RWA Conference Day 1: Harlequin Sponsors address

Margaret Marbury (Vice President, Harlequin Single Title – HQN, Mira, Luna) and Sheila Hodgson (HMB London)
– signed more than 40 new series authors this year
– global writing contest ‘so you think you can write’
– Think Support
– start to finish support
– end to end career support
– last year launched Harlequin Author Network
– 20 languages, 110 international markets, 35,000 outlets and e-stores in US alone
19 different series lines (extensive guidelines available online)
Cosmo red hot reads – short, 30,000 word stories, digital only
Harlequin E – harlequin branded series, brand promise, publishing plan, digital series (Shiver, Pop, Intrigue, Gothic, Sci Fi, Fantasy etc)
So you think you can write contest – Top 3 Finalists all have contracts, and of the top 60, many are in talks with editors

Single title
already had 13 NY Times best sellers this year, for a total of 100 weeks, 140 weeks on extended lists
– Mira and HQN are launching digital first programs,  full length books
Mira – does women’s fiction which may or may not include romance.  Includes intrigue / thriller
HQN – romance from hot to scorching.  Also includes historical and paranormal
Harlequin Teen – a range of books aimed at young adult, including fantasy and paranormal

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