#WritingChallenge: Pitch your big city romance!

Last Monday Editorial Assistant Megan Broderick wrote a great post on Top 10 Reasons to Write a (Non-Billionaire) City Romance. Small-town romances are something we see a lot, especially in our Home and Family categories such as Special Edition, Western Romance, and Heartwarming. But as much as editors love to see tried and true hooks,…

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Getting the Call: Meet Nadine Seide!

This week we welcome Nadine Seide to Kimani Romance! I’ve been writing fiction, without success, since the early 2000s. One Sunday morning in October 2015, I had what one may call an epiphany: Write romance, you big dummy! And isn’t that what we’re told in workshops? To write what we know? Well, I know that when…

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Top 10 Reasons to Write a (Non-Billionaire) City Romance

By Megan Broderick, editorial assistant to Harlequin Special Edition and Harlequin Romantic Suspense As the editorial assistant for Special Edition, I see a lot of amazing small town romances chock full of quirky characters, cute bakeries and, of course, eligible bachelors. But every once in a while, a girl gets a hankering for something a…

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Getting the Call: Meet Victoria Austin!

This week we welcome Victoria W. Austin to Love Inspired Historical! I’ve always loved stories and the words that make them. My mother spent most of my childhood telling me to put down whatever book I was reading and to go interact with actual people. I spent most of my childhood trying to hide from…

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Advice from the Archives: Second Book-itis: 5 Tips for Writing Your Second Book

Second book-itis: a painful and demoralizing syndrome common among authors who wish to produce a second book after their first success. Here’s how it works: After three years of writing, polishing and shopping around your prize manuscript, you finally get “the call” from an editor wanting to publish your book. Break out the Champagne, baby! …

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Dear Editor, Is it bad that my characters love to fight?

Dear Editor, My characters love to fight. From the first page, they just have this witty repartee that turns into romance. My critique partner thinks this bickering is a little unbelievable and I don’t agree. Some people just fight, right? –Vera Vera, I agree with both you and your critique partner. There’s nothing wrong with a little bickering in…

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Getting the Call: Meet Heidi McCahan!

This week, we’re delighted to welcome new author Heidi McCahan to Love Inspired! In her own words: Stories and the beauty of fictional characters coming to life on the page have always captivated me. My parents bought a lodge in Alaska when I was a baby, and my grandparents lived with us half the year. My…

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Advice from the Archives: What Is a Satisfying Ending?

So we’ve shown you how to start and how to tackle writing your first chapter, but here’s the big question that we’re sure is on everyone’s lips: How do you write a powerful ending that stays with your readers for a long time? Well, never fear, here are our few sneaky tips to achieving those happily-ever-afters…

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Top 10 Reasons to Feature Pets in Romance

by Carly Silver, Assistant Editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense If you know me, you know I love pets. Dogs are (hu)man’s best friend; cats are loyal, if occasionally incomprehensible, companions; and who doesn’t love an unusual tale of a rabbit becoming a human’s BFF? Pets make great additions to romance novels, as well – but…

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#Writing Challenge! Create a Western anti-hero

by Deirdre and  Western Romance editor Megan Long We all have an image of the classic Western romance hero. That law-abiding, straight-shooting, white-hat-wearing rancher or sheriff who sweeps the heroine off her feet, saves the family ranch and rides with her into the sunset. But what would happen if he weren’t quite so admirable? What…

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