Sunday, November 15, 2009

Torstar Loves Harlequin



Here's an interesting article and a few others have also recently appeared the past couple of days.

The romance-novel powerhouse, led by long-time book executive Donna Hayes, has faced its share of challenges over its 60 years, but always emerges as a rock-solid business. And its parent, Torstar ...

Like most romance writers, Debbie Macomber drags her characters through hell before finally rewarding them for their perseverance with either love or lust -- or both.

The Seattle writer has employed the same basic plot line in many of the hundreds of novels she has written over a 27-year career at Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. Her finely crafted stories in series like Cedar Cove have won her the loyalty of tens of thousands of readers and made her the top-selling author at the Toronto-based publisher.

"My goal is for the reader to put down the book and have an uplifted feeling -- to come away inspired and encouraged," she says.

Over the past several years, Harlequin has come to know that classic storyline well. The romance-novel powerhouse, led by long-time book executive Donna Hayes, has faced its share of challenges over its 60 years, but always emerges as a rock-solid business. And its parent, Torstar Corp., has come to rely on that.

An additional financial post reflecting the above.

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