A Visit to Harlequin Headquarters












We’re enjoying a few days with good friends in Toronto. After writing for Harlequin for decades (hard to believe) I finally made it to the headquarters for a warm welcome and tour yesterday.  I met my new editor as well as the head of the Mira line, saw the meticulous and professional way each book goes into print, met dozens of key people, and taped a marketing video for The Swallow’s Nest. That’s me in the corner.

And speaking of The Swallow’s Nest? I met Gigi, who was responsible for the cover of When We Were Sisters, and is also working on The Swallow’s Nest. I was given a preview of a number of the possibilities they’ve gathered and was honored to choose my favorites.

You know how picky I am about covers, right? You certainly do if you’ve read my blogs here. But this time? Wow, I loved them all. I finally chose my top three, and afterwards my husband, who was with me, said he’d mentally chosen the same ones. Whichever idea they choose I know this cover will be spectacular. They’ll use the photos for inspiration but they’ll also do their own shoot to get the characters right.

I’ve always had great respect for the process of putting a book into print, but it’s double fold now that I’ve seen how much work and care goes into the entire experience from start to finish.

Thanks Harlequin and Mira, particularly. I was humbled by your warm welcome and delighted to meet you all.


  1. Kathleen on August 31, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experience Emily. I look forward to reading your next book.

  2. Nancy Lepri on August 31, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    This must have been soooooo awesome for you!!! How exciting. Can’t wait till “The Swallow’s Nest” is due for release! <3

  3. Kathryn Trask on August 31, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    How amazing to see the whole process. It’s a wonder really that books don’t cost more with all that has to be done. As you are talking about the cover of The Swallow’s Nest that makes me excited in anticipation!!

  4. Kate on August 31, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Glad to see you made it North of the border, this summer. I hope you managed to find some Cheezies!

    • Emilie Richards on August 31, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      I’m going to have to look for these on our walk tonight!

  5. Jackie Greaves on August 31, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Great to hear that you visited Toronto, my birthplace. Now living just north in Markham. Glad to hear you were treated well.

    • Emilie Richards on August 31, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      I have always loved Toronto. Great visit and I bet you’re having great weather in Markham, too.

  6. Debbie Haupt on September 2, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Emilie this is a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing all the behind the scene people who along with you bring your books to readers!

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