Top 5 Things to be Thankful About at Harlequin

by Malle Vallik, Digital Team

Thanksgiving Cornucopia

Happy Thanksgiving to all! I’ve always loved Thanksgiving mostly because it is an occasion to get together with family and friends, eat lots of food and not have to buy presents. I also enjoy the tradition of taking a moment to list what you are thankful for.

The top 5 items the Harlequin digital content team is grateful for (in no particular order):

1. Billionaires
Our editors were prescient. Long before the global economy hit the skids, the classic rich Presents hero had wisely managed his money and invested in people and smart ideas rather than mortgage-backed securities and had become a billionaire. Our heroines deserve a man who can shower her with love and financial security! To understand more completely our appreciation of the billionaire check out THE BILLIONAIRE’S BRIDE OF INNOCENCE or THE BILLIONAIRE’S UNEXPECTED HEIR.

2. Excel
Yes, we are the content group which means we focus on the stories and authors (see Amy’s book dork post) but we have all come to love the magic of Excel. It is an amazing tool to input, share and sort information, and we do a lot of that—we convert around 200 titles into eBook formats every month, and there is this stuff called metadata. It’s as awful as it sounds. But Excel helps keep it all straight. As I say to financial-type people when trying to share my enthusiasm for their favorite spreadsheet, “Excel is just another way to tell a story.”

For example, this screenshot is just a small section of the massive spreadsheet Amy keeps tracks of every single Harlequin eBook on:

3. Readers
Harlequin readers are really special people. They are passionate and engaged; they are generous with their book recommendations; they love to escape by reading. In fact, our research shows that our readers read much more than the average American, and while romance is most likely her favorite genre, she reads many different types of books.

4. The Internet
We at the digital content team wouldn’t have jobs without the Internet, but even more, the Internet has transformed all of our lives and it rocks! Remember life before email or ability to search for information online? It was not as good. Internet banking. eBooks. Sharing photos. Facebook. Twitter (I love twitter; find me at twitter.com/mallevallik). I am amazed at how the Internet has transformed our lives.

5. Romance novels
Romance novels promise a happy ending. No matter what trials and tribulations confront our hero and heroine, no matter how daunting the obstacles keeping them from their happily-ever-after, we know it will end well. The happy ending is great. We need more happy endings in real life!

While we at Romance Headquarters celebrated our Thanksgiving a month ago, we’re Canadian, we want to wish all of our American friends a very happy holiday. We hope you celebrate, have a great meal and find time to escape into an amazing romance novel.

What are you thankful for this year?

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Comments ( 4 )
  1. Ellen
    November 26, 2009 at 12:22 pm
    Reply

    I’m thankful for a lot of things but topping the list is that I am well and alive and able to take care of myself. I am also thankful for being able to buy and read Harlequin books. Then I will throw in being thankful for all my friends and family. And the fact that I am retired and can structure my day so I can read as much or as little as I want or take off on a trip whenever and wherever I want to.

  2. Kimber Chin
    November 26, 2009 at 12:56 pm
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    Love Romance Novels and Billionaires also.

    BTW… my hubby read his very first romance novel this week.
    (The hubby has only read one fictional book in 16 years,
    The Da Vinci Code)
    The Brazilian Boss’s Innocent Mistress from Sarah Morgan.
    I left it in the bathroom (his fave reading spot).
    He picked it up using the excuse that he was ‘helping me’ with plotting (he knows I want to write for Harlequin Presents).
    That was just that, an excuse.
    I’ve never seen a reader get so angry at a hero during the black moment.
    (grinning)
    Today, he casually mentioned “You know I finished The Brazilian Boss’s Innocent Mistress two days ago, don’t you?”
    “I have another Presents. Could you review that book for me too?” was my reply.
    “Well…” He frowned. “If it would help you out.”

    Me thinks we have ourselves another Harlequin reader!

  3. Malle
    November 26, 2009 at 4:28 pm
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    Ellen, I am jealous that you can schedule your days for as much as you want! Retirement is looking good…

    And, Kimber, excellent plan to convert your husband to Presents. Because we all know you can’t read just one…

  4. Marcie
    November 27, 2009 at 11:08 am
    Reply

    I am thankful for the authors of SuperRomance!

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