December 2013 Acquisition Roundup

With the announcements from So You Think You Can Write and Wattpad contests, December was a great time to welcome some new authors into the Harlequin family! And some authors also came to us in more traditional ways by submitting to the editors from our site or from conferences or earlier pitches!  Here are some…

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What Desire Wants with Harlequin Senior Editor Stacy Boyd

Harlequin Desire novels are short–about 50,000 words–and addictive! Readers love the strong heroes and feisty heroines, and Senior Editor Stacy Boyd is always listening to reader’s comments to tweak the direction of the line. Although the overall promise remain the same, there are a few things you can do to make your story stand out..…

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Love Inspired Reader Party

Long, long ago Harlequin and Silhouette used to have “reader parties” where readers and editors and authors got together to talk about books and writing and all sorts of fun stuff. Well, we’re trying it out again… What? A Love Inspired Reader Luncheon When? Thursday, January 30th, 11 am-2 pm Where? Crown Plaza hotel in…

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Don’t Give In to Fear – Writing tip from Rula Sinara

  Rula Sinara‘s first book is out from Harlequin Heartwarming this month. Senior Editor Victoria Curran can’t stop talking about the wonderful, emotional qualities of THE PROMISE OF RAIN, and we’re all eager to read it! But first Rula has some words of encouragement… Breaking Fear We all have the capacity to fear. For the…

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A Year in Publishing Life – Author & Editor – Carly Silver

    Yesterday brand new Special Edition author Amy Woods gave us her point of view on the road to publication. Today, Carly Silver is giving some insight… Acquiring my first author – Carly Silver In my role as an editorial assistant to one senior editor and two executive editors, I read a lot of…

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A Year in Publishing Life – Author & Editor – Amy Woods

Amy Woods recently sold to Special Edition, and Carly Silver, editorial assistant for Special Edition, is her editor. Since both are first timers in the acquisition process, we thought we’d ask them to blog about their year, things they’ve learned each month about the publishing process and the ins and outs of the author/editor relationship. Here’s the first…

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Making Your Resolutions

Although we shouldn’t wait till New Year’s to make improvements in our lives, it does give us a handy point to set out some goals. Here are some nuggets to think about…. Write every day: Set daily, reachable goals. Use tools from SYTYCW or  NANOWRIMO or other areas to keep moving forward on your manuscripts.…

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Off On Holidays!

The SOLD! Blog is taking a vacation for a bit, but will return in January. Thanks for all your support and enthusiasm and we’re looking forward to highlighting more authors and exciting news throughout 2014. We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season, surrounded by family, friends, lots of good books, and plenty…

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Jennifer Snow Debuts her Harlequin Heartwarming Title!

Isn’t THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE the perfect debut for an author named Jennifer Snow? But don’t worry–her next book is What A Girl Wants–no Christmas required! Jennifer sold her first book to Harlequin Heartwarming just this March, so it’s wonderful to see her first book out in the same year! Growing up, I was very…

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Shannon Barr Tells Authors to be Their Own Biggest Fan

Though sometimes it seems we hire for how a name sounds (Shannon, Sarah, Shara, Shana, Dana, Dana and more), it’s really about the experience, enthusiasm and energy that person brings to the job! Shannon Barr has only been here a few months, but she’s had some good teachers and so has learned a lot. Here…

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