Debunking the Romantic Genre: A Talk with Harlequin’s Susan Swinwood

Debunking the Romantic Genre: A Talk with Harlequin’s Susan Swinwood.

Susan Swinwood

Some straight shooting from Harlequin’s Executive Editor for HQN on the state of romance today…

Susan’s detailed lecture really opened up the idea of what can be considered romantic fiction, and she made a great point: we all read it (and yes, even the guys). The theme of romance runs across a variety of genres, and we see it in almost every book we read, such as erotica (obviously), romance (obviously, again), historical fiction, young adult, science fiction, and so on. The only thing Harlequin does differently than other publishers is that it OWNS it. In all honesty, no other publishing house can claim the same prestige in one given genre the way Harlequin can with romance.

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