Nov 18, 2010

Harlequin's Series Romance Explained

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, November 18, 2010
Recently eHarlequin hosted a SYTYCW (so you think you can write) week.One of the sessions was a webinar (like a combined powerpoint slide show and podcast rolled into one - but live). Hosted by Harlequin editors Susan Litman and Victoria Curran it included a clear explanation of what is a category/series novel. I thought it was worth sharing (if you want to listen to the whole webinar, you can find a replay here):

What is Series?
  • set number of books per month under a specific brand
  • particular kind of read, creating reader expectation
  • create a fan base so readers return to their beloved lines each month
  • each book has a strong romance with a happy ending
  • each series has its own set of requirements including word count and story elements
They also grouped Harlequin's lines into Series. I hadn't been aware of this division before, so found it quite interesting. The series are:

Classic (Quintessential, modern love stories)
- Presents/Modern/Sexy Sensation
- Presents Extra/Modern Heat/Sexy
- Harlequin Romance/Sweet
- Medical Romance

Passion (A spicier, hotter read)
- Blaze
- Desire

Heart and Home (Heartwarming contemporary romances that balance life and love)
- Special Edition
- Superromance
- American Romance

Suspense and Paranormal (Heart stopping contemporary stories with intrigue and mystery... where true love always triumphs)
- Intrigue
- Romantic Suspense
- Nocturne

Inspirational (Christian/faith-based)
- Love Inspired
- Love Inspired Suspense
- Love Inspired Historical

Historicals
- Harlequin Historical

African-American
- Kimani Romance

Throughout the discussion they outlined each line in detail, as well as recommending a few authors who truly represent the line. I won't list them here, but if you are interested you can listen to the replay yourself (link above). I learnt a few new things about my line, and in particular one big change - but I'll leave that for a future post.



2 comments:

Rachael Johns on November 20, 2010 at 1:26 AM said...

Ooh thanks for the heads-up! I'll pop over there now :)

Anita Joy on November 21, 2010 at 12:16 PM said...

No worries, Rach - and glad to hear you've found your muse again!! Good luck with your Carina rewrites.

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