As Carina Press is a division of Harlequin Enterprises Ltd, how is it different?
At the very basic level, Harlequin is a traditional print publisher with a robust digital-offering, while Carina Press is a digital-first publisher.
Both the contract and distribution channels are very different:
- The Carina Press contract does not include an advance or DRM, and authors are compensated with a higher royalty.
- Unlike Harlequin there is no guaranteed series distribution (no standing order, no direct mail, no overseas translation markets).
- Carina Press titles will be sold direct to consumers through the Carina Press website, and we’ll be securing 3rd party distribution with retailers such as Books On Board, Fictionwise and Amazon.
Will my manuscript be edited and copy edited?
Yes. Carina Press goes through the same rigorous acquisition and editorial development processes as traditional print publishers.
Will I be charged to publish my book with Carina Press?
No. Carina Press is not a vanity publisher and the author is not asked to pay for publication, editing, cover art or other services.
In other words, it's an ebook press. Harlequin provides the editorial services and is willing to publish things that don't work in book form, for example they'll accept shorter manuscripts than regular publishers. I read one of their titles, The Sevenfold Spell by Tia Nevitt, and the review will be up tomorrow.
So, if you're a writer and you're considering your publication options, here's another one.