50 Editors

Meet the 50+ Editors from Harlequin and Mills & Boon who want to hear about you and your book.

These days editors have many roles in the exciting dynamic world of publishing.
One of the most important is to find talented authors who can write great stories. Could that be you?

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  • Adrienne Macintosh

    Since joining the company in 2005, Adrienne has worked on a number of imprints and special projects, giving her a great appreciation for the wide variety of stories Harlequin publishes. She is currently an editor for Harlequin American, Blaze and Heartwarming—which can be a very interesting combination!

    Adrienne lives in Toronto and is renowned throughout the company for her sweet tooth and black thumb.

  • Allison Carroll

    Assistant Editor at HQN, Allison Carroll is a Montana transplant who once upon a time packed all her belongings in a U-Haul and drove cross country to NYC in pursuit of a sneak peek at all the books. Her introduction to and love of all things romance began at Dorchester Publishing and continued at St. Martin's Press Heroes and Heartbreakers. Allison joined the Harlequin family in 2012 as part of the editorial teams for Desire and Romantic Suspense, and has recently transitioned to HQN, where she is actively acquiring for the imprint. Feel free to follow her on twitter @AllisonPCarroll.

  • Allison Lyons

    Allison Lyons is an Editor for Harlequin Intrigue. She’s been at Harlequin for more than fifteen years and has had the opportunity to work with a variety of authors and lines that span the three editorial offices. Allison started reading books by Danielle Steele when she was too young to understand them. But that didn’t stop her. Each story gave her insight into what made two people fall in love. And it especially taught her that they wouldn’t let anything—or anyone—get in the way of that romance. Who knew it was planting the seed for a career editing those very types of stories! Since books about love and romance are timeless, Allison knows she’ll never get bored. And now that she understands just what she was reading all those years ago, maybe it was worth hiding those books from her mother. You can find her on Twitter @Allison_Lyons.

  • Ann Leslie Tuttle

    Ann Leslie Tuttle is the Senior Editor for Harlequin Nocturne and Nocturne Cravings. Since joining Harlequin in January 1997, Ann Leslie has acquired for nearly all the imprints and series lines and has enjoyed the opportunity to acquire editorial she loves and to work closely with a highly talented group of writers. Prior to joining Harlequin, Ann Leslie worked for Charles Scribner's Sons and got her start in publishing editing George Washington's correspondence for the University Press of Virginia. She earned her B.A. from the College of William and Mary and her M.A. at the University of Virginia. She has taught a course in romance writing at Marymount Manhattan College and currently lives in New York City with her husband and young daughter.

  • Anna Baggaley

    Anna Baggaley is Assistant Editor for the UK editorial team and is looking forward to celebrating five years with the company in January 2013. Always a fan of a pulse-racing, edge-of-your-seat romance, Anna loves looking after the UK Intrigue line and sinking her teeth into the Nocturne series. Anna is also unashamedly addicted to all things teen and looks after MIRA Ink, Harlequin UK’s young adult imprint, which has been described as “a badge of quality for young adult fiction” by Newbooks magazine.

  • Birgit Davis-Todd

    Birgit Davis-Todd is pretty sure she has the best job in the world. A Senior Executive Editor at Harlequin for many years, she’s had the opportunity to work with countless authors. Whether she’s editing a veteran USA TODAY bestselling author or reading a manuscript from a brand-new writer, Birgit finds every day creative and fulfilling. One of her favorite parts? Making THE CALL. Phoning a writer to offer a book contract is all about making that person’s dream come true. “Not unlike the happy endings found in all the books we publish,” she says with a smile. Birgit is based in Toronto and oversees the American, Blaze, Heartwarming and Superromance series plus More Than Words, Readers Choice and the Harlequin anthologies. She enjoys sailing Lake Ontario with her husband and two sons in her free time.

  • Bryony Green

    Bryony Green is the senior editor for Harlequin Romance/Riva/Modern Heat.

    After completing her media degree, Bryony Green thought she was destined for a career in journalism until she landed a job as an editorial assistant at Harlequin Mills & Boon. Now a mum of two young boys, her home is overrun by superheroes (plastic, often missing heads or limbs, all over the floor and usually tripping her up). Meanwhile, work is overrun by super, gorgeous sexy heroes (all fictional, she hastily reminds her husband). She says the best part of her job is working with such talented authors, and finds the best thrill is finding a new voice for one of the series!

  • Carly Byrne

    Carly Byrne works in Harlequin Mills & Boon's London office as Editor on the Harlequin Presents team, as well as acquiring for the other series. Carly joined Mills & Boon after completing an M.A. in popular literature, and what could be more popular than Mills & Boon romances! A diehard fan of everything romantic, with a particular penchant for a rugged hero in a Stetson (!), Carly can't believe she actually gets to read romances for a living!

  • Carly Silver

    Carly Silver is an editorial assistant in series, working with senior editor Gail Chasan, executive editor Mary-Theresa Hussey, and senior executive editor Tara Gavin. She graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University, in 2012, completing the Columbia Publishing Course that same year. She has also worked for Foundry Literary + Media, assisting literary agent Brandi Bowles, and Figment.com. Carly loves a good romance with a hunky hero, horses, and a cute dog or two. Feel free to follow her on Twitter at @CarlyASilver.

  • Charles Griemsman

    Editor Charles Griemsman has been with Harlequin for the past eight years. Though currently his primary focus is on the Harlequin Desire series—where he's worked with a number of USA Today and New York Times bestselling authors including Maya Banks, Michelle Celmer, Charlene Sands and Heidi Betts—he also has a hand in providing editorial support for Harlequin Special Edition and a number of its authors. A Washington, D.C.-area native and Princeton University graduate, Charles is an inveterate Pisces—when he's not reading books, he's doing laps in the local pool.

  • Claire Caldwell

    Claire Caldwell is an Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Heartwarming and Gold Eagle. She loves the variety of working on both clean romances and action-adventure stories (though it has led to some strange Google search histories). Claire holds a BA in English and French literature and an MFA in Creative Writing, and she's always on the lookout for wholesome, contemporary romance manuscripts of 70-75,000 words.

  • Dana Grimaldi

    Dana Grimaldi is an Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Heartwarming and the Gold Eagle action/adventure series. As a member of the Heartwarming team, she's on the lookout for clean romance stories that readers can feel comfortable sharing with their daughters or granddaughters. Dana loves photography and can often be found taking photos of gardens or animals—both the man-eating and sneaker-eating varieties. Her bookshelves have a special home for the works of W. Somerset Maugham, Isaac Asimov and Margaret Laurence, not to mention the largest collection of CDs since the invention of the mp3 player. Her favorite part of working at Harlequin is getting to read compelling books by new authors.

  • Dana Hamilton

    Dana Hamilton first entered the publishing industry while still an undergraduate student at New York University. She interned twice at Writers House literary agency—once in children's books and once in foreign rights—before graduating with her Bachelors degree in writing and nutrition. After graduation, she was an assistant to eight literary agents at DeFiore and Company in addition to being an assistant to New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean and her husband, John Gillespie. She joined the company in 2011 and is now an Assistant Editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. She is actively acquiring for the imprint. Feel free to follow her on Twitter (@DanaEdits)!

  • Dana Hopkins

    Dana Hopkins loves life at Harlequin as an Assistant Editor with Editorial Assistant responsibilities for Blaze and American Romance. She started her career working in higher education textbook publishing, but much prefers editing fiction, her first love! An avid reader, Dana is happy to be part of the Harlequin E acquisitions team, too. Dana is a supporter of independent magazines and enjoys volunteering as a talking book narrator at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Dana is a sucker for a great, involving story with well-developed characters and a lush setting that can sweep her away. When she’s not reading, you can find her at a drop-in dance class or haunting Toronto’s many tea shops. You can also find Dana on Twitter @Dana_Reads.

  • Denise Zaza

    Denise Zaza is the Senior Editor for Harlequin Intrigue and an all-around series romance specialist. She acquires primarily romantic suspense and mystery for the genre fiction market. As well, she developed the guidelines for Harlequin E Shivers, Harlequin’s digital-first gothic fiction line, and Harlequin E Intrigue Noir, which is a companion series to Harlequin Intrigue.

    Prior to joining Harlequin Books in 1995, Denise worked at a nonfiction house acquiring hardcover and trade books. She spent her early career in publishing at Harper’s Bazaar magazine. She holds a B.A. from Fordham University.

    You can find Denise on Twitter @DeniseZaza.

  • Dianne Moggy

    Dianne Moggy is Harlequin’s Vice President of Series Editorial and Subsidiary Rights. She has been with the company for more than twenty-five years and has worked on Harlequin’s men’s action adventure programs, and the company’s Series Romance and Single Title businesses. She was instrumental in the launch of MIRA Books in 1994 and was the Editorial Director of the single title programs, including MIRA, HQN Books, Luna Books and Spice for 14 years. Most recently, she has provided strategic direction and editorial support to all of Harlequin’s Overseas’ businesses. Dianne has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University and is a graduate of the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course. You can find Dianne on Twitter @DianneMoggy.

  • Elizabeth Mazer

    Elizabeth Mazer is an Associate Editor for the Love Inspired program. She loves diving into new stories, especially when they offer engaging characters who can make her laugh, and plots that go in unexpected directions. In the twenty minutes or so a day when she's not working, sleeping or commuting, she likes to curl up in her shoebox of a Brooklyn apartment with a new book or an old movie.

  • Emily Krupin

    Emily Krupin is Assistant Editor for the Love Inspired Suspense and Love Inspired Historical imprints. Her first sampling of publishing and editing began with various internships at publishing houses for children's books and at a literary agency, freelance editing, and previously serving as Editor-in-Chief of her college newspaper. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College she worked with higher education textbooks, and is now thrilled to return working with novels. Standout submissions include a strong heroine, an equally dynamic hero, and a compelling plot that draws you in from the very first chapter. She's actively seeking new authors for the Love Inspired Suspense line. Outside of work you can usually find her unabashedly sprawled out in a pile of books at the local bookstore. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyKrupin.

  • Emily Rodmell

    Emily Rodmell is an Editor for Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense and Love Inspired Historical. She is also the coordinator for the imprint’s continuity series. A lifelong reader, she started out as a newspaper editor, but found her true love in editing books. She’s originally from Florida, but now works in the New York City office and loves everything about the city except for the winter weather and the rent prices. She has acquired more than twenty new authors in the past few years and is always on the lookout for the next great story. Her greatest thrill is finding a new author with unique ideas that surprise the reader but still have the essence of what Love Inspired is all about.

  • Flo Nicoll

    Flo Nicoll is an Editor for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She joined the company after finishing her literature MA and deciding to put her chronic addiction to romantic fiction to good use. And what better place to start than Romance HQ?! Working for Mills & Boon is a dream come true for Flo—and she still can’t believe she’s lucky enough to read happy endings for a living!

  • Gail Chasan

    A New York native (yes, Brooklyn counts), Gail Chasan’s worked at Harlequin for a long time—nineteen years and counting. But she still loves the thrill of discovering new talent, or—just as important—enjoying a beautiful book written by one of the many incredible authors in her domain. (Clearly, she will go out of her way to avoid using the word stable in this sense.)

  • Glenda Howard

    Glenda Howard is the Senior Executive Editor for the New York Series group at Harlequin, a global publishing company. She is responsible for overseeing the editorial and strategic direction for the various NY series, which includes Harlequin Kimani Press, Harlequin Special Edition, Harlequin Nocturne, Harlequin Desire, Harlequin Intrigue, Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense, Love Inspired Historical and Love Inspired Heartsong Presents. Glenda is also the editor for several authors including New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller Brenda Jackson, Essence bestseller Donna Hill and popular YA author Earl Sewell.

  • Joanne Grant

    Joanne Grant is Senior Executive Editor at Harlequin UK. She manages Harlequin Presents as well as overseeing her team of enthusiastic, talented editors.

    Joanne joined Harlequin in 2003—as an avid reader and a romantic at heart, where else would she work?! Reading romance novels in the bath is her guilty pleasure and she never tires of watching Colin Firth as Mr Darcy, or Patrick Swayze utter that line in Dirty Dancing.

    She lives in the leafy suburbs with very own hero (her husband's a detective), an ever growing collection of shoes, and a lovably large (but not fat!) ginger and white cat.

    You can follow Joanne on Twitter @JoanneMGrant

  • Johanna Raisanen

    Johanna Raisanen loves being an Editor at Harlequin. She gets to read romance novels for a living—what could be better? Johanna acquires and edits for Harlequin American Romance so it’s a good thing she also loves those hunky cowboy heroes! She especially enjoys when a manuscript makes her cry—in a good way. When she’s not reading, Johanna goes to the movies to watch interesting and entertaining films and eat peanut M&M’s. She also enjoys hiking in the woods, working with mosaics and hanging out with her friends.

  • Karen Reid

    Karen Reid is an Associate Editor with Harlequin Superromance. Karen began her career at Harlequin in 1999 as a proofreader and joined the editorial team in 2001 working as an editorial assistant with Superromance. Since then she's worked with the Feature & Custom Publishing group, as well as on the Worldwide Library mystery and suspense programs, and the Gold Eagle action/adventure line. Rejoining the Superromance team in 2012 brought Karen full circle, and she's been enjoying every minute of it! When not looking for the next great romance author or fine-tuning a happy ending, Karen enjoys hanging out with her two boys, watching way too much TV and keeping up with the latest celebrity gossip (her guilty pleasure).

  • Kathleen Scheibling

    As the Senior Editor of American Romance and Harlequin Blaze, Kathleen Scheibling spends most of her days thinking about cowboys. In her mind, they all look like Paul Newman or Gregory Peck, which is as it should be. She has only been on a horse a couple of times but has seen many, many western movies. Make that all kinds of movies. Despite her penchant for the outdoors, Kathleen spends an inordinate amount of time in the dark watching the latest releases, foreign films, documentaries and old classics. If you mixed Clark Gable's charm and wit, Channing Tatum's physicality and grace and added the silliness of Groucho Marx, and you just may have her perfect man.

  • Kathryn Cheshire

    Kathryn Cheshire is an Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Mills & Boon. She joined the company in 2012 after graduating from the University of Edinburgh and travelling around the globe. After her teenage years of being a love cynic, she has now decided that life is far too short, and firmly believes in happy ever afters and love that lasts a lifetime—perfect for spending her days in Romance HQ!

  • Kathryn Lye

    Kathryn Lye has been an editor with Harlequin for 17 years. She loves working with new authors and building great, lasting relationships. She primarily acquires for Heartwarming, Harlequin's clean, contemporary romance line. As for her personal reading pleasure, autobiographies and cozy mysteries are often her favourites, although most of her free time is spent trying to keep up with her exuberant 4 year old nephew.

  • Laura Barth

    Laura Barth is Associate Editor for American Romance and Blaze. She is also very involved in the third-party Mystery and Suspense program. Laura is excited by finding new talent and enjoys helping prospective authors develop their skills. Flawed, relatable characters, a strong conflict and a unique writing voice will win her over every time. A fair-weather hiker, cyclist and balcony gardener, Laura loves spending time in nature and can often be seen zipping about on her shiny red bicycle, terrorizing Toronto pedestrians. Follow her on Twitter at @LauraBarth2011.

  • Laura McCallen

    Laura McCallen is the Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant for Harlequin Presents (Mills & Boon Modern). After completing her MA in Early Modern History she started her career working in higher education textbook publishing before making the leap into the (much more exciting!) world of fiction. Now a proud member of the UK Modern/Presents team, Laura can hardly believe she gets to spend her days reading stories of passionate love affairs and marriages of convenience set amidst glamorous international settings with feisty heroines and, of course, the sexy alpha hero!

  • Laurie Johnson

    Laurie Johnson is the Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant on the Harlequin Medical Romance team in the UK office. A Harlequin Mills & Boon fan since her early teens, Laurie couldn’t believe her luck at landing her dream job. With a degree in imaginative writing, a role reading romance novels for a living feels like anything but work!

  • Leslie Wainger

    In her thirty-plus years as an editor (she started at 7 *g*), Leslie Wainger has edited hundreds of books by dozens of authors, among them many bestsellers and award winners. Despite that, she's still excited to start every new book and acquire every new author, because she thinks getting to read a good book ahead of everyone else in the world is the definition of exciting. Other things that fill her time? Training her dog in agility and doing pet-therapy work with at-risk children, volunteering at the Bronx Zoo, and traveling to exotic destinations like what so far counts as the trip of a lifetime: Madagascar.

  • Linda Fildew

    Linda Fildew is a Senior Editor for Harlequin Mills & Boon, responsible for the Harlequin Historical/Mills & Boon Historical Romance lines. She has a background in art history and considers her job has neatly come full circle: after more than thirty years with the company, holding a variety of editorial roles, she is back with her first love, Historical, the line which she helped launch in the UK as Masquerade in 1977. She puts her longevity down to an abiding love of the books and the authors with whom she works. She encourages submissions for all time periods, from ancient civilizations up to and including the Second World War, although she personally has a particular soft spot for Viking heroes and embittered, battle-scarred loners, be they warriors or outcasts from the Regency ton.

  • Malle Vallik

    Malle Vallik is the Director of Digital Editorial Initiatives for Harlequin. In this new role, she leads the development of Harlequin’s Digital First editorial acquisitions. As well, she focuses on improving the publisher/author relationship including the development of author services like an information portal, concierge team and more. She is currently on the board of directors of the International Digital Publishing Forum.

  • Mary-Theresa Hussey

    Mary-Theresa Hussey (aka Matrice)—Executive Editor, Harlequin—began reading Harlequin/M&B when eleven and still going strong decades later! Have worked on many lines with terrific authors in series and single title programs. For series, am still excited about Stella Bagwell (45 books and counting with her!) and Linda Winstead Jones along with newer authors Meredith Fletcher and Virna DePaul. Always looking for fresh, vibrant stories and prolific authors with strong voices.

  • Meg Lewis

    Meg Lewis edits authors across all of the Mills & Boon series, as well as tending to the needs of the Harlequin Romance series. Out of the office she enjoys cooking and entertaining and going for bike rides and long walks.

  • Megan Haslam

    Megan Haslam is an Associate Editor for Harlequin Romance. Megan joined the company over four years ago, after finishing her degree in English literature and history, and has not looked back since! Working with authors and being part of the creative journey is always rewarding and reading romances which sweep her away on a daily basis is a dream come true.

  • Megan Long

    Megan Long is the Associate Editor for Harlequin Superromance. The best part of her job is discovering strong new voices to add to our author family. What she looks for in a book is fresh, interesting writing that breaks free of cliché. The plot can be traditional, but it should offer some new twist or perspective to keep the story original. And don't forget the intense conflict that will keep the reader guessing! When she's not working, Megan can usually be found spending weekends at the cottage with her husband and very spoiled dog, most often with her nose in a book. Her other passion is film and every September she lives for the Toronto International Film Festival.

  • Melissa Endlich

    Melissa Endlich is the senior editor of Steeple Hill Love Inspired and Love Inspired Classics. Melissa's love affair with romance novels began when, as a young adult, she stole her mother's copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss's A Rose in Winter and swooned over the dreamy hero. And she's been swooning over dashing knights, hunky cowboys and sexy single dads ever since. Though she's a native New Yorker, Melissa is also a romantic who believes in true love. She feels blessed to have landed her dream job at Harlequin Books, and still loves working with her amazingly talented authors every day.

  • Patience Bloom

    Patience Bloom (formerly Smith) is the senior editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense. In addition to devouring true crime and romantic comedies, she also loves reading the latest celebrity memoir. At Harlequin, she tends to work on a wide spectrum of romances—from Love Inspired to Special Edition to HQN, with a specialization in suspense. A strong heroine and cranky hero overcoming deadly obstacles tend to keep her turning the pages most. You can find her on Twitter (@patiencebloom) or on Facebook (Patience H. Bloom).

  • Paula Eykelhof

    Paula Eykelhof is an Executive Editor, working with both single titles and series books. She has run several different lines, including Superromance, American Romance and Everlasting. She's been with the company for more than 25 years—lots of experience!—and has edited a number of New York Times bestselling books.

  • Pippa Roscoe

    Pippa Roscoe is an Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant for the Presents team for Harlequin Mills & Boon’s London office. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in comparative literature led to a four-year dalliance in TV working for the BBC’s Holby City. However, she’s finally found her home at Harlequin UK and considers herself to have the best job in the world.

  • Piya Campana

    Piya Campana covets the sequestered single seat in the subway car for maximum e-reading enjoyment during her commute. After completing an English and Media Studies degree and a graduate certificate in publishing, Piya Campana landed at Harlequin at first in a proofreading role. Now, as Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant for Superromance, she feels extremely lucky to still be putting her love of reading to good use. Submissions that stand out to her have a big-story feel, emotionally complex characters and fresh spins on tried-and-true hooks. Outside of work, Piya may be found taking photos in an amateur fashion, preferably while traveling, eating or both.

  • Rachel Burkot

    Rachel Burkot is an Associate Editor for Kimani. She loves the variety of daily tasks involved in book production—and the opportunity to read on the job! After going through school hiding a book under a desk and getting in trouble for reading during class, Rachel decided that helping authors make their books as strong as possible would be the ideal career. The hopeless romantic in her is still counting her blessings that she found the perfect home at Harlequin. Besides editing, Rachel enjoys adding to her shoe collection, cheering on her Pittsburgh Steelers, and eating up every word Nicholas Sparks and Emily Giffin write. Rachel is always on the lookout for new authors and stories with heart across Harlequin’s many lines!

  • Shana Asaro

    Shana Asaro (formerly Smith) is the Associate Editor for Love Inspired. She loves the variety of books she gets to work on, the fantastic authors she’s built relationships with and the excitement of finding fresh, new voices. Fiction has always been her first love, and she almost can’t believe her good luck that she gets paid to read it every day. Although she now works on Love Inspired’s sweet, Christian romances, Shana has worked with authors on a variety of other lines, having started her career with Harlequin on Desire and Romantic Suspense. For writing tips and a look inside an editor’s daily work life—as well as, at times, discussions about movies, TV shows, Starbucks lattes and the music of Adele—you can follow Shana on Twitter (@shana_asaro).

  • Shannon Criss

    Shannon Criss is an Editorial Assistant for Kimani Press. She assists the Kimani team with reviewing submissions as well as manuscripts from both their newer and veteran authors. She has loved the romance genre since childhood, enjoying children’s fairy tales, and now seeks that classic element in the manuscripts and books she reads today.

  • Sheila Hodgson

    Sheila Hodgson is the Senior Editor for Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance. When she’s not managing the program, spreading the word about how great the Medical Romance stories and authors are, and looking for new writing talent, she loves walking in the countryside with a dog; anyone’s dog will do! (She is between pooches at the moment.) Sheila once trained to be an actress and a dancer, but gave it all up for her love of fiction, which started with Jane Eyre. She also loves TV drama, movies and cooking, which she tries to do for others as much as possible—in the hope of keeping some control of her curves!

  • Stacy Boyd

    Stacy Boyd is senior editor of Harlequin Desire. Before focusing on short contemporary romance, she acquired and edited a wide variety of fiction, including romance, suspense, fantasy, YA and even NASCAR novels. She is a past winner of the PASIC Editor of Merit award and currently works with an amazing group of award-winning and bestselling authors. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son, and spends her free time volunteering at her son's school and training for her first 5K run. You can follow her on Twitter at @stacy_boyd.

  • Stephanie Doig

    Stephanie Doig began her career at Harlequin in the proofreading department, nurturing her compulsive side by correcting other people’s grammar. She found this incredibly satisfying, and soon moved to the digital department as a copy editor for Harlequin.com. While there, she converted to the digital way of life (ebooks 4eva), and she spent a year as the editorial assistant for Carina Press and Harlequin Series Digital First. She now works as the interim author concierge on HAN, covering for Miranda Indrigo while she is on maternity leave. You can find her on Twitter @stephaniedoig.

  • Susan Litman

    Susan Litman came to Harlequin ten years ago after working in film development in New York. She is an editor for Special Edition, also acquiring for multiple series including Harlequin Romantic Suspense and Love Inspired Suspense. Susan started reading in first grade and never stopped — and she's got the (over)crowded bookshelves to prove it! In her spare time (what's that?!) she reads cookbooks, watches Mad Men and Revenge and still obsesses over the unresolved mysteries of LOST. You can follow her on Twitter at @susan_litman.

  • Tara Gavin

    Tara Gavin is the senior executive editor in charge of the Kimani imprint (Kimani Press, Romance, Arabesque and Tru), Harlequin Special Edition, Nocturne, and Nocturne Cravings. She has worked on almost all of the Harlequin/Silhouette lines at one time or another, and has worked with many of the authors. She has worked with Diana Palmer for 26 years, and on well over 100 titles with this New York Times bestseller. Tara was instrumental in building Special Edition into the home & family line it is today, was part of the team that wrote the bible and launched Montana Mavericks, the continuity, and it was under her leadership that Montana Mavericks first went into Special Edition. She was the Senior Editor who launched Love Inspired and she also worked on the Silhouette Single title program.

  • Tina James

    Tina James is Senior Editor for the Love Inspired Historical and Love Inspired Suspense lines. From the moment she learned to read she could usually be found at a bookstore or the public library searching for a good book. Tina is actively seeking new authors, especially for Love Inspired Suspense, which offers great opportunities for both published and unpublished romantic suspense authors. She's looking for stories with vivid and likeable characters, strong emotional conflicts and compelling openings.

  • Victoria Curran

    A former journalist, Victoria Curran honed the craft of storytelling in the magazine industry, where she fit epic-length stories into 3,000 words or less. An Editor for Harlequin since 2003, primarily for Superromance, Victoria is now Senior Editor of Gold Eagle action/adventure books and Harlequin Heartwarming, a new line of romances. She works within Harlequin’s Feature & Custom Publishing group and is actively acquiring bigger, emotionally satisfying contemporary romances that readers can feel comfortable sharing with their daughters or granddaughters.

  • Wanda Ottewell

    Wanda Ottewell has acquired for many of the company's series programs, including Harlequin Blaze, Desire, Flipside and Duets. Now as Senior Editor for Harlequin Superromance she focuses her attention on finding those emotional, heartwarming stories readers want.

158 Responses to 50 Editors

  1. Carolyn Paul Branch says:

    Johanna Raisanen – I have an American Romance for you this year. The novel I tried last year didn’t make the finals, but I am focused on the right line for me this time.

    Many thanks to Harlequin for this opportunity to learn and write!


  2. LeTeisha Newton says:

    I am really excited to meet you all. I have a Nocturne book raring to go for you guys in the competition.

    Thank you very much for giving us this chance!


  3. We are thrilled to offer writers an opportunity to submit their work. Is anyone targeting Harlequin Shivers? Along with our 19 series, we are open for contest submissions for Shivers as well.

  4. Thanks for the opportunity to ask a question. I’m not sure what line to target for my current WIP. It is primarily a romance that takes place in a small town, but there are a lot of suspense elements – someone is after the heroine. I thought the Romantic Suspense line, but I want it to be a small town interconnected series, each with a romance and suspense elements, so I’m not sure that fits. Any thoughts? Thanks.

  5. LeTeisha Newton says:

    Any advice for Nocturne writers?

  6. Can one participate in the So You Think You Can Write Contest at the same time that harlequin is reviewing another piece of their writing for one of harlequin’s e-book lines?

    Also, can one participate in the So You Think You Can Write contest if another publisher is reviewing their work for publication, whether it be in print or in e-book format? (I do not mean them reviewing the same work that would be submitted to the So You Think You Can Write Competition)

  7. When you submit your story to Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write Contest is it automatically submitted to the Wattpad Contest, or do you have to submit it to Wattpad seperately?

    Also, I have looked at the writing guidelines, but I’m trying to decide between harlequin blaze and harlequin desire (trying to decide which one my story fits better). Is there anyway that you all can tell me what specifically separates the two from one another?

  8. Mary-Theresa Hussey says:

    Bren–you might have to do some reading. Depending on the level of romance and suspense it could be Romantic Suspense, Intrigue, Superromance or even Heartwarming. It’s all in the execution!

    Heather–yes, you can still participate in SYTYCW if you’ve got a manuscript in with us or with another publisher. As long as the manuscript you’re submitting to the contest has not been published elsewhere you’re free to send it on!

  9. Cindy Ray Hale says:

    How much of the manuscript should be completed before I submit it? I’m looking to submit to the Heartwarming line.

  10. Johanna Raisanen says:

    Hi Carolyn,

    I’m glad you found the line that works for you! Best of luck.

    American Romance is one of our Home and Family lines, and our specialty is cowboy heroes. And that’s one of the reasons I love working on AR! LOL!

    Looking forward to a great week. If anyone isn’t sure about what Harlequin line is the best fit for your manuscript, join me and some other editors for the live chat called Series Matchmaker at 2 p.m. EST. We’ll help you find a home for your story!


  11. Heather,

    When trying to decide if Blaze or Desire is a good fit, here are some things to consider.

    Desire novels are set in a world of wealth, glamour and power; the hero is always alpha (with a heart of gold); the conflicts are very high-stakes and emotional; and while the sensuality level is high, the language is euphemistic and romantic.

    Kathleen may be able to speak more to what Blaze is looking for right now, but I believe that line is much less euphemistic than Desire when it comes to sexual descriptions; the stories usually center on a sexy premise (e.g., the Wrong Bed series); and the characters are more “every day” heros and heroines.

    Hope this helps!

  12. Kathleen Scheibling says:

    Hi Heather,

    Blaze doesn’t feature alpha heroes — Desire does. That’s one difference. Also, our heroes tend to be down-to-earth guys. Mostly (not all) blue collar. Lots of military men, cowboys, and more. Blaze is the sexiest of all of our series, and we tend to get a bit graphic! Yes, we are not shy in Blaze. If you read a Desire and a Blaze, I bet you’ll notice the differences right away. Both can be romantic and steamy — but in a different way.

    Hope that helps!

  13. Mary-Theresa Hussey says:

    Cindy Rae–

    Hopefully you’ll have a complete manuscript!

    Though the early stages are first chapters, the top ten manuscripts need to be completes.

    That said, if the Heartwarming Editors really like your chapter they may be able to wait for the complete. Still, it’s good to have the finished work for them as soon as requested!

  14. Hi Heather,

    Here’s the scoop on our partnership with Wattpad!
    Harlequin is launching a New Adult Romance series and we’ve partnered with Wattpad to offer a bonus writing contest—in addition to our SYTYCW writing contest. Visit http://www.wattpad.com/SYTYCW for details. Starting September 23 writers can submit the first chapter and a 100-word pitch aimed at the New Adult Romance series. Submissions will be posted exclusively on Wattpad for comment and voting. Harlequin editors will judge the top 25 manuscripts and select four winners who will be published in the New Adult Romance line.

    On Thursday, Sept 19 at 12pm join Malle Vallik and the Wattpad team here for a session on the contest and the New Adult series.

  15. Glad to hear you’re targeting Heartwarming, Cindy Rae! What Mary-Theresa said. Meanwhile, though, if you can’t complete the ms, don’t let that deter you. We want to see what you’ve got.

  16. I thank you for the feedback. It was very helpful. I’ve read a lot of Blaze, and now I’m going to read some Desire to see which my story fits best with because the one I was considering entering is one I’m currently working on, and it’s reading a bit like a Blaze, but the character backgrounds seem to be a bit like Desire. So I will finish it up, sample some Desire, and see. Thank you again for the feedback.

  17. Hi Heather,
    Reading from both series is a good plan! And fun!

    A word of advice to everyone stopping by this week. We open for contest submissions on Monday Sept 23rd. Enter you first chapter and 100 word pitch right away and don’t delay since the editors will be reading chapters–and choosing finalists–from that day onwards.

  18. Thanks so much for this opportunity. This is my first time for me, and I will be submitting to the Nocturne series. I hope to learn a lot this week!

  19. I’m going for medical this time, but part of me wants to give up the dream of writing for m and b. As the first chapter submission day draws nearer i keep wavering between entering and not going for it. :(

  20. @Charlotte ~ Glad I’m not the only one feeling pre-submission jitters. :) I keep reading over my first chapter and wondering…..is this good enough? Is it exciting enough for the Nocturne Line? But, I am not going to chicken out like I did last year. This time I WILL enter the contest!!!

  21. Hi Anne,
    Glad you stopped by and that you are enjoying the week. Good luck with your Nocturne submission!

  22. Hi Charlotte,
    I’m sure many writers like you are feeling nervous this week. It’s easy to have second thoughts and doubts. But if you don’t enter the contest you will never know. Go for it!

  23. @Siren Allen,
    You’ve said it all! I love when writers encourage one another. Sure, it’s scary to enter a contest, to put yourself out there. But take a chance. Good luck!

  24. @Siren Allen and Charlotte – I’m sure we’re all nervous. I know I’ve had to restrain myself from rewriting that first chapter so many times! I forget who said it, but we don’t want to look back on life and regret the things we didn’t do.

  25. Just took my spaniel for a walk and gave myself a good talking to. Siren you will enter just as I will, Just wondering if my chapter grabbing enough and good enough. I can’t mess with it anymore I’m seeing black spots before my eyes.

    Your right Anne if i don’t do it i will regret it. Good luck to everyone entering :) x

  26. I have several books I would like to enter in the SYTYCW contest. They represent different series. New Adult, Nocturne, Historical Undone, Historical and Luna. Again, the are all different projects. Can I enter a different book in a different series?
    Thank you. Pam

  27. Hi, I am wondering if I can enter a Young Adult romance? If so, which series do I target? I understand Harlequin Teen requires an agent to submit, so do I enter it under Harlequin Digital First Teen Romance? Please help! Thanks.

  28. Mary-Theresa Hussey says:


    The rules are only one entry per contestant (though I believe the New Adult contest can be a separate entry). Too, it’s strictly for our series, so Nocturne, Historical and Historical Undone are the only lines you’d be able to submit to.

    At this time we are focused on the series with only the Shivers line from Harlequin Digital First program. There will not be a Digital First Teen category this year. That said, you can, of course, submit directly to the Harlequin Digital First Teen program through the Writing Guidelines page!

    Good luck!

  29. Hi. I have a question about the editorial shift in Harlequin Romance. Since the shift to more aspirational stories and heroes I was wondering what were some of the core differences between Harlequin Romance and Harlequin Presents other than the sensuality level? What authors or books are the best examples of the new editorial shift? Thanks

  30. Hey, everyone! If you’re interested in writing for Blaze or American Romance, be sure to enter your first chapter and a pitch in the SYTYCW contest, which begins Monday.

    I can’t wait to read your stories!

  31. Hi Kim,
    Thanks for your question. You’re right, Harlequin Romance will be offering much more aspirational and international settings as well as much more focus on the central couple (rather than family and babies) – that’s from January 2014. The sensuality remains a core difference but it’s more than that. While stories in Presents offer that drama, passion and intensity, in Romance it’s all about the depth of emotion and the transformative power of love. We’re looking for new voices for the series so hope to see something from you! Bryony

  32. Johanna Raisanen says:

    What a great week it’s been! I hope we find many new authors to welcome into the Harlequin family.

    For everyone who is entering the contest, GOOD LUCK!

    And if you’re not quite ready to submit to the contest, remember we’re always looking for fresh, exciting voices. I’d love to sign new authors to Harlequin American Romance and Harlequin Blaze!

  33. Hello again
    I have searched in the rules and I can’t find the answer to this question: can I enter the first chapter of a manuscript I entered in the contest last year, that has been significantly re-worked? Changes have been made to the first chapter as well as the entire manuscript. Is this allowed?

  34. @Kirsty
    Yes, since you have revised the chapter and the manuscript it’s fine to submit again this year. After all, that kind of work really makes it a new story. Good luck and remember the contest submission form will be up and live at 10am EST on Monday, September 23!

  35. Eliana Robinson says:


    I was delighted to discover the contest was on again, and that this time I can enter.

    The news however came at a personally devastating time. A few short weeks ago a ghastly mistake was made by someone else and they destroyed every bit of work I had, along with everything else I owned. So entering the contest when all my stories are gone, is without a doubt a hard thing for me to do but I feel the need to jump back on the horse (so to speak) is a very important thing to do at this point. I did however amount the carnage find a list from one of my lost novels and am endeavouring to re-write the story as the story works/builds around the list.

    However my next problem is that at first I believed my story best suited the intrigue genre. Now on a closer inspection I’ve discovered that maybe it would be best in another genre, though I cannot discern which one.

    ‘Twenty-Two Gifts Of Christmas’ is a playful, festive novel with a light sprinkling of intrigue. Though the story doesn’t allow for more elaboration on the intrigue aspect. Nor can the story really progress with eliminating the minor intrigue aspect. Any ideas on a more befitting genre to choose? One where the intrigue eliminate takes a bit of a back seat perhaps.

    Eliana Robinson

  36. RE: 2013 Harlequin submit 1st chapter

    I know this is elementary, but do I need to number the ms pages? I haven’t worked with this particular computer programme and I cannot figure out how to number the pages.


  37. This is a really dumb question, but I can’t find the button to vote! Please help!

  38. cathy cormany says:

    Any chance the Luna imprint will hold a contest like this?

  39. Pamela Martin says:

    I would so love to be any one of you editors, what a dream job (or at least in my opinion)!! :)

    I’m wondering if the wattpad contest is separate from the SYTYCW contest, and if we can post an alternate submission to that contest?

    Many thanks!!

  40. I just submitted my first manuscript, “In The Company Of Bridget”. The heroine is close to my heart – she is both strong and vulnerable. I hope you enjoy it.
    Editors, I would love your feedback.

  41. Mary Theresa says:

    No, don’t worry about numbering pages. It will all appear on screen in a block!

    Not dumb! But you’re a little ahead of yourself! This stage is for readers to comment and editors to choose the top 50. Once we’ve chosen then narrowed it to 10 it will be back to voting. For now, just give feedback to your choices!

    Sadly, no contest like this for LUNA will happen! But we have been acquiring urban fantasy and fantasy in the Harlequin E program, so we might be opening it up next year!

    It is a great job, I have to admit! Though it’s probably not quite what you think… I am not sure about the WattPad contest, and will see if someone else knows.

    Congratulations, B Buena! We’ll be popping in, but I’m not sure how much direct commenting we’ll make. But I’m sure you’ll be getting feedback from others as well.

    Good luck to all!

  42. Georgina Fawcett says:

    Yay, another chance for people to show their originality and have a chance of publication! Thank you Harlequin, what would we do otherwise!
    But, whoops! I clicked on the wrong imprint and need to change it to Harlequin Intrigue. Is this possible? I hope so, I’d love Alison Lyons to take a look at my novel, “When Faith Breaks”

  43. Hi! I’m not entering, but I have a full in the regular submissions pile at Harlequin. Should we expect to wait a bit longer to hear back on regular responses while sytycw is going on? I figure the editors are real busy! Thanks.

  44. Margaret-mary Jaeger says:

    I am so excited to be entered this year in SYTYCW2013. Thank you to all of the wonderful Editors who are reading through all the entries. This is an amazing load of work and Bless you all for. Doing it.

  45. LeTeisha Newton says:

    This is so exciting. It really is. Already over 200 entries, with the week just really started, and the editors can only pick 50?! That’s so hard. But I wish you guys the best of luck, and everyone entering (including me). Now I’m off to do some more reading!

  46. Christina Yother says:

    I am so excited (and nervous!) to enter this year! I think this contest gives writers an amazing opportunity to get their stories out there! Thank you for all the hard work!

  47. Hello again, another dumb question from me…. do the editors actually read all the first chapters, or do they go by the comments others post, and the number of “likes”?
    As I don’t do social media (a wee bit of FB but no twitter or anything else) the number of people who will read my story due to “getting it out there” is going to be limited. Does this put me, and other like me (I’m sure I’m not the only social-media dunce?) at a disadvantage?

  48. Kirsty,
    I’m right there with you.
    No Twitter
    No Fcaebook
    Just writing…
    My novel – In The Company of Bridget. I love the story and the characters and want to share them with everyone, but like you, Twitter and Facebook are not my things.
    So…fingers crossed. I too really hope the editors DO read all the entries.

  49. See what I mean???
    I even misspelled “Facebook” in my response.

  50. B Buena – after a lot of searching I finally found your story (and lots more pitches that caught my attention so I read those first chapters – took me ages!) and it was a great read!
    My story is Anna’s Cowboy. I’m finding it really hard to get my story out there, but find the few comments I have really encouraging.
    Good luck!

  51. Kirsty, I loved your chapter. It made me really want to get to know Anna and Todd better and to watch their relationship develop.
    Also anxious to see how Anna handles things with her Dad.

    I left a comment on your submission page.

  52. Thanks B Buena… every comment helps!
    Nerves are starting to kick in now.

  53. My Story ‘Twenty-Two Gifts of Christmas’ sadly has only a few comments, will this limit my chances? Is the contest based upon both comments and later votes? or is it just votes? Also can I be assured that an editor has actually read my entry? It is my understanding that someone from Harlequin would in fact have read it, as all entries are read by editors at some point in the contest. Is this understanding incorrect?

    Wish Kind regards

  54. Amateur Writer says:


    Can an Indian residing in India take part in this prestigious contest?

    Thank you.
    Warm Regards.

  55. Eliana – mine also has only a few comments, and I have seen other first chapters with no comments so far. Like you, I am hoping that this will not impact against us, and that the editors actually do read every submission. If the key to winning is having a huge social media following, then I won’t win!
    There are some absolutely fantastic first chapters in here – I have been reading non-stop, and some writing is truly terrific!
    I can’t find your story as yet, Eliana, but I will keep looking.
    Good luck!

  56. Eliana – Aha! I found it! Loved your characters!
    Commented for you. Good luck!

  57. Dottie Taylor says:

    Loving the contest this year, I’ve read many of the entries!! All are so good! Don’t envy the editors trying to decide which stories to choose!

    Dottie :) (Lillie J. Roberts)
    entry: Rose Red and Synder White
    cat: Harlequin Nocturne

  58. Kirsty – Thank you so much for your comments I appreciate it and yeah I share your hopes to that it’s more than media popularity. I have heard many say they’d love to read my story and others but are ill inclined when they are only on the internet. So I believe a books popularity (and therefore worth of publishing) can only be half estimated in this contest. Fingers crossed for the both of us! By the way what is the title of your entry I’d love to have a read!

    Many thanks


  59. Eliana – My story is Anna’s Cowboy.
    Thanks, and good luck!

    Are there any other NZ contestants in here? Or books set in NZ? I have seen a couple set in Aussie, but haven’t come across any set in NZ so far.

  60. Hey guys! Would be interested in a chapter exchange – and please feel free to recommend to me your chapters to comment on. Mine’s Wyoming Heat, and you can tweet me yours @AJoKnows :)
    Best of luck!

  61. To any and all,

    I entered into the 2011 New Voices Writer’s contest with my Paranormal Romance ‘Waiting on Sundown’ recently events have accrued and I’ve lost everything I owned. Including all copies of every book I’ve ever written. My novel entered in this year’s contest ‘Twenty-Two Gifts Of Christmas’ is a desperate re-write. It was my hope that I’d be able to find a copy of my lost novel online still and have been devastated to find the site is no longer running. Would anyone happen to have a copy of my 2011 entry ‘Waiting on Sundown’?

    Any crumbs of my book would be heartily welcomed.


  62. Hi Everyone,

    Just stopping by and see there are lots of comments about social media and the editors. I can assure you that every entry is read by the editors–and they have already started. Sure we look at the comments posted with each entry–and we love all the buzz on social media. But we are reading every entry to find great stories and good writing.

  63. @Georgina
    You wanted to enter your chapter to the Intrigue series. What line did you enter it to instead?

  64. @Donna
    Just wanted to say it’s okay for you to enter the contest even though you have a full ms in with one of the series. It can be the same story. The editors are continuing to read all the submissions that come in thru the usual channels but are also reading the chapters. Yes, it’s a busy time for all of us but that’s our job–to find great books.

  65. @Amateur Writer
    Unfortunately you are not eligible to enter the contest this year but you can of course submit a story thru the regular submission process. Thanks for stopping by!

  66. Mary Theresa says:

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss–I’ve sent an email to the UK office to ask about the manuscript, but I know we delete them in SYTYCW after the contest is over. Hopefully they will be able to find it.

    And I agree with Birgit! We’ve got a list–that’s getting longer every day!–with all the entries, and each one will be reviewed by the editors. Feedback is at an individual basis, but everything will be read.

    I can’t look everything up individually, but can say that “Zealand” appears in Intimate Enemies, The Surgeon’s Christmas Promise, Just Breathe, Artistic License and The Woman in the Red Dress. (I do love search functions!)

  67. Mary Theresa says:

    Oh, and for Amateur Writer–and others–sadly because of the international rules, restrictions and regulations in hosting conferences we’ve had to limit the locations the entries can be from. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t write for us–check out our writing guidelines and submissions for all the details!

  68. Angela Anderson says:

    For the entries if we have a prologue is that our submission?

    What if the prologue is mainly used for insight on sub-main character and doesn’t really show the story, but its also important information for the story to work?

  69. Angela – I’m not an editor, only a fellow hopeful – but I am sure I read somewhere that you can submit a prologue as part of your first chapter, but it counts towards the 5000 word limit. So if your prologue and first chapter together fall below that, I am pretty sure you can submit them both. Good luck!

  70. Dear Editors Birgitta and Mary Theresa,
    Thank you for your responses assuring us that all entries are reviewed by the editors.
    We’re all extremely nervous – it’s been great getting your quick responses addressing our concerns.
    You give us hope!

  71. Paige Pickett says:

    Good morning!! I’m so excited about this contest!!
    I submitted my chapter just the other day targeted for the Love Inspired Suspense line. The title is Code of Silence. I would love and appreciate any feedback from the love inspired team and anyone else who gets a chance to read it!!!!
    Thanks again for this opportunity!!

  72. Thank you so much for this opportunity. Plus, I’m having a blast reading chapters and finding favorites. The editors have a tough job. :)

  73. Hello everyone! It was suggested to me today to come onto the Editor board and explain that a negative comment on my sub is more personal in nature and does not truly effect the authenticity of what I have written. I want to assure that I am well educated in my topic.
    I sincerely appreciate the opportunity HQN presents and the warm kindness shown to a aspiring author. Thank you again. Kelly Hyatt

  74. Kelly – I read your submission (loved it & commented on it) several days ago and can’t wait to read more! I just went & read it again to see the negative comment you speak of above – and honestly, it says more about the commenter than it does about your writing. All your comments (with the exception of that one) are positive and encouraging, so don’t be discouraged by one negative person.
    Good luck!

  75. Kristy, thank you. :)

  76. Missy Turner says:

    Hi everyone. So my chapter is submitted, but I am having a little trouble networking and getting my story out there. How do I go about doing that? Other than Facebook and Twitter is there a chat room for writers support.

  77. Sandra Jones says:

    I’m a first-time attendee of SYTYCW. Overall, I’m impressed and pleased with the professionalism in the contest. Great writing and friendly cheerleading. Kudos to all!

  78. I am entering for a fist time and is my first ever book that I have written I would appreciate feedback it is called A legendary cut Sue S.
    Harlequin® American Romance®
    I read a lot of comments here. Kelly that was comment left on mine as well by a different reader

  79. mistype .. meant to say there was a negative comment left on mine as well

  80. Is there a policy on more explicit language/swearing in the Special Edition line? Obviously, swearing is inappropriate for the ‘cleaner’ lines, but I wasn’t sure if there were any constraints in the mainstream lines.

  81. Also, as the level of competition is high and obviously not everyone is going to get through to the next stage, are the full manuscripts that follow these first chapters still eligible to be submitted for consideration through the regular process? Thanks! :)

  82. Sue S,
    I just looked at your entry comments and didn’t see any derogatory remarks…are you referring to this?
    C A Speakman
    How NOT To Be A Tabloid Cover Story

    If so, the title of C A Speakman’s entry is:
    How NOT To Be A Tabloid Cover Story

    I believe she was posting the title in case you wanted to read her entry. It’s not a derogatory remark. If you’re referring to something else, I apologize in advance.

  83. Hello All.
    Would love to get your input on my superromance submission “In The Company Of Bridget”.
    Please direct me to your submissions as well. It helps to include your category.
    Good luck to everyone!

  84. LeTeisha Newton says:

    Hi all! the submissions are really going great. Mine, Immortal Need, is doing pretty good on comments. I’m so excited to a part of this competition.

    I think one of the biggest things is the sharing and caring. In most competitions such is not the case. People bicker, argue, and even go as far to sabotage. This just goes to show how classy each and every one of us are!

  85. @Angela & Kirsty
    Yes, indeed you can enter the prologue and the first chapter as long as combined they don’t exceed 5000 words. A good prologue will set up any story nicely and compell the reader to keep reading. Generally they are short in length.

  86. Mary Theresa – Thank you so much for sending a message off to the UK branch. I really would appreciate anything I can salvage of my lost work. 487 novels is a lot to have wiped out on you. thank you greatly!


  87. i like to apalogize to christy ,, i read her entry is it awsome i did realize it was title of her entry

  88. Correction
    I like to apologize to Christy ,, I read her entry it was awesome I did not realize it was title of her entry

  89. Hi,
    I entered a new adult story on wattpad. This has been SO MUCH fun! I was wondering who will be the editors of those submissions. When I look through the editors none of them have New Adult listed unless it is under a different name and I’m missing it. Thanks!

  90. @Missy
    Great to hear you submitted your chapter. It’s fine to use FB and Twitter since they will help you reach family and friends. You can also chat on the community boards on harlequin.com–and also right here at 50 Editors. Lastly keep in mind that all the submissions will be read by the editors so while all the buzz and promotion is wonderful it comes down to you writing a story with promise.

  91. When you submit your first chapter and pitch and you go to your email to click on the link to confirm your submission. How do you know if it has been confirmed or not? Because it took me back to a blank version of the page that I used to submit my first chapter and pitch.

  92. Missy Turner says:

    @ Birgit
    That’s the best news I’ve heard this week. I fear I was beginning to give myself an ulcer over my networking skills. Or lack there of. Thank you :-) :-)

  93. H – I am pretty sure that when I submitted mine, and clicked on the confirmation link, it came up with a link directly to my submission that I could post on Facebook etc. There was no doubt in my mind whatsoever that it had worked. If you aren’t sure, perhaps you should try submitting it again? If it gets submitted twice I’m sure the editors could remove one of the entries for you.
    Good luck!

  94. C.L. Howland says:

    A general question. If someone “tweets” your entry, you can go to Twitter, put in #SYTYCW2013 and see it. If someone “likes” you on Facebook, where does that show up? Is there a specific page? Does it show up on your page or the author’s page, if they have one? I’ve tweeted a couple, but haven’t FB’d because I’m not sure where it’s landing. Thanks.

  95. Jusr read that the “Top 50″ will be announced on/around October 21st.
    And I thought I was nervous before!!
    Have loved reading your submissions. Best of luck to everyone!
    Please stop by and read “In The Company Of Bridget”, my submission in the Superromance category. Thanks!

  96. Carrie Padgett says:

    My local writing teacher and mentor, Elnora King, worked “once upon a time” with both Birgit and Leslie Wainger. She speaks of them with great fondness. How wonderful to see they are still with Harlequin!

  97. Frances Brown w/a Claire Gem says:

    Does anyone know if the top 50 manuscripts chosen will also require a synopsis to be submitted at the same time? I want to be prepared, just in case. *fingers crossed*

  98. Lee Kilraine says:

    @ Frances Brown. Last year’s winner Jennifer Hayward said she did need a synopsis with the full so be prepared. I do not know any details as to the required/allowed length of the synopsis though.

  99. Karen Rollason says:

    Having had really great feedback from a New Voices comp a few years ago I was eager to enter this as the editors encouraged me then to write some more. I have been studying Creative Writing since then and writing the novel entered too so fingers crossed. It is a real butterfly in the stomach moment – finally releasing it from the caverns of my document folder. My intention was to send it off at Xmas and then I heard of this comp. I would like to ask, (and I’m not a defeatist in any way) but should it not make the final 50 can we still sub in the normal way. I think someone else has asked this too, but I couldn’t find the reply.

    My Novel is called The Night Bride – Nocturne for anyone who would like to pop by. I have also popped a link to my Pinterest page which shows pictures of things that inspired the novel.

    I am really enjoying reading the chapters and it is lovely being part of a community of people who all have the same focus xx
    Karen Rollason

  100. I am sure I read somewhere that we can submit our novel through the normal channels if it doesn’t make the top 50. I’m not an editor, only a fellow hopeful, so I apologise if this information is wrong. Good luck!

  101. I am so impressed with the good will and classiness of my fellow entrants. So far, I’ve liked every entry I’ve read. Way to go! Kelly… read your entry. It was fab. Please don’t let one comment destroy your peace of mind.

    I want to say that when writing my pitch, I mistakenly read the instructions for the query. Oops. Too late to change now. Would love for my fellow writers to peruse my chapter, A Blessed Silence, in the Love Inspired Line.

    Good luck to all!

  102. Only two days left! The nerves have just shifted into high gear! I feel like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz – standing straight, eyes closed, tapping my heels three times and chanting.

    The difference is, instead of repeating “There’s no place like home”, I find myself whispering:
    “There’s no place like the Top 50…”
    “There’s no place like the Top 50…”
    “There’s no place like the Top 50…”

    Good Luck, All!

  103. Eva McGoey says:

    I submitted “Remember Me” to the contest and the first time I tried something happen to the text. So I went in a second time to submit, because I never hit the submit tab the first time. Can you tell me if it was submitted, please? I don’t see it in “read the 1rst chapters” section. I submitted it to Love Inspired Suspense. Thank You.

  104. Marie Wysong says:

    Hey everyone!!
    I have my first chapter uploaded and have only gotten a few comment but still have my fingers crossed! I wasn’t sure which category my book fell in because it covers a lot of different things but again keeping my fingers crossed! If our ms is not completed though when should it be?

  105. Dusti Walker says:

    Johanna Raisanen I would like you to read my first chapter and give me some feedback as all my novels are about cowboys, I’m married to a bull rider and get my inspiration from family and the great state of Montana. Thank you and I would appreciate it. My Manuscript is Big Montana Sky, And the Lightning Strikes. Thank you so much! I love this contest.

  106. Deana J Holmes says:

    Hello Everyone!
    This is my first time taking part and I’m so impressed by the chapter submissions as well as the wonderful community. Looking forward to lots of comments and feedback on my story: Something Wicked (for Nocture) for those who are interested in having a look.
    Cheers! Deana

  107. I have a question for Victoria re the Heartwarming line. What time period is considered contemporary? My story is set in the 1960s. I know that is too contemporary to be considered historic, is it also too historic to be considered contemporary? I chose this time period in part because it makes it easier to have a “clean” story due to the prevailing mores of the time.

    I hadn’t planned to submit my first chapter because I know I can’t have the full manuscript done in time and it seemed rude to have an editor waste time reading it if it isn’t a serious entry. However, I saw a post on this thread encouraging submission even if the manuscript isn’t complete. If no one minds, I would love to submit it today for reader feedback. Should I submit it or should I query after the contest is over?

  108. I just wanted to say what a great contest this is. As an avid reader, not writer, I have had the opportunity to read so many wonderful first chapters. The one that really stood out to me was Love on the Run by Billie Drew. The voice is refreshing and the story line has me hooked. Hopefully this gets signed so I can read the rest! I really want to know what is in the pouch. Take a read if you get a chance.

  109. Margaret-Mary Jaeger says:

    Just wondering how the 50 finalists will be notified? By email or phone? Thanks, MMJ

  110. k middleton says:

    I think they would email. But the fact that I am writing this on the 15th and heard nothing means I think I did not get in oh well always next year. well done to the winners.

  111. Katelynn Pinson says:

    I have submitted to the first chapter so you think you can write chapter and I must have accidentally pressed the wrong category or something happened!! :O I don’t know how to edit or fix this :/ HELP! :( http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/…/in-spades/ It should be labeled as the blaze or new adult category!

  112. k middleton says:

    Dear Adrienne I seem to have trouble every time I try to reply to my feedback comments I have seen others replying to on there’s but I don’t know what I am doing wrong

  113. Dear Editors,
    The “Top 50″ selection process is over and, sadly, I was not chosen, but somthing wonderful happened during this process. As a first time novelist I received encouragement from all of you and gained renewed hope as a fledgling author. So…although one door has closed, a new one has opened for me. I am, as we speak, “revising” my manuscript for submission to your Superromance division.
    In parting, I would like to say on behalf of all the SYTYCW entrants – thank you once again for the opportunity. And – to Ms. Ottewell, Senior Editor, Harlequin Superromance Division – look for my name. My journey as a writer has not ended…it’s just beginning. Hope to hear from you soon!
    B Buena
    Author, In The Company Of Bridget

  114. Eliana Robinson says:

    Will the Winner list be posted on the site somewhere? Or will only the winners themselves know?


  115. Since Buena says she wasn’t one of the top 50 back on the 17th I’m assuming I wasn’t in there either… Will there be a list? Thanks!

  116. When you all selected the top 50 did you notify them by email or phone? And I read somewhere that some of the top 50 were not able to submit their manuscripts, so are you all now notifying those who you all want to submit in those spots by email or phone?

  117. Cheril Vernon says:

    I have a question about numbers in manuscripts. For example, “it had been 10 weeks since the accident.”

    Would you spell out ten or use the number 10?

    I ask this because in journalism, using Associated Press style, we only spell out numbers zero to nine.

    Which way is correct in writing fiction?

  118. karen middleton says:

    Did someone mention a chapter exchang ?

  119. Mary Theresa says:

    FYI–we should be posting the final fifty list by Monday!

    We emailed the authors initially and if there was no response in a day we called and left messages.

    Cheril–regarding numbers we generally follow Chicago Manual of Style. So we write them out unless they would be awkward (like 2013, or 1,459!). In dialogue it can be author/copy-editor preference. Figures are generally used, unless it’s starting a sentence.

    I have to admit, though, I usually leave it up to the copy-editor to enforce consistency. As long as you are consistent, it should be fine.

  120. I entered through wattpad, could you please tell me when we will see the results of the top 25 and will you post them onto wattpad?

  121. Mary Theresa says:

    Wattpad is still tabulating the results I believe and hopefully we’ll get the list of finalists by the end of the week!

  122. Just curious, on those who were not in the chosen 50, will we be getting any feedback from the editors on our submissions?

    Thanks for letting me know.

    Karon Ruiz

  123. Airam Author says:

    Preparing for submission I worry about what the editors are looking for. Is it ideal to get something ready for seasonal submissions e.g. Valentines, Easter and submit around those times to be more eye catching as opposed to sitting in the email pile.

  124. Mary Theresa says:

    I wouldn’t worry too much about what holiday it is when you submit your book! Editors are always juggling lots of seasons, years, months and more at any one time, so we’re ready to dive into new experiences at any point.

    Of course, remember that the publishing process can take about nine months, so right now series editors are finalizing titles and Art Fact Sheets for August 2014 books.

    And so things coming in for Christmas from new authors have more of a shot if they come in around that holiday–by the time revisions, contracts and so forth are done, it could be time to schedule for that season!

    And we have–rarely!–published Christmas books in July on occasion, or winter books in the spring. Sometimes readers appreciate the change of pace.

    Always get your book in when it’s done and strong. That should be your priority!

    Good luck!

  125. I received the heart-breaking decision that my manuscript, Rock and Roll Dreams, was not suitable and what I believe to be the standard “Thank-you but no thanks” reply.
    I had thought I followed the guidelines meticulously. Is it possible that I get constructive feedback?

  126. Dear Editors,

    I recently heard from Piya Campana concerning my first novel and submission to Harlequin, “In The Company Of Bridget”. Although Ms. Campana explained that Harlequin was not able to accept my manuscript, the advise and constructive criticism was very much appreciated.

    I am now working on my second novel as well as my first novella. Because of the response I received from Harlequin, I will most definitely submit again in the near future.

    Thank you for your consideration and extremely helpful suggestions.

    B Buena

  127. Mary-Theresa Hussey says:


    Sorry I didn’t check this before, but I don’t know that there will be more information coming at this time.

    Following the guidelines is certainly essential, but it’s also the spirit of the story that catches the reader and editor.

    B Buena–
    Fantastic! I’m delighted you found the material useful.

  128. Dear Editor,

    I’m currently working on my first story, but I’m feeling that I may need a little help putting it together. I have so many ideas it’s just putting them together to make it interesting.

  129. Mary-Theresa says:

    that can be the toughest part! I’d suggest reading through some writing books–Writing a Romance Novel for Dummies by Leslie Wainger is one we all recommend! Though it’s almost ten years old, the writing aspects are still very valuable and true. Too, visit the writing areas on the community.harlequin.com boards and there are plenty of workshops, places for advice and support and enthusiasm.

    Good luck!

  130. I have decided to write a novel. It flows like nothing else I’ve ever done. However I’m having trouble just doing it as I feel I need a reference point. In other words I get the feeling that I’m wasting my time or becoming restless. I don’t have writers block I just feel like something must be done before I write. Don’t get me wrong I believe in it but something does not feel right. I have elected to go back to school and get an English degree and one in theater while I’m there. My writing isn’t where it needs to be but my stories seem to have an enormous depth and fortune when it comes to creativity, characters, plot you name it. I’m hoping that school will help me get on track and apply myself better to the trade, but will it help for an aspiring novelist, screenwriter. I would rather hope it does not sound like I’m losing it rather just going through some notorious phase all writers experience at some point. Should I have a local editor take a peep of my 1/4 of a novel to get some criticism and see where I am? Maybe that will help be put it into perspective. Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I will pursue this thing all the way. I have learned that English is the best, as far as pursing a vocation to further one’s writing skills, given one has an enormous supply of imagination from the beginning.

  131. Mary-Theresa Hussey (Exec Editor, Harlequin) says:

    Certainly I think the driving need to tell a story is key to becoming a strong writer.

    And maybe you are just at the learning/researching phase of it.

    Congratulations on joining a class–I’d also suggest you check into any local writing groups. The RWA is a fantastic organization that might give you structure and information.

    Finding a critique group (sharing your work with others and looking at theirs) can also be key. You can learn a lot by reading works in progress and listening to critiques to understand what is part of the “story” and what is part of the “craft.”

    There are other options–check out our own Community section at the Harlequin site, or the NANOWRIMO site, or Writer’s Digest.

    It’s a fantastic opportunity at the moment with loads of information at your disposal. Poke around this site and all our sister sites as well.

    Good luck!

  132. Terrisha Buckley says:

    Hello, are you guys hosting another contest? I wanted to know because I would like to compete.

  133. Mary-Theresa says:

    We will be having another SYTYCW in the fall (more details to come!) but we are also having minor contests throughout the year.

    Currently there’s one going on for Love Inspired Suspense, and upcoming ones for Historicals and Medicals this spring. Check in with http://www.community.harlequin.com or the SOLD! blog for those updates.

    Good luck!

  134. Hello,
    I want to know if aspiring writers such as myself from Sub-Saharan Africa are eligible for these contests and if we can also send in submissions. I have been reading harlequin books since I was 14 and I remember one at a point in high school I had read all the Mills and Boon/Harlequin books we had in the library (Which I have to admit was not that much – 30ish I think) But the point is, these books not only entertained me but made me aspire to someday write for Harlequin. I know there are a lot of aspiring romance writers in my part of the world who want that chance as well. You should think about an African Hot Grill genre. Give Spice some competition. Lol

  135. Mary-Theresa Hussey (Exec Editor, Harlequin) says:

    Sadly, writers from the Sub-Saharan area are probably not eligible for SYTYCW or many of the contests–because of the various international rules and regulations, we have limited entries to certain areas.

    But there are some that are open to the world (like the current Medicals, I believe), so you can keep checking on some individual contests.

    Too, you can send in submissions directly! If you visit our Writing Guidelines pages (see the link at the bottom of the http://www.Harlequin.com page), you can see what the needs of the individual series are and submission rules.

    We’re hoping to revamp those pages within the next month as well, so come back for updates!

    Good luck!

  136. Lorain O'Neil says:

    Any more news on that contest for Historicals for Spring that was mentioned? I’d like to enter.

  137. Mary-Theresa Hussey (Exec Editor, Harlequin) says:


    News should be coming out in the next few weeks. Once the Medicals contest is wrapped up, the historical one will start up.

    Look for something to happen by June (which is still the spring–especially considering there was snow on the ground today! :))

    So keep polishing that project and good luck.

  138. Polliean Moody says:

    Hi amazing people..my name is Polly n I’m working on a project(book)and I have no idea what to do when I’m done…I’m so excited about my book but so nervous for Publishers to read it…please help…thanks..

  139. Mary-Theresa Hussey (Exec Editor, Harlequin) says:


    Congratulations on finishing your book! Or at least it seems you might be close to finishing it. :) That’s the biggest part for sure. It takes a lot of commitment to get to the end of the story.

    Now that you’ve written the book, you should save–and triple save!–the file and start something new. For at least two weeks don’t go back to re-read your manuscript. Then read it through with a critical idea. Does the story flow? Is the pacing strong? Are you still excited about the snappy dialogue, interesting characters and emotional developments? Are the motivations clear?

    It’s also great to get feedback from critique partners. Or join RWA, a creative writing course from a local college, read books, or check out online resources like the community.harlequin.com section which has writing advice in the forums.

    Good luck!

  140. susie mciver says:

    I have written a book that’s been in my head for years I have already started on another character in the book for a second book but I don’t know what to do about getting an editor I might add that I still have to type out my book I feel better writing by hand.

  141. Mary-Theresa Hussey (Exec Editor, Harlequin) says:


    It’s fine to write the first draft of your book in longhand if that works for you, but then you need to get the project into the computer and do regular backups! Always save two versions at the end of the day in two different locations. (Just in case something crashes or gets lost. This way you will be able to continue with your work.) And it’s sometimes good to save them with the date so you know which is the latest version.

    As you are doing that, I’d suggest you also look at local colleges or libraries to see if they do any writing courses. Think about joining RWA (the Romance Writers of America site is rwa.org). You can find critique groups, feedback about submissions and more.

    Don’t forget to check out community.harlequin.com and the writing forums for additional help and advice.

    Good luck!

  142. Amadi Hemphill says:

    Hello! What a wonderful find this site is. My name is Amadi Hemphill, and I am a romance junkie. Not only would I like to say “hello” but I would also like to acquire some information about becoming a romance novel editor. Would there be any way that I can schedule an informational interview? At the least I’ll settle for a “hello” back and some inspiring advice. Thank you :)

  143. Mary-Theresa Hussey (Exec Editor, Harlequin) says:

    Hello, Amadi!

    Yes, being a romance editor is wonderful–though sadly you don’t get as much time to just sit and read books! Editors are usually in meetings and phone calls and discussing books, so some of that counts. :)

    Right now (June 2014), we’re actually looking for an editorial assistant for the Desire and Romantic Suspense lines. Here’s a link to that one: https://careers-harlequin.icims.com/jobs/1137/editorial-assistant/job

    In general, we prefer people with strong attention to detail, self-starters, able to juggle multiple projects, an affinity for pop culture and romance and a critical eye.

    A number of our recent hires (though not all!) have also interned at various literary agencies to get their feet wet in the business.

    For Harlequin, at entry level you need to be in the NYC/Toronto/London areas.

    And check out places like PublishersMarketplace.com and mediabistro.com for openings with other publishing and literary groups!

    It’s a great job, always changing, and very exciting to be on the ground floor of all these wonderful stories.

  144. Jeanie May says:

    Hello everyone, wish you all love, luck and happy writing.

    My romantic suspense, A Wild Ride to Love is going through its third and hopefully final draft. I am attending my first RWA (Australia) conference and really looking forward to it. Scarey but exciting.

    Thank you editors for your time and expertise in helping our work improve through wonderful opportunities like SYTYCW.

  145. Mary-Theresa Hussey (Exec Editor, Harlequin) says:


    Fantastic news! And the RWAustralia is great organization. I was lucky enough to get to the conference a few years ago and they were welcoming, supportive and so enthusiastic about all their authors. You’ll have a blast!

    Good luck!

  146. Good morning! I have a finished manuscript of fantasy romance along the lines of the works of Maria Snyder that is ready for submission, however when I checked the MIRA guidelines, it didn’t specifically state fantasy. I would like to it submit to Harlequin but I wanted to verify first if you would be interested? Also I’m uncertain which line is appropriate if any. Would MIRA be the right choice? Thank you!

  147. My apologies, please disregard the above posting a took another look at the MIRA submission guidelines and discovered you only take agented submissions. I couldn’t see any way to delete my previous comments. Thank you.

  148. Patricia Gordon says:

    Hi all…
    I’d love to know your opinion of NaNoWriMo?

  149. Jordan Holman says:

    Hi, I had a question about the word count. My writing is aimed towards the kimani romance series and the word goal is 50,000 words. I know you said that there was a bit of wiggle room, but if my story falls 600 words short, would it still be acceptable?

  150. Mary-Theresa Hussey (Exec Editor, Harlequin) says:


    Certainly we support the work that NaNoWriMo does! We’ve had editors and authors participate in the month and be inspired and encouraged and excited about the results.

    Of course, once you have the draft down the work doesn’t stop–now you need to polish and hone and develop the rest of the story.

    There are always great writing tips shared during NaNoWriMo. You can also start this year with our SoYouThinkYouCanWrite contest in September and work out some issues and concerns so you start NaNoWriMo with a great idea. :)

  151. Mary-Theresa Hussey (Exec Editor, Harlequin) says:


    Certainly 600 words short is within our wriggle room!

    However, the Kimani range does go from 50-60K, so there is also room to develop the story if needed.

    Still, if you think the manuscript is strong now, then you can submit it and get feedback from the editors about how to best develop some additional areas.

    Good luck!

  152. I have my novel finished and I am looking for help with an editor. . I sent my query and keep getting denied

  153. Jordan Holman says:

    I’m not fully done yet. I’m racking my brain for ideas on how to make it longer. I spend a good portion of my time reading romance novels, but it’s even harder to write one and think it’s good. I’m just trying figure out how to stretch it to get the most most out of my writing.

  154. Mary-Theresa Hussey (Exec Editor, Harlequin) says:


    Perhaps you need to look at the type of story you’ve written, and is it really fitting the promise of the lines we publish.

    Have you read the guidelines at harlequin.submitable.com? Have you read the books we put out and does your manuscript fit into that series?

    One thing to keep in mind is that editors are not writing teachers, and our job is to find books that are close to publishable and work with those authors and titles. We can’t develop every single project that comes our way–we’d have no time to edit those that are under contract!

    So perhaps you should look into RWA – the Romance Writers of America at rwanational.org — or a local college that has writing classes, or check at your library or online for critique groups where you can share your manuscript and get feedback.

    And of course it could be that the first manuscript is your learning one! Have you started your second book? Take all you’ve learned and create an even stronger story.

    Good luck!

  155. Mary-Theresa Hussey (Exec Editor, Harlequin) says:


    Keep at it! Look at your characters and their interaction. Is there a way to emphasize the emotion and their interaction? The conflicts and connection? I’d say don’t add in more moments of them arguing, or having dinner or just talking to friends, but really focus on what makes their relationship so special and why they belong together.

    Check to see what moments are your favorites in other books you’ve read and see if you can get something with those emotional elements into your book!

    Good luck!


  156. Glenda Howard says:

    Hi Glenda–I’ve read all the Kimani books. I plan on taking the SYTYCW challenge. When would an author kmow when their story is the one? Without sounding like, other Kimani authors.

    Ana Akins

  157. Rachel Burkot says:

    Hi Ana,

    Great, we’re delighted to hear you’re planning on doing the SYTYCW challenge! To answer your question, you need a unique plotline and characters, with original back stories, conflicts and goals, that are fresh and unlike any story Kimani has ever published before. We love variety, so any book involving different or unique settings, character occupations, etc., would be very welcome. Good luck!


  158. Abigail Joy Nickerson says:

    I have been writing the past several years but I have not been published yet. I am currently working on a manuscript for the Romantic Suspense Category for SYTYCW challenge. I was wondering if it is plausible or the hook that catches ones’ interest that the heroine receives her own “obituary notice” from her stalker or not. Thank you for your time.

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