Harlequin’s Response to RWA’s Decision

For those of you who may not have access to the communication Harlequin sent to their authors earlier this evening, here is the e-mail:

Harlequin was very surprised and dismayed to receive notice late yesterday that the RWA has decided that Harlequin is no longer eligible for RWA-provided conference resources. We were even more surprised to discover that the RWA sent a notice to its membership announcing this decision, before allowing Harlequin to respond or engage in a discussion about it with the RWA board.

Harlequin has been a significant supporter of the RWA for many years in several ways, including:

• financial sponsorships at the annual conference
• sending editors to the national and regional chapter conferences throughout the year to meet with and advise aspiring authors and participate in panel discussions on writing
• celebrating our authors, most of whom are RWA members, annually with the largest publisher party at the conference.

It is disappointing that the RWA has not recognized that publishing models have and will continue to change. As a leading publisher of women’s fiction in a rapidly changing environment, Harlequin’s intention is to provide authors access to all publishing opportunities, traditional or otherwise.

Most importantly, however, we have heard the concerns that you, our authors, have expressed regarding the potential confusion between this venture and our traditional business. 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. We will initiate this process immediately. We hope this allays the fears many of you have communicated to us.

We are committed to connecting with our authors and aspiring authors in a significant way and encourage you to continue to share your thoughts with us.


Donna Hayes
Publisher and Chief Executive Officer
Harlequin Enterprises Limited

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2 thoughts on “Harlequin’s Response to RWA’s Decision

  1. What a load of poo.
    Complete and utter flannel. As you said in your tweet, refusniks will be referred to the vanity press.

    utter, utter bollocks.

  2. What I love is how they continue to refer to this as self-publishing, when it quite clearly falls under the aegis of “vanity press”. That’s what Preditors and Editors has declared this practice, as has the Mystery Writers of America.

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