Posted in: Harlequin goes Vanity, RWA Loves E-publishers Like A Fat Kid Loves Lettuce, RWA needs to get their PR sorted
Hmmm, I bet the RWA never thought they’d be in a position where they’d have to un-recognise one of its biggest publishers as a result of their stance on e-publishing companies vanity presses eh?
I’m assuming that most of you have heard about Harlequin Horizons by now? If not, Dear Author has a very informative post about HQN’s newest get-richer-quicker, ethically dubious venture.
For those who can’t be arsed popping over to read the post, basically Harlequin has partnered up with a vanity press organisation and launched a new arm for writers who wish to self-publish their own books. Harlequin Horizons (that’s what this new arm is called) apparently has nothing really to do with Harlequin Enterprises, even though it bears the name Harlequin (Yeah, some Einstein really didn’t think that one through too well) although, apparently, any aspiring authors who get rejected by Harlequin editors will be pointed in the direction of Harlequin Horizon, as an alternative publishing route. Those people at Harlequin sure are all heart aren’t they?
Anyway, the majority of RomLand have seen this for exactly what I think it is. A way for HQN to make money off their editor’s slush piles. Let’s face it, if people are desperate enough to hand over their money to scam here-today-gone-tomorrow vanity presses, they’ll be lining up to be ushered into the hallowed halls of Harlequin Horizons. After all, these writers will be able to claim that they’re published with Harlequin, even though Harlequin itself insists that it’s a totally separate enterprise.
Over at DA, Malle Vallik insists that the branding wont be compromised. Methinks she’s living in Cloud Cuckoo Land myself.
Anyway, as a result of this new venture, the RWA (royally stuffed into a corner) have basically said sayonara to Harlequin Enterprises as an eligible publisher. (Gosh I bet they wish they’d never taken their hardline stance on Vanity Presses now hahaha)
This is part of the announcement from RWA president, Michelle Monkou:
…Eligible publishers are provided free meeting space for book signings, are given the opportunity to hold editor appointments, and are allowed to offer spotlights on their programs.
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.
I’m with Mrs Giggles, I wonder how long it will be before the RWA change the terms of publisher eligibility in order to welcome Harlequin back into the fold. Karma really is a bitch isn’t it? HAHAHAHAHAHA!