Here's a heads-up for romance writers who are targeting my publisher, Steeple Hill Books: Yesterday morning Executive Editor Joan Marlow Golan e-mailed Steeple Hill's authors and agents to announce three big changes at Steeple Hill. I don't have permission to quote from the e-mail, but here's the gist of it, with my comments:
1. As many of you know, Senior Editor Krista Strover left SH a couple of weeks ago to work at another Harlequin line. Effective September 15, Melissa Endlich will be promoted to Senior Editor, Steeple Hill Love Inspired and Steeple Hill Love Inspired Classics. ("Classics" are reissues of old Love Inspired novels.) Also effective September 15, Tina Colombo will come on board as Senior Editor for Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical and Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense.
2. In July 2009, Steeple Hill Love Inspired will begin releasing six titles (up from four) each month. Friends, the editors will have to begin filling those extra slots immediately, so this is a great time to submit to LI. (No changes were announced for LI-Suspense, which releases four titles each month, or Love Inspired Historical, which releases two.)
3. Also in July 2009, Steeple Hill's single-title program will cease publication. SH plans to focus on its enormously popular series romance books.