Harlequin’s New e-Book Imprint


I got this from Shelley Adina on an e-mail group we’re on together for SHU. Thanks Shelley!

Harlequin is looking for manuscripts for a new e-Book imprint they’re launching called Nocturne Bites. The unique part? They want shorter fiction between 10k and 15k words! Here’s the details:

Nocturne Bites
Length: 10,000 15,000 words
Editorial Director: Tara Gavin
Associate Senior Editor: Ann Leslie Tuttle
Assistant Editor: Sean Mackiewicz

Silhouette Nocturne is looking to acquire paranormal editorial with strong sexual, fantasy and danger elements for its new eBook program, Nocturne Bites. We¹re looking for fast-paced novellas that hook the reader early by establishing a paranormal world and its conflicts. We are looking for stories of vampires, shape-shifters, werewolves, psychic powers, etc. set in contemporary times.

Many of the elements that make a successful Silhouette Nocturne remain true for Nocturne Bites. Stories should deliver a dark, highly sensual read that will entertain readers and take them from everyday life to an atmospheric, complex world filled with characters struggling with life and death issues. A strong alpha hero is of the utmost importance he should be powerful, mysterious and totally attractive to the heroine. While action-packed and mission-oriented, the scope of these stories should be more contained, with more focus turned to character development. All stories should be capable of standing alone; all loose ends need to be tied up, and the relationship between hero and heroine should resolve itself in a satisfying manner.

For published authors, this line is a great way to build their miniseries at Harlequin and Silhouette. Unpublished authors are welcome as well. Only complete manuscripts submitted electronically will be considered from unpublished authors; no partials or queries, please. Submissions should be sent as a Word-compatible attachment. Submissions should also follow standard formatting guidelines, double-spaced and written in a clear, legible font on numbered pages. Author name and title should appear as a header or footer on each page.

Nocturne Bites E-mail address: nocturnebites@harlequin.ca

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    Gabrielle Faust
    February 8, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    I hope it’s okay…I’m going to post this info on the Eternal Vigilance site as well. I know my readers would be very interested.

    Excellent blog!

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    Venessa G.
    February 8, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    It’s meant to be shared! Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂


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    Bruce from The Bookshop Blog
    February 10, 2008 at 10:02 am

    Thanks for the info. Romance/Fantasy is a great fit with eBooks. Looks like a smart move by Harlequin. It’s a perfect case of the media (paperback books) playing a lesser role where a reader goes through a lot of content quickly and would rarely collect. I’m putting it a ‘Link List’ post later today and will include this piece, thanks


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    February 10, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Got here via BookShopBlog. I posted a link to this on some blogs that deal specifically with shapeshifters and werecritter fans. There’s some folks on there that would love to take a shot at these.

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