Saturday, February 23, 2013

Harlequin's New Digital First Series #Harlequin #ebook

I know Harlequin has Carina Press but they just announced a new digital first line: Called simply-Harlequin's Digital First Series. Like Avon's Impulse, Berkley/NAL's InterMix and Grand Central's Forever Yours, Harlequin's Digital First line will be an e-book imprint.

So if you have a manuscript you'd like to polish up and you think it fits the following guidelines, check out the submission guidelines and send it in. As of now, they don't require an agent.

The genres they are currently looking for:
Contemporary Romance
Fantasy and Fantasy Romance
Erotic Romance
Science Fiction and Teen Romance
Science Fiction Romance

Your Brilliant Idea***

***Authors have always been the innovators in publishing. Do you have a trilogy that just never fit anywhere?
Do you have a burning idea that keeps you up at night, but there has been no market for it? Now is the time to submit.

How to Submit:

Please submit only completed, fully polished manuscripts along with a query/cover letter and synopsis. In
the subject line of your query, please type the manuscript title, your name and the genre of the manuscript.

Queries: Must include the following and will not be reviewed if any piece is missing:


1. A brief, introductory query letter including genre, word count and a short description of the book,
as well as any pertinent information about the author, including both legal name and pen name
and any writing credits.

2. The full manuscript saved as an RTF file and attached, with file name TITLE_MANUSCRIPT where
you substitute your book's title in place of TITLE.

3. A 2–5 page synopsis of the book detailing character development, plot and conflict/story
resolution. Attach as an RTF file with file name TITLE_SYNOPSIS where you substitute your
book's title in place of TITLE.

Please be sure to put the following information on the first page of all files: manuscript name, author pen
name/legal name, email address, phone number, genre and word count (stories can be any word length
above 10,000 words).

Submissions should be sent to

All submissions will receive an auto-response acknowledging receipt of submission. Please allow 8–12 weeks
for an editorial response to your submission. If a response has not been received after 12 weeks, please
follow up with the email address. In the subject line of your query, please

type your manuscript name, your name and the genre of the manuscript. (Example: Book X by Jane Doe, Fantasy Romance.) In the body of the email, please let us know the date it was submitted. It is also helpful if you email from the same email address you used to send your submission.
Harlequin authors should submit through their editor or
Harlequin authors should submit through their editor or


• Use a professional email account; for example: Jane Doe, not Fluffy Bunny • It is helpful if your author name and email account name are similar

• Select a readable font (not Courier)
• Make sure your synopsis answers all the questions raised in your plot—if we read your synopsis
will we understand why the murderer committed the crime?

We are not seeking previously published material; however, we are open to self-published material.


Amber Skyze said...

Thanks for sharing this, Kathy!

Kathy Kulig said...

Sure Amber. Their PR person sent me the info. I must be on their mailing list. Most of the Big 6 publishers have digital first lines now but if you don't have an agent, it's getting hard to submit to them. So far, writers don't need an agent to submit to the Harlequin line. Always nice for authors to have options if they have a manuscript that might fit a particular market.