Harlequin Launch Digital Publisher Carina Press

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Harlequin, one of the world’s leading romance and women’s fiction publishers has just launched Carina Press, a digital-only imprint that will trade independently of its parent publisher. First e-book titles are expected from Carina Press in Spring 2010. Initially, carina Press will focus the romance and erotica genres. They will not be adopting the traditional advance –paying terms of contract and it will sell its e-book titles direct to book readers through its web site and other third-party e-book vendors.

From their web site introduction:

“Carina Press is a new digital-only publisher that combines editorial and marketing expertise with the freedom of digital publishing. With a long history of digital marketing and editorial experience, the Carina Press team is committed to bringing readers fresh voices and new, unique editorial.

Our philosophy is: no great story should go untold!

Carina Press will publish a broad range of fiction with an emphasis on romance and its subgenres. We will also acquire voices in mystery, suspense and thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, erotica, gay/lesbian, and more!

Our first books will hit the digital shelves in Spring 2010. Stay tuned!”

Carina Press will also provide a new challenge to Angela James, formerly of Quartet Press, and their new Executive Editor. James has had editorial roles with Samhain Publishing and Ellora’s Cave.

“As a digital-only publisher Carina Press is a natural extension to our business; it builds on our digital strength and leadership position. We expect to discover new authors and unique voices that may not be able to find homes in traditional publishing houses. It definitely gives us greater flexibility in the type of editorial we can accept from authors and offer to readers. As well, we hope to reach a new group of readers with niche editorial.”

Donna Hayes, CEO and Publisher of Harlequin Enterprises.

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