Harlequin has opened up a self-publishing business -- and blurred the lines enough between the pay-for-play side and professional editorial side that some worry aspiring authors could mistakenly think that paying for the one will lead to the other. Trade organizations Mystery Writers of America, the Romance Writers of America, and the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America have announced that Harlequin could lose its eligibility to participate in awards and other professional functions.
From Lee Goldberg's blog:
MWA Takes Stand Against Harlequin
Trouble on the Harlequin Horizon
RWA, MWA and SFWA Angered by Harlequin's New Self-Publishing Imprint (Publishers Weekly)
Why Agents May Be Opposed to Self-Publishing (Thomas Nelson CEO Michael Hyatt)
Self-Publishing: A Rant and a Q4U (Literary agent Rachelle Gardner)
Thomas Nelson and Self-Publishing (Literary agent Chip MacGregor)