Frequently Asked Editorial Questions

Submission Procedures


How to Submit a Novel

List of Editorial Office Addresses


Many writers ask similar questions while preparing their romance-novel manuscripts for submission. Here are a few of the most popular questions with answers from our editorial staff.

Q. How do I know which series to write for?
A. By reading books in each series you'll find a series that you like best. This is the series that you should write for.

Q. Do you really read every submission?
A. Yes. Because of the large number of submissions we receive, however, our response time to each submission varies.

Q. What is an international postal coupon?
A. If you have sent your manuscript to a foreign country, from the UK to Canada for example ? you'll need to enclose an international postage coupon for the return of your manuscript.

If your post office does not carry IPCs and you would like to have your manuscript returned, enclose a cheque for the proper amount of return postage.

If you are submitting your manuscript to our Toronto or New York office, please make the cheque out to Harlequin Enterprises Limited.

If you are submitting to the London editorial office, cheques can be made out to Harlequin Mills & Boon Limited.

Q. Do I need an agent?
A. Harlequin Enterprises works with both authors who are and authors who are not represented by agents.

Q. How do I know that Harlequin Enterprises has received my manuscript?
A. Please include a self-addressed postcard, either stamped or with IPC, with the manuscript delivery.

Q. What are the most common mistakes an author makes when she sends in her manuscript?
   1.Authors often forget to state which series or which editor the manuscript is meant for. In some cases an editor is in charge of more than one series. Therefore, it is very important to state this information clearly in the cover letter or on the front of the manuscript.

   2.Authors also send manuscripts to the wrong office. Please make sure to check for the proper address information.