HQN Books has redefined romance by publishing the best in mainstream bestseller romance by the finest authors in the field—from rising stars to romance royalty. In 2019, HQN Books placed over 40 titles on bestseller lists (New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly), demonstrating that it offers something for every romance fan, across all formats.
HQN Books accepts only agented submissions.
Attention Black Writers
Submissions are now open!
HQN and Graydon House are accepting unagented submissions.
Don’t miss Wrong Alibi, the
new book from New York Times
bestselling author Christina
Dodd about a young woman
who escapes into the Alaskan
wilderness after being accused of
a brutal crime and fights to prove
A young woman on the run after
being accused of a brutal crime
fights to prove her innocence in
this new book from New York
Times bestselling author Christina
“No one does high-stakes,
high-voltage suspense quite like
—Booklist, starred review
Susan has been with Harlequin since 1999 and has worked on everything from Series romance to
commercial literary fiction. In between manuscripts, she likes to relax with her husband at
their farmhouse northwest of Toronto, and sometimes even reads for fun.
I’m looking for: Diverse and contemporary stories told with edgy
humor and a modern voice; a fresh take on small-town romance
with a strong sense of community. Big hooks and a commercial
voice are a must.
Michele Bidelspach Executive Editor, HQN
and Graydon House
Born and raised in Virginia, Michele began her publishing career at Grand Central Publishing
(then Warner Books) where she acquired women’s fiction and romance for 15+ years. She joined
Harlequin Books in 2018. Throughout her career, she’s had the privilege of working with amazing
authors, both bestselling and debut alike.
My weaknesses are a strong voice, unique hook, and unforgettable characters and I gravitate
towards them like a moth to a flame. I’m particularly interested in mainstream fiction about
the complicated bonds of family and friendship and the complexities of marriage, especially
when told with wit and emotional depth. Heartwrenching love stories and feel-good romantic
comedies are my soft spot and for me, there’s nothing better than getting swept up in lush
historical novels, particularly those featuring strong female characters with a unique twist.
As for my wish list, I’d love to find a big, beautiful, heartfelt book about the struggles that
immigrant families face in the modern world.
I’m looking for: A strong voice, unforgettable characters and an
irresistible hook, especially emotional contemporary romances;
fresh, vibrant romantic comedies; fast-paced romantic suspense;
and lush historicals.
I’m looking for: Stories I haven’t heard before with a slam-dunk hook; punchy banter, or a surprising take on evergreen tropes, fresh historicals with a modern feel and twisty psychological thrillers. Particularly interested in diverse or marginalized voices, swoon-worthy heroes who upset toxic masculinity, and unforgettable characters.
Brittany has a diverse publishing background: having begun her career as an intern at the Cooke
Agency, she has held both editorial and foreign rights positions at Penguin Random House Canada
and the University of Toronto Press prior to joining the HQN team. She holds an MA in English
Literature from York University, where she focused her research on the work of Ray Bradbury.
Brittany is always on the lookout for fresh, engaging voices for HQN—she has a bias towards
speculative love stories like The Time Traveler’s Wife, for big, sprawling family
epics, and for page-turning contemporary stories like The Hating Game. Brittany reads
widely and voraciously, and when she doesn’t have her nose stuck in a book, you can find her on
the soccer field or watching baseball.
I’m looking for: Fresh, edgy contemporary romance; rom-com
with an original concept; and especially #OwnVoices stories. In
any story, strong world building and great chemistry are key!