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Harlequin Closing Five Lines, Publisher's Weekly, 16 May 2017

Former Harlequin Editorial Director Joins Entangled Brenda Chin New Editorial Director for Brazen and Scorched Lines, PRNewsWire, 10 May 2016

Latoya Smith, Former Samhain and Hachette Editor, Joins the L. Perkins Agency as Literary Agent, 13 April 2016, Agent in the Middle

Penguin Merges Berkley, NAL, Publisher's Weekly, 23 June 2015

Heaving Bosoms and Joyous Endings Conquer Capitol Hill, The Washington Post, February 13, 2015

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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