Wednesday, April 9, 2014

H is for Harlequin and a BONUS Manuscript Submission Opportunity!


Every avid romance reader at one time or another has read Harlequin, the grande dame of the romance genre. With dozens of categories, they’ve been the launch pad for hundreds of today’s biggest romance writers. Our guest today is Robin Gianna, talking about her own debut with Harlequin’s Medical Romance line. BONUS: Want to write for Harlequin? We also have exciting news about a manuscript submission opportunity for you!

 
Hello, All! I’m happy to say I’m a newbie Harlequin author. My first Harlequin Mills & Boon Medical Romance came out in January, and my second one was released this month. It’s been a thrilling, crazy ride! 

If you’ve been submitting to Harlequin, wanting to break into one of their series lines, you know it’s very competitive out there! I decided to take advantage of one of the events periodically held inviting submissions, and I also decided to increase my odds by focusing on a line I knew was actively looking for new authors.

If you don’t have a medical background, it might never have occurred to you to look at the medical romance line. Admittedly, my hubby is a doctor, so I do have a built in consultant! But to be honest, I have asked questions of others as much as I have him, and I’ve also found great stuff online. The stories still focus on the romance and development of the characters through the story, they’re just set in a medical background, which can be anything and anywhere. My first two books both take place in fictional mission hospitals in West Africa. I decided on that setting because I wanted to stand out from the crowd of submissions, but chose a traditional romance trope—the secret baby—so it wouldn’t be too ‘out there.’ I guess it worked, because I sold from that submission! And that January release is still selling in the top twenty of medical romances right now.

 And now, the BONUS!!!


Harlequin Mills & Boon is again conducting an author search, and this one is even faster than the ‘fast track’ I sold through!  Here’s a link to the event, www.millsandboon.co.uk/introducing-24-hours-in-m-and-b which goes on through April 24th.

You can read about me and other new authors who have sold through prior fast track events at http://sold.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/.

If writing for Harlequin is something you want, I so hope it happens for you! Think about the medical line. And if you have any questions, you can contact me via email: robin@robingianna.com or Facebook, or my website www.robingianna.com. 

 
Let's chat:

Which of the Harlequin series lines are your favorites to read? Have you ever read a medical romance? Which lines have you submitted to in the past, and why?

 
 
The Last Temptation of Dr. Dalton

When cool, collected hospital director Charlotte Edwards throws caution to the wind for one hot, reckless night with Dr. Trent Dalton she has no idea it’s going to backfire on her so spectacularly—because the next morning she has to bury her pride and ask for his help!

Trent shouldn’t mix business with please...again!  But Charlotte is a delicious temptation he just can’t resist.  Yet when Trent finds out she’s been keeping him around under false pretenses he might just have to teach this little minx a lesson...in passion!
 



 
 
 
After completing a degree in journalism, working in the advertising industry, then becoming a stay-at-home mom, Robin Gianna had what she likes to call her ‘awakening’, deciding to write the romance novels she'd loved since her teens. Robin loves pushing her characters toward their own happily-ever-afters! When she's not writing, Robin's life is filled with a happily messy kitchen, a needy garden, a wonderful husband, three great kids, a drooling bulldog and one grouchy Siamese cat.

 

The "H" list of Books
 
 
 
Kay Hooper: psychological detective investigation/suspense with a horror twist. You'll be sleeping with the lights on for a few days.
 
Karen Harper: romance in every flavor, from Amish to well-researched historical fiction.
 
Harry Potter: hero of the famed boy wizard series. I devoured the series like it was Skittles.
 
Dashiell Hammet: hard-boiled detective noir. You'll be hearing more about my love for this author on the 16th when I write about "N is for Noir".
 
 
 
Heartbeat Image courtesy of digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
 

 

28 comments:

Kat Sheridan said...

Good morning, Robin, and welcome to Over Coffee! And congrats on the getting the Harelquin contract! That's so awesome!! I used to devour Harlequin's like M&Ms, and had and aunt who adored the medical line! Anything with nurses or doctors and she was on it. And what a unique setting you have! I've never thought of writing for Harelquin, but what a great opportunity. Thank you for bringing it to us!

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Robin Gianna said...

Hi, Kat! I still remember Harlequins I read set in places exotic to me. Which makes writing them all the sweeter!

I've had so much fun researching the locations for these books, as well as the medical scenes. To me, that's a big part of the enjoyment in writing a book!

Thanks for having me visit!

Robin Gianna said...

Btw, sorry about the 'comments deleted by the author' above. Those were MY comments - I was on the struggle bus, as my daughter would say, trying to use the right sign-in. Whoops!

Mason Canyon said...

Robin, congratulations on your 2 book releases and wishing you many, many more. Harlequin is the one book publisher I've always known. My Mother was a big reader and she loved the Harlequin romances. I don't think there has ever been a time that there wasn't at least one or two Harlequins in the house (even now).

Morning, Kat (and Sia).

Robin Gianna said...

Thanks so much, Mason! Those of us who love Harlequin romances never tire of them. I once saw a quite elderly lady in the library with at least a dozen in a basket ready to check out :-)

saraleee said...

Hi, Robin!

Back when I was 13 or 14, my best friend's mom used to have cardboard boxes full of Harlequin novels -- I loved reading them! They were so sweet, like bonbons without the calories.

Congratulations on your great new books!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Robin - sounds like you've selected the right niche - that's brilliant news and must be so exciting ...

Checking in with Sia too - hope all is going accordingly to plan and you didn't start out too fast .. settle in and let that shoulder recover ..

Cheers to one and all - Hilary

Kat Sheridan said...

Good morning Mason and Hilary, glad to see you here! Sia is doing fine, still taking pain meds but getting out and about a bit. You know Sia. VERY impatient to be recovered NOW, but her hubs is taking good care of her and brought her a chocolate cupcake to go with the pain meds! She'll probably drop in later herself.

Jo said...

I'm really more into Harry Potter than Harlequin. But I have read my share of Harlequins over the years. I prefer to read about sex suggested or implied than detail lick by lick descriptions.

Chrys Fey said...

Harlequin is a perfect choice for H! I have actually thought about submitting future work to them. :)

Thinking of you, Sia! <3

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Not my writing thing, but a great opportunity for someone. Congratulations on your two books, Robin.

cleemckenzie said...

Great news about being a Harlequin author. Congratulations.

Melanie Schulz said...

Congratulations!

Robin Gianna said...

I like your analogy, Saralee! I'd love to stumble across a box of old Harlequins - wouldn't that be fun? Thanks for stopping by! :-)

Robin Gianna said...

Thank you, Hilary!

Robin Gianna said...

Thanks for your comment, Jo! It's great that we all have so many options of what to read to suit our tastes, isn't it? I enjoy some mysteries and thrillers, for example, but really don't enjoy super-gritty ones that make it hard to sleep at night :-)

Robin Gianna said...

Chrys, you should give it a try! Nothing like deadlines to make everyone write a lot more than we would without :-)

Robin Gianna said...

Thanks so much, Alex!

Robin Gianna said...

Thanks so much, Alex!

Robin Gianna said...

Thanks so much, Alex!

Robin Gianna said...

Okay, I'm obviously a knucklehead, as I had no idea that would post three times! Erg. Is it better to have a triple-post, or a scary-sounding message that says it's been deleted by the author? ;-)

Robin Gianna said...

Thanks so much for your congrats, Cleemckenzie and Melanie!

Stephanie Faris said...

Good luck, everyone, and congrats to you for your debuts! I began writing and submitting to Harlequin in my 20s and many of my rejections came from them. I think I have a folder full somewhere!

Robin Gianna said...

Thanks so much, Stephanie! I have a file folder of rejections from Harlequin, too! Which is why I'm pretty happy to be writing for the medical romance line now. :-)

~Sia McKye~ said...

Robin, Welcome to Over Coffee and what a lovely and positive story you share. Congratulations on your contract with Harlequin.

Some good advice on picking a line for Harlequin that is actively looking for new authors. One of the things I like about Harlequin is they clearly outline their submission guidelines and define them for the author. Lot to choose from and if you are chosen, it offers some great training as an author.

Sometimes we forget that authors such as Norah Roberts, Catherine Coulter, and Jayne Anne Krentz got their start with Harlequin and look at them now.

~Sia McKye~ said...

HILARY--I'm laughing as I read your comment. Yes ma'am, I did start out too fast and paying for it. I'm fighting the inner battle with the other part of me that's saying, hey, there are things to do and why aren't you up and doing.

Settling in is hard but I'm doing it and letting the shoulder heal and that means disappearing now and then. :-)