Much has changed since our last-century beginnings in romance-publishing, hasn't it? Indie-pubbing was born--we called it vanity publishing then and it was Very, Very Bad. Historical's been dead, especially Regency, at least once or twice. We've had chick lit, Amish, zombies, and vampires. YA, NA, same sex, and erotica have settled into spots that were made for them within the industry.
That was then, of course, and this is now.
I won't pretend I like all the changes, and I usually do any necessary changing with a whole lot of kicking and screaming, but one thing I have gone with willingly was the appearance of novellas. I mean, there were always novellas, and I used to be so envious of people who got invited to participate in anthologies. I'd buy all the Christmas ones every year. But now there are lots of them. And it doesn't have to be Christmas. And you don't have to be famous to get invited to participate--although it certainly helps.
I write short anyway, one of the things I loved about the Precious Gems line, so novella-length is perfect for me. Last year, when I was invited to join my first boxes set ever, I was so excited I couldn't stand it. It was fun and successful. Then I was invited to join the Heartwarming Christmas boxed set. It hit the USA Today list and I went around shrieking for an entire week, annoying virtually everyone foolish enough to get near me.
So imagine how pleased (and probably annoying--sigh) I was to join the same writers again (plus a few)--we're all Harlequin Heartwarming authors--for 2016's set A Heartwarming Holiday. We hope we make the list again, but if we don't...well, we still hope we make some readers happy. My story is called The Magic Stocking. Look at its cool cover.
The boxed set is available for pre-order now in all the usual places. Oh, here they are--I knew I had that somewhere.
Even better, included in A HEARTWARMING HOLIDAY is an exclusive coupon worth $1.00 off any Heartwarming title from Harlequin.com. Who doesn't love heartwarming romances?