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Harlequin US cancels five original mass-market lines

In the US, Harlequin is closing five mass-market original lines, reports Publishers Weekly.

The romance publisher has confirmed a report on Book Riot that it will phase out its Harlequin Western, Harlequin Superromance, Love Inspired Historical, Harlequin Nocturne, and Kimani Romance series, with the last books in each line to be published next year.

Executive vice-president of global publishing Loriana Sacilotto said the cancellations are due to shifts in the ‘retail landscape and readership preferences’. ‘In the face of this ever-changing environment we are shifting resources from a few series that have been in decline and focusing our efforts on the series that are the most popular with readers and booksellers,’ Sacilotto said.

The publisher will continue to publish 11 other original lines, and says it will encourage authors to submit to the ongoing lines instead.


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