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Harlequin Books Submissions: A History of Publishing Greats

Harlequin Books is one of the most well-known and successful independent fiction publishers in the world. Founded in 1949, the company has a rich history of publishing greats and has helped launch the careers of many bestselling authors. Here is a brief history of Harlequin Books and its submissions process:

  1. Harlequin's origins: Harlequin Books was founded in 1949 in Winnipeg, Canada, by Richard Bonnycastle. The company began as a small publisher of mass-market romance novels, targeting a female audience.

  2. Harlequin's early years: In the early years, Harlequin focused on publishing category romances, also known as series romances, which were short, formulaic novels that were part of a series. The company quickly gained a reputation for publishing quality romance novels and became a leader in the genre.

  3. Harlequin's expansion: As the company grew, Harlequin expanded its publishing program to include other genres such as women's fiction, mystery, and fantasy. The company also began publishing in other languages and expanded its distribution to reach a global audience.

  4. Harlequin's submissions process: Harlequin accepts submissions from both agented and un-agented authors. They have a detailed submissions page on their website, which includes information on how to submit a manuscript, what types of books they are looking for and a detailed guideline for submission.

  5. Harlequin's success: Over the years, Harlequin has published many bestselling authors and helped launch the careers of many talented writers. The company's commitment to quality and its ability to connect with readers has made it one of the most successful independent publishers in the world.

  6. Harlequin's Digital era: Harlequin has adapted to digital era as well, they have established digital-first lines and Harlequin e-books can be found on various platforms such as Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, and Kobo.

In today's competitive publishing industry, getting published by Harlequin is no easy task, but the company's reputation for quality and its ability to connect with readers make it a publisher worth considering for fiction authors.

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