We at Hartline Literary Agency are saddened by the recent announcement Harlequin made public yesterday stating all acquisitions for the following series will end immediately, though they intend to fulfill all of their contracts:
Harlequin Super Romance
Love Inspired Historical
Most certainly, the loss of the Love Inspired Historical series is the one that impacts CBA agents and authors the most.
The good news is they will continue to serve readers through the following series:
Harlequin Desire, Harlequin Heartwarming, Harlequin Historical, Harlequin Intrigue, Harlequin Medicals, Harlequin Presents, Harlequin Romance, Harlequin Romantic Suspense, Harlequin Special Edition, Love Inspired and Love Inspired Suspense.
I personally had several client proposals on the desks of the LI Historical editor’s desk.
A diminishing market for Historical romance has been making itself known for some time, with Harvest House making a similar decision last year.
Is the readership of Historical Fiction aging out?
Are millennials only interested in current issue related fiction?
I spoke with a publisher today that told me they are not worried, and will continue to publish Historical Romance, since their sales in that area remain healthy. Good news for us all. But the competition will be fierce, and the bar will be set higher for a well written story. And more authors will be competing for fewer open slots.
Another bright spot: This particular publisher feels the demand for Historical Romance will circle back around. Why? Because history is the best teacher and we as a nation have a few lessons yet to learn.
If you are a writer of Historical Fiction, take heart, and hone those writing skills.