MIRA Books is proud to publish great stories for a broad audience. We are actively acquiring breakout and established commercial fiction with a strong narrative drive and complex characters across a wide spectrum, from multilayered relationship and family dramas that make for good book club picks to voicy contemporary reads, thrillers and psychological suspense, sweeping historicals, speculative novels and more.
Our authors enjoy the benefit of tailored publishing campaigns and one-on-one attention at every phase of publication—which is just one of the reasons MIRA has such an extraordinary record of launching debut authors and growing the careers of longtime bestsellers.
In 2016, 53 MIRA titles placed on bestseller lists (New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly) for a total of 225 weeks. MIRA publishes approximately 100 books per year in hardcover, mass-market and trade paperback formats.
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THE SUMMER THAT MADE US
New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 titles
“Stunningly dark and atmospheric crime debut." –Lancashire Evening Post
LIE TO ME
A stunning breakout novel by NYT bestselling author
NO ONE BUT YOU
New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 books
CONFESSIONS OF A DOMESTIC FAILURE
Hilarious and touching fiction debut that has sold 50k copies and still going
ROSIE COLORED GLASSES
AS YOU WISH
Both new and longtime fans will adore this heartfelt novel about friendship, family and taking life—and love!—into your own hands.
“Heat” meets “The Sixth Sense” in this wildly entertaining suspense novel.
THE LAST HOURS
Bestselling author and master of British crime fiction turns her talents to a gripping historical novel about the Black Death.
FAMILY & OTHER CATASTROPHES
Hysterically funny debut about a dysfunctional family who come together in the week leading up to one daughter’s wedding.
Nicole Brebner, Editorial Director
Nicole has been with Harlequin for more than 14 years and works with bestselling authors in women’s fiction, suspense and thriller genres. Nicole is guiding the MIRA program to publish exciting editorial from established stars to exciting debuts from fresh new voices. MIRA is home to authors and books that will appeal to readers.
I’m looking for: Issue-driven women’s fiction, compelling family dramas and psychological suspense. I’d love to find the next: Wally Lamb and Gillian Flynn.
I’d love to find the next: Wally Lamb and Gillian Flynn
Kathy Sagan, Senior Acquisitions Editor
Kathy Sagan is senior acquisitions editor at MIRA where her list runs from debut to New York Times bestselling authors. She has previously held senior positions in book, magazine and digital publishing. Among the authors she has worked with in the past are Mary Higgins Clark and Lisa Genova, whom she acquired at Simon and Schuster. She loves to collaborate closely with writers to help them bring their work to the next level. Currently Kathy is looking for a range of general fiction, from breakout novels with strong narrative drive, a fresh voice and complex characters, to upmarket book club fiction as well as fast-paced thrillers and suspense.
I’m looking for: Novels with a fresh voice and strong narrative drive, be they general bookclub fiction or suspense.
I’d love to find the next: Maria Semple, Christina Baker Kline, Caleb Carr, Tana French
Emily Ohanjanians, Editor
Emily Ohanjanians has been an editor with MIRA for ten years, and has worked with authors ranging from debuts to veteran New York Times and USA TODAY bestsellers. There is nothing more fulfilling for her than seeing readers connect with a story she’s had the pleasure of working on with an author, and is a tireless advocate for authors’ success. She continues to search for breakout mainstream commercial fiction, and is a fan of high concepts, strong pacing, complex characters and multi-level plotlines.
I’m looking for: commercial historical fiction and lighthearted book club fiction.
I’d love to find the next: Philippa Gregory and Jonathan Tropper
Michelle Meade, Associate Editor
After completing her undergraduate degree in English and philosophy, Michelle knew exactly two things about her future: it absolutely had to involve books, and it most definitely could not be teaching the same ones over and over. That’s when she knew that a job in book publishing was the one for her. Michelle lives for the thrill of discovering new voices in commercial fiction and helping authors produce the best books possible for their readers. She’s most interested in complex, emotional reads, especially those with high-tension, suspenseful plots and engaging, authentic characters.
I’m looking for: Emotional, character-driven novels and speculative fiction.
I’d love to find the next: Liane Moriarty and Audrey Niffenegger
Margot Mallinson, Editorial Coordinator
Margot Mallinson has been with Harlequin since 2006 and spent a good chunk of years honing her skills as a copyeditor, working on everything from series romance debuts to #1 New York Times bestsellers, always with ultimate respect for author voice. She was thrilled to join the MIRA Books team because the wide range of stories in the catalog suits her eclectic tastes perfectly, from literary with a genre twist to page-turning thrillers, always anchored by unforgettable characters. She feels there’s nothing better than helping an author realize their vision in the most impactful way possible.
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