I can’t believe it’s been three years already. During that time I’ve had the pleasure of acting as managing editor of the historical division. This past fall, the Vintage Rose line joined our historical family and I couldn’t be more pleased.
I love the genres covered by all the historical lines, but this hour we’re celebrating the Vintage Rose line, which covers the genre from 1910 through the 1990s.
I’d love to see this line really grow to offer a full range of stories for every decade of the 1900s, from WWI right up through the Reagan era and the Gulf war. It’s a line that really is wide open for the authors to come along and make it their own. If you’ve been thinking about writing something different… give Vintage Rose a try!
It's early, so I didn't want to ask the VR team to all get out of bed and celebrate with me, LOL, but I've posted their good wishes below.
From Susan Yates:
Some of the first romance novels I read as a girl were Emilie Loring's wartime romances. I fell in love with an era, an author, and a genre all at the same time. Her novels--which I read over and over--were written in the 20s, 30s and 40s, and are perfect time capsules of the clothes, slang and spirit of those decades. Edith Wharton made me fall in love with turn-of-the-century manners and style; Rona Jaffe's The Best of Everything (both the book and the movie) made me love the Technicolor 50s; and, come on, who doesn't love the groovy 60s and the solid 70s? That's what I love about Vintage Rose: we cover the gamut from mannered Edwardian to free-spirited hippie, and I'm eager to read any story that evokes the spirit and style of those eras.
From Vivian Crosby:
Vintage Rose is a great line to write for - and edit! - because of its variety. We're open to stories fitting into a broad time period and those stories range from sweet to spicy. Your imagination is the only limit! I'd love to see more World War II stories, in particular, though I enjoy seeing the creativity of our authors. Try something new or beyond your comfort zone, maybe even beyond the traditional major historical events we typically see featured in Vintage stories. If you're not sure if what you've written will work for Vintage, please query. I love finding new authors who have done their research into the time period and weave it seamlessly into a heart-tugging romance. If that's you, I'm looking forward to your story!
From Nan Swanson:
What I’d like to see more of in the Vintage line:
1. more settings in the 1930s, ‘40s & ‘50s, with stories that are full of the flavor of the time.
2. more romances typical of the time they’re set in –different eras have different ways of exhibiting feelings, of approaching a relationship, of coming in contact with the opposite gender and scenes we now take for granted in modern romance stories are not always appropriate
3. more full length mss.
Why do I like the Vintage Rose line?
I have always enjoyed the period pieces with details that carry me back to an era gone by, stories that help today’s readers see and feel what it was like to live in earlier times. My parents & grands have been great storytellers bout their lives in the first half of the 1900s, and of course I have strong memories of the decades since then.