Carly Hayward is a developmental editor specializing in genre-fiction, including but not limited to romance, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, erotica, and YA. Carly will help you find your voice and bring your vision to the reader. She will be your book’s best friend.
She has worked in the publishing industry for 9 years, including at a
big 5 publishing house, a literary agency, and an indie publishing house
that helps self-publishing authors. Carly graduated Magna Cum Laude
with a B.A. in English. She is a member of the Editorial Freelancers
Association and Chicago Women in Publishing. Carly was a panelist at
Book Expo America 2016 and an editor for #RevPit and #P2P16.
For ShoreIndie 2017, Carly is excited to accept submissions that fit the following MSWL:
In YA, NA, and A, I basically accept everything (with a few exceptions). I love romance (all sub-genres), erotica, fantasy, sci-fi, adventure, magical realism, historical, and mystery. Didn’t I tell you I accept everything?
The only things I DO NOT want are: nonfiction, horror, or contemporary (unless it has magical elements or is a retelling).
Some elements that will make me flip: an immersive world, retellings based on mythology/fairy tales, time-travel, new twists on old tropes, LGBTQA characters, characters that are seriously flawed, and characters that are bibliophiles (although, to be fair, this is common because we are all bibliophiles).
Follow Carly on Twitter, check out her Website, Facebook page, and Instagram, and ask her all your questions during her #ShoreIndie #AskEditor sessions on Tuesday, May 30th at 6pm ET and Thursday, June 1st at 6pm ET.