Okay, so Harlequin Horizons has been renamed. It's now, as the post title says, DellArte Press. Gone is the HH logo that reminded just about everybody of the Harlequin Historicals imprint. Gone are the links from (every single one of ) eHarlequin's pages to Harlequin Horizons. However, I don't know that they have also done the right thing and removed their reference to submitting to DellArte from their rejection letters. I hope so, but I don't know and as far as I know, no one in the general public knows either. If that's wrong and someone does know, please correct me, or steer me to where I might find it. I'm up to my eyes in projects right now, not to mention I've a house to clean since I'm doing Thanksgiving. I'll try to find something to confirm or correct, but in the meantime...
Now, the question becomes, does it really matter that Harlequin took these steps? Does it change the fact that it is in partnership with Author Solutions on a vanity publishing venture? Will it matter where RWA, SFWA, and MWA are concerned?
I don't know, as I've yet to see any indication that it changes Harlequin's standings within these organizations. I'm sure the various boards are discussing it - or soon will be, considering it's Thanksgiving week - and decisions are most likely forthcoming in the near future.
As for me, I don't really know just how I feel about it. A lot hinges on that line in Harlequin's rejection letter. You know, the one referring the rejected manuscript to the vanity line. That is just sleazy, as far as I'm concerned. If I were on the receiving end of that letter, I'd submit it anywhere but DellArte, just on principle.
But if that line is removed, it makes it a little less clear to me. True, it is still a vanity press, but... If Harlequin isn't steering rejected manuscripts toward DellArte, that removes some of the conflict of interest, in my opinion. If Harlequin is truly distancing themselves, then it really is no different than when Random House owned 49% of Xlibris (and made certain to distance themselves from Xlibris at the same time. But it's moot now, as RH no longer owns that 49%, either.)
So, it's time to hurry up and wait, to sit back and watch as it continues to unfold. I should be returning to my usual posts after the holiday - but I will definitely keep as much on top of this as possible. I don't envy RWA, SFWA, or MWA's boards having to muddle through all of this.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Don't OD on the turkey!