Authors wishing to write for Harlequin should know the line they are wishing to work for and demonstrate an ability to translate the specific guidelines of that line into a piece of writing. Please review the guidelines BEFORE submitting.
It is recommended authors should have at least one story finished and either additional projects in that same line, or a clear vision of future works that will fit in that line.
Writers in this category should not rely on heavy amounts of plot devices or baggage for the characters. Keep these people real so that the readers can truly relate.
SINGLE TITLE HISTORICAL ROMANCEWord count 75,000 - 110,000
These stories can be set in any time period. The stories should demonstrate a strong understanding of the time period and not rely on "source book" levels of research.
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SINGLE TITLE WOMEN'S FICTIONWord count 75,000 - 110,000
I am actively looking for "book club" style women's fiction pieces. These stories should examine the world through a woman's eyes. We want to see what it means to be a woman. Stories can be historical or contemporary but the focus must be on the female journey.
Please focus on one issue and not a ton of personal problems the protagonist has.
Stories can have happy or sad endings.
Please no adultery.
WHAT GREYHAUS DOES NOT REPRESENT
FantasySingle Title InspirationalYA or Middle GradePicture BooksMemoirsBiographiesEroticaUrban FantasyScience FictionScreenplaysPoetryAuthors interested in only e-publishing or self-publishingWorks that have already been published.
When I look at stories, I return to the basics of literature. I am looking at character, plot, setting and theme. I want stories that are "real" in voice, character and plot. I want characters who the reader can truly relate to.
When it comes to the writing, I want to see stories that demonstrate a writer's command of the language and the skills necessary for telling a story. I frequently turn down stories that come across as forced or show me the writer is using skills because "they were told they would work". I want writers who know when and how to use literary techniques because it fits the right situation.