Monday, July 26, 2010

Doctor Doctor...

I just received the following email from Marilyn Shoemaker, and thought any Medical Romance Writers would want to know, ASAP, so here's the news:

Direct quote from I(Heart)Presents:

by Sheila Hodgson, Mills & Boon editor

Are you an aspiring romance writer who also:

Loves medical heroes and can't get enough of Hugh Laurie’s brilliant but guarded hearted doctor, Gregory House; the irresistible charm of Grey’s Anatomy McDreamy (also known as Dr Derek Shepherd), or George Clooney’s warm-hearted but maverick paediatrician Dr Doug Ross in ER?

Has longed for an opportunity to write contemporary romances set amidst the excitement, warmth and passion of today’s medical world?

Is a fan of the Medical Romance series and would love to be published in this unique, globally distributed series?

If your answer to any of the above is YES, then here is a great opportunity to get your fabulous work in front of a Medical Romance editor “ fast!

Harlequin/Mills & Boon Medical Romance is looking for new authors “ and if you send us a first chapter, three chapters, or even a full manuscript of a romance in a medical setting, then we will give it a fast-track read and get you a fast-tracked response this summer!

Here’s what to do to get fast-tracked:

Send us a covering letter with a synopsis of your story and characters (no more than two pages) along with anything from the first chapter of the story to the complete manuscript.

In order to be eligible for fast-tracking, submissions must be received between 1st and 24th August (12.00 Midnight BST, British Summer Time) 2010. Don’t miss out!

You must email your submission (as a Word document attachment) to and make sure you include your current email address in you covering letter as you will receive your response by email.

Otherwise our normal submissions and format criteria apply (visit ‘Submit manuscript’ section at

Of course, we are open to unsolicited submissions at any time, but if you send us your Medical Romance submission in August then we’ll send you a response in August from one of our London-based editors.

Want to learn more about this unique series? Then see our writing guidelines or buy Medical Romance titles in print or ebook format “ available at (where you’ll also find a Medical Romance podcast with Harlequin/Mills & Boon editors) and

Happy writing! And remember, this is your chance to get your Medical heroes in front of a Harlequin/Mills & Boon editor’s eyes so make them so gorgeous we can’t possibly resist!!

Thanks for the heads up, Marilyn, and the opportunity to post a totally gratuitous picture of some medical heros!


  1. A great opportunity. If only I had a medical background.

  2. Agreed Lacey!! Although a friend is always saying I should use my hubby's ambo experience to help me write a med! Good luck anyone subbing this way :)

  3. Gee it makes one want to write medical. lol.. It's a great opportunity for medical writers.

    My medical background is a pharmacist, I wonder if that would cut it. :)

  4. I saw that too last night! Very exciting, isn't it? Shame I don't have a clue how to write doctor! Not even a half naked McSteamy will resolve that deficiency! Good luck to anyone entering!

  5. Wow, so tempting to put all my years of watching Casualty to good use!

    *sigh* Fast-track read sounds so awesome :-)