I'm not sure if my Kafka is suitable for Harlequin. Well - OK - maybe I am sure. Still, I believe I could make the case for his Romantic desires. Engaged to the same gal twice. Thousands of letters written to her (sometimes three a day). He in Prague. She in Berlin. Chaste and (we assume) not so chaste meetings. Ah, Kafka In Love.
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Harlequin Seeks New Authors in Online Contest
By Leigh Anne Williams
Even though it is one of the world’s largest romance publishers, with about 1,300 active published writers, Harlequin Enterprises is still looking for new writers. And it is hosting an online conference and manuscript contest with a publishing contract as a prize to help draw them in.
Harlequin’s first So You Think You Can Write http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/conference was held last year, and even without a contest attached, about 800 writers submitted manuscripts, 25 of whom Harlequin is now working with. Some are close to publication, says senior executive editor for series editorial, Birgit Davis-Todd. This year, she expects that she might see 1,000 manuscripts. “Usually we’re out there attending a lot of romance writers conferences in person…, but with this, we decided we want to find some new authors, some new voices, maybe some younger authors,” said Davis-Todd. “We certainly do get a lot of manuscripts coming to us through the traditional route of the slush pile or through agents or authors we have met at conferences, but for us, it was the attempt to move beyond the usual people that might want to write for us and to find people who are blogging, writing, and doing things but maybe aren’t aware of Harlequin as a place to build a career.