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August 1-15, 2005 Edition Market Tip Harlequin to Launch

New “Next” Fiction

Line in August

NEW YORK, NY/07/18/2005—Harlequin, the largest publisher of romance, will launch a new division this month called, NEXT. The publishing giant seeks to entice romance fans older than 35. The new division will publish both first-time and bestselling novelists, and will offer fun, entertaining stories about women who have experienced first loves, first children, first husbands, first careers, and are looking for what’s NEXT.”

Harlequin NEXT is looking for stories that are a natural extension of series fiction—stories that celebrate all the stages of a woman’s life, not just marriage and new motherhood. These stories will be warm, entertaining and sometimes even inspiring and will feature women facing a wide variety of life stages: from that first baby at 45 to the first date after divorce or widowhood; from that first day of college—accompanied by your freshman daughter!—to dealing with three generations living in the same house. The books are complex, diverse and reflect living and loving in today’s complex, diverse world. These stories will end in a happy and satisfying manner, though not necessarily in a romantic resolution. These will be novels for which romance is a piece of the pie, rather than the whole one.