Graydon House Books
Graydon House Books is a select trade paperback and hardcover imprint that will showcase commercial women’s fiction with a relationship element woven through. Focused on multifaceted, provocative and original stories ranging in tone from lighthearted humor to emotional tearjerkers and edgier drama, Graydon House will publish book club-worthy novels about modern, relevant issues, featuring characters coping with life and a variety of relationships—with siblings, spouses, friends and lovers.
Graydon House is a boutique destination for both promising new talent and bestselling authors who are looking for an accomplished and attentive publisher who can nurture their talent and build their readership.
Graydon House accepts agented submissions only.
House of Shadows
International bestselling author Cornick imagines the untold story of Elizabeth Stuart, the Winter Queen, in this enthralling time-slip novel. Part mystery and part historical romance, House of Shadows explores how one lie can impact the course of history.
A deeply poignant debut about a woman struggling with her sister’s death—and the role she played in it—while her picture-perfect relationship unravels around her.
Best Day Ever
The perfect couple. The perfect day. What could go wrong? A tautly woven tale of marriage and deceit by multiple-award winning and USA TODAY bestselling author Kaira Rouda.
Something Like Happy
For fans of Jojo Moyes, a deeply moving tale of two strangers with nothing to lose, and an unlikely friendship that will grab hold of your heart and never let go.
Susan Swinwood, Editorial Director
Interests: I’ve always been a fan of historical fiction that features prominent female characters, particularly set around the World Wars, but have recently discovered a deep fondness for time-slip novels that marry the best of historical and contemporary story lines. I’d love to add an original take on the classic mystery or gothic fiction to my list, and I’m a sucker for any novel told through journal entries or other forms of correspondence. I also just love a big layered quirky family drama told with wit and charm.
I’d love to find the next… Sarah Jio, Curtis Sittenfeld, Susanna Kearsley, Jane Green.
Bio: A born and bred Torontonian, Susan’s publishing career began with notable Canadian publisher McClelland & Stewart before she joined Harlequin Books where, for the past 15+ years, she’s edited and helped guide the writing careers of a wide array of debut and veteran bestselling authors. She is Editorial Director for Graydon House and HQN Books.
Margo Lipschultz, Senior Editor
I’m looking for: I acquire women’s fiction that makes me think and feel in equal measure. Whether the premise is ripped from today’s headlines or more intimate in scope, I’m looking for novels that deftly explore the ups and downs of modern relationships in fresh and compelling ways and that introduce me to characters unlike any I’ve met before. I’m particularly drawn to narrative voices that are at once unique and accessible, and to high-concept hooks. Books set entirely in modern times are of particular interest, but I’d also love to find novels that reach into the past and bridge two worlds à la A. S. Byatt’s Possession.
I’d love to find the next… Jojo Moyes, Kristin Hannah, Emily Giffin.
Bio: A Chicago native, Margo began her publishing career at The Dial Press, an imprint of Random House, where she edited a mix of literary and commercial fiction. Since joining Harlequin’s New York office in 2005, she has been thrilled to edit a diverse list of adult and young adult fiction, including multiple New York Times bestsellers.
Melanie Fried, Editor
Interests: I acquire upmarket and commercial women’s fiction and value a balance of strong voice and engaging characters with a defined plot or concept and high emotional stakes to push the reader forward. I love historical fiction with strong female characters, real or imagined, and 1900s and American Revolution settings; contemporary stories with big, relatable hooks; and humorous yet dramatic family dramas. I have a soft spot for novels that involve New York City, secrets, rekindled relationships, high-society drama, campus settings, immigrant tales and multicultural themes.
I’d love to find the next… Adriana Trigiani, Beatriz Williams, Jonathan Tropper.
Bio: A lifelong New Yorker, Melanie Fried began her publishing career at Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster before moving over to Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, where she worked with a wide range of bestselling and award-winning authors but developed an eye for upmarket women’s fiction, historical fiction and pop culture memoirs.
Allison Carroll, Associate Editor
Interests: I’m particularly interested in women’s fiction that addresses the realities of dating in a very digital, very global society. Modern day relationship fiction that explores everything from long-distance relationships and cultural/racial barriers and expectations to online dating and the hookup app culture to the darker issues facing women today, such as online trolling and bullying and the disturbing emergence of doxing and revenge porn.
I’m also searching for format-driven fiction—a relationship told through letters, diary entries, email; a story told out of order, a story with an unexplained plot device à la the film Sliding Doors or the phone in Rainbow Rowell’s Landline. Whether it’s a fun, breezy, grin-inducing read or a story that makes me weepy (in a good way!), a modern retelling of a classic story or an unpredictable speculative love story, strong hooks and a commercial voice are a must.
I’d love to find the next… Rainbow Rowell, Graeme Simsion, Elena Ferrante.
Bio: 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. Her introduction to publishing began at Dorchester Publishing in 2009 and continued at Macmillan’s Heroes and Heartbreakers. Allison joined the Harlequin family in 2012 and counts several New York Times bestselling authors among the writers she works with.
Brittany Lavery, Assistant Editor
Interests: My personal taste in acquisitions lends itself to three main areas, and if I see these kinds of stories on submission, I’ll drop everything and dive right in. I love snappy, fresh, funny, contemporary voices with relatable protagonists, like The Hating Game, The Assistants, or A Decent Proposal. I also love sprawling family sagas with love stories woven through, like a Penmarric for a new generation, or even something spooky and atmospheric like Rebecca—the story of a deliciously unhinged relationship. My other definite bias is toward the speculative, the truly unconventional love story—for example, The Time Traveler’s Wife or Never Let Me Go. Strong female characters are a must for me!
I’d love to find the next… David Nicholls, Audrey Niffenegger or Jessica Knoll.
Bio: Brittany started her publishing career in 2009 with an internship at The Cooke Agency and moved on to positions at the University of Toronto Press and Penguin Canada, joining Harlequin in 2015. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, you can find her watching X-Files reruns, running around the soccer field or discussing the finer points of baseball and cheering on her beloved Toronto Blue Jays.
Tahra Seplowin, Editorial Assistant
Interests: Voice is paramount; I want to lose myself in an unforgettable narrative. Manuscripts that take me on an emotional roller coaster—laughing one chapter, sometimes even sobbing the next—are usually the ones that keep me up until three in the morning because I can’t stop reading. High character stakes and a keen awareness of what makes for a compelling emotional journey are key. I also love darker women’s fiction with complicated relationships and the occasional suspenseful twist as well as sweeping historical fiction that pulls me into a foreign experience. I’m actively looking for stories that feature diversity that accurately reflects the world we live in, and Own Voices manuscripts are a top priority.
I’d love to find the next… Liane Moriarty, Kate Morton, Sally Thorne or Sonali Dev.
Bio: Tahra Seplowin was born and raised in New York City. She’s worked at the Jane Rotrosen Agency, Entangled Publishing and is now with Harlequin. She’s actively looking to acquire fresh new voices in commercial trade fiction.
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