“Loafing is the most productive part of a writer’s life.” ~James Norman Hall

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This week I’m continuing my summary of publisher spotlights from the Romance Writers of America convention, with a look at Harlequin’s Single Title program. The Spotlight on Harlequin Single Title was presented by Margaret Marbury, VP of ST editorial; Nicole Brebner, senior ed. of Mira;  Margot Lipschultz, senior editor; and Susan Swinwood, Exec. Ed. Of HQN. Each of these editors spent some time talking about the number of bestselling authors under their imprints. They also talked a lot about the editors and what Harlequin can do for authors.

Harlequin prides itself on excellent editorial. For single titles, they are very selective. They want to be able to support the book. Editors have a passion for the books they choose. “We recognize that publishing is a partnership, not a dictatorship.” Harlequin has “unmatched” distribution, according to Marbury. Harlequin books are sold world-wide, in 110 markets, in 34 languages. The books are available “where women shop.” They also have their own direct-mail bookclubs. They publish in all formats, including digital.

Ms. Brebner talked about Mira, which is Harlequin’s single title, general fiction imprint. They publish a wide variety of genres – romance, women’s fiction, historical fiction, thrillers and literary fiction. They publish mass market, trade paper, hardcover and digital. 2014 is the 20th anniversary of Mira Books. Mira publishes about 105 titles a year in all formats. Mira is looking for more contemporary women’s fiction and “a really great psychological thriller.” Margaret Marbury, who also acquires for Mira, would love to see “big, historical fiction that hasn’t been done before.”

Susan Swinwood talked about HQN. 2014 is the Tenth Anniversary of HQN. HQN focuses on single title romance. They publish approximately 80 titles a year. They publish contemporary, historical, erotic romance and romantic suspense, as well as new adult romance. They want to offer readers a wide variety of stories. HQN publishes in mass market and digital, but is also expanding into trade paper. Swinwood noted that romances that tend toward women’s fiction – “layered, modern love stories” – do best in trade paper. These are emotional, more sophisticated books. HQN is looking for new authors who can write these kinds of books.  In general, HQN is looking for “breakout editorial” and would like some new voices and stories they haven’t seen. They aren’t looking to copy their existing authors. They’d be interested in more suspense or romantic suspense.

Margot Lipschultz talked about YA Fiction under Harlequin Teen. Harlequin Teen is five years old in 2014. They launched in 2009 with four titles. They now publish app. 40 titles a year. They publish commercial young adult fiction, primarily in hardcover and trade paper, as well as digital. Their books are targeted to girls 13 to 18, but the readership extends far beyond that. The books are primarily 60,000 to 90,000 words. The editors who primarily acquire for Harlequin Teen are Natashya Wilson and T.S. Ferguson. They are constantly surveying teen readers about what they want to read. They have a Harlequin Teen panel that they consult for ideas and feedback. Harlequin Teen publishes contemporary, fantasy, paranormal and historical. The stories may include romance, but they don’t have to. They’re interested in YA mystery – Margot would love something in this vein “snarky, like Veronica Mars.” She also acquires for HQN and there she would love to see a contemporary romance set outside the United States.

All of Harlequin’s Single Title lines take agented submissions only. The exceptions would be if you already write for Harlequin and submit through your Harlequin editor, or if you pitch to an editor at conference and she/he asks for your submission.

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TheMountainBetweenUsLook for the mass market paperback release of The Mountain Between Us at a WalMart near you. With a new cover and a new low price, The Mountain Between Us takes readers along as the folks in Eureka, Colorado, prepare for the holidays under sometimes trying circumstances.  This book was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award this year.

“Fans of small town romances will enjoy visiting Eureka and its eccentric residents.” Library Journal

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Literary Wanderlust is a new digital and print publishing company devoted to genre fiction. Publisher Susie Brooks seeks to “bridge the gap between traditional and self-publishing” with this new venture. She is accepting submissions of romance, erotica, science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller, and mystery. She is open to all sub-genres within these genres.  Find more details here. 

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