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Do you know of many things that last for 2000 times? Harlequin Superromance has, and Navy Justice, book #5 in my Whidbey Island series is proof. As a reader I can imagine 2000 Superromances end-to-end in my favorite bookstore, or on my shelves at home. But what's more mind-boggling to me is the amount of work and effort and sheer determination 2000 novels took. First, an idea floated down to an author. He or she worked tirelessly and for many, many days and months (sometimes years!) perfecting what was on the page. Did it match what they had in their mind? Did the emotions come across? Was it a page turner? Did it have a sinking middle? Was the ending satisfactory, or, in her hurry to get the book into her editor, did the author rush it a bit?
And that's just for the first round.
Next, an editor at Harlequin read the whole book and offered suggestions for revisions. Large revisions (re-write the book, please) to lesser, more nuanced changes (did you really mean for your hero to 'giggle,' or did you mean 'chuckle')? Then back to the author to incorporate the changes and suggestions. Then back to the editor, who went over it again or sent it out on contract to a freelance editor for a second full read-through. It comes back to the author again, usually with changes that are very manageable and hopefully catching any of the "oops!" mistakes that a reader would be puzzled at later (and send the author an email detailing it). And then, yes, it goes out again back to the editor, who sends it to a copyeditor for line edits. This back and forth can happen more times than I've just illustrated, depending upon the author's first version of the story, the editor's take on that version, and what the line is calling for in that particular time. Superromance has always been the most mainstream of all of Harlequin's category lines, and indeed, its stories reflect that. Want a feel-good family romance? Superromance! Want a sexy contemporary with a hunky hero? Superromance! Prefer a good mystery thrown in? Superromance! How about a thrilling romantic suspense? Superromance!
Do you remember your first Superromance? Your favorite? Who are some of your favorite Superromance authors? For me, it has to be Tracy Wolff, Carolyn McSparren and Molly O'Keefe in terms of faves.
Please join me in toasting all of the wonderful Superromance authors and editors that brought us to this incredible milestone. Cheers!
Geri is running several contests this month to celebrate the release of her tenth Harlequin book, Navy Justice. Check out her Facebook Author Page and Website for more information.