August 2013 Harlequin Series Acquistion Roundup

It’s that time of the month again–we’re going to see what’s been Sold! in the past few weeks! August  was a month full of vacations, but our Harlequin editors were still busy enough to acquire 108 titles for twenty Harlequin series! Heartsong Presents was this month’s busiest line—18 titles by ten different authors. Acquisitions Editor…

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Focus on Harlequin Medical Romance

Harlequin Medical Romance is a fabulous series offering a little bit of something different, something special! Always on the lookout for new authors, Medical Romance has been running exciting initiatives to attract fresh voices, including a recent Rapid Response fast track that gave potential authors feedback in just two weeks! Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant, Laurie Johnson,…

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Harlequin Editors give Writing Tips via Twitter….

Here are just three of the Twitter Writing tips from the Harlequin editors that showed up in the past week. Keeping it short and punchy–just as the books should be! Emily Rodmell @EmilyRodmell: If a scene doesn’t move the plot forward, cut it. Your readers (and editors) will thank you. Stacy Boyd @Stacy_Boyd: Writers, if…

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The Query Counselor–Dana Hopkins

A few weeks ago Dana Hopkins, an editorial assistant in Harlequin’s Toronto office, did a Q&A on the Harlequin Forums. Here’s a link to the full post: Camp Gonnabe: A Visit to the Query Counselor aka Dana Hopkins but we’re going to put a few highlights here… Dana says: One of the biggest issues I…

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Focus on Harlequin Shivers

We’re really excited about the Harlequin Shivers digital program–there are some fantastic stories coming in, and we want you to write for Harlequin Shivers! Denise Zaza, Senior Editor for Intrigue, did a post on the Harlequin Paranormal blog that we’re highlighting here! This has been a long time coming.  The concept for the new Harlequin…

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In Case You Missed It!

If you missed our pre-SYTYCW Twitter events, you can read the transcripts on these links: Romance Troubleshooting Fine Tuning Your Submission SYTYCW Q&A

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Focus on debut Harlequin Romantic Suspense author Mel Sterling

Mel Sterling finaled in the 2012 So You Think You Can Write Contest. Now she’s a debut Harlequin author. So how did she get to this point…? People sometimes ask me, “Where do you get your ideas?” These days, I can answer truthfully, “At the convenience store.”  My Harlequin Romantic Suspense book (due out in May of…

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Harlequin Digital–Chat Recap

A few weeks ago Malle Vallik, Director of Harlequin’s Editorial Digital Initiatives, had a chat about the types of books we’re looking for in our new digital series. Check it out on the Harlequin Community Forums! But for a little peek about Shivers…. Malle Vallik: We want more gothics! http://bit.ly/Z8T9r8 Shivers is modern gothic. Didn’t…

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Harlequin Podcasts–Meet the Editors!

Did you know that the Harlequin Editors have created podcasts for their lines? There is great information about writing for lines, about the types of stories they want, about the upcoming excitement. Check Meet the Editors in our Harlequin Extras Podcast page or if you’re an iTunes fan, Meet the Editors here!

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Elizabeth Mazer – Writing a Cover Letter…

Elizabeth Mazer originally wrote this for the Harlequin Blog, but it is still great advice for a new writer.  A little while back, I wrote a blog post on how to make a great impression on an editor or agent before s/he opens the envelope on your submission. (If you missed it the first time…

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