As a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America), I’ve been following Harlequin’s new vanity press now called DellArte Press. However, since I’m not a member of MWA (Mystery Writers of America), I wasn’t sure how they viewed the news. Well, agent Kristin Nelson blogged about that very thing yesterday. To read the full post, click here.
Basically, the main concern isn’t that Harlequin has opened a vanity press, but how this pay-to-publish program is integrated into their traditional publishing business. Harlequin’s publisher and CEO, Donna Hayes stated that “‘Harlequin intends as standard practice to steer the authors that it rejects from its traditional publishing imprints to DellArte and its other affiliated, for-pay services.’ In addition, Harlequin mentions on the DellArte site that editors from its traditional publishing imprints will be monitoring DellArte titles for possible acquisition. It is this sort of integration that violates MWA rules.”
Kristin Nelson said: “I don’t necessarily see Harlequin abandoning this appalling business path with Horizons/DellArte. I think the lure of easy money is too strong.”
What do you think about the whole DellArte situation?