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. Five years later, I still love every minute. As I build my list, I'm looking for stories and writing that take me someplace new. Whether it's a Regency ball or the Scottish Highlands, a charming small town or crowded city streets, I want to be surrounded by characters who mostly make me laugh, only occasionally make me cry, and always make me believe in true love. I'm looking for heroes I can fall in love with, heroines who can become my best friends, and that swoop in my stomach when the main characters realize, "This is the one." I love all tropes—Best friend's sibling! Enemies-to-lovers! Secret baby! Virgin hero!—but I will never say no to reading about sweethearts reunited.


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

  • Women's fiction (think stories about sisters, mothers and daughters, friends)
  • Rom-coms
  • Cowboys
  • Small-town contemporary
  • Highlanders
  • Smart, beautifully written historicals
  • Romantic suspense with more of a thriller feel
  • Strong heroines who know who they are/what they want
  • Jane the Virgin in romance novel (or women's fiction) form

I am not looking to acquire inspirational romance.

Fun facts about me:
  • I was almost bitten by a penguin once.
  • I do not drink coffee, but I like coffee ice cream.

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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
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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), Young Frankenstein, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, While You Were Sleeping
TV: Jane the Virgin, Younger, Pitch, White Collar, Blue Bloods, General Hospital (though I will watch any soap opera), Playing House, The Bold Type, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, One Day at a Time, Brooklyn 99, Schitt's Creek
Books: Ella Enchanted, The Time-Traveler's Wife, The Night Circus, Persuasion, The Westing Game, The Tea Rose (Yes, I know none of these are genre romance novels. Yes, that was intentional. My list of favorite romances is much too long.)

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