By Wanda Ottewell, Senior Editor Super Romance
As I sat down to write this blog, it startled me to realize that the first month of 2012 was already finished. How could that be? Didn’t the year start, like, yesterday? Working in publishing, I frequently lose track of the current month/year as I get focused on future books and deadlines. Right now, for example, I’m thinking about how to round out the publishing schedule for last two months of 2012. The team is working on the art and cover copy for books in the last half of the year. I’m thinking about getting the manuscripts and edits done for books that won’t be published for months. I’m thinking about plans for 2013.
Since I’m so focused on the future, why don’t I give you a little taste of what I’m excited about coming up in Harlequin Superromance?
One of the most exciting things is the new cover look! As Jeannie showed you in that wonderful cover retrospective, we’re getting a new art style and look. Personally, I think the covers are gorgeous and help reflect the bigger book feel of this series. You’re in for some beautiful covers in upcoming months.
Another exciting development is the increase back to 85,000 words. Even though this change won’t take effect until the January 2013 Superromance titles, we’re already starting to see longer submissions and new ideas from authors targeted to the new length. What does this mean for the stories? Well, that extra 10,000 words could mean a secondary romance. It could mean a subplot and secondary characters’ points-of-view. It could mean digging deeper into the hero’s and heroine’s issues…maybe those issues they have with the siblings are explored and resolved. Maybe the career crisis is examined in more detail. However it looks, the longer word length will give readers more story and that’s a good thing!
The books we’re bringing to the shelves in 2012 are also exciting. There are far too many to mention here and I would hate to leave anyone out for lack of space. Look for new miniseries from some popular Superromance authors—having worked on a few of these books, I can promise you’ll find lots of good emotional moments with great plots. We are publishing five brand-new authors as well as a couple of Harlequin authors who are new to Superromance. Plus, many of your favorite Superromance authors will have books out this year. There’s a really good mix of stories coming.
Now the question I have for all of you is a little off topic. I want to know what you would like to see in future Superromance books. Is there a particular storyline you really love that we haven’t done in a while? Is there a setting you’d love to see in more books? Are there character types you think authors should explore? Not promising anything, but your suggestions just may inspire us!
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