Harlequin’s Acquisition Roundup for September!

Each month we’re doing a brief recap of some recent acquisitions. As a reminder, on average Harlequin editors need to acquire four books every business day to meet next year’s schedule. In 2012 there were 65 new to Harlequin authors acquired, and as of August there are 53 for 2013….

September was a bit of a quiet month for us—only 55 titles acquired!

Some highlights—

Two Cosmo titles ( from Christine d’Abo and Erin McCarthy) were acquired. But we’re looking for more—especially hoping to find a debut author! It’s an exciting program and the stories are fantastic!

Desire is starting up a new Texas Cattleman’s Club series—and Janice Maynard, Catherine Mann, Sara Orwig, Cat Schield, Sarah M. Anderson, Michelle Celmer and Kathie DeNosky are all taking part in it!

Harlequin Digital has also been busy with 9 acquisitions! Love Inspired was close behind with 8 and Kimani and Superromance had 7 each.

Margaret Daley is this month’s acquisition queen with 8 titles contracted from two lines! Both Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense are delighted to publish this author.  She’ll be stopping by here at SOLD! in a few weeks to give some insight into juggling deadlines and series!

Debut authors for this month include new to Harlequin authors: Naomi Bellina (HD1), Flo Fitzpatrick (Heartwarming—she’s featured in a blog next week!), Naomi King (Love Inspired), Sheryl Lister (Kimani), Denise McDonald (HD1), and And we especially welcome the true debut authors: Lisa Dyson (Superromance) and Mary Jo Springer (HD1).

And some authors–like  Nicole Helm (Superromance) and Maggie Wells (HD1) are changing imprints/lines. We’ve got lots to offer!

And just to note, Melissa Endlich (Senior Editor, Love Inspired, @MelissaEndlich) with 11 acquisitions and Malle Vallik (Director, Editorial Digital Initiatives, @MalleVallik) with 8 acquisitions were our busiest editors. But we know they are still looking out for more projects!

Congratulations all!

Don’t forget to check our Writing Guidelines for info on submitting to us. And track the various series on Twitter or follow #HarlequinBooks.

 Happy reading–and writing!

2 replies on “Harlequin’s Acquisition Roundup for September!”

WooHoo! Go Janice Maynard in being selected for another Desire continuity!

7 acquisitions for SuperRomance? Awesome to hear/read since that’s the line I’m targeting.

Marcie–

I let the Superomance editors know of your comment and asked what they were looking for. Megan’s response was:

In terms of what we’re looking for in Supers, there aren’t any specific tropes. The most important thing is that there be true, intense conflict between the hero and heroine – something that comes from their individual core beliefs, not a misunderstanding or something that can be solved with a conversation. As long as this conflict is present and the writing is strong, most other things can work for us. We welcome characters from all walks of life and any setting. But the conflict and strong characterization are non-negotiable. 

Hope that helps!

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