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Round-up: Carina Press shakes things up

The press release went out earlier this week, and it seems news of Harlequin’s digital-only imprint is making the rounds. The excitement is contagious.

Daily Finance: Harlequin launches digital-only imprint. Will other big houses feel the romance?
Quill and Quire: Harlequin tries for some online love with digital publishing venture
Galleycat: Angela James to helm digital press at Harlequin
Juno Books: Harlequin launches digital-only publishing house
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books: Carina Press
Publishers Weekly: James tabbed to run Harlequin’s e-book-only Carina Press
Mobility Site: E-books, content calvalcade
Icarus Publishing asks, “Will Carina Press someday publish manga?” (scroll down)
The Tainted Archive: New imprint seeks writers

And for those who like original sources, Isabel Swift has posted the full press release.

One reporter, from said, “Those submitting to Carina Press should be aware that no advances are being offered and, more troubling, there will be no DRM protection. [Emphasis added.]”

Personally, I find the idea of DRM-free books to be just what the customer ordered. Imagine finding new authors to love by borrowing e-books from a friend! Those with concerns may want to read more about the DRM debate on Booksquare, here and here.

In addition to Carina’s potential influence on big publishing’s digital prospects and DRM decisions, the comments at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books raised another question: Will Carina’s launch inspire the Romance Writers of America to embrace digital-only publishers? Might e-book advocates no longer need to host rogue discussions of digital publishing trends?

It seems that RWA will at least think about laying out the welcome mat. Their latest press release, which has no date but uses language that suggests it was released after the word on Carina, says the board will devote a major portion of their upcoming meeting to discussing the “emerging trends” in publishing.

Even with no books yet on the Web site shelves, Carina Press is already changing the game.

Looking for Fat Cats in Santa Hats

Alex Colon, who works with Harlequin’s non-fiction group, has a special request for all you cat and Claus lovers out there.

So we came up with an idea for a new blog. This blog is so new it doesn’t even exist yet. This blog is Fat Cats in Santa Hats, and we need your help to create it.

The premise of the blog is simple – every day we are going to post a new photo of a cat in a Santa hat (or some other festive holiday wear). These photos may or may not appear on the blog accompanied by silly captions, but we won’t figure that out until we have a healthy amount of photos to launch the blog with.

So we ask you: if you have a cat, especially a fat cat, won’t you please go home tonight, give it a nice meal, maybe a hair brushing (if your cat likes that), and dress it up in a Santa costume and take its photo before it runs away?

Also, even though the blog will be named Fat Cats in Santa Hats, we are open to photos of cats of all shapes and sizes.

All photos can be sent to alex_colon AT harlequin DOT ca

Sex diaries vs. HEA

I heart New York magazine, intensely. And their critical breakdown of the sex lives of New Yorkers, as portrayed in their online Sex Diaries, was a must-read.

Wesley Yang laid out the plagues of being single in the city:
1. The anxiety of too much choice.
2. The anxiety of making the wrong choice.
3. The anxiety of not being chosen.
4. The anxiety of appearing overly enthusiastic.
5. The anxiety of appearing delusional.
6. The anxiety of appearing overly sincere.
7. The anxiety of appearing prudish.
8. Internet-enabled agoraphobia.
9. Separation anxiety.

All this anxiety made me anxious, and I have been monogamous for lo these many years. And the piece also made me sad, thinking of tender NYC youth playing games, telling lies, trolling bars hoping for hook-ups, afraid to care too much.

How antithetical to the fantasy of romance, I thought, where high emotion is expected, encouraged. In the romance novel business, there may be lies, games, sneaking around, and ennui but the conflicts all eventually end in true love. The readers of the Diaries and the readers of romance must live in such different worlds…

But then I read #10:
The anxiety of being unable to love.

And yet perhaps the most surprising psychological attribute of the Diarists, despite weeks upon weeks of guarding their vulnerabilities from the brutality of the marketplace, is their romanticism… [Love] is nonetheless something that the Diarists keep referencing, despite the impression they convey that it is an ever-receding ideal. It’s an odd, negative sort of tribute—a vague longing for something all but lost, but perhaps worth clinging to nonetheless.

We’re all the same after all. Anxiety = conflict; sex = chemistry; love = happily ever after.

For those who prefer to read about NYC lonelyhearts, check out the Sex Diaries. For those who can admit they believe in love, check out the free e-books at

Why category romance rocks

Katie Mack’s post on All About Romance–“Categories: The Bastard Children of Romance“–was well written and thoughtful.

Author Molly O’Keefe summed it up nicely in her comment: Categories focus on what readers crave when they pick up a romance, chemistry and conflict.

Banking on Hope book trailer

Author Maggie Price sent me this video today. The trailer is for her installment in the Harlequin NASCAR continuity series.

Love the sound effects! And the book is good, too.


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