make that dream come true in 2013 when I joined the Grand Central/Forever team. Over four years later, I still love every minute. As I build my own list, I’m looking for stories and writing that take me someplace new. I’d love to dance at a Regency ball, explore the Scottish Highlands, visit a charming small town, or go on a paranormal adventure, all without leaving the comfort of my apartment. I prefer reads that make me laugh to ones that make me cry, but no matter what, I want to feel that swoop in my stomach when the main characters realize, “This is the one.” I’m looking for heroes I can fall in love with and heroines who can become my best friends. And I never say no to reading about sweethearts reunited.


In particular, but in no particular order, I’m looking for:

  • Cowboys
  • Highlanders
  • Rock stars
  • Athletes (especially with PoC)
  • Office romance
  • Smart, beautifully written historicals
  • Romantic suspense/contemporary with a band-of-brothers hook (think law enforcement/military heroes)
  • Shifters
  • Strong heroines who know who they are/what they want
  • Jane the Virgin in romance novel form
  • Ocean’s 11 (or other heist story) in romance novel form
  • Women’s fiction with a central friendship like the one in Playing House

I am not looking to acquire inspirational romance.

Submission Guidelines


As a new addition from The Manuscript Academy, #MSWL’s educational sister company, we are now offering ten-minute e-meetings with a select group of our agents and editors to discuss your work, what you can do better–and how to maximize your chances of success in the submissions process. You’ll be able to pick from Skype, Hangouts, or a phone call–and, yes, this works internationally. Please see our FAQ, our step-by-step guide to booking your meeting, a list of participating agents and editors–and consider joining our Facebook group, a free, friendly community of writers cheering each other on through this process.

Please note: Meetings are posted once monthly, and then often sell out. If there are meetings available, you’ll see them bolded on the calendar below after clicking “Set Time Zone.” 

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Vital Info

Fiction: Erotica, Historical, LGBTQ, New Adult, Romance, Women’s Fiction

Favorite sub-genres: Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ Romance, Multicultural Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, erotic romance, historical romance
I’d like the next…

My favorites include…

Movies: The Princess Bride, You’ve Got Mail, Sixteen Candles, North and South (Richard Armitage ftw), Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth ftw)
TV: Jane the Virgin, Younger, Pitch, White Collar, Blue Bloods, General Hospital (though I will watch any soap opera), Playing House, The Bold Type
Books: Ella Enchanted, The Time-Traveler’s Wife, The Night Circus, Persuasion

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