Major Romance Publishers - Part 2

Harlequin, Kensington and More

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Make sure to review the major Romance publishers Avon - Grand Central, and here are more major publishers for the Romance genre:

Harlequin  / Carina Press

Harlequin is arguably the most well-known "brand" in Romance, laying claim to hundreds of New York Times best-sellers each year and to having sold over 6.28 BILLION books since it was founded. Carina Press is Harlequin’s digital-first adult fiction single-title imprint, publishing first in digital, with releases in audio and print as well.

Now a part of one of the Big Five publishers HarperCollins, Harlequin publishes a broad range of series as befitting the still-vital matriarch of the genre:

Some of the series include:

  • American, Blaze (erotic)
  • Desire (powerful men)
  • Heartwarming (traditional values)
  • Historical, Intrigue (romantic suspense)
  • Kiss
  • Medical Romance
  • Nocturne (paranormal)
  • Presents (jet-set)
  • Kimani (African-American)
  • Love Inspired and Heartsong Presents series are faith/inspirational-based and these also include sub-series that are suspense driven and historical.

Harper Impulse

Is a digital-only imprint that strives to publish "fun and fast… boundary-pushing" fiction in Adult, New Adult, contemporary, historical, paranormal and erotic fiction and mainstream novels. They are open to genre-mashing and non-traditional lengths.


A veteran player in the Romance category, Kensington publishes romantic fiction under a number of romance-exclusive imprints, as well as under the more general Kensington Trade Paperback imprint.

Here's a breakdown of the major Kensington Romance lines:

  • Zebra: Zebra is Kensington's flagship imprint and publishes nationally bestselling women's fiction, romantic suspense and bestselling historical, paranormal and contemporary romances. Authors on the Zebra list include bestsellers such as Fern Michaels, Janet Dailey, Lisa Jackson, Hannah Howell, Mary Burton, Victoria Alexander, Mary Jo Putney, Nancy Bush and Alexandra Ivy.
  • Aphrodisia: In 2006, Kensington launched its trade paperback Aphrodisia imprint to publish a diverse line of erotic romances for "the adventuresome reader." The sub-genres range from historical, to paranormal, contemporary, ménage, BDSM, and more. In addition to a variety types of sexual relationships, the imprint looks for quality writing and a willingness to push the boundaries of explicit content far beyond those of traditional romance.
  • Brava: One step down in explicitness from the erotic subgenre, the Brava imprint focuses on popular contemporary romances that are "steamy." Brava titles are first published in trade paperback on the Kensington trade paperback list and then in mass market on the Kensington mass-market list.
  • Dafina / Urban Renaissance – these African America imprints publish romance under their broad-ranging fiction auspices.
  • Lyrical Press: Lyrical Press is a digital first imprint that offers readers a rich catalog of titles ranging from tender contemporary romances and edgy erotic paranormals to suspenseful thrillers and shocking science fiction. Lyrical Press offers a platform for Kensington's established authors and a fresh way to launch authors and introduce readers to burgeoning new talents in all their favorite genres. Lyrical Shine is a sub-imprint of Lyrical Press, Lyrical Shine publishes digital first contemporary romances.

    Revell (see Bethany House / Revell)

    Riptide Publishing

    Riptide publishing is a boutique publisher of LGBTQ fiction including (but not limited to) a robust list of romance and erotica. Started by book publishing industry veterans, they pride themselves on quality editing, marketing support, and production values — better "than queer fiction typically sees."


    Samhain (which also publishes in the horror genre) is open to submissions of all genres of romance and erotica, as well as fantasy, urban fantasy and science fiction with strong romantic elements. Authors who submit can be previously unpublished or established, agented or un-agented.

    Veteran authors take note: the house also launched a "Retro Romance" imprint for digitally republishing classic romances from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

    Simon and Schuster

    A number of S&S imprints (Pocket Books, Atria, etc.) include romance, covering the a broad range, including African American, Contemporary, Fantasy, Historical, New Adult, Paranormal, Suspense, and Western. Erotic fiction includes the Ellora's Cave series (through Gallery Books) and contemporary Christian (by Howard Books).

    Sourcebooks Casablanca

    Through its Casablanca imprint, Sourcebooks publishes all genres of romance, including paranormal, historical (prior to 1900), contemporary, erotic romance, and romantic suspense. From strong writers who are committed to a career (and understand that part of that is engaging an audience), Casablanca considers single title and single title series Romance fiction (90,000 – 120,000 words) in the aforementioned topics.

    Digital-first publishers offer new authors a lower bar to publishing entry; read more about digital-first Romance publishers here.

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