Books I Like


There’s a new page in my header.

I was thinking today about Jill Sorenson’s Stranded with Her Ex, which is out this month, and remembering how much I loved that story when it came in. (And how much I love her next one, out later this year, Tempted by His Target.) These books, and the others I’ve written about on this blog, inspired me to pull together a summary list.

“Books I Like” will live in the blog header and link to all the posts I’ve created about books I like. This list won’t include all the books I like, of course, or even all the books I’ve blogged about. But it will include the books I have really, really liked that I also happened to write a blog post about.

Over time, the list should create a portrait of the kinds of stories that blow me away, and hopefully let aspiring writers decide if I might be the right editor for their project.


4 Responses to “Books I Like”

  1. 1 Sir John April 10, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    I loved Jill’s book also. I will take a better look at the other books you like soon.

    I do have a question that you might want to answer since you mentioned this list might give an idea to aspiring writers as to what you like. As a editor for desire, how did you happen to accept an edit job on this romantic suspense?

    BTW, I hope to have a desire manuscript ready to mail in soon.


    • 2 Stacy Boyd April 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm

      I can acquire across series and imprints at Harlequin. Jill is my only romantic suspense author, but I have a couple of paranormal authors and a traditional (Harlequin Romance) author in addition to my contemporary romance authors. I used to have some fantasy authors, too, but they’ve moved on to other houses.

      You can think of the “Books I Like” section as a snapshot of my current reading preferences and tastes, not necessarily what I have acquired.

  2. 3 Sir John April 12, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Thanks you Stacy,
    I hope I understand.
    I think this means if I wanted to write for several different lines I can keep the same editor.

    If I wrote a RS for example but wanted you as an editor is it OK to send directly to you, or is this something to submit to you after a relationship with you is established in Desire?


    • 4 Stacy Boyd April 13, 2011 at 11:30 am


      If you already have an editor at Harlequin, you usually have the option of working with her, even if you sell to other lines and imprints. However, that is not always the case and is a conversation best had with that editor. Also, as a new category romance writer, one successful strategy is to focus your work in one line. It takes time to build a readership, and if you have books across many lines it may be hard for readers to find you. (Again, there are always exceptions.)

      Definitely send me a query, if you think your project is something I would like. (It’d be nice to know why you think I’m the right editor, too, in the query letter.) Also, I sometimes request projects at conferences and online pitches that are not for Desire or contemporary romance. I like to read broadly, and I don’t mind looking at intriguing projects when they cross my desk. That said, there are junior editors working on Romantic Suspense, and on other lines, who are actively looking to build their author bases. They may have more time to work with you in the submission phase to get a project into shape before acquisition. I still do that sometimes, but I don’t have as much time to work on revisions with unpublished writers as I once did. Most of my revision work happens within my current author base.

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