Those who expect moments of change to be comfortable and free of conflict have not learned their history.  ~Joan Wallach Scott

Change is everywhere these days in publishing. On the heels of Dorchester’s announcement of their withdrawal from the mass market paperback market in favor of an ebooks first model comes the news that they’ve laid off most of their editorial staff. Editor Chris Keesler is holding down the fort there.

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Former Dorchester Editorial Director Leah Hultenschmidt has moved over to Sourcebooks, where she’ll be Senior Editor for their Casablance line of romance and women’s fiction. She will also be acquiring YA.

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Five Star books has announced the closing of their 5-Star Expressions line for romance and women’s fiction this week. Five Star publishes hardcover books primarily for the library market. No more Expression books will be released after January 2012. Five Star’s Mystery imprint continues to thrive and may publish some romantic suspense titles under the mystery line.

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Summerside Press publishes several different lines of inspirational romance in trade paperback format and welcomes submissions from agented authors. Editors Rachel Meisel and Susan Downs are looking for “realistic, relevant, wholesome and positive” fiction for the following imprints:

Love Finds You.. These stories are set in real American towns try to give readers a real flavor for the setting, in the bounds of an inspirational, romantic story. The stories may be contemporary or historical. Summerside publishes one Love Finds You…title each month.

Historical Romance. Summerside historical romances, set in the United States, cover a wide range of time periods, from pioneer days to World War II.

When I Fall in Love. Summerside’s newest imprint of inspirational romance, launching this fall, features nostalgic love stories built around a popular love song. The stories, set from the 1920s to the 1970s, feature love stories that relate to the theme of the song, set in the time period when the song was released. Plans are to release six of these titles in 2011. You can read about all the Summerside romances and find their guidelines here.

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My October release, Dance With the Doctor will be available September 1, in ebook and print format, at eHarlequin.com. The book will be in stores October 5. The book received 4 stars from Romantic Times and tells the story of a belly dancer and a single doctor dad brought together by the doctor’s daughter.

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