Category: Harlequin Editors

Carly Silver Goes Behind the Scenes on the “Front Matter”

There was a recent article that said a manuscript goes through nearly thirty hands on its journey to a finished book. By now you’ve hopefully seen the two main ones–author and editor–go back and forth, with the senior editor weighing in on the actual acquisition. And the copyeditor for the manuscript, of course! But over…

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Crafting Strong Openings

This was another memo sent in Jan 93 by Anne Canadeo and Mary-Theresa Hussey (sometimes it’s handy to have old files!).  Harlequin is always interested in developing editors, and so there are frequent workshops throughout the year on various topics. But considering yesterday’s blog requesting opening pages here, this could be useful!   Beyond the…

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Line edits with Harlequin Editor Carly Silver

  Although edits are definitely hard for an author, they can also be difficult for an editor as well. Most editors will have read the manuscript through twice already, so when editing they hopefully won’t get too lost in the story and be able to focus on individual elements. Most authors consider it a great…

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Line Edit stage with Harlequin Special Edition author Amy Woods…

Publishing is definitely a business of ebbs and flows, with periods of intense activity and emails and tension followed by a lull when it’s just business as usual. The latest burst of intensity Amy Woods has been going through is the line edit stage… Reviewing the line edit–or what did you do to my baby????…

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Where’s Your Unpredictable? The Harlequin Editors Want to Know!

Pulling up some more old files uncovered another of our checklist/mandates from a few years ago. There are themes that work really well for us–but tell the stories in an unexpected way! This is more focused on the “unpredictable” factor. At Harlequin, editors balance two ideas–the consistent promise to our readers and the fresh, fun…

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What has Harlequin Editor Clio Cornish Been Acquiring?

Our London office has been busy acquiring some exciting titles. Here’s Clio Cornish (@ClioCornish, Editorial Assistant for Harlequin® KISS™ & Harlequin® Romance) giving us the scoop on  Amber Page, a fabulous new author for KISS! When I first read Amber Page’s submission to So You Think You Can Write 2013, my attention was instantly grabbed by…

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Harlequin Editors Recap Some Writing Advice Discussions

Every year or so we pick a book or two about writing, publishing, story, craft, screenplays or such, and the three offices will all read and discuss it. We’ve had some wonderful and lively discussions over the years, and here are some notes on some of the best options! WRITE AWAY by Elizabeth George Felt…

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Writing Copy Advice for Harlequin Books

A water downfall in December had Mary-Theresa Hussey (executive editor for Harlequin) going through things tacked to a bulletin board, and she found a memo from 2002 about giving feedback to the copywriters (she was senior editor of Silhouette Romance at the time). Nothing particularly revelatory, but we thought it might be interesting to share! And…

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Olivia Miles on Revisions for Harlequin Special Edition

 It’s true that first thing  an author has to do is put something down on paper/screen–but most will agree that the rewriting, revisions and reworking the story is what makes it really shine! We’ve got a couple of posts on revisions coming up–and here’s Olivia Miles’s take on working with her editor Susan Litman on…

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An Editor’s Take on the Revision Process!

Yesterday Amy Woods gave us some insight into what she did once she got her revision letter for her upcoming Special Edition. Now we get to see what the editor’s intentions were! Here’s Carly Silver’s perspective on the revision process! Revisions galore! Hello! It’s Carly Silver checking in again. It’s my pleasure to be back…

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