Harlequin Announces Digital First Program

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Harlequin Expands Publishing Programs with Launch of New Digital First Initiatives
Program spans series and bestseller imprints

Toronto, August 14, 2013—Today, Harlequin, one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women, announced the extension of a number of its imprints into the realm of digital first publishing for original editorial. The Harlequin, Harlequin TEEN, Harlequin MIRA and Harlequin HQN imprints will all introduce original digital first titles in the coming months.

“We’re thrilled to further expand our reach in the digital space,” said Loriana Sacilotto, EVP, Global Editorial at Harlequin. “In a retail environment that’s increasingly challenging for new and emerging authors, digital publication and promotion allows us to continue to encourage author discovery and growth, bring books to market more quickly, leverage popular digital trends and offer authors an outlet for their nontraditional and ancillary streams.”

Harlequin will extend its iconic series brand with Harlequin-E, a digital first series program that allows writers the chance to turn out-of-the-box ideas that don’t fit into existing series romance lines into ebooks. Harlequin-E will initially focus on mystery, romance, erotic romance, young adult, fantasy, fantasy romance, sci-fi and sci-fi romance categories. Harlequin-E will launch its first digital story in fall 2013 and feature stories with a minimum word count of 10,000.

Harlequin TEEN will launch its digital first program on October 1, 2013, with Stir Me Up by debut author Sabrina Elkins, a contemporary young adult novel with New Adult crossover appeal. With a demographic that increasingly reads, shops and interacts digitally, the Harlequin TEEN digital first platform is a natural extension of the existing program and allows the young adult imprint to introduce fresh new voices to readers and to let no great book go unpublished.

Harlequin MIRA and Harlequin HQN will launch their digital first programs in the first quarter of 2014 and begin by publishing a select number of titles, including I See London, a New Adult novel by debut author Chanel Cleeton (Harlequin HQN), and Wonder Girl, a women’s fiction novel by Rebecca Coleman (Harlequin MIRA).

All the digital programs have the benefit of utilizing Harlequin’s existing editorial, marketing, art, production and publicity departments.

“The challenge in the digital marketplace is in finding ways to make titles stand out,” said Ms. Sacilotto. “By publishing books under the Harlequin brand, a powerful attraction for readers, we’re providing authors with the exposure they deserve.”

When Harlequin launched Carina Press, their flagship digital imprint, in 2010 they became the first major publisher to create a digital imprint. These new digital initiatives are a continuation of that innovative thinking. Carina Press currently publishes 175 titles a year and will continue to release genre and niche fiction under its own imprint separate from the Harlequin brand.

All Harlequin-E, Harlequin MIRA, Harlequin HQN and Harlequin TEEN digital titles may be published in print at a later date.

Submissions for Harlequin-E can be sent to Submit_HDigital@Harlequin.com. Guidelines for Harlequin-E can be found at Harlequin.com/HarlequinDigital.

About Harlequin
Harlequin (www.Harlequin.com) is one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women, with titles issued worldwide in 34 languages and sold in 110 international markets. The company publishes more than 110 titles monthly and more than 1,300 authors from around the world. Harlequin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Torstar Corporation (www.torstar.com), a broadly based media company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TS.B). Harlequin’s website is located at Harlequin.com. Harlequin has offices in 18 countries, including offices in Toronto, New York and London. For more information, please visit Harlequin.com and Facebook.com/HarlequinBooks. Follow Harlequin on Twitter @HarlequinBooks.

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