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Heartsong Presents to Close

After being sold by Barbour to Harlequin, itself now owned by HarperCollins, the budget-priced fiction imprint Heartsong Presents is winding down.  The company produced 52 pocket-sized novels annually, and facilitated production through a company owned in part by author Tracie Peterson.

Author agent Steve Laube posted the news earlier today (11/13). Some readers commented that they were not surprised at the news, given the similarity between the imprint and Harlequin’s Love Inspired line.

The imprint was a launching pad for new authors, a favorite of price-conscious customers, and echoes back to the days when Barbour was exclusively a publisher of promotional price product.

Last week HarperCollins announced the closure of its Canadian warehouse, but indicated that Harlequin would continue to serve trade accounts from a Buffalo, New York warehouse, established when the company was a unit of TorStar Corporation, publisher of The Toronto Star.  That move indicates that the Love Inspired line will not be integrated into HarperCollins Christian Publications (HCCP) or available to trade bookstores to ship with other Harper product.

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