Today we open up six more Special Title Lists for new submissions. That’s right, we’re going all out with the following six lists as this will be our last major update until fall: (1) Green Romances; (2) Friendships; (3) Two-Hanky Reads; (4) Best Enemies; (5) The Limelight; and (6) Cross-Dressing & In Disguise.
We look forward to seeing your submissions for these lists starting today, Monday, May 12, and going for the next two weeks ending Sunday, May 25 at midnight. As a reminder, any additions to the list have to be: (1) the best of the best, (2) stand the test of time, and (3) actually fit the list for which they were submitted.
Green Romances: This is a new list that Rike has been working on for some time. It’s now filled with some preliminary suggestions from both AAR staff and some AAR readers, and we’re ready to take it live for your submissions.
Friendships: This list is a little different. As the title suggests, it focuses on friendships, but the friendships in the list aren’t limited to strong, pre-romance friendships between heroes and heroines. It also includes romances that feature strong friendships between the heroine and other men or women, and/or between the hero and other men or women. We’re not talking about friendships that appear on one page (for example heroine takes a single call from her best friend) and then never again. The friendship has to be featured prominently in the book.
Two-Hanky Reads: Last updated in August of 2009, these are romances that make you cry, not just a tear or two, but those that tend to be cathartic and intense.
Best Enemies: Heroes and Heroines in these books loathe each other. Whether because of feuding family histories or personal grudges, the hate runs deep. Also included in the list are heroines or heroes who get entangled because they were seeking revenge on each other.
The Limelight: This list is all about fame and features heroes or heroines who are in the performing or creative arts, such as actors, singers, artists, best-selling novelists, and dancers.
Cross-Dressing & In Disguise: These romances feature lead characters in disguise, women who dress as men, and lead characters who ugly themselves up to be unappealing to prospective mates.
We’re once again using an external site – surveymonkey — for you to enter your submissions. The ballot is divided by the titles you submit. You will enter in separate spaces for each book the title, author, the list you are submitting it for (Green Romances, The Limelight, etc.) the subgenre of the list, and reason for submitting the book. The ballot has space for you to recommend up to 20 new titles for the lists. Have more than 20 recommendations? Just fill out a second ballot. Please note that you do not have to recommend 20 titles. If you have only one recommendation, complete the information for it, and then scroll down to the bottom of the ballot and click on the “DONE” button. Once you have clicked on DONE you will be directed to a standard surveymonkey page. Be assured that if you end up on this page, your submission has reached us.
We hope you have a lot of great books that fit into these categories and look forward to seeing your submissions. You will find the criteria and submission ballot here.
Cindy, Rike, and LinnieGayl