I usually interview an author on my book blog at least once a week. However, today for a change, I'm interviewing Kate Cuthbert, the managing director of Harlequin Escape, a new branch of Harlequin in Australia which is concentrating on digital format books to meet the demands of a new and ever diversifying book market. As an aspiring author who has lots of author friends, I was brimming with curiousity and had lots of questions for Kate and she's patiently answered every one and even anticipated some of them. So read on for some fascinating information.
1. Where was the need for a new Harlequin digital imprint whenHM&B Australia is already well established?
HM&B in Australia put together some amazing titles. But they face the
same restrictions as other print publishers: restrictions on the number
of titles, marketing considerations. It meant that thousands of fabulous
titles were being passed over. But digital-first has fewer restrictions,
more freedom, more room to take some risks. Plus, Australia is just
brimming with talent, and we were perfectly poised to take advantage.
We're completely open-door, so Escape and HM&B will be working together
to make sure that the great books coming through land in the place most
likely to help them succeed.
2. In what way will this imprint differ from HM&B Australia?
...I think I kind of answered this! Escape has a much wider scope. We
publish any romance novel in any sub-genre with word counts between 5000
and 250 000 words. We'll be publishing outstanding examples of
traditional romance, but we'll also be taking more risks, looking into
niche, playing with cross-genre or whole new genres!
3. Is Escape Publishing going to be more adventurous in it's
choice of titles than HM&B Australia?
...I'm anticipating all of your questions! Please see number two :)
4. Is Escape Publishing going to give space for sweet romances as
well as more erotic content?
Absolutely - from mere longing glances to the most explicit content. We
want all romances.
5. Will you be looking for historical romances?
Yes! And, just between you and I, historical romances hold a very high
place in my heart, so if you want to appeal to me the *cough*person in
charge of acquisitions*cough* write me some historicals!
6. Will you feature writers from NZ as well as Australia?
We're open worldwide to submissions, so from anywhere. However, we will
be maintaining our Australian focus.
7. Will you release new titles at monthly intervals? What will
be the shelf life of the titles?
Absolutely. And one of the benefits of digital-first is that our titles
have no shelf life - they can be available for eternity (just like a
good love ;) )
8. Are you planning to release the books in print form?
Not at this time. This is actually a question I get asked a lot, and it
really interests me as someone in digital-first, because the implication
remains that print is somehow more legitimate than digital. We don't buy
it. Our Escape titles are first-class, and we're willing to stand behind
them, in the format that can support them.
9. Will the titles be available internationally?
Absolutely - through all the major retailers, as well as smaller and
10. How can writers find out your submission requirements?
The best way to do so is to visit our website,
www.escapepublishing.com.au. All our guidelines are there, as well as
our very-easy-to-use submission form.
Thank you Kate, for sharing this wonderful information.
|Kate with Haylee Kerans and other writers!|
Here's a picture of Kate with Haylee Kerans of Escape along with some of their writers. So writers, go to the Harlequin Escape website and get all your info there. And get some historicals written meanwhile!