Interested in writing for Harlequin Blaze? Then let Assistant Editor Dana Hopkins introduce an awesome new opportunity to get noticed!
You might imagine being an assistant editor at Harlequin is a pretty sweet job. And you’d be right. I spend a lot of my days curled up reading romance, or writing about romance, or talking about romance. But here’s something you may not know—we’re always looking for new writers!
We love to work with authors, helping establish strong careers and often collaborating for years on many wonderful books. But the only way to get these great authors is by reading manuscripts and bringing in new talent. And we want you to join our amazing family—as a Blaze author!
Blaze is Harlequin’s hottest line. Running 55,000 words, Blaze books feature sizzling chemistry, sexy situations, and page-turning plots. And Blaze is looking for fresh voices. That’s why we’re hosting #BlazeBlitz, a BIG opportunity for your sexy contemporary romance novel! Here’s how it works:
- From March 2nd-16th, we invite you to send in your submission. You can read our full guidelines and submit your story here: https://harlequin.submittable.com/submit/39471
- We want a 4-6 page detailed synopsis (a summary of your novel including major characters, plot points, and the ending—we don’t want to be left hanging about what happens!)
- Your first chapter (up to twenty pages)
- Every sexy contemporary submission will be read by one of the Harlequin Blaze editors and will receive a response that includes editorial feedback by April 30th. That’s an editorial response within 45 days. No form letters!
- We’ll then request full manuscripts from the submissions that show promise for Blaze!
This isn’t a contest but a chance to be read and get some helpful feedback in a very short time frame, and maybe even become the newest Harlequin Blaze author (or “Blaze Babe” as our authors call themselves!). If you’ve ever dreamed about being published, send us your submission. We want to read your story!
And check out the hashtag #BlazeBlitz on Twitter. We’ll be sharing tips, insider details, our wishlists, and more throughout the Blitz. Any questions? Leave a comment. I can’t wait to hear from you!