2020/01/30  |  By:   |  Features  |  

We are super excited to announce that we will be hosting a Romantic Novelists’ Association #DigitalOriginals open submission day (#RNANWSOneDay) exclusively for members of the New Writers’ Scheme, enabling authors to bypass the traditional route to publishing and submit, for the first time, directly to us.

We are inviting members of the Scheme to submit the first three chapters of their unpublished manuscript on 15th September 2020 directly to our Editorial team for consideration for #DigitalOriginals, the eBook first publishing programme that has launched the careers of, amongst others, Heidi Swain, Caroline Scott, Claire Frost and Christina Pishiris.

The RNA New Writers’ Scheme aims to encourage fresh talent in the writing of romances and novels with romantic elements, in every genre from historical to futuristic, with characters and love stories that reflect the diversity of readers everywhere, and we here at S&S are committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse publishing list.  We encourage authors to submit regardless of age, race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, social circumstance or disability status.

Simon & Schuster Brand Development Director (Fiction) Sara-Jade Virtue says: ‘I’m immensely proud of Books and the City, which we launched 9 years ago, and especially our industry first #DigitalOriginals publishing programme and #OneDay open submission initiative. We know that sometimes the route to publishing can be a daunting, confusing and at times terrifying road, but with #OneDay, all of the usual rules and regulations are cast aside. I’m very much looking forward to working closely with the RNA again – an organisation we all admire and respect greatly – by extending our open submission day to members of their New Writers’ Scheme to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the RNA. Championing the varied and diverse work of romantic fiction authors is at the heart and soul of everything we do here at Books and the City, and I’m excited to receive submissions from their members.’

Further details will be released over the coming months, including our submission guidelines, but in the meantime here is some general information about our #DigitalOriginals project:

  • We are not a vanity or custom publisher. #DigitalOriginals is part of the Simon & Schuster UK publishing company. A #DigitalOriginals author will benefit from the Simon & Schuster UK editorial, marketing, publicity and sales expertise and your contract with us under the #DigitalOriginals project offers you the same benefits as all Simon & Schuster UK authors receive.
  • If your novel is acquired by us, we will publish in digital format, which will be available across all e-tailers in the English language across the World.  You will be working with our experienced in-house team, and will be provided with a contract, full editorial input including copy editing and proof reading, an eBook jacket and a suite of marketing and publicity promotion.
  • All submissions must be received between the hours of 8.00am and 8.00pm on 15th September 2020.  The email account to send your submission to will be announced at 8.00am on 15th September.