The HRC Author Program was created for Romance Authors...
...who write primarily in one or more of the following genres: Ancient World; Dark Ages; Medieval; Georgian; Regency; Western*; Colonial; Victorian; Civil War; Vintage; Nostalgia; Historical; Celtic; Time Travel; Fantasy; and Paranormal*, when they're also contracted with an ebook, small-press, or New York publisher(s). Some genres and publishing methods do not qualify for membership.
See Eligibility... for details.
*historical or contemporary
A Collection Of Promotional Tools For Writers:
Membership includes our famous HRC Author Page...
...custom built for each new member by the HRC webmaster. This page can include book covers, excerpts, buy-links, and more. And it can be updated at anytime. Members enjoy impressive discounts on advertising, and also reap the benefits of author chats, contests, special offers*, and industry advertising. With top Search Engine positioning, constant striving for innovation, and dedicated Customer Service, the HRC Author Program has much to offer the devoted Romance writer.
See Benefits... for details. *see our current offer below see our Ad in the Sept issue of RWR
A Value-Added Program Rarely Seen Today:
Unlike most membership websites, an HRC Staff Member is live...
...and on-site, several hours each day. Using private LIVE HELP! chat boxes, located strategically throughout the HRC website, they're ready and able to answer your questions and assist you with your HRC Author Membership (or via email if you prefer). Unlike so many websites today who abandon you as soon as they have your money, when you join the HRC Author Program, you become part of the HRC Family, and as we believe and practice - family comes first!
See Benefits... for details.
An Affordable Choice For Romance Authors:
Membership is not free, but it is very reasonable...
...as little as $3.75 per month when you pay for one year. We couldn't maintain such a devoted website if it were free. As they say, you get what you pay for, and a membership in HRC gives you excellent return for your hard-earned dollar, and personal service like no other romance website on the Internet today!
See Pricing... for details.
...we're including, free of charge, the following advertising credits with your paid 6 or 12 month HRC Author Membership:
12 Months Paid includes a 3 month Banner Ad Credit ($30 value).
6 Months Paid includes a 1 month Banner Ad Credit ($10 value).
You can redeem your credit anytime before June 30, 2010. Details will be included in your membership confirmation email.
READ THE FINE PRINT: Applications for membership must be approved by HRC staff, and the dues paid-in-full, before any advertising credit can be issued. Advertising credits must be activated sometime between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. All advertising must be approved by the editor. Unused advertising credits will expire at midnight June 30, 2010, and are non-refundable. Only one advertising credit available per membership. Credit values are based on non-member prices. This is a limited time offer.
Your page will be custom built by the HRC webmaster...
...and will include your biography, book blurbs, excerpts, reviews, links to your website, blog, publisher, and more - all in the middle of our award-winning website.
You get a whopping 2.5 million pixels...
...of HRC web space (545 wide x 4,682 long) for your custom Author Page, enough to hold approximately 2,500 words, plus graphics (most membership sites only allow 500 words). Especially useful for book blurbs, excerpts, and reviews. Need more space? Not a problem. Additional pages are available for a nominal annual fee.
Your Author page begins with a custom-made Masthead...
...displaying your Author Photo, your Author Name in Edwardian Script, and followed by the words ...Romance Author. Add a recent/debut book cover, a book trailer, and up to four Featured Books (complete with publisher, ISBN, & buy-link) and your page is complete. New book coming out?update your page at any time!
Adding your page for the first time is easy...
After your membership has been approved, you'll receive an email with login instructions to the Members-only area. Once inside you'll have many options to choose from. Begin with Build / Maintain Your HRC Author Page, follow the detailed instructions, fill and submit the various forms, and the webmaster will do the rest. In a few days your custom-made Author Page will be up and running on the HRC website! (you'll receive notice via email)
As a Member, You'll Enjoy Substantial Discounts:
Save 20-50% off our already low advertising rates...
...when you join HRC. And 10% off membership dues when you renew. In fact, if you pay for a one-year membership now, and then take advantage of just some of the discounts available to members only, the savings alone could easily cover the cost of membership.
RWA Members save even more...
If you're a member of the RWA, you'll receive an additional 10% off your initial HRC membership dues. Look for the special link for RWA Members on the application page.
A Published Romance Author:
HRC is owned and operated by a romance author. After ten years, and hundreds of rejections, she understands the frustration and expense of promoting a new book. The HRC website is designed to give optimum exposure to Authors and their Books, at reasonable pricesand thanks to the owner's dedication, has been doing just that since 2003.
Grow Along With Us:
As our numbers grow, we grow, and with top Search Engine positioning, the number of visitors to HRC continues to rise. On Google for example, out of approximately 7,000,000 listings for Historical Romance, HRC continuously appears within the TOP FIVE listings (click here to verify). Combine this with our constant striving for innovation, our dedicated Customer Service, and our low, low Ad Rates, and the future looks bright for HRCjoin us.
We welcome Authors published in either Print or eBook formats...
...when they're contracted with a recognized, non-vanity publisher, i.e., Kensington; Samhain; Avon; Elora's Cave; Bantam/Dell; The Wild Rose Press; St. Martin's Press; and a host of others.
and published primarily in a Genre supported on HRC (see list below).
Self-published Authors should look elsewhere for support...
At present, HRC's mandate does not allow for self-published Authors in the membership. This includes those signed with vanity and subsidy presses. Some common pay-to-publish presses include: Lulu; Xlibris; AuthorHouse; iUniverse; Bookmark; and any publisher who requires money from the Author. more...
It Depends On What/Where/When You Write:
We welcome Authors whose primary focus is any of the following...
Paranormal* a descriptive list
*historical or contemporary
Genres not supported on HRC...
Standard Contemporary Romance
Romantic Suspense (except as part of a supported genre)
Genres not allowed on HRCin part or in whole...
Inspirationalreflecting religious values or teachings
Alternate Lifestylesm/m, f/f, trans-gender, bisexual, etc.
While we have no issues with a person's religious or sexual preferences, at present it's not within the scope of HRC's mandate to support Inspirational or Alternate Lifestyles genres. more...
Questions about Membership? Learn more before you join...
$20.00 USD for 4 months (standard rate) $25.00 USD for 6 months (better rate - 1 month free) $45.00 USD for 12 months (best rate - 3 months free)
READ THE FINE PRINT: 4 months minimum membership required. Requests for membership must be approved by HRC staff. HRC does not accept applications from self-published authors. RWA Members in good standing receive 10% off the posted rates when they use the special RWA application form. Membership continues until renewal dues remain unpaid for 30 days, at which time the membership is surrendered back to HRC. Surrendered membership will then be offered on a first come, first served basis, at the standard rates in effect at the time of surrender. Memberships are nontransferable.