Sunday, November 22, 2009

.: Harlequin - bad idea or good idea?

I rarely do this, but the fact that Harlequin is doing this shocked me. Ed Gorman offers .: Harlequin - bad idea or good idea?

Something writers, as well as readers, need to read. Be sure to take the time to read the comments as well.

I know what I think. What do you think?



Jaden Terrell said...

I don't have a problem with self-publishing in general, but in my opinion, the Harlequin model is exploitative and deceptive at best.

They target authors whose manuscripts aren't good enough to be accepted by "Harlequin," using the lure of being published by Harlequin to entice the authors to sign on. Then they admit that those authors won't REALLY be Harlequin authors and won't be listed in their catalog, so the good Harlequin name won't be sullied by association.

Not to mention the ridiculous price tag.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

And then they decide to change the name of the company and remove all references to Harlequin on the site.

I think the damage to the brand has already been done.

Terry W. Ervin II said...

Just seems like a bad idea. I suspect in the long run it'll dilute from the reputation Harlequin has built up, but in the short term it might generate additional revenue.

And I agree, Kevin, the damage has already begun. How far will it go? Unknown.

Kevin R. Tipple said...

And that is the deal, Terry. Now that they have changed the name of the publishing company, once the initial public relations hit fades away, it might not have long term implications.

The only thing clear to me at this point is that they should make a lot of money off the deal.