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Call For Submissions

Harlequin Digital First Series
http://www.harlequin.com/articlepage.html?articleId=1734&chapter=0

We are acquiring editorial for new digital series, including:

Stories can be any word length above 10,000 words.

*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 as we commit to the freedom to experiment in digital publishing.

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. In the body of the email: 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, full mailing address, and any writing credits.
  2. As an attachment: the full manuscript saved as an RTF, DOC or DOCX file, with file name TITLE_MANUSCRIPT where you substitute your book's title in place of TITLE.
  3. As a second attachment: A 2–5 page synopsis of the book, detailing character development, plot and conflict/story resolution. Attach as an RTF, DOC or DOCX 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, full mailing address, phone number, genre and word count.

Submissions should be sent to Submit_HDigital@Harlequin.com.

All submissions will receive an auto-response acknowledging receipt of submission. Please allow 12-14 weeks for an editorial response to your submission. If a response has not been received after 14 weeks, please follow up with the Submit_HDigital@Harlequin.com 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.

Submission FAQs:

  1. I am a published author with Harlequin. How do I submit?
    We encourage Harlequin authors to submit to Harlequin Series Digital First through their editors, but you are also welcome to submit through the general inbox at Submit_HDigital@Harlequin.com
  2. Can I submit to more than one Harlequin line at a time?
    We ask that you submit only to one Harlequin series at a time. This means that if you have your manuscript on submission at Harlequin American Romance or Harlequin Blaze, we would ask that you wait to hear back from them before submitting to Harlequin Series Digital First.
  3. Can I submit to Carina Press and Harlequin Series Digital First at the same time?
    No. Because Carina Press is a Harlequin imprint, we ask that you do not submit simultaneously to Carina Press and Harlequin Series Digital First.
  4. Do you really read every submission?
    Yes. Because of the large number of submissions we receive, however, our response time can vary. We are working to make it as fast as we can, and we appreciate your patience.
  5. Do you accept unagented submissions?
    Yes, we accept both agented and unagented submissions.

Tips:

  • 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.



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