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brainstorm77
06-02-2010, 09:25 PM
Of course they are legit, but I couldn't find a thread on them here. I figured it would be a great to have a place to chat about the contracts etc... :)

CaoPaux
06-02-2010, 09:38 PM
Very well, this shall be the thread for Harlequin Enterprises Ltd., and its self-named imprints (e.g., Harlequin Presents). http://www.eharlequin.com/store.html?cid=233

The other divisions of Harlequin we have threads for are Carina Press (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=161570), DellArte Press (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=162391), and Steeple Hill Press (http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=96041).

Now, did you have a specific question regarding the contract for HE's core lines?

brainstorm77
06-02-2010, 09:42 PM
It was answered over in the Carina thread which went on a derail. I do however, have a question about advances with HQ. If it true that a newbie author with them gets a low advance?

jennontheisland
06-02-2010, 09:43 PM
http://www.brendahiatt.com/id2.html

Not sure what you consider "low" but numbers reported for the self named lines are about half way down the page.

brainstorm77
06-02-2010, 09:46 PM
Thanks.

JL_Benet
07-03-2011, 04:54 AM
http://www.thepassivevoice.com/06/2011/write-more-for-harlequin-receive-less-money/

michael_b
07-03-2011, 07:35 AM
http://www.thepassivevoice.com/06/2011/write-more-for-harlequin-receive-less-money/

Wow, just.... wow.

I always thought it took a signature and agreement by both parties for any change in a contract to be made. Wonder what any agents involved will be saying to this.

Shall
08-12-2011, 03:03 AM
Has anyone sent a manuscript to Kimani Press?

Evangeline
08-13-2011, 12:41 PM
IMO, Harlequin's advances are very modest because, in their eyes, you are "trading" your manuscript for the reputation, dependability, and distribution of the Harlequin brand. Also, once you get your foot in the door, it's somewhat difficult to never sell to them again, and they like their authors to be prolific (2-4 books a year).

Evangeline
08-13-2011, 12:44 PM
Wow, just.... wow.

I always thought it took a signature and agreement by both parties for any change in a contract to be made. Wonder what any agents involved will be saying to this.

I've heard a few grumbles from category writers, but I believe Harlequin's contracts are pretty boilerplate, with little to no room for negotiation (hence why it's easy to launch a career as a category romance author with no agent--and also why category romance authors are more vulnerable to contract changes).

celoise
03-16-2012, 11:22 PM
Harlequin requested a full from me last week, which I sent. So, should I keep querying other houses or cool my heels and wait for Harlequin to get back to me?

Corinne Duyvis
03-17-2012, 12:55 AM
Assuming Harlequin doesn't want exclusives (I know some publishers do), yes, keep querying. Publishers can take forever to get back to authors, and there's no sense putting your search on halt.

celoise
03-17-2012, 01:14 AM
Hmmm. I was just bebopping around on their website and saw that they want exclusive submissions. So, hmm.

priceless1
03-17-2012, 05:50 PM
Celoise, did they specifically ask you for an exclusive? If not, then I recommend that you continue to query around. Harlequin is lovely, of course, but you want to do what's best for you. If Harley wants it, other wonderful presses will be interested as well. Good luck to you...and congrats.

Deb Kinnard
03-17-2012, 08:33 PM
To quote the Stones: "You can't always get what you wa-ant..."

I don't believe in exclusives unless the publisher has asked upfront for one and you've decided that saying "okay" is in your best interest. I agree with Priceless...until they use the word, send to whom you will.

brainstorm77
03-17-2012, 08:37 PM
I have a sub with them for well over a year. The wait times can be killer with them.

mlhernandez
03-17-2012, 09:55 PM
Yes, the wait times at Harlequin can be bad. For instance, the Blaze line has a reported wait time of 9 months for agented submissions.

FWIW I've had fairly quick responses from the Desire and Intrigue lines, usually 1-7 months. The Cravings line has had a requested full since February...of 2011.

Bubastes
03-17-2012, 10:04 PM
Does anyone know the wait time for the Romance line?

StirtheStars
03-17-2012, 11:11 PM
I'm not sure the time wait in general, but they have a fast-track going on right now where you're guaranteed a response within a month of the deadline. Details here:
http://community.harlequin.com/forums/write-stuff/meet-harlequin-romance-editorial-team-fast-track-submission

celoise
04-06-2012, 08:09 PM
Thanks to all the awesome advice I've decided to go ahead and start subbing to other publishers. Especially after I saw that someone's been on sub since last February (eek!). Thanks for all the input!

Jamiekswriter
04-24-2012, 12:04 AM
Hey, I just wanted to double check this:

"Do not send any material that is being considered by another publisher. Multiple submissions are not acceptable. "

http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=539&chapter=0


Any Harlequin authors out there that can confirm this is still up-to-date information?

Do they really want an author to wait 7+ months -- or until they get back to you before you can submit to another publisher?

I see there's a discussion here: http://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=238810 and it looks like the waiting times are long.

So anyone know how firm that no simultaneous submission policy is? I know sometimes websites don't get updated to reflect new information or a page gets missed.

JanDarby
04-24-2012, 12:24 AM
I don't have up-to-date info, but the last I knew, yeah, they mean it.

The thing is, their category lines are really quite distinctive -- it's been too long since I followed them, so I don't remember the details, and it goes beyond word count to more subtle issues -- so a book that's right for a specific line isn't likely to be right for any other publisher.

At least, I always had problems with that -- when I'd get a rejection from H/S, there really wasn't anywhere else it could go without a major rewrite.

Bubastes
04-24-2012, 04:44 PM
I don't have up-to-date info, but the last I knew, yeah, they mean it.

The thing is, their category lines are really quite distinctive -- it's been too long since I followed them, so I don't remember the details, and it goes beyond word count to more subtle issues -- so a book that's right for a specific line isn't likely to be right for any other publisher.

At least, I always had problems with that -- when I'd get a rejection from H/S, there really wasn't anywhere else it could go without a major rewrite.

I wonder how true that is now since Entangled, Avon Impulse, Loveswept and other publishers are getting into e-book category romance. For example, some of the Entangled Indulgences (http://www.entangledpublishing.com/category/category/) are similar in style and tone to Harlequin Desires and Presents, right down to the titles (such as Blackmailed by the Italian Billionaire). It'll be interesting to see how things develop in the future. If anything, it looks like there may be options beyond HM&B, and that's always a good thing.

JanDarby
04-24-2012, 07:24 PM
I'd forgotten about bringing back the Loveswepts, etc.

I still think there's an EXTREMELY limited, shall we say, array of options for a book that would fit a Harlequin line to submit elsewhere. It's not like single title, where there are a lot of places to submit (including agents, few of whom take on category authors unless the author has already sold to Harlequin).

I'm not saying the long wait is fair, or even necessarily that authors should follow that particular rule, just that there's both an upside (good promotion and publisher name recognition) and a downside (the manuscript may not sell and may be too specifically category to find a home elsewhere) to writing a book specifically aimed at Harlequin.

Deb Kinnard
04-25-2012, 03:27 AM
I'm not sure that's true about Harl. Historical, except perhaps for the length. I'm told many publishers in the historical romance business want 90-100K, which of course is long for Harlequin. Anybody with current experience weigh in on this?

brainstorm77
04-25-2012, 03:30 AM
I'm not sure that's true about Harl. Historical, except perhaps for the length. I'm told many publishers in the historical romance business want 90-100K, which of course is long for Harlequin. Anybody with current experience weigh in on this?

Historicals maybe, but try selling a Medical Romance elsewhere that was written specifically for HQ.

Bubastes
04-25-2012, 05:34 AM
Historicals maybe, but try selling a Medical Romance elsewhere that was written specifically for HQ.

Good point.

With so many different Harlequin lines, I agree it's tough to generalize which H-targeted stories could be submitted elsewhere.

Bubastes
06-08-2012, 06:22 PM
Via Dear Author: new Harlequin Kiss line (US equivalent of UK's M&B Riva) in February 2013, expanded word count for some other lines (Supers, Nocturnes, and Romantic Suspense), other miscellaneous news:

http://dearauthor.com/features/industry-news/bea-day-four-its-the-end-of-the-world/

htrent
06-08-2012, 07:54 PM
Saw that yesterday and raised a brow. My voice doesn't really fit with their current lines, but would with a Riva-like line. I've activated my cautious optimism.

girlyswot
06-08-2012, 08:19 PM
I'd be wary of thinking that. Riva = Kiss = NOT new books, just a new way of dividing up the lines. The Riva books have been sold in the US, some as Romance and some as Presents Extra. So, if your books wouldn't have sold to Romance or to Presents Extra, then I wouldn't anticipate that it'll be any different for Kiss. They'll still be acquired by the same editors in the London office, with the same guideliness.

htrent
06-08-2012, 09:27 PM
Oh, I haven't submitted anything to Riva, but this intrigued me:


First, in February 2013, Harlequin will launch “Harlequin Kiss” which was describe to me as fun, flirty, contemporary with a range of explicitness. I asked what the difference was from Blaze and was told that the Blaze hero is more of the guy next door and the “Harlequin Kiss” line will feature “the modern alpha hero”.

I don't see the "fun, flirty" in any of the other lines.

triceretops
06-08-2012, 09:36 PM
I am SO confused by the number of imprints of this house. I have a YA urban fantasy and a YA distopian. Both are in the 68,000-range, and both would be considered sweet romance, but the romance is not dominate in the storyline.

Pray tell, are either of these books appropriate for any one of their imprints, and if so, which one would/might that be?

Tri--

Bubastes
06-08-2012, 09:42 PM
I don't see the "fun, flirty" in any of the other lines.

You have to hunt for them right now. I discovered I was a Riva reader when I noticed that the Harlequin Romances I liked were all marketed as Riva titles in the UK. I also liked Presents Extras much more than Presents, which was another sign I was a Riva person. They have a different voice and style than the typical Romances and Presents.

ETA: Whether I can or even want to be a Riva/Kiss author remains an open question.

girlyswot
06-09-2012, 02:14 AM
It's here (http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=1572&chapter=0). I really don't think anything is changing except the branding.

girlyswot
06-09-2012, 02:15 AM
Yes, Harlequin Teen (http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=1403&chapter=0), but they only accept agented submissions.

Evangeline
06-09-2012, 02:51 AM
I'd be wary of thinking that. Riva = Kiss = NOT new books, just a new way of dividing up the lines. The Riva books have been sold in the US, some as Romance and some as Presents Extra. So, if your books wouldn't have sold to Romance or to Presents Extra, then I wouldn't anticipate that it'll be any different for Kiss. They'll still be acquired by the same editors in the London office, with the same guideliness.

I don't know. I get the feeling that this will be a brand new Toronto-based imprint, not a US rebranding of RIVA. But I may be wrong, so don't listen to me. ;-)

ShannonStacey
06-09-2012, 05:09 AM
I don't know. I get the feeling that this will be a brand new Toronto-based imprint, not a US rebranding of RIVA. But I may be wrong, so don't listen to me. ;-)

Dear Author added this update: The Senior Editor Bryony Green from the UK office will be acquiring manuscripts for KISS.

girlyswot
06-09-2012, 01:26 PM
No, you're wrong. ;) It is going to be acquired through the London office and will feature many of the RIVA authors. See Kelly Hunter's comment here (http://dearauthor.com/features/industry-news/bea-day-four-its-the-end-of-the-world/#comment-381061).

VanessaNorth
07-19-2012, 08:24 PM
Wow. After the recent threads regarding harlequin royalties and why authors have left them to self-publish, this is fascinating.

(link is to mediabistro article about the case, includes the complaint in embedded form)

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/authors-sue-harlequin-enterprises-for-ebook-royalties_b54677

mscelina
07-19-2012, 10:01 PM
http://www.harlequinlawsuit.com/Home_Page.php
(http://www.harlequinlawsuit.com/Home_Page.php)

The lawsuit alleges, among other claims, that on contracts between 1990-2004:

Harlequin breached the terms of their publishing agreements with authors;
Harlequin failed to pay the Plaintiffs and members of the Class the royalties to which they are entitled under the publishing agreements;
Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd. is liable for unjust enrichment.


I'm not surprised at this, but as I delve further into the information on this site I'm finding myself more..horrified, maybe?...at how ridiculous the numbers are. From the complaint:


What this means to the authors can be illustrated by an e-book with a hypothetical cover price of $8.00. The “net receipts” made by Harlequin Enterprises Limited from the exercise, sale or license of e-book rights would be at least $4.00, of which authors would be entitled to $2.00 based on their 50% royalty. Computing the “net receipts” based on the “license” between Harlequin's Swiss entity and Harlequin Enterprises, Plaintiffs’ 50% royalty amounts to only 24 to 32 cents.

The entire complaint is available on the website in PDF format.

san_remo_ave
07-20-2012, 12:42 AM
And Harlequin responds

http://harlequinblog.com/2012/07/harlequin-responds-to-complaint/

mscelina
07-20-2012, 01:39 AM
I don't know that I'd count that as a response, per se. All they did was say they'd defend themselves in a three paragraph blog post to which comments have been closed, and the majority of the post is a recitation of stats that show Harlequin's size.


“Our authors have been recompensed fairly and properly for their work, and we will be defending ourselves vigorously,” said Donna Hayes, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of Harlequin.

I'm not sure what planet they're on, but I'm not all that smart in math and I can see the problems with the math HQ used to calculate author royalties on digital sales.

And on top of that, I find it really hard to believe that this is "the first they've heard" of the lawsuit. Heck--I'm not a HQ writer and I've heard of it. Not like it's been kept a big secret.

Just sayin'.

Deb Kinnard
07-20-2012, 04:31 AM
I agree, Celina. Not much of an anything, really, except a press release that says they're going to defend, which was a bit of a no-brainer.

IANAL and I stay pretty far from them by preference, but wasn't there a US case a few years back in which the (non-publishing) company carved out a wholly owned subsidiary merely to route profits into, thus sequestering the monies owed the other party? I can't recall who and what industry, but the parent company lost the case.

PulpDogg
07-20-2012, 10:46 AM
Isn't that basically Hollywood accounting what Harlequin is doing here? Shuffling money around until you either owe the creators a pittance or you can claim the project lost money ...

Bubastes
07-20-2012, 07:04 PM
To keep all the Harlequin digital rights/royalties information in one place, here's an analysis from 2011 by attorney/agent Elaine English:

http://ninc.com/writers_resources/digital_rights_answers.asp

Also, Dear Author's analysis. There's also a royalty calculation example in the comments:

http://dearauthor.com/news/friday-news-harlequin-sued-in-a-class-action-for-underpayment-of-royalties/

Bubastes
07-30-2012, 09:36 PM
Info on M&B Riva relaunch with chick lit-esque covers. The U.S.-equivalent Harlequin Kiss line will launch in February 2013.

http://www.trishwylie.blogspot.com/2012/07/info-on-rivakiss-line.html

twiharder
12-08-2012, 06:04 AM
Does anyone have any experience with the Harlequin Digital First imprint? I see they accept unagented submissions and I was considering subbing my romance novel to them. Thoughts?

Silver-Midnight
12-08-2012, 06:26 AM
Their Kiss line seems interesting. Does anyone know the difference between Presents and Presents Extra? And Riva is just a subdivision of Mills & Boon, correct? Just asking out of curiosity.

girlyswot
12-09-2012, 01:59 AM
Their Kiss line seems interesting. Does anyone know the difference between Presents and Presents Extra? And Riva is just a subdivision of Mills & Boon, correct? Just asking out of curiosity.

Mills and Boon = Harlequin.

They use different branding in different countries for historical reasons.

Books branded Riva in the UK have been branded either as Presents Extra or Romance in the US, depending on heat level. When Kiss launches, they'll come out under that branding in the US.

All this info is on the Harlequin and M&B websites under 'aspiring authors' if you're genuinely curious. But as always, the best advice is to read the line you want to submit to.

twiharder
12-11-2012, 07:16 AM
Would a publishing credit from Harlequin be worth something? Oh, I am talking about the digital first imprint. Do you think their standards are still as high? I know harlequin is a very good publisher, I am just wondering if I got an offer from the digital first imprint, would an agent find that interesting?

MsLaylaCakes
12-11-2012, 09:50 AM
Would a publishing credit from Harlequin be worth something? Oh, I am talking about the digital first imprint. Do you think their standards are still as high? I know harlequin is a very good publisher, I am just wondering if I got an offer from the digital first imprint, would an agent find that interesting?

I think there's a whole separate thread on Carina Press (which, I believe, is Harlequin's digital only imprint).

htrent
12-11-2012, 10:17 AM
I think there's a whole separate thread on Carina Press (which, I believe, is Harlequin's digital only imprint).

They're rolling out a digital-first imprint not associated with Carina: Harlequin Digital First.

They've got a page here (http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=1734&chapter=0).

Silver-Midnight
12-11-2012, 11:05 PM
Mills and Boon = Harlequin.

They use different branding in different countries for historical reasons.

Books branded Riva in the UK have been branded either as Presents Extra or Romance in the US, depending on heat level. When Kiss launches, they'll come out under that branding in the US.

All this info is on the Harlequin and M&B websites under 'aspiring authors' if you're genuinely curious. But as always, the best advice is to read the line you want to submit to.

Well, I knew a little bit about it. However, the differences between Presents and Presents Extra always threw me off. I knew Mills and Boon and Harlequin were the same company/publisher, and that the same books were published in different lines. However, what line equated to what always got me. Thanks for clearing that up. I'm not entirely sure about them though. I don't know if what I write really fits in with them(or at least the lines that I like by them).

MsLaylaCakes
12-12-2012, 07:58 AM
They're rolling out a digital-first imprint not associated with Carina: Harlequin Digital First.

They've got a page here (http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=1734&chapter=0).

Interesting ... very interesting ... Thanks!

gingerwoman
12-12-2012, 10:02 AM
There is also a third digital first line Harlequin Escape aimed specifically at Australians and New Zealanders. Anyone from anywhere can send a manuscript to any of the three though I believe.

Undercover
12-12-2012, 05:30 PM
It says they're seeking word counts as low as 10K, but what if you have a full length novel, does the digital first mean the digital only? Or would you see it in print eventually?

veinglory
12-12-2012, 08:28 PM
It says they're seeking word counts as low as 10K, but what if you have a full length novel, does the digital first mean the digital only? Or would you see it in print eventually?

It tends to mean it may, but probably not.

Undercover
01-20-2013, 11:01 PM
I just saw that Carina Press (digital first) does not pay advances. Does that mean the same for Harlequin Digital First too?

It also says your book might go into print. I wonder if it's the same for the digital imprint too.

Undercover
01-25-2013, 01:21 AM
Well, I submitted to the Harlequin Digital First imprint and got a message a few days later saying my submission was incomplete and they wanted me to resend. Even though they probably do that to everyone that doesn't submit right, I thought it was pretty cool they let me know.

Mustafa
02-01-2013, 06:22 AM
Has anyone had any experience with that digital first line? I wonder what kind of promotion they do? I'd like to see some of their titles. Not that I'm worried about the quality, I know Harlequin is a big deal, but I would like to see what kind of look they're going for. Also, I wonder about "digital first" as opposed to Carnia's "digital" with, apparently, some print, right? So is the digital first line mean they will 100% go to print? Will they be part of the regular distribution channels that Harlequin has? (e.g. pretty darn near everywhere).

Any authors here have any experience with this new imprint? It's nice that they are open to unagented submissions. I hope that lasts a while.

DruidKitt
04-03-2013, 02:20 AM
Has anyone submitted to their Cosmo Red Hot Reads line? I was just wondering about time frame for responses. They've only had my manuscript for 3 weeks, but I was wondering how long I should buckle down for. :)

MandyHarbin
04-18-2013, 10:30 PM
Just dropping in to say I submitted to the Harlequin Digital First line back in early December. At 13 weeks, I nudged since I hadn't heard back. Two weeks later I got a nice email apologizing for the delay and stating that my submission was "currently under review with our acquisitions team". Not sure if that's standard procedure or what, but that was four weeks ago. I've been crazy busy anyway, and will be surprised if it gets picked up in it's current incarnation (I subbed it as a 4-part serial and not a standalone novel); otherwise, I'd probably be waiting on pins and needles to hear back. Just letting you know if you sub, it could be a while before you get an answer. They seem to be swamped.

gingerwoman
04-22-2013, 02:52 PM
Has anyone had any experience with that digital first line? I wonder what kind of promotion they do? I'd like to see some of their titles. Not that I'm worried about the quality, I know Harlequin is a big deal, but I would like to see what kind of look they're going for. Also, I wonder about "digital first" as opposed to Carnia's "digital" with, apparently, some print, right? So is the digital first line mean they will 100% go to print? Will they be part of the regular distribution channels that Harlequin has? (e.g. pretty darn near everywhere).

Any authors here have any experience with this new imprint? It's nice that they are open to unagented submissions. I hope that lasts a while.
I read on Twitter that only books over 70,000 words will have a chance of going to print and from what I gather I don't think there is a guarantee of anything going to print.
The first three books will come out in August and these are three big name authors to launch the Cosmo line. Other lines won't release first books until October or November.

gingerwoman
04-22-2013, 02:59 PM
I just saw that Carina Press (digital first) does not pay advances. Does that mean the same for Harlequin Digital First too?

It also says your book might go into print. I wonder if it's the same for the digital imprint too.
I don't think they pay advances to anyone submitting through the slush pile.

MandyHarbin
06-11-2013, 12:06 AM
FYI... I finally heard back from the digital line. It was an R&R. I haven't decided if I'm going to make the revisions the editor suggested. I'm in the middle of another project right now, so I'll make the decision later. Timeline was almost 5 months from submission until receiving the R&R.

sumthinirote
07-06-2013, 12:11 AM
I subbed to Harlequin Intrigue this morning at 6:35 and heard back at 7:11. She was very nice and wanted to know if I'm attending RWA in Georgia. She said they're launching a new gothic line, Harlequin Shivers, and wanted to talk with me about that. Unfortunately, I can't. My dad's in hospice and I need to stay close to home. I also mentioned I wasn't sure how I felt about digital first. My dream has always been to have my book on store shelves. Still, it's Harlequin. I sure don't want to shoot myself in the foot where they're concerned. Does anyone know if it's career suicide not to meet with a senior editor at a conference if you're invited?

MumblingSage
07-06-2013, 12:30 AM
I subbed to Harlequin Intrigue this morning at 6:35 and heard back at 7:11. She was very nice and wanted to know if I'm attending RWA in Georgia. She said they're launching a new gothic line, Harlequin Shivers, and wanted to talk with me about that. Unfortunately, I can't. My dad's in hospice and I need to stay close to home. I also mentioned I wasn't sure how I felt about digital first. My dream has always been to have my book on store shelves. Still, it's Harlequin. I sure don't want to shoot myself in the foot where they're concerned. Does anyone know if it's career suicide not to meet with a senior editor at a conference if you're invited?

If your dad's in the hospice? *first off, personal-boundaries-respecting hugs for that* Nobody is going to hold that against you!

I think it would be a shame to miss out on such a meeting if your life circumstances had permitted it, but if they don't, they don't. If it had just been that you were uncertain about digital-first, that seems a reasonable uncertainty to have but meeting with an editor could give you a new perspective. But missing this won't be the end of the world.

sumthinirote
07-06-2013, 12:53 AM
Thanks for the personal-boundaries-respecting hug. I got a big smile outta that.

I didn't give her specifics. I just told her I had a family emergency... figured she didn't want too much personal information in a business correspondence.

I imagine convincing me to go with digital first would be easy. I'd still be sad on one level, though. Time will tell.

MumblingSage
07-06-2013, 04:59 AM
Thanks for the personal-boundaries-respecting hug. I got a big smile outta that.

I didn't give her specifics. I just told her I had a family emergency... figured she didn't want too much personal information in a business correspondence.

I imagine convincing me to go with digital first would be easy. I'd still be sad on one level, though. Time will tell.

Yeah, TMI is always complicated. Family emergency should cover it. She knows you're not playing hooky or giving her the cold shoulder, you genuinely don't have that option.

In any event, the fact that you had their interest is a good sign! I'm sure you'll be able to find a publisher that will put your books in print if you want, given time. Or you may find digital works for a particular story and you enjoy it after all.

sumthinirote
07-06-2013, 07:59 AM
I think that's a good attitude. I probably could find a print publisher given time. Her e-mail does sound promising, but that may be as far as it goes.

I'm still trying to adapt to digital. I just bought my first Kindle, and I like a lot of things about it, but I dislike things too. None of my family reads e-books, and I want my family to be able to read my work. They can't if I go digital. Even my niece, an avid reader in her mid 20s, won't read e-books. She experimented with them but went back to print.

Of course, digital is big and it's here to stay and grow.

dondomat
07-06-2013, 04:50 PM
I am totally going to check out Harlequin Shivers.
Also, aside the Oceania-oriented imprint mentioned by Gingerwoman, there's also the other Carina - Carina UK.

sumthinirote
07-09-2013, 06:14 AM
Now is the time to submit those gothic romances to the Shivers line at Harlequin, (digital first). The editor has passed my manuscript to the acquisitions team at Shivers, and it's only been three days since I submitted.

Silver-Midnight
07-11-2013, 05:37 PM
This may have already been asked. But I was looking through the Harlequin website, did the Harlequin SPICE get phased out for/to Carina Press or did I misunderstand something? Not SPICE Briefs, just SPICE.

Eltondiva
07-24-2013, 12:04 AM
Very Interesting anyone with more info?

http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=1734&chapter=0

writerreader
08-31-2013, 12:16 PM
I just wanted to let anyone who submitted to Harlequin Historical Undone in the last year or so to be aware that the incorrect submission email address was on the submissions page up until this week.

I submitted in September and waited seven months before pulling my manuscript.

HHU is for short novellas, 10 to 15 thousand words. The correct email address is now on the submissions page.

Eltondiva
09-02-2013, 03:15 PM
Is it just me or do they not take subs from folks other than the US and Canada as the drop down box is only showing these options on the registration page??????

girlyswot
09-02-2013, 09:03 PM
There's a line below that which says 'Don't live in the US or Canada?' Click that and follow the instructions.

Although, if you're writing for one of the London office lines, you can also just email it as described on this page (http://www.millsandboon.co.uk/aasubmit.asp).

gingerwoman
10-09-2013, 05:39 AM
I am totally going to check out Harlequin Shivers.
Also, aside the Oceania-oriented imprint mentioned by Gingerwoman, there's also the other Carina - Carina UK.
Those lines are also very strongly digital first.
And to answer another question yes Spice was phased out just before the success of 50 shades because the public didn't buy erotica apparently lol Spice type books are now published under HQN, Mira (agented only imprints) or Carina.

Wilde_at_heart
05-02-2014, 06:24 PM
Mods, I wasn't sure if this was exactly the right place for this...

News just announced today:

http://www.thestar.com/business/2014/05/02/torstar_sells_harlequin_to_news_corp.html



Torstar Corp. announced Friday it is selling Harlequin, one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women, to News Corp for $455 million in cash.

Harlequin will become a division of HarperCollins, which is a subsidiary of News Corp.

“Harlequin has been an important part of Torstar over the past 39 years and we are very proud of the global success it has achieved,” said David Holland, President and Chief Executive Officer of Torstar Corp. in a news release.

Torstar acquired control of Harlequin in 1975 and full ownership in 1981.

amergina
05-02-2014, 06:35 PM
Wow.

Old Hack
05-02-2014, 07:41 PM
I'll move this from our General Publishing Discussion room to the Round Table, where I suspect more people will see it.

Wow indeed.

Granada
05-02-2014, 08:28 PM
Interesting news. Half a billion doesn't seem like a lot for a huge brand -- is it a lot?
I wonder what the implications will be for writers and readers...

Filigree
05-02-2014, 08:44 PM
We're all still flummoxed by this news. I'm not with any Harlequin imprint, but I am interested in a couple of them. I'm definitely holding off sending anything, until my agent and I see what the new management brings.

suemont
05-02-2014, 09:37 PM
That will include Carina and Carina UK, won't it?

amergina
05-02-2014, 09:42 PM
That will include Carina and Carina UK, won't it?

Yup.

Bogna
05-02-2014, 09:45 PM
The RWA has sent out an e-mail to all members about the takeover.


On Friday, May 2, Torstar Corp. announced that it is selling Harlequin Enterprises to News Corp. for 455 million Canadian dollars (in cash). Harlequin will become a division of HarperCollins Publishers (a News Corp. subsidiary) and remain headquartered in Toronto.

According to HarperCollins President and CEO Brian Murray, “The Harlequin name and rich heritage will be preserved independently, with the aim to leverage capabilities to bring the book-reading public more choices. Harlequin’s business has grown internationally, and will give HarperCollins an immediate foothold in 11 new countries from which we can expand into dozens of foreign languages for authors who choose to work with us globally.”

Yet to be answered are questions on how this acquisition will affect future book contract terms (such as royalty rates and rights), library lending policies, continuation of series lines, and acquisition of new authors/works.

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and the approval of Torstar’s Class A shareholders, and the parties expect to close the transaction by the end of September.

ShaunHorton
05-02-2014, 09:48 PM
I wonder if the successful appeal of the class-action lawsuit against Harlequin (http://www.thepassivevoice.com/05/2014/appeals-court-reinstates-lawsuit-against-harlequin/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=passive+guy+-+the+passive+voice+blog) has anything to do with their decision to sell.

Wilde_at_heart
05-02-2014, 10:21 PM
I wonder if the successful appeal of the class-action lawsuit against Harlequin (http://www.thepassivevoice.com/05/2014/appeals-court-reinstates-lawsuit-against-harlequin/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=passive+guy+-+the+passive+voice+blog) has anything to do with their decision to sell.

Harlequin was quite profitable for them and all Canadian media have been squeezed financially the past few years. My guess is either they needed some cash, or are wanting to concentrate on their 'core' business of newspapers, etc.

Gravity
05-02-2014, 10:47 PM
I dunno. With the passage of time, it seems all the big publishers are slowly starting to meld into one, like scattered drops of mercury. One day all that will be left is HugeConGlomCo Worldwide Publishing and Media, and sorry, there's not room for your stuff, you ink-stained wretch you.

Granada
05-02-2014, 11:06 PM
Reuters makes it out to be an upside for e-book leveraging, at least on the buyer's end:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/02/torstar-sale-idUSL3N0NO34N20140502

I thought this was funny:
News Corp's HarperCollins publishing unit will be the new home of Harlequin, which puts out books aimed at women with racy titles such as "My Fair Billionaire" and "Expecting the CEO's Child."

Jamesaritchie
05-02-2014, 11:39 PM
On the surface, this strikes me as good news, but I'm willing to be convinced otherwise.

Xelebes
05-02-2014, 11:56 PM
Harlequin was quite profitable for them and all Canadian media have been squeezed financially the past few years. My guess is either they needed some cash, or are wanting to concentrate on their 'core' business of newspapers, etc.

Yep, Toronto Star is shedding assets and many of its star (groan) reporters like Robyn Doolittle are having to find other opportunities. This is no different to Canwest but it looks like Canwest has finished with its large round of cuts to its staff.

Filigree
05-02-2014, 11:58 PM
At second glance, it looks like Torstar wanted cash and less legal exposure, and NewsCorp may be in so many lawsuits it doesn't care about one more. I'll be watching from the sidelines for a while.

Sheryl Nantus
05-03-2014, 12:25 AM
I don't think much is going to change.

Harlequin is a big enough brand that no one wants to mess with it.

Of course, what do I know?

:)

Filigree
05-03-2014, 01:18 AM
I would like to hope only positive changes would come of this, but I'm too old and cynical to count on it. Ah, well, I won't have anything to send to Carina until Q4, anyway.

alexaherself
05-04-2014, 12:09 AM
At second glance, it looks like Torstar wanted cash and less legal exposure, and NewsCorp may be in so many lawsuits it doesn't care about one more.

Maybe so.

My guess is that it will eventually be settled out of court, and the activities by the publisher which gave rise to the litigation abandoned by the new owners. (For myself, I certainly wouldn't be submitting a manuscript there without very clear indications that that had happened.)

jjdebenedictis
05-04-2014, 04:33 AM
To rip off a joke I saw on Twitter today:

Wow -- first Penguin, now Harlequin. Publishing is not a good place to be a Batman villain.

Chumplet
05-07-2014, 06:54 AM
I worked for Torstar until 3 weeks ago. They offered other opportunities when they shut down our division, but I took the package. I think the print newspaper industry is hurtin' bad, but that is my extremely unprofessional opinion.

Maybe I'll see if I can make this writing gig work.

haunted
11-21-2014, 03:05 AM
Just an FYI- Harlequin E-Shivers will no longer be taking submissions, according to the email I just received. I subbed just over 2 weeks ago.

melnve
11-25-2014, 02:14 PM
Same with the e - "other" category, no longer accepting subs. Although it took almost five months for them to tell me.

brainstorm77
11-25-2014, 03:02 PM
Just an FYI- Harlequin E-Shivers will no longer be taking submissions, according to the email I just received. I subbed just over 2 weeks ago.
Too bad. I liked this line as a reader. I wonder if this also applies to the Shivers line for their Intrigue titles?

gingerwoman
11-25-2014, 03:09 PM
The head editor of Harlequin E/Harlequin Digital First gave a workshop to a small group of people at the Romance Writers of New Zealand conference, and she told us they weren't going to accept any more submissions to the whole Harlequin Digital First aka Harlequin E line (excluding Cosmo Red Hot reads I think)She said they were going to focus on selling what they'd already acquired.

That was back in August, but I notice the website does not say they are closed to submissions, so I'm not sure.

imjustj
05-30-2015, 03:11 AM
This is an odd question, but I'm not quite sure where else to put it...

I have a friend who had a book published with Harlequin in the early 90s. She would like to update and either re-submit elsewhere or self-pub the story, but needs to double check available rights. (She is reasonably sure everything is expired.)

We contacted Harlequin in NY, who told us that all contracts are handled in Canada. We contacted Canada and they told us they don't have any contracts, call NY.

Attempts to locate her former editor have been unsuccessful.

Does anyone have any ideas as to how to get a copy of a 22 year old contract from Harlequin? (Yes, she did have a copy, but has had several moves and a divorce, and apparently one of those ate the original manuscript and contract.)

ghostwriter007
05-30-2015, 06:12 AM
Maybe try sending this as a query to one of the agents? Although it's not exactly what they do, some eyes are bound to see the email (eventually :Shrug:)


This is an odd question, but I'm not quite sure where else to put it...

I have a friend who had a book published with Harlequin in the early 90s. She would like to update and either re-submit elsewhere or self-pub the story, but needs to double check available rights. (She is reasonably sure everything is expired.)

We contacted Harlequin in NY, who told us that all contracts are handled in Canada. We contacted Canada and they told us they don't have any contracts, call NY.

Attempts to locate her former editor have been unsuccessful.

Does anyone have any ideas as to how to get a copy of a 22 year old contract from Harlequin? (Yes, she did have a copy, but has had several moves and a divorce, and apparently one of those ate the original manuscript and contract.)

Old Hack
05-30-2015, 11:52 AM
This is an odd question, but I'm not quite sure where else to put it...

I have a friend who had a book published with Harlequin in the early 90s. She would like to update and either re-submit elsewhere or self-pub the story, but needs to double check available rights. (She is reasonably sure everything is expired.)

We contacted Harlequin in NY, who told us that all contracts are handled in Canada. We contacted Canada and they told us they don't have any contracts, call NY.

Attempts to locate her former editor have been unsuccessful.

Does anyone have any ideas as to how to get a copy of a 22 year old contract from Harlequin? (Yes, she did have a copy, but has had several moves and a divorce, and apparently one of those ate the original manuscript and contract.)

Your friend really should come here to ask her own questions: otherwise we risk facts getting unintentionally distorted as they're passed from one person to another.

Harlequin was based in Toronto for years; then some time last year it was taken over by HarperCollins, I think, which is based in New York. So it's possible their contracts department is based in either location!

Your friend can't just assume that anything has expired. I am not a fan of Harlequin's contracts, and as far as I remember they do not "expire". There are sometimes rights reversion clauses, but the ones I've seen rely on a book going out of print, and the author then taking steps to request reversion. If this is the case, and your friend does not take these steps, then she does not have the right to republish her book in any form. Please warn her to be careful. Harlequin has been known to be litigious.

As far as what your friend can do, well, if she had an agent at the time of signing her first step should be to contact that agent and ask for them to advise her. If she wasn't represented then she does need that contract. Harlequin might be able to provide one; or they might be happy to just revert her rights, as it's been twenty years or so since the book was published. I suggest she phone Harlequin and ask to speak to their contracts department or failing that, their legal team, and ask for their advice. Without her original contract it's going to be more complex to sort this out, but it's not going to be impossible.


Maybe try sending this as a query to one of the agents? Although it's not exactly what they do, some eyes are bound to see the email (eventually :Shrug:)

Which agents did you mean, ghostwriter? The original poster doesn't mention any agents, and literary agents are separate entities to publishers. Have I missed something?

imjustj
05-31-2015, 02:56 AM
Thanks.

She did not have an agent. She won the contract as part of a contest and was paid a flat fee (no royalties).

Old Hack
05-31-2015, 11:43 AM
Being paid a flat fee and no royalties implies that this book was signed on a work-for-hire basis--which means they'll have bought all rights, including the copyright of the work, and she'll have no rights to the work now. In which case there wouldn't have been a reversion of rights, as Harlequin owned it outright.

She has to be very careful. She can't assume that anything has expired: all she can do now is hope that her original contract turns up, or that Harlequin has one on file.

Is the contest still running? Could she contact the organisers and find out anything from them?

imjustj
06-01-2015, 04:06 AM
No, the contest was actually run by Harlequin. I think they did it for a few years in the early 90s, but I'm not 100% on that.

We are continuing to look for the contract and make contact with the right person at Harlequin. Until rights are ascertained, it sits - that is the right thing to do.

I will update if/when we figure it out - just in case anyone else is looking for a 20+ year old contract!

ChocolateChipCookie
06-02-2015, 08:56 PM
Imjustj, I sent you a PM with some possibly helpful information.

CaoPaux
04-08-2016, 11:45 PM
Updating URL: http://www.harlequin.com/

authorMAF
04-20-2016, 11:38 PM
I got a like on one of my pitches for #DVpit and submitted to Harlequin. I've read through a lot of this thread, but there's isn't a lot since the new year, and I was just wondering if anyone here has published with them, what category/genre, how did you like working with them, etc. :)

thanks!

CaoPaux
04-27-2016, 07:59 PM
This just in (via Dear Author (http://dearauthor.com/features/industry-news/wednesday-news-rip-harlequin-blaze-wtf-hugo-awards-curtis-sittenfeld-retells-austen/)): Blaze will shut down in '17. Also, "[a]round the same time, it appears that Harlequin Historical and Harlequin Romance will both be going digital, ending print distribution in the U.S., at least."

Kay
04-27-2016, 08:05 PM
This just in (via Dear Author (http://dearauthor.com/features/industry-news/wednesday-news-rip-harlequin-blaze-wtf-hugo-awards-curtis-sittenfeld-retells-austen/)): Blaze will shut down in '17. Also, "[a]round the same time, it appears that Harlequin Historical and Harlequin Romance will both be going digital, ending print distribution in the U.S., at least."

Of course, since my current WIP is specifically geared to the Blaze line. Oh well. I just hope its authors will find new, good homes.

ElaineA
04-27-2016, 08:12 PM
There's a bit more on this in the Romance subforum. It's not entirely clear, but Blaze may be replaced with something more steamy? Don't despair yet. :)

Kay
04-27-2016, 09:29 PM
Someone mentioned that Blaze could get replaced by a
sexier, grittier, Cosmo Red Hot type of line in the romance subforum. So now I guess the waiting game if finding out information begins.

Off to research...

authorMAF
04-29-2016, 05:27 AM
This just in (via Dear Author (http://dearauthor.com/features/industry-news/wednesday-news-rip-harlequin-blaze-wtf-hugo-awards-curtis-sittenfeld-retells-austen/)): Blaze will shut down in '17. Also, "[a]round the same time, it appears that Harlequin Historical and Harlequin Romance will both be going digital, ending print distribution in the U.S., at least."

Does that mean that print would continue in other countries, or is it just that, for now, it'll start with U.S. and might eventually extend?

Old Hack
04-29-2016, 09:59 AM
Blaze is a US imprint, isn't it? If so, there is nowhere else for it to continue in other countries.

brainstorm77
04-29-2016, 02:09 PM
Voicing my concern as a consumer that I am not pleased that the Historical line will no longer be available in print in stores. I have had some of their short run print books already and in my opinion they were inferior quality with flimsy covers and pages. I assume this is how their POD books will be produced?

authorMAF
04-30-2016, 03:33 AM
Blaze is a US imprint, isn't it? If so, there is nowhere else for it to continue in other countries.

ah ok, so is it only Blaze then? I submitted to Harlequin Nocturne, so I imagine this has nothing to do with what's going on for Blaze...?

Old Hack
04-30-2016, 10:54 AM
ah ok, so is it only Blaze then? I submitted to Harlequin Nocturne, so I imagine this has nothing to do with what's going on for Blaze...?

As Cao told us earlier,


This just in (via Dear Author (http://dearauthor.com/features/industry-news/wednesday-news-rip-harlequin-blaze-wtf-hugo-awards-curtis-sittenfeld-retells-austen/)): Blaze will shut down in '17. Also, "[a]round the same time, it appears that Harlequin Historical and Harlequin Romance will both be going digital, ending print distribution in the U.S., at least."

Blaze, HR and HH are all different imprints under the Harlequin umbrella, as is Nocturne, I assume. I can't say that Nocturne won't be affected, as when a publisher restructures it can have knock-on effects throughout its business: but for now, I'd say Nocturne isn't affected. Other branches of Harlequin in other countries will continue to operate as they always have.

gingerwoman
05-01-2016, 08:03 AM
Harlequin frequently shuts down lines/imprints and opens new ones, renames and re-brands lines. It's been doing that for the last ten years at least.

Old Hack
05-01-2016, 10:36 AM
I suspected that might be the case, Ginger.

In the UK HM&B has a very different business model to most publishers. One print run, four weeks or so on the shelves, and that's that. Those books are done with and the next month's new titles replace them. It doesn't sustain titles in the way that other publishers do. It's likely that the US side of the business has similar tendencies and if it does, I wouldn't be at all surprised that it extends that swiftness (and to some extent, ruthlessness) to its imprints.

Filigree
05-01-2016, 05:50 PM
I know that in the US, the HQ paperbacks were so ubiquitous that thrift stores and used bookshops would not even take them for trade, much less cash value.

I had a friend who wrote for HQ back in the 80s...basically work for hire, one payment for book, publisher takes all rights. She said it made it hard to fall in love with her characters, and easy to write to a formula.

brainstorm77
05-01-2016, 06:03 PM
It's the same system in Canada. The books are on the shelves for about a month before the next month's selection replaces them.

gingerwoman
05-17-2016, 05:25 PM
ah ok, so is it only Blaze then? I submitted to Harlequin Nocturne, so I imagine this has nothing to do with what's going on for Blaze...?
It wouldn't have anything to do with Nocturne no. I hope Nocturne will survive.

gingerwoman
05-17-2016, 05:32 PM
I know that in the US, the HQ paperbacks were so ubiquitous that thrift stores and used bookshops would not even take them for trade, much less cash value.

I had a friend who wrote for HQ back in the 80s...basically work for hire, one payment for book, publisher takes all rights. She said it made it hard to fall in love with her characters, and easy to write to a formula.
The 80s was a very long time ago in publishing. I'm pretty sure it wasn't work for hire in the 90s.

The royalty percentages have always been described as very much on the low side. The massive reach was well worth it, although the rise of digital has done significant damage to what was a well cornered market.

As far as digital sales go now Harlequin authors are also often but not always impeded by all the old school territory restrictions resulting in consumers wanting to buy your ebook and being blocked from buying it by their IPs, or location of their credit card.

avnelson
06-21-2016, 08:15 PM
So I got a request from Kayla for the Nocturne line during #DVPit and I'm excited but nervous. I've always dreamed about writing for Harlequin but I'm afraid it will just be another form rejection! All the full requests I've gotten from agents in the past two years have been forms, some of them deservedly so as I was a 21 year old jumping the gun with the writing to match, but it'd be nice to at least get a little feedback so I can revise my manuscript. I believe my writing has improved drastically since then, because every year I look back on my previous year's writing and think it is garbage. I guess 23 is a bit young to cement your voice and I know most writers don't get published until later in life, but there's always the odd chance! :tongue

JustWonderin
01-31-2017, 10:54 PM
Does anyone have timeline info for any of the lines? How long are submissions taking these days?

Deb Kinnard
02-01-2017, 04:35 AM
AVNelson, here's hoping your work finds favor! But I suspect by now you will have heard something from HQ. Their process is slow, but not THIS slow.

JustWonderin, I have had response times from HQ ranging from 3 months to two years to never. The tale at that time was that they "never" forgot to respond on a submission, but mine they did. I also have a partner who writes romance who got a rejection at about 4 months, and then a week later got a second rejection by a different editor at HQ, to whom she hadn't sent it. I joshed her that she was the only writer I know who could get the same project declined by two different people at the same house.

She hit me.

JustWonderin
02-01-2017, 07:27 PM
Haha! Thanks for the reply, Deb! I've only ever submitted to Carina before and they've always responded within 10 weeks-ish. I just didn't know what to expect from the other lines. I guess it'll just be a long waiting game. Maybe they'll respond to a nudge if I got a pub offer from some where else.

Sarah M
04-17-2019, 10:38 PM
Hi. Has anyone published with through Harlequin lately, more specifically their series collection (i.e. Romance)? I've been searching indie publishers and found them on a list. I googled them, but I haven't found much. Also, I noticed they're in the UK. Do they publish authors from the US as well?

Sonya Heaney
04-18-2019, 12:15 AM
Hi. Has anyone published with through Harlequin lately, more specifically their series collection (i.e. Romance)? I've been searching indie publishers and found them on a list. I googled them, but I haven't found much. Also, I noticed they're in the UK. Do they publish authors from the US as well?

Hi Sarah,

I recently signed with a Harlequin imprint (first book out later this year). I’m not sure why they would be on an indie publisher list when they are the biggest traditional publisher of romance in the world…

Harlequin (and its many, many imprints) is owned by HarperCollins. It’s a worldwide business, and different Harlequin/Mills and Boon lines are based in different countries, including the US/Canada, the UK, Australia…

*However*, they will publish people from all over the world. For example, the Romance line is called True Love in the UK, but everyone submits through exactly the same website. (Harlequin/Mills and Boon lines that accept unsolicited submissions use Submittable.)

You send off your cover letter, synopsis, and the first three chapters of your manuscript, and that gets read by an editor, who may or may not express an interest in the rest of it. It really doesn’t matter where you are in the world. I’m in Australia, and I know Harlequin authors from all over. A Harlequin writers’ group I’m in includes people from New Zealand to Poland to Nigeria.

Sarah M
04-18-2019, 12:35 AM
Hi Sarah,

I recently signed with a Harlequin imprint (first book out later this year). I’m not sure why they would be on an indie publisher list when they are the biggest traditional publisher of romance in the world…

Harlequin (and its many, many imprints) is owned by HarperCollins. It’s a worldwide business, and different Harlequin/Mills and Boon lines are based in different countries, including the US/Canada, the UK, Australia…

*However*, they will publish people from all over the world. For example, the Romance line is called True Love in the UK, but everyone submits through exactly the same website. (Harlequin/Mills and Boon lines that accept unsolicited submissions use Submittable.)

You send off your cover letter, synopsis, and the first three chapters of your manuscript, and that gets read by an editor, who may or may not express an interest in the rest of it. It really doesn’t matter where you are in the world. I’m in Australia, and I know Harlequin authors from all over. A Harlequin writers’ group I’m in includes people from New Zealand to Poland to Nigeria.

Okay. Thanks so much! :)

And I think the reason why it was on an Indie publishers list is because with their Harlequin Series (Romance, etc.), you don't need an agent to submit your work.

Sonya Heaney
04-18-2019, 01:12 AM
Okay. Thanks so much! :)

And I think the reason why it was on an Indie publishers list is because with their Harlequin Series (Romance, etc.), you don't need an agent to submit your work.

Ah, that makes sense.

Sonya Heaney
04-18-2019, 03:42 AM
Also, just putting this out there for everyone again. Here's a list of what you can submit to without an agent - including detailed descriptions of each line - and the links to actually send in your stuff.

Harlequin is constantly changing things around, closing new lines and opening others, so it's a good idea to keep track of what they're actually publishing at the moment.

I've heard that the Special Edition line is slow to respond at the moment - too many submissions to get through. Of course things will change, but it's something to keep in mind for now.


Submittable Link (https://harlequin.submittable.com/submit)


Carina Press is included above. Escape Publishing is another Harlequin/HarperCollins imprint, focusing mostly on stories from Australia and New Zealand (though I believe anyone can submit.)