Nov 25, 2010

Harlequin's Superromance

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, November 25, 2010
Last week I blogged about series romance, what it is and the different series Harlequin's lines are divided into. It was interesting hearing the very latest on each line - what they encompass and some authors who are great representations of each line.

The line I'm aiming for is Superromance. According to Victoria Curran, who spoke about the line during eHarlequin's webinar (link here), this is Superromance:

Superromance is the longest of the 3 lines in Heart and Home at 70-75k. This is an important distinction. They are about family/unity/career/home - offer opportunities to explore subplots and secondary romances welcome. There's more elbow room for characterisation.Supers are character driven romances grounded in realism. Senior Editor Wanda Ottewell said that characters should be recognisable and remind readers of friends or family. Issues  characters find themselves in could happen. In Superromance love may not come easily but it's always worth the effort. Urban, small town and country settings, as well as international settings welcome. Primarily the word count is what gives us the opportunity to work with deeper subplots and secondary romances.

Specific authors weren't provided as best examples of the line, unfortunately.

It was a bit of a shock to hear the word count was 70-75k... it had been 60-65k (in fact the website still has this listed for the line). But it is definitely increasing. The first books with the new word count will hit shelves in June 2011. The reason for the increase is because Harlequin are looking for deeper character exploration and complex stories, always high conflict!

Guess I need to rethink my daily word count goal to finish.


Anonymous said...

Hi Anita. Interesting eHarlequin's webinar sounds like a valuable thing to have attended. I love Superromance (and Special Addition) without them in the Harlequin line I’m sure I’d be a (discrete) Harlequin turn-away. Interesting also because Superromance always was 70-75 thousand words. A few year ago, when ‘they’ shortened them it set me thinking about turning my back. A good story needs time to grow and Heroine’s need to breath, in my opinion. ---- You get those stories polished, and published. I’ll buy them. I love a good ‘old fashion’ super romance. ---- Erin

Shayne on November 25, 2010 at 10:30 AM said...

Hi Anita,
I listened to the webinar and really enjoyed it. Of course, I've forgotten everything, but having your informative updates is invaluable.

One question: do Superromance authors earn more than 50-55,000-word category authors? It would seem logical if they're almost creating a single title.



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