A pretty love story, as defined for our purposes is more your standard contemporary type of romance. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, there are normal issues to get through, and a happily ever after. A Gritty Love Story is one that's darker. Generally, includes murder or darker themes. Romantic suspense, mafia romance, those kinds of stories. I also include paranormal romance in this definition as they usually involve death stakes and investigation. Love stories are different than romances. While I prefer the Happily Ever After that comes with the romance package some of my favorite love stories those which do not end in a happily ever after. If you have such a tale to spin, I want to see it. But it will have to be exemplary to make it past my desire for things to be wrapped up with a tidy "... and they lived happily ever after" bow.
Marissa Frosch has been in publishing since 2015, publishing her own books since 2016. She's a Certified Book Launch Coach, has been trained by Shawn Coyne in Stroy Grid editing and has an Associate's Degree in Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University. She loves romance in all it's forms and strives to make the world more full of love with each book she helps into the hands of readers. Keep an eye out for job opportunities. She can't the run the ship herself forever.
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We're not currently seeking unsolicited submissions, but we are looking for short stories for anthologies.