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Last Updated on November 09, 2014

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Harlequin has released editors Mary Theresa Hussey, Tara Gavin, and Wanda Ottowell, 7 NOvember 2014

Diversion Books Launches Romance Retail App, Publishers Weekly, 4 November 2014

KDP Star, Barbara Freethy, Creates Print Imprint, Publishers Weekly, October 15, 2014

Ellora’s Cave Files Libel Suit Against Dear Author Blog, Publishers Weekly, September 29, 2014

Kensington, BAM Team to Sell New Paperback Line, Publisher's Weekly, August 19, 2014

Kensington Publishing has entered an exclusive partnership with the Books-A-Million bookstore chain to launch Lyrical High Notes, a new line that will release select titles from Kensington’s digital imprint in trade paperback editions. Lyrical High Point trade paperbacks will be offered for sale for a limited time exclusively though BAM and sell for $12.95.

Ebook Publisher Power Rankings: Top Publishers of 2014…So Far,  Digital Book World, August 15, 2014

The two largest trade publishers in the world controlled nearly two-thirds of all ebook best-sellers in the first half of 2014.

Penguin Random House and HarperCollins combined to appear on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list a combined 406 times out of a total of 650 possible, about 65%. Penguin Random House led the way with 250 best-sellers (40% of the total) and HarperCollins had 156 (nearly 25%). The two companies also combined for 19 No. 1 best-sellers out of 25 total. HarperCollins had 12, driven by the success of Veronica Roth’s Divergent in the first quarter, and Penguin Random House had seven.

Christina Brashear Returns as Samhain Publisher, June 19, 2014

International publisher Samhain Publishing® today announced initial steps in its strategic plan to reorganize operations and develop industry partnerships, allowing the company to be more agile in the ever-changing ebook marketplace. As part of this exciting transition, owner Christina Brashear has returned as Publisher and her first order of business was to restructure the editorial team. As a result, current Publisher Lindsey Faber will depart the organization to serve in a consulting role and Heather Osborn will transition from Editorial Director to freelance editor.  Read more.

Cleis Launches Erotic Romance Imprint, June 18, 2014

Cleis Press announced the creation of Tempted Romance, a new imprint devoted to an erotic romance list. The imprint will be headed up by Brenda Knight, as publisher (Knight also serves as publisher of Cleis), releasing 12 titles per year.  Read more.


In the eighties and nineties, the model Fabio Lanzoni popularized “the clinch”—the image on Harlequin paperback covers of a muscled man clutching an enraptured woman against his bare pecs. When I was in high school, my friends and I used to hunt down these Harlequins from used-book stores. Our favorite featured an improbably Scottish Fabio who spoke in a brogue—we knew what was under his kilt.  Read more.

Romance Once Again Innovates Digital Publishing with Mills & Boon’s Chatsfield, May 7, 2014

If you want to attempt something new in digital publishing, start with the romance genre. What have romance publishers done that’s so astounding? They were among the first publishers to adopt ebook-first and digital-only titles at a time when books were only released as ebooks after a hardcover run. They were the first in the industry to offer 70% royalties to authors on digital-only titles despite accusations that they were pandering to authors who couldn’t get published otherwise. They were the first to offer nearly instantaneous publication from a major publisher, reducing the ridiculously long wait time for a new book to reach market. They among the first industry to open their arms to hybrid authors, giving them the freedom to write books for their publishers while also writing other unrelated titles specifically to launch as self-published works.  Read more.

News Corp. to Buy Romance Publisher Harlequin, May 2, 2014

News Corp. is buying Harlequin Enterprises, a publisher of novels such as “Destiny’s Last Bachelor?” and “The Heartbreaker Prince,” for C$455 million ($415 million) in cash, according to a statement today. Murdoch is purchasing Harlequin from Canada’s Torstar Corp. (TS/B) and will fold it into News Corp.’s HarperCollins books unit, which already has a romance imprint called Avon Romance.  Read more

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5/13/2013  Erika Tsang has been promoted to Editorial Director at Avon Books and Amanda Bergeron has been promoted to Editor.

5/12/2013  Brenda Chin has left Harlequin Blaze.  Marsha Zinberg is planning to retire.  Marsha will now focus on her side business The Write Touch, a speech-writing and essay-editing service geared toward private individuals. http://www.writetouch.ca/

12/5/2012  (from PRNewswire) Harlequin, one of the world's leading publishers of books for women, and Cosmopolitan, the world's largest women's magazine, today announced a book publishing partnership to bring Cosmopolitan's fun, fearless female sensibility to fiction readers everywhere. Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin will present independent, adventurous women in contemporary settings and feature fast-paced plots, great dialogue and compelling romance. The shorter length of Cosmo Red Hot Reads from Harlequin titles (approximately 30,000 words per title) should appeal to readers on a variety of platforms, including mobile devices.

Under the agreement, Harlequin, a leader in digital publishing, intends to publish two original ebook titles per month, beginning in May 2013. The novels, by some of Harlequin's bestselling authors, will have strong narratives centering on modern young women living the free-spirited and outgoing lifestyle espoused by the international magazine. The ebooks will bear both the Cosmopolitan and Harlequin logos on their covers.

11/29/2012 The Random House Publishing Group is excited to launch three new digital imprints, alongside the existing digital imprint LOVESWEPT.  To the already-existing LOVESWEPT imprint for romance and women’s fiction, RHPG will add the following digital-only imprints:  ALIBI, for mystery/suspense readers; HYDRA, for sci-fi/fantasy enthusiasts; and FLIRT, for the rapidly-growing college-age New Adult audiences.  Read more.

10/21/2012:  Harlequin Mira editor Miranda Indrigo has moved to become the author liaison and handle concierge services.

10/18/2012:  Author Barbara Freethy has sold over 1 million copies of her books through Barnes and Noble's PUB-IT Self-Publishing Platform.  Read more.

10/18/2012:  Harlequin will launch a new contemprary romance series called KISS in 2013.  Read more here.

10/12/2012:  Dorchester Publishing claims on their website that they're looking for addresses for many authors in order to revert their rights.  Check for your name here.

 6/22/2012 (from Agent in the Middle): Effective June 15, 2012  Lori Perkins has resigned as editorial director of Ravenous Romance after four years with the company. She will continue to run the L. Perkins Literary Agency and work on other writing projects.

6/5/2012 (from Media Decoder)Amazon.com has expanded its publishing reach again by acquiring Avalon Books, a small, 62-year-old publisher that specializes in romance and mysteries.  The purchase includes more than 3,000 back-list titles, Amazon said, adding that the books will be published under Amazon’s imprints based in Seattle.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

6/4/2012 (from Publisher's Weekly):  PGW has signed Entangled Publishing, Night Shade Books, Cameron +Company, and Yosemite Conservancy to distribution deals. Romance and YA publisher Entangled, as well as sci-fi publisher Night Shade, shipped their first titles with PGW in May. Cameron +Company, a boutique publisher specializing in calendars, will begin distribution through PGW in June, and Yosemite Conservancy will follow in July.

5/31/2012 (from Publisher's Weekly):  Agents Scott Waxman and Byrd Leavell have teamed up to form a new shingle, The Waxman Leavell Literary Agency. Leavell has been an agent at Waxman's eponymous agency for seven year.,

5/23/2012  Harlequin has named Natashya Wilson as executive editor of its non-fiction imprint and Deborah Brody as Executive Editor.  They accept agented submissions only.

5/13/2012 (courtesy of Cindi Myers):  At BEA, Harlequin announced it’s increasing word counts for some of its lines. Superromance is moving from 70,000 words  to 85,000 words; Nocturne is increasing from 70,000 to 80,000 to 85,000 words.

In February 2013, Harlequin will launch Harlequin Kiss, a new imprint that will be the North American version of the Riva imprint already popular overseas. Stories will feature various levels of sensuality. They’re described as “fun, flirty and contemporary,” featuring a “modern Alpha hero.” Senior Editor Bryony Green in Harlequin’s London office will be overseeing the line.

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Romance in the News

MacMillan Introduces Crowd-Sourced Romance Imprint, AppNewSer, 21 Dec 2012

Updates to Harlequin Lawsuit, 9 Nov 2012

Learning from 'Fifty Shades of Grey', Avon Books and Facebook Tap Social Romance Market, Forbes, 16 Oct 2012

Harlequin Plans Contemporary Romance Imprint, Publishers Weekly, 17 Oct 2012

Nora Roberts Happily-Ever-After Life, CBS News, 23 Sep 2012

What do Harvard Business Publishing and Harlequin – the publisher of a gazillion romance novels – have in common?, Forbes, 25 Sep 2012

Harlequin's Related Party Transaction Leads To Bad Romance With Authors, Forbes, 23 Aug 2012

A Rainbow of Happy Endings in Ethnic Romance, NPR, 15 Aug 2012

Digital-First Books Win Romance Award, Publishers Weekly, 30 Jul 2012

Kensington Does Digital Only with eKensington, Publishers Weekly, 16 Jul 2012

Publishers Hunt Online for new EL James, The Guardian, 21 Jul 2012

Mills & Boon Turns Heat Up Fifty Shade with Erotic Titles, The Guardian, 4 Jul 2012

Amazon Bids on Dorchester Assets, Publishers Weekly, 28 Jun 2012

Amazon Publishing Acquires Avalon Books, Amazon.com, 4 Jun 2012

Romance Authors Share Motherly Love, USA Today, 12 May 2012

Nora Roberts’s Three Decades of Writing Have Led to 200 Books, Washington Post, 16 Apr 2012

Sourcebooks Offers Romance e-Book Club, Chicago Tribune, 9 Apr 2012

ALTAFF to host 'Isn’t it Romantic?' at ALA Annual Conference, America Libraries, 3 Apr 2012

Why do we need romance novels? Authors have answers, USA Today, 14 Feb 2012

Romance Novels, The Last Great Bastion Of Underground Writing, The Awl, 14 Feb 2012

Readers' hearts remain true to romance novels, USA Today, 13 Feb 2012

Love Under Harlequin's Covers, Business Week, 10 Feb 2012

Clarification on Sale of Heartsong to Harlequin, Steve Laube Agency, 30 Jan 2012

Harlequin buys Christian romance novel supplier Heartsong Presents Book club, Canadian Business, 27 January 2012

PopTop Stage Hosts a Day of Romance, Inside Scoop, 22 January 2012

Romance Titles Get a New Imprint, E-Books Only, Media Decoder, 19 January 2012

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