Friday, April 1, 2016
April Fool's Friday by Liz Flaherty
Every Time We Say Goodbye is my 12th. And it's out on April Fool's Day. Really? It kind of goes along with the whole publishing gig, doesn't it? What was it Jo Ann Brown mentioned the other day? I think she said--correct me if I'm wrong, Jo--that she and a group of writers got to counting up and they had seen no fewer than 50 lines and imprints close during their tenure.
It's something all of us have seen more often than we like. I hope I'm not tempting fate when I mention a few of my favorites that have gone into the archives of romantic fiction. Starting, of course, with our own Precious Gems. What an uproar there was about being paid a flat fee without royalties. I remember hesitating (but not long!) before signing the contract. I kind of chuckle about that now, because there are a few books in my dozen that have made less money than that first one.
Somewhere there was a line called Duets. They were funny and there were two stories to a volume.
There was Meteor. Kismet. Omnibus. The original Loveswept.
I loved Second Chance at Romance books. I don't remember the publisher, but I still remember exactly where the new issues would be on the rack at the drugstore. I bought every one of them.
I was so thrilled when Harlequin published the "Next" imprint, aimed at older readers and more about women's fiction than romance. It was probably my favorite line ever, and it only lasted for 100 titles. Which, I might add, are still available digitally and still just as good as they were when they first came out.
Even shorter than Next was Everlasting Love and Signature. Precious Gems author Holly Jacobs said about Signature that it "was gone before the first books hit the shelves."
What were some of your favorites?