It seems that today the romance novel world is getting a shake up. Harlequin, that famous romance publisher, has decided to open a division that would be for self-publishing. Basically labeling themselves (and unfortunately the core of their authors) as a vanity/subsidy* press.
In my daughter’s words “Uh oh.”
Uh Oh indeed. It’s all the news the agent blogs are buzzing with including over at Janet Reid’s place and Kristin Nelson’s blog. RWA (Romance Writers of America – the association for romance writers) has pulled Harlequin from it’s site as being an approved publisher. Thereby Harlequin published authors are no longer elegible for a RITA, one of the romance industry’s top awards.
This just screams insane in my opinion. Why would the biggest romance publisher do something so stupid? When most people hear the words ‘romance novel’ they think trashy and hence Harlequin because they are known for being the type of books you hide under your bed or in a box and never tell anyone you actually read. Hence why I have no intention of being labeled as a ‘romance writer’. But the numbers don’t lie, these books sell and sell extremely well.
But this could get very interesting. Very interesting indeed.
For more info on the reason this is a big deal go here – Jackie Kessler
*vanity/subsidy publisher – from wikipedia – a publishing house that publishes books at the authors expense, basically self-publishing.