Romance Writers of America is saddened by the news that Harlequin will be ending publication of five of their series lines in 2018.
According to an announcement RWA received, the following lines will close: Harlequin Western (June 2018), Harlequin Superromance (June 2018), Love Inspired Historical (June 2018), Harlequin Nocturne (December 2018), and Kimani Romance (December 2018).
RWA reached out to Harlequin for a statement and received the following from Loriana Sacilotto, EVP Global Publishing:
The series market has evolved dramatically over the last few years due to changes in retail landscape and readership preferences. In the face of this ever-changing environment, we are shifting resources from a few series that have been in decline and focusing our efforts on the series that are the most popular with readers and booksellers. Harlequin Series continues to publish a breadth of editorial in category romance that offers readers real choice. We would like our publishing relationship with the authors affected to continue and will encourage them to submit to these lines.
RWA's sympathies are with all the affected authors.