Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The 2000th Superromance!

It's Party Time!

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.

15 comments:

Diana Tidlund said...

I'm Here Geri.... Was at your facebook event yesterday too..but I didn't see anyone?... sorry...

Piya said...

"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!"

I love it. :)
Congratulations on your tenth Harlequin book, Geri! And yay for Harlequin Superromance #2000. Both incredible milestones!

Diana Tidlund said...

ok Geri I see you are here cause you commented/liked on FB so thanks!!!
Congrats on the book....and finally being in the double digits!!!

Victoria Curran said...

Yes, congrats on your tenth Harlequin, Geri--and congratulations Superromance for book #2000.

So proud of this wonderful series of books. As a senior editor, I don't think I'm allowed to have favourites. But I can't resist a nod to some of the Supers authors I've had the pleasure to edit over the years: Janice Kay Johnson, Ellen Hartman, Karina Bliss, Kathleen O'Brien, Abby Gaines, Beth Andrews, Amy Frazier, Jeannie Watt, Zana Bell, Susan Gable, Amy Knupp...so many emotional, roller-coaster stories. You guys always make me laugh (and usually also cry).

To Superromance Book #4000!

Colleen C. said...

Wow congrats!!! As for my first Superromance... not exactly sure, but I know it is still sitting on my bookshelves!

dstoutholcomb said...

congratulations!

Denise

penney said...

Congratulations! I love the super romances my favorite and I still have it is Love's Emerald Flame by Willa Lambert # 2
Love the Harlequin super romances.
Penney

LynnB said...

I have adored Superromance for years and years and feel like I've read a lot of those 2000 ... here's to another 2000 to come! :) Can't wait to read Navy Justice!

Victoria Curran said...

Penney, that's brilliant! I don't know if we've got a Willa Lambert on our own shelves at Harlequin. (Although there is a library on the fourth flow where I'm sure we stock one copy of each book right back to the beginning.) What year would that have been? I was editor on Superromance when we celebrated a 25th anniversary, but I can't remember when that was...

Nan Dixon said...

What a great post! Congratulations on being the 2000th release!

Wendy said...

So many favorites, I'm sure I'm going to forget someone! Kathryn Shay, Carrie Alexander, Janice Kay Johnson, Molly O'Keefe, Inglath Cooper, Ellen Hartman, Karina Bliss...

And the sad thing is I know I'm forgetting some. This post makes me want to move all my unread Supers to top of the TBR pile.

Mary Preston said...

That is a lot of reading and a lot of writing & re-writing. Too long ago to remember my first and I could never pick an absolute favorite.

A big congratulations to all!!

Melinda Freeland said...

Very cool that your book is the 2000th release! Congrats to you and all the Super Romance authors! My first SuperRomance read was just this year actually - To Love a Cop by Janice Kay Johnson -- and now I have read five more SR novels, and definitely will put your book on my TBR list.

Geri Krotow said...

Thanks for all of the well wishes. Truly, while it's wonderful and I'm thrilled that Navy Justice wears the 2000th label, it's a celebration for all Super authors and Super readers. The best category line EVER! :)

penney said...

Hi Victoria it was the 1980's when this book came out Harlequin super romance #1.
Hugs
Penney

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