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Harlequin Young Adult: CONTEST and Interview with Editor Natashya Wilson

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Earlier this year, Harlequin announced it would be launching a Young Adult line. The line is officially called “Harlequin Teen” which can be found at HarlequinTeen.com. The line launched yesterday with My Soul to Take by New York Times author Rachel Vincent in trade paperback. A hardcover from another New York Times Bestselling author Gena Showalter, Intertwined, which will be available in September.

intertwinedNatashya Wilson, editor for the Harlequin Teen line, was gracious enough to answer a few questions for our Dear Author audience. Drop a comment or question about the Harlquin Teen YA line and be entered to win one of copy of either Gena Showalter’s Intertwined or Rachel Vincent’s My Soul to Take. International readers are welcome to enter but I will order that book via Book Depository so Showalter’s book would not be mailed until September. Contest will close at midnight July 30, 2009 CST.

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Your target age group is 12-18 year old girls. Do you expect than older readers will pick up the teen books?

NW: Definitely. While our books are acquired with our target audience in mind, the YA market has an ever-growing crossover readership, pulling from all age-groups, including people such as myself who have always read YA as well as those who are rediscovering it through popular series such as Harry Potter and the Twilight saga.

I understand that you do not require a romance to propel the story and that the line will feature a “spectrum of genres including fantasy, contemporary, historical, science fiction and romance.” Will readers be able to distinguish which books are more romance in nature?

They will be able to tell as much as they are able to from looking at covers and reading copy of any other YA release on the shelves today. And at this time, although a romantic relationship is not a specific requirement for a Harlequin Teen book, all of our stories do include romantic elements, to greater and lesser extents. There’s enough there to satisfy those who want romance, combined with intriguing characters and storylines for those who don’t care about romance as much.

How do you see Harlequin’s YA as different as other houses? What do you feel is unique about the Harlequin YA line?

I see the Harlequin Teen program as competitive and comparable to many of today’s YA publishing programs. The type of stories we’re doing would fit in at Little, Brown; Razorbill; HarperTeen; Simon Pulse; Flux; and many other houses.

Our program is currently fairly small, and we have many unique authors with fresh storylines. Our books will prove themselves on a case by case basis, as we feel each is a unique and refreshing addition to the current marketplace while still fitting in perfectly with what readers are looking for in YA.

Given that Harlequin is a publishing house targeted toward female readers, will the line always focus on the girl narrator? Has the girl narrator changed since the inception of the first YA Harlequin line?

A girl narrator is not a requirement–in fact, our September title, INTERTWINED by Gena Showalter, features alternating male and female protagonist points of view. However, given that our target audience at this time is girls 12-18, most of our stories are naturally told by teen girls. We’re staying focused on appealing to that audience at this time, but will consider branching out as the program grows in titles and in scope.

bookWhat defines a YA book for you?

A story told primarily from the perspective of a young person, with all the observations and new life experiences that entails. However, there will always be exceptions to any definition, and I’m always up for being surprised!

Will the participation of popular adult line authors in the YA line delay the adult line books by those same authors?

That’s unpredictable and is unique to each author’s inspirations, writing schedule and speed, as well as the other half of the equation, just how many adult titles the publishing schedule and audience can support. It’s hard to say.

What guidelines will you have for sex and language? YA books can be very provocative such as Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist which focused a great deal on sex and had the f word sprinkled on nearly every page.

At this time, our guideline is that language and sexual content must not be gratuitous–it should be natural to the situation and appropriate for the characters and story. We’re not particularly looking for graphic content, but we don’t want a story to feel stilted or unrealistic either. It’s up to the individual author and editor to gauge what’s right for the book.

One press release indicated that you will release books in trade, hardcover and digital publications. How will you decide which books will launch in what format?

For the most part, we’re doing trade releases, but that is based on factors unique to each project, so it’s hard to generalize. Gena Showalter is our hardcover author at this time, and we expect others may grow in that direction, but with this dicey economy, I suspect our trade books will be in a perfect position to appeal to cost-conscious readers. We may also have some mass market releases in the future, though nothing is planned in that format at this time. All of our frontlist titles will be simultaneously released in multiple digital formats for downloading.

You’ve reached out the teen community. Is there anything about the feedback you have received that would help aspiring authors to submit books that are in line with the Harlequin YA philosophy?

Narrative voice is so important–it must feel authentic and it must draw the reader in to the characters and story. Many teens have told us they do like some romance in their stories. Mostly we’re getting the sense that they are wonderfully open-minded and will embrace a story that is well told, whether it is specifically targeted at this age group or not. They like good books!

I understand that you accept both agented and unagented submissions. How would an unagented submission find its way to you?

Because I do receive so many e-mailed submissions from agents, in order not to lose track of all the e-mails, I ask that unagented authors snail-mail their query letter, synopsis and first chapter to my attention, c/o Harlequin Teen, 233 Broadway Ste. 1001, New York, NY 10279. I look forward to hearing from anyone who has an appropriate project, and ask that the author be patient in awaiting my response. While I would like to respond personally to each query, with the number of submissions we’ve begun to receive, I’m afraid that I do sometimes revert to a form letter for rejections in order to respond as soon as possible.

Many thanks for your interest in Harlequin Teen! http://www.HarlequinTEEN.com

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

74 Comments

  1. medumb
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 05:11:42

    Is the YA line going to be just released in US? Or are other countries like Australia (hint hint HINT) going to get them as well?
    And if they are, will they be seeking/releasing that countries works?

  2. Rob Charron
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 06:13:29

    Hi ;)
    What a great interview.
    Full of terrific information.
    I have copy & pasted it in my permanent Writer’s Advice folder.
    Thanks for having Natashya Wilson on your website.
    And thanks to Natashya for sharing.
    All the best,
    twitter.com/RKCharron
    xoxo

  3. Sandi Jones
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 06:29:13

    I’ve been curious about this line ever since I heard rumors about it last year. The books sound great, and as a h.s. media specialist I especially appreciate that these novels appeal to both males and females. I have several male students who enjoy books with romantic elements, and they will love having more titles to read. Best wishes! Great post–thanks!

  4. Jennifer Estep
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 06:29:36

    Regarding the genres, is there a particular kind of fantasy they’re looking for — urban? epic? vampires? All kinds? Because, of course, I’ve written a fantasy YA …

  5. Elyane
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 06:33:50

    I’m not in the age group targeted but will definitely pick up thoses books. With names like Gena Showalter and Rachel Vincent how can I not want to read them ;). Can’t wait to see the next books coming out.

  6. Bonnie Ferguson
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 06:40:34

    The new line sounds fabulous! :)

  7. Alissa Grosso
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 06:41:09

    Thanks for posting this interview, when I first read about Harlequin doing a teen line, I assumed it would just be like their adult books but with teen characters. Sounds like it’s more of a general YA line. It will be interesting to see where it goes.

  8. Angela T.
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 06:56:16

    I’m not a teenager but I still read a lot of YA novels. Mostly by authors that I have already read their adult novels. There are getting to be a lot of them. I prefer vampire stories, so please publish a lot of them!

  9. Natashya Wilson
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 06:57:04

    Hi all, thanks so much for reading! Just a quick response for “medumb”–I belive our Australian offices do plan to publish at least some of our HQ TEEN titles, though I don’t know specifically which ones or what the release dates will be. For now, I’ll say it is a strong possibility. And, I was interested in acquiring a book that had already sold to an Australian company, but another U.S. company wound up acquiring the North American rights. I can’t share the specifics, but, we are open to looking at titles from other countries.
    –Natashya

  10. SandyW
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 06:58:07

    Who do you actually anticipate buying these? I realize that for some odd reason, YA books tend to be trade sized, but none of the 12 to 18-year-olds that I know have the extra cash. Is the market for these actually the parents of teenagers and YA library collections?
    It's such a depressing contrast to your very affordable adult lines. Especially considering the fact that you have some great authors lined up.

  11. foolserrant
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 07:24:20

    Excellent interview, thank you for sharing with us! Hopefully I will have something to sibmit to you soon (if I ever get it written!)

    As for my question, will Harlequin Teen have any ongoing double-digit series like the other various imprints or will it focus mainly on single-shot books and/or shorter series, like trilogies or quartets? Also, do you forsee any series in the line being of the loosely-connected, different hero/ine sort or more of the directly, possibly chronologically, connected type with the same hero/ine and a more epic plot arc?

  12. BrookeReviews
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 07:45:51

    So excited for this line of books! So many great authors on it. Thanks for the interview, it answered a lot of questions. :D

  13. Diana Peterfreund
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 07:49:59

    What do you mean by the first “full length book” being INTERTWINED in September? Rachel Vincent’s MY SOUL TO TAKE is 384 pages long and out now. Sounds pretty full length to me.

    SandyW, I think HqTeen anticipates the exact same market as buys the massive, massive amount of teen fiction all the other publishers are producing. Teen fiction is the bestselling segment of the fiction marketplace right now, according to a meeting I attended with a Borders buyer last month. Yes, it even (barely) beats romance. Adults are buying it for their kids and themselves, schools and libraries are buying them, and kids are buying them. Additionally, teen trade paperbacks (like teen hardcovers) tend to me much more affordable than adult. A teen trade tends to cost $9.99, instead of (like my adult trades) $15. Teen hardcovers are usually $16-17.

  14. LuAnn
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 07:50:59

    Wonderful interview with a lot of great information for those of us who write for the YA audience.

    Will ebooks be available for all of the titles you release?

  15. Breia B.
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 08:08:59

    This new line looks awesome. The first 2 books were a great start and I look forward to getting more of them. Great interview as well.

  16. Kathryn Smith
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 08:09:20

    I’m so excited about this line — so many fabulous authors already involved! I’m reading My Soul to Take right now and REALLY enjoying it. I’m so glad YA is getting the attention it deserves.

  17. Lori A. May
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 08:14:40

    This is all so exciting. I'm addicted to authors like Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot, equally love Markus Zusak, and can't wait to read The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause. Of course I'm really excited about Harlequin Teen and think it's great (and about time!). The freebie download of My Soul to Lose was a great way to generate buzz and interest, by the way.

    I have to vote for the trade paperback size and price, as it seems to be the most common and consistent amongst YA novels. While no one seems to have disposable income these days, I think the cost is reasonable, especially since YA trade paperbacks seem to come in a few dollars less than their adult counterparts. At least it makes it a bit easier to stock up on the to-be-read pile!

    I do have one question: where is the next blog tour stop? I enjoyed the posts from yesterday and today and don't want to miss any of the news about Harlequin Teen. Thank goodness for twitter!

    Thanks to Jane and Dear Author, and a big thanks to Natashya Wilson for sharing all the details.

    Lori A. May
    http://loriamay.blogspot.com
    http://www.loriamay.com
    http://twitter.com/loriamay

  18. Dottie
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 08:17:45

    Great interview, I’ve been patiently waiting for Harlequin Teen titles to become available, Rachel Vincent’s My Soul To Lose was an excellent free read, but no luck finding My Soul To Take in my area. I’ll order if not available soon! Just a quick note for international readers, The Book Depository has titles available worldwide and free shipping, excellent way to get US titles! Not associated with them, but excellent site to find books.

    Thanks for the great contest!

  19. medumb
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 08:20:55

    by Natashya Wilson July 29th, 2009 at 6:57 am
    Hi all, thanks so much for reading! Just a quick response for “medumb”-I belive our Australian offices do plan to publish at least some of our HQ TEEN titles, though I don't know specifically which ones or what the release dates will be. For now, I'll say it is a strong possibility.

    wwooooooooohhhhhoooooooooo Though now I am curious as to which title you missed out on.. there has been some gold lately.. mmm..

    sowwy back to regular comments now!

  20. Jennifer K.
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 08:25:56

    I’m very excited about this line. I’m a huge fan of both Rachel and Gena, and I’m so happy that their YA books are launching the line.

    Great interview!

  21. Tatiana Caldwell
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 08:32:01

    This was a very informative interview, thanks!

    I was particularly interested in the questions regarding provocative content, and was curious if there would be a way for parents to be able to tell how steamy (or not) a teen book by looking at it. Are you going to consider providing some kind of content rating, or warning about language and/or sex? I ask because I know that some parents are far more conservative than others, and may make assumptions that all Harlequin books are inappropriate for their children. Teen / Young Adult line or not.

  22. blodeuedd
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 08:44:50

    Great interview.
    I have recently discovered YA books, and I would love to read more. I can’t believe I kind of skipped the whole age group when little and moved on to adult books

  23. Rachel Vincent
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 08:53:06

    Um… Diana’s right. My Soul to Take is certainly a full-length novel and a complete, stand-alone story, so I’m not sure why you’re not counting it as “full-length.”

  24. Debbie's World of Books
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 08:55:07

    Great interview! If you think adults will pick up the books as well as teens is that in the back of your mind as you write? I’ll admit I am well out of my teens but love YA books!

  25. Margay
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 09:01:22

    With so many well-established YA book publishers already out there, how do you plan to compete? Aside from the fact that you are starting the line with two such powerhouse authors, that is (which is a great way to start!). How are you going to draw the reader toward your selections?

    Margay

  26. meaghan
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 09:06:38

    both of these books sound amazing. harlequin novels have long been a guilty pleasure and i love YA so i am really excited about this new imprint!

  27. Rinda
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 09:09:44

    Rachel Vincent’s book is full length and it’s wonderful!

  28. Bonnie L.
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 09:14:42

    Wow, I just checked out My Soul To Take and I am going to search that one out! It looks to be great fun.

    How many books a year does Harlequin Teen plan to put out a year?

  29. Crystal
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 09:16:31

    I’ve read both Rachel Vincent and Gena Showalter, and absolutely love them. I can’t wait to read both of these novels!

  30. Gabriela
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 09:33:16

    I love both Rachel Vincent and Gena Showalter and I will be picking up My Soul To Take. I was also confused about Intertwined being the first to debut from that line b/c I thought My Soul to Take was already out. I am hoping the line does well but like a previous poster, I think adults would look at a HarlequinTeen book and think it to be more in line with adult Harlequin titles. How will readers be able to distinguish between stories with more romance?

  31. AmyW
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 09:37:35

    I think My Soul to Take might have gotten confused with My Soul to LoseMy Soul to Lose was the short eBook prequel, but as others have said My Soul to Take it is a full-length novel and is the launch book for HarlequinTEEN. Thanks to everyone for helping clear that up.

    @Gabriela, yes My Soul to Take is in stores now!
    ~Amy from eHarlequin

  32. Donna (Fantasy Dreamer)
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 09:39:55

    I just bought My Soul To Take, it will be my first book to read by Rachel Vincent. I’m excited about Intertwined, can’t wait to get my hands on it. I’m a big fan of Gena Showalter’s books.

    I think this is a great starting line up for Harlequin Teen’s launch. Very nice choices.

  33. AmyW
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 09:47:33

    Forgot to mention… the internet is down at Harlequin’s NY office (great timing, eh?) so Natashya can’t get on to answer questions right now but she will be back as soon as she can!
    ~Amy from eHarlequin

  34. Sandra M
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 09:55:23

    This sounds like a great line, my daughters are already interested.

  35. Srsly...
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 09:59:08

    Good interview. But one thing bothered me.

    I’m no prude, but I like to see YA romances written without the F word, and rated at least PG. Young people are reading these books and we have a responsibility to build their self-esteem and teach them that romance still does exist. As a romance writer, I don’t feel “stilted” and I’m not sure I want complete realism in my YA books. I want to focus on love and emotion, not sex and foul language. And I don’t care if it’s “unrealistic.”I want the young women, or men, reading these books to know that love and romance do still exist, even if the peer pressure they are receiving in school is basically all about sex without much romance. Maybe this is “unrealistic” on my part, but I honestly don’t care.

    I’ve written erotic romance. Some books that are filled with strong sexual content and language. And I don’t hold back (to the point of being blasted for writing too many sex scenes). But if I know a fourteen year old is going to be reading my books, I’m going to “stilt” myself without thinking twice, to give these kids an escape from all the realism the world.

  36. Estefanie
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 10:04:19

    I am so excited about this new line. Especially with authors like Gena Showalter and Rachel Vincent. How can someone not get excited about this new line. Can’t Hardly Wait for it!

  37. Jackie U
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 10:10:23

    I’ll admit I’m one of those people who had preconceived notions about YA books, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the ones I’ve picked up. Seeing my niece (who will be 13 this year) pick up a book is enough of a reason to support the surge in YA novels, but it helps that the quality of the books has been exceptional so far.

  38. Pamk
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 10:21:48

    I love having books that I am all of my boys can read. My almost 20 yr old reads books off mom’s shelves now and we share books sometimes. He doesn’t like the mushy romance he says but he’s read some he didn’t consider romances. Now my 13 yr old love the same type of stuff we do so I have to censor some of my books from him so it wil be a pleasure to be able to share without question.

  39. Hockeyvampiress
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 10:27:44

    I read almost anything but having two of my fave authors present us with two new YA series’ is amazing. I know I will love them both. I cannot wait to get my hands on these and give them props to my sons friends. Those girls need to know that there is more to life than sparkly vamps and Gena and Rachel are the talented authors who can bring it!!

  40. MeganS.
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 10:35:00

    I’m excited about this line, and while these paranormal offerings sound uniquely awesome (I’m hoping to pick up a copy of MSTT this weekend!), I’m also looking forward to seeing what contemporary & historical books the line will publish. The September P.C. Cast release also sounds paranormal-ish. Do you know when we can look forward to a non-paranormal release?

  41. Jess
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 11:08:08

    I think think this is a great idea as a G.ShowalterI can’t wait to read it so
    u already have one reader not in her teens

  42. Wendy
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 11:13:34

    I’m really excited to start reading more YA books. :)

  43. Alan Morgan
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 11:20:18

    Very interested to see how the Teen line works out. You’re starting out with some great authors, so I have high hopes and expectations :)

  44. Heather Ray
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 11:28:03

    I’m a BIG fan of Gena Showalter’s books, especially The Lords of the Underworld series. Can’t wait to read Intertwined!

  45. Donna S
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 11:34:33

    Great interview. Thanks!! I am really looking forward to seeing what comes out of this line. How many books are you looking to potentially release each year?

  46. Elaine Willis
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 11:35:35

    I am a school librarian for grades 6-12, so I am very excited about this new line. The fact that you have two of my favorite authors right to start with does not hurt.

    My only problem will be getting the kids to let me read the books first. They have a tendency to breathe down my neck when a popular book is released because they know I will probably call “dibs.”

  47. Delia
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 11:53:42

    You mention publishing contemporary YA and other genres as well as paranormal. What would you say the ratio of paranormal to other genres will be? At the moment, it looks like nothing but paranormal; how much will this change in the future?

  48. Jody F.
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 11:53:53

    Since the first two books coming out feature popular authors that we adults know, will promotion also be focused on older aged readers?

  49. Natashya Wilson
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 12:36:01

    Back from lunch, and the ‘net is working again! Phew.

    First of all, thank you so much to everyone for your interest and comments. It is terrific to see the questions, concerns, enthusiasm and support for this new imprint. It is a single title imprint, and so each project is acquired and edited based on its own merits and needs. We are aware of differing expectations and desires, and at the same time we are working hard to acquire editorial and create book packages that are fully competitive in this highly scrutinized market. I will do my best to answer the questions I’ve found throughout the comments, and many thanks for asking.

    First, thank you to everyone who noted that Rachel’s book is full length, and thank you very much to Jane and DA for correcting that right away. I just went to the bookstore and saw My Soul to Take on the B&N New Releases table and had to take a picture for myself; the team is so proud of this book and all of our releases!

    Answers in order that I found the questions (and I’ll try to be succinct!):
    Jennifer Estep–we’re open to anything. I am most concerned with finding a story whose characters are memorable and whose plot and pace make it an addictive and compelling read. I’m trying not to be too narrow in specifying genres, as you really never know what type the next incredible story will be.

    Sandy W–I think Diana Peterfreund answered this question in her comment better even than I can! And, in this market in which so many new YA single title releases (including many by debut authors!) come out in hardcover, I do feel our many trade releases have a price advantage in this marketplace, and, this is something the team will continue to asses as we move forward.

    foolserrant–This is a single title imprint, so not structured the way that our traditional series are published/marketed. We do have several miniseries with continuing characters–Rachel’s My Soul to Take is the first of three planned Soul Screamers full novels featuring teen banshee Kaylee (and you never know, there could be more…!), and Gena Showalter’s Intertwined is the first of four novels planned around the mysterious connections in Aden and Mary Ann’s world. And we have several other similarly planned series by individual authors as well, along with some stand-alone titles. As the program grows, we may also do some continuity series with continuing characters and storylines, similar to Gossip Girl, Private, Sweep and series like those.

    OK, I’m going to post this and then continue w/ more questions in another comment, so I don’t lose my text w/ Internet troubles! There is a bad storm outside…!
    –NW

  50. Missy Taylor
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 12:42:07

    Very excited about this. Despite being an adult I’ve learned I quite like the young adult series I’ve read.

  51. Natashya Wilson
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 13:07:09

    Back to answering questions:

    Lori–Nice to see you here! The next stop is with YA Book Nerd, and I’m not sure whether it will post tomorrow or Friday, so check both days. We’ll Tweet about it as soon as it is up! Everyone, that post goes into more details about our first year’s worth of releases.

    Tatiana–Yours is a tough question, and I’m afraid at this time we do not have a simple marking system for the books, though we will continue to evaluate reactions to them and see if this is something we should implement. The best resource right now is for parents/librarians/teachers to read reviews of each title and and read the books themselves to make sure they’re comfortable with content before recommending them. Our focus is primarliy on making sure the books appeal and feel relevant to teen readers–having adults love them is a wonderful bonus, but the teens are our first focus–and sometimes that does mean maknig sure characters and situations will ring true with that target audience and not on how adults will perceive them. We are not publishing books with a focus on racy/foul content, but I can’t say that no books will include swear words or mentions of sex. I will say that it will never be gratuitous. I believe readers and authority figures will get to know each author by style and content, much as they do for all other mainstream single title YA authors, and will buy and order according to their needs. Editorial and our wonderful sales force will do all we can to communicate what buyers need to know to make the right purchase choices for their programs.

    Margay–we are focused first on acquiring the strongest editorial for the program, stories we believe our audience will want to read. Then we create the best possible package for each book, both by looking at the competition and by innovating to make ours stand out on the shelves. We have created the Harlequin TEEN Panel, an ever-growing group of teen readers whose opinions we ask about cover ideas, storylines, editorial preferences, and all kinds of things. We are reaching out in the digital world, with our own Web sites and HQ Teen pages, through blogs and sites like this one, and other ways, to connect with teens in places where they like to “hang out” virtually. Offering My Soul to Lose as a free prequel to Rachel Vincent’s book was one way that we’ve reached out to readers to introduce them to Kaylee and the Soul Screamers (and huge thanks to Rachel for her willingness to do the story!). Basically, we’re going to innovate and reach out in many different ways to tell teens about our great books and get them talking about them. I’m sure there’ll be many more ways to discover as we grow.

    Bonnie–This year, we have 3 books. Next year, we actually have 17 on the schedule. For 2011, I expect we will have 18 to 20, and we’ll probably vary from 18 to 24 after that. We do not have to publish a set number of titles, so there is flexibility.

    Gabriela–I think your question has some of the same answers as the content query from Tatiana, and we will do our best to play up more romance-driven titles through cover copy . But getting to know each author’s story telling style and penchant for amount of romance will be the best way to predict how romantic a story will be. So far, every title we have has at least a small romantic interest in it, but there is a wide range of how prominent that romance is from book to book.

    Srsly–not sure there’s a question in here, but, I appreciate the comments and will share with the team.

    Megan S–our first non-paranormal release is TAGGED by Mara Purnhagen, in March 2010. She is such a fun and intelligent writer, i think you’ll love it! THE ORACLE OF DATING by Allison van Diepen in May 2010 is the next (Gabriela–that one has a very strong romance, and it is just wonderful, see what you think!), and our ABC Family GREEK tie-in novels, also starting in May 2010, are straight contemporaries.

    Jody F–Right now our primary focus is on our target teen audience, but, with features such as this one on Dear Author, we are also reaching out to adults, who we know will also make up an important and valued audience for our YA titles. Initially we may lean more toward the teens, but I know we’ll continue to communicate with anyone interested in our books. I hope to hear from readers of every age!

    Hope I didn’t put anyone to sleep, I did get a bit lengthy. Many, many thanks again to everyone, and to Dear Author, for hosting us today! Please let us know what you think of the books, we look forward to hearing from you.
    –NW

  52. Celia
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 13:11:35

    Thanks for the interview! It was great to get the questions I wanted asked out on the table. I always want to know if there are digital versions of books available, for instance, and it’s cool to hear that they DO accept un-agented submissions. Harlequin is a favorite of mine for their adult lines, so I imagine I’ll love Harlequin Teen just as much.

    Great feature!

    celialarsen(at)gmail(dot)com

  53. Cindy S.
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 14:06:31

  54. Popin
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 14:41:32

    I really love how the YA genre is getting more and more popular. It doesn’t help that known authors are now writing YA books. Richelle Mead, Rachel Caine, Kelley Armstrong, Kim Harrisson, Maria Snyder, just to name a few.

    I’m happy, more books to read – and I’m finding myself more drawn to YA fiction these days then adult fiction.

    Popin

  55. Lori S.
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 14:46:16

    Oh, this is right up my niece’s alley! Methinks I know what she’s getting for her birthday!

  56. Has
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 14:55:25

    I am finding that I am reading more and more YA books now – and I especially loved The Hunger Games, Vampire Academy series and the Morganville series.

    I also love and still read Tamora Pierce, Isabelle Carmody and Sherwood Smith. I am looking forward to Harlequins new imprint!

  57. Heather Brewer
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 15:15:30

    I have several YA book series in my book shelves. I am excited to pick up the new books by Gena and Rachel. I can’t wait to see what else Harlequin has in store for us.

  58. Jet
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 15:42:04

    Wonderful interview. I must admit that it makes me curious as to the young adult audience and the standards there in, since I am not an avid YA reader.

    I love Rachel Vincent. Her books Rouge and Stray were simply wonderful, so I’m afraid that as an adult I’ll be picking up these books. I’m estatic that she found a publisher other than the smaller Mira. As for Showalter, it’
    s a pleasure to see more of her titles.

  59. Chandie
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 16:50:12

    My TBR pile is never going away…never. I just added the Showalter book to my buy list.

  60. Lisamazing
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 17:27:07

    YA is so big these days. They do have a competitor, mangas– do you think Harlequin Teen will also publish mangas, or graphic novels? Paranormals and urban fantasies are all good, though I would love to see a sweet and memorable love story with a main character who makes a great role model. A book that makes teens believe in young love– and not with all the gratuitous aspects of sex you see in stuff like the new Melrose Place, Gossip Girl, or even Twilight.

    On another note, I’m in the NYC region– am wondering if Harlequin Teen is looking for intern this summer?

    Lisamazing~

  61. delitealex
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 18:24:04

    I’m very excited about this new line. I’m interested in seeing what books and authors are up next. Many of my fave authors seem to be getting into YA.

  62. catie james
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 18:53:24

    I was so excited when I heard about Harlequin’s teen line and I’m absolutely dying to read INTERTWINED!

  63. Karen W.
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 19:08:43

    Interesting interview! I’m a middle-aged woman who LOVES YA books, especially fantasy/paranormal, and I’m definitely planning to check out the Harlequin Teen line. The Vincent and Showalter books both sound like something I would love!

  64. Caitlin
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 20:07:09

    I am extremely excited about this new Harlequin line, I cannot wait to read the three books lined up so far. :) My question is can you enlighten us as to what other published authors will be working on this line as well? Thank you!

  65. Kate
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 20:50:27

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  67. Lynz
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 21:24:31

    I’ll admit that when I first heard that Harlequin was releasing a teen line, I thought the releases would be similar to series books, but with less focus on sensuality. So when I saw the titles you’ll be releasing, I was very pleasantly surprised. And to learn that you’re releasing a GREEK tie-in line? Awesome. Yay! I love that show! Plus the Maria V. Snyder book sounds fantastic, and I love the cover it’ll have. Keep up the good work!

  68. Jacqueline L.
    Jul 29, 2009 @ 22:47:00

    I think it’s fantastic that Harlequin is starting a YA line!

  69. Ashley V
    Jul 30, 2009 @ 06:28:11

    I’m really excited about this. YA has been great lately and I love Gena Showalter.

  70. Kathleen Collins
    Jul 30, 2009 @ 07:40:31

    You certainly started the line with two great authors. I personally can not wait to read both of these books.

  71. Jessica Kennedy
    Jul 30, 2009 @ 08:57:40

    I’ve read both already.

    Intertwined was AWESOME! Glad to hear she’s the hardcover author.

    I love Rachel Vincent. Her YA book was good. It wasn’t the best but it wasn’t the easiest book to write either. I’m looking forward to more from both authors!

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