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Imprint: Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies

October 23rd, 2009 (11:56 am)
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In 2004, Simon & Schuster began publishing romantic comedies for teens as part of their Simon Pulse imprint. The titles were few and far between that first year, but as interest increased, so did the number of titles. Quite a few were released in 2005. Now the line has been firmly established and new titles come out every other month. Simon Pulse romantic comedies are finding their way into the hands and hearts of readers and booksellers.

I was delighted to discover that many of the stories have the main characters deal with school, friends, family, afterschool activities, college worries, and more. In other words, the books are not just about getting the guy, but also about getting the scholarship, reconnecting with parents, balancing school with work, and thinking about life and future careers.

All of the stories star everyday American girls. Most of these stories take place in high school, while others are set during the summer or in college. Some of the tales take place in small towns, others big cities, a few overseas. Rather than being pared-down versions of stereotypical adult romances or competing with the current racy and materialistic teen bestsellers, these are contemporary stories that are surprisingly quirky and, for the most part, refreshingly clean. In general, these paperback stories are recommended for readers over the age of 13. If these books were films, most would carry a PG rating, some a PG-13 rating due to dating situations and the occasional curse word. In other words, they would star Amanda Bynes.

I have spoken to many authors whose stories have been published by Simon Pulse, as well as Amy Saidens, who designs the book covers for the line. Every single author responded to the interview questions with enthusiasm and kindness. Nearly all of them share my love for The Great Gatsby. Check out our exclusive interviews!

Niki Burnham (Do-Over)
Jennifer Echols (Major Crush)
Kelly McClymer (Getting to Third Date)
Aimee Friedman (A Novel Idea)
Erin Downing (Dancing Queen)
Micol Ostow (30 Guys in 30 Days)
Amy Saidens (book cover artist)
Wendy Toliver (The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren)
Jamie Ponti (Animal Attraction)

Here is a full list of Simon Pulse romantic comedies in order of release. If a title is bold, I read it.

Royally Jacked by Niki Burnham - January 2004
How Not to Spend Your Senior Year by Cameron Dokey - January 2004
Ripped at the Seams by Nancy Krulik - June 2004
Spin Control by Niki Burnham - January 2005
Cupidity by Caroline Goode - January 2005
South Beach Sizzle by Suzanne Weyn and Diana Gonzalez - February 2005
She's Got the Beat by Nancy Krulik - April 2005
Royally Jacked by Niki Burnham - June 2005 (re-released)
30 Guys in 30 Days by Micol Ostow - June 2005
Animal Attraction by Jamie Ponti - August 2005
Scary Beautiful by Niki Burnham - January 2006
A Novel Idea by Aimee Friedman - January 2006
Cupidity by Caroline Goode - January 2006 (re-released)
Ripped at the Seams by Nancy Krulik - January 2006 (re-released)
Getting to Third Date by Kelly McClymer - April 2006
Dancing Queen by Erin Downing - June 2006
Major Crush by Jennifer Echols - August 2006
Do-Over by Niki Burnham - October 2006
Love Undercover by Jo Edwards - December 2006
Prom Crashers by Erin Downing - February 2007
Gettin' Lucky by Micol Ostow - April 2007
The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols - May 2007
In the Stars by Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon - August 2007
Crush du Jour by Micol Ostow - October 2007
The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren by Wendy Toliver - December 2007
Love, Hollywood Style by P.J. Ruditis - January 2008
Something Borrowed by Catherine Hapka - April 2008
Party Favor by Whitney Lyles - June 2008
Puppy Love by Nancy Krulik - August 2008
The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Catherine Hapka - October 2008
Sea of Love by Jamie Ponti - December 2008
Miss Match by Wendy Toliver - February 2009
Love on Cue by Catherine Hapka - April 2009
Drive Me Crazy by Erin Downing - June 2009
Love Off-Limits by Whitney Lyles - August 2009
The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols - October 2009
Perfect Shot by Debbie Rigaud - December 2009


I also posted about the Simon Pulse Ro-Coms at the SparkLife blog for SparkNotes.

Comments

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: December 22nd, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
Hooray!

Thanks for spotlighting the Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies. I've had the opportunity to read quite a few of them, and your overview was spot-on. One thing I love about writing for this line is there are very few "rules" which accounts for the wide variety of themes and situations.

Cheers!
Wendy Toliver

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: December 23rd, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Hooray!

You are welcome. They are fun. :)

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