Commercial Fiction and Other Profanities

Denise Zaza, Senior Editor for Harlequin Intrigue, originally wrote this post on Patience Bloom’s RomanceIsMyDayJob blog. But they’ve agreed to share it here as well! The oldest cliché around has to be about writing the great novel that will stand the test of time.  But really how many authors have done that?  If you can…

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Harlequin’s Acquisition Roundup for September!

Each month we’re doing a brief recap of some recent acquisitions. As a reminder, on average Harlequin editors need to acquire four books every business day to meet next year’s schedule. In 2012 there were 65 new to Harlequin authors acquired, and as of August there are 53 for 2013…. September was a bit of…

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Focus on Christine Rimmer – a Truly Special Harlequin Author!

Christine Rimmer has written nearly 100 books for the various Harlequin and Silhouette programs over the years.  But her warm, emotional style, charming characters, devastating heroes and independent heroines are perfectly at home in the Harlequin Special Edition line. Her 72nd and 73rd Special Edition titles are published at the end of this year. With her new…

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How to be Pitch Perfect…

Harlequin Executive Editor Mary-Theresa Hussey recently spoke with the NJ RWA chapter about making the perfect pitch. Here are her six tips!   First: Stay calm! An editor or agent will not hold anything said at a pitch against you. Nothing is decided permanently at a pitch. It all depends on the writing. And, as…

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Top 10 Reasons Why Harlequin Editors Reject a Project

This year’s So You Think You Can Write week-long conference was filled with fantastic tips and great information. Just in case you missed it, we thought we’d highlight Harlequin Senior Editor Patience Bloom’s advice on why editors might pass on a project. Originally it was found here, but now it’s twice as useful! Do you…

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Focus on Shana Asaro

  Associate Editor Shana Asaro has been with Harlequin for over five years–though you might recognize her more easily as Shana Smith. She found her HEA in September 2013, and we’re getting used to her new name! A few months ago she did a Q&A on the Harlequin forums–the link is here–but we thought we’d refresh it a…

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Focus on Love Inspired

Love Inspired is both the name of the series which publishes six books each month and the imprint (which includes Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense, Love Inspired Historicals and Love Inspired Heartsong Presents as well as Love Inspired Classics and other programs!). Associate Editor Shana Asaro (formerly Shana Smith) has volunteered to explain exactly what makes…

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A Selling Query Letter from Andrea Laurence

Associate Editor Shana Asaro (formerly Shana Smith) knows how to spot talent! For today’s SOLD! blog, she’s sharing a query letter from Harlequin Desire author  Andrea Laurence that caught her attention. Here’s the story how this editor/author pair went from a not-quite-right potential project to having contracted more than seventeen titles in under two years!…

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Love Inspired Tip Sheet

This tip sheet was given out a recent conference. But we think everyone should get the benefits of knowing what–and who!–Love Inspired is all about! Love Inspired Books     What we publish: Love Inspired publishes 6 inspirational contemporary romance books a month. 55-60K words. Love Inspired Suspense publishes 4 inspirational romantic suspense books a…

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