Category: Harlequin Editors

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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How Do We Find Those New Harlequin Authors?

Kathryn Cheshire (@CheshireKat3), Editorial Assistant on the Harlequin Historical team tells us about the latest acquisition for the Harlequin Historical Undone! line… Harper St. George’s manuscript came to my desk in May, as an unsolicited submission for the Harlequin Historical Undone! line. It immediately caught my eye as the opening is incredibly unique, descriptive and…

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How to Impress an Editor by Patience Bloom

Patience Bloom, Senior Editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, has her own blog on writing–RomanceIsMyDayJob.wordpress.com.  She’s volunteered (was coaxed!) to let us repurpose some of those posts here! This one seemed like the perfect introduction….   How to Impress an Editor… I was thinking a lot this week about what pleases me as an editor free coffee,…

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Focus on Charles Griemsman

  Charles Griemsman, Editor with Desire, started with Harlequin as a temp. But eight plus years later, we’re very glad he’s stuck around! He works mainly with Desire (though his Special Edition roots often show), and was eager to give his input on this interview, originally posted on the Harlequin Community Forums.     If your…

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Focus on Stacy Boyd

Stacy Boyd worked on a variety of Harlequin series, feature and custom publishing programs and special projects before becoming Senior Editor for Harlequin Desire. And along the way she’s acquired, developed and celebrated with a number of debut and established authors! She originally did this Q&A on the Harlequin Community Forums. What most distinguishes your…

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