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    Harlequin Horizons versus RWA

    So you may have heard about this thing called Harlequin Horizons, and RWA’s response. But if you’re not in the publishing industry, you may not see why this is a big deal — and why RWA did the best possible thing any author organization could do.

    Basically, Harlequin Enterprises has opened a vanity publishing division called Harlequin Horizons, and RWA has taken away Harlequin Enterprise’s eligibility as an RWA-approved publisher. (I’m not going to link to Horizons because I don’t support it, but if you’re curious, you can go ahead and Google it.)

    Ready for the crash course?

    Yesterday, the following was sent out by Harlequin, about Harlequin Horizons:

    In the last few days we’ve heard concerns from many of you about two new initiatives, Carina Press and Harlequin Horizons. We would like you, our authors, to have the correct information about these programs, and help you understand that these programs are in no way intended to compromise the integrity of Harlequin brand or the quality editorial we publish under that brand.

    Okay, off to a good start, right?

    Harlequin has a long history of being the first choice destination for aspiring romance authors. Our programs have a stellar author base with the result that the bar is exceptionally high for new entrants.

    Yep, okay, rah rah Harlequin, it’s tough to break in, etc. This is all cool.

    The two new platforms that have been announced in the last week provide exposure to a growing stream of self-published new talent and give both Harlequin and romance readers the opportunity to evaluate new voices in the genre. Historically Harlequin, and other publishers, acted as a gateway for aspiring authors. Carina Press and Harlequin Horizons are 21st century vehicles for expanding these types of selection pools.

    Okay, stop right there. First, I’m not going to get into Carina Press, the digital publishing house that Harlequin has launched. Second, see how Harlequin is linking Horizons with self-publishing? So you’re starting to think that Horizons is a press that will let people self-publish, right? Thing is, this is incorrect.

    Our editors remain committed to developing new talent through our regular submission procedures and dedicated to ensuring our published authors remain the global gold standard for romance writing. We also want our current authors to know that the books self-published through Harlequin Horizons will NOT be branded Harlequin, nor will they be distributed by Harlequin or appear in stores next to your books.

    A-ha! Here’s a big clue that aspiring authors better have their eyes open. Yes, the press has the name “Harlequin” on it. But even though you may think this means you’re a legitimate Harlequin author, you’re not. Oh, and Harlequin won’t distribute Horizon books. Horizon books won’t appear “in stores next to your books.” Well, gosh, if you’ve written a romance, and you get it printed through Horizon, it won’t be shelved in romance! Want to know where it will be shelved? Simple: It won’t. That’s right: Horizon books don’t make it to the bookstores, folks. But wait, there’s more!


    For the first time since figures have been kept, print-on-demand titles outpaced traditionally-published titles in 2008 according to Bowker. Self-published print-on-demand titles make up a large portion of this expanding sector. This is not traditional vanity press publishing; self-publishing is a large and vibrant part of the publishing industry today.

    This is correct: self-publishing is an option for authors. It’s an important option. Self-publishing successfully is extremely difficult, and I respect authors who go this route. But note: Harlequin Horizons is **not** offering self-publishing. Read on.

    Horizons books will not be distributed by Harlequin. They will not appear in stores next to your book. Self-published books are generally distributed through large online catalogs.

    Okay, see how they’re lumping two ideas together here to make it sound like Horizons is offering self-publishing? They do point out that Horizon-printed books will not be available in bookstores. Wonder where those catalogs they’re referring to will be.

    Horizons books will not have Harlequin branding. Horizons is a separate brand and will carry the double-H Horizons logo on the spine only, NOT the Harlequin brand.

    So even though they’re taking pains to call themselves “Harlequin Horizons,” they’re saying the book itself won’t have the important Harlequin name or brand. This looks like a bait and switch.

    Readers will not be confused. Harlequin is the gold standard for romance. Readers purchase Harlequin because they trust Harlequin to provide a great story. There will be no ‘dilution’ of quality. Horizons is a separate imprint with no Harlequin branding.

    See the subtle dig here? Harlequin offers top-notch stories…and Horizons isn’t that. So if you choose to go the Horizons route, Harlequin has already said your story isn’t up to par. Despite the “Harlequin” name in Harlequin Horizons, you would not be a Harlequin author. And what’s more, Harlequin itself is saying that if you choose to print your book with Horizons, your story **isn’t good enough to be published by Harlequin.** So rather than encouraging authors to sharpen their skills and become better writers, they’re instead offering a way for aspiring authors to pay to print a story that isn’t ready for prime time. Yes, this is pay to play.

    We’ve taken care to be very transparent. The website is very clear that this is self-publishing; we make no promises that Harlequin will in any way publish and distribute Horizons books in the traditional sense. The Harlequin Horizons author keeps her copyright.

    But is this self-publishing? Read on…

    We’re doing this to support aspiring romance authors who choose to self-publish. Although we do not promise this, we will in fact be monitoring sales/editorial for new voices.

    Hey, look at that: Harlequin is going to be “monitoring” Horizons books for “new voices” — that were not good enough to be published by Harlequin. So they’re offering false hope that if you print your book with Horizons, someone from Harlequin may actually decide to help you break in. Uh huh.

    1. What is Harlequin Horizons?

    Self-publishing is one of a suite of publishing options an aspiring author can choose from these days; with the launch of Carina Press we can provide the flexibility of a digital-only press, and Horizons offers a self-publishing option.

    It is a partnership with Author Solutions – they provide the self-publishing services, we provide our brand name and we make authors we have rejected aware of this service.

    WHOA. Stop right there! The two things Harlequin is bringing to the Horizons venture is its brand name — which it also says will not be on the actual books, so it’s providing its name to this press only — AND Harlequin is going to insert a line into its rejection letters that will point these unhappy authors toward Horizons. Why is this a big deal? Read on…

    It is a publishing service in which authors pay for their work to be published in print and/or eBook formats. Authors purchase publishing “packages” with varying levels of service options including (but not limited to) editing, cover design, and a certain number of print copies of their work.

    Competitive examples include Cross Books and West Bow Press from Thomas Nelson.

    This is a big deal because authors have to pony up money — a lot of money; between $600 and $1,600 just for the book production — to get their manuscripts printed. So Harlequin is going to encourage authors who they have rejected to go ahead and pay Horizons to print their book. In other words, Harlequin has come up with a way to make money off its slush pile.

    Do you see the conflict of interest here? What is the difference between what Harlequin is doing here and what scammer agents do when they reject an author but then steer them to Papa Jack’s Editorial to pay a lot of money to “clean up” their submissions…and Papa Jack is another business owned by that agent? Easy: none.

    2. How is this related to Harlequin?

    Horizons will be a division of Harlequin, operated by Author Solutions.

    Authors published with Harlequin Horizons are not published by Harlequin. The books will carry the double-H Horizons logo on the spine.

    So it’s a branch of Harlequin, but the Horizon author gets none of the Harlequin benefit.

    3. Why is Harlequin launching a self-publishing business?

    Many aspiring authors choose self-publishing as a way to see their work in print – to give copies as gifts, to have a bound copy to help in finding an agent, or simply as a keepsake.

    WHOA, STOP AGAIN. How many legitimate agents would actually read a bound copy/printed book and decide to offer representation for that book that has already been printed? Simple: none.

    Horizons will make it possible for thousands of authors, whose manuscripts Harlequin or other traditional publisher cannot publish, to see their books in print.

    In other words: that manuscript that isn’t good enough to be published by Harlequin can still be printed up and turned into books. Which you will then have to figure out how to market and distribute.

    This offers aspiring authors an opportunity not only to be published, but to grow and develop as writers and refine their personal brand.

    Not published. Printed. And how the hell are you supposed to grow and develop as writers if you don’t work with an editor to make your story as strong as possible? And **what** personal brand does an aspiring author have?

    4. Why is this branded Harlequin?

    We’re proud to offer this option to those who choose to self-publish, and for aspiring romance authors, an association with the Harlequin brand makes sense.

    But but but…the Harlequin name won’t appear on the spine, right?

    The brand, however, is only author-facing; Harlequin will not be branded on the books or in any of the metadata or sales information accompanying the book.

    So, right: the only association the Horizons author has with Harlequin is that’s who’s going to pocket the author’s money: Harlequin. That’s it. No other benefit. Not other association. No other nothing.

    We hope to discover new authors through this service and welcome them into the Harlequin brand family proper.

    Hey, look: it’s false hope again!

    5. Isn’t this misleading for aspiring authors?

    We are not misleading people, but simply offering a Harlequin-approved option for those authors who choose to self-publish.

    This does not change our commitment to finding, publishing, and developing new authors through our series and imprints.

    Our partnership with Author Solutions is not an endorsement of self-publishing over submitting to a publisher or press; but if you choose to self-publish, we endorse Author Solutions through our partnership with them.

    OK, everyone got that? Harlequin is offering this service for people who choose to pay out the nose to get their books printed, with no marketing and no distribution channel. But again, is this really self-publishing? Read on…

    6. Why would authors submit slush to us if this is a better option for them?

    For the same reasons they have always submitted slush – not just for the chance to be published by Harlequin, but with the hope of beginning long and fulfilling career as a Harlequin author.

    And because Harlequin books are actually edited, revised, copy edited, proofed, marketed and distributed to all the primary channels. Oh, and because the author **doesn’t pay for any of this to happen.** In fact, **the author is paid to have this happen.**

    7. Will Harlequin and Author Solutions work together?

    Yes and no. The self-publishing house is a separate business with separate staff, website, contract, etc.

    However, if a title sells very well, Harlequin can acquire the title for future print publication.

    So once again, False Hope rears its head.

    8. What’s going to happen with the slush Harlequin currently receives?

    We will continue to welcome unsolicited manuscripts from aspiring authors.

    All standard/form/template rejection letters will include a short note about Harlequin Horizons as a self-publishing option for the aspiring author.

    Author Solutions will not have access to the author contact information in our eHERS database.

    No one from Author Solutions will contact any aspiring authors unless they opt-in through the website (www.harlequinhorizons.com).

    To reiterate: if your work isn’t good enough for Harlequin to pay you to publish your book, you can still pay Harlequin to print your not-good-enough book and then not distribute it. And hey, to make it easy, you can do this through Harlequin’s website. So they won’t brand these books, they won’t edit them, they won’t market or distribute them, but they sure as hell will point authors there and take their money. Again I call foul: conflict of interest.

    9. Will eHarlequin.com sell these self-published books?


    Gosh, so I wonder where that fabled catalog is that Horizons authors can point people to to purchase their books.

    I’m going to repeat what I said above: according to the Horizons website, the cost for you to print your book with them? $600 – $1,600.

    So…is this really self-publishing, as Harlequin claims?

    No. This is vanity publishing.

    Unlike real self-publishing ventures, Harlequin actually pockets money — according Malle Vallik, Harlequin’s digital director, who showed up at Dear Author (see specifically comment #18) yesterday, the author would get 50% of net. And this is AFTER the author has already paid for everything up front.

    Keep in mind:

    – Self-publishing: author keeps all the money after paying expenses.

    – Vanity publishing: publisher keeps majority of the money and the writer pays all the expenses.

    Oh, there’s lots of ways Harlequin Horizons would be happy to take your money. Like this gem, for example: Harlequin would charge each author $11,995.00 to have their book advert-blurb emailed to people who signed up for HQ newsletters and email alerts and agreed to receive book marketing e-mails.

    Yeah, Harlequin Horizons is a vanity publisher. P&E even says so: it labels Harlequin “vanity publisher” starting 11/17.

    OK. Everyone still with me?

    Yesterday, RWA responded with the following:

    With the launch of Harlequin Horizons, Harlequin Enterprises no longer meets the requirements to be eligible for RWA-provided conference resources. This does not mean that Harlequin Enterprises cannot attend the conference. Like all non-eligible publishers, they are welcome to attend. However, as a non-eligible publisher, they would fund their own conference fees and they would not be provided with conference resources by RWA to publicize or promote the company or its imprints.

    So Harlequin is no longer an RWA-approved publisher. This is a big deal for romance authors; the Romance Writers of America is the main author organization, much like SFWA is for SF/F authors. This is RWA standing by its ethical guns, even at what is sure to be great cost to the organization.

    To which I say bravo.

    Vanity presses hurt authors. The rule of thumb is money flows **toward** the author. Period. Authors should not have to pay to get their books published — they should be paid for their work. If authors choose to self-publish, they damn well should get 100% of the profits, because they have paid for everything up front.

    I strongly disagree with Harlequin Enterprises’ choice to create Harlequin Horizons. Yes, some other publishers have vanity presses, but they don’t add their brand name to those ventures. And they don’t encourage authors whose works aren’t good enough for traditional publishing to go get printed by those vanity presses.

    This has nothing to do with the Harlequin editors or Harlequin authors. My heart goes out to those authors who are getting caught in the Harlequin Horizons/RWA backlash. I hope that RWA will do what it can for those authors — allow them, for example, to retain their “PAN” status as published authors. I’m sure there will be more about this in the days to come.

    But I firmly believe that RWA did the right thing. I’m glad to see the organization standing by its principles:

    Romance Writers of America’s mission and purpose is to advocate for the professional interests of career-focused romance writers and, despite recent changes within Harlequin Enterprise, we have not wavered from that mission.

    Rock on, RWA.

    139 Responses to “Harlequin Horizons versus RWA”

    1. I have never been prouder to be a member of RWA than I am today!

      And “you rock” MWA and SFWA!

      by Joanie on November 20th, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    2. Bravo, RWA! Thank you for summarizing all this in one location for us.

      by Carol Ann Erhardt on November 20th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    3. Devil’s Advocate question here: if some people would rather pay someone to make a nice package out of their sub-par or niche-market manuscript, why not let them?

      Thins the slush pile for those of us who would rather put our keesters in the chair until our work is either good enough or market-friendly enough to be published traditionally.

      I am really struggling to understand the in loco parentis attitude of RWA and MWA, who will ban Harlequin from their list of accepted publishers if H. doens’t do just as MWA demands (no co-advertising, warning labels, etc).

      I understand that there are plenty of agents who NEVER SELL ANYTHING but churn writers for editing fees, but Harlequin DOES publish authors. Why assume they will take part in unfair business practices?

      I do think HH’s website glosses over the distribution angle on their intro pages. But total ban? Really?

      by Mysti Berry on November 20th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    4. @ 103. Mysti – Keep in mind that the professional organizations – RWA, MWA and SFWA – are writer’s organizations. That means they have writers’ interests in mind. Vanity publishing is not in the professional writer’s best interest, because professional writers know that money flows toward the author. In other words, we want to be paid for our work, rather than have to pay a press to print our book (which we would then have to market, distribute and sell) let alone give a vanity publisher a majority of the profits for doing nothing. By advertising HQHo in its rejection letters and on its website, Harlequin is not acting in the best interest of authors. (Indeed, it is subtly encouraging authors to give up trying to become better authors and instead pay to print a book that isn’t good enough to be published by a traditional press.)

      by Jackie on November 20th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    5. Harlequin DOES publish authors. Why assume they will take part in unfair business practices?

      By referring people whose submissions are rejected to a vanity-publishing enterprise with vague encouragements that maybe they’ll be picked up by Harlequin’s trade lines if they do really well, they’re already taking part in unfair business practices.

      by Julia Sullivan on November 20th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    6. “As such, we are changing the name of the self-publishing company from Harlequin Horizons to a designation that will not refer to Harlequin in any way.”

      Now isn’t that *special*?

      So — when do you stop sending the rejected writers to Horizon, because that whole conflict of interest thing looks danged ugly on you, dear.

      I *was* going to sub work to HQ, but since they’re no longer recognized as a professional publishing credit, I’ll go elsewhere.


      by JaneyD on November 21st, 2009 at 3:19 am

    7. THANK GOD I FOUND RWA BEFORE ANY OF THIS HAPPENED. I agree in all things buyer beware applies, however, when you’re working your butt of trying to learn the craft, improve your wip, understand an incredibly complex business, and work to live while supporting family, friends etc – all with only a dream to inspire you to continue. Because let’s face it when you know even if you’re picked up traditionally you will in no way be compensated for the hours and hours put in (anyone ever try to figure out a per hour rate for being a writer?) an immensely respected and highly touted name like HQ should be someone an aspiring author could feel good about trusting without having to fear a bait and switch.

      In short ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ TRUST – something that at the moment feels pretty tarnished to me.

      Hazzah RWA MWA SFWA etc

      by KimB on November 21st, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    8. I’ve paid $1,200 to iUniverse for professional services Lulu simply does not have, including a return booksellers program for stores that choose not to carry me to have the option of returning the books, at no financial burden to me, iUniverse eats it. The point being to get my books on shelves, something Lulu cannot do.
      Yes Lulu put me on Amazon and Barnes and Flipkart and Browns and Target etc. etc. but Nobody sees me there. Visibilty works on shelves, not webpages.

      The question is: Does iUniverse actually get your books on shelves in brick and mortar stores? I would agree that without a platform, it’s the most solid visibility around for print books.

      But in my experience as a bookseller of many years (some in chains, the rest in an independent), iUniverse, AH, PA, etc. books are not carried.

      It’s not just a matter of “non-returnable”. We’ve carried one self-publisher (and in this case he was entirely self-published; he took his stuff to a printer and had it printed) to success, but his first novel -was- traditionally published; he didn’t enjoy that process, and he had enough of a name that -readers- were willing to trust him.

      We can’t carry every book that’s published traditionally, period. It’s not possible. We see thousands of titles from publishers’ catalogues and sales reps throughout the year. Yes, we can return any of these that we don’t sell – but having books on your shelf that -won’t- sell is a very, very poor use of linear shelf space, of which there’s too little to begin with.

      The problem with the idea that visibility works on Shelves is that it -relies- on the traditional distribution models, and those models are traditional. I hear a lot of people talking about the wave of the future, and from the way they’re speaking, the wave of the future -won’t involve bookstores-.

      I can understand this when talking about ebooks, whose distribution is -entirely- separate from the rigor of retail space (and from landlords and property tax passthroughs and shoplifting and etc). But if somehow there’s supposed to be a strong connect between waves and waves of vanity press published or self-published PRINT books and bookstores, I fail to see how, exactly, it’s going to evolve.

      It is enough work to stay on top of the various books that will come through the publishers and the reps with whom we have accounts without also trying to wade through the 10,000 new self-published titles that will crop up — sans catalogue or grouping — in Ingrams.

      Assume, in a perfect world, that we would treat all publications equally, regardless of publisher. We would require, what? Double the floor space (and growing)? Double the processing time (and growing), and therefore double the man-hours of the staff? It would, in fact, be much more than double, because the -returns- for these titles would be hideously expensive to pack up and ship, given that it would be what, 1 or 2 books per return? At the moment, distributors take returns for the publishers they distribute, so you’ll ship all of your returns in a cycle to a handful of locations.

      For that expense, we would have to at least double the sales — and our experiments in the past with PoD/self-published titles has indicated that we would not increase -sales- at all. Only expenses.

      I see this as siphoning money from writers; I don’t see this as impacting bookstores because, well, they won’t be there.

      by michelle sagara on November 21st, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    9. […] think that Jackie Kessler described it best on her blog here saying Harlequin has “come up with a way to make money off its slush pile”. They are hoping that […]

    10. Author Solutions published 13,000 titles last year. Titles that vary in content and quality. Titles that perhaps didn’t quite fit a publisher’s existing lines. Those books already exist, but are the readers buying them?

      And if not, why? (IMHO they aren’t. 2,500,000 copies were sold of 13,000 titles. That first number sounds impressive, right? But divide that down to the average number of copies sold per title = 192. Depressing.)

      Those books I spoke of are no different than the products readers will receive through Harlequin Horizons. Because these are Author Solutions products, not Harlequin products. Products designed to lure in writers, not readers. (13,000 packages sold to writers at a base price of $599 multiplies out to $7,887,000. Cha-ching

      by Anon76 on November 22nd, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    11. @ Ursula #7: Yes, it’s a “free market economy” but the company is not the only actor in that economy. Harlequin is free to start a vanity press, sure. But being free to take that step doesn’t mean free from the consequences, good or bad — it’s supposed to work both ways. In this case, you might say that suppliers (authors, represented by the RWA) and customers (readers) are also free to decide they don’t want to do business with Harlequin if they think the company is engaging in practices that they think are ethically dubious and/or detrimental to their own economic interests.

      As for “buyer beware,” this whole Internet firestorm is just the kind of educational moment that informs the buyer so they *can* beware if necessary. Myself, three days ago I didn’t know the difference between true self-publishing and vanity publishers, and the factors that would lead me to choose one over the other — now I do. (And a tip of the hat to Jackie, because your posts have been fantastic on that score.)

      by Teresa on November 22nd, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    12. […] the incredible amount of space my brain is devoting to the Harlequin Horizon fiasco. You want more links? More? Well, you get the […]

      by Not a Haiku Sunday « Teresa Bodwell Writes on November 22nd, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    13. Thank you so much for posting this! I was considering sending a proposal to HQ, now I won’t.

      by Rhomylly Forbes on November 22nd, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    14. […] Jackie Kessler (succinct summary of the whole thing) […]

      by Time’s a wastin’ (but I’m getting an education!) « on November 22nd, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    15. […] like a vanity publishing arm (as opposed to a true self-publishing arm). Author Jackie Kessler has a good analysis of the situation based on the company’s […]

      by A Quick Thought about Platforms on November 23rd, 2009 at 12:35 am

    16. […] and several outspoken members of the romance community, including Jackie Keesler, whose “Harlequin Horizons versus RWA” post is a […]

    17. […] The lovely and talented Jackie Kessler has been at the forefront of the awareness campaign about this mess. For her take and analysis (which is much more detailed than mine), go here. […]

    18. I am not going to defend Harlequin or Thomas Nelson but just describe what these new imprints are about. They are not Vanity Publishers because such would mean they send you thousands of unwanted books to your garage and you sell them even though they keep 50% or so of royalty. They are not Self-Publishers because that would mean you do everything, and I mean everything yourself but you get to keep, obviously, 100% of the royalty. People have tagged them as Self-Pub for convenience. But they are ASSISTED publishing, which means you ask them, in the basic package, to publish your book, exactly the way you want it, or seek advice if you want a second opinion. They then have a distribution system in which you as the author like in traditional publishing, if you have any sense, will aid to sponsor your own book since putting a book on a shelf doesn’t mean it sells. You get 20% of the royalty for soft copies. With traditional publishers you get more or less 5% of which 15% is given to your agent- who has done what? Given you access to a publisher, changed your book round so much because obviously you are not the expert that an ASSISTED publishing author is otherwise you would take the responsibility of investing in your book with real money.

      The way I see it is that such publishers cannot publish in the traditional manner, give out advances that are not earned out and survive. The problem is indeed that traditional authors expect to have their book published, get a big advance, and if it doesn’t earn out hard luck for the publisher- they have to take risks. Well not anymore- you pay, and it’s only a partial amount, for the cost involved so your book is published and what replaces your advance is the increased royalty percentage, so no one loses out. I don’t see any unfairness in that at all, it’s what they have been doing in most countries, except the UK, for decades.

      You pay, only a partial amount, for the cost involved for publication in Assisted Publishing. The Agent Rachelle Gardner has given a detailed breakdown of cost involved in the publication of a book in Trade Paper which comes to $58,000 and Hard Back is $90,000. See her blog here: http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2009/11/is-your-book-worth-it.html As you probably know, Harlequin asks for $600 and CrossBow $1,000 for a basic package. So, perhaps now you can appreciate why I don’t think it is possible that Assisted Publishing is there to make money off writers. They are there to give an unprecedented, excellent opportunity to writers who have no access to publishers because agents have denied them that access as judging such authors not fit for publication. Finally, publishing houses are opening up the doors to us, as most agents define us, SECOND CLASS authors. And I for one, thank them.

      by Eva Ulian on November 23rd, 2009 at 11:02 am

    19. […] Harlequin felt this recently with the warm reception for their Carina Press announcement, and the cold shoulder Harlequin Horizons received a week later. But now we can “fail fast forward,” informed with real-time reader response to […]

    20. […] on a book that’ll never go into the bookstores. I could rant, but author Jackie Kessler does it so well I’ll just link to her, and then follows up with Harlequin’s response after the Romance Writers of America said, […]

    21. […] 2) Author Jackie Kessler breaks down the problems with “Harlequin Horizons”. […]

      by Randomness for « Twenty Palaces on November 23rd, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    22. […] “To reiterate: if your work isn’t good enough for Harlequin to pay you to publish your book, you can still pay Harlequin to print your not-good-enough book and then not distribute it.” A detailed overview of the issue via Jackie Kessler – Insert Witty Title Here. […]

      by Harlequin Horizon Kerfuffle on November 23rd, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    23. […] Jackie Kessler’s website. There are three posts there that sum up the arguments very well. Check Out Harlequin Horizons Vs. RWA for a piece by piece explanation of the issues. The Day After Harlequin Blinks will give you even […]

    24. […] to write some follow-up about the madness that is Harlequin!fail, but then someone pointed me to Jackie Kessler’s really excellent post about it. She’s continued, in later posts, to express cogently what’s wrong with Harlequin […]

      by Christian A. Young’s Dimlight Archive | on November 23rd, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    25. Bravo to RWA! I hope they stick to their principles.

      by Romance Reader on November 23rd, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    26. […] eureka!  I found a post on Jackie Kessler’s blog!  It’s long but Ms. Kessler breaks the whole sorry mess down for you and doesn’t pull […]

    27. […] Kessler – Post 1, Post 2 and Post […]

      by Radiant Curses & Bound Sorceresses | Literary Escapism on November 24th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    28. […] and the response to it, you can click below on these links for comments: Ashley Grayson Agency Jackie Kessler (Hilarious by the way!) Dear Author Harlequin and Author Solutions Press Release SFWA Statement MWA […]

      by Publishing Definitions | Caridad Pineiro on November 24th, 2009 at 7:03 am

    29. Harlequin-approved….Since when do I need Harlequin’s permission to publish anything. Print-on-Demand services like Lulu offer authors the opportunity to SELF PUBLISH! or in my case run a small niche publishing house.(Role Playing games) We mostly e-publish to small markets.
      I do not need the permission of the big boys in my little niche to do this either.
      Actually it is rather insulting how they have gone about this. Their deal sucks and authors can get better prices at places like LuLu, Lightning source and even Amazon….If I read this right…I am paying them alot of money not to get included as one of their authors. They won’t associate with me unless I sell a LOT of books then they own the rights.

      Eh No. Not only no but HELL NO. If you are an author and want to self publish please email me I can save you thousands of dollars and charge you nothing.

      by Andrew Franke on November 25th, 2009 at 6:29 am

    30. […] with comments from Jackie Kessler who has several posts on the whole HHz/DellArte Press (start with this post about RWA’s swift response and keep reading the week after it.  She has too many great blog posts to name […]

    31. […] Of course, all this commotion was set off by the Harlequin/Horizons (now Horizons is being called DellArte) fiasco from last week. Author Jackie Kessler has a great breakdown of what is wrong with Harlequin’s reasoning in her post Harlequin Horizons versus RWA. […]

    32. With the bad press that DellArte is receiving, I’m amazed that Dell Computers hasn’t sued yet for dilution of reputation.

      by Dave Kuzminski on December 6th, 2009 at 10:31 am

    33. […] to Hate Self-Publishers" is our most popular non-poll post, and given the recent fracas over Harlequin Horizons, I’d like to take a look at how self-publishing can be done right in a variety of ways.  […]

    34. […] Harlequin Horizons versus RWA […]

    35. Basically, I don’t see anything wrong with an aspiring writer supporting his/her work. You have to start somewhere. The market is saturated with seasoned writers, ghost writers and debut writers. Traditional publishing houses cannot afford to print every MS that is received. I feel that authors should support and encourage one another. We should support Westbow and Harlequin Horizons. I believe they will find diamonds in the rough as a result of this venture. Wait and see. Although, however, I feel that Thomas Nelson d/b/a Westbow should be ashamed for charging such outlandish prices (and they are supposed to be Christian – tsk, tsk, tsk – God forbids).

      by Darci on January 7th, 2010 at 3:05 am

    36. […] Shame on you, RWA. I take back my previous bravo. […]

      by Jackie Kessler - Insert Witty Title Here on January 27th, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    37. […] I am very, very, very hopeful that this is indeed the case. In which case, I not only will give back my previous bravo, I will say mea […]

      by Jackie Kessler - Insert Witty Title Here on January 28th, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    38. […] This article from Jackie Kessler clears it up: http://www.jackiekessler.com/blog/2009/11/19/harlequin-horizons-versus-rwa/ […]

      by Harlequin’s Lameness: Cialdini 101 on February 10th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    39. […] Harlequin felt this recently with the warm reception for their Carina Press announcement, and the cold shoulder Harlequin Horizons received a week later. But now we can “fail fast forward,” informed with real-time reader response to […]


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